Sustainability Track of the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive

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The Sustainability Track of the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive is a specialized one-week track within a four-week program. Our track enables current high school students to develop their skills as the environmental leaders of tomorrow during this week-long program hosted by Lehighs Office of Sustainability. Students will have the opportunity for place-based experiences focused on sustainability, creative inquiry and environmental innovation, all while getting a taste of the Lehigh University experience! Using an entrepreneurial mindset and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals framework, students will create solutions to local sustainability challenges within a global context. Interwoven with off-campus trips, discussions with Lehigh students and professors, and a self-designed capstone project, students will gain valuable academic and leadership skills through practical application.


Program Details

Program Principles

The sustainability track of the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Inventive offers a schedule where new ideas, real life experience, leadership development, and collaborative work coincide for an intentional week. The track is designed to align with the following principles:

During our week long, sustainability track, students will:

Participate in Dynamic Activities

  • Live on campus and eat in the dining hall

  • Bike and canoe in the Lehigh Valley

  • Visit the Bethlehem Farmers' Market, tour a local farm, and take a zero waste cooking class

  • Go on a private tour and meet with officials at United Nations headquarters in New York City

Engage in Impactful Learning Opportunities

  • Experience a variety of academic, co-curricular, and community programming that Lehigh has to offer

  • Engage in discussions about sustainability and aspirations to build a more just and verdant world with sustainability professional, industry experts and Lehigh students, faculty, and staff

  • Visit Lehigh’s Baker Institute and Mountain Initiative to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation, and design thinking

  • Talk to Admissions officers about the college application process

Capstone Development

  • Work in small teams to develop a project over the course of the week that cements their understanding of sustainability using design thinking with support from Lehigh students, faculty and staff mentors

  • Explore technological resources like a virtual reality lab, drones and the One Button studio to enhance the capstone experience

  • Gain new leadership and professional skills through daily mini workshops

  • Aligning with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, projects may focus on the following topics: