Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill 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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

In June 2020, the Trottier Institute of Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) launched a new initiative to develop educational content on sustainability for a variety of undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Engineering. TISED is working toward further advancing its agenda on sustainability education. TISED's goal is to develop educational learning modules that can be offered to students through a series of Sustainability Education Workshops (SEW). These modules would also be made available to professors within the Faculty who wish to include some sustainability content in their existing (or new) courses.

Another goal of this initiative, which is dependent on securing additional financial support, is to produce a series of high-quality, concise, and impactful videos that can expose students, at the undergraduate, high school, and CEGEP level, as well as prospective future Masters Program students, to the major concepts of sustainability. The content and structure of the videos will be inspired and informed by those teaching modules. Through this project, TISED will increase its impact.

The project aims to develop teaching modules on critical topics for sustainability that relate to fundamental as well as applied/specialized areas of undergraduate education for different engineering disciplines, Architecture, and 500-level courses offered by the School of Urban Planning.


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

Funding of $7,000 per project is available to the faculty member to collect materials and develop sustainability education teaching content. The funds may be used to support a graduate student or another highly qualified person to conduct the work under the supervision of the faculty member, to purchase materials, software, case studies, etc. Funds will be dispersed into the faculty member’s discretionary fund.


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