Curriculum

Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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The Choose Earth Certificate: A Hands-on Approach to Improving Sustainability in Study Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

The Choose Earth certificate is an optional, add-on program that students can choose to participate in while studying abroad with TEAN. It was born from our organization's Choose Earth ...

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AIM2Flourish: Using Business for Good Education to Mobilize for a Just Transition

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ...

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The Process of Developing a Sustainability Certificate Program

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This talk will cover the three-year process of developing and launching an interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate at the University of North Carolina Asheville. The multi-step process included developing campus support (with ...

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Veterans and Sustainability Education: Why Aren't we Taking Better Advantage of it?

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

While many veterans take advantage of the educational benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the number of student veterans participating in the earned benefit by the Veterans ...

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Own Your own Backyard: Farm to Keg

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will be a reflective narrative of multiple voices from a research project intended to assess the transformational learning of students engaged in a partnership between Grand Valley State ...

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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 ...

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Campus as a Living Lab Curriculum: Lessons from a Diversity of Institutional Types

  • Michael Roy Iversen, Urban and Campus Sustainability Consultancy (IL)

The 'campus as a living lab' approach blends academic curriculum and campus facilities management, so as to both benefit students with experiential, real-world learning, and institutions with a purposeful means ...

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SDG101: Sustainable development integration in the classroom with the SDG Academy

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

The SDG Academy creates and curates the best available educational content on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and makes it available as a public good. As the flagship education ...

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We Need the Leaders to Make it Happen

  • Radford University (VA)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The world is facing unprecedented sustainability challenges. While overcoming these challenges is daunting, it is reassuring to know that viable solutions already exist, and that in many cases we simply ...

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SCP Arts: A Collaborative, Applied Learning Partnership Model for Creative Community Engagement

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Communities locally and globally face the challenge of re-imagining and implementing systems that restore interconnected human and environmental well-being. Creative forms of engagement can inspire broad-sector participation with community sustainability ...

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Valuing What We Teach, Along With How We Teach in Sustainability Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Education for sustainability is critical in preparing future generations with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to address the sustainability problems that challenge the health and stability of our world ...

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A Living Lab Approach to Saving The Farm

  • Butler University (IN)

The Farm at Butler University has existed for 10 years without dedicated administrative funding. With no immediate funding support from the University planned, the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability ...

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Open Access Sustainability Survey Data: How to integrate a longitudinal dataset into your classroom

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Many people call for research data to be made publicly available and praise those who publish their work in open access outlets. But what good is such data if no ...

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Creating Pathways to Empower Sustainability Professionals

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (OR)

Sustainability professionals lead organizations and communities in driving social justice, environmental health, and a regenerative economy. For graduates of sustainability-oriented academic programs, professional, post-nominal, credentials help create an immediate on-ramp ...

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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 ...

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Increasing Access to Sustainability Education Through Online Programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Education has long been seen as crucial to supporting the needed sustainability transitions. Yet if these sustainability transitions are going to be just and inclusive than so must the education ...

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Successes and Lessons Learned: Using Digital Badges to Engage Students in Sustainability

  • Central Community College (NE)

In 2015, Central Community College embarked on a series of sustainability digital badging projects in an effort to engage students, faculty, and the community on sustainability topics. To that end ...

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Breaking into Academics Without a PhD: Creating Sustainability Curriculum from Facilities

  • Florida State University (FL)

How can Offices of Sustainability change the academic culture of their institutions without an academic home? Colleges and universities are institutions of learning, and sustainability curriculum that engages students in ...

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Producing Podcasts in the Classroom: A Case Study from ENST 300 - Environmental Justice

  • Lawrence University (WI)

This session will focus on how to guide students through the process of scripting, recording, producing, distributing, and assessing podcasts as a course project. It will draw on specific examples ...

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Preparing a Faculty Cohort to Facilitate Internal Curriculum Integration Workshops

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Dallas College (TX)

An increasing number of colleges & universities are working to integrate sustainability & social justice into the curriculum. This often involves faculty development workshops led by external facilitators. In-house efforts ...

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New Methodology and Measurement Tool Linking Curricula to the 2030 Agenda and University Strategy

  • Copenhagen Business School

At Copenhagen Business School (CBS), 2008 marked the beginning of a university-wide effort towards connecting curriculum to Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainability (RES). As a United Nations PRME (Principles of Responsible ...

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Embedding SDG competencies into global education curriculum

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

This session will discuss the process of designing global education programs that educate for SDG competencies and measure progress in SDG comprehension through pre- and post-program assessment. The session will ...

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Engaged Learning in the Landscape

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

Land grant institutions have historically used the campus landscape as a classroom and laboratory for teaching, research and outreach on agricultural topics. Contemporary challenges urged us to expand this model ...

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Social Justice in Learning Outcomes: Environmental Literacy in an Indigenous Language Hotspot

  • Everett Community College (WA)

This session introduces a bottom-up approach to curriculum in environmental literacy, aligned explicitly to social justice learning outcomes at a state community college in Everett, Washington. Presented herein are three ...

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Meeting Immediate Needs: A Curriculum for Worker Cooperatives

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Cooperacion Santa Ana (CA)

UCI Community Resilience Projects fosters people-centered and inclusive solutions to climate challenges. Our community-driven academic partnerships work from a shared understanding that the problems of climate change, racism and all ...

