Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Sustainability in the Curriculum

sustainability curriculumAs a polytechnic university, Cal Poly has long made sustainability a centerpiece of its educational purpose. That dedication is reflected in the campus's Sustainability Learning Objectives (SLOs) articulated as essential educational components for all students in all majors. Momentum is building on campus, as evidenced by achieving a STARS Silver Rating in 2017 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This page assembles the various programs and services that CTLT offers campus educators to enhance and expand sustainability across the curriculum in support of the SLOs and the continued pursuit of advanced STARS ratings.

Teaching Climate Change and Resilience: CSU-Wide Faculty Learning Community

Feb 9-May 5, 2022

Every discipline has a role to play in finding global climate change solutions, but what keeps us from discussing climate change in our courses?

The CTLT and Cal Poly's Facilities Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability team invite faculty to apply for the CSU-wide Faculty Learning Community (FLC) in Teaching Climate Change and Resilience. This FLC will help participants think about teaching and learning focused on climate change and resilience. The goals for participants in this FLC are to: 

  • Learn about and develop or modify course curriculum with a focus on climate change, climate justice, and resilience 
  • Gain collegial support for teaching sustainability across the disciplines. 
  • Work collaboratively to identify and design pedagogical approaches to teach students about sustainability problems paired with investigating possible solutions together 

Conversations will be driven by the questions that emerge from participants’ particular course contexts.

$500 stipends are available for eligible employees who complete the FLC requirements.

Learn more and apply: CSU-Wide Faculty Learning Community in Teaching Climate Change and Resilience


Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshops

By Request

Are you an instructor interested in teaching sustainability concepts in your classroom but needs help identifying methods? These highly interactive workshops are for folks who want to learn more about the Sustainability Student Learning Outcomes and ways to infuse them into coursework. These workshops are interdisciplinary and introductory. 

Learn more: Sustainability Across the Curriculum page

Quick Qualify Workshops


These workshops are interdisciplinary and intermediate to help you review and update your syllabus so that it qualifies for inclusion in the SUSCAT. They are designed to guide language revisions in course documents to more accurately reflect how the courses have already incorporated sustainability. This will communicate to students the role of sustainability in the courses and allow each to contribute to Cal Poly's overall status on the AASHE ratings.

Learn more: Quick Qualify Workshop page 


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