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Help shape education for sustainability at U of M

May 14, 2018 — 

When you think of sustainability in education, you likely associate it with environmentally focused faculties like Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. The part that most people miss is that sustainability is a broad term and when thought about holistically, can incorporate all aspects of education that takes place within universities. Sustainability incorporates the environmental, economic and social aspects of how our world functions. By teaching students from all faculties about all aspects of sustainability, we are creating and encouraging a responsible future workforce. We are preparing students to head out of university equipped with a well-rounded knowledge base and tools to tackle future economic, social and environmental challenges associated with our ever-changing world.

The University of Manitoba, Board of Governor’s approved, Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018 outlines actions to encourage sustainability education within all aspects of the university. Thus far, the University offers an impressive 1,060 sustainability-related courses to students! In addition, faculty members and staff are encouraging student participation in sustainability initiatives all across campus. Projects like the UMCycle Bike Kiosk Design Build Project, the Bee House Labs, the campus Permaculture Garden which linked sociology and community development to the environment and the sustainability marketing stream of Asper School of Business are great examples of sustainability in education.

This spring, workshops are being held to encourage faculty to share their thoughts on how to encourage education for sustainability on campus. The workshops will explore the approaches, opportunities and barriers around educating for sustainability at the University of Manitoba. The outcomes of the workshops will help form the foundation for the Goals and Strategic Actions framed in the upcoming renewal of the Sustainability Strategy 2019-2024.

The workshops will be take place at The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, located at 223-65 Dafoe Road on:

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

All faculty are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Event Brite page by May 25, 2018.

Look for the results of these sessions on UMToday. Student and university community engagement around educating for sustainability will take place this Fall and into the 2018/19 academic year.

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