Curriculum Development

Tree imageBunker 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:

New Course Development

Leaf GreenENV 110: Sustainability and Resource Conservation

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.

For a complete description of the course please download the schedule and go to page 56.

Sustainability Focus Group

July 2011

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.

Needs Assessment

New Sustainability Survey Instruments

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.

  • Going Green Survey
    This 5 question bar-coded survey was designed to obtain information about sustainability knowledge, interest in sustainability curriculum and related community activities. It was distributed at public events such as the Boston Greenfest 2010 event (August 2010), Boston Public Library Sustainability Lecture Series (September 2010), Green Career Conference (October 2010) and the National Campus Sustainability Day (October 2010). View the Going Green Survey
  • Green Sector Needs Assessment Survey
    This 24 question on-line survey was developed in an on-line format and asked specific questions about job forecasting, competencies and internships. It was distributed to selected employers, businesses participating in the B2 Green event (May 2011) and also sent to targeted clean energy industry representatives.
    View the Green Sector Needs Assessment Survey
  • Clean Energy Job Sector Research Report
    OSM conducted a literature review of industry publications that define the clean energy economy and green jobs research. This included a focus on Massachusetts's role in the clean energy economy, regional perspectives and outline of potential collaborations.

    View the Clean Energy Job Sector Research Report

Sustainable Mini-Grant Program

New Survey Instruments

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.

Approved Proposals

Integration of Sustainability within the following courses:

  • PSY 101 (Psychology 101)
  • CIT 213 (Problem Solving)
  • BUS 101 (Introduction to Business)
  • ECE 110 (Science Concepts and Learning)
  • MAT 181 (Statistics)

Institutional Projects:

  • Urban Organic Garden
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education
  • Sustainability Video
  • Recycling Awareness Program
  • Student Run Business Model

Read more about the Mini-Grant program and the winning proposals

Professional Development for Faculty


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.

  • Internationally Acclaimed Guest Speakers:
    Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Leith Sharp, founder of Harvard's Green Campus Initiative and Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network.
  • Targeted Workshops
    • Integrating Sustainability within the Curriculum: Tools, Resources and Perspectives for Educators
    • Negotiating Collaborations and Change: Tools for Faculty and Staff
    • Sustainability and Community Engagement
    • Going Paperless: Using Technology to Reduce Paper Usage in the Classroom
    • Hope or Hype? Looking at Green Jobs in Massachusetts
    • Lean Office Best Practices
  • Institutional Projects:
    • Urban Organic Garden
    • Sustainable Agriculture Education
    • Sustainability Video
    • Recycling Awareness Program
    • Student Run Business Model
  • Experiential Learning
    • Guided tour of the Casella Waste management's "zero sort" recycling facility

Learn more about the professional development day events