"Sustainability in the Classroom" Awards Announced

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With a goal of infusing sustainability into the SSU curriculum, the Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC) and WATERS Collaborative announced four "Sustainability in the Classroom" awards.

The awards support faculty in disciplines across campus to develop course content on sustainability topics. Grant recipients are: Drs. Ben Ford, Sunil Tiwari, and Martha Shott of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for "Mathematical and Statistical Modeling" (MATH 470) Dr. Merlin M. Hanauer of the Department of Economics for "Sustainability Intelligence" (BUS 555) Drs. Martha Shott of Mathematics and Statistics and Nathan Rank of the Department of Biology for "A Watershed Year" (SCI 120A/B with extensions to MATH 160: "Pre-calculus")

Dr. John Sullins III of the Department of Philosophy for "Ethical Analysis of Sonoma County Water Use" (PHIL 301) In accepting his award Dr. Sullins noted, "I am excited to accept the award and I look forward to producing some great work with my students for the Waters Collaborative." Speaking for her colleagues Drs. Ford and Tewari, Professor Schott said, "We are ecstatic to accept the Sustainability in the Classroom award for Math 470. We look forward to collaboration as a part of the program."

Drawing from a GMC Academic Integration Grant, and a grant from the Sonoma County Water Agency, four awards were made of $1500 per course. Two of the four awards went to courses addressing watershed sustainability issues.

In making the announcement, SSU Director of Sustainability Paul Draper said, "Broadly, we envision sustainability as ongoing efforts --large and small -- to respect the environment, see and remake culture, and construct new economies that don't compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Proposals were submitted from 8 departments in four of the five academic schools, demonstrating a wide interest by faculty in addressing sustainability issues through student engagement in the classroom. Originating departments agreed to open the new "Sustainability in the Classroom" courses in fall of 2014 or spring of 2015.

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