The US-Brazil Sustainability Consortium (USBSC) promotes sustainability by sharing knowledge among universities, university- and community-based research centers and institutes, public agencies, not-for-profit entities, and communities. It implements the SFTA’s innovative consortia model that integrates diverse sectors (international experts, sustainably-committed universities, and local experts and community leaders), overlays local and international immersion sustainability experiences, and applies sustainability knowledge in local and international service learning projects. It also implements the SFTA model’s parallel academic and project funding streams; and its nested sustainability curriculum. The USBSC uses Ball State’s global media network and digital media classroom teleconferencing to provide introductory international experiences, teach sustainability course content to help acculturate students for upcoming international exchanges, and prepare Ball State students and students in partner institutions to participate effectively in USBSC international collaborative local-global partnerships
Its institution partners include Ball State University (BSU) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in the United States; and the Federal Center of Technological Education–Parana (CEFET-PR), the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS). Non-institutional partners include the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS) in the U.S. and the Technology Institute of Parana (Tecpar) in Brazil.
In 2004-2005, the USBSC (in its second year) provided exchange scholarships for four Ball State students exchanging in Brazil (approximately $4000 each). This included landscape architecture students Sara Wendelin (MLA), Thomas Fettig (BLA) and Joshua Smith (BLA), and Natural Resources student Chelsea Cohen. A parallel Brazilian Department of Education program funded CEFET student Rafael Lopez’s study in CAP in Spring 2005. In Spring 2006 (third year of FIPSE funding) five Brazilian students are expected to exchange at Ball State and two Ball State students are anticipated to exchange in Brazil.
Students at USBSC institutions who are interested in an international student exchange through the consortium are invited to apply to the program.
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