EFS Annual Report

Education for Sustainability at Valencia

Sustainability is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum by providing real world, meaningful content. Recent studies found that 93 percent of CEO’s see sustainability as crucial to business success, and 92 percent of recent college graduates report that they want to work for a company that is socially and environmentally responsible. The World Economic Forum reports complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity as the top three of the top 10 job skills for the future (by 2020). Therefore, sustainability concepts and resources can enhance learning in the classroom and prepare students for work in the 21st century.

Education for Sustainability (EfS) was announced as new work for Academic Affairs in 2016 at Academic Assembly. Since then, a small cross disciplinary work group was assembled, a Destination track titled Sustainability: A Transformative Learning Experience was delivered in summer 2017, a new Director of Education for Sustainability position was created in Curriculum Initiatives, and a series of Sustainability in Our Community faculty development courses were organized. EfS focus areas include:

  • Curriculum Development (Curriculum Integration, New Academic Programs and Certificates, Campus as a Living Lab)
  • Faculty Engagement, Development, and Recognition
  • Student Engagement (Skillshops, Clubs, Student Development, SGA) and Opportunities (Service Learning, Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad/Globalization, Internships)
  • Institutionalizing Sustainability
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs, aka The Global Goals, see below) will serve as the most relevant and widely applicable framework across disciplines that can be used at Valencia for teaching and learning about sustainability challenges and solutions in the classroom. It will also help align Valencia’s sustainability efforts to the College’s new five-year impact plan, specifically in the areas of community and workforce development.