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					SYLLABUS GENERAL INFORMATION Program Title: Class Structure: Instructors: COURSE DESCRIPTION The Island School seeks to integrate sustainability into every part of the institution – including research, teaching and managing its operations. We strive to become a global model as an ecological friendly educational research center. This motivates us to implement innovative systems that will allow us to grow, yet maintain a minimal impact on the surrounding environment with a positive influence on local communities. Systems such as biodiesel, solar and wind technology, aquaponics, alternative septic systems, and offshore aquaculture are helping us model the potential of sustainable development in the Caribbean. Being located on an island provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities as we continue to seek ways to be a carbon neutral, zero-waste organization. The location of The Island School in The Bahamas offers students the unique opportunity to learn more about our tropical terrestial and marine environments. Understanding the local environment will be instructive as students begin to explore the manifold ways in which The Island School seeks to better integrate with its biologic community. The Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute already has a good track record for its sustainability work. The Field Study will provide students the opportunity to learn more about the set of conditions that determine the resource needs of The Island School. With The Island School campus acting as a laboratory for the study of sustainability including the study of food, energy, water, materials, waste, and transportation, students will become intimately aware of where our resources come from and will be challenged to investigate solutions to some of our ongoing resource issues. Specifically, students will collect data about our resource consumption and analyse ways we can improve our drive to be more sustainable. The program will provide the connection of theories that are discussed in class with conditions and situations in the real world, including our campus environment and island community. Issues of equity, justice, culture and sustainable development as related to The Bahamas will be explored. At the culmination of the program each student will produce a sustainability case study about the work of The Island School including an assessment of both the carbon and ecological footprint. Based on this study, students will propose improvements to our campus, engaging them in the sustainability work and to input the process of our development. Sustainability Field Study: Eleuthera and The Island School 8-day visiting program, June 14th-20th, 2009 Remo Velardo, Graham Siener

PROPOSED SCHEDULE DAY 1 4:35 PM Bahamas Air arrives in Rock Sound or Fly Twin Air from Ft. Lauderdale 5:30 Arrival on Campus, bags in dorm, Welcome from CEI team short tour 6:00 DINNER CIRCLE 6:15 Dinner 7:30 BIG GROUP MEETING: Presentation Room 8:30 Settling in to the dorms Ice-Breaker Games 10:00 Lights Out DAY 2 6:30 AM Wake up 7:00 Morning Exercise: Snorkeling instruction and Buddy Swim test Location: Wreck off of Boy’s Dorm Beach 7:45 Dorm Chores 8:15 Breakfast and dishes clean-up 9:15 Geology and Geography “Where are we?” -maps of Eleuthera, discussion of Bahamas, charts vs. maps, history of the island 10:15 History of The Bahamas – Equity, justice, culture and sustainable development - Guest Speaker to discuss pressure of Haitian immigration 12:15 PM Lunch and clean-up 1:15 Sustainable systems tour of both The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute 4:15 Free Time 6:00 Dinner Circle 6:15 Dinner and Clean up 7:45 Systems Analysis: Island School Case Study Introduction 10:00 Lights Out DAY 3 6:30 AM Wake up 6:45 Morning Exercise: Snorkeling at the sandbar, Geology of The Bahamas 8:15 Breakfast and dishes clean-up 9:15 Mangrove Ecology Field Study 11:15 Ecological Design: Modeling natural systems with resource needs 12:15 PM Lunch and clean-up 1:30 Introduction to Coral Reef Ecosystems 2:30 Threats to Coral Reefs 3:15 Lionfish Survey: Invasive species in reef communities - Snorkel and dissection, analysis of stomach contents 6:00 Dinner Circle 6:15 Dinner and Clean up 7:45 Sustainability Seminar: Perspectives on Environmentalism

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Lights Out

DAY 4 6:30 AM Wake up 7:00 Snorkeling Current Cut 7:45 Dorm Chores 8:15 Breakfast and dishes clean-up 9:15 Systems Analysis: Campus Case Study breakout group time 12:15 PM Lunch and clean-up 1:30 Sustainability Field Trip - Eleuthera Power Plant (Diesel), Water Supply (reverse osmosis), Food (local market and farm), etc… 5:30 Dinner at Sheryl’s Inn (local restaurant in Deep Creek) 8:00 “Hanging in the Balance” – Fisheries in The Bahamas video 10:00 Lights Out

DAY 5 6:30 AM Wake up 7:00 7:45 8:15 9:30 11:00 12:15 1:15 4:15 6:15 7:15 10:00 DAY 6 6:30 AM Wake up 7:00 7:45 8:15 9:30 12:15 1:15 4:15 6:15 8:00 10:00 DAY 7 6:30 AM Wake up 7:00 7:45 8:15 9:30 11:15 6:15 8:40 10:00

High Rock jump and snorkel Dorm Chores Breakfast and dishes Introduction to CEI research projects Systems Analysis: Investigation of campus systems Lunch Systems analysis: Investigation of campus systems Free Time Dinner Breakout group meeting Lights Out

High Rock jump and snorkel Dorm Chores Breakfast and dishes Systems Analysis: Development of the Case Study Lunch Systems Analysis: Development of the Case Study/Presentation preparation Free Time Dinner Bonfire Lights Out

High Rock jump and snorkel Dorm Chores Breakfast and dishes Systems presentations and proposals Depart for Lighthouse Beach: Tourism and development on Eleuthera Return to campus for dinner Packing and Cleaning Lights Out

Day 8 6:00 AM Early wake up and departure 7:15 Cold breakfast 7:45 Leave for RSD 7:40 Bahamasair flight

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