Incorporate sustainability principles into campus curriculum and activities to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and innovation.
In 2017, Pomona College published SAVE, an ambitious guide for creating and managing a sustainable campus community. The plan outlines measurable strategies that lead the College to achieve ambitious sustainability goals and reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Selected education-related goals are described below, and you can read the full report.
- 10% of courses include a sustainability* component
- 50% of departments offer at least one course with a sustainability* component
- Create a sustainability* research goal with the curriculum committee to further engage faculty and students
- 50% of courses include a sustainability* component
- 100% of departments offer at least one course with a sustainability* component
- Double the sustainability* research goal that was set in 2020 with the curriculum committee to further engage faculty and students
* Sustainability in the curriculum is defined by STARS and the Earth Charter and may include: (1) respect and care of the community of life, (2) ecological integrity, (3) social and economic justice, (4) democracy, nonviolence and peace.
The following statement was approved as part of the College's Sustainability Action Plan process.
The goal of sustainability education is to provide all students with the analytical, empirical, and theoretical, and creative tools to evaluate past, current, and future environmental issues. Incorporating sustainability into the liberal arts curriculum also establishes the relationships between diverse environmental, economic, and social factors as a lens through which world issues can be viewed and analyzed.
Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the relationships between diverse environmental, economic, and social dimensions of issues, while sustainability-related courses incorporate discussion of these relationships into courses that otherwise focus on a single topic.
In general, sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses provide training in one of the following:
- Effective communication of sustainability issues, analysis, and recommendations
- Generation of recommendations and/or solutions to sustainability problems
- Basic-level technical skills to analyze sustainability issues
- The complex global systems in which sustainability issues exist (e.g. laws and policies)
- Philosophical or theoretical frameworks in which to view environmental and sustainability issues
- Historical patterns that have produced modern sustainability issues
- The complex social networks and dynamics of power in which sustainability issues have existed
- Analysis of literature, non-fiction, architecture, material arts (e.g. painting), and other art forms that have some bearing on sustainability issues past and present
- Awareness of connections between singular academic disciplines (e.g. Economics, English) and sustainability
- Understanding of the scientific method and the laws of science and how they apply to natural systems and environmental issues