Join Syracuse University faculty members and local experts and visit several European cities where the changing transportation, food supply, waste cycle, and energy balance demonstrates an alternative urbanism that is on the way to reducing their carbon footprint by more than half. While the overall question of how to confront changing climate remains the central political issue of the future, you will examine inspiring transitional examples of new lifestyles that tend to bring citizens into denser living situations, reduce their collective needs for energy, manage their waste more economically, and in general produce a more satisfying existence. You will research specific aspects such as car-sharing, bike paths, zero kilometer markets, co-working, co-housing, geothermal energy, and urban agriculture. Most of your meals will be geared to the principles of slow food, and much of your transport will be on bicycles and trains. You will meet practitioners in alternative energy and urbanism, and read text on a specific theme prepared for each city.
Eco-City Europe is offered as a post-semester seminar in the spring. It begins after the Florence semester program ends and returns to Florence upon completion.
For Spring 2019, the seminar dates are: May 1st – May 11th.
The course will have a seminar format, with lectures framing issues at the beginning of each session, followed by discussion of readings and student presentations. You will be assigned preparatory readings prior to the start of the seminar, and oral presentations will be assigned.
The seminar will be led by Dr. Richard Ingersoll, a professor of 16th century Italian architecture and survey of Italian urbanism at the Syracuse Florence Center.
Spring 2019 seminar locations are subject to change, but common destinations for this seminar include: Basel (Switzerland), Hamburg, Munich, and Berlin (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Milan and Trento (Italy).
Eligibility and Admissions
Eco-City Europe is open to students admitted into the semester program in Florence. Interested students must complete the Florence Signature Seminar questionnaire in OrangeAbroad by October 8th. A $300 deposit will be required to hold your place in the seminar. This is due upon receipt of your Eco-City Europe acceptance email. Details on submitting the deposit will be included in your Eco-City Europe acceptance email.
Space is limited, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that there is insufficient interest in the seminar, Syracuse Abroad may choose to cancel the program.
Please note that you are required to register for at least 12 additional credits for a minimum of 15 credits for the semester. You should further understand that, if you register for more than 19 total credits, you will be charged additional tuition fees for each credit over 19, and you may not register for more than 22 total credits without prior academic approval.
Syracuse Abroad offers a group flight for students admitted to the Eco-City Europe seminar. Group flight information will be sent to all admitted students in the Eco-City Europe acceptance email. Students who choose to fly independently are responsible for making their own travel arrangements but must follow the dates of the program. Leaving before the seminar end date is not an option.
An Eco-City seminar fee will be posted to your Syracuse Bursar account. The program fee for the Spring 2019 semester offering is $1,950 including the $300 deposit.
The program fee charge covers ground transportation during the program, entrance fee to all seminar sites, hotel accommodations & some meals.