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Workshop: Facilitating Student-Driven Interventions for Sustainable Behavior Change

April 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


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Higher education students and staff increasingly need to be equipped with the skills to respond to complex and interconnected problems in order to generate futures that are more equitable, sustainable, and resilient. Higher education is well suited to build capacity to address these problems in holistic and collaborative ways, particularly by supporting students and staff to learn how to develop and implement sustainability solutions. However, support is needed to integrate sustainability into courses, curricula, and on campus due to challenges in (1) devising strategies to address sustainability problems on campus and in society, and (2) having resources and tools to support this process. This session explores a curriculum that addresses both challenges and demonstrates how this resource can be strategically utilized by participants to advance towards the futures that they desire for their campus.  

The “Interventions Curriculum” was developed at Arizona State University through collaborations among students, instructors, and staff. The curriculum offers staff and instructors a self-paced learning experience about how to facilitate student-driven interventions to promote sustainable behavior change. The curriculum aims to support teaching, learning, and action that contributes to student sustainability competency development and to achieving campus sustainability goals.

The session will provide an overview of the curriculum, including resources and sample activities, as well as example intervention projects and insights from their development. Through small-group discussion, hands-on activities, group reflection, as well as peer and session leader feedback, participants will explore how they can use the curriculum to create student-driven interventions that contribute toward achieving the sustainability goals of their institution.   

This process will support participants to achieve the following session outcomes: 

  • investigating examples of how to link learning to action for campus sustainability goals by designing behavior change interventions
  • determining the opportunities and barriers for implementing interventions for sustainability behavior change at their own institutions
  • creating context-specific action plans for facilitating student-driven behavior change projects that promote campus sustainability.


Jordan King, PhD Student, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability & College of Global Futures
Jordan KingJordan King is a Doctoral Student in the School of Sustainability and College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. His work focuses on how to enable students to become change agents in creating more equitable, just, and sustainable futures. More specifically, his research and practical efforts aim to support instructors and students in higher education to understand and assess what it means for education to facilitate personal and social transformation.

Katja Brundiers, Clinical Assistant Professor Arizona State University
Katja BrundiersKatja Brundiers is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures at Arizona State University, with a doctorate degree in sustainability science. Dr. Brundiers explores how to design professional education that integrates education for sustainable development and disaster management seeking to reduce disaster risk while advancing sustainability and resilience. From a didactical perspective, Dr. Brundiers explores how key competencies in sustainability can be fostered through whole-person and project-based courses in collaboration with practitioners. From a topical perspective, Dr. Brundiers studies how individuals bring about change for sustainability in disaster contexts and what role key competencies in sustainability play in these change processes; specifically when seeking to leverage windows of opportunity to initiate long-term sustainability transitions. She conducted research in Sri Lanka (2006), Indonesia (2014), New Zealand (2015) as well as in Puerto Rico and Arizona, USA.

Krista O’Brien, Program Manager ASU Sustainability Practices

Krista O'BrienKrista O’Brien is a Program Manager at Arizona State University for University Sustainability Practices. She works in ASU operations focusing on Environmental Data and Strategic Initiatives with university partners. Krista has over eight years of experience integrating sustainability into operations at ASU.


Daniel Fischer, Associate Professor for Consumer Communication and Sustainability, Wageningen University & Research

Daniel FisherDaniel Fischer is Associate Professor for Consumer Communication and Sustainability at the Strategic Communication Group (COM) at Wageningen University and Research. He has previously served as Assistant Professor at Arizona State University (USA) and Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), where he still holds adjunct positions. In his research and teaching, Daniel is interested in exploring how more sustainable ways of living and consuming can be facilitated through communication and learning. He uses inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand how consumption patterns evolve and change over time and in different cultural settings, and what role communication processes play in this. Daniel has a strong interest in intervention research. His recent research projects studied how innovative practices like mindfulness, storytelling, or citizen science can disrupt consumption routines and increase reflexivity in individuals. Daniel’s work in Sustainable Consumption Communication aims, in an educational tradition, to empower people to re-shape their relationships with the consumer societies into which they have been born, encultured, and socialized in the industrialized world. Daniel is the head of the SuCo2 research group, an interdisciplinary research group focused on sustainable consumption and sustainability communication). The research work of SuCo2 aims to better understand the role that consumption plays in satisfying human needs, how it impacts individual, collective, and planetary wellbeing, and how more responsible ways of living can be encouraged through communication and education.

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

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April 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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