Healthy ecological and human communities and a sustainable future world-wide are the greatest challenges facing humanity. We urgently need citizens and professionals who not only understand sustainability concepts and practices but are also motivated to use them – in their households, communities, and workplaces.
A key leverage point for creating this kind of understanding and citizenship is the college classroom. Actively engaging college students with sustainability ideas, especially in the context of their local communities, can foster critical knowledge, skills, motivation, and leadership. To reach large numbers of students, the Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative works with college and university faculty as well as leaders and experts throughout the bioregion to build sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a wide array of undergraduate courses. Launched as an initiative of the Washington Center in 2005, we are entirely grant funded.
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. An initiative of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, we bring together faculty and staff as well as community leaders and experts throughout Washington State to strengthen sustainability education.