Sustainability Courses and Education
Since the 2000’s, after EFI was invited by UNEP and UNESCO to help develop curricula for sustainable societies education for African universities, EFI has been succesfully developing and delivering a variety of courses for universities and high schools in the US. In 2019, we launched our new platform for online course delivery! Read more below…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our new platform is powered by Open edX, a dynamic open source course management system (CMS) used all over the world to host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as smaller classes and training modules. Open edX is ideal for EFI’s modular approach to education, as it is designed to grow, contract, and expand depending on the course type and delivery method (online, hybrid, in-person). This platform will allow EFI to leverage its extensive library of materials to develop full and abridged courses, educational modules and units, and thematic workshops. We can iterate and combine modules and sections to create innovative courses to fit the needs of our students and partners!
EFI’s Research Fellowship and Content Development Program
The Research Fellowship Program recruits young professionals interested in socio-economic and policy issues related to sustainability and climate change. Fellows are early to mid-career professionals from around the world and from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from environmental studies and public health to urban studies and computer science. In this unpaid program, Research Fellows volunteer a few hours-per-week and train in academic and policy research skills and are immersed in the latest trends and concepts in sustainability and climate change issues. Fellows are trained and guided by a small group of pro-bono senior experts. As part of the program, Research Fellows develop, author, and publish original education and policy materials for free distribution through EFI’s web platform and for use in EFI’s online courses. Through this program, EFI fulfills two goals: contribute to the professional and intellectual development of a new generation of sustainability professionals and provide valuable and
innovative educational and policy materials for global audiences. To learn more about our current Research Fellows and Senior Advisors visit our About page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our education modules at www.environicfoundation.org/our-approach/
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. In the past, we have supported the development of programs and initiatives in the academic and civil society sectors:
Certificate in Sustainable Societies Innovation at VCU
EFI’s Sustainable Societies Course is now the gateway course for the Certificate in Sustainable Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University. The 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 in Sustainable Innovation will use a systems-thinking approach to problems of sustainability across all of the academic disciplines.
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.
Region360: Our new Latin America Initiative
Launched in 2019, Region360 is a multi-disciplinary, international initiative spearheaded by EFI that promotes sustainability and Life Cycle Thinking and Circular Economy approaches in Latin America by applying rigorous analytical methods and developing educational and policy initiatives to achieve resilient, healthy, and sustainable societies.”
Region360’s vision is to inspire, promote, and generate sustainable development approaches in Latin America by working along three axes of action, from scientific intervention to educational and policy analysis and consulting. For more information contact: email@example.com.
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.