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Drexel Winter Break in Israel: Ecological Design & Sustainable Building (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Lotan, Israel
- Program Terms: Winter
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
This course will provide students with an intensive hands-on training integrating ecological design, natural building, alternative technologies, and community living. The program is held at Kibbutz Lotan in partnership with the Center for Creative Ecology (CCE), which is a research, training, and demonstration center for sustainability that focuses on energy efficient construction using natural materials. During the course students will participate in classes and hands-on workshops on topics including ecological design, natural building, community building, renewable energy, and natural waste water treatment. Students will learn about designing, building, and running sustainable projects and link together ecological, social, economic and cultural aspects of sustainability. During the course, students will complete a local or community design project that incorporates the principles of ecological design. The project will be completed for evaluation during winter quarter.
Students will live in the Eco-Campus at Kibbutz Lotan, which is a prototype model for sustainable community. Living quarters are passive design, super-insulated straw-bale and earth plastered geodesic domes that use 70% less energy than similar structures built using conventional construction. The mission of the Eco-Campus is to teach and empower program participants to live an ecological lifestyle, to maintain a low carbon footprint and to advance environmentally appropriate housing and technologies.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for CIVE T480 for 3 credits as a part of their winter term course load. Students must leave space for these 3 credits in their schedule or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20-credit term maximum.
Instructor: This program will be led by Dr. Patricia Gallagher, P.E., Associate Professor in Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering in partnership with faculty from the Center for Creative Ecology at Kibbutz Lotan.
Pre-requisite: None. All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply for this program. The course is open to pre-junior, junior, and senior students.
Course Requirements: Prior to departure, students will be required to meet with the instructor twice to prepare for the course. Onsite, students are expected to attend and fully participate in all lectures, hands-on workshops, field trips, and group activities. Students will select, conduct research and begin a design project while onsite and will present their project at the end of the stay. The project will incorporate the principles of ecological design on a local or community project. Upon returning to Drexel, the final design projects will be submitted for grading.
Arrival Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Departure Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
Tentative Itinerary Overview
Tuesday, December 10
Due September 30, 2019: $500 Advance Payment
Due November 1, 2019: $975 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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