Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.80
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Merced
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Thomas Hothem
Associate Director Merritt Writing Program
Merritt Writing Program
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

1. In spring of 2016 faculty participated in the first Climate Neutrality Curriculum Initiative Retreat. The objectives of the retreat were to (1) coordinate sustainability curricula at UCM, and (2) facilitate implementation of sustainability-oriented subject matter into undergraduate and graduate instruction.

The goals of the workshop where to:
— Cultivate campus potential as a living laboratory in a teachable landscape
— Facilitate implementation of sustainability curricula in undergraduate and graduate instruction
— Develop consensus on the concept and promotion of sustainability in the overall UCM curriculum

Outcomes of the workshop included the development of faculty working definitions for Sustainability, and course learning outcomes.

2. The faculty also held a networking session April of 2017 as a follow up to the Climate Neutrality Curriculum initiative retreat. The event provided faculty throughout the campus an opportunity to gage insights on how to integrate sustainability into courses. The event incorporated round table discussions on intersections and applications around sustainability curriculum.

The University of California Global Climate Leadership Council implemented the Climate & Sustainability Education and Resource Library (CSERL). The web gateway provides faculty with the opportunity to share course curricula, lectures, seminars, tutorials around sustainability with colleagues around the University of California system.

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

Faculty who participated in the curriculum workshop received $1,200 to incorporate sustainability and climate modules into existing course curriculum. Funding for up to 20 participating faculty was provided from the University of California Office of the President.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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