Education about sustainability gives students the opportunity to learn and develop solutions to complex environmental, social and economic issues affecting today’s world. A number of UF colleges offer majors, certificates and other curricular opportunities in sustainability. There are also several centers and institutes on campus and around the state of Florida that collaborate with the UF on research related to sustainability.
Several colleges offer majors and concentrations that focus heavily on sustainability in their respective fields.
UF efforts to incorporate sustainability into curriculum have included a new position for Provost Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, a mini-grant program, and the development of a Minor in Sustainability, resulting in the development of dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses related to sustainability across colleges.
Courses in which the primary and explicit focus is sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge.
Courses that include sustainability but primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, yet incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activity, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.
There are dozens of centers and institutes connected to the UF community that focus all or some research on issues of environmental, social and/or economic sustainability. Institutes such as the Florida Climate Institute, the UF Water Institute and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium connect the UF with research networks across Florida.
From 2010 to 2016, UF hosted the Prairie Project – an annual training workshop and mentor-ship program to support colleges and faculty to develop curriculum for sustainability.
For more information on how to get involved with the Prairie Project, contact our office.