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Sustainability: Educational Initiatives

Infusing the Subject of Sustainability into Curriculum

On February 3, 2012 Columbia State Community College had its first Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to give faculty members the opportunity to converse with various resource experts from the community and their own college peers to discover how the concept of sustainability (including but not limed to the reconciliation of environmental, social, and economic demands) is relevant within their own discipline. The expectation of this workshop was to assist faculty in incorporating the subject of sustainability into their course(s) within a year and to survey students after the assignment to glean their understanding. Mandy Carter-Lowe, an Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia State, was the workshop facilitator. Ms. Carter-Lowe had attended AASHE’s “Sustainability across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop” where she was presented with strategies that would assist other faculty in infusing the subject of sustainability in course curriculum.

Project Goal 1:

Increase Columbia State student awareness of the importance of living and working in a manner that enhances the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our community through education, and community engagement.

Project Goal 2:

Create an online repository of assignments to be located on the sustainability website. The objective of this repository will be to emphasize what Columbia State faculty are doing in regards to increasing student awareness. The repository will also help other faculty and schools (community colleges especially) discover ways to infuse assignments related to sustainability into their curriculum.

Current Status:

We currently have several faculty who have infused sustainability assignments into their current curriculum.

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