Sustainability Courses

SUNY Oneonta was recognized in 2018 for it's great work integrating sustainability within and across its curriculum by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Academic integration can be seen through the designation of sustainability-focused and related sections throughout the college, an annual faculty workshop providing support to instructors interested infusing sustainability into syllabi; an interdisciplinary major in Environmental Sustainability intended to prepare students to develop solutions to pressing environmental challenges; and opportunity for faculty and student participation in sustainability research through the annual Life of the Mind and Student Research & Creative Activity Day.

More recently, SUNY Oneonta has been able to offer unique, interdisciplinary courses in green building design and innovation thanks to the SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative, a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund (PIF) grant in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY ESF. Through these courses students are taught career ready skills and given the opportunity to prepare and take industry credential exams like the LEED Green Associate.

Sustainable Susquehanna Faculty Development Workshop

Oneonta’s Sustainable Susquehanna is an annual program that brings together faculty from across the university to support new courses, or new units in existing courses, that incorporate issues of sustainability and environmental awareness. Sustainable Susquehanna is based on nationally recognized models known for their innovative approach to curricular change and is designed to create a community for intellectual conversation around the economic, societal and environmental dimensions of sustainability on the local and global scale.

The workshop will explore how to meaningfully integrate sustainability into our classrooms. Sustainability issues can be incorporated in any department and can include climate change, food systems, economic development, ecological systems, environmental justice, public health and wellness, land use and sustainable design, energy, water, and human rights. Campus faculty and staff will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.

Participants receive an honorarium of $1000 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus (with the intent to teach the course by the fall semester of 2021 or sooner). Participants will participate in a variety of interactive activities during the two-day workshop, and connect with other faculty across the campus to create new networks.

Sustainable Susquehanna participants agree to:

  1. Read material prior to the workshop.
  2. Participate in a 2-day workshop.
  3. Prepare course materials over the summer.
  4. Submit updated course materials by announced deadline (fall semester).
  5. Attend a follow-up meeting to go over your revised or new syllabus in the fall (either in late August or early September).

Interested? Contact Rachel.Kornhauser@oneonta.edu. The Spring 2021 workshop has been postponed due to COVID 19. We hope to offer this in person in Spring 2022!

Comments from 2017 participants:

“An immense opportunity not only to think about the pedagogical aspects of sustainability but also to collaborate with such a wide variety of scholars and learn from them.”

“I consider the college’s commitment to sustainability to be one of its most important priorities, now more than ever.”

”I think sustainability is one of those ‘hot button’ issues that students can connect with and speak to- even in non “sustainability” focused-content areas.”

“I appreciated the opportunity to work with other faculty with interests in this area. “

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