Get involved: student survey
The project team is currently conducting a survey to better understand what content and experiences students already experience on campus, student interest in sustainability as it relates to studies and experiences, and opportunities for curriculum integration. If you are a student and would like to contribute, please fill the survey!
Our purpose is to make environmental sustainability competencies more readily available and intentionally integrated in the curriculum of all University of Waterloo students, in order to prepare them for career success in light of a rapidly changing planet.
Goals and outcomes
This project will identify a flexible framework through which climate and sustainability competencies can be integrated into any program of study as they are relevant, and identify processes and tools to support program administrators, chairs, instructors, and central support units to utilize the framework.
There are two phases to the work. In the first phase, the scope of what should be included in this climate and sustainability framework will be defined, best practices from other post-secondary institutions will be collated and a working group will be established to translate these into strategies for program-level integration. In the second phase, pilot projects will be launched with undergraduate program partners to test the recommended strategies.
No career is likely to be unaffected by climate change and sustainability considerations. Our graduates need core competencies and discipline specific knowledge of climate change and sustainability if they are to be global citizens prepared to thrive in an age of rapid change.
This project will aim to consider how curriculum offerings could be adapted to allow all students to develop foundational and discipline specific sustainability competencies. Our goals are to create opportunities for collaboration, interdisciplinary work, and shared resources by reaching out to faculty, staff and students to better understand the range of supports programs may need to build these student competencies.
Approach and process
The first phase of the project will occur from S23 to W24 terms and will include conversations with faculty, staff and students and peer research. Please see the timeline outlined below.
This is a collaborative project supported by the Sustainability Office alongside the project’s Working Group. This group is comprised of interdisciplinary academic leaders, passionate students across all faculties, and staff experts.