Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
IN-6: Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Chad Raphael
Professor and Faculty Associate, Curriculum Development and Transformation
Communication and Center for Sustainability
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A brief description of the institution’s professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum:
Santa Clara University is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (SAC). We held our first workshop as an AASHE Center in June 2019. After moving the workshop online during the COVID-19 pandemic, the SAC workshop is now a virtual course, divided into short modules that can be completed at one’s own pace. The sequence of the modules moves from the general to the specific. We begin by "going big," helping participants to think about which overarching or global sustainability goals they want to inspire their students to address. We end by helping participants design the sustainability learning objectives for their course, assignments, and lesson plans. In between, there are modules on locating their course strategically in their institution's curriculum, Ignatian Pedagogy for Sustainability (especially for Jesuit school faculty), environmental justice, using the campus as a living lab for learning, and community-based learning. There's also a module for staff and faculty members at campus Offices of Sustainability who run professional development programs on sustainability across the curriculum. Throughout, we point participants to a wealth of resources, including background readings about each module topic, how faculty members in their respective disciplines are teaching sustainability, and curriculum repositories with example syllabi, assignments, and lesson plans. We have trained 15-20 participants from other schools per year during the past three years.

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

Website URL where information about the sustainability-oriented training for academic staff is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Curriculum Development Workshop: https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/events/sacworkshop/ AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum: https://www.aashe.org/partners/centers-for-sustainability-across-the-curriculum/

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