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Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee under the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program, in collaboration with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), will plan and conduct a series of three public workshops focused on strengthening sustainability programs and curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States. Each workshop will examine different approaches and drivers for a coherent competency- and skill-based curriculum in the growing number of higher education sustainability programs, in order to connect them to the issues addressed through such frameworks as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the priorities of end users, including the private and public sectors. Specific issues to be addressed in the workshops may include:

  • Providing an overview of current practices and major advances in sustainability education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both domestically and internationally, including trends in expansion across programs and disciplines and promising new approaches; 
  • Examining a comprehensive set of key competencies critical for sustainability education, and identifying knowledge gaps and critical barriers related to the effective development of common core competencies for interdisciplinary sustainability programs;
  • Identifying strengths, gaps, priorities, and opportunities for university engagement with the SDGs, including accreditation of programs or national-level organizations to support and guide sustainability programs;
  • Fostering partnerships between schools, universities, sectors, regions, and nations in sustainability higher education with enhanced recognition of the SDGs; and
  • Discussing research agendas related to sustainability and the SDGs and the role of academic institutions to inform post 2030 processes.

Based on the content of the three workshops, the committee will produce a report that provides findings and recommendations for strengthening sustainability programs and curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels that relate to the SDGs. In addition, workshop proceedings in brief will be issued for the first two workshops.

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-STS-18-01

Project Duration (months): 16 month(s)

RSO: Turekian, Vaughan

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Education
Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology
Environment and Environmental Studies
Industry and Labor
Transportation and Infrastructure
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
Global
North America

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 09/19/2018

Anne R. Kapuscinski - (Chair)
Dr. Anne R. Kapuscinski is Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program and Professor of the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her current research aims to shift aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector, towards sustainability. Her past research examined impacts of dams, fish hatcheries, aquaculture and genetic engineering on fish conservation. Dr. Kapuscinski previously served as the inaugural Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science, the former Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Prior to Dartmouth, while a Professor of Fisheries and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, she led the development of and 2007 launch of an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in sustainability studies. She participates actively in the science-policy interface, presently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and has been a scientific advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (under three administrations), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Environment Facility, European Union Food Safety Agency, state of Minnesota, and on four U.S. National Academy of Sciences committees. Dr. Kapuscinski received her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University.
Arun Agrawal
Dr. Arun Agrawal (NAS) is a Samuel Trask Dana Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at University of Michigan. His research and teaching emphasize the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation. He has written critically on indigenous knowledge, community-based conservation, common property, population and resources, and environmental identities. Dr. Agrawal is the coordinator for the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa as well as South Asia. Since 2013, Dr. Agrawal has served as the editor-in-chief of World Development and his recent work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, Development and Change, among other journals. Preceding his work at University of Michigan, Dr. Agrawal held teaching and research positions at Yale, Florida, McGill, Berkeley, and Harvard among other universities. Dr. Agrawal received his Ph.D. in Political Science (1992) from Duke University.
Christopher Boone
Dr. Christopher Boone is Professor and Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU). His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. For the past three years, he has served on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project, a core initiative of the International Human Dimensions program, and also participated in the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s U.S. National Climate Assessment for Cities. He is an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research, and sustainable design (Innovation Space). Dr. Boone earned his Ph.D. in geography (1994) from the University of Toronto.
Erin Bromaghim
Erin Bromaghim serves as the Director of Olympic and Paralympic Development in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles. In this role, Ms. Bromaghim is focused on realizing the City's plans to make Los Angeles more sustainable, inclusive, resilient and innovative as they prepare to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. This legacy includes her work as the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Fellow, through which she uses the framework of the United Nation's Agenda 2030 to align, measure, and track the City's progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Bromaghim entered federal civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy, later working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Ms. Bromaghim earned her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies (2002) from Wake Forest University and her M.A. in Latin American Government (2004) from Georgetown University.
Garrick E. Louis
Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is director of the Small Infrastructure and Development Center. His research seeks to provide sustained access to basic human services, including water and sanitation, to developing communities. He holds B.S.c. and M.S.c. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy. His honors include the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation, 2006-2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Energy Environment and Natural Resources Fellow, 2014 Design and Health Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia, 2015-16 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State, and is Global Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.
Dorceta E. Taylor
Dr. Dorceta Taylor is a professor of environmental sociology at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). She is the James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Chair and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SEAS. She also holds a joint appointment with the Program in the Environment. Dr. Taylor is the former Field of Studies Coordinator for SEAS’ Environmental Justice Program and a past Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section. Professor Taylor received dual doctorates in Sociology and Forestry & Environmental Studies from Yale University in 1991, a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy from Yale University in Sociology and Forestry & Environmental Studies in 1988, a Master of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1985.

In 2014 Dr. Taylor authored a landmark national report, The State of Diversity in Environmental Institutions: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations, and Government Agencies. She authored a second diversity report in 2014 entitled, Environmental Organizations in the Great Lakes Region: An Assessment of Institutional Diversity.

Dr. Taylor has published influential books also. Her most recent book, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection, was published in 2016 during the 100th-year anniversary of the founding of the national park service. The book examines how conservation ideas and politics are tied to social dynamics such as racism, classism, and gender discrimination. The book examines the contributions of the White middle class as well as people of color and the poor to the evolution of American conservationism.

Her 2014 book, Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (New York University Press), examines the racial and socio-economic dimensions of exposure to environmental hazards in the U.S. She is also the author of The Environment and the People in American Cities: 1600s-1900s. Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change (Duke University Press). The book examines the history of environmental inequality and urban environmental activism. It received the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award given by the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010 .Dr. Taylor the recipient of several awards including the National Audubon Society Women in Conservation Award, the Burton V. Barnes Award for Academic Excellence from the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Michigan Sociological Association, and the Frederick B. Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.


Events


Event Type :  
-

Description :   

A workshop will be taking place on December 7, 2018 in Austin, TX. For this particular event, staff and committee will hear testimony from subject experts as well as engage in conversation in how to strengthen the UN SDGs in a number of different fields such as industry, academia, and local government. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Austen Applegate
Contact Email:  JApplegate@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2461

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Austen Applegate
Contact Email:  aapplegate@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Anne R. Kapuscinski (Chair)
Arun Agrawal
Christopher Boone
Erin Bromaghim
Garrick E. Louis
Dorceta E. Taylor

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of workshop strategies and panel topics

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 22, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Description :   

On October 10, 2018, the first committee meeting was held for the consensus study Stregthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels. This was a closed meeting.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Austen Applegate
Contact Email:  aapplegate@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Anne R. Kapuscinski (Chair)
Arun Agrawal
Christopher Boone
Garrick E. Louis
Dorceta E. Taylor

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion of statement of task
Discussion of bias and conflict of interest
Review of workshop strategies and panel topics
Review of schedule

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 22, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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Publications

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