The Education iCAP team had a hybrid meeting from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 PM on Monday, August 29th. The team reviewed the Education iCAP objectives, shared project updates, and brainstormed new action ideas for this semester.
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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability (Proposed)
Recent Project Updates
- Develop Sustainability Learning Outcomes
- Sustainability Literacy Assessment
- Provide incentives for sustainability education
- Sustainability in Study Abroad
- Encourage Course Development or Modification
- Inventory Sustainability Courses
- Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW)
- Develop Sustainability Education definition
- Development of Experiential Learning Sites
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainability
- Independent Student Projects
- Support sustainability courses through guest lectures
- Sustainability Gen-Ed Requirement
- Sustainability Minor
- Sustainable Design Major
The iCAP 2020 objective 6.6 is to "Offer a new graduate certifi-cate in sustainability by FY24." The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is iSEE.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign educates more than 16,000 graduate students. While many do not work in fields directly related to sustainability, it is increasingly true that many care deeply about environmental issues and wish to incorporate sustainability awareness into their research, classrooms, and workplaces.
To integrate sustainability themes into diverse graduate programs, iSEE plans to coordinate a graduate certificate in sustainability. Students will commit to a core course requirement, after which they can pursue one of multiple tracks (e.g., infrastructure and planning, business applications of sustainability, human dimensions, policy, etc.).
Implementation of a new graduate certificate in sustainability can be leveraged with external funding support, such as the graduate NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program.
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