Sustainability Curriculum Resources

Foley Library

Sustainability Research Guide

This guide will help provide basic information on sustainability initiatives  and projects at Gonzaga and also provide links to resources available both on and off campus to assist with research in the field of sustainability.

CLEAN  (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network)

Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness

How do we develop climate literacy and energy awareness in our students? A set of essential principles frame the key science and teaching strategies. Learn more about these principles and how they can inform your teaching.

Browse the Reviewed Educational Resources

This growing collection of teaching activities includes materials for middle and high school students as well as undergraduate classrooms.
Learn how we select materials that are both scientifically sound and pedagogically effective.

Curriculum for the Bioregion

In this resource collection at the Science Education Resource Center are activities that incorporate sustainability concepts and place-based learning, introductory courses that feature sustainability themes, and essays on bioregional teaching and learning and the pedagogies of teaching for a sustainable future.

SENCER Digital Library (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities)

SENCER applies the science of learning to the learning of science, all to expand civic capacity. SENCER courses and programs connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content to critical local, national, and global challenges. Students and faculty report that the SENCER approach makes science more real, accessible, "useful" and civically important.

We encourage you to explore the SENCER models, backgrounders, essays, and campus reports are available through this page. The categories listed on the right hand side of this page will help you narrow the available resources based on your needs and interests.

SERC Site Guides  (Science Education Resource Center)

The Science Education Resource Center (SERC), an office of Carleton College, works to improve education through projects that support educators. The office has special expertise in effective pedagogies, geoscience education, community organization, workshop leadership, digital libraries, website development and program and website evaluation.

Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL)

  • The Beginner's Toolkit provides a starting point for faculty to explore the benefits and opportunities of joining their colleagues in including content and activities about urgent real-world challenges in undergraduate courses.
  • View the Key Components of Sustainability Assignments when designing or incorporating new sustainability assignments into your course.
  • Empowering Students to engage in authentic solution-building increases capacity to learn and to transfer skills to real-life scenarios.
  • Disciplinary Perspectives on teaching sustainability provides a place to begin finding resources either within our outside of your own discipline. These resources include teaching activities, course descriptions, example programs, continuing education, and additional resources. If you don't see a particularly good resource that you use in teaching about sustainability, you can also share a sustainability resource with a description of why and how you have found it useful.
  • Download the original resource list that helped inform the SISL website and includes some additional resources.

Healing the Earth

Welcome to Healing Earth, a free, online environmental science textbook for upper level secondary school students, beginning college students, and adult learners. We invite teachers around the world to use this resource in their classrooms and share their experience with us. Healing Earth is an ongoing project, so we hope that everyone—teachers, young students, adult learners—will join us in using and improving HealingEarthHealing Earth presents a unique approach to six major ecological challenges of our time: 

  • declining biodiversity
  • natural resource depletion
  • shift to renewable energy
  • water quality and availability
  • food quality and availability
  • global climate change

Unlike any other environmental science textbook, Healing Earth presents an integratedglobal, and living approach to the ecological challenges we face on our extraordinary planet. By integrated, we mean that the scientific knowledge presented in Healing Earth is joined by ethical analysis, spiritual reflection, and a call to action. The authors of Healing Earth consider this approach critically important. We believe the wisest and most effective response to Earth’s urgent ecological challenges will come from people who are scientifically literate, ethically grounded, spiritually aware, and motivated to act.

Model Sustainability Across the Curriculum Programs

 AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Higher Education 

As an institutional member of AASHE, Gonzaga faculty have access to all of AASHE's resources.