Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.98
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland Community College
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stephania Fregosi
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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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):

PCC's Sustainability Practices and Academics Resources Council (SPARC) is a volunteer council that oversees the integration of sustainability into PCC's curriculum across all disciplines. Reporting to PCC's Vice President of Academic Affairs, SPARC has sponsored professional development workshops to support and encourage faculty who want to incorporate sustainability into a new or a current course. These workshops are based on AASHE’s Ponderosa/Piedmont Project, provide part-time faculty attendees with a stipend for attending and feature guest presentations as well as various sustainability education resources, tools and a library research guide. Since 2015, SPARC has hosted seven "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" training workshops with 35-37 attendees at each, reaching over 245 faculty members at PCC. We offered one training each year for 2017-19 with about 40 participants for each.


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

Participants receive a stipend (part-time faculty) for the sustainability in curriculum training and are provided support, through SPARC, in the development of a new course, or the revision of a current course. Additionally, faculty can receive funding for conferences, trainings, and other professional development through the Teaching Learning Centers, Professional & Organizational Development, and SPARC to sustainability-related trainings. We are also working with our Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs to prioritize professional development funding for faculty developing new courses or adding green outcomes to existing courses.

In addition, PCC provides release time to a faculty member to coordinate the SPARC council.


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