The Infusion of Sustainability and Resilience into Curriculum workshop was created in support of the Environment, Sustainability, and Resilience Master Plan created by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Plan creates a culture of leadership and integrates natural and human capital to address important societal challenges related to sustainability and resiliency of environmental systems, especially those related to climate change. The Plan is intended to raise the profile of existing university practices and provide a broader foundation for active and continual conversations among administration, faculty, staff, and students.
The Chancellor's Environment, Sustainability, and Resilience Commission (CESRC) has adopted the following definitions for the project:
Resilience- the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. (National Research Council, 2012)
Sustainability - the effective, efficient, economic, equitable, and environmentally/socially responsible use of resources to meet our needs that considers the long-term implications of our choices today on the future of Earth’s life support systems and the impact that this use has on all stakeholders involved. (UNL Sustainability Initiative Team, August 2019)
As a part of the CESRC short-term goals for formal education, The Infusion of Sustainability and Resilience into Curriculum workshop was created for faculty in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Teaching. Dave Gosselin, director of the university's Sustainability Initiative, has been the facilitator for the workshops.