Interior design faculty member Genell Ebbini is currently (July 7-22, 2017) in Jordan with six students from the School of Design and Construction as part of her summer course offering students an immersive, hands-on learning opportunity regarding pathways to primary drivers in green infrastructure development and environmental policies in Jordan.
Students are building local partnerships with the design industry, non-government community groups and government agencies at the cutting-edge of sustainable development. Experts from leading institutions such as the Ministry of Environment; Public Health and Housing, and Water and Irrigation are engaging with students in the study of regional issues that impact natural resources, availability, ecology, and socio-economic inequality in the built environment. Students are touring projects that demonstrate collaborative strategies in sustainable development while working with the Jordan Green Building Council in the development of green infrastructure guidelines and governing policies.
Field studies in Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Bethany, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Mujib Reserve, Al Karak Castle, Shabok Caste, Wadi Rum, and Dana Biosphere Reserve provide firsthand insights to environmental challenges. In Wadi Rum, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, students are immersed in traditions of sustainable living by camping out in the desert in Bedouin tents.
As students explore development from a historic and present day lens they are learning unique insights into the challenges in planning and designing sustainable infrastructures in a developing country. By being actively engaged in the study of the principles of green infrastructure as policy for Jordan, students will understand the pathways to create equitable, livable and ecological communities.