Infusion of Sustainability and Resilience into Curriculum

Application for Professional Development Workshop on Infusion of Sustainability and Resilience into Curriculum

Overview: Sustainability and resilience concepts infused into the UNL curriculum is a critical component of UNL’s Environment, Resilience, and Sustainability Master Plan that strives to develop a comprehensive “sustainability and resilience across the curriculum” program. To this end, the UNL Sustainability Initiative seeks 20 instructors who want to infuse sustainability and resilience concepts into their courses. Sustainability is a framework concept that aligns with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, many of which relate to issues of environmental justice, diversity and inclusion (See figure below). Infusion will involve the use of pedagogical approaches that will benefit student learning while sustainability and resilience empowers students to think about systems and the use of spatial and temporal reasoning in their own decision making. By bringing together the challenges and solutions to living sustainably and creating resilient systems, teachers can readily connect students to important societal issues including human population, increased resource needs (food, energy, water, etc.), and human impacts on the environment.

Goals: The goal for this professional development program is to incorporate sustainability competencies, skills, and habits of mind into current course work in a way that has curricular integrity and "standing" both for faculty and students.

Program Outcomes: The primary outcome of the program will be an activity, unit, or module that incorporates sustainability competencies into a discipline-specific current course plan during the Academic Year 2021-2022. Another important outcome will be the expansion of a community of faculty who have knowledge and awareness of sustainability and resilience that can be shared with others.

Student Outcomes: One or more of the following student learning outcomes will be integrated into a current course. Students will be able to: define sustainability and resilience; explain how sustainability relates to their discipline, their lives, and values; identify how their actions impact issues of sustainability and resilience; utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality; and apply concepts of sustainability to their community.

What: Workshop participants will use student-centered pedagogy to integrate sustainability and resilience concepts into curricular experiences. Participants will add new material to a growing curricular portfolio that includes a range of disciplines including but not limited to: Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design; Political Science, Geography, French, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Engineering Management, Chemical Engineering, and Philosophy.

Workshop Design: Participants will use four monthly, two-hour workshops to create curricular materials that will include assessment rubrics during the spring 2021 semester. These materials will be deployed in courses during the Fall 2021 semester. At the end of the fall semester, the group will convene to present the outcomes from their activities. Products from these modules will be featured in Nebraska Today and archived in the Digital Commons and made available to the community through the Chancellor’s Environment, Sustainability, and Resilience Commission (CESRC). This workshop is part of the ongoing activities of the CESRC.

When: Monthly Friday Workshops 1:00 to 3:00 pm – February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14 2021.

Where: Virtually via Zoom

Resources: Each instructor will receive a $300 stipend upon the successful completion of the workshop and acceptance of their module or unit.

Facilitators: Dave Gosselin, Katherine Nashleanas in collaboration with the Center of Transformative Teaching.

Apply: Send the following to Dave Gosselin (, Director UNL Sustainability Initiative: Statement of interest in the workshop; a paragraph that outlines teaching experience; class(es) that you plan to use the module in Fall 2021.

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Information on SDGs from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (2017) Education for Sustainable Development Goals Learning Objectives. Paris, France. ©UNESCO 2017. ISBN 978-92-3-100209-0. Accessed 8 August 2018. Graphic by Gosselin (2018)©

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