Center for Environmental Education

It's Happening at UofL

The University of Louisville is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), the Worker Rights Consortium and its Designated Suppliers Program, the Fair Labor Association, the Partnership for A Green City, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and the Council for Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD).

As a member of the ULSF, the University of Louisville has signed the Talloires Declaration. With this, UofL has committed to a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research and operations and outreach, including a reduction in carbon emissions.

UofL also is a collaborator with KUPEE, Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education, which includes Murray State University, Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead University, and Northern Kentucky University.

For more information about the UofL's university-wide sustainability and environment Education and Outreach, Operations, and Administration and Outreach initiatives please visit us at louisville.edu/sustainability."

Coming October 21, 22, and 23! Bluegrass Beaming Bioneers Conference

Bluegrass Bioneers

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Louisville, in the Strickler and Davidson Hall areas. This event is in collaboration with Bellarmine University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and the University of Kentucky. The Bioneers look at social and environmental problem solving through "nature's operating instructions" and human ingenuity. Join us for the Mini Peace and Justice Fair on Friday (sponsored by Bluegrass Community and Technical College), Family Day on Saturday, Reskilling workshops and Saturday and Sunday, the Local Iron Chef Dinner on Saturday evening, a presentation on the polar bears of Churchill by Emily Goldstein (former Atherton and current UofL student) and her science research colleagues which will be beamed in, and several breakout sessions and workshops. For more information see: bluegrassbioneers.org and/or bioneers.org. Bluegrass Bioneers on facebook and Bioneers on facebook.

About the Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Development, develops, coordinates, implements and documents environmental education programs with a variety of constituencies involved in K-12 education, as outlined in the Master Plan for Environmental Education [PDF].

This document reflects the central importance of "ensuring the every child in the state receives a balanced, academically-based environmental education as part of the curriculum" by making recommendations that environmental literacy should be a required part of teacher certification, an environmental consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education be hired, schools should model appropriate environmental practices (energy conservation, reducing solid waste, protecting local water systems, etc.), and a "significant percentage of environmental education instruction take place outdoors where the students can see at first hand the beauty and patterns of natural systems and also learn how human systems affect natural systems."

The Center works in collaboration with the Environmental Education Committee of the Partnership for a Green City, which includes Jefferson County Public Schools and Louisville Metropolitan Government as well as other representatives from the University of Louisville system.

Environmental Book Recommendations

Check out our 2008 list of books covering environmental topics [PDF] and recommended by members of the surrounding community, including UofL's President Ramsey, then JCPS Superintendent, Sheldon Berman, and Kentucky author, Wendell Berry. It includes everything from children's classics, such as The Lorax and standards, such as Silent Spring to significant 2008 work by Bill McKibben (Deep Economy) along with William McDonough and Michael Braungart's Cradle-to-Cradle.

Programs & Degrees

A Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Environmental Education is offered to those individuals who hold a current teaching license. An Environmental Education Endorsement Program is coming soon. The courses below can be applied to either of these options. Coursework in Environmental Education can also be applied to the Rank 1 requirements for area of emphasis credits.

EDAP 673-75: Introduction of Environmental Education (EDAP 673-75; 3 credits) will meet on Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the philosophical, historical, theoretical, and methodological processes of environmental education and the concept of sustainable development. Consistent with the Tbilisi Declaration of 1977 and NAAEE Guidelines this course will seek to bring about a closer link between educational processes and real life through local issues and the Statement of Environmental Principles adopted by the Partners of the Partnership for a Green City. In addition, foci on environmental justice and personal ability to critically evaluate options and participate in effective, responsible, and active decision making will be made. Participants will be involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of an environmental education project of their choosing.

Offered in spring of 2009

EDAP 604-96: Environmental Education Teaching Methods (EDAP 604-78; 3 credits) will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

This course explores instructional methods and curricular material appropriate for teaching environmental education. It is designed for the development and evaluation of new interdisciplinary teaching materials. EE Teaching Methods is based on the best practices of teaching environmental education as outlined by the Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators (NAAEE, 2004) and will explore methods and strategies including experiential teaching and learning; developing critical thinking skills; using the outdoors as a classroom; EE integration across the curriculum; promoting the understanding of systems, interdependence, and the importance of where one lives; connecting the informal and formal classroom environments; evaluating materials and resources for classroom use and enhance students' capacity for effective, responsible action and decision making. Assignments will include development of a collaborative, interdisciplinary unit plan.