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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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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 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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Mind Mapping: A Systems Thinking Application for Change Management

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Environmental Leadership Program

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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Wholly Frijoles! Teaching Sustainability Through Interactive Systems Thinking Education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation will be highly interactive and begin with participants playing and discussing “Wholly Frijoles” for about 40 minutes. The “Wholly Frijoles” simulation focuses on the use (and abuse) of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Investing in the Future: Extending Enterprise Innovation through Biomimicry, Living Systems Design, and Systems Ecology in a Graduate Ecopreneurship Course

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Two graduate faculty share their success strategies for cultivating student leadership in ecopreneurship to take sustainability deeper designing regenerative enterprises. Businesses using green practices and operations are a positive step ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ecosystems Planning: A Systems Approach to Sustainability Strategy

  • George Washington University (DC)

The George Washington University's Ecosystem Enhancement Plan complements the Climate Action Plan (2010) and the GWater Plan (2011). Through this plan GW reviews its impact and dependence on ecosystems ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing Change Through a Systems Approach to Sustainability

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Consider the difficulty a rider faces in trying to get an elephant to change to a new path as opposed to continuing to follow a well-worn and less rigorous path ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing a Systems Approach to Sustainability versus Behavior Modification

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Consider the difficulties a rider faces in trying to get an elephant to take a new path as opposed to a well-worn and less rigorous path. Promoting increased levels of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessment of Competency-based Sustainability Learning to Foster Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking

  • Michigan State University (MI)

A land-grant university launched a competency-based undergraduate sustainability program in fall 2010. The approach reflects an emphasis on fostering the learning paradigm that links the domains of learner, assessment, knowledge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Understanding, teaching, and influencing campus sustainability from a systems perspective

  • University of Vermont (VT)

One of the first steps in developing a campus sustainability program is to assess the degree to which sustainability currently exists on campus and trends toward or away from this ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Natures Coordinate System: Vertexia, Vector Equilibrium, C60 carbon molecule, explained using hands on modeling techniques.

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute (NY)

The basis of Natures Coordinate System comes from understanding the topological reasoning of R. Buckminster Fuller. He used the terminology "Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" as the subtitle to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Would You Like Crabs With That? A Complex Systems Simulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Over the past two years an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a major research university has designed and built a web-based multiplayer simulation game of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Campus Cultures of Sustainability - Part I: Systems Structures and Administration

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

As a gathering, we believe the AASHE Conference has tremendous potential to help build campus cultures of sustainability. The goal of our session is to help realize this vision by ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Designing Sustainability Curricula to Foster a New and Diverse Generation of Leaders

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Queen's University (ON)

Utilizing case studies of sustainability curricula at multiple universities, we will engage in a dialogue on how to educate a new generation of leaders on interdisciplinary sustainability thinking for a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessing Systems Thinking Skills of Apparel and Textiles Undergraduate Students

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The UN has challenged higher education to reorient education and integrate sustainability across all disciplines. This reorientation has pedagogical implications for advancing skills and attitudes supporting sustainable development. One skill ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Educators as Architects of Living Systems

  • Peralta Community Colleges District Office (CA)

Imagine a learning community as a wetland or a forest. Imagine a group of learners as a highly interdependent community, a vibrant living system not unlike an ecosystem in nature ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Innovation in Action: Leveraging a Whole Systems Approach to Sustainability Planning at UBC’s Okanagan Campus

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education is called to advance, demonstrate and model best practices in sustainability. But how can sustainability leaders move this agenda forward against the backdrop of current funding pressures and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Introduction to Sustainability (ACR 187 - Michigan State University)

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Integration of balance among social equity, ecological integrity, economic vitality, civic engagement, aesthetic understanding, critical thinking, systems thinking, personal development, and competency-based learning. Portfolio assessment. ACR 187 is an introductory ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Sustainable System Analysis Certificate

  • Duke University (NC)

The certificate in sustainable systems analysis provides graduate students enrolled at Duke University: 1) In-depth knowledge of sustainable sciences and sustainable systems theory as applied to global industry, supply chains ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MBA in Sustainable Systems

  • Pinchot University (WA)

The MBA in Sustainable Systems, also known as the “Hybrid program,” offers both a unique curriculum and a unique low residency format, combining monthly weekend “intensives” with distance learning. Students ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Sustainable Systems Engineering

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Sustainable Systems Engineering program focuses on preparing students to understand, analyze and drive change within your organization as it relates to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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