Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education to Offer Faculty Sustainability Workshop

“Sustainability Across the Curriculum” will invite Villanova University faculty members to integrate sustainability into course objectives

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova University Center for Energy and Environmental Education (VCE3), housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will host a “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” workshop, May 12 – 13, open to all University faculty. The two-day workshop, led by a team of cross-campus Villanova University faculty and featured speakers from the Philadelphia-area, will invite attendees to explore sustainability, focusing particularly on how to develop a syllabus that integrates sustainability into course objectives and outcomes. 

“The goal behind this workshop is to help faculty infuse sustainability concepts into their curriculum, regardless of discipline,” said Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Manager at Villanova University. “The workshop will both feature prominent speakers on sustainability, and highlight the environmental initiatives already taking place at Villanova.”

The workshop will consist of lectures, presentations and panels featuring a number of distinguished speakers, including Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ, Ambassador for the United States Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition and director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. Clark is also Special Assistant to the President of Chestnut Hill College for Sustainability.

Villanova has long demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability through environmentally-focused policies, initiatives and academic programs.

VCE3 – which launched in May 2013 – is a pilot center funded from private gifts to the Dean’s Fund for Strategic Initiatives. The Center is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary teaching and research on environment, energy, climate and sustainability issues, as well as promoting and supporting active engagement and collaboration of faculty across the University.

“The Center is making an important contribution to the University’s strategic plan by helping Villanova to build distinctive, interdisciplinary programs and curricula,” said Amanda Grannas, PhD, associate professor of chemistry and co-director of VCE3. “This workshop will provide our faculty with the tools necessary to develop a truly integrated and cross-college approach to sustainability curriculum and dialogue.”

The Center aims to link the arts, sciences, engineering, business and nursing in research, teaching and service in the spirit of Villanova’s liberal arts tradition.

In 2007, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, President of the University, reinforced Villanova’s commitment to sustainability by signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the goal of which is to make Villanova a climate-neutral campus. Villanova submitted a formal Climate Action Plan to the ACUPCC, designating the year 2050 as the University’s target date for net climate neutrality.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.