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Teaching Psychology for Sustainability

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Willamette University (OR) is periodically updated; revisions are currently underway, thanks to a grant provided by the Willamette University Green Fund. We invite suggestions from users for additions, revisions, and other ...

Teaching sustainability: complexity and compromises

  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Universidad EAFIT (Antioquia)
  • Universidad Icesi
  • University of New England (Australia)
  • Polizeiakademie Niedersachsen/Police Academy Lower Saxon (Braunschweig)
  • Ewha Womans University (Seoul)

Purpose Sustainability is one of the leading challenges of our age, and higher education plays a vital role in supporting the implementation of sustainability initiatives. There has been substantial progress ...

Teaching the Three E's of Sustainability Through Service‐Learning in a Professional Program

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Baldwin City, KS Chamber of Commerce (KS)

Using seven established course design principles for effective service‐learning, this chapter discusses the lessons learned in teaching the three E's of sustainability: environmental; economic; and (social) equity, in ...

Teaching Introductory Economics to Promote Sustainability

  • Northeastern University (MA)

This chapter addresses how sustainability can be incorporated within the Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics curriculum. Examples of assignments along with case study assessments of the impact of ...

Sustaining future environmental educators: building critical interdisciplinary teaching capacity among graduate students

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Washington, Bothell (WA)

Scholars of environmental studies and sciences must work across disciplinary boundaries, especially in politically charged contexts with clear race and class-based inequities. Sustainability-focused programs are confronted with the task of ...

Learning and Teaching Through the Online Environmental Justice Atlas: From Empowering Activists to Motivating Students

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona)

The chapter analyzes how the Environmental Justice Atlas (, an online interactive platform developed to visualize and study struggles against environmental injustices worldwide, is used in higher education curricula ...

Mapping out Students’ Opportunity to Learn about Sustainability across the Higher Education Curriculum

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Decades of policy initiatives, a developing body of literature, and a growing cadre of practitioners are united in suggesting that the preeminent approach to educating students about sustainability is by ...

Connecting Learning About the Earth to Societal Issues: Downstream Effects on Faculty Teaching

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

This chapter describes InTeGrate, a national sustainability curricular development program, and the influence of the program on instructors who created the curriculum as well as those who utilized the InTeGrate ...

Resilient Learners, Learning Resilience: Contemplative Practice in the Sustainability Classroom

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Through literature review, anecdote, and empirical case study, this chapter explores the role of contemplative practice—yoga, meditation, reflection, breathwork—in the sustainability classroom as a way to increase both ...

A framework for teaching socio-environmental problem-solving

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • North Dakota State University (ND)
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) (MD)

The urgent environmental challenges we now face, from climate change to biodiversity loss, involve people and the planet, the social, and the environmental. Teaching students to become effective socio-environmental problem-solvers ...

Using Short Fiction to Teach Business and Environmental Ethics

  • Sanata Dharma University

This study firstly explores Ecohumanism as the educational paradigm in today’s world. Raising environmental awareness is essential in studying economics to care for the sustainability of earth resources. Using ...

Sustainability Activation Program at the University of Dayton

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability Activation Program (SAP) is a peer-to-peer education program which takes a holistic and human rights oriented approach to sustainability education on campus and in the community. It began ...

Teaching and mindsets regarding sustainable development – a Mexican case study

  • Universidad de Sonora (Sonora)

Aim: The world has become increasingly interconnected and complex. This represents a very serious problem for sustainable development; therefore, the development of instruments that reduces ignorance as well as fragilities ...

Sustainability in management education: a Biggs’ 3P model application

  • Loyola University Maryland (MD)
  • Centro Universitário da FEI

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess the main factors that contribute to teaching and learning sustainability in management education (SiME), which is defined as a body of ...

Effective Teaching and Activities of Excellent Teachers for the Sustainable Development of Higher Design Education

  • National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (Yunlin)
  • Tainan University of Technology

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is regarded as a key element of high-quality education. Hence, the United Nations proposed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, in an attempt to ...

Making Future Teachers More Aware of Issues Related to Sustainability: An Assessment of Best Practices

  • Universidad de Granada

The aim of the present research was to uncover the opinions of future teachers about whether the formative knowledge of education for sustainability received in seminars during their practicums improved ...