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Enlightened Education: Solar Engineering Design to Energize School Facilities

  • Madison Area Technical College (WI)

This presentation will explore the potential for universities, colleges, and K-12 schools to implement solar electric infrastructure projects on their campus that also provide a learning environment and instructional opportunities ...

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A Global Affairs Office and a Sustainability Office: What's the Connection?

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Over the past year, the University of California, Davis Global Affairs office and the Office of Sustainability have collaborated in ways that are mutually supportive of each office's mission ...

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Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience: A Just Transition Introductory Curriculum

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Developed at UC Irvine and in its ninth year, the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR) is an annual three-day residential program that provides a select cohort of incoming ...

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Transitioning the Culinary Industry though Transformative Culinary Education

  • Johnson & Wales University (NC)
  • Johnson & Wales University, Providence (RI)

The foodservice industry is one of the most influential towards building a just and sustainable future. Food being the critical link, it is evident that culinary education programs in higher ...

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Sustainability and Competency Based Education

  • Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

Colleges are becoming more experimental in their desire to provide access to underserved populations (Sturgis, et al, 2016). New methods include badging, micro-credentials, and competency-based education (CBE). Each delivery platform ...

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Transformational Education or Transforming Education?

  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In order to mobilize a just transition, transformation in how we think, act and our sense of being in the world envisioning a holistic approach of head, hands and heart ...

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Rethinking Your Campus: Creative Curriculum, Programs, and Policies that Address a Just Transition

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Adapting to climate change and interrelated social crises is no easy feat, especially for campus systems with longstanding institutional frameworks. Key to this shift is to encourage broad student, campus ...

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Lessons From the Field of Education: Bridging Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability

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

Social justice (i.e. equity) is one of sustainability's '3Es,' alongside the economy and environment. Yet too often, these 'Es' are framed with shaky connections or as separate spheres ...

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Building Your Campus Energy Workforce: Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are exploding with interest from students while colleges and universities across the country are working to rapidly deploy both solutions. How can these interests be ...

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Partnering the university with correctional facilities for equitable education

  • Butler University (IN)

College is a privilege not accessible to everyone. The structure of higher education is elitist and promotes a specific ideology in even the most liberal of schools. How can we ...

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Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education Through Service-Learning

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Saint Joseph's College - ME (ME)
  • Maine Campus Compact (ME)

In 2017, in partnership with Campus Compact offices throughout Southern New England, Maine Campus Compact (MCC) awarded subgrants to 14 interdisciplinary faculty teams across four states (CT, MA, ME, NH ...

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The Challenge and Promise of a Living Building Project in a Dynamic Urban Ecosystem

  • Unity College (ME)
  • Thornton Tomasetti (ME)
  • Simons Architects (ME)

Where many people see an unassuming drab brick building in a corner of Portland, Maine's, historic waterfront, Unity College sees an unprecedented opportunity for a physical manifestation our sustainability ...

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Podcasts and Podcasting for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Central College (IA)
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

This session explores podcasting as a tool for sustainability in higher education. A panel of three podcast producers will share examples of how they have used podcasts to support sustainability ...

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Issues Don't Move People; Stories do - Using Films to Catalyze Student and Community Engagement

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

When it comes to films, too often our focus is on what appears on the screen when the projector turns on. But our focus really needs to be on action--what ...

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Innovative Pedagogies for Climate Change Education across the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

A growing body of research is examining climate change education, in part due to the urgent need for educational programs to prepare the next generation of students to help lead ...

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A Bibliometric Review of Higher Education Sustainability Competency Literature

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Amidst unprecedented climate changes that threaten human existence, higher education has a responsibility to educate our students, the future leaders at the helm of this crisis. Reacting to impending climate ...

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Sustainable Behavior Lab - An interdisciplinary approach for Student Affairs

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Discovering ways to generate sustainable behaviors on campus can be a daunting challenge for students, faculty, and staff. Efforts to promote activities that foster individual actions for collective sustainability impact ...

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Integrating the UN SDGs into Study Abroad Programs

  • Susquehanna University (PA)

This session will discuss how the UN SDGs can provide for an enriching and transformative study abroad program. Susquehanna University's study abroad program is a graduation requirement for all ...

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Using Equitable & Accessible Teaching Practices to Support Students With Disabilities in Your Course

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Are you truly utilizing inclusive pedagogy in your instruction to ensure that your content is accessible for all students? Do you plan lessons, assignments, and assessments with your students' learning ...

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Adaptive Mindsets for Transformative Action

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Expertise and good intentions are only part of the equation. To achieve what Stephen Sterling calls 'a transformative response,' we also need adaptive mindsets. In this interactive session, we'll ...

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Just Transition: To a Circular Economy

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Moving from our current extractive economy to a regenerative economy is no longer a question of how but a question of how quickly'. Learn ways to help your institution transition ...

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Archiving the campus as a living laboratory: preserving a long memory for transformative change

  • University of Utah (UT)

Sustainable change on campus is often driven by student-led projects, project-oriented courses and co-curricular activities associated with the Sustainability Office. However, aside from dissertations and theses, student work is seldom ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Energy Immersions: multi-disciplinary trips exploring energy transitions, communities, and justice.

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

A critical role of sustainability in higher education is to prepare the next generation of leaders to enact just transitions in food, transportation, health, industrial, and energy systems. Enacting system ...

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