Attached is a description of a project that I hope may be of interest to you or your students. A brief introduction is included here:
Shelter for Life Introduction:
Shelter for Life International (http://www.shelter.org) is a non-profit organization that does humanitarian and disaster relief work in the U.S. and abroad. Shelter for Life's current project involves urban sanitation in an area of Monrovia, Liberia called West Point.
The organization seeks professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the study areas of environmental sustainability, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and business management. Environmental sustainability issues are very much a part of the situation in West Point, Liberia. Shelter for Life is concerned with not only improving the conditions of West Point right now, but ensuring that these improvements and practices are sustainable.
If you have any interest in creating a capstone course with Shelter for Life or have suggestions or connections that would be useful to this project, please contact Ms. Alison Cameron at alison(at)shelter.org.
Jean Coleman, Sustainability Organizer
UM Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP)
Adjunct Associate Professor UM Law School and Humphrey School of Public Affairs
411 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
Direct line 612-588-4904
CMSDP Project website
The Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan is a two-year project designed to create a long-term sustainable transportation, housing, land use, and economic development plan for the region. In partnership with the Region Five Development Commission, the RSDP program will tap experts from throughout the University while relying on the guidance and input of residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. When implemented, the plan could result in more efficient transportation options, affordable housing options, livable and healthy communities, and opportunities for employment.