Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance quality of life for all community members present and future. Sustainability is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum.
As educators, we have a chance to prepare students to keep Central Florida the great place to live that it is now — and ensure it’s still a great place to live for their children’s children. We are preparing the future leaders of our community. We have an opportunity to help students understand our connection to the larger global community and get them to think critically about the delicate balance needed to sustain our economic, environmental, social and cultural capital.
For sustainability integration ideas, we have created a worksheet based on the “Big Ideas” instructional approach to integrating sustainability from Evergreen State College. See how your course learning outcomes can align.Curriculum Connections Worksheet
Destination 2017: Education for Sustainability:
A Transformative Learning Experience
Destination 2018: Sustainability: Thinking Critically About Quality of Life
By the end of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, participants in the sustainability tracks complete their sustainability-infused lesson plans, which they worked on over the course of the 5-week experience. We are excited to share their completed lesson plans with you and hope that they inspire meaningful ways to incorporate sustainability into your curriculum as well.
In 2016, Valencia College developed and implemented a new learning community model called First 30. The First 30 model offers students a clear academic pathway and a plan to graduate in their college career. Students are guaranteed courses for their declared major and are pre-registered in thirty college-level credits throughout the first three terms. Through co-curricular and community-based learning, students engage in real-world application of content to strengthen their academic, pre-professional and personal learning goals.Learn More
Debra Hollister, Professor, Psychology
Brian Macon, Professor, Mathematics
Freeda Foreman Chair in Collaborative and Creative Problem-Solving
This endowed chair will be used to build a student community on campus with a guest speaker series that will invite experts to talk about their careers and the importance of sustainability in their fields. The chair will also encourage students collegewide to utilize their creative side by making a video about a creative solution for current issues related to sustainability. The top two or three student groups, as determined by a panel of judges, will earn the chance to attend and present their work at a conference on sustainability.
Curricular Innovation for Sustainability: The Piedmont/ Ponderosa Model of Faculty Development
The Piedmont/Ponderosa model is a successful approach to curricular change that has inspired faculty at dozens of colleges and universities around the country.
The Ponderosa Project
The Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an interdisciplinary faculty group effort to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into university courses with the ultimate goal of providing future citizens the education and skills necessary to achieve sustainable communities and societies.
The Piedmont Project
The Piedmont Project emerged as a grassroots effort on the part of a group of faculty to strengthen Emory’s engagement with environmental issues and sustainability. At the heart of the project is a curriculum development effort that seeks to foster an invigorated intellectual community to address global issues and local sustainability challenges.
The Magnolias Curriculum Project
An innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Browse curated resources and syllabi developed by participants in this collaborative workshop.
The Cumberland Project
The Cumberland Project is part of a larger effort at Vanderbilt University entitled the Sustainability Project, an effort to create a campus-wide conversation that will both deepen understandings of and commitments to sustainability. The Sustainability Project is generously funded by the College of Arts and Science Fant Fund.