2008 Carbon-Neutral Trip to New Zealand (Part two)

This feature is part two of a three-part series about the 2008 carbon-neutral trip to New Zealand.

The New Zealand expedition gave students from seven different academic majors the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations.

Through extended excursions in kayaking, backpacking and rafting, as well as taking turns in leadership roles and interacting with New Zealanders, the students experienced the outdoors as a teaching tool and as a metaphor for life's challenges. They sharpened their outdoor leadership skills, explored a new culture and practiced greater environmental kindness by planting trees and purchasing green power to offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated with their travel.