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Workshop: Building a Curriculum Development Program for Your Institution: The Piedmont/Ponderosa Model

January 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

This workshop has passed. You can purchase a copy of the recording and resource materials. 

The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 4 and Thursday, January 11 from 2-4:30 p.m. ET. 

Are you ready to see your institution move forward to engage faculty and change curriculum toward sustainability issues? This workshop will introduce participants to the Piedmont/Ponderosa model, which has been adopted successfully across the United States and beyond, reaching thousands of professors over two decades.

The Piedmont/Ponderosa model of two-day faculty development workshops has been used by dozens of institutions—large and small, public and private—with resulting faculty enthusiasm and renovated courses. This virtual workshop will provide a history and overview with discussion time on Day 1 and delve more deeply into details of workshop form and function on Day 2. Both days will last 2.5 hours.

Interested faculty leaders will be equipped with the knowledge, materials, and strategies to adapt this “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” model to their own institutions. Activities will explore the pace, timing, funding, staffing, and philosophy behind the unique aspects of the workshop model. Resource materials, interactive breakout room discussions and opportunities for Q&A will be included. Challenges in making the transition to teaching fellow faculty will also be discussed. Participants will be provided with background materials beforehand and will have multiple handouts and guides to support deeper discussion on Day 2.

Participants in this orientation may also be interested to participate in the next cohort of the Global Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program Development Support Group, (starting in summer 2024), a longer term program that guides participants through the key steps involved in establishing a successful sustainability across the curriculum program at their institution.

If you are looking for a shorter workshop that is applicable to faculty new to sustainability and the teaching of it, please see Integrating Sustainability Literacy Across Your Curricula-Best Practices.

Key Details

Event Dates

The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 4 and Thursday, January 11 from 2-4:30 p.m. ET. 

Registration Fees

Registration Type Registration Fee
Individual associated with an AASHE member organization* $110
Individual  not associated with an AASHE member organization $150
Groups full price for first registrant and 20% off for each subsequent registrant
* To check if your organization is a current AASHE member, please search the AASHE Membership Directory.

A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals who need financial assistance to participate. Please apply two weeks before the program begins (i.e., 12/21/2024) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Thursday, January 2, 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.
    If you need to pay by check or ACH, please contact us at least 5 weeks prior to the event start date. Registration using these forms of payment must be received 4 weeks prior to the event start date and full payment must be received by AASHE within 2 weeks of event start date.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to January 2, 2024. No refunds will be given after January 2, 2024.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Registered participants will receive access to the recording after the live event.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.


Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Emory University
Peggy BarlettThe session will be led by Peggy Barlett who spearheaded the Piedmont Project at Emory University for 15 years.  In the last fifteen years, Peggy and her colleague, Geoffrey Chase formerly of San Diego State University, offered an in-person two-day version to over 600 faculty leaders from around the US and eight foreign countries. Peggy and Geoff also co-edited Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation (MIT 2013) and Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change (2004).

Peggy, the Goodrich C. White Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University, is a specialist in agricultural anthropology and sustainability in higher education. A leader in bringing Emory to its current commitment to a sustainable future, her work focused on faculty development, curriculum, sustainable food, and culture change. She has written on the challenges of transforming higher education in articles in Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, College Teaching, and Liberal Education and has led workshops on curriculum development on many campuses.

Any questions about the workshop?
Please contact Daita Serghi, education@aashe.org


January 4
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
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