Sustainability means meeting "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission, 1987) and has diverse applications across disciplines. Though grounded in environmental concerns related to climate change, sustainability can also be applied to architecture, business, cuisine, literature, sociology and more. This larger approach to a sustainable society is known as the "triple bottom line" and encompasses sound environment, social justice and health, and flourishing economy.
Sustainability can thus be integrated into nearly any class or discipline. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) offers curricular resources for faculty, students, staff and administrators: case studies, service learning projects, ideas for uncovering the hidden curriculum regarding sustainability as well as templates for creating new content, assignments, courses, or entire programs.
The CTE and the Department of Sustainability are currently sponsoring a sustainability workshop and research grant program called The Blue Ridge Project. Faculty can qualify for the grant by participating in a series of workshops which will explore the triple bottom line and offer discussion and ideas for applying insights to your classes or programs. This week, Appalachian Studies professor Ron Roach will speak on the social equity dimension of sustainability as it applies to our local region.
Blue Ridge Project participants will be eligible for a research grant upon completion of the workshop series and will receive a certificate from the CTE. Workshops will span the 2019-2020 academic year (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020). All workshops will include a free lunch. Look forward to a concluding celebration on Earth Day in April 2020. Contact us for more information. Register here.