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Sustainability Education within an Earth Science Course at a Small Liberal Arts Institution
Becca Edwards, Southwestern University
Becca Paulsen Edwards, Department of Physics, Southwestern UniversityOne of the benefits of teaching at a liberal arts college is the diverse makeup of the students in each class. Teaching these students, who are ...

Credibility as a Challenge in the Integration of Science and Sustainability
Holly Ewing, Bates College
Holly Ewing, Environmental Studies, Bates College I teach interdisciplinary courses in the sciences (combining geology, ecology, and chemistry) within an environmental studies program, and I would describe my ...

It's About Community-Building: The Journey towards Sustainability at Central College
Jim Zafiro, Central College
Let me begin by volunteering that I consider myself "a recovering academic." My academic degree and professional research is in African studies, with specialization in mass media and politics in southern African states. For nearly twenty years, I did what most of us do: teach and do research in my areas of disciplinary expertise, although being in a three-person department did force me to be very broad within four major subfields of political science. But hey: I was an Africanist, right?

Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Darren Leaver, Glendale Community College
Darren Leaver, Geography, Glendale Community College (CA) Based on a faculty and student initiative, Glendale Community College (GCC) initiated a sustainability program in October 2010, including the establishment ...

Global Security = Human Sustainability
Dorothea Ivanova, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
Melanie Wetzel, Dorothea Ivanova, and Phil Jones; Department of Meteorology and Department of Global Studies and Intelligence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Academic programs at the Prescott, Arizona campus ...

Bridging the Gap
Amy Gates-Young, Central College
Global Sustainability is an area of strength at Central College, and it is therefore infused throughout the various areas of the college. The administration of the college has visibly supported sustainability by signing the Talloires Agreement and the President's Climate Commitment. This dedication to sustainability also extends to our facilities planning, with three LEED-certified projects having been completed since 2003. Central College is in an especially active stage of curricular development for sustainability-related topics. We have a strong and vibrant program in Environmental Studies, offering both a major and minor. Having unanimously passed the Global Sustainability core requirement as part of recent curricular revisions, the number of courses with a focus on sustainability is increasing each semester. To encourage this growth, the college recently hosted the "Prairie Project", a three-day interdisciplinary workshop on sustainability curriculum development and the resources available to faculty members.

Service as Means of Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Maureen Muldoon, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Maureen Muldoon, Geology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Most of my interdisciplinary teaching on sustainability topics takes place outside the context of traditional classroom courses. Budget constraints at ...

Historicizing Water and Development
Abigail Schade, Davidson College
Abigail Schade, History and Environmental Studies, Davidson College As a historian, I hear historical reasoning — whether implicit or explicit — in many discussions about sustainability and development. Human ...

Modeling Interdisciplinarity
Ed Barbanell, University of Utah
Ed Barbanell, Philosophy, University of Utah Any sensible discussion about "sustainability" must, by its very nature, be inclusive, requiring interactive dialogues with a broad array people about a great ...

The Waldo Canyon wildfire: A case study of the western urban-wilderness interface
Mari Lee, Colorado College
Mari Titcombe Lee, Environmental Program, Colorado College I feel the need to premise my essay with an acknowledgement - I am a novice when it comes to teaching sustainability in a formal educational setting. My ...

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