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Webinar: Approaches to SDG-Based Curricular Pathways and Research Communities
November 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ESTFree
Universities are increasingly being called to develop integrative approaches toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their research, educational, and operational capacities. This webinar will present on the University of Toronto’s SDG-based sustainability course inventory, which was awarded a Campus Sustainability Research award from AASHE in 2019, and how the inventory is being used to create curricular pathways. We will provide a brief background to the development of a sustainability course inventory, present University of Toronto’s inventory findings, and discuss how we are developing these sustainability curricular pathways to encourage University of Toronto’s 70,000 undergraduate students to pursue a sustainability-focused education regardless of their program of study. We will also present new initiatives, including an SDG-based sustainability research inventory that is being used to identify leading researchers from University of Toronto’s 15,000 faculty members, research gaps, and strategic research opportunities across the SDGs at the University of Toronto.
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This webinar is part of a series of webinars on sustainability in the curriculum put on by SCC and AASHE.
Rashad Brugmann, Research Assistant, University of Toronto
Rashad Brugmann is an undergraduate in his final year studying Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Rashad works as a research assistant for the University of Toronto Committee on Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability. Rashad is involved in the sustainability student community at the university and has co-authored a journal article on the development of University of Toronto’s SDG-based course inventory. In addition to his research in curriculum innovation in sustainability, Rashad has professional experience in building science engineering performing building retrofit studies and whole building energy modelling.
Nicolas Côté, M.A. Candidate, Socio-cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto
Nicolas Côté is a Masters student in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc in physics and anthropology from the University of Toronto. He has been working for the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability for two years as a research assistant and intern. He developed the inventory with Rashad Brugmann, Emily Shaw, Nathan Postma, and Danielle Pal, co-authored the “Expanded Student Engagement” paper that won a 2019 AASHE research award, and is currently working on integrating the sustainability pathways within the University of Toronto’s structure.
Grace Ma, Student, University of Toronto
Grace is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Environmental Science and English. This summer, she worked as a sustainability intern for the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, where she helped develop sustainability certificate pathways at U of T and an instructors’ community of practice on sustainability pedagogy. Grace is also co-President of University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA), a student club leading action on environmental justice advocacy at the local, provincial, and federal level.