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Sustainability Literacy Institute


The College has introduced the Sustainability Literacy Institute (SLI). SLI was envisioned as 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 works on several fronts to assist the campus community in achieving the goals of its Quality Enhancement Plan. SLI connects existing initiatives and encourages more efficient and synergistic activities on campus related to sustainability literacy. For example, the institute is helping to train faculty to develop courses that qualify as sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. (See the list of SF or SR courses here.) SLI also coordinates 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 have been established within SLI. These positions include an outreach fellow (Caroline Foster from the Department of Communication), a faculty development fellow (Steve Jaumé from the geology department), an innovation fellow (David Hansen from the Department of Management and Marketing) and a student engagement fellow (Barry Stiefel from the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program). 

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 also hosts a variety of speakers, exhibits and other events related to sustainability literacy. (See the events page for a list of upcoming events.)

Though 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.