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Global Sustainable Societies

This course examines the twenty-five global issues that the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development has identified as the most critical global social, economic and environmental challenges that are driving global change.  Having gained an understanding of these forces and how societies can adapt to become more sustainable, students begin to consider how to develop approaches to address the challenges.

Sustainable Societies James River Basin

Developed in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University, SSJRB examines Virginia’s James River basin, an ideal geographic region to study American social, economic and environmental sustainability because the basin transects the a coastal state from sparsely populated, wooded mountain areas, through agricultural lands in the center to more densely-populated, industrialized, urban areas and an extensive coastal tidewater area.

Sustainable RVA

SRVA is a growing number of community members in the Richmond, VA area who believe that to become a more equitable, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable region, an aspirational vision needs to be articulated, as well as a plan for how to implement that vision. SRVA’s purpose is to define social, economic and environmental goals for the region, identify strategies to reach those goals, and serve as a coordinating agent for the implementation of those strategies. Read more here.

Sustainable Societies Africa

Developed in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development explores the broad range of most critical social, economic, and environmental challenges in Africa and develops students’ abilities to design and introduce strategies to address the problems in their local communities.

Faculty Workshops and Training

EFI can provide and lead workshops or faculty learning communities (FLCs) to orient faculty to student-centered, sustainability learning pedagogy, discuss how sustainability issues and best practices can be integrated into the existing curriculum and identify materials for inclusion in sustainability courses or programs.

Sustainable Societies for Business

This course is designed for business professionals who want to understand the challenges and opportunities that the global drive toward greater sustainability will have on business.

Institutional Leadership

EFI can help define and implement a cross-disciplinary approach to sustainability education by engaging key stakeholders, including administrators, faculty and potential community partners. Services can include defining need, identifying key steps to be taken and designing an educational plan that can be adopted across a college or university or a region.