Challenges for education for sustainability in business courses: A multicase study in Brazilian higher education institutions

  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (PR)

Purpose This paper aims to analyze the main challenges faced by two business schools and a higher education institution when implementing education for sustainability (EfS). Also, it seeks to identify ...

Perception of sustainability competencies amongst Spanish pre-service secondary school teachers

  • Universidad Camilo José Cela (Madrid)

This paper aims to present the results from a questionnaire distributed to a group of Spanish postgraduate teacher students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Education. The aims ...

Sustainability-as-flourishing: teaching for a sustainable future

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Kenvale College of Hospitality, Cookery & Events (NSW)

Purpose In a recent article, Schaefer et al. (2015) argue that cultivating appropriate beliefs and values, cultivating systems thinking and encouraging responsibility are the stages to be followed to achieve ...

Best practices for teaching green invention: Interviews on design, engineering, and business education

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Alula Consulting (MT)

This study investigated best practices in teaching environmental responsibility to inventors and innovators. Because successful invention includes engineering, design, and business, best practices in all three disciplines were investigated, as ...

Insertion of Photovoltaic Solar Systems in Technological Education Institutions in Brazil: Teacher Perceptions Concerning Contributions towards Sustainable Development

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Electric Energy Research Center (CEPEL)
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN) (RN)

Teaching spaces are seen as institutions presenting relevant power to promote sustainability. Thus, in addition to knowledge (re)producers, they must also assume ethical obligations to incorporate daily sustainability-oriented actions ...

From Weather Wizard to Cloud Man: Sustainability Education & Outreach with a Fun Approach

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The goal of this project is to educate young students about sustainability and create a passion for the environment. Frequently, schools wait until middle school to introduce environmental topics. My ...

Reporting on sustainable development with student inclusion as a teaching method

  • Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden (Oberpfalz)

The paper is a mixed-method case study. First focus is to test which standard and indicators are suitable for universities reporting on sustainability. Therefore, reporting was on the agenda of ...

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Simulations Versus Case Studies: Effectively Teaching the Premises of Sustainable Development in the Classroom

  • INCAE Business School (Alajuela)

The systemic complexity of sustainable development imposes a major cognitive challenge to students’ learning. Faculty can explore new approaches in the classroom to teach the topic successfully, including the use ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Talking About Sustainability in Teacher Preparation in Finland and the United States

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This article reports on empirical research findings from a case study of teacher education in Finland and the United States. A sociological perspective was deployed for investigating how the concept ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Teaching and Learning Methods in Geography Promoting Sustainability

  • University of Turku
  • University of Oulu

Understanding and learning geographic knowledge and applying it to sustainable development (SD) depends not only on the knowledge itself, but also on how it is taught and studied. The teaching ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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LCA and ecodesign teaching via university-industry cooperation

  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná

The purpose of this paper is to report on a life cycle assessment (LCA)-based ecodesign teaching practice via university-industry collaboration in an industrial engineering undergraduate course.

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Combining the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of teaching sustainability: the case of the business school academics

  • University of Auckland

Faculty are key to bringing about ‘bottom-up’ change for sustainability education. Yet, research is still needed on the backgrounds and experiences of change agents in universities and the challenges they ...

A Problem Solving Approach to Teaching Sustainability Studies

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

There has been a recent proliferation in the number of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability-related areas. Many of them have capstone experiences. Here I describe a culminating capstone experience ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Triple Dip of Teaching: Sprinkling Ben & Jerry's Social Justice Accomplishments into your Curriculum

  • Fort Hays State University (KS)

Deliverables from this session include FREE teaching resources (modules, teaching notes, video links) to supplement your existing sustainability curriculum. Learn about the CSR innovations pioneered by Ben & Jerry's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Two Approaches to Teaching Sustainable Economics

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)

Economic change is at the heart of making societies sustainable. The globalized industrial economy produces great wealth for some while increasingly disenfranchising and dispossessing many. As the current economy grows ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Teaching Sustainability Education through the Lens of Leadership Education

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Sustainability education is a broad topic that crosses many disciplines. While some institutions offer sustainability-specific degree programs others have placed focus on implementing sustainability education within their current programs. Since ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Only Connect: Learning English and American Culture Through Service Learning and the SDGs

