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Sustainability in the Curriculum at UM

Sustainability at the U

Invite Green U for a 20 min presentation in your class, and get your students involved in the multiple sustainability projects our campus offer: from our sustainable food initiatives, our LEED certified buildings, to our various renewable energy projects, our tree canopy or our waste minimization strategy, our multidisciplinary approach is fit for any class. Contact greenu@miami.edu to schedule a presentation in your class (available on our 3 campuses).

Green U tour of the Coral Gables campus

No matter what class you're teaching this semester, our Green U tour will inspire your students. They will have a chance to learn, get involved, and see our campus like never before. You can tailor the tour according to your class need: Start at Stanford Circle in front of our ECO tree, a symbol of students commitment to nature preservation and the environment [...] Stop by the LEED Platinum Frost Building and learn about its green features. Schedule your next tour now with greenu@miami.edu

Sustainability in the Curriculum at UM

In 2017, The Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and the Office of Sustainability proposed the addition of a SUST Class Attribute that allows students to search in Cane link for courses with a focus on sustainability, and apply to the Sustainability Certificate administered by the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development and the different minors now offered at UM focusing on Sustainability and Resilience. To help us in this endeavor, a group of faculty members from diverse schools at UM have agreed on the following  GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY DESIGNATION

Our Sustainability in the Curriculum Working Group is here ot help you, feel free to contact your school or department's faculty:

School - Dpt Professor email
Ecosystem, Science and Policy Maranto, Gina L.  g.maranto@miami.edu 
School of Nursing and Health Studies Falcon, Ashley L. afalcon1@miami.edu
Miami Herbert Business School Hicks, Daniel  dhicks@miami.edu
Miami Herbert Business School Kelly, David L  dkelly@bus.miami.edu
School of Architecture Lo mbard, Joanna L. jlombard@miami.edu
School of Architecture Hector, Denis H dhector@miami.edu
School of Architecture Chao, Sonia Raquel schao@miami.edu
Geography ​Cardoso da Silva, Jose Maria jcsilva@miami.edu
Geography Roy, Shouraseni Sen ssr@miami.edu
Geography Imelda Moise moise@miami.edu 
Geography Stoler, Justin B  stoler@miami.edu
History Bachin, Robin Faith rbachin@miami.edu
Education and Psychological Studies Evans, Scotney D. s.evans4@miami.edu
Kinesiology and Sport Sciences McNary, Erin L. elm134@miami.edu
Ocean Science Van Leer, John C.  jvanleer@rsmas.miami.edu
School of Communication Tran, Lien l.tran@miami.edu
Law School Owley, Jessica jowley@law.miami.edu
International Studies Weisskoff, Richard  rweisskoff@miami.edu
International Studies Moulioukova, Dina d.moulioukova@miami.edu
International Studies Hood, Teresa Ann, Ph.D. thood@rsmas.miami.edu
Biology Sealey, Kathleen Sullivan  ksealey@miami.edu
College of Engineering Andiroglu, Esber e.andiroglu@miami.edu
College of Engineering Englehardt, James Douglas  jenglehardt@miami.edu
Env. and Public Health - MSOM Kumar, Naresh NKumar@med.miami.edu
Computer Science College of Engineering Ramamoorthi, Lokesh Saravanan lokeshr@umiami.edu 

This initiative is one of our Sustainability Action Plan academic goals, that were defined after we received a Gold rating on the 2018 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System

Research Guide | Urban Sustainability & Resilience
The knowledge and resources for environment-driven urban and architectural design is at your fingertips. This research guide gathers important resources and information on topics encompassed by sustainable design, resilient design, and climate and the environment Co-curated by Gilda B. Santana, Associate Librarian Professor and Head of the Architecture Research Center, (ARC) University of Miami Libraries and Sonia R. Chao, Co-Director of MPSUSR, Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design (CUCD), and Faculty Lead in climate and environmental issues for the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA). Learn more here.

UM Libraries: 
Sustainable Development Goals research guide

The Sustainable Development Goals are diverse and apply to many disciplines. This new SDG resource from UM Libraries is meant to serve faculty and students, and can address specific class assignments. Feel free to give your feedback and ideas by contacting Terri Robar.

