Bunker Hill Community College made great strides during the 2010-2011 academic year in striving to integrate sustainability into credit and non-credit courses offered at the college. In addition to supporting the institutional goal of supporting sustainability initiatives, this work is also required as part of our participation in the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Specifically, the ACUPCC states that institutions should 'take actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students and to expand research or other efforts necessary to achieve climate neutrality.
As an original signatory to the ACUPCC, BHCC has taken several bold measures to encourage the integration of sustainability within curriculum offered at the College. These include the following:
This course is the first 4-credit laboratory course offered at the college with a focus on sustainable topics. Students may petition the Science and Engineering Department to use this course to satisfy their General Education Area 5 "Science & Technology" requirement.
The course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of sustainability and resource conservation as related to the human environment. Through lectures, laboratories and interactive dialogue, student develop literacy in sustainability topics found in local, regional and global spheres and encourages a collaborative approach to reducing ecological impact of individuals and organizations.
In collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, OSM assembled a targeted group of selected industry and educational partners for a meeting with an internal advisory team including Science Department Chair Bob Steeper, Biology Professor Scott Benjamin and Dean Laurie McCorry. Participant feedback helped to calibrate sustainability-related curriculum development with specific industry needs. It is anticipated that we will continue to work with this Advisory Group on a regular basis.
Representatives from the following entities participated: Boston Private Industry Council, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Casella Waste Management, Educational Alliance, Jobs for the Future, NSTAR Gas and Electric, Sebesta Blomberg, SkillWorks and the Vermont Technical College.
In collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, BHCC faculty, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and external industry experts, OSM created two new survey instruments to obtain additional data relevant to energy and sustainability themed curriculum development at the College.
In collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services and an ad-hoc evaluation committee consisting of BHCC faculty and staff, OSM launched an annual program of funding for the integration of sustainability within new or existing courses or as part of college-wide initiatives. Several dozen faculty and staff participated in this initiative and their creative work and dedication is helping the college reach it goals.
Integration of Sustainability within the following courses:
Read more about the Mini-Grant program and the winning proposals
In collaboration with the Professional Development Committee, OSM developed sustainability themed workshops, learning activities and educational displays for two large-scale professional development events for faculty and staff.