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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.
Sustainability in the Classroom
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.
UofL-specific, online Sustainability training is now available to all faculty and staff through Blackboard's University Wide Training Resources. Instructions for accessing the Sustainability module are available here.
**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.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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:
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:
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