What is this project about?

Tree of Sustainability

Introduction: After a Teaching Academy session “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” David Boje of the Management Department, and outgoing chair of Sustainability Council at NMSU submitted a funding application, as outgoing Chair of Sustainability Council that was funded in December. On December 17 2013, the Sustainability Council notification that it succeeded in being awarded 15K FY 2014 of funding from the President’s Performance Funding to enact the Greening of the NMSU Curriculum, including a faculty coordinator of the initiative, and some money to market the initiative. I am the listed Project Manager, and the budget is administered through the Management Department of the College of Business, with Steve Elias my Department Head as its administrative signatory.  The Sustainability Council reviewed this initiative on January 8 2014, which endorsed the project in several unanimous motions. On January 13 there is a second presentation of Greening of the NMSU Curriculum to ADAC.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF Greening the Curriculum @ NMSU

Our proposal is to offer an interdisciplinary minor (18 credit hours, 9 at the upper division level) with a Certificate in Sustainability at the undergraduate level in the first year, and look to doing something similar at the graduate level in the second year. We are not asking for new courses. NMSU already has undergraduate degree programs in place with offerings in sustainability, including a sustainability development minor in Anthropology. We would like to develop a university minor in sustainability, that has Sustainability Development as one track, and then develop several additional tracks. For example, these include plant and environmental sciences, Fish Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, Renewable Energy Technologies (Dept. of Engineering Technology and Survey Engineering).  We propose a matrix of courses offerings (Appendix F) with the first track, and our proposal is to hire a coordinator to go meet with each department on campus, to see which courses they offer regularly, that would could be part of track, such as a track in economic sustainability, and another suited for people with engineering, math, and physical or biological sciences majors.

MILESTONES: If successful in FY 2014, there are two additional years of funding for the initiative. We (Sustainability Council) have a contract to achieve three milestone outcomes:

  1. June 2014 Establish interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in sustainability
  2. June 2014 Establish database of sustainability courses and prerequisites
  3. Oct 2014 Use database to evaluate dept, course and student engagement
  4. Dec 2014 Implement marketing campaign
  5. June 2015 Establish graduate certificate in sustainability

These are the outcomes to be measured:

Table 4: Measures/Targets for Greening the Curriculum @ NMSU

Measures/ Targets Dec 2014 Dec 2015 Dec 2016
Departments participating in sustainability programs Set Baseline database +5% +10%
Sustainability program enrollment diversity Hispanic Set baseline database +3% +5%
Sustainability program enrollment diversity (female’ Hispanic & other minority participation) Set baseline database +3%+2%TBD +5%+5%TBD
Courses with international sustainability service and outreach components Set baseline database +10% +15%
Courses with Energy savings Projects Set baseline database +5% +10%
Estimated savings of those projects Set baseline database $20,000 $40,000
Courses with sustainability projects Set baseline database +10% +15
Faculty with sustainability related donations, grants and contracts Set baseline database +10% +15%
Sustainability related jobs found by students Set baseline database +5% +10%

These are ways the Greening the Curriculum @ NMSU is part of all 7 Vision 2020 Goals

Table 5: 7 Vision 2020 Goals and SUSTAINABILITY MINOR outcomes & measures 
1. Graduation – Teaching, Learning & Programs – Provide effective academic programs, stellar teaching and learning, and enhanced student engagement to advance highly capable graduates Increases in enrollment from 3% from Baseline by 2014: graduating students; 5% increases from the current course offerings; 5% increase in departments participating with course offerings that are sustainability-focused or sustainability-related.
2. Diversity – Be a model of student, faculty and staff diversity at all levels Increase in diversity enrollment by 3% by FY 2014: NMSU currently has 45% Hispanic enrollment, which we intend to increase in this program; includes 3% increase in female enrollment in the sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses.
3. Internationalization – Effectively prepare students for a global society Increase 10% in International courses that are sustainability-focused or sustainability-related; includes 10% increase in course projects that focus on international cases and service projects. Talloires Declaration signed by NMSU, item 9 is to broaden service and outreach of sustainability both nationally and internationally
4. Research & Creative Activity – Be the catalyst for promoting discovery, encouraging innovation, sparking economic advancement, and inspiring creative achievement Measure is number of these energy saving projects, and secondly their estimate dollar savings to NMSU and its communities. FY 2014 goal is $20,000 in reported project savings to university and/or community
5. Economic Development — Be a driving force for economic progress in New Mexico We will assess number of projects in courses students are taking as part of Sustainability minor, and in sustainability-focused or sustainability-related courses.
6. Resource Stewardship — Increase philanthropy and alternative revenue to support teaching, research and service Alumni donations increase of 10% in FY 2014, specifically for sustainability efforts to support teaching, research, and service. Currently 106/694 (15%) faculty are doing grants and research related to sustainability
7. Community – Service, Extension & Outreach — Be a model for community engagement at all levels through innovative and exceptional outreach activity This is measured by students picking sustainability careers. Part of our project is to work with career center, have booths in 3 career expos in FY 2014, training for advising across the campus, so counselors have access to sustainability careers.