The Next SCC Online Dialogue

Registration open for the next SCC Online Dialogue:

The 2030 Development Agenda (SDGs, Paris and Sendai)

  • Online Dialogue process has begun
  • Registration remains open
  • Video transcript of the first webinar has been posted

SCC’s current Online Dialogue* focuses on the key components of the 2030 Development Agenda: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement, and Sendai Framework on disaster risk. This professional development offering is based on the premise that teaching faculty in ESD need to understand the fundamentals of these frameworks that will guide sustainable development for the next 15 years.

Registration for this Online Dialogue is still open. Please see registration information and details on the components of the SCC Online Dialogue below.

SCC Director Ira Feldman has organized and will moderate this dialogue to engage leading experts and stakeholders. Your one-time registration for the SCC Online Dialogue process (no fee) includes access to:

  • live webinars on GoToMeeting® and video transcripts of each session
  • relevant resources identified by expert presenters on the Collaborase™ platform
  • facilitated follow-on Q&A on Collaborase™, and
  • co-creation of a “synthesis document” by all registrants on Collaborase™

The next webinar in this Online Dialogue: Tuesday, August 9, 2PM EST

This second webinar will cover elements of the Paris Climate Agreement. Presenters will include Mark Trexler (the Climatographers); Wil Burns (the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment and past president of AESS); and Don Brown (Widener Law School). Selected topics to include: the role of business and industry; geoengineering; mitigation, adaptation, and loss & damage; and climate ethics.

Save the date for the third and final webinar in this Online Dialogue: Tuesday, August 23, 2PM EST

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In the final webinar of this series, Debbra A.K. Johnson (DAKJ, LLC and SCC Advisory Council member) and Aris Papadopoulos (founder of the Resilience Action Fund), both leaders in ARISE: the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, will explain the basics of the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction and its relevance to broader sustainability issues. Debbra and Aris will emphasize the linkages between all three components of the 2030 Development Agenda, which, taken together, can serve as a comprehensive game plan for sustainable development.


y2The video recording of the first webinar in this Online Dialogue series has been posted. The first webinar covered the concept of “planetary boundaries” in the Anthropocene as a basis for understanding the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presenters included Kevin Noone (Stockholm University), a co-author of the seminal Rockstrom planetary boundaries paper; Faye Leone (IISD), the content editor of Earth Negotiations Bulletin; and Ashwani Vasishth (Ramapo College and SCC Advisory Council member), who actively participated in the UN’s SDG stakeholder process. The video recording for this webinar is available here.


Registration: A one-time (no fee) registration for SCC’s Online Dialogue on the 2030 Development Agenda includes all 3 webinars and access to all other Online Dialogue components. Click here to register.

Process note: Registrants will receive an email before each webinar with GoToMeeting® access codes. Registrants will also receive a separate email invitation to access the Collaborase™ platform.

SCC Strategic Planning for the 2016-17 Academic Year

We’ve demonstrated the need. We’ve proved the concept. Our pilot activities were well received. Together, let’s proceed!

SCC’s Leaders and Advisory Council are initiating a strategic planning process for the upcoming academic year. Now is an opportune time for you to share your ideas as we prioritize activities and resources for higher education sustainability curriculum and professional development in 2016-2017 and beyond.

We launched SCC by asking two threshold questions:

  • What is the biggest challenge you face as a sustainability educator?
  • What do you need to support your work as a sustainability educator in terms of faculty and curriculum development?

We will continue to ask these questions to ensure we are meeting the needs of teaching faculty in ESD. We strive to be responsive to the curriculum and faculty development needs of sustainability educators.

As we proceed, SCC is aligning our activities around three key themes:

  • Pedagogy: Innovative approaches for ESD educators
  • Substantive Content: Building capacity and sharing resorces on both the fundamental topics and emerging trends in sustainability
  • Leadership: Understanding the significance of leadership in the ESD context

We are looking for your input specifically on what activities and resources would be of most value to you, your colleagues, and your institutions in developing:

…pedagogy: What pedagogical challenges do you and your colleagues face in developing, delivering, and/or assessing sustainability curriculum? What do you envision in terms of a pedagogy that truly embraces the principles and practices of ESD in higher education? What will it take to address this?

