Initial Publication Date: October 15, 2018

Sustaining Your Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Program: Opportunities and Resources

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: David Blockstein (Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences), Sue Ebanks (Savannah State University), and Walter Robinson (North Carolina State University)

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

Registration is closed.


A strong cross-campus environmental or sustainability program has a shared vision and robust administrative structure, and attracts and serves students with diverse backgrounds and aspirations. It offers pathways to a broad understanding of the environment together with specialized skills and knowledge that prepare students for their careers and lives as problem-solvers or problem-preventers. This interactive webinar is designed for leaders or faculty in existing or developing interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability programs that extend beyond a single department. We will discuss challenges and opportunities for these programs, and describe resources including the NAGT Traveling Workshop Program, content on the website of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC), the Association for Environmental Sciences and Studies (AESS) and the scholarship of Dr. Shirley Vincent, formerly of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences.


By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn approaches for meeting the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary programs
  • Learn about resources for interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability programs
  • Have opportunities to share their own situations and provide suggestions and raise questions.


Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
- Online web presentation via Zoom meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar. We encourage participants to view the websites of the organizations mentioned in the workshop summary.

Registration is closed.

Please email Mitchell Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.


David Blockstein, Senior Adviser, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

Sue Ebanks, Associate Professor, Marine & Environmental Sciences, Savannah State University

Walter Robinson, Professor, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University


1) Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC

2) Thriving in the Swamp: Challenges and Opportunities (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 9.5MB Oct31 18) - Walt Robinson

  • What are the biggest challenges that your environmental or sustainability program faces?
  • How have you overcome these challenges?
  • What opportunities to do see for interdisciplinary programs?

3) An Example of an Interdisciplinary Environmental Program: Marine & Environmental Sciences, Savannah State University (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.3MB Oct31 18) - Sue Ebanks

4) Resources for Programs (PowerPoint 17.8MB Oct31 18) - David Blockstein

  • NAGT Traveling Workshop Program
  • InTeGrate website
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
  • Scholarship of Dr. Shirley Vincent

5) Discussion

How do you engage faculty who teach in your program but whose tenure home is in another department? If your program has transitioned from a certificate or a minor to a major or from a program to a department what have been your successful strategies? How have you been able to get senior administrators such as deans to support your interdisciplinary program? Have you used tools such as SWOT analysis, power mapping and curriculum matrices in strategic planning for your program? Other questions from participants.

6) Concluding remarks by presenters

7) Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC

8) Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 751.6MB Nov2 18).