Sustainability award for Costa Rica campus

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The UGA Costa Rica campus received the 2013 Innovation in Sustainability Award presented by GoAbroad.com at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference. The award recognizes institutions, organizations and individuals who are creating initiatives to move the field of international education forward and to commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional.

GoAbroad.com recognized UGA Costa Rica for studying, understanding and embodying the interconnectedness of human society within the natural environment. The 155-acre campus in Monteverde is independently certified as a sustainable operation achieving a score of 85 percent or higher in all four areas evaluated, including 100 percent in the assessment of employee relations and community engagement.

Examples of UGA’s sustainability practices include an integrated sustainable farm that serves as a living classroom, producing 15 percent of food served on campus. Additionally, all food products come from within 200 miles of campus, with 25-30 percent coming directly from small farmers in the immediate community. Local farmers offer sustainable agriculture tours and share traditional knowledge with students. UGA landscape architecture students in service-learning courses provide trail designs, maps, logos and websites to enhance the quality of tours. These tours annually inject $15,000 into the local economy.

Get more on UGA Costa Rica at http://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/costa_rica/index.php.