…content: What ideas, processes, or skills do you wish were being taught that aren’t? How could existing content be better connected, contextualized, or applied? What is critical for learners to understand now and in the future?

…leadership: What leadership values and practices are you seeking in your own ESD work? What do you want higher education leaders to know, and how do you see their leadership supporting the goals of ESD?

In other words, we are looking to you, our colleagues in the higher education/ESD community, to help identify the issues, concepts, principles that are of most critical value for SCC to direct its focus in the coming year.

Please use the form on the CONTACT US page of the SCC website with your feedback, suggestions and questions.

SCC-AASHE webinar series

susaaSCC-AASHE webinar series: “Pedagogy in Education for Sustainable Development”

Susan Santone and Jess Gerrior to each lead two webinars

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One registration will secure access codes for all 4 webinars. There is no fee for this webinar series. To register, send email with subject “pedagogy” to SCC email (curriculumforsustainability@gmail.com) with your contact information (name, affiliation, email and phone).

Webinar 1 – Tuesday, June 21 at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific
Beyond Science: Framing Sustainability to Welcome All Disciplines
Facilitator: Susan Santone
Description: Colleges and universities trying to integrate sustainability across the curriculum often encounter a common stumbling block: the perception that sustainability is relevant only to environmental science. This false belief can keep non-science faculty away from the table. This webinar will provide participants with a framing of sustainability that creates entry points for all disciplines. The session will introduce a set of transdisciplinary concepts and show how ‘overlaying’ these concepts onto existing topics results in a fresh, sustainability-based lens for instruction. Examples from multiple disciplines will demonstrate how all faculty can locate sustainability connections to field, setting the stage for integration across the curriculum.

Recording for Webinar 1 available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gwa4dfniPs

Webinar 2 – Tuesday, June 28 at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific
Language and Inclusion: Educational leadership practices that enhance learners’ sense of ecological identity and efficacy
Facilitator: Jess Gerrior
Description: How sustainability conversations begin, who is invited to the table, and who is left out can determine how learners – including faculty, students, and other members of learning organizations – identify with and feel motivated to take on the broad issue of sustainability. Sustainability leaders know that it is about more than environmental problem-solving – that generating momentum for sustainable change involves difficult social, economic, and political conversations. What models and methods can educators use to create inviting spaces for learners to develop new and deeper connections to “sustainability”? This webinar will be a participatory dialogue/exchange.

Recording for Webinar 2 available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPJ0Q6R_2Rc

Webinar 3 – Tuesday, July 12 at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific
Sustainability at the Heart of Learning: Aligning sustainability with institutional, departmental, and classroom values for better student outcomes
Facilitator: Jess Gerrior
Description: The intellectual work of designing, delivering, and evaluating transdisciplinary sustainability curriculum, together with the practical work of enacting sustainability knowledge and skills in the physical environment are both essential to education for sustainability. But unless the “head” and “hands” are connected with the “heart” – the cultural, sociopolitical, moral values of learning communities – they can only reach so far. Here we will exchange ideas and practices for tapping into what moves educators/leaders – teaching sustainability from the inside out.

Recording for Webinar 3 available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrEut14t_GA

Webinar 4 – Tuesday, July 19 at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific
Course Redesign Strategies
Facilitator: Susan Santone
Description: ‘Integrating sustainability’ into a course means adapting both content and pedagogy to create a learning experience that is more interdisciplinary, experiential, and focused on authentic problem-solving. How can instructors juggle all of these demands without designing a syllabus from scratch? This session will present a step-wise instructional process for meeting this challenge. This approach, used with colleges and universities across the country, results in high-impact courses that integrate core sustainability concepts; promote civic involvement; and align outcomes, assessment and instruction. Attendees will walk away with a design framework that brings learners through a process of engagement, deep inquiry, decision-making, and positive action. The webinar will illuminate that ‘integrating sustainability’ is fundamentally about effective teaching and learning. Therefore, this session is especially recommended for faculty development specialists—especially those who may falsely believe that sustainability is environmental education.

