Pathways to Sustainability Education in America’s Community Colleges


Dr Robert W Franco, Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Professor, Pacific Anthropology, Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawaii
Dr Stephen Summers, Associate Vice President School of Arts & Sciences, Seminole State College of Florida
Dr. Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii System Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Kapi’olani Professor of English, Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawaii
Dr Maria Boccalandro, Director, Sustainability Education and Programs, Cedar Valley Community College, Dallas County community college district


The National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE) will host this session and will highlight the development of The NCSE Community College Handbook for Sustainability Education and Operations. This Handbook is a practical resource on sustainability education and operations. In this working session we will share draft chapter content and further develop content with input from practitioners and session participants. We seek input and guidance from anyone interested in sustainability at community colleges. We also seek input on transfer pathways to four four-year colleges and universities, and invite those interested in workforce development, community and civic engagement, and policy-making. The Handbook currently is composed of eight chapters:

Ch 1: Sustainability and Campus Operations : being a model for the community
Ch 2: Campus as a Living Learning Laboratory : how to get from projects to programs
Ch 3: Sustainability Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning: creating the conditions for sustainability curriculum
Ch 4: Professional Development in Education for Sustainable Development: not just one more thing
Ch 5: Assessing Sustainability : engagement, learning, achievement, community engagement
Ch 6: Workforce Development and 21st Century Jobs: new green jobs, greener current jobs
Ch 7: Building an Ecosystem of Effective Institutional Partnerships: can the Carnegie Classification be a guide
Ch 8: Sustainability as a Strategy for Engaging Underrepresented Groups in in Higher Education: rigor and relevance to students from underserved communities
We will take a deep dive to develop each chapter, including additional case studies and resource links.


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