Initial Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Moving sustainability forward through community partnerships, collaborative initiatives, and earth advocacy

Monday, May 8th

12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Presenters: Sarah Fortner (Wittenberg University) and Sean Cornell (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Service to communities and earth advocacy empowers students and faculty as change agents. There are numerous approaches to introduce these topics, but integrating them into the curriculum and campus ethos takes sustained effort. This webinar will provide examples and strategies to incorporate these topics into your course, program, or campus. Sarah Fortner, the Wittenberg University Implementation program leader and A Growing Concern module co-author, will provide strategies for partnering with local experts to tackle community challenges or to advocate for policy change. She will highlight a course and programmatic approach centered around collecting or analyzing data. Sean Cornell, the Shippensburg University Implementation program leader and Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society course co-author, will discuss the successes of the implementation program to integrate sustainability into general education curriculum and enhance service-learning, co-curricular opportunities for students, and professional development opportunities for faculty. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding sustainability and serving communities.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • examples of service to communities and earth advocacy that can be incorporated into a course or curriculum;
  • strategies to empower students and faculty to strengthen sustainability on campus and in the community;
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials;
  • new colleagues engaged in this work.


Time - 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Sarah Fortner, Geology and Environmental Science, Wittenberg University

Sean Cornell, Geography and Earth Science, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania


ITG webinar SustainCommunity 5_8_17 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 23.9MB May8 17)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Course to multi-program approaches to serving the community – Sarah Fortner

  • Identifying major resource and environmental health challenges to the campus and our surrounding community to address in the curriculum
  • Centering community-based projects around these challenges and the analyses of relevant data and/or advocacy (e.g. policy)
  • Project design emphasizes reflection on student, community, and partner perspectives
  • Building relationships expands collaboration and our impact in the communities we serve

3) Integrating active stewardship in courses, co-curricular programs, and professional development to empower students, faculty and community partners to think more sustainably – Sean Cornell

  • Enhancing general education courses at Shippensburg University with sustainability
  • Engaging co-curricular programs to strengthen stewardship and service learning on/off campus
  • Facilitating student-led efforts to embrace sustainability through campus-community pledge
  • Building multi-disciplinary partnerships through field-based professional development experiences for faculty and student leaders

4) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: What are examples of moving sustainability forward in your course or on your campus? What
  • are challenges to incorporating serving communities or sustainability into your course or on your campus?
  • webinar chat 5_8_17 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 98kB May8 17)

5) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

6) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 626.7MB May8 17).