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Educating future corporate managers for a sustainable world: recommendations for a paradigm shift in business education

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

This paper aims to argue for a need for a paradigm shift in business education that would move the focus of curriculum away from profit maximization at all costs to ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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A critical realist inquiry in conducting interdisciplinary research: an analysis of LUCID examples

  • Lund University

In recent years, a strong natural science hegemony has predominantly framed our understanding of sustainability challenges and, as a result, the production of solution strategies. In countering this, some academic ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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How to Create an Innovative and Interdisciplinary Sustainability Major

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This case study examines several innovative degree programs that create unusual disciplinary alliances with sustainability. Integrating sustainability across the curriculum is an important goal for AASHE members. While many universities ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University - Interdisciplinary Focus on Real World Issues

  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Sustainability Exchange, founded in 2014 by Bill Lowry and Liz Kramer, brings together students from across the academic spectrum to focus on and seek solutions to real world issues ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability Certificate

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability Studies Program (SSP) is a multidisciplinary effort to encourage students to explore complex societal sustainability issues that do not fit easily into one traditional academic discipline. The genesis ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Environmental Thought and Practice (BA)

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Environmental Thought and Practice (ETP) major teaches undergraduates to think about environmental issues within a broadly interdisciplinary framework. Environmental problems concern natural phenomena whose dimensions are appropriately described by ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Syllabus: ENVI 202: Sustainability and the Campus

  • Macalester College (MN)

This interdisciplinary class will make direct connections between global environmental issues, such as climate change, and life on an urban campus. With Macalester College as our case study, we will ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2018
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Food, Energy, & Water in Society Minor

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The Food, Energy, and Water in Society (FEWS) minor, will provide integrated, multidisciplinary, learner-centered instruction in science and science-informed decision-making about FEW issues. The FEWS minor is designed to offer ...

  • Posted Aug. 30, 2018
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Society and Ecosystems - Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Society and Ecosystems Program (SEP) is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers with private and public organizations through advanced graduate level training and research. The certificate ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies is an individually-designed major for students interested in acquiring a broad understanding of environmental issues and the ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Collaborative Research Program in Environment and Sustainability

  • Western University (ON)

The Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary enrichment program designed for current WU graduate students (MSc/MA/MESc or PhD) who wish to become specialists in specific ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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How an entry-level, interdisciplinary sustainability course revealed the benefits and challenges of a university-wide initiative for sustainability education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Delivery of sustainability-related curriculum to undergraduate students can be problematic due to the traditional “siloing” of curriculum by faculties along disciplinary lines. In addition, while there is often a ready ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Education and Research: Institutes and Centers at U.S. Research Universities

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability focused institutes and centers (IESICs) serve a crucial role in bridging the knowledge needs of society and the knowledge production capabilities of universities. They facilitate research ...

  • Posted June 20, 2018
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The Geology and Sociology of Consumption: Team-Teaching Sustainability in an Interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar

  • Cornell College (IA)

The complex consequences of current consumption practices, such as climate change and ecosystem degradation, necessitate increased interdisciplinary exploration. In order to raise student awareness of these consumption-related issues, we designed ...


Retrofitting the Ivory Tower: Engaging Global Sustainability Challenges through Interdisciplinary Problem-Oriented Education, Research, and Partnerships in U.S. Higher Education

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

Various experts and institutions, including the United Nations, have stressed the complexity of the 21st century’s global sustainability challenges. Higher education institutions should be at the center of research ...


The Sustainability Research Institute School of Earth and Environment

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

"The Sustainability Research Institute is home to a team of over 30 academic staff, 25 research staff and 45 research students conducting inter-disciplinary research on the different dimensions of sustainability ...

  • Posted May 8, 2018
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Environmental Studies Emphasis, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA/BS)

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to draw coursework from two or more academic programs to support individual learning goals. The selected program of emphasis plays a central role by ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Studies Focus, Master in Interdisciplinary Studies (MIIS)

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed to combine the theory and practice of several strands or disciplines of inquiry originating in a variety of other academic areas ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Studies Track (BS)

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The Environmental Studies track is a program that prepares students for a number of interesting and challenging careers. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Sustainability Concentration, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The concentration in sustainability introduces students to the problems of sustainability and enables them to understand what it is that determines the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures and technologies ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching workbook is not just about sustainability, in and of itself. It is just a part of a larger sustainability process that: 1) illustrates ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Integrated Interdisciplinary Science of the Critical Zone as a Foundational Curriculum for Addressing Issues of Environmental Sustainability

  • University of Dubuque (IA)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Earth's critical zone (CZ) is the uppermost layer of Earth's continents, which supports ecosystems and humans alike. CZ science aims to understand how interactions among rock, soil, water ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Interdisciplinarity: Practical approach to advancing education for sustainability and for the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Kingston University London

The need for a more sustainable world was unanimously acknowledged by United Nations members in September 2015, when 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set, positioning education at the heart ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Inspiration From the Classroom: A Mixed Method Case Study of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Learning in Higher Education

  • Deakin University

Within higher education there is widespread support for developing students’ interdisciplinary skills. Despite this, evidence for, and practice of, cross-faculty interdisciplinary sustainability learning remains in its infancy. Recent articles have ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Recognizing the need to proactively prepare engaged citizens for the dynamic socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the 21st century, the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University (CSU), Chico ...

