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Why does USU have Destinations?

We believe colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by providing the knowledge, research, practice, and informed graduates to create a positive and sustainable future.
                — American College & University Presidents Carbon Commitment

A recent piece in the Huffington post by Drew Faust, Harvard University President, and John L. Hennesey, Stanford University President, begins:

This week's UN Climate Summit calls upon people and institutions around the world to consider how they can become active leaders in combating climate change. What is the role of our colleges and universities in this effort? Those of us in the academy should be asking ourselves what more can we do to confront one of the most urgent and consequential challenges facing our civilization.

Issues of our sustainability amidst fast-approaching planetary boundaries demand our attention, inquiry, creativity, and innovation—across all disciplines. Clearly, a central part of our university’s mission is to educate informed, effective citizens of the world, and today's students will lead our society in what will be a critical era for humanity’s adaptation and societal health. How can we do more to prepare them to meet these challenges effectively? Considering that question leads back to the core of what we offer—class content and curriculum.

What is Destinations?

Planetary Thinking

Destinations is a workshop customized to USU faculty and led by USU faculty that brings interested USU faculty together to engage in shared inquiry over how to creatively incorporate issues of sustainability into their teaching.

Goals
  • Changes/additions to course content that engage a new level of student and faculty inquiry through the broad lens of sustainability.
  • A community of learning that results in a flexible literacy of sustainability from local to global.
  • A community that is better prepared to identify and meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.

Workshop Timeline
  • The call for proposals is issued at the beginning of the spring semester. Applications are accepted through the ETE website.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by early April.
  • The workshop is held early to mid-May.

Details will be posted here. For additional resources, please browse the sustainability website: USU faculty resources, USU course list, external resources.