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Improvement of a Sustainable World through the Application of Innovative Didactic Tools in Green Chemistry Teaching: A Review

  • Wrocław University of Science and Technology
  • War Studies University/Akademia Sztuki Wojennej (Warszawa)

This article aims to analyze the potential of new technologies in the area of green chemistry didactics. When viewed through the lens of systems thinking, the use of these ubiquitous ...


Empirical evidence that concept mapping reduces neurocognitive effort during concept generation for sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainable development is a systems problem that requires a shift in thinking from individual parts to the relationships between them. Enabling those involved in the development process to more quickly ...


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 ...


Systems thinking approaches for international green chemistry education

  • University of York

This overview outlines the recent progress made in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through educators incorporating systems thinking approaches within green and sustainable chemistry education. A blend of ...


Integrating the Molecular Basis of Sustainability into General Chemistry through Systems Thinking

  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)
  • The King's University (AB)
  • Imperial College London

The flow of materials and energy through society is an integral but poorly visible element of global sustainability agendas such as the Planetary Boundaries Framework and the UN Sustainable Development ...


International Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education via Systems Thinking

  • Universidad de Córdoba

Various international perspectives from selected regions where substantial work is being done on green and sustainable chemistry education emphasize a systems thinking framework. Common to most of the perspectives is ...


Roles of Systems Thinking within Green Chemistry Education: Reflections from Identified Challenges in a Disadvantaged Context

  • University of Venda (South Africa)

Systems thinking is currently envisaged as a useful educational approach to teaching about sustainability (including green chemistry education) because of the high number of interrelated factors involved and the need ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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The Mystery Method Reconsidered—A Tool for Assessing Systems Thinking in Education for Sustainable Development

  • Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • University of Kiel
  • University of Hamburg

Influence diagrams, derived from the mystery method as its learning output, represent an externalization of systems thinking and are, therefore, valid to research; so far they have not been conceptualized ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Weaving Equity and Sustainability into the Fabric of Higher Education: The University of Utah Experience

  • University of Utah (UT)

Sustainability is an idea that is celebrated, loathed, or deemed entirely useless given its many meanings and approaches. While scholars broadly agree it must include merging ecology, economy, and equity ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Tools for Design and Sustainability

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

This is an online course on sustainable engineering and design. It includes curriculum, exercises / homeworks, and examples of student work on: - Life cycle assessment - Systems thinking (including Whole System Mapping ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2019
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Introduction to Systems Thinking for the Chemistry Education Community

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)
  • American Chemical Society (DC)

Within recent history, both science research and science education have been largely reductionist in perspective. While the reductionist approach has resulted in a significant increase in our knowledge of the ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Civil and Environmental Systems Minor

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The Civil and Environmental Systems is unique because it combines principles and knowledge from across civil, environmental and systems engineering into a hyper-concentrated study focused on both the built and ...

  • Posted June 14, 2019
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Addressing Compost Contamination Through Systems Thinking

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Discover UW-Madison’s compost collection journey! The UW-Madison (UW) began composting its food scraps at its agricultural research station just off campus in 2009. Since then, the UW has overcome ...


Complexity in Education for Sustainable Consumption—An Educational Data Mining Approach using Mysteries

  • University of Kiel
  • University of Hamburg

Systems thinking is one of the skills necessary for sustainable behavior, especially regarding sustainable consumption. Students are faced with complexity and uncertainty while taking part in it and other daily ...


Key competencies, complex systems thinking, and economics education for sustainability

  • Anglia Ruskin University

The concept of key competencies is an important element of education for sustainability. The cornerstone of key competencies is complex systems thinking. Most who argue for the integration of key ...


Think outside the European box: Identifying sustainability competencies for a base of the pyramid context

  • Wageningen University

The complex and global nature of unsustainability requires concerted efforts of sustainability change agents from developed and developing countries all over the world. Various attempts have been made to define ...


Designing Sustainable Systems (PhD)

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The PhD track in Management: “Designing Sustainable Systems” program is designed for DM students who want to build on their DM research and produce a doctoral dissertation that meets academic ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Education for Sustainability Policies: Ramifications for Practice

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Deakin University

While it is well understood there is an urgent need to address global environmental problems, there is less understanding around how these problems can be addressed. At each level of ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Deep learning for a sustainability mindset

  • University of Oulu
  • United Nations Global Compact (NY)

While ‘sustainability’ in management education is mostly addressed from a technical perspective, the emotional and ‘being’ aspects can be key for creating a new mindset. In this paper the authors ...


Using the U.N. SDGs to Foster Systems Thinking in Incoming First-Year Students

  • Valencia College (FL)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is an annual program that engages incoming freshman in STEM research and career pathway exploration in a week long experience. In previous years, SSI students ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Complex Adaptive Systems Science Concentration

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Complex adaptive systems science is the study of interactive and dynamic systems that change over time, producing their own emergent properties. The complex adaptive systems science graduate certificate can be ...

