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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Florida
ER-14: Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses

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Complete Expired Stephanie Sims
Implementation Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program that meets the criteria outlined above?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s):

While most of campus was on summer vacation, a small group of dedicated faculty participated in UF's first annual Prairie Project Workshop. The two-day event drew together 28 faculty from diverse fields across the university (and Santa Fe College) to learn about environmental issues and sustainability. Based on a national program started at Emory University, and endorsed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the program was designed to provide the foundation for the development of new courses or course materials and to build a skill set for leaders in the effort to infuse sustainability concepts into university curricula.

During the two-day workshop a professional facilitator led discussions about sustainability, environmental issues, the local Florida/Alachua County ecosystem, and the political, economic, social, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of these issues. Local resource experts provided information on local ecology, public health, environmental justice, and an overview of campus environmental efforts. The lectures, discussions, outdoor time, and workshop materials highlighted connections among these issues, the campus, and broader national and international issues of sustainability.

At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant was asked to develop a work plan and become a sustainability resource person within their college. Throughout the school year, Prairie Project fellows will attend follow-up meetings to report on their progress and share their experience integrating sustainability into the curriculum at UF.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty members receive a stipend for attending the workshop, and additional funds to use during the next school year to implement sustainability within a course or sharing their experience with colleagues in their college or departments.

This year, a number of fellows pooled these funds to plan a Prairie Project workshop for Graduate Students (planned for May 2010)


The website URL where information about the program is available:
http://sustainable.ufl.edu/topics/academics/curriculum-development-prairie-project/
+ Date Revised: July 11, 2011

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.