Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Concordia University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Graham Carr
Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies
Office of the VP, Research and Graduate Studies
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable Curriculum Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Sustainability Curriculum project is a three year project funded jointly by the Concordia Academic Plan and the student group Sustainability Action Fund.
This project quantifies the extent of sustainability content currently offered in the curriculum of the different Faculties at Concordia, and provides the direction and tools to significantly increase the growth of sustainability focused courses, programs and initiatives across the University.

Approach and Impact:
- Through comprehensive research projects, reports, guest speakers, events and workshops this project assists both individual faculty members and departments in strategically integrating sustainability content into the courses and programs they develop. Additionally, the identification and cataloging of existing courses in the different Faculties which offer sustainability-related content provides a roadmap to undergraduate and graduate students seeking to incorporate knowledge about sustainability into their educational experiences. This project solicits the involvement of all relevant stakeholders engaged and interested in sustainability.
- The Sustainability Curriculum Project also creates opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in curricular research and planning, as associates or research assistants. Fundamental research and planning strategies of this type provide training for students interested in careers in administration, education, social issues and community networks.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

- 2 reports were created cataloging all undergraduate sustainability-related courses from the 4 different Faculties at Concordia. These report are publicly available online (http://www.safconcordia.ca/sustainable-curriculum-report/)
- A Sustainable Curriculum Workshop: Participants shared their knowledge of sustainability issues and initiatives on Concordia’s campus, at other universities and in the sustainable community at large. Participants had the opportunity to identify barriers they faced in their attempts to provide and experience a sustainability-oriented education. A list of professors willing to share knowledge of sustainability topics in the form of a guest lecture was created. This resource offers an opportunity for faculty members to easily collaborate with others in the intention of enriching the learning experience for students. Additionally, comprehensive course outlines were developed, bringing Concordia closer to offering more meaningful, sustainability-oriented course material.
- IntegraTED 2015: IntegraTED is a symposium on teaching and learning environmental, social and economic sustainability. It’s designed to highlight the excellent work of undergraduate students at Concordia and beyond. This symposium gives students the opportunity to learn from one another’s project and initiatives. It also provide attendees the opportunity to contribute to the larger conversation surrounding teaching and learning sustainability-related issues in higher education.

The first IntegraTED conference was held on March 26th-28th 2015 and organized by the Sustainable Curriculum Project.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
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Energy ---
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Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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