Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.80
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Wendy Verrei-Berenback
Assistant Director
Center for Teaching and Learning
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A brief description of the institution’s professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum:

UVM Sustainability Fellows Program

The UVM Sustainability Fellows Program seeks to develop a learning community—a multidisciplinary faculty cohort engaged in a year-long exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration, and community building.

Program Goals:
-Create a community of faculty who are committed to integrating interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability into the UVM curriculum
-Enhance the understanding of sustainability concepts among faculty and students, particularly those not trained in environmental fields
-Explore teaching and course design strategies that will engage students in sustainability from a multidisciplinary approach

The program, rooted in our campus and regional landscape, features a two-day January institute, held at scenic Shelburne Farms and UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Hall. Here, fellows engage in a rich mix of dialogue, reflection, writing, and critical thinking to explore how sustainability concepts can be integrated into their teaching.

Five major topics are addressed:
Definitions of sustainability and exploration of the UN Sustainable Development
Systems thinking and interdisciplinary teaching
Exploring sustainability through the lens of equity, diversity, and social justice
Course design frameworks and strategies
UVM’s General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes and assessing student learning
Starting in spring 2019, Sustainability Fellows joined the first cohort of UVM’s Diversity Fellows in shared programming that explores sustainability through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are planning to ground our explorations in place (Burlington’s North End) and meet with community members to deepen our understanding about the relationship between social and ecological systems in Burlington.

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

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