Recording for Webinar 4 available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X79fh13eE1s

Register for our initial online dialogue

The UN’s role in sustainability in higher education — an SCC online dialogue

What do sustainability educators at the college and university level need to know about relevant UN initiatives?

SCC will facilitate an online dialogue through our Collaborase platform beginning in April. The 6-week online dialogue includes recommended readings, interactive posts and three scheduled webinars.

In this online dialogue, participants will explore the lessons learned from such UN initiatives as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability and the UN SD Education Caucus. Participants will gain a better appreciation of the purpose and the outcomes of these UN activities, as well as insight into the themes and pedagogy at their core.

The goal will be to identify actionable information and resources developed through these UN initiatives that can inform advances in sustainability in higher education. In the final 10 days of the online dialogue, participants will co-create a synthesis document for their further reference and use, and for posting on the SCC website as a contribution to the sustainability education community of practice.

The online dialogue process will also include webinars with invited presentations from the leaders of and US participants in these activities. The full webinar schedule will be posted here:

Wednesday, April 13, 1PM Eastern — Session leader Kim Smith of Portland Community College will discuss her experiences at recent UN-sponsored education for sustainability events at the international level.

Tuesday, April 19, 12 noon Eastern — Session leader Julia Heiss, ESD Team Leader at UNESCO, provides her perspectives on the outcomes of the UN Decade of ESD, and the current UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD, endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2014.

Thursday, April 28, 1PM Eastern — Session leader Melissa Goodall, Associate Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability, will discuss the role that higher education instructions can play in advancing more robust solutions to governing the global commons, including through UN initiatives.

Several of the key documents to be considered in this online dialogue have already been posted at the SCC public page on Collaborase and others will be added as needed.

To register for this dialogue please go to the SCC public page on Collaborase:

https://collaborase.com/scconlinedialogue

Current SCC Online Dialogue concludes this month

Current SCC Online Dialogue concludes this month on Collaborase with co-created synthesis document

Topic: What do sustainability educators at the college and university level need to know about relevant UN initiatives?

All 3 webinars from current SCC Online Dialogue remain available for viewing; see details in box below.

The SCC online dialogue process, convened over a 6-week period in April-May, has included recommended readings, interactive posts, and three scheduled webinars. The final phase of the process is where participants will co-create a synthesis document through our Collaborase platform, for their further reference and use and for posting on the SCC website as a contribution to the sustainability education community of practice.

The recordings of the webinars are available on YouTube, and the PowerPoint presentations are available on our Collaborase public page: www.collaborase.com/scconlinedialogue.

In this online dialogue, participants are exploring the purpose and outcomes of UN activities such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability and the UNESCO-led Global Action Programme (GAP). The presentations thus far have identified actionable information and resources developed through these UN initiatives to inform advances in sustainability in higher education.

Please register to participate in the online facilitated Q & A and to co-create the synthesis document. Click this link and scroll down to bottom of page to register with your email address. Then look for a confirming email with an invitation from Collaborase. You must accept the invitation to join the SCC online dialogue. You will then be able to access the facilitated Q & A and participate in co-creating the synthesis document. All documents for the current Online Dialogue are posted at www.collaborase.com/scconlinedialogue.

The first 3 SCC Webinars

Webinar #1: Session leader Kim Smith of Portland Community College discussed her experiences at recent UN-sponsored education for sustainability events at the international level.

Webinar #2: Session leader Julia Heiss, ESD Team Leader at UNESCO, provided her perspectives on the outcomes of the UN Decade of ESD, and the current UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD, endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2014.

Webinar #3: Session leader Melissa Goodall, Associate Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability, discussed the role that higher education institutions can play in advancing more robust solutions to governing the global commons, including through UN initiatives.

Summer Academy for High Schoolers in NYC

tnSCC, in partnership with the Environic Foundation International (EFI), to convene 5 -day Sustainable Societies Academy™ pilot

The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC), in partnership with the Environic Foundation International (EFI), will convene the Sustainable Societies Academy™ for a one-week pilot at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, NY this August. This program will provide talented NYC-area high schoolers having a demonstrated interest in sustainability with a university-level experience with university-level faculty – all SCC Advisory Council members. See full details and link to registration at the SCC website.