Edited By Walter Leal Filho
Making Education for Sustainability Work on your Campus: The Roundtables on Environmental Systems and Sustainability
Michael A. Reiter, Will J. Focht, Paul A. Barresi, Sue Bumpous, Richard C. Smardon, Kimberly D. Reiter Abstract Purpose: The Roundtable (RT) on Environmental Systems and Sustainability is an effort to strengthen the programs in interdisciplinary environmental education in colleges and universities, and as a result enhance their standing in academia. The RT seeks to develop a series of proposals that can be used both as a model for develop- ing IEE programs in higher education and as a potential template for certification. Design/methodology/approach: Academics, practitioners, and administrators involved in environmental higher education, including members of national and international organizations such as the Interdisciplinary Environmental Associa- tion and the North American Association for Environmental Education, organized a series of roundtables on interdisciplinary environmental education in order to ad- dress issues of field identity, name, core competencies, program structure, ad- ministrative requirements, and certification. All recommendations from the RT were developed as a series of consensus-based living proposals for distribution to a wider academic audience for feedback and refinement. The proposals are also being utilized in several trials as models for program design or redesign. Findings: “Environmental Systems and Sustainability” (ESS) is proposed as the name for the academic domain, a supradisciplinary field designed to understand and preserve the health and integrity of the interface between human and natural systems. Roundtable attendees agree that both specialist and holistic approaches are needed to address environmental issues, and that ESS seeks to provide the latter. The human-nature interface is seen as the focus...
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