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Sustainability Education

Network Documents and Reports

Network Implementation Strategy

With the support of a mini-grant from the Institute on the Environment, the Network has developed a concrete implementation strategy to guide its efforts over the next several years.

Network Implementation Strategy (pdf)

Sustainability Education Network Interview Report

This report synthesizes the perspectives of faculty across the University of Minnesota in an ambitious project to determine priorities, preferences, and challenges for creating a more coherent set of graduate sustainability education offerings across the University. Thirty interviews were conducted with faculty from twelve of the University’s schools and colleges.  As a descriptive synthesis of these interviews, this report provides important evidence about faculty and staff priorities for sustainability education at the University of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota offers a broad range of opportunities for graduate students to engage in issues of sustainability.  However, interviews with faculty and staff from across the University indicate that both faculty and graduate students have difficulty connecting and collaborating with those in different departments and programs.

Executive summary (pdf)Full report (pdf)

Literature Review of Graduate Sustainability Education

Conducted in fall 2010 and revised fall 2011, this review of current literature related to sustainability education and curricula includes the following topics:  History & Theory of Sustainability Education; Pedagogy; Curriculum Design (at level of individual courses); Student Outcomes; Instructor Outcomes; Institutional Outcomes; Strategies for Program Development Within Institutions; Program-Scale Design, Organization, and Content; Trends in Sustainability Education in Higher Education; Demand for Sustainability Education; Challenges to Implementation; Research Methods for Sustainability Education; University-Community Partnerships.

Full report (pdf)

ADMINISTRATION
The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

SUSTAINABILITY CLASSES
The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.