Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
IN-6: Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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A brief description of the institution’s professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum:

In collaboration with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Dickinson hosted the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshops and opened applications to undergraduate faculty from other colleges and universities to participate alongside the Dickinson faculty cohort. Faculty that were thinking about integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into their undergraduate teaching were encouraged to apply, and 17-20 participants were accepted into the program. We have now worked with over 15 other institutions from througout the region and covered disciplines such as engineering, theatre and dance, economics, Italian, and chemistry.

Valley & Ridge has annually brought together faculty members from all academic disciplines to work collaboratively to introduce and enhance sustainability content in new and existing courses across the curriculum. Sponsored by Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education, and now entering it's 12th year, this workshop has helped over 85 Dickinson faculty connect the subject areas of their teaching with sustainability using active learning pedagogies such as place-based & experiential education.

The Valley and Ridge Project at Dickinson takes its name from the physiographic region within which the College lies, which is marked by the Allegheny Plateau to the north and west, South Mountain to the south and east, and Cumberland Valley in-between. The project got its impetus from Dickinson’s participation in the Shared Futures and Sustainability Initiatives of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Valley and Ridge Project is modeled after the Piedmont Project of Emory University and the Ponderosa Project of Northern Arizona University.


Have academic staff from other institutions participated in the professional development opportunities on sustainability with the previous three years?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the sustainability-oriented training for academic staff is available:
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