Academics

As stated in the Campus Sustainability Policy, UT Austin strives to produce scholars who are literate in sustainability, research that illuminates and advances sustainability, and graduates who will carry the mission of sustainability into the state, the nation, and the world. In line with these goals, the university’s academic community is fully engaged in creating meaningful interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused teaching, learning, and research opportunities across campus.

Academic Directory for Sustainability

UT Austin’s Academic Directory for Sustainability serves as a user-friendly online search engine designed to communicate the scope and strength of the university's academic offering with regard to sustainability. The directory presents faculty-staff profiles, research initiatives, courses, degree programs and curriculum, as well as centers and institutes with a sustainability-focus. The project launched in March 2011 with the goal of fostering increased communication and interdisciplinary work around sustainability at UT Austin.

Ethics and Sustainability Partnership

The President's Sustainability Steering Committee and the Center for Core Curriculum are currently in the process of exploring ways to promote the Ethics and Leadership Flag through sustainability-related curricula. The collaboration aims to identify areas of overlap and additional ways for faculty to approach teaching the critical thinking skills associated with both topics.

Faculty Learning Community

In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, UT Austin’s Center for Teaching and Learning launched a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on sustainability in fall 2012. Any faculty member interested in engaging in learning activities and conversation on effectively incorporating sustainability-content into curricula to better equip students with the critical thinking skills necessary to face the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century is invited to attend. For more information, contact Alice Gerhart at alice.gerhart@austin.utexas.edu or visit the Sustainabiltiy FLC Blog.

UGS Sustainability Lecture Series

The President’s Sustainability Steering Committee and Office of Sustainability sponsor a sustainability-focused lecture each year as part of the School of Undergraduate Studies’ (UGS) University Spring Lecture Series. Geared toward undergraduates, the spring lecture challenges students to think critically about sustainability-concepts, the relevance of their real-world application, and society’s ethical commitment to future generations. Watch a video of the 2012 conversation.

Sustainability Research Network

UT Austin’s Sustainability Research Network is an informal group of grant administrators, faculty and researchers from Organized Research Units and departments across campus that gathers every semester to strategically brainstorm opportunities for collaboration and increased communication around sustainability-research at the university.