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Sustainability Literacy – That's Our QEP

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Day of Service

The Center for Civic Engagement and the Sustainability Literacy Institute are organizing a day of service focusing on the 
“CofC Sustains/Solves” theme of the year: water quantity and quality.
This day of service will take place in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend. The entire College of Charleston Community is invited and encouraged to participate on Saturday, February 10th 2018.

Service projects will take place in the morning followed by food in the Cistern as a part of the tailgate for Homecoming Weekend. This year’s project sites include the South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program (SCORE) and Keep Charleston Beautiful. 

To register, click here!

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Illustration by Chiara Ghiglizazza


Student Engagement Faculty Fellow, Barry Stiefel, states in an interview with Amanda Kerr,

"Living sustainably isn’t as simple as it may seem. Recycling our trash and installing a few solar panels will only get us so far. Finding economically viable solutions to environmental and sociological issues requires thoughtful action that will push us toward ecological balance."


"The objective of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is sustainability literacy, which will be a bridge for our students in addressing problems of the 21st century. Implementing this objective is the task of the Sustainability Literacy Institute (under the leadership of visiting assistant professor Todd LeVasseur ’97) and its faculty fellows, which I along with associate professor David Hansen (Innovation Fellow), associate professor Steven Jaumé (Faculty Development Fellow) and visiting assistant professor Caroline Foster (Outreach Fellow) are all a part of. We are doing this not only because it brings meaningful value to our work, but also because we see this as a lasting positive legacy we can create, together with our students, to make the world a better place."

Read more on the article, Sustainability Means Everything Under the Sun, by Amanda Kerr


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Quality Enhancement Plan

Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems

The College's new Quality Enhancement Plan is Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems. This is an initiative to endow students with the tools and knowledge they'll need to address 21st-century problems such as climate change, social injustice and economic inequality.

At the College, we acknowledge that our world faces steep challenges, and that these are global in magnitude and complexity. Whether it's diminishing resources, human-induced climate change, economic inequality, or some other pressing concern, our society has arrived at this point precisely because of the way we think and how we behave. If we wish to change both our thinking and our actions, we will first need to change the education we deliver. That is the central notion underpinning the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st-Century Problems.

Within this initiative, it is the responsibility of our campus community to provide our students the sustainability literacy they will need to be effective problem solvers for the 21st century.  


SLI envisions positive social, economic and environmental change from a sustainability literate College of Charleston community.


The SLI supports teaching, learning and research in sustainability literacy at the College of Charleston and the communities with which it interacts.


Education - The Institute supports established pedagogical practices that teach sustainability literacy, and facilitates teaching faculty such practices.

Engagement - The Institute actively fosters interdisciplinary collaboration about sustainability literacy amonsgt faculty, and between faculty and staff, faculty and students, and the larger community.

Expression - The Institute advocates for and supports the expression of sustainability literacy at individual, campus, local, regional, national, and international levels.

Quality Enhancement Plan

Every 10 years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that member institutions be reaffirmed as accredited institutions. In preparing for this reaffirmation process, colleges and universities are required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In our case, the Reaffirmation Leadership Team put out a call for proposals, and from the resulting submissions, selected sustainability literacy as the focus of the College’s QEP. The QEP has five overarching goals, each one related to specific student learning outcomes. 

For additional information about the reaffirmation process, see the website for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.

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