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Key Objective: 10. Curricular Education

Our campus is committed to educating future leaders to address the most pressing issues facing society today. Our goals for students who earn a degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are expressed by these six sustainability learning outcomes:

Day-to-day life

» Students will learn ways in which natural resources are used to produce what they consume, such as the food they eat, the water they drink, and the energy they use.

» Students will understand ways in which their lifestyle and wellbeing are interconnected with those of diverse producers and consumers around the world, including impoverished communities.

Knowledge and skills

» Students will learn core concepts of ecology and develop skills relevant to their chosen field to provide a basis for environmental sustainability.

» Students will learn to think holistically about sustainability using perspectives across multiple disciplines.   Personal vision   » Students will understand relationships between global environmental and economic trends and their impact on diverse cultures and communities.   » Students will develop an integrated vision for sustainability that embraces their personal lives, professions, local communities, and the world-at-large.   Objectives:   39. Offer an undergraduate minor in sustainability starting with approximately 20 students in 2016 that will provide in-depth learning about the three dimensions of sustainability and enable students to make connections between the different disciplines to solve problems related to sustainability. The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment will coordinate this program.   40. Offer opportunities for undergraduate students to obtain research and practical experience by participating in independent study projects on topics in sustainability.   41. Add at least five new sustainability-focused courses by FY20, and revise current class curriculums to include sustainability aspects. A sustainability course inventory is available on the iSEE website.