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Weaving Sustainability Through the Undergraduate Curriculum. Chad King, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science John Marazita, Professor of Psychology Ohio Dominican University. Educating for sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. Which comes first:

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Weaving sustainability through the undergraduate curriculum

Weaving Sustainability Through the Undergraduate Curriculum

Chad King, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

John Marazita, Professor of Psychology

Ohio Dominican University

Educating for sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum
Educating for sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum

  • Which comes first:

    • the culture or the courses?

    • the courses or the programs?

Overview curriculum

  • Building a culture of sustainability

  • Increasing sustainability education

    • Independent study, course projects, to new courses

    • Examples

  • Outcomes

  • Added bonuses

Reporting curriculum

Identifying faculty champions
Identifying faculty champions curriculum

  • Meetings, meetings, meetings…

  • Campus as the laboratory

  • Course as the medium

  • Contribution to campus sustainability as the result

Infusion across disciplines
Infusion across disciplines curriculum

  • Independent study projects

  • Course projects

  • Research projects

  • Capstone courses

Course projects
Course Projects curriculum

Biology and environmental science
Biology and environmental science curriculum

  • Design of a butterfly habitat

  • Habitat restoration

  • Proposal for a zero waste student center

Political science
Political Science curriculum

  • Moving to a green dorm

  • Campus policies on recycling, composting and e-waste disposal.

  • Characterizing the university waste stream

Sociology research methods
Sociology Research Methods campus

  • Surveys

  • Student perceptions on the environment and sustainable university practices

Natural sciences capstone
Natural Sciences Capstone campus

  • Habitat restoration and creation of a campus nature trail.

  • Integrated Project:

    • Biology, Science Education, Environmental Studies, Graphic Art and Design

Outcomes campus

  • Management plan

  • Advertising campaign

  • Exercise science research: Outdoor activity and change in body fat percentage

  • Baseline for long-term restoration study

Psychology and the environment
Psychology and the Environment campus

  • Senior capstone seminar on current issues in psychology

    • Invitation for a research team to contribute to a multidisciplinary sustainability project

    • What can a psychological perspective offer?

      • Better understanding of the mental processes that affect environmental attitudes, beliefs, and behavior

Project goals
Project Goals campus

  • Descriptive:

  • To understand relations among college students’ environmental attitudes, beliefs and behaviors as a function of academic discipline, sex, and political preference.

Project goals1
Project Goals campus

  • Experimental:

  • To understand how the framing of environmental issues impacts students’ environmental attitudes

  • Findings discussed in terms of initiatives to educate and modify behavior.

Key findings environmentally friendly attitudes and behaviors
Key Findings: Environmentally Friendly Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Environmental-friendly attitudes was significantly stronger than engaging in such behavior.

  • Attitudes predicted recycling behavior

  • Women expressed stronger attitudes than men

  • Democrats expressed stronger attitudes then Republicans.

Framing matters e g using strong imagery politically charged terminology
Framing matters Behaviors (e.g., using strong imagery, politically-charged terminology)

New courses
New Courses Behaviors

Eng279 conflict community reflections on the common good
ENG279: Conflict & Community: BehaviorsReflections on the Common Good

  • This course will investigate our never-ending conflict with Nature… We will explore recent writings from prominent scientists and naturalists… and challenge our preconceived notions about Nature and ourselves.

Env279 applied sustainability
ENV279: Applied Sustainability Behaviors

  • Understanding how sustainability across disciplines contributes to the common good.

  • Community projects:

    • Built environment

    • Business

    • Transportation

Art 212 green art
ART 212: Green Art Behaviors

  • A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. (Aldo Leopold)

  • To address green initiatives in the context of art history and production… a very dynamic/kinetic class … in the community…

Outcomes Behaviors

The added bonuses
The Added Bonuses Behaviors

  • Complexity: Complex problems cannot be solved by single disciplines working in isolation of one another.

  • Authenticity: Students are energized by the direct application/implications of their work. 

  • Motivation: Complexity + Authenticity

  • Active citizenry: contributions to the common good

  • Critical self-reflection: personal views, institutional views

  • Challenges

  • Learning

  • Collaboration

  • Communication

Questions? Behaviors