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Integrating Sustainability

How can we encourage sustainability to be a theme in more of our classes? In May 2008 the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh presented the Winnebago Project, a two-day faculty workshop initiative for infusing sustainability into the curriculum. Participating were twelve faculty from twelve departments and three colleges.

Visit the website of the Winnebago Project to discover a series of PowerPoint presentations that cover a range of topics including:

  • Sustainability as an Essential Learning Outcome
  • Teaching in the Campus Sustainability Plan
  • The Environmental Studies Program
  • Sustainability in the Curriculum

Check out the resouces at Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Also take a look at the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability.
Sponsored by the US Partnership on Education for Sustainable Development, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability is an informal network of professional associations working on:

  • Professional development for association members
  • Educating the public about sustainability
  • Curricula, standards and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability
  • Legislative briefings on what higher education can bring to sustainability related policies
  • Cross disciplinary projects on education for sustainability

United States Global Change Research Program

Integrating federal research on climate and global change. Here you can find resources for educators and the educational community, including the Climate Literacy Framework and the Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit.

Here are a number of other links to educational information that you can integrate into your coursework.

  • The Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS) is a collaboration of Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. It is focused on the analysis, design, and use of science curriculum materials and the development of new leaders in science education. Funded through the National Science Foundation's Centers for Learning and Teaching program, CCMS is helping to enrich the national infrastructure for standards-based K-12 science, mathematics, and technology education.

  • The Breathing Earth simulation is a real-time simulation that displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

  • The Department of Energy's education programs help ensure an adequate supply of scientists, engineers and technicians for energy-related research, production activities, and the transfer of technology. The advancement of science, mathematics and technology education is an essential part of DOE's mission.
    DOE offers many Resources for Educators

  • Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs.

  • EPA for Students and Educators Get lesson plans and other information you can use when you teach. Learn about awards, grants, and training opportunities in your area, and how to get your students involved, no matter whether you teach in a traditional classroom setting, an outdoor classroom, a community center, or in your home.
    Learn how to apply for environmental education grants and student fellowships. Find out about the Environmental Education and Training Partnership. Discover which projects have earned a President's Environmental Youth Award.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Education coordinates NOAA's funding programs for education, publishes reports on science education and provides a wealth of content and links through its Education Strategic Plan

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Energy & Environment Gateway Links to all content on the RSC website related to environment, sustainability & energy.

  • Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education provides links for environmental resources in Pennsylvania - from nature centers to energy-saving products and professional development to funding resources.