Enhancing Campus Curricula and Sustainability Through UN SDGs
May 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a benchmark for not only development of much of the world, but also for redevelopment of the industrialized world, which faces a different set of challenges relating to transitioning from existing unsustainable infrastructure, energy sources, consumption and community organization, to the sustainable society to which we aspire. How do the SDGs relate to what our colleges are doing on campus and in their curricula? Are our students learning the content and skills they need to create a sustainable society in terms of the SDGs? This webinar highlights ways in which we can map SDGs onto campus operations and course curricula. While AASHE already has an effective STARS program to evaluate campus general operations, purchasing and curricula, these do not necessarily map to the SDGs. We will explore how to do that.
Dork Sahagian, Professor, Lehigh University
Dork Sahagian is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at LehighUniversity. Professor Sahagian received his B.S. in Physics from RPI, hisM.S. in Geosciences from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D in Geophysicsfrom the University of Chicago. He then served the Navy as a NORDAOceanographer at Dartmouth College, Associate Research Scientist atLamont-Doherty (Columbia University), and Research Scientist at the ByrdPolar Research Center (Ohio State University). He served as ExecutiveDirector of the Global Analysis, Integration, and Modelling Task Force ofthe International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP/GAIM) at UNH, thenmoved to Lehigh University to serve as the founding Director of theEnvironmental Initiative from 2004 to 2010. Professor Sahagian has beenconducting research in paleoclimatology, volcanology, stratigraphy,geodynamics and tectonics, global hydrology, sea level, the environmentalimpacts of human activities, and science education. He served as an authorand reviewer for the various Assessment Reports of the Nobel Prize winningIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Sahagian’ssuite of courses taught includes “Scientific Foundations for EnvironmentalPolicy Design” and “Human-Climate Interactions.” He wrote “A User’s Guidefor Planet Earth” for use as a textbook in introductory EnvironmentalScience courses, including his own. Toward the goal of understanding ofEarth’s processes and environment, he continues to work toward theintegration of disparate disciplines in geology, environmental science,technology, policy, and the myriad interactions between people and theworld in which we live.
Delicia Nahman, Sustainability Officer, Lehigh University
Delicia Nahman is the founding Director of the Lehigh University Office of Sustainability. She came to Lehigh from LA Community College District where she served as a Sustainability Coordinator. In her current role, she creates and leads the university’s sustainability agenda, including strategic planning for enhancing sustainability in institutional operations as well as student activities and curricula. She works closely with institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability broadly across campus units, integrating sustainability into policies and standards related to energy management, greenhouse gas emissions, built environment and land use, water consumption, waste, transportation, purchasing, food services, diversity and inclusion practices. Delicia also coordinates with faculty to integrate sustainability into the curriculum while collaborating with departments and campus committees to organize campus events and related educational opportunities. She extends her efforts beyond campus to develop effective partnerships and relationships with surrounding communities and institutions to advance sustainability throughout the region.