Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program

What IS sustainability?  How do we define it in an academic context?  How is it relevant to your teaching? Did you know that Wesleyan’s Sustainability Action Plan calls for increasing the number of courses that include sustainability across all divisions?  The Wesleyan University Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) calls for an increase in the number of courses that incorporate sustainability as a learning objective.   

During the 2016-17 school year, Wesleyan organizaed its first Sustainability Across the Curriculum program through the financial assistance of the Wesleyan Green Fund. This program expanded faculty knowledge and skills related to teaching about sustainability and is making courses including sustainability content available to students in all divisions.  A full-day workshop for 11 faculty was held in October 2016, followed by a four-session seminar with the same cohort in November 2016.  In Spring 2017, 5 faculty are teaching their newly amended courses; 3 faculty will teach in Fall 2017, and one in Fall 2018.  

The Sustainability Office is currently leading program evaluation for the 2016-17 Program.  The Sustainability Office and Center for Pedagogical Innovation are investigating options for running the program in the 2017-18 school year.  Stay tuned for more information.

SATC Program Components


The all-day Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop is designed to increase faculty awareness of sustainability in their courses across disciplines and provide practical suggestions about how to increase student engagement and reinforce learning outcomes by adding a sustainability component.  This across-the-curriculum approach has proved to be an effective way to foster a culture of sustainability at dozens of colleges and universities.  


Following the workshop, a four-session seminar allows faculty the opportunity to delve deeper into sustainability education and have the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback as they amend one or more existing courses to include sustainability.  

Course Module Integration

Faculty participating in the workshop and/or seminar are expected to teach their amended course within one academic year of taking part in the program.  The faculty cohort will reconvene after teaching their amended course to discuss their experiences.  

What’s in it for me?

  • Collaborating on pedagogy with other faculty
  • Developing and expanding your own pedagogical tools
  • Creating a faculty community focused on sustainability
  • Stipends for seminar participation and course development

If you have additional questions, please email Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director.