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Teaching Sustainability: Start Here!

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University of Utah Sustainability Resources: Get Involved!

  • Make sure to check out the Office of Sustainability website. 
  • Join the Wasatch Experience: "The Wasatch Experience [coordinated by the Office of Sustainability] engages educators in a two-day, team-based workshop in August, followed by regular small-group meetings during the school year. Participants design and implement an action plan to integrate the big ideas of sustainability into their courses. Upon program completion, participants are awarded $500 and receive the University Sustainability Teaching Scholar designation."

          The next cohort of the Wasatch Experience starts in 2018-2019. Interested in joining? Fill out this form.

  • Participate in the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community: "A faculty learning community (FLC) comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty devoted to enhancing teaching, learning, and the university experience. FLCs have been shown to increase faculty interest in teaching and learning while providing a safe space for faculty to explore and implement new approaches, give and receive feedback, and generate a knowledge base accessible to the broader University community." - Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the University of Utah

          The Sustainability Faculty Learning Community is a monthly meeting open to faculty with interests in sustainability. Sign up here. 2017 - 2018 meetings to be announced soon!

Quick Tips for Integrating Sustainability in a Course

  • When teaching a core course concept or skill, use sustainability-related examples.
  • Ask students to apply your disciplinary content by reflecting on questions like:
    • What is the public purpose of my discipline and how do the knowledge and skills I've gained impact real people in real communities?
    • How can we use what we are learning to make the world a better place?
    • How can my discipline inform solutions to poverty, injustice, and limits to growth globally and locally?
    • How can we create processes, policies, and/or products without side effects that hurt individuals and communities, e.g., pollution?
  • Engage with real world problem solving projects, capstones, or community engaged learning experiences so students can work with communities towards sustainability.
  • Add sustainability-related learning outcomes into your course objectives.
  • Select any of the learning activities here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Join the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community or Wasatch Experience Workshop (link to faculty resources page coming soon)

Consider where your discipline fits:

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE is an invaluable sustainability tool for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Utah. All campus-affiliated individuals can log in but are required to create a username and password. 

In AASHE, you can find:

Marriott Library Eccles Library Quinney Law Library