Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
IN-6: Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Gena Kovalcik
Codirector
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
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A brief description of the institution’s professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum:

MCSI hosts a bi-annual conference that engages faculty and students from across the country to talk about sustainability research and education. Our 2019 event had a track devoted to learning and engagement and one of our plenary session was devoted to Sustainability on Campus. The conference attracted 258 attendees from 49 different universities.

In 2018, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation also held a series of seminars titled, Sustainability in the Curriculum. The series focused on training faculty in the importance of sustainability and how to successfully incorporate sustainability modules and lessons into their syllabi as well as how to incorporate service learning into their classes. We engaged both internal and external experts in teaching these workshops. Since then we have also added a virtual training event "Sustainability Foundations: Balancing the Three E's" in December of 2020. This provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about sustainability and how sustainability is incorporated into the operations of our university.

We have engaged faculty experts from selected institutions, such as Carnegie Mellon, University of Arkansas and Penn State, to participate as panelists in our sustainability workshops to ensure our faculty benefit from best practices and to engage in cross institutional dialogue that benefits all institutions.

In addition to trainings and events such as those listed above, Dr. David Sanchez, a professor in Civil & Environmental engineering and the assistant director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, meets individually with faculty interested in incorporating sustainability in their courses. As the advisor for our sustainability certificate, Dr. Sanchez helps faculty reimagine their syllabi and curriculum to include sustainability content.


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

Website URL where information about the sustainability-oriented training for academic staff is available:
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