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Sustainability, Sustainable development -- Study and teaching, Environmental education


Higher education is recognizing the need to prepare leaders who can take action to address complex and pressing sustainability challenges. Increasingly, this need is being addressed through the addition of sustainability programs and courses. However, academic courses often focus on sustainability content or issues and don’t necessarily foster the practices, ways of being, and skills needed to be an effective sustainability leader. According to a recent action research study of sustainability leadership development at Portland State University, sustainability leadership identity and skills can be developed through a combination of reflective practice, community building, and experiential learning. This session will provide opportunities to interactively learn about sustainability leadership and to participate in activities that can be used in classes to promote sustainability leadership development.


Presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy in Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

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