  • Posted Nov. 2, 2018
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Environmental Systems (MS)

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Environmental Systems is an interdisciplinary Masters of Science program that helps students better understand and shape the complex systems that underpin our society. The three focus area options for this ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Earth Systems Bachelor

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human interaction with natural systems. Earth Systems majors become ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Lorax 2.0: Twenty Questions for Standing in Solidarity with Living Systems in Sustainability Research in Higher Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Ethical alignment and systems thinking are at the core of sustainability considerations. How can colleges apply sustainability approaches to the process of academic research itself? Researching sustainability similarly invites ethical ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Mapping Your Campus Metabolism: Taking a Systems Approach to Understanding Material Flows on Your Campus

  • Furman University (SC)

As campuses strive to become increasingly more sustainable, a comprehensive, integrated systems understanding of a university's campus metabolism and key material flows (water, energy, food, and materials) is essential ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Three Views of Systems Theories and their Implications for Sustainability Education

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of London

Worldwide, there is an emerging interest in sustainability and sustainability education. A popular and promising approach is the use of systems thinking. However, the systems approach to sustainability has neither ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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An experience-based learning framework: Activities for the initial development of sustainability competencies

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

Purpose - This paper aims to present an experience-based learning framework that provides a bottom-up, student-centered entrance point for the development of systems thinking, normative and collaborative competencies in sustainability.

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Future-oriented higher education: Which key competencies should be fostered through university teaching and learning?

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Universities play an important role in shaping the future of the world society in terms of sustainable development by generating new knowledge as well as contributing to the development of ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Applied Sustainability Education with a Systems Science Emphasis at a STEM University

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

In the southeastern U.S., the Sustainability Studies bachelors program at F.I.T. is one of the first of its type among STEM universities. A preliminary case study is ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Educational Sustainability Leadership

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this session, there will be a discussion about the importance of creating leaders in education that understand sustainability. The term educational sustainability will be defined and described in order ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Systems Thinking for Campus Sustainability: Utilizing the University of Central Florida Campus as a Living Laboratory

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

In Spring of 2016, UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems. The 14 week course introduces ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Learning outcomes for sustainable development in higher education

This paper sets out to discuss the commonalities that can be found in learning outcomes (LOs) for education for sustainable development in the context of the Tbilisi and Barcelona declarations ...


UBC Okanagan Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan - Aspiring toward Regenerative Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This case study describes how UBC Okanagan created and leveraged an opportunity to develop an innovative, holistic campus sustainability plan that responds to UBC’s regenerative aspirations; what the Plan ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Development of a Carbon Capital Methodology for use by the Higher Education Community

  • Ball State University (IN)

Over a multiyear period, Ball State University collaborated in the development and piloted the implementation of a new methodology by which colleges and universities can qualify their carbon reduction credits ...


Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Why is true sustainability so hard to achieve? Behind every environmentally friendly practice is a web of consequences, trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers — and this undergraduate minor administered by the Institute ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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"Seeing Systems" Discussion Activity on Peace, Justice and Sustainability Issues

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This discussion

activity takes students and other campus participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Missing the wood for the trees: systemic defects and the future of education for sustainable development

The division in approaches to education for sustainable development (ESD) as described by Vare and Scott is revisited. A strong bias in ESD towards personal behaviour change and aspirations to ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Integration and Application of Sustainability Projects within Health Sciences: Facilitating Sustainability and Systems Education

  • University of Utah (UT)

Engaging underserved populations in sustainability issues is a challenge that cuts across disciplines. For Health Sciences it is particularly challenging, as it is a matter often seen as outside the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Designing A Systems Based Curriculum to Develop 21st Century Sustainability Literacy and Communication

  • Prescott College (AZ)

This interactive and innovative dissertation case study challenges the status-quo of modern education by offering a new model based off of living systems design. By identifying linear and industrial design ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Systems Toolbox for Sustainability

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

All of life and design consists of system. We are composed of systems and contained in systems. Creating meaningful change requires that we know how to find, describe, design, fix ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Systems: Coming in at the ground floor

  • The New School (NY)

Our case study presents the development of a required course for all first year students, a cohort of approximately 900 students. Students learn about the challenges and opportunities presented by ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Systems Approach to Supporting Curricular Innovations

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

UST faculty, through grass-roots efforts, have transformed piecemeal efforts to integrate sustainability into their courses into a system that encourages the integration of sustainability throughout the curriculum. Our system consists ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using Whole Systems Design to Teach Sustainability Leadership

  • Creighton University (NE)

For the last three years, I have successfully taught a course that I designed entitled 'Sustainability Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Approach' to doctoral students in a leadership program. This presentation will ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Systems Management Curriculum

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

A new Sustainable Systems Management major is being planned for implementation in Fall 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the first time. The context surrounding the introduction ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Working Differently Together

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (WI)

"Working Differently Together" will examine the differences, similarities, and advantages found in proven as well as up-and-coming Systems Thinking Methodologies as tools for creative thinking and problem solving. Too many ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Change through Systemic Thinking & Resilient Practices

  • Co3 Consulting (WA)

The juxtaposition of the Iceberg Method by Peter Senge and the Domains of Resilience created by the Institute of HeartMath is a great way to introduce systemic thinking and resilient ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mind Mapping: A Systems Thinking Application for Change Management

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Environmental Leadership Program (MD)

A growing number of students, faculty, and staff are increasingly concerned about their environmental impacts and demand immediate action to be taken. Despite good intentions, these same people can act ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Playbook: Systems Thinking for Sustainability Initiatives

  • Portland State University (OR)

Ideally, sustainability is infused throughout an university—from operations to curriculum. Different people hold different pieces of the puzzle that, when put together, create a whole picture that is greater ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Systems in Perspective: Our Collective Ecoliteracy of Home

  • Portland State University (OR)

For this temporary community we create at the 2014 AASHE Annual Conference, this installation provides an opportunity for us to fold together our ecological literacy, social sustainability, and collective creativity ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Maintaining Sustainability (and your Sanity): A Systems Approach

  • URS Corporation (MD)

University campuses are analogous to small cities, military installations, and in some cases, industrial facilities. The diverse operations and activities include research laboratories, conference centers and lodging, art studios, cafeterias ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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