[SPN-Discussion] SCC Roundtable: The National Academies Report on Sustainability Programs and Curricula, January 26

Ira Feldman ira at greentrack.com
Fri Jan 22 03:11:01 PST 2021

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) Roundtable
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
12:00 Noon Eastern/9:00 AM Pacific

“Sharing Perspectives on the National Academies Report on Sustainability in Higher Education”

To pre-register, go to:

http://bit.ly/39M6RqA <http://bit.ly/39M6RqA>
Invited panelists:

(affiliations for identification purposes only)

Rebecca Potter, University of Dayton

Todd LeVasseur, College of Charleston

Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii

Michael Reiter, Bethune-Cookman University

Paul Barresi, Southern New Hampshire University

David Blockstein, AESS and Solve Climate 2030

Madhavi Venkatesan, Sustainable Practices, Ltd. and Northeastern University

Cody Edwards, George Mason University

Aaron Redman, Arizona State University

Peter Soyka, Soyka & Co.
This Roundtable brings together a panel of leaders in sustainability in higher education to share their perspectives on the recently-published report from the National Academies, "Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels."  All of the individuals invited have followed the 18-month process that resulted in this report.  Some attended workshops in the process; others were advance reviewers of the report; and all are actively involved in the ongoing discourse on sustainability curricula, competencies and learning outcomes.

The purpose of this Roundtable is not to recap or summarize the National Academies report.  The discussion assumes that attendees will familiarize themselves with the report in advance.  The link to the free download from the National Academies website is provided below.  

Several members of the 6-person committee tasked by the National Academies have appeared at recent major conferences -- including the AASHE and NCSE/Drawdown online events -- to present their committee's take on the report's findings and to offer their recommendations.  Those summary presentations are available on the respective conference websites.

The Roundtable format will be a moderated discussion. We expect to elicit varied views and opinions reflecting the range of reactions to the report in the community of practice thus far.  The panelists will present their own individual insights and analyses and are not speaking for their institutions.  None of the panelists have been asked to preview or tailor their remarks.  All have simply been asked to prepare in response to the following three questions:  What topics are covered well in the report; what topics could have been covered better or more completely; and where has the report missed the boat?  

After the anticipated lively panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions via the moderator, as we have done in all SCC webinars.

To pre-register, go to:

http://bit.ly/39M6RqA <http://bit.ly/39M6RqA>


Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels (2020)

Free download from the National Academies website:

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25821/strengthening-sustainability-programs-and-curricula-at-the-undergraduate-and-graduate-levels <https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25821/strengthening-sustainability-programs-and-curricula-at-the-undergraduate-and-graduate-levels>

Description from the National Academies website:
Over the past decade there has been a growing interest in sustainability education in colleges and universities across the United States, with a marked increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research institutes, and centers focused on sustainability. Evidence-based core competencies for interdisciplinary sustainability programs can provide suitable guidance for curricular and program development, research, policy, communication, and pedagogical approaches at academic institutions. They can also serve as a guide for students to select academic programs and potential career options, a reference for employers to understand qualifications of graduates, and the foundation for a potential specialized accreditation for interdisciplinary sustainability programs. The growing demand for well-qualified sustainability professionals within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors also points to the value of developing core competencies.

Ira Feldman
founder & managing director
Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (tm)
www.curriculumforsustainability.org <http://www.curriculumforsustainability.org/>
skype: irafeldman

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