AASHE Releases Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action

Contact: Paul Rowland, AASHE Executive Director
Phone: 720.346.1432
Email: paul.rowland@aashe.org

August 16, 2010; Denver, CO — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has released Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action. Recognizing the scale of the challenges faced by higher education and the urgency with which changes must be addressed, AASHE’s Call to Action was produced not only to stimulate discussion but to promote activity that will increase the scale and scope of education for sustainability.

“For nearly two decades, many of us have been working with our higher education colleagues to provide education for a sustainable society,” said Paul Rowland, AASHE Executive Director. “These efforts have been fruitful, but they have not reached the hundreds of thousands of faculty we need to reach. The Call to Action lays out specific ways we can address the need to increase the scale of sustainability education over the next decade. Now it’s time to move to action.”

The 13-page report, available free from the AASHE website, is a culmination of the ideas presented during AASHE’s Summit on Sustainability in the Curriculum, held February 25-27, 2010 in San Diego, CA. The meeting brought together faculty from public and private four-year colleges and universities, two-year community colleges, and representatives from higher education organizations to address how higher education institutions can further infuse sustainability topics into college and university curricula.

Highlights from A Call to Action include:

• The acknowledgment of on-going initiatives.

• Opportunities for building on, extending, and developing further strategies.

• Recommendations for broad national strategies for meeting these challenges including establishing a faculty fellows program, developing regional centers, leveraging assessment requirements, and creating a Collaborative for Sustainability Curriculum Change.

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Our mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. More information about AASHE is available at www.aashe.org.