  • Portland State University (OR)

This session will present various ways in which different ESL instructors have come together to engage their students in sustainability work, both inside and outside the classroom. The 17 SDGs ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Vesting Faculty to Make an Impact: In-House Training for Sustainability & Climate Consequence

  • Delta College (MI)

The pathway to empowering students with knowledge of sustainability, climate resiliency, and climate adaptation begins with passionate, knowledgeable faculty embedding these concepts into classes across the curriculum, service learning, study ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainability Curriculum in UK University Sustainability Reports

  • Oxford Brookes University

One of the major barriers to incorporating sustainability in the higher education (HE) curriculum is its absence from the university sustainability strategy, the annual reflection of which is the annual ...

Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Elsevier

Support in higher education is an emerging area of great interest to professors, researchers and students in academic institutions. Sustainability in Higher Education provides discussions on the exchange of information ...

Higher education teachers’ conceptions of sustainable development: implications for interdisciplinary pluralistic teaching

  • University of Turku

An interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach to teaching and learning has been proposed as one solution to the lack of a consensus definition of sustainable development (SD). For teachers, such an ...

  • Posted Sept. 30, 2019
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Understanding Sustainability Through Transdisciplinary Narratives

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The concepts of “more” and “better” drive social narratives about they kind of world we’re creating: a future of more stuff and strife, or one based on a better ...

  • Posted Aug. 1, 2019
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Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability teaching at universities: Falling behind or getting ahead of the pack?

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Universidade Aberta
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Aveiro
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Federal University of Santa Maria

The fact that the world community is engaged in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means that an unrivalled opportunity is provided to universities, both in respect of teaching and ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Distributed leadership: Building capacity for interdisciplinary climate change teaching at four universities

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)
  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • Murdoch University (Western Australia)
  • University of Tasmania

Purpose – Interdisciplinary approaches to climate change teaching are well justified and arise from the complexity of climate change challenges and the integrated problem-solving responses they demand. These approaches require academic ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Teacher Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

  • Liverpool Hope University

This book examines how educators internationally can better understand the role of education as a public good designed to nurture peace, tolerance, sustainable livelihoods and human fulfillment.

Bringing together empirical ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Sustainability and Business Education

  • Babson College (MA)

This document was created as an AASHE project to: Highlight the value of sustainability in the business field Encourage increased presence of sustainability in business education

An Assessment of Teaching and Learning about Sustainability Across the Higher Education Curriculum

  • Columbia University (NY)

Although the majority of scientists agree that we are facing unprecedented climate crises, higher education’s engagement with environmental and sustainability problems is lacking. While the role of human behavior ...

Teaching Climate Science to Increase Understanding & Receptivity

  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Only about half of Americans are convinced that human activity is the major cause of climate change. This statistic highlights the increased need for high-quality climate science education but also ...

Education for Sustainability in Education: A Focus on Pedagogical Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Teaching and learning for sustainable development have become an important area of educational endeavour that educators are responsible for. Given the need to educate citizens about sustainable ways of living ...

Sustainability in finance teaching: evaluating levels of reflection and transformative learning

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Purpose The purpose of this study is to argue for the need for more critical-reflective teaching-learning experiences in finance teaching, capable of promoting changes in students’ frames of reference toward ...

Prepared to Teach for Sustainable Development? Student Teachers’ Beliefs in Their Ability to Teach for Sustainable Development

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The importance of embedding education for sustainable development has been emphasised over many years. At the same time, there has been a massive call for initial teacher education to provide ...

Transforming higher education through trickster-style teaching

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

This article utilizes theoretical inquiry to examine the need for transforming conventional, industrial-scientific, higher education curriculum and pedagogy. In recognition of the scale and urgency of the changes necessary to ...

Teaching Sustainability in an Accounting Classroom

  • Harding University Main Campus (AR)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Sustainability has become an important issue in the world today for both business and society. As accounting faculty members, it is important that we add aspects of sustainability into accounting ...

Development of a Measurement Tool for Sustainable Development Awareness

  • Necmettin Erbakan University

Raising the sustainable development awareness is of great importance for the continuation of the world's livability. Teachers have a great responsibility in order for individuals to make sustainable development ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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