Sustainability Across the Curriculum


True to its Jesuit, Catholic, humanist heritage, Gonzaga University educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good by intentionally developing the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Consistent with its mission, Gonzaga University takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard the integrity of our natural world and is committed to a role of leadership in responsible environmental stewardship. Graduating men and women for others who respect and “care for the planet” is of central importance to Gonzaga’s mission, the Jesuit charism, and the world. Accordingly, the first and most important goal of Gonzaga’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is to “Deepen sustainability across the curriculum.” 

The aim of the Sustainability Across the Curriculum (SAC) program at Gonzaga is to foster an informal learning community of faculty interested in exploring ways of incorporating sustainability themes into their courses.

Results of the "Sustainability in the Curriculum" faculty survey 

If you are a faculty member interested in learning more about this initiative, contact Brian Henning (

Resources for integrating sustainability into your classes

  • Curriculum for the Bioregion - Curriculum for the Bioregion engages faculty communities in exploring these issues and in building sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a broad array of courses and disciplines. Gonzaga has participated in the Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative since 2011.
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education -  a comprehensive source of information on sustainability in higher education. It provides administrators, faculty, operations staff, students, and other campus stakeholders with the tools, information and guidance they need to lead the sustainability transformation (Gonzga is a member of AASHE). 
  • SERC Site Guides - a repository of syllabi and assignments searchable by topic or discipline
  • Ponderosa Project - The Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an interdisciplinary faculty group effort to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into university courses with the ultimate goal of providing future citizens the education and skills necessary to achieve sustainable communities and societies.
  • Piedmont Project - a grassroots effort on the part of a group of faculty to strengthen Emory University's engagement with environmental issues and sustainability. At the heart of the project is a curriculum development effort that seeks to foster an invigorated intellectual community to address global issues and local sustainability challenges.