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Curriculum Development and Activities

Curriculum Hub: Providing Sustainable Education for the Next Generation

"The Veggie Van Organization is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that has facilitated the construction of CurriculumHub to promote sustainable education for the next generation...educates people about sustainable energy, and the impact that they can have by adopting it, through curriculum and educational materials that we create. (We) teach the science, technology, agribusiness, and ethics of a new and revolutionary Energy Industry that is creating the jobs and careers for the next generations. The Veggie Van Organization seeks a fundamental shift in society's understanding of and accountability for our natural resources."

Course Modules

Auburn Fall Line Project: Sustainability in the Curriculum

"Based on the nationally recognized Piedmont Project at Emory University, the Auburn Sustainability Initiative has begun the Fall Line Project. This is an innovative approach to curricular change that should be both an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for faculty across the range of disciplines at Auburn. Invited speakers and Auburn faculty facilitate discussion of sustainability and its role in the university curriculum. The workshop explores techniques for integrating these issues into our classes. Though we start by taking a close look at Auburn and the larger Eastern Alabama region, we invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. Skeptics, environmentalists, and those in between have found their various perspectives welcomed and enriched by the dialogue and the project activities."
Links to syllabi by these faculty page include : Art, Business, English, Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Piedmont Project

"Each summer since 2001, the Piedmont Project at Emory University has drawn together cohorts of roughly twenty faculty from diverse fields across the university to learn about environmental issues and sustainability. Development of new courses or course materials begins with a two-day introductory workshop in May, immediately after graduation, in which two to four faculty facilitators lead discussions about sustainability, environmental issues, the local Atlanta/Emory ecosystem, and political, economic, social, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of these issues."

Sustainability Concepts in Rider Courses

Going Green-Sustainability in Lawrence Township

Video produced by Farrah Thompson's Communication class at Rider during the fall 2007 semester. It is about 17 minutes long and provides an example of experiential learning about sustainability.

Syllabi and Curriculum Resources

Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education

"The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education encourages future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and social impacts. Our goal is bold and long-term: to radically re-orient the MBA degree to embrace the principles of corporate citizenship and sustainability."

Case studies of sustainability projects on campuses

“…environmentally conscious university and college students nationwide are looking to take matters into their own hands and improve the state of the environment by making their campuses eco-friendly.”

Educational Resources: K to Post-Doc

“…includes background information, games, cartoons, maps, images and other resources that can help site visitors to enhance their understanding of climate change or their ability to communicate to colleagues, the general public or students. Some of this material may be helpful to environmental, religious or civic groups as they communicate to their memberships or the public about climate change. Some materials such as maps may be useful to more advanced researchers as they prepare materials for public presentation.”

Environmental Education Collection (NAAEE)

"The Environmental Education Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators (updated 2004) is designed to help educators find curricula, multimedia resources, and other educational materials that can enhance teaching environmental education in a variety of settings...Curriculum guides and other educational materials included in The Environmental Education Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators were evaluated by teams of classrooms teachers, content experts, and environmental educators." Website has brief descriptions of curriculum or resource on this webpage.

Global Climate Change: NASA's eyes on the earth

"There are four interactive tools on the right hand side of this website: sea level viewer, climate time machine, global warming tube, and a climate blog. On the lower left side of the page, there is a "vital sign widget" that can be downloaded to track the "latest climate change data on your desktop." The toolbar at the top right hand side of the page has links to videos, podcasts, rss feeds and more. This a great educational tool.

Orbiting Carbon Observatory

"After launch in 2009, the OCO mission will collect precise global measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists will analyze OCO data to improve our understanding of the natural processes and human activities that regulate the abundance and distribution of this important greenhouse gas."

Ponderosa Project

The Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an interdisciplinary faculty group effort to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into university courses with the ultimate goal of providing future citizens the education and skills necessary to achieve sustainable communities and societies. Environmental sustainability is defined as the wise and just use of natural resources to maintain Earth's natural cycles while meeting human basic needs and protecting resources for future generations.¡¨

Story of Stuff

"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world." Great resource to use in the classroom.

Sustainability Curriculum Framework

"...outlines critical sustainability themes to integrate into your curriculum" involving themes from many fields and disciplines.

University of Scranton¡¦s Workshop on Sustainability

The University is committed to the infusion of the issues of sustainability across the curriculum. Our vision is to inculcate sustainability into existing and new courses throughout all the disciplines from theology, to business, to philosophy, to the natural sciences, to sociology, to political science, to history, to health, to education, to ......... The year 2007-08 represents the third year of this program which has involved 34 faculty participants thus far. Details about the workshop can be obtained from Michael Cann ( and Sharon Meagher (¡¨