"Sustainability in Higher Education: Where's It Going?"
7:30 pm, April 19, 2012
Dr. Geoffrey Chase is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University. His distinguished academic record includes a stint at Northern Arizona University where he revamped the composition curriculum to give it an environmental focus and became a leader of the Ponderosa Project to help faculty integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses. In 2004 he co-edited, Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change, which was published by MIT Press. He currently serves as Board Chair for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Focusing on how faculty have addressed sustainability in courses across the disciplines, this talk will describe how national and regional efforts have progressed in the last twenty years to infuse sustainability into higher education curriculum. Examples from particular courses and disciplines will be used to illustrate sustainability as a broad concept that includes social justice as well and environmental integrity and economic prosperity. Challenges for the future will also be covered, and the question of what students need to know to meet sustainability challenges will be addressed.