Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.79
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & 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? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

We offer a grant program called the "New Leaf Grant Program" where faculty and lecturers can apply for funding to update an existing course to include sustainability or create a new course on sustainability. This is offered in partnership between the Instructional Development Department and the UCSB Sustainability Program. This program was on a brief pause in the 2020-2021 academic year, but has been running for many years (including most of the years of our reporting period) and will run again in future years. Recently funded faculty include Andreea Nicolaescu, Linguistics; Ken Hiltner, English, and Brooke Smiley Theater and Dance. Dr. Smiley used their grant to "incorporate thoughtful source material which focuses on and develops students relationship to sustainability. Course assignments, in lecture discussions, and outside learning demonstrations were designed to inform, reflect, and encourage a students accountability and growing responsibility to address and make changes in their life at UCSB and beyond." Quoted from Dr. Smiley's description of the project.

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

Faculty can receive up to $1,000 to revise their course.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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