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Sustainability Literacy Institute


The College is in the process of creating a Sustainability Literacy Institute (SLI) that will begin operating on July 1st.  The Institute is envisioned to be the physical, pedagogical, virtual and institutional hub for sustainability literacy efforts at CofC. The purpose of SLI is to foster positive social, economic and environmental change by way of a sustainably literate campus community. 

SLI will work on several fronts to assist the campus community in achieving the goals of its Quality Enhancement Plan. SLI will connect existing initiatives and encourage more efficient and synergistic activities on campus related to sustainability literacy. For example, the institute will help to train faculty to develop courses that qualify as sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. (See the list of SF or SR courses here.) SLI will also coordinate with student clubs and organizations to foster greater engagement with the QEP and encourage students to become aware of further avenues of advocacy for sustainability literacy.

To assist in this work, four newly created Faculty Fellowships will be established within SLI. These positions will include an outreach fellow, a faculty development fellow, an innovation fellow and a student engagement fellow. (Faculty interested in these roles are encouraged to find out more by contacting QEP Director Todd LeVasseur.)

SLI will also oversee the Sustainability Literacy Scholars Program, which will begin in 2018. This program will seek to offer exemplary students an opportunity to become effective advocates for and innovative leaders of a more sustainable future.

SLI will also host a variety of speakers, exhibits and other events related to sustainability literacy.

SLI will begin as a virtual hub, it will evolve to become a physical entity at the College that will connect students and faculty and provide them with the resources and training to support the goal of achieving literacy in issues of sustainability.