Sustainability Education Community of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are technical working groups open to individuals from GCSE Members that support and amplify education, research, and analysis from higher education institutions to advance the use of science in environmental decision-making across all levels of government. Learn more.

Please contact​​​ if you are interested in joining this CoP.

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  • We support and advance efforts to implement a shared reference framework of key competencies in sustainability as a guideline for program development in higher education. The long-term goal is to create an inclusive accreditation for Sustainability and Sustainability-related degrees.

    • In this work, equity, inclusion, diversity, justice, and access are fundamental to our objectives of sustained learning, action, and accountability. We focus on collaboration, dialogue, and resources to support context-specific sustainability education initiatives at a range of institutions in order to generate global impact.

  • Identify the core sustainability competencies and student learning outcomes.

Recent Meetings

  • [Past] Sustainability Education Community of Practice Fall Roundtable
    • Roundtable 1: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5:00 - 6:00 pm EDT

    • Roundtable 2: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

Learn more and RSVP here


  • Rod Parnell, GCSE Senior Fellow

  • Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University 


Watch this page for resources and opportunities to get involved. Contact Krista Hiser, Senior Lead for Sustainability Education, at for more information.


Current Projects

Pathways toward accreditation for sustainability and sustainability-related programs 
in higher education: Using an approach that centers justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, & accessibility.

In partnership with Arizona State University and support from the Mitchell Foundation, GCSE is exploring accreditation for sustainability and sustainability-related programs in higher education. Learn more about the components of this initiative here.