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Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop 

There is a strong desire amongst many students and some faculty and administrative staff at Colorado College to add a sustainability learning designation to give credence to the sustainability components learned in the unique liberal arts curriculum at CC.  Likewise, sustainability reporting metrics such as the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS®), Princeton Review, and Sierra Magazine are increasingly looking to the number of courses with sustainability components as a measure of a college’s commitment and relevancy to real-world issues.

Additionally, according to the Princeton Review’s College Hopes and Worries Survey, 63% of prospective college students indicated that having information about a college’s sustainability commitment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school (this number has been estimated to be closer to 80% by CC Admissions).

Finally, increasing sustainability in the formal curriculum is a decisive part of The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block – a document that grew out of all-college discussions during The Year of Listening.

This workshop is designed to create courses that meet the above goals and create attractive courses for students at CC.  Team-teaching across trans-disciplinary concepts is supported and encouraged.

Objectives and outcomes:

Participants will engage in exercises that foster a broad and deep understanding of sustainability, including reflection, field trips, and group discussion to support the development of a greater sense of place.  At the end of the workshop, participants will have an outline or course module that achieves one of the following:

  • Integrates a module of broad sustainability into an existing course
  • Develops a sustainability focus within an existing course
  • Creates a new course that includes or focuses on sustainability

Opportunities and expectations:

Participants are eligible for a total stipend of $1000.  $500 will be payable upon completion of the workshop; an additional $500 will be payable upon acceptance of the course design with a target set for a year from the workshop date.

In addition to adding sustainability offerings in the formal curriculum, participants are also developing a network of faculty members with knowledge, experience, and training in sustainability across the curriculum.  Participants will become “Faculty Sustainability Scholars” who will help grow the network and mentor the incoming cohort of Scholars the following academic year.

The Office of Sustainability will host luncheons for Faculty Sustainability Scholars at least once per semester to continue networking and course development, share successes and failures, and engage in innovative presentations from various speakers related to this project.

Participants will have the opportunity to review future applicants and participate in the design and administration of future workshops, thereby creating a network of Faculty Sustainability Scholars that spans programs and time.

Scholars are expected to participate for the entire two-day workshop, scheduled to take place May 15th and 16th, immediately following 8th block.

Applications are due April 2, 2014

Application deadlie extended to Friday, April 11!    DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

For more information, contact Ian Johnson, Sustainability Manager, at or x6025.