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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Across the Curriculum

Integrating Sustainability Principles & Practices

For sustainability to truly become part of our students' thinking and behaviors, we must infuse the courses with environmental and social sustainability principles. This can be as overt as assigning students to attend and report on an event run by the Office of Sustainability, or as indirect as reading the works of an influential naturalist in a literature course.

The Office of Sustainability houses a list of projects  that are appropriate in scope for a course or course module, while also enabling students to contribute meaningfully to the overall sustainability efforts at the University through their coursework. We are available to work with faculty and students to integrate these important projects with existing or new courses.

Other Universities have provided some exceptional models of integrating sustainability in university curriculum.

Chesapeake Project: Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

"This two-day workshop is based on a model developed at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Hundreds of faculty members have participated in their institutions' respective workshops and have revised hundreds of course syllabi to include sustainability."

Piedmont Project:

"The Piedmont Project emerged as a grassroots effort on the part of a group of faculty to strengthen Emory's engagement with environmental issues and sustainability. At the heart of the project is a curriculum development effort that seeks to foster an invigorated intellectual community to address global issues and local sustainability challenges."

Curriculum for the Bioregion:

"Curriculum for the Bioregion is an initiative of the Washington Center that aims to prepare undergraduates to live in a world where the complex issues of environmental quality, community health and well-being, environmental justice, and sustainability are paramount."

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration:

"All across the country, Catholic colleges and universities are actively working to reduce their carbon emissions and energy consumption, integrate sustainability into their curricula, and foster ecological awareness across their campus communities.

"Yet while many Catholic schools have successfully taken steps to integrate sustainability into their institutions, we believe more can to be done to ensure that these efforts are thoroughly grounded in Catholic mission and identity."


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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