Why Integrate Sustainability Across the Curriculum?
Sustainability is central to the mission of the University of St. Thomas.
“Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability” is UST’s Strategic Priority 4 under Catholic Identity. This priority states:
“The University of St. Thomas will cultivate an ethic of environmental stewardship, and will integrate principles of environmental sustainability across the curriculum and in co-curricular activities in order to educate students to appreciate their roles and obtain tools for leadership and innovation in care for God’s Creation.”
For more information about what this means at UST, take a look at these articles:
- “Building Sustainability into the Curriculum” (2007) by Dr. Elise Amel. Dr. Amel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Environmental Studies program. She has spearheaded efforts to integrate sustainability across the curriculum at UST.
- “What’s food got to do with it?” (2011) by Dr. Elise Amel.
- “Connecting Food with Our Curriculum - Summer Seminar Update” (2011) by Dr. Debra Petersen. Dr. Petersen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism.
- “Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum” (2012) by Dr. Maria Dahmus. Dr. Dahmus develops Academic Sustainability Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences to integrate sustainability across the curriculum and co-curricular activities and teaches courses in the Environmental Studies program.