Weaving sustainability into the curriculum.
Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Green Threads is an on-going series of workshops for all UofL faculty sponsored by the Sustainability Council's Education & Research Committee. The program is designed to expose faculty to sustainability issues and help them weave sustainability themes into existing courses or to create new courses focused on sustainability.
Participants receive inspiration, resources, and mutual support. Incentives also include an honorarium of $500, a series of workshops and tours with local food meals, and resource materials on sustainability.
- The first Green Threads cohort formed in the spring of 2009 and applications for new participants are accepted each spring.
- Read about the experiences of one Green Threads participant from the Department of Fine Arts.
- Contact: Russ Barnett (502) 852-1851
Are you interested in sustainability issues related to environmental, social, and economic stewardship? Are you thinking of adapting a course to incorporate such concerns or creating a new course to focus on issues of sustainability? If so, we invite you to participate in Green Threads: Sustainability across the Curriculum. This faculty development workshop, sponsored by UofL’s Sustainability Council, has been run annually since 2009, and we are currently recruiting a new group of participants for 2015-2016.
**New: This workshop is now open to part-time and non-tenure-track faculty!
In honor of Earth Day, Green Threads 2014 was held on Spring Reading Day, Tuesday, April 22nd from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The process of bringing faculty together to discuss sustainability across the curriculum was pioneered at Northern Arizona University (Ponderosa Project) and Emory University (Piedmont Project), and their approach has garnered national attention for engaging faculty in collegial experiences leading to curricular change. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways to embed issues of sustainability into the curriculum and into our classrooms.
Participants will receive an honorarium of $500, information on local and regional sustainability issues, local sustainability tours, and resource materials. Previous participants have evaluated this workshop as intellectually stimulating, exciting, and providing a valuable new network of faculty interested in sustainability from across the disciplines!
Workshop Applications: Please submit an application (download here) including a description of how you’re considering changing an existing course or the new course you’d like to develop to Margaret Carreiro.
The workshop is open to all full- or part-time UofL faculty, including non-tenure track faculty. Green Threads participants must agree to:
(1) Participate in the day-long workshop.
(2) Read materials prior to the workshop.
(3) Submit a syllabus for the revised or new course and a paragraph on the intellectual process involved.
(4) Report back to the group on progress during an August field trip and at a Spring presentation for the university community.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Margaret Carreiro, Chair, Education and Research Committee
Dave Simpson, Chair, Sustainability Council
Russ Barnett, Director, Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development
Joy Hart, Co-Developer of Green Threads
Those who have gone through the Green Threads program come from many disciplines and are great people to ask about weaving themes of sustainability into your courses. Many have also offered to guest lecturer in your classes on the topics listed below. Feel free to contact them directly for help. Green Threaders include:
||Unit||Department||Willing to Guest Lecture on these topics:
||Geography & Geosciences
|Carol Stinson O'Neal
||Health & Sports Sciences
|Dave Simpson||2012||A&S||Urban & Public Affairs|
|Ingrid Weiland||2012||CEHD||Teaching & Learning|
|Paul Salmon||2012 & 2009||A&S||Psychological & Brain Sciences
|Scott LaJoie||2012||SPHIS||Health Promotion & Behavioral Science|
|Sharon Moore||2012||Kent||Social Work|
|Jessica McCarty||2011||A&S||Geography & Geosciences|
|Kristi King||2011||CEHD||Health & Sport Science|
|Margath Walker||2011||A&S||Geography & Geosciences|
|Frank Goetzke||2010||A&S||Urban & Public Affairs|
|Roman Yampolskiy||2010||Engineering||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
|Sumei Zhang||2010||A&S||Urban & Public Affairs|
|Terry Edwards||2010||A&S||Justice Administration|
|Cate Fosl||2009||A&S||Women's & Gender Studies|
|Clara Leuthart (emeritus)||2009||A&S||Geography & Geosciences|
|Geoff Cobourn||2009||Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|Kathy Rudasill||2009||CEHD||Educational & Counseling Psychology|
|Keith Lyle||2009||A&S||Psychological & Brain Sciences||cognitive biases in information processing
|Mehmed Kantardzic||2009||Engineering||Computer Engineering & Computer Science|
|Moon Baik||2009||A&S||Fine Arts|
|Sarah Emery||2009||A&S||Biology||invasive species, plant biology, agricultural ecology, prairie/grassland restoration, soil ecology, Great Lakes ecosystems (20-60 min. depending on needs)
|Sheri Moore (emeritus)||2009||CEHD||Teaching & Learning|
|Suraj Alexander||2009||Engineering||Industrial Engineering|
|Ying Kit Chan||2009||A&S||Fine Arts|
||1. Causes and consequences of global climate disruption (global climate change)
2. Urban effects on plants and soils in natural woodlands (How cities affect nature)
3. How invasive species threaten the sustainability of urban natural areas and their ecosystem services
4. Causes and consequences of exotic species invasions
- Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning (CAMEL) - A free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-media online resource of credible content and curricular tools to help educators more effectively teach about climate change.
