Sustainability in Higher Education

The purpose of GCSE’s Sustainability Education program is to provide dynamic, context-sensitive guidance for a diversity of programs. 

This program page provides a transparent record of this work and notice of upcoming opportunities to engage. This page also serves as a portal to further resources in the areas of: 


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  • Inclusive participation - stakeholder engagement and ways to participate
  • Key Competencies in Sustainability a Convergence Statement and related scholarship
  • Resources - additional resources on sustainability education organized by stakeholder perspectives: students, faculty and program directors, employers
  • Guidance for Program Evaluation and Pathways towards Accreditation for Sustainability degrees
  • Grounding statements centering the above in the thriving of Earth’s Biosphere and Justice, Equity, and Diversity and Inclusion of humans as part of nature




Click the boxes below to learn more about each of these areas.


Inclusive Participation

Key Competencies in Sustainability








Transformative Program Evaluation


Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility

This work is funded by the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, in partnership with Arizona State University and Sustainable Earth. Collaborators include the GCSE Sustainability Education Community of Practice representing 67 colleges and universities; the National Sustainability Society, the NASEM, and AASHE. 

Resources and More Information

If you're interested in getting involved, including joining the Sustainability Education Community of Practice, please complete this form.

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For questions, please contact Krista Hiser at

Upcoming Events

April Community of Practice Meetings (repeating the same 3 twice)

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST- topic: review draft program standards for Grounded Areas: Curriculum & Content, Evaluation & Assessment, and Teaching and Learning (pedagogies)

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 12:00 -1:30 pm EST - topic: review draft program standards for Grounded Areas: Curriculum & Content, Evaluation & Assessment, and Teaching and Learning (pedagogies)

Provide Feedback on 8 Grounded Areas for Program Evaluation

Are you interested in providing input into an emerging framework for sustainability program evaluation? The GCSE Sustainability Education Community of Practice is for faculty and program directors to network and discuss barriers and best practices for achi. The Community of Practice provides input on emergent standards for Sustainability Degree programs, in eight Grounded Areas. 

8 Grounded Areas for Transformative Program Evaluation

This spring, Community of Practice Meetings will focus on discussing each of the eight grounded areas during our regular meetings. Below is our tentative schedule for discussing each area:



  • Unit Organization 
  • Faculty Support 


  • Curriculum & Content 
  • Campus & Community 
  • Leadership & Mission 


  • Student Support 
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Teaching & Learning (Pedagogies)  


View recordings of past events here.