Creating sustainable cities of tomorrow requires innovate thinking from environmental engineers, architects, designers, policy makers and dedicated citizens. Take the first step on your path in forward-looking Scandinavia.
Denmark and Sweden are pioneers in sustainable urban design. Here, you’ll learn about the history and human geography behind Scandinavia's synchronized urban development and the newest innovations within the field of environmental engineering. As you travel by foot, metro, kayak, live-aboard sailing vessel and bicycle across two breathtaking countries, you and a collective of peers will experience how architects, designers and urban planners harness a city’s unique geographic qualities to create sustainable living solutions. Modern green design is more than solar panels. It’s about applying new ideas to improve how people get around, heat and cool their homes, utilize water, connect with nature and even how they eat. This is a rare opportunity to apply multidisciplinary STEM concepts to the real-world challenge of developing urban environments that are efficient, livable and sustainable. Build a butterfly sanctuary inside a parking garage and learn how to harvest a vertical urban farm. Venture to Malmö and help residents construct sustainable affordable housing. In Copenhagen, witness a city and transportation system built around bikes rather than motorists, and take the cycling trip of a lifetime on a bicycle superhighway. Everywhere you go, you’ll see sustainable design seamlessly blended into every facet of daily life. Channel what you learn into a capstone project that draws upon elements of green design to solve an issue facing your town or city back in the U.S. Return home with indelible memories of Scandinavian life and a foundation of skills to use as your build out a master plan for your own future.
“Through meeting people from all walks of life and different parts of the world, we as a group now all look at the world from a different prospective. It's safe to say that this was the best experience of my life.” — Owen F., Moncure, NC
- Construct a parking garage butterfly sanctuary and vertical urban farm
- Help build sustainable and affordable housing in Malmö
- Cycle a bicycle super highway in Copenhagen
- Homestay with an eco-friendly Swedish family
- Kayak the coast of Copenhagen
- Sail Stockholm on a live-aboard sailboat
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school graduate
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago