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Sustainability in Real and Imagined Spaces: Honors Courses in Sustainability and the Environment

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Honors classes emphasize interdisciplinarity, student agency, and real-world engagement—an optimal curriculum space to develop innovative courses in sustainability and the environment. This session will explore opportunities for sustainability education ...

  • Posted May 19, 2022
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Sustainability, Energy, and the Green Economy: An Interdisciplinary Course on Environmental Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis

  • Bronx Community College (NY)

Interdisciplinary education offers a collaborative approach to multifaceted topics, such as environmental sustainability. In this article, we present the conceptual framework and lessons learned from a team-taught course, entitled Sustainability ...


Higher Education and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)—Potential Contribution of the Undergraduate Courses of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Évora

  • University of Évora

In this work we analyzed the mapping of Sustainable Development Goals in the curricular units of the undergraduate courses of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Évora ...


Teaching Sustainable Business Models— A Modeling-Driven Approach

  • University of Hildesheim

This study reports on a master-level university course that teaches sustainability by conveying factual and methodological knowledge in terms of business model development. By focusing on business model development, we ...


Engaging Students in the Development of an Atmospheric Science Course: A Discourse Analysis

  • Beijing Normal University

With increasing emphasis on learners-centered approach in teaching and learning, engaging students in course development and refinement is crucial. This study aims to foster a participatory approach in course development ...


Social Responsibility and the World of Nature: an interdisciplinary environmental studies course for inspiring whole system thinking and environmental citizenship

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Environmental educators face many challenges in university settings, including improving students’ capacity for systems thinking, the effective use of educational technology, and supporting a sense of agency for participation in ...


Junkyard Planet: Using Stories to Teach Managerial Accounting with a Sustainability Theme

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The purpose of this article is to share my experience teaching managerial accounting as a sustainability-themed course using stories. Theme-based learning suggests a relatable theme can make course content more ...


Creating Alumni Connections Through a Sustainability Course

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Once per year, the Office of Sustainability offers a 2-credit course called SUS 293: Applied Sustainability. The course is designed for interns in the Office and other students interested in ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Current Issues in Online Sustainability Education

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The future is online. Over the last five years, there has been an increased demand for hybrid and online courses. Online learning can offer multiple ways of learning and supporting ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Applied Organizational Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary STEM-Based Sustainability Course

  • Murray State University (KY)

In order to meet future workforce needs, STEM and sustainability should be integrated throughout university curriculum, including in business disciplines. However, STEM remains underrepresented in business education, including business conceptions ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Student Involvement in Supporting the Carbon Commitment at UNC Asheville

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This session will explain steps to take toward climate action on a university campus. In a UNC Asheville course entitled "Communicating Climate Change," a group of students led an initiative ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Professor as Guide on the Side: Facilitating Student-Led Discussions in Higher Education

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

In this on-demand presentation, I will describe a student-led discussion strategy that I have utilized in in-person teaching modality to facilitate discussions over assigned reading material in university-level sustainability courses ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Course on Landscaping with Native Plants for Benefit of Students and Campus Grounds

  • Eureka College (IL)

People in general are spending less time indoors and more time looking at screens, leaving them less active and less connected with nature. Students face struggles learning to balance a ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Using Local Food Systems and Justice Issues to teach Sustainability

  • Eureka College (IL)

For two years, I have taught an upper-level seminar in Environmental Studies on Local Food Systems and Justice issues that also meets a gen ed requirement for undergraduates in Sustainable ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Demystifying that Six Syllable Word: Designing an Effective Intro to Sustainability

  • University of Richmond (VA)

With so many different definitions of sustainability on a university campus, it can be difficult to find people who share a common understanding of that tricky six syllable word. For ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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People of the Environment: Lessons Learned From an Interdisciplinary Liberal Education Course

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A distinctive component of the Bemidji State University general education curriculum is the team-taught, interdisciplinary class People of the Environment. In 1998, the Minnesota State College and University system established ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Developing an introductory Chemistry and Sustainability course for Sustainability majors

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

This talk will discuss the pedagogical experiences and challenges of developing and teaching an introductory level Chemistry and Sustainability course as part of a new Sustainability Studies major at The ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Cooking Evangelism in College Curriculum and Programs - A Pathway to a Sustainable Food Future

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Many thought leaders and organizations have charted the path to a future sustainable food system, and most of these strategies require that we regain the essential skill of home cooking ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Sustaining the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Frameworks/Knowledge as University Core Curriculum

  • University of Buea

Education and learning have powerful potential in fostering knowledge, skills and competences for action towards climate change mitigation. This study focuses on examining the role of mainstreaming and sustaining climate ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Not preaching to the choir? Negotiated curriculum to overcome barriers to sustainability education

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Much of the literature regarding sustainability education focuses on appropriate competencies for students graduating from sustainability programs majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and so on. Such programs include students who intend ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Action learning partnerships: carbon, commerce and community co-learning at a Canadian university

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)
  • Prince George Chamber of Commerce (BC)
  • Carbon Realities Consulting (BC)

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss an innovative course offered as a partnership between the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) (Canada), the Prince George Chamber ...


Fostering Sustainability Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviours through a Tutor-Supported Interdisciplinary Course in Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Hamburg

Extant research into the efficacy of—especially interdisciplinary—higher education for sustainable development (HESD) is limited. A need exists to investigate students’ development of sustainability knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours. Furthermore ...


Emotional reactions to climate change and associated coping strategies: a grounded theory study on graduate students of sustainability-related programmes

  • Uppsala University

Climate change is happening. Yet this phenomenon does not only concern the environment, but also has various notable and important psychological implications for individuals in particular and society in general ...


Student perceptions of reflection and the acquisition of higher-order thinking skills in a university sustainability course

  • McMaster University (ON)

Sustainability challenges are complex and call for the effective development of knowledge, skills, and abilities in current and new leaders. New offerings in higher education provide sustainability training to complement ...


The Emotional Experience of Sustainability Courses: Learned Eco-Anxiety, Potential Ontological Adjustment

  • Concordia University (QC)
  • Queen's University (ON)
  • York University (ON)

The knowledge content of university-level introductory sustainability courses elicits emotional reactions by students that are novel within the typical classroom context. Common negative reactions include ‘sadness’, ‘worry’, ‘guilt’ and ‘disgust ...


Locating a Course on Environmental Justice in Theories of Environmental Education and Global Citizenship

  • University College London (London)

Environmental education is an increasingly important concern for policymakers and universities, as it is critical to the success of the broader agenda represented by the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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A generic model for integrating ESD in a university course – complementing a textbook with contemporary material

  • Umeå University

A large number of stakeholders are demanding more education for sustainable development (ESD) at Swedish universities, among them students who are expecting to find ESD in their courses. The aim ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Secrets for a Strong Course Affiliation Program

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This event is part of the AASHE Award Winner Webinar Series, featuring a presentation of the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award winning project.

What are the secrets to a strong course ...

  • Posted March 31, 2021
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Learning processes for interpersonal competence development in project-based sustainability courses – insights from a comparative international study

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

For professional sustainability work, graduates need to be able to work in teams and collaborate with stakeholders; in other words, they need to have developed interpersonal competence. There is growing ...

  • Posted Feb. 19, 2021
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Education for Sustainable Development Goals (ESDG): What Is Wrong with ESDGs, and What Can We Do Better?

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

This article will discuss social, environmental, and ecological justice in education for sustainable development (ESD) and Education for Sustainable Development Goals (ESDG). The concept of sustainable development and, by extension ...

  • Posted Feb. 17, 2021
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Integrating Multiple Perspectives in an Urban Ecology Course

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

New approaches are needed to educate university students about urban sustainability challenges. In particular, students need opportunities to learn the importance of integrating not just biophysical issues (e.g. climate ...

  • Posted Feb. 17, 2021
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Teaching Climate Leadership: Promoting Integrative Learning in Courses on Strong Sustainability

  • Northeastern University (MA)

This article describes how the theory of integrative learning frames student learning in a course on climate leadership. The course is grounded in the theory of strong sustainability, which is ...


