Initial Publication Date: September 21, 2006


University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future ULSF assists colleges and universities in making sustainability an integral part of curriculum research operations and outreach. ULSF is also the secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration 1990 which has been signed by more than 300 university presidents and chancellors around the world.


Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability

The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability UMACS is a new organization focusing on sustainability in higher education institutions throughout the region. Hosted by The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in central Minnesota with support from the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance UMACS serves as a networking tool information resource and conference organizer for faculty physical plant professionals campus administrators students and others seeking to place their campuses on a more sustainable footing.


Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Author: Suzanne Savanick Science Education Resource Center Based on tool developed by Juian Daurtremont-Smith Environmental Studies Major Lewis and Clark College.

In this course example students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university. Students analyze findings and present information to the college or university community. The course is built around the Guidelines for College-Level Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories developed at Lewis and Clark College. The example also includes links to numerous resources on college and university projects and on climate change.


Campus Nitrogen Budget

In this example students use a tool from urban ecology the nitrogen budget to research the inputs outputs and subsystem transfers of nitrogen on the college or university campus. Through this research the nutrient budget frames campus environmental assessments with ecological metrics. Energy use is a substantial component of the campus nitrogen budget.


National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Energy Reources

The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program supports college and university efforts to transform the nation's campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society and training a new generation of environmental leaders. The Campus Ecology website includes a wealth of information for students staff and faculty about campus sustainability including campus energy use. The energy area includes information on exemplary college energy projects and steps to how to conduct an energy audit.


Environment and the Earth Class

This course at the University of South Carolina is an example of a project for a large lecture class that collected data on campus energy use. Approximately 150 undergraduate students in the Environment and the Earth class at the University of South Carolina participated in a campus environmental service-learning project. The students collected data on lighting water fixtures recycling bins and trash in five academic buildings. Signs were hung in the buildings and data were collected a second time.


Campus Climate Challenge

The Campus Climate Challenge will engage students faculty and staff at 500 college campuses in the U.S. and Canada in a long-term campaign to eliminate global warming pollution. The Challenge will help create an online community of climate activists to share ideas find resources and strengthen the vital work that each of us is doing on our own campuses.


Service-Learning in the Geosciences

Author: Suzanne Savanick

This website module describes how service-learning may be incorporated in to geoscience courses. Exploring energy use at a college is a potential service-learning opportunity. Other campus service-learning projects are included as examples in the module.


National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Author: SUNY Buffalo Clyde Herreid Director

This large site has information about the use of the case teaching method many example peer-reviewed cases in science assessing student learning with cases conference and workshop information teachers who use the case study method and more. Three Carleton faculty Debby Walser-Kuntz Sarah Deel and Susan Singer have published a peer-reviewed case at this site titled SNPs and snails and puppy dog tails and thats what people are made of A Case Study on Genome Privacy.


Thinking Across Perspectives and Disciplines

Author: Matthew Miller and Veronica Boix Mansilla

GoodWork Project Report Series Number 27Interdisciplinary Studies ProjectProject ZeroHarvard Graduate School of EducationMarch 2004

This article sketches out some challenges cognitive bridges and degrees of integration in group settings for interdisciplinary work that aims to be integrative. This essay grows out of actual research from the HarvardInterdisciplinary Studies Project at Project Zero based on interviews of 200 people working on exemplar interdisciplinary research and teaching. This article was an optional reading for the workshop.


Problem-Based Learning

Author: University of Deleware

To quote this web site Problem-based learning PBL is an instructional method that challenges students to learn to learn working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically and to find and use appropriate learning resources. This web site is a rich source of resources and problems for the pedagogical approach of problem-based learning. You can find articles books sample problems syllabi course information conferences and more.


Campus-Based Learning

Author:Suzanne Savanick

This website module describes how faculty can use campus projects in introductory geoscience courses. The website explores the pedogogical and practical benefits of using campus examples and describes in step-by-step detail how faculty can incorporate campus projects in courses. Several example courses explore energy-related issues including: Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Environmental Assessment Course and Campus Nitrogen Budget.


Washington State University Energy Program Library


Interdisciplinary Teaching: Analyzing Consensus and Conflict in Environmental Studies

Author(s): Jill Cavigilia-Harris/ James Hartley

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Vol 5 No 4 pp 395-40.