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MEMBER School Event: Engaging Students by Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum

  • 10 Feb 2012
  • West Chester University

Engaging Students by Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum

Dr. Peter BardaglioHigher Education Faculty Workshop

with Dr. Peter Bardaglio and Regional Experts

Friday, February 10th

9:00am – 4:00pm

Attend for all or part of the day

West Chester University

Philips Autograph Library – Philips Memorial Building

700 South High Street

West Chester, PA 19383

Registration Required: $50

(Breakfast & Lunch Included)

Register Now!

Tentative Schedule

8:00 – 9:00am                                    Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30am                                    Introductions & Overview            Welcome: WCU Associate Provost, Darla Spence Coffey

9:30 – 10:30am                                  Dr. Peter Bardaglio Keynote Presentation

Dr. Bardaglio is the co-author of Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change and coordinator of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI), a multi-sector effort in the Ithaca, NY area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Dr. Bardaglio is a member of the Senior Council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a Senior Advisor to Second Nature, and former Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Ithaca College, where he helped launch the college's nationally recognized sustainability initiative.

10:30 – 10:45am                                Break

10:45 – 11:45am                                Workshop led by Dr. Peter Bardaglio

11:45 – 12:30pm                               Lunch

12:30 – 1:15pm                                  Lunchtime Keynote

Ms. Leslie Billhymer, Senior Research Associate, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Billhymer has co-taught a course with Mark Alan Hughes at UPenn titled Sustainability in Action.  According to one glowing article about the course, “students were charged with defining the city’s opportunities to go green and then developing sustainable solutions.”

1:15 – 2:15                                           Presentations by Representatives from Regional Colleges/Universities

What are faculty doing to engage students in sustainability and climate change?               


Dr. Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College

                                Dr. Leary was one of the leaders of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and continues to be active in the work of the IPCC.  He was also one of the leaders of Dickinson College’s Fall 2011 Global Climate Change Africa Mosaic, an intensive, interdisciplinary semester of study and research that featured field research at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. 


Dr. Scott Gratson, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater and the Director for the Interdisciplinary Communications program. Students in Dr. Gratson’s Communication Studies 1111 course “were put to the task when asked to focus on Sustainability on campus and how it relates to Media and Communication foundations.”  Read an article about the course here.

Other presenters TBA

2:15 – 3:15pm                                    Breakout Sessions led by the Regional Presenters

3:15 – 4:00pm                                    The ACUPCC and Education for Sustainability and Climate Change

How can we help each other make progress on integrating sustainability and climate change into the curriculum?

4:00pm Wrap-up

Why participate?

  • Learn from an international scholar and sustainability leader
  • Hear what colleagues are doing at WCU and in the region
  • Spend a day collaborating and developing ideas for the courses you teach
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and post-workshop socializing!

For updates and more information, visit the Event Page

The Workshop is made possible in part by a WCU Pedagogy for Engagement Grant and is co-sponsored by WCU’s Office of Sustainability, the Joint Sustainability Task, Group, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC).  These events are intended to help WCU meet its commitment to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students.  Learn more about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment here:

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