Institutional Leadership Support
EFI can help define and implement a cross-disciplinary approach to sustainability education by engaging key stakeholders, including administrators, faculty and community partners. Services can include defining need, identifying key steps to be taken and designing an educational plan that can be adopted across an institution or network of institutions.
Case Study One:
Development of Sustainable Societies Africa Curriculum at the United Nations
In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) embarked on a ten-year program to mainstream environment and sustainability in African universities’ curricula. EFI was selected to develop a modular, regionally-adaptable curriculum that could be used throughout Africa. The result was Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development (SSA) which introduced a student-centered learning approach to sustainability education. SSA examines twenty-five of the continent’s largest environmental, social, and economic sustainable development issues in one curriculum. Students develop a fundamental understanding of each issue and the interrelationships among them and examine how to develop effective strategies to address them so that the students can become positive change agents in their communities.
Case Study Two:
Support the creation of summer curriculum at Poly Prep, New York
Designed for highly-motivated high school students, the Sustainable Societies AcademyTM provides a sophisticated and engaging introduction to, and preparation for, continued sustainability studies. The Sustainable Societies AcademyTM utilizes EFI’s acclaimed Sustainable SocietiesTM curriculum and offers college level instruction by both university faculty and leading sustainability professionals. The Sustainable Societies Academies are hosted by leading high schools and prep schools on a regional basis, with the initial pilot already proved in New York City area hosted at Poly Prep Country Day School.
Case Study Three:
Development of Certificate in Sustainability at VCU
VCU’s Certificate in Sustainable Innovation is designed to provide students in any VCU baccalaureate program the option of adding a formal certificate program in sustainability and sustainable approaches to problem-solving. The certificate will use a systems-thinking approach to problems of sustainability across all of the academic disciplines. The required “gateway” course in the certificate is EFI’s Sustainable Societies – James River BasinTM (SS-JRB) which examines regional sustainability issues, their global context, and solutions for them. The 18-credit certificate culminates with a capstone project where students develop sustainability project proposals first spawned in the SS-JRB course.