EARTH is a private nonprofit international university located in the town of Guácimo in the province of Limón, a lowland region in the east of Costa Rica. EARTH derives its acronym from the Spanish title Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda (Agricultural School of the Humid Tropical Region). The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Costa Rican government worked with other national and international agencies to create this unique university in the mid-1980s. The higher education initiative emerged from recognition that unsustainable agricultural practices were damaging and straining soil, water, forest, biological, and other natural resources across Central America.
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Finley-Brook, Mary, and Caroline O'Rourke. "EARTH University (Costa Rica)." In Green Education: An A-to-Z Guide, edited by Julie Newman, 124-26. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2011.