Resources for Integrating Sustainability into Curriculum

Sample syllabi and tools

Examine syllabi, assignments, and other tools for integrating sustainability into courses.

  • The Piedmont Project.  Peruse syllabi across disciplines from Emory University that integrate sustainability themes.


Integrate sustainability and livability-focused projects, proposed by the City of St. Paul, into existing courses through ACTC's CityLabs program.

United Nations Documents on Sustainability

Read statements and challenges for sustainability from the United Nations.

Academic Journals and Books

Explore sustainability research in higher education, science, and policy.

Selected journals that address sustainability in higher education:

Selected journals that address sustainability science, policy, and development:

Selected books that examine sustainability in higher education curriculum:

    • Publications on Campus Sustainability (compiled by AASHE)
    • Greening the College Curriculum: A Guide to Environmental Teaching in the Liberal Arts by Jonathan Collett and Stephen Karakashian
    • Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum by Lucas F. Johnston
    • Sustainability on Campus: Stories and strategies for change edited by Peggy F. Barlett and Geoffrey W. Chase
    • The Sustainability Curriculum: The Challenge for Higher Education edited by John Blewitt and Cedric Cullingford

Selected books that examine environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability:

    • Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement by Daniel J. Philippon
    • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough
    • Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect by David W. Orr
    • Ecological Economics by Herman E. Daly and Joshua Farley
    • Ecological Literacy by David W. OrrIntegral ecology: Uniting multiple perspectives on the natural world by Sean Esbjörn-Hargens and Michael E. Zimmerman
    • An Invitation to Environmental Sociology by Michael Mayerfield Bell
    • “The Land Ethic” in A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
    • The Land We Share by Eric T. Freyfogle
    • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
    • Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth by Williams E. Rees, Mathis Wackernagel, and Phil Testemale
    • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need by Juliet B. Schor
    • The Politics of the Earth by John Dryzek
    • Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
    • Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature edited by William Cronon
    • Understanding Urban Ecosystems edited by Alan R. Berkowitz, Charles H. Nilon, and Karen S. Hollweg