Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

Starting in Fall 2020, the Office of Sustainability began offering the Sustainability Focused Course Development Grant. Faculty were invited to submit proposals for a new course offering or for modifying a course that had some aspect of sustainability in the subject but was not primarily focused on the topic of sustainability. Required was a 1-2-page proposal that described the proposed title, course description, level (100-, 200-, 300- or 400-level), and a fuller narrative of how the topic will be addressed. The full request for proposals is attached below.

Two proposals were selected in the first year:
1. A new First Year Seminar titled Quilting: Craft, Poverty, Protest, Reuse will be an arts class, with a focus on sustainability, and will look at the process of making quilts as reuse. It will look at the history of quilting in the US as well as histories and traditions around the world,
where sewing techniques are varied but quilts are predominantly handmade. Students will learn simple hand stitching techniques, design a quilt, select fabric from reuse sources, and collaborate on a quilt together to donate to a shelter or family in need.
2. A new course titled The Sports Industry and Sustainability: From grassroots level to the international arena will be a 2-credit course pursuing critical analysis and discussion of the sport industry’s impact on sustainability at a societal level, an environmental level and an economic level.

A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

The academic staff whose proposals are selected receive $250 for course development and an additional $250 when the course is taught.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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