Welcome to the homepage for the University of Vermont’s 2018 travel study course to the Netherlands!

In this course, students will explore Dutch water management and sustainability practices and technologies while touring the Netherlands via bicycle and other sustainable transportation. With 18 million inhabitants andĀ  more than two thirds of the country lying at or below sea level, managing water and living sustainably are essential for human safety and ensuring strong economy.

Students will learn from and interact with professionals when visiting solar bike paths, green buildings, innovative flood control and critical historic water infrastructure projects, museums, and sustainable farms and greenhouses.

Along the way, students will learn how the Netherlands history has shaped its water resources and sustainability management practices, and will learn to calculate a Community Water Footprint. They will communicate their experiences here, so be sure to check back soon!

Cover photo: this satelliteĀ image captures the Wadden Sea, a tidal wetlands area spanning 450 km (280 miles) along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.
CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO European Space Agency