- Check out our Links
page for more great online resources to engage your students and to
make teaching about sustainability issues easy and fun. Topics include:
1. Tools & Footprint Calculators which can be used for assignments and demonstrations;
2. Local Organizations engaged in sustainability which may provide guest speakers or service learning opportunities;
3. News, Articles & Stories covering the pressing sustainability issues of our time in all forms of media;
4. Energy & Climate Change resources;
5. Food related sites that make connections between food, health, economy, justice, and environment;
6. Products & Services guides to local, green businesses;
7. Social Justice issues and organizations working on the social side of sustainability;
8. Sustainability at Other Kentucky Schools to find out what other schools are doing to address this issue;
9. Transportation resources;
10. Understanding Sustainability links to help provide the bigger picture; and
11. Waste & Recycling resources for improved handling of solid waste.
The Education & Research committee has acquired the full set of excellent course books produced by the Northwest Earth Institute and is eager to loan them out to anyone at UofL interested in weaving sustainability into their courses or educational events. Contact Justin Mog at 502-852-8575 or justin.mog (at) louisville.edu. Course books available include:
This course explores the personal and environmental benefits of simplicity. Topics covered include: The Meaning of Simplicity ♦ Living With Less ♦ Making a Living ♦ Do You Have the Time? ♦ Living Simply on Earth ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
DISCOVERING A SENSE OF PLACE
This course considers the potential benefits of knowing and protecting our place. Will a commitment to the local bioregion affect our willingness to accept responsibility to care for the Earth? Topics covered include: A Sense of Place ♦ Responsibility to Place ♦ Knowing Your Bioregion ♦ Living in Place ♦ Mapping Your Place ♦ Building Local Community ♦ Empowerment ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
CHOICES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Each of us makes choices that have an impact on the Earth. In this course, learn about which options are more sustainable than others. Topics covered include: A Call to Sustainability ♦ Ecological Principles ♦ Food ♦ Buying ♦ Communities ♦ Business and Economy ♦ Visions of Sustainability ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
MENU FOR THE FUTURE
This course explores food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems. Participants will gain insight into agricultural and individual practices that promote personal and ecological well-being. Topics covered include: What’s Eating America ♦ Anonymous Food ♦ Farming for the Future ♦ You Are What You Eat ♦ Towards a Just Food System ♦ Choices for Change ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
HEALTHY CHILDREN—HEALTHY PLANET
This course explores the influence our fast-paced, consumer-oriented society has on children, and how families can deal with these influences. Topics covered include: Cultural Pressures ♦ Family Rituals and Celebrations ♦ Advertising ♦ Food and Health ♦ Time and Creativity ♦ Technology and the Media ♦ Exploring Nature ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
GLOBAL WARMING: CHANGING CO2URSE
Learn more about the history and science of global warming. Explore personal values and habits as they relate to climate change and consider actions to curb global warming. Topics covered include: Off Course ♦ Collision Course ♦ Changing Course ♦ Setting a New Course ♦ Celebration & Call to Action
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS AT WORK
This five session course for the workplace is designed to further organizational sustainability initiatives. Session topics include: Seeing the Big Picture ♦ Taking a Closer Look ♦ Framing Sustainability ♦ Seeing It Through ♦ Focusing on Action
A WORLD OF HEALTH: CONNECTING PEOPLE, PLACE, AND PLANET
A six-session discussion guide that explores "good health," the connections between human health and the environment, and how we can sustain both. Session topics include: Redefining Health ♦ Eating Well ♦ Building Healthy Communities ♦ Curing Consumption ♦ Healthy Planet-Healthy People
RECONNECTING WITH EARTH
A six-session course addressing core values and how they affect the way we view and treat the Earth. This discussion course is designed to: clarify values through discussions about our relationship to Earth; discover how personal beliefs and values affect the way we view and treat the earth; and explore what it means to take personal responsibility for Earth. Session topics include: Wild Nature ♦ Shifting Paradigms ♦ Nature and Spirit ♦ The Universe Story ♦ Ecopsychology ♦ Bringing it Down to Earth
JUST BELOW THE SURFACE: PERSPECTIVES ON THE GULF COAST OIL SPILL
A one session discussion guide that explores the connections between
Deepwater Horizon, energy policies and our lifestyles. The course offers
an opportunity to reflect further on this historical event and the
lessons it holds for us moving forward—individually and collectively.
The intent is not to assign blame, but rather to take responsibility—as
conscious consumers and concerned, active citizens.