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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 530; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020530

Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using SDG- and CEL-Focused Inventories to Transform Curriculum at the University of Toronto

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Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4, Canada
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Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3, Canada
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London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK
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Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8, Canada
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Received: 16 November 2018 / Revised: 14 January 2019 / Accepted: 15 January 2019 / Published: 20 January 2019
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The Expanded Student Engagement Project (ESE) has developed three comprehensive inventories which aim to increase student knowledge of sustainability-related course content and increase student engagement in on- and off-campus, curricular, and non-curricular sustainability projects at the University of Toronto (U of T). The first is a sustainability course inventory (SCI) generated using keyword search based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the first SCI that has been based on the SDGs. The inventory identified 2022 unique sustainability courses and found that SDG 13 had the greatest representation and SDG 6 had the least. The second inventory is a community-engaged learning (CEL) sustainability inventory which found 154 sustainability-focused CEL courses and identified 86 faculty members who teach sustainability CEL. Finally, an inventory of sustainability co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities revealed that U of T has 67 sustainability-focused student groups and identified 263 sustainability-focused opportunities. These inventories are an important foundation for future initiatives to increase student engagement in sustainability on campus and in the community. The ESE will integrate this data into U of T’s course management system and use the inventories to develop a new sustainability pathways program. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development goals; SDGs; higher education institutions; sustainability in higher education; agent of change; curriculum innovation; sustainability course inventory; student engagement sustainable development goals; SDGs; higher education institutions; sustainability in higher education; agent of change; curriculum innovation; sustainability course inventory; student engagement
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Brugmann, R.; Côté, N.; Postma, N.; Shaw, E.A.; Pal, D.; Robinson, J.B. Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using SDG- and CEL-Focused Inventories to Transform Curriculum at the University of Toronto. Sustainability 2019, 11, 530.

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