Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.27
Liaison Carolyn Shafer
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Pratt Institute
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Carolyn Shafer
Center for Sustainable Design Strategies
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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):

The Departmental Sustainability Coordinators program provides a stipend to 12 faculty members, each representing a different department, to develop new ways in which sustainability can be incorporated into existing courses and departments.

Each DSC’s role is to promote sustainability in their home department, focusing on enhancing the curriculum and promoting the achievements of students and faculty. Each DSC works with their chair, curriculum committee, fellow faculty and students to identify opportunities and to provide resources related to sustainability. They work collaboratively to create a written mission/vision statement around sustainability for their home department, create benchmarks for success, and find ways to record and document this. In addition to the individual departmental work, all of the DSC representatives meet together monthly to coordinate best practices, as well as report curriculum developments (including, for example, the Academic portions of this report).

Positive Outcome Examples:
- Sustainability and Production became a required course for the Graduate Industrial Design Program as a direct result of that departments' DSCs' work.

- Over 50% of Graduating students from the 2020 - 2021 academic year graduate from programs who have at least 1 sustainability focused and/or 1 sustainability inclusive course. All of those departments have a DSC.

- The Graduate Packaging Design program recently adopted a program-level learning outcome after re-structuring their curriculum to include sustainability. This effort was lead by that department's DSC.

- Fashion adopted new Sustainability learning outcomes for it's degree due to the coordination of it's DSC.


The Foundations Lab, FDN Talks from outisde experts, FDN SPARKS presentations from Faculty faculty. The Lab is a room with a collection of real specimens. The TALKS and SPARK presentations are by faculty, some though not all, relate to sustainability. The focus of each program is not sustainability but about interesting things the presenter is doing.

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

Each DSC is paid a $5000 stipend.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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