  • Posted March 5, 2018
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The relationship between social work and environmental sustainability: Implications for interdisciplinary practice

  • City University of New York, College of Staten Island (NY)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development, established by the United Nations in 1983, links peace, security, development and the environment claiming that war, poverty and ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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The Applied Sustainability Collaborative: A Virtual Mechanism for Interdisciplinary Engagement with Community

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This proposal discusses a virtual web-based mechanism that connects existing interdisciplinary campus resources with external partners for building collaborative teams to develop and implement solutions to sustainability problems. Through virtual ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Long and Winding Path: Launching a New Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This case study examines the journey of developing a new undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary. This interdisciplinary program combines theory with applied practice through ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching

  • Mountain View College - DCCCD (TX)

The workbook is not just about sustainability, in and of itself. It is part of a larger sustainability process that: 1) illustrates how sustainability correlates with current courses; 2) provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research

This multidisciplinary handbook explores concrete case studies which illustrate how sustainability science and research can contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2017
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Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research

In this handbook social science researchers who focus on sustainability present and discuss their findings, including empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, and applied projects. As such, the ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2017
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Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Recognizing the need to proactively prepare engaged citizens for the dynamic socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the 21st century, the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University (CSU), Chico ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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An interdisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability education: developing geography students’ understandings of sustainable development using poetry

  • Anglia Ruskin University

Education for sustainable development (ESD) persists as an important concept within international policy and yet, despite considerable debate, there remains a lack of consensus as to a pedagogy for ESD ...


Qualifications for Contributing to Sustainable Development A Survey of Environmental Sciences Graduates

A survey of Environmental Sciences graduates from ETH Zurich was conducted to gain insights into their sustainability-oriented activities. 567 participants provided 672 concrete best-practice examples of their professional contributions to ...

  • Posted June 20, 2017
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A history of the future of higher education for sustainable development

Thirty years of academic dialogue and reinvention about environmental and sustainability education conceals the consistency of rhetoric that literature holds. This paper argues that higher education for sustainable development does ...


Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


Center for Integrative Conservation Research

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Established in 2007 after several years of planning and funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the CICR seeks to bring together conservation experts from across disciplines ...

  • Posted May 15, 2017
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NC State University Creates Make-a-thon To Inspire Sustainability Ideas

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Imagine. It's a Saturday night and dozens of students are packed in your school's library. They're crowded around 3D printers, circuit boards and laptops translating 3D AutoCAD ...


Enhancing and promoting interdisciplinarity in higher education

  • University of Florida (FL)

Interdisciplinarity represents an effort to achieve integrative knowledge in an age of increasing academic specialization. It is an intrinsic feature of the environmental sciences and the emerging field of sustainability ...


Distinguishing collaboration from contribution in environmental research

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

In this paper, we distinguish contributory from collaborative approaches to interdisciplinary environmental research. A characteristic feature of the collaborative approach is that emphasis is placed on the process of collaborative ...


Shared place and space: a comparison of two interdisciplinary graduate programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Interdisciplinary training has an important role to play in environmental research, but what aspects of interdisciplinary training are most helpful for graduate students as they seek to define themselves as ...


A framework for collaborative climate change research

  • Colgate University (NY)

There is a growing understanding in the scientific community that the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of indigenous peoples and other local communities is both different from data collected by scientists ...


Scholarly motivations to conduct interdisciplinary climate change research

  • Idaho State University (ID)
  • Whitman College (WA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Understanding and responding to today’s complex environmental problems requires collaboration that bridges disciplinary boundaries. As the barriers to interdisciplinary research are formidable, promoting interdisciplinary environmental research requires understanding what ...


Sustainable knowledge transformation in and through higher education: A case for transdisciplinary leadership

  • National University of Ireland, Galway

This article explores inter- and transdisciplinarity, given the need for more complex, relevant, and transformative knowledge to shift society towards more sustainable futures. It connects practical questions about economic, societal ...


Institutionalizing interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum at a large, research-intensive university: challenges and opportunities

  • University of Utah (UT)

As universities and colleges seek to integrate sustainability into a broad range of programs, degrees, and certificates, they must overcome traditional academic silos, disciplinary boundaries, and funding constraints. This requires ...


Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

How do we equip learners with the values, knowledge, skills, and motivation to help achieve economic, social and ecological well-being? How can universities make a major contribution towards a more ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Sustainability Education in Northern Appalachia: Connecting Gender, Race and Class in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This case study will address our efforts to connect gender, race and class in an interdisciplinary sustainability program at a university historically tied to the fossil fuel industry. Our efforts ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Planning for interdisciplinary, community-oriented, and networked sustainability programs

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Sustainability education requires approaches that reach across disciplines, universities, and national boundaries, preparing students for issues without clear boundaries. Creating partnerships among faculty, students, communities, and industries is a promising ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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