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Sustainability: Sustainability Integrated Syllabi

This guide will help you locate sustainability resources such as websites, articles and books.

Literature & Environment Syllabi

ASLE syllabi database

The ASLE Syllabi database for courses in the environmental humanities and sciences. You can search by keyword, which will bring up entries that match your criteria in either title or body of syllabus. You can also search by department by choosing from the pulldown list. New submissions for courses taught or in progress are welcome. Website:

A sampling of available syllabi at this site:

·         American Literature and the Environment

·         Adv Comp: Environmental Lit.

·         Environmental Literature

·         Environmental Literature and Media, 1980 – present

·         Techniques of Interpretation: Composition

Sustainability Integration General (but good!) IDEAS

From AASHE and the WA Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Ideas for integrating concepts and practices of sustainability into a variety of undergraduate classes.

Humanities & Sustainability

Humanities & Sustainability

Ecological sciences and the humanities must be coupled in the sustainability enterprise. Scientists look at physical processes, and social scientists examine sociological processes.  Humanists focus on ideas, values, language, culture, and history.  To sustain our human communities, our natural resources, and our rich global biological and cultural heritage, we must explore humans’ beliefs about their relationship to nature and integrate knowledge and policy across the disciplines in order to understand, inform, and direct human development toward a responsible, sustainable future.   (ASU)


Explore more links between the Humanities and Sustainability through the document below.

Calculus I & Sustainability

Are you concerned about the State of the Planet? Do you wish you could help? Why not bring a sustainability theme to your calculus classes? It's easy and rewarding and can be incorporated into the class without changing the typical calculus content.

As one student commented anonymously "...for once a math class used real world information for their questions/problems instead of just pulling numbers out of nowhere and expecting we understand them ."

On this page you will find data sets, example worksheets, and the background information you need to incorporate a sustainability theme into your Calculus I course (feel free to use anything here for other courses as well). There are also links for further reading for you or your students.

Tom Pfaff's Sustainability Page

Business & Sustainability

BELL teaching cases explore sustainability related business challenges and capture business decisions that identify environmental challenges as business development opportunities. The case studies include:  abstracts, full case studies and teaching notes.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is an independent, biennial business school survey and ranking hosted by the Aspen Institute. This survey highlights how academic institutions prepare students to meet the business challenges of tomorrow. Beyond Grey Pinstripes is unique—Aspen celebrates coursework, research and activities that prepare MBAs for social, ethical and environmental stewardship.  One its five objectives is to:  Disseminate best practices in teaching, research, and extracurricular activities. The Search function provides access to detailed information-often including syllabi-on thousands of courses, scholarly journal articles, and more for over 5,500 courses!

Model Course Syllabus for Collegiate Instructors:

SUSTAINABILITY FOR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS:  This model syllabus is intended to offer ideas on how a course based on The Sustainability Handbook might be organized and taught. In some cases, films, guest speakers, and other class content are offered as alternatives to the traditional class discussion.