The Cataldo Project at Gonzaga assists Eastern Washington-area college and university faculty members in exploring ways of incorporating sustainability and climate pedagogy and curriculum into their classes. We host an annual workshop that offers multi-disciplinary teaching strategies around sustainability issues, experiential learning about place, and pedagogical exercises designed to help faculty modify existing courses (or develop a new one) to incorporate sustainability themes without dislodging current course content.

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Participants commit to:

  • Attend a sustainability curriculum and pedagogy workshop.
  • Modify or develop a class or assignment to incorporate sustainability or environmental issues appropriate to their field.
  • Attend a follow-up meeting to report on experiences and intellectual process.

Learning for the Cataldo Project participants will come in several forms.

Faculty will immerse themselves in basic knowledge through on-line readings prior to the workshop and formal presentations during the workshop. Topics that may be covered include the local Rathdrum-Prarie watershed ecosystem, Spokane’s environmental justice and equity issues, public health consequences of sprawl, and current campus sustainability efforts. Outdoor river walks deepen ecological knowledge, and talks by local resource experts expand the educational experience. Concrete examples from Spokane and the surrounding region help to strengthen a sense of place and support imaginative connections for courses. Learning also occurs in small and large group discussions.

Day 1 

Introduction to sustainability and its many meanings
Resource person I 
Resource person II
Lake walk led Environmental Studies and Biology
Principles of sustainability and big ideas in your discipline
Activity - Integrative Assignment, incorporating sustainability into any class
Reflection exercise

Day 2 

Sustainability on Campus - Office of Sustainability 
Campus as laboratory; Hemmingson Center Tour
Activity - sustainability and place
Small groups - creativity, experiential learning, team teaching
Campus as laboratory 2 - Maintenance and Grounds Manager 
8 ways to change a course to incorporate sustainability pedagogy or content
Resource Persons III
Small groups - creativity, experiential learning
Stewardship, Sustainability, and the Great Work 
Planning and syllabus work


Apply for the 2023 Workshop (Non-Gonzaga Faculty)

No Prior Experience or Expertise is Expected


  • 12-1 p.m., Monday, February 6
  • 12-1 p.m., Monday, March 6
  • 12-1 p.m., Monday, April 3 
  • 9-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 23 
  • 9-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 

Location: Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

sessions are in-person

Cost: $300

The workshop registration fee is collected after application is accepted.

Included With the Workshop

  • Full breakfast and lunch for in person workshop dates in May.
  • Pedagogy and curriculum development materials.
  • Connections to regional faculty and non-profits actively working on sustainability and climate issues.
  • Two book related to sustainability and teaching.

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2023


Contact the Cataldo Project

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502 E. Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258