A Changing Planet Environment Studies Course Resources, Videos & PPTs

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The Director of the Sustainability and Innovation Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder & Environmental Studies Professor Jason Neff has developed a series of PowerPoint and YouTube videos for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2020
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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 ...


Putting sustainability research into practice on the university campus: An example from a Caribbean small island state

  • University of Zurich
  • University of Aruba

Despite increasing efforts to incorporate sustainability in curricula and practices of institutions of higher education, effective implementation remains challenging. The purpose of this study is to present an approach to ...


Designing a Sustainable Marketing Class to Be Relevant: Fostering Engagement and Active Learning

  • Morehead State University (KY)

This paper discusses the activities and assignments of a sustainable marketing course that have been designed to show the personal as well as societal relevance of the course content to ...


Towards an Education for the Circular Economy (ECE): Five Teaching Principles and a Case Study

  • Utrecht University

The circular economy (CE) concept is seen by many as a novel pathway to sustainable development. A few scholars have started outlining educational approaches and tools that lecturers can use ...


The End of Simple Problems: Repositioning Chemistry in Higher Education and Society Using a Systems Thinking Approach and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework

  • University of Bristol
  • Technical University of Crete

The purpose of this paper is to discuss ways that a chemistry course could reposition itself by adopting interdisciplinary approaches based on systems thinking and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ...


Sustainability coursework: student perspectives and reflections on design thinking

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The purpose of this study was to assess particular student outcomes when design thinking was integrated into an environmental engineering course. The literature is increasingly promoting design thinking for addressing ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Integrating sustainability into project-based undergraduate design courses

  • Istanbul Technical University

Although the methods and approaches of sustainable design have been developing for more than 20 years, their application in design education and the design process is still under-examined. This study ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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The role that marketing academics play in advancing sustainability education and research

  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Auckland

To advance sustainability education and research sustainability needs to be integrated into subjects, such as marketing, which do not currently actively promote such topics. Instead, the marketing discipline promotes continuous ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Synergy of the (Campus) Commons: Integrating Campus-Based Team Projects in an Introductory Sustainability Course

  • Duke University (NC)

Faculty and staff at Duke have collaborated to teach a one-semester, introductory, undergraduate course on sustainability ten times over 12 years, including both theoretical and applied project-based content. This article ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Embracing conflicts for interpersonal competence development in project-based sustainability courses

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Purpose Advanced skills in communication, teamwork and stakeholder engagement are widely recognized as important success factors for advancing sustainability. While project-based learning formats claim to advance such skills, there is ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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How Western Michigan University is approaching its commitment to sustainability through sustainability-focused courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Many Higher education institutions have committed to the integration of sustainability issues into their curriculum, but these commitments often do not result in the desired changes. Recognizing the importance of ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Cooking up a Course: Teaching sustainable marketing at MBA

  • Wageningen University

To explore how a critical course on mainstream marketing and business theory can shift the perception of sustainability as an extrinsic goal to sustainability as an intrinsic boundary condition to ...


Why Is It So Darn Hard to Change!

  • Winthrop University (SC)

On top of his or her academic studies, thousands of issues bombard students asking them to be concerned about every issue from social inequalities to environmental crisis to political and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Academic Language for Sustainability Economy

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Co-creating the sustainability economy depends on the ability of up and coming generations to grasp opportunities to successfully address sustainability issues confronting our world. An authentic teacher preparation program features ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Basic Sustainability Co-Curricular Course

  • Universidad de Monterrey

In Latin-American countries, and specifically in Mexico I have noticed students lack sustainability literacy, and always think sustainability is about planting trees and recycling. One of the goals of the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Seeing Sustainability Through Indigenous Eyes: Collaborative Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning

  • George Mason University (VA)

This presentation will showcase a field course offered by George Mason University in collaboration with the Maijuna indigenous group of the Peruvian Amazon. The authors worked with the Maijuna to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Self-Congratulatory Sustainability/Sustainability Light: Just What Are We Teaching?

  • Olympic College (WA)

All over the United States, colleges tout their hyperlocal sustainability and recycling programs. Many do a thoughtful job of introducing students to aspects of sustainability, including the complex, ongoing effort ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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