NorwayWeek-Long Study Tour | Sustainability Program

Required Course(s)
Sustainable Food: Production and Consumption
Fall/Spring semester

At first glance, a sustainability Study Tour to Norway may seem like an oxymoron. How can a country that derives its wealth from the production of oil be used as a case study for sustainability? Although Norway’s economy is highly dependent on oil, the country has heavily invested in renewable energy. Currently, 99% of the electricity production in mainland Norway is covered by hydropower plants, and there is huge potential for the development of onshore and offshore wind power and wave power.

This Study Tour program is designed to give you a greater understanding of sustainability from a European context through a mixture of visits to research centers, companies, and NGOs. You will be able to identify different interest groups, as well as gain a greater insight into the role of communities, governments, and businesses in creating and implementing technology and standards for greater sustainability.

The Study Tour will start in Oslo with visits to various sustainability organizations within the city. The group will then travel outside of Oslo and into nature, where you will have the chance to explore your own relationship with nature and personal choices in regards to the environment.

Tour Objectives

  • Examine the European approach to sustainability
  • Gain important insight into the various interest groups involved in the development of sustainable systems, technologies, and policy mechanisms
  • Explore questions of scale as they relate to sustainable development strategies

Possible Activities

  • Visit Statkraft - Norway's largest, and the Nordic region's third largest, power producer
  • Experience Norway's beautiful nature and reflect on nature-culture interfaces while exploring Hardangervidda National Park
  • Learn about several companies with environmentally and socially responsible business models