ACM college faculty in Jordan studying Sustainability on the Margins with the 2015 SAIL seminar.
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Jul 11, 2015
The rock-cut Treasury in the ancient city of Petra.
More than 2,500 years ago, residents of the ancient city of Petra built a sophisticated water management system that sustained a thriving center of commerce in the rocky desert of what is now Jordan.
Today, Petra is an archaeological gem and a World Heritage Site. The designation has spurred a rush of economic development and tourism, which in turn is putting environmental pressure on the fragile structures at the site and displacing local residents who have lived in the area for generations.
How can Jordanians sustain the rich cultural heritage of Petra while addressing current economic and social needs and realities? More broadly, what do sustainable environmental, cultural, and political practices look like?
Those are among the questions that 15 faculty from five ACM colleges will explore this summer in Jordan. Read more
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