Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.10
Liaison Francis Mitalo
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Fortino Morales
Sustainability Officer
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):
Bending the Curve Hybrid Course Development: In the years 2017-2019, there has been a program to develop hybrid (on-line) video courses related to sustainability under the “Bending the Curve” program. Individuals on any of the 10 UC campuses can develop a course related to sustainability Bending the Curve Textbook Chapter Development: In the years 2018-2019, the UC Office of the President has developed a new “Bending the Curve” textbook, using chapters from different faculty conducting sustainability research. UCR Sustainability Workshop (2016-2017): In 2016-2017, with funding from the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative, a workshop was held to gather faculty interested in integrating sustainability into their courses. This workshop was held and incentives, in the form of mini-grants, were provided to the faculty to who wished to pursue the development further. UCOP CNI project fund: All UC campuses (including UCR) can apply for Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) funding for sustainability projects. This includes developing new sustainability courses at the different campuses. Global Climate Leadership Council: Faculty Engagement Committee UC faculty are global leaders in sustainability-related research, teaching and public service. Faculty also support UC’s sustainability leadership through involvement in campus and systemwide sustainability committees and working groups, by earning green certifications for their labs, office and events, and by participating in UC-wide curriculum, research and outreach projects.

A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
Bending the Curve Hybrid Course Development: UC Office of the President Sustainability Program offers a small honorarium for each course. Thus far, UCR has developed one course in sustainable transportation. Bending the Curve Textbook Chapter Development: The UC Office of the President Sustainability Program offers a small honorarium for each chapter. Thus far, UCR has developed one chapter in sustainable transportation. UCR Sustainability Workshop (2016-2017): For the faculty that participated, up to 20 faculty were provided with $1000 each to integrate sustainability into their courses. UCOP CNI project fund: The incentive is funding that comes from the UCOP CNI funds. If a successful course development proposal is awarded, that is the incentive. Global Climate Leadership Council: Faculty Engagement Committee Grants are provided on an annual basis to each of the committees within the Global Climate Leadership Council. The grants are available to all faculty and staff to apply through a competitive process.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Credit prepared by Michelle Baron and revised by Chelsea Lee.

Credit prepared by Michelle Baron and revised by Chelsea Lee.

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