This collection explores sustainability education in the North American academy. The authors advocate for a more integrated approach to teaching sustainability in order to help students address the most pressing problems of the world, embrace experimentation, and foster more meaningful involvement with the communities in which universities are located. Throughout, they remain focussed on identifying opportunities for sustainability in higher education and suggesting specific strategies and tactics to achieve them. Recommendations include pedagogical and structural changes aimed at helping students understand the systems in which they can advance sustainability. This timely volume will be of interest to scholars, academic leaders, policy makers, societal partners in research, and private-sector leaders interested in advancing the sustainability agenda. Foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy.
Contributors: Apryl Bergstrom, Christopher G. Boone, Ann Dale, Thomas Dietz, Roger Epp, Allison F.W. Goebel, Kourosh Houshmand, Robert H. Jones, Naomi Krogman, Shirley M. Malcom, Robert E. Megginson, Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins, Vicky J. Sharpe, Toddi A. Steelman
About the authors
Naomi Krogman is Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University.
Apryl Bergstrom is a Sessional Instructor and Academic Sustainability Coordinator for the Sustainability Council at the University of Alberta.
Excerpt: The Future of Sustainability Education at North American Universities (edited by Naomi Krogman; with Apryl Bergstrom)
“Collectively, we face the most urgent environmental justice issue of all time in climate change and biodiversity loss. The unique contributions of this book…allow the reader to imagine the dynamic role universities can play in holding up a mirror to existing sustainability challenges and in providing a roadmap for positive change.” Thomas E. Lovejoy, from the Foreword