Sustainability in the Curriculum workshops

How Did I Green My Syllabus?
Over the last few years, the University has increased its offerings of graduate and undergraduate programs focused on sustainable development. We invite you to join a group of colleagues from various UM departments as they share their personal journey in Academia, and how they decided to integrate sustainability in their syllabus. Join our panelists, Prof. David Kelly (Miami Herbert Business School), Prof. Lokesh Ramamoorthi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Prof. Erin McNary (Sports Administration), and Prof. Justin Stoler (Geography) on February 26 from 12-1 p.m. Recording available here.

Sustainable Development Panel
Over the last few years, the University of Miami has increased its offerings of graduate and undergraduate programs focused on sustainable development. We invite you to hear from the Sustainable Development Panel, a unique panel designed for faculty interested in addressing global sustainability challenges in the classroom. Colleagues from various UM departments will share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to include sustainability in their syllabi. Join our panelists, Prof. Hicks (Miami Herbert Business School), Prof. Maranto (Ecosystem Science and Policy), Prof. Evans (Educational and Psychological Studies), and Prof. Fernandez (International Studies).  Here is the recording of the event

Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop
Requirements for UM faculty:

  • Develop a syllabus for a new course or a course module that incorporates sustainability or environmental issues appropriate to your field. Please, once you rsvp, send us the syllabus you think about enhancing with SDGs and which goal(s) you want to address in your course, as well as which learning outcome(s) would likely be included in your class description (greenu@miami.edu)
  • You will be supported in this endeavour by our group of sustainability in the curriculum faculty experts
  • You will be invited to participate in a quarterly discussion session to share experiences and best practices.

 

Syllabi Case Studies

- Business: Law and Business: Beyond Environmental Compliance - Syllabus
- Law: Law and Sustainable Society course - Syllabus
- Nursing: Clinical Nursing, Developing Families - Syllabus
- Public Health: Megacities and Slums: Global Health and Sustainable Development - Syllabus
- Medicine: Sustainability Concepts in Physical Therapy Education and Clinical Care - Syllabus
- Arts and Science: The Past, Present, and Future of Food and Population - Syllabus 
For more case studies, visit the Piedmont Project at Emory

More Resources

Become a member of the Sustainability Curriculum COnsortium and get access to even more resources: http://curriculumforsustainability.org/ 


Sustainability Certificate
AASHE Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshops 
AASHE - Center for Sustainability across the Curriculum
Piedmont Project at Emory
Vanderbilt - Tgeaching Sustainability
SDG Academy 

For the list of classes included in the UM Sustainability Undergraduate Certificate:
https://www.as.miami.edu/ecs/sustainability-certificate/ 

To register and for more information, contact greenu@miami.edu

 

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STARS TIER 1 vs TIER 2 COURSES

Sustainability course offerings include A) sustainability-focused courses and B) sustainability-inclusive courses:

A. Sustainability-focused courses (a.k.a. “sustainability courses”)

To count as sustainability-focused, the course title or description must indicate a primary and explicit focus on sustainability. This includes:

  • Foundational courses with a primary and explicit focus on sustainability (e.g., Introduction to Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainability Science).

  • Courses with a primary and explicit focus on the application of sustainability within a field (e.g., Architecture for Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Business). As sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, such courses generally incorporate insights from multiple disciplines.

  • Courses with a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge (e.g., Climate Change Science, Environmental Justice, Global Poverty and Development, Renewable Energy Policy). The focus of such courses might be on providing knowledge and understanding of the problems and/or the tools for solving them.

The course title or description does not have to use the term “sustainability” to count as sustainability- focused if the primary and explicit focus of the course is on the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems or a major sustainability challenge. If the course title and description do not unequivocally indicate such a focus, but it is evident from the course description or syllabus that the course incorporates sustainability challenges, issues, and concepts in a prominent way, the course may qualify as sustainability-inclusive (see below).

B. Sustainability-inclusive courses (a.k.a. “sustainability-related courses”)

Courses that are not explicitly focused on sustainability may contribute towards scoring if sustainability has clearly been incorporated into course content. To count as sustainability-inclusive, the course description or rationale provided in the course inventory must indicate that the course incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability challenges, issues, and concepts throughout the course.

While a foundational course such as chemistry or sociology might provide knowledge that is useful to practitioners of sustainability, it would not be considered “sustainability-inclusive” unless the concept of sustainability or sustainability challenges and issues are specifically integrated into the course. Likewise, although specific tools or practices such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or engineering can be applied towards sustainability, such courses would not count unless the description or rationale provided in the inventory clearly indicates that sustainability is integrated into the course. Tier