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The University of Texas at Austin
2022 President’s Award for Global Learning program (PAGL)
Do-No-Harm, Do-More-Good: Building for Sustainability in the Galápagos’
January 2022 > December 2022

This program will research innovative and implementable solutions for the design of sustainable human habitats that do no harm to—and do more good for—ecologies surrounding the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. The area’s fragile ecosystem is threatened by a recent surge in land-based tourism, a critical source of revenue for the expanding population. Participants will consider the ways sustainable relations can develop between natural environments, human uses and needs, and buildings and built infrastructure. Students will establish and enact their projects in collaboration with stakeholders that include the University of San Francisco-Quito, global engineering firm Buro Happold, Galápagos islanders, government officials, environmental engineers, economists, and theoreticians, giving the students and university an opportunity to add value to this unfolding and real-world challenge. 

President’s Award for Global Learning at The University of Texas at Austin:
The President’s Award empowers students and faculty to examine real-world interdisciplinary topics while incorporating in-country learning into the classroom experience.

Students: Make a Global Impact
Gain real-world experience for success in a globalized economy as you work closely with faculty and earn 4 credit hours during the one-year program.

Faculty: Research Global Challenges
Work closely with student teams, faculty and international partners, utilizing funding and administrative support provided by the award to implement international projects.

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