Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.34
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Sustainability Office
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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):

In 2016 the Sustainability Office and the Provost of Rachel Carson College along with the Chair for the Art Department hosted a curriculum workshop on integrating sustainability and climate change into courses. In 2017 those same faculty came back together to share the results of their course revisions. Over 30 faculty from all five divisions participated and received up to $1,200 for participating in both trainings. From those workshops, faculty elected to form a Faculty Sustainability Committee as a place to work cross-divisionally to identify ways to support student learning about sustainability and climate change through the curriculum. The group meets once a month for information sharing, learning, and strategizing.

The Sustainability Office offers small working group grants to faculty and staff to support the goals of the Campus Sustainability Plan which can be used to improve infrastructure, operations, research and teaching. In 2018 two courses were awarded grants to support curricular development including a new General Education Water in the Environment (EARTH 30) and Imagining Sustainable Futures (College Ten 135).

Similarly, the Carbon Fund provides grants to projects that reduce the university's carbon footprint and/or engage and educate the campus about climate change, climate neutrality, and emissions reductions.

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

Over 30 faculty from all five divisions participated and received up to $1,200 for participating in both 2016-17 Curriculum Workshop trainings. The Sustainability Office has provided around $50,000 annually to projects that support the Campus Sustainability Plan. The Carbon Fund provides around $100,000 annually to projects that support climate change education and emissions reductions.

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