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Integrating Programmatic Expertise from across the US and Canada to Model and Guide Leadership Training for Graduate Students in Sustainability

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National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
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School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
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Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Blavatnik Institute, and Office of Graduate Education, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
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Earth Leadership Program, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA
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Environmental Studies and Research and Innovation Office, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
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Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and School of Economics, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
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Department of Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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Academic Editors: Chris Shiel and Eila Jeronen
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 8950; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168950
Received: 28 May 2021 / Revised: 20 July 2021 / Accepted: 3 August 2021 / Published: 10 August 2021
It is critical that future sustainability leaders possess the skills and aptitudes needed to tackle increasingly ‘wicked’ challenges. While much has been done to identify this need, inadequate Leadership Training for graduate students in Sustainability (LTS) continues to plague even the most highly-resourced institutions. Collectively, the authors of this paper represent the small yet growing number of LTS programs across the United States and Canada working to close this training gap. In this paper, we describe the integrative approach we took to synthesize our collective knowledge of LTS with our diverse programmatic experiences and, ultimately, translate that work into concrete guidance for LTS implementation and design. We present a framework for the suite of key LTS aptitudes and skills yielded by our collaborative approach, and ground these recommendations in clear, real-world examples. We apply our framework to the creation of an open-access curricular database rich with training details, and link this database to an interactive network map focused on sharing programmatic designs. Together, our process and products transform many disparate components into a more comprehensive and accessible understanding of what we as LTS professionals do, with a view to helping others who are looking to do the same for the next generation of sustainability leaders. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; leadership; graduate program; higher education; aptitudes; skills; interdisciplinary; training sustainability; leadership; graduate program; higher education; aptitudes; skills; interdisciplinary; training
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Motzer, N.; Weller, A.R.; Curran, K.; Donner, S.; Heustis, R.J.; Jordan, C.; Krebs, M.; Olandar, L.; Rowell, K.; Silka, L.; Wall, D.H.; York, A. Integrating Programmatic Expertise from across the US and Canada to Model and Guide Leadership Training for Graduate Students in Sustainability. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8950. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168950

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Motzer N, Weller AR, Curran K, Donner S, Heustis RJ, Jordan C, Krebs M, Olandar L, Rowell K, Silka L, Wall DH, York A. Integrating Programmatic Expertise from across the US and Canada to Model and Guide Leadership Training for Graduate Students in Sustainability. Sustainability. 2021; 13(16):8950. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168950

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Motzer, Nicole, Aleta R. Weller, K Curran, Simon Donner, Ronald J. Heustis, Cathy Jordan, Margaret Krebs, Lydia Olandar, Kirsten Rowell, Linda Silka, Diana H. Wall, and Abigail York. 2021. "Integrating Programmatic Expertise from across the US and Canada to Model and Guide Leadership Training for Graduate Students in Sustainability" Sustainability 13, no. 16: 8950. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168950

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