Sustainability is the idea that humans must interact with the environment in a way that ensures there will be enough resources left for future generations. Sustainability is often described as having three dimensions or pillars: environmental, economic, and social. Sustainability education focuses on educating how to counteract major environmental problems, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, loss of ecosystem services, land degradation, and air and water pollution.
Sustainability education asks the questions: What is sustainability? What do we want to sustain? What is a good life? How do we create a better world? It is often an integrative discipline and a multidisciplinary project with statistical, scientific, and humanistic dimensions. A still-evolving field, sustainability education has the primary goal of harnessing the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement that prepares students for jobs that contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future.
Community colleges can serve as pedagogical leaders by infusing content and learning methods across all disciplines that help students develop a knowledge base about the environment, the economy, and society. Colleges can also help their communities learn how to live in a sustainable manner.
The National Green Jobs Advisory Council DEI Rubric seeks to support the intentional development of equitable, diverse, and inclusive (DEI) workforce training materials. The tool is not exhaustive but rather is designed to help guide and focus content development around best practices in DEI. Many of the suggested guidelines adopt a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and are effective teaching and learning practices.
Targeted universalism means setting universal goals pursued by targeted processes to achieve those goals. Within a targeted universalism framework, universal goals are established for all groups concerned. The strategies developed to achieve those goals are targeted, based upon how different groups are situated within structures, culture, and across geographies to obtain the universal goal.
Accelerating Systemic Change in Higher Education is an open-source repository focused on increasing systemic change in higher education by inviting in diversity and inclusivity and integrating sustainability with a focus on STEM disciplines.
Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources from the American Association of Colleges & Universities – a resource repository that includes webinars, publications, initiatives, institutes, and more to help increase diversity in higher education, explain why it is important, and demonstrate broader societal impacts by increasing DEI.
Increase the Diversity of your Graduates is a resource from Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth for a Sustainable Future helps educators increase student diversity and grow their programs. Different pages on the sidebar focus in on why diversity is important, attracting a diverse student body, and supporting students through programs.