The North American Sustainability, Housing and Community Consortium (NASHCC) promotes sustainability by sharing knowledge among member universities, university-based and community-based research centers and institutes, public agencies, and communities. It implements the SFTA’s innovative consortia model that integrates diverse sectors, overlays sustainability experiences at home and partner institutions, and applies sustainability knowledge in service learning projects in local and international venue. It pursues parallel academic and project funding tracks; and implements a nested sustainability curriculum. The NASHCC uses the global media network and digital media classroom teleconferencing to provide introductory international experiences, teach sustainability course content, acculturate students for exchanges, and prepares students in degree programs at Ball State and partner institutions to participate effectively in NASHCC international collaborative local-global partnerships.
NASHCC institution partners include Ball State University (BSU) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in the United States; the National University of México (UNAM, Mexico City) and TEC de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) in Mexico; and McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) in Canada. Non-institutional partners include the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS) in the U.S. and Grupedsac in Mexico.
While still in its first year and therefore unable to fund exchanges (due to provisions of the grant), the NASHCC provided BSU students unique learning experiences. These included Reconnecting People and Place (provide link here), a summer 2005 international interdisciplinary course on regenerative housing and community.
Students at NASHCC institutions who are interested in an international student exchange through the consortium are invited to apply to the program.Project Overview
The NASHCC’s innovative model includes interdisciplinary professional built-environment experiences and case-study research in universities and community-based centers. FIPSE, SEP, and HRDC funding support institutional linkages, student exchanges, development of common curricula and research initiatives, and dissemination. Project funding (pursued from others) will provide student assistantships in classrooms, community-based projects and case-study research. The NASHCC enhances the ability of existing degree programs to prepare graduates to lead their professions and communities to sustainable development and dignified housing, by providing advanced theory and application in sustainable planning, design, and housing in diverse and global contexts.
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