Sustainability Literacy: Faculty, Staff, and Students as Agents of Change

Day 1 – February 12th, 2020

*please note that all activities on the 12th will occur in the Stern Center Ballroom
8:45-9:10 am Stern Center Ballroom, 4th Floor: arrival and set-up of displays
9:10-9:30 am — Welcome from the College of Charleston

9:30-10:50 am — South Carolina panel and round table, followed by open discussion

Participants: Brian Fisher, Weston Dripps, Christine Von Kolnitz, Grace Kzamierski

10:50-11:10 am Break

11:10-11:30 am Teaching Sustainability and Making it Stick? — Keith McDade

11:30-11:50 am Sustainability and Equity: the Powerful Role of Educators — Heather Cunningham

11:50-12:10 pm What Do We Know, Think, and Do with Respect to Sustainability? One Campus’ Efforts to Assess Sustainability Literacy, Attitudes and Behaviors — Alice Mulder


12:30-1:30 pm Working Lunch, Stern Center Ballroom

1:30-1:50 pm Accelerating Mutually Beneficial Outcomes: A Partnership Between University of Richmond International Education and the Office for Sustainability—Cassandra Troy and Rob Andrejewski

1:50-2:10 pm Fostering and Measuring Sustainability Literacy through a College-level Interdisciplinary Course—Srinivasan Raghavan and Christine Li

2:10- 2:30 Teaching Business & Sustainability through Alignment with SDGs — Dann Sklarew & Ira Feldman

2:30 – 2:50 pm Networking Break + Coffee, Stern Center Ballroom

2:50-3:10 pm Assessing Students’ Systems and Collaborative Thinking in a Sustainability Science Curriculum — Matthew Cohen, Geoffrey Habron, Karen Allen, Courtney Quinn

3:10-3:30 pm Individual Sustainability Literacy and the Organizational Sustainability Learning in HEIs: How do they Connect? — Liguang Liu

3:30-3:50pm Integrating Sustainability Literacy into the Masters of Public Administration Curriculum — Kirsten Kinzer


4:00-5:00 pm break, campus tour of sustainability operations (optional sign up*)

*email Todd LeVasseur at if you want to participate on the tour

5:00-6:00 pm Reception, Stern Center Ballroom

6:00pm onwards – symposium is done for the day; dinner on your own and exploration of Charleston

DAY 2 – February 13th, 2020

*Please note the morning session will occur in the Stern Center Ballroom

8:50-9:10 am — Welcome to Day 2

9:10-10:20 am — SHES Roundtable Presentations and Discussion —

Michael Reiter (chair), Paul Barresi, Kimberly Reiter

NOTE: 10 min break, change rooms

Breakout 1

10:30-12:30 pm — Stern Center Room 205, 20 minutes per talk

The Role of Economic Literacy in Fostering Sustainability: The Opportunity in the Teaching of Principles in Economics — Madhavi Venkatesan and Natasha Keidl

Studio Waste Management in the School of Design — Seyeon Lee, Rebecca Kelly, Meriel Stokoe, Louise Manfredi

Green Campus Initiatives as Sustainable Development Dissemination at HEIs: A Comparative Study About Student’s Opinion — João Ribeiro, Lenoi Hoeckesfeld, Issa Berchin, Jacir Favretto, Rodgrigo Barichello, Leonardo Secchi, José Guerra

Sustainability Internship Programs: Strategies for Creating Student Ambassadors for Sustainability — Hongor Batbold


Breakout 2

10:30-12:30 pm — Stern Ballroom, 20 minutes per talk

Collaborative Climate Education: Engaging Educators and Students Through Nationwide Initiatives — Eban Goodstein

Exploring Undergraduate Attainment of Sustainability Competencies —

Vanessa Levesque

Climate Literacy–Imperative Competencies for Tomorrow’s Engineers —

Jan DeWaters and Susan Powers

How Can Teaching Toolkits Advance Breadth and Depth in Sustainability Education? Lessons from a Technological University — Rebecca Watts Hull


12:30-1:40 pm — Lunch + Discussion, Stern Center Ballroom

Breakout 3

1:40-3:00 pm — Stern Center Room 205, 20 minutes per talk 

Encouraging Responsible Consumption/Resources: Teaching a Bio-economy Course in Colombia-Rojas — Héctor Heraldo Rojas-Jimenez, Angie Contreras, Valeria Ruiz Vargas and Alberto Paucar-Caceres

Educating Sustainability Through Paper Recycling in a Beneficient Institution: A Sustainability Awareness Project into an Environmental Park in South Brazil — Evanisa Reginato, Ricardo Melo, Thais Rossetto, Jhulia Kuhn, Rodrigo Melo, Guilherme Zanotto Evanisa Reginato, Ricardo Melo, Thais Rossetto, Jhulia Kuhn, Rodrigo Melo

Academic Responsibility in Social Environmental Education and Production of Sustainable Practices — Evanisa Reginato, Ricardo Melo, Thais Rossetto, Jhulia Kuhn, Rodrigo Melo, Guilherme Zanotto


Breakout 4

1:40-3:00 pm — Stern Ballroom, 20 minutes per talk 

Innovations in SDG Integration and Reporting at the University of South Florida — Brooke Hansen, Peter Stiling, Whitney Fung

Funding Agents of Change on Campus: A Map of Opportunities to Engage SDG in the Curriculum – Weston Dripps, Courtney Quinn and John Quinn

PIEER Internship: Self-reflection and Community Engagement to Build Bridges — Catherine Zeman and Dionna Williams


Stern Ballroom

3:40-4:30 pm — Presentation and Open discussion: Faculty Challenges and Needs

Tina Evans & Peter Soyka

4:30-4:40 pm—Closing Remarks

Todd LeVasseur & Ira Feldman

4:40 pm—Symposium Ends
For those staying until Friday:
7:00-9:00pm–Wes Jackson, free and open CofC campus talk