Every year, new sustainability degree programs are launched at colleges and universities. These efforts raise important questions for the field of sustainability in higher education related to quality and standards, processes of program development and administration, and communicating the skills and abilities sustainability graduates to potential employers.
In early 2018, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launched a process focusing on developing “key competencies” in sustainability degree programs in collaboration with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) and NCSE member institutions. The goal of this initiative, through workshops, dialogues and other activities, is to create a “Consensus Statement” on sustainability competencies.
This workshop is one of a series of opportunities to learn about the initiative’s progress to date, to further explore these goals, and to invite workshop participants to contribute to a shared and growing body of knowledge around key competencies in sustainability degree programs. Participants will share the learning outcomes of their courses/curricula and compare these with established key competencies in sustainability.
The workshop will identify lessons learned for the development of key competencies in sustainability and formulate next steps, including what would be useful institutional structures to support development and administration of sustainability programs.
The workshop is interactive. Participants will be invited to answer a pre-conference survey to inform the dialogue on key competencies in sustainability. Small-group discussions will draw lessons learned for future development and identify support structures. A final plenary discussion will integrate the workshop findings.
Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University
Rod Parnell, Northern Arizona University and NCSE Senior Fellow
Peter Walker, Chatham University and Chair, NCSE Council of Environmental Deans & Directors
Ira Feldman, Managing Director, Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) and NCSE Senior Fellow
The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium is incorporated in Maryland as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
SCC is aligning its activities around three key themes:
• Pedagogy: Innovative approaches for ESD educators
• Substantive Content: Building capacity and sharing resorces on both fundamental topics and emerging trends
• Leadership: Understanding the significance of leadership in the ESD context
SCC is an AASHE member organization.
SCC mailing address:
Box 34088, Bethesda, MD 20827, USA
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