Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.93
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2013
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Iowa State University
ER-14: Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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Does the institution have a program that meets the criteria outlined above?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s):

Iowa State University hosts an annual Symposium on Sustainability, which focuses on celebrating, recognizing, and reflecting on the many sustainability-related accomplishments at ISU. Typical events have included speakers, poster sessions, and empowering stations. This is a university-wide event that is open to students, faculty, and staff.

The Tall Grass Prairie Project, modeled after the nationally renowned Ponderosa and Piedmont Projects promoted by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), started officially at ISU in spring 2012. The project is aimed at seeding change that will be followed by curricular reform by engaging students involved in reformed courses in sustainability across disciplines and the curriculum. Our goal is to involve up to 22% of ISU faculty in the project over several years, a percentage indicated by research to mark the successful establishment of a sustainability curriculum across an institution.


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

Incentives for faculty members attending the Symposium on Sustainability include receiving sustainability related training applicable to coursework and departmental operations. Presenters at last year’s empowering stations offered interactive and empowering tips and techniques related to three targeted areas, including reducing electricity use and carbon footprints. Past years’ faculty participants have also benefited from breakout sessions specifically for faculty members.

The Tall Grass Prairie Project is a bottom-up project that provides faculty with yearly workshops involving up to 20 faculty members. Participants commit to integrating one or more sustainability components into their course(s). Workshops provide an intellectually stimulating environment that fosters creativity and professional development. Examples of reformed curricular material covered in the training include new readings, student projects, or modules on sustainability in poetry, art, literature, science, policy and much more.


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