For a list of websites/books/videos for each of these focus areas, visit our Resource Page.
How does the Sustainable Learning Community work?
The Sustainable Learning Community at Foothill has been designed to infuse sustainable themes into general curriculum courses. It is a unique learning community involving a variety of different instructors and courses from across the campus. The community identifies a theme each year, with many subtopics chosen from that theme. Last year, the learning community focused on water, with subtopics that included water consumption & scarcity; water pollution; climate change & water; innovations; and the history of water.
Instructors choose individually how they wish to integrate the theme or specific focus areas into their courses. These might include having a unit built around a specific focus, an individual project, or include readings related to water. It may be a major or minor part of the class. Some classes may end up collaborating together on a project. A large group activity is also planned where all classes will be invited to participate.
What’s in it for Students? By including one or more of these learning community courses, students will be exposed to new perspectives on the environmental, political and social aspects related to the sustainable theme. Each theme is also tied to global issues, which will help students to frame their thinking from this larger worldview. There will also be yearlong opportunities for participation and appliedlearning on campus related to our theme, including movies, a lecture series, the opening of the Physical Science and Engineering Center (PSEC) and the Science Learning Institute (SLI) in January of 2013.
JOIN THE FOOTHILL SUSTAINABLE LEARNING COMMUNITY NETWORK SITE!!
If you are participating in the learning community, be sure to log on frequently, and share your information and keep up with what your colleagues are doing! Events, chat, videos and photos... it's all here!
If you are a faculty member who is participating but has not yet received your invitation to join, please click below and request an invite!
If you are not yet part of the Sustainable Learning Community but would like to learn more, please contact Mia Casey and get involved in this exciting project!
**Note to students: this social network is not an open network, it is for Foothill faculty/staff only. Please check back as there may be an open network starting up later in the year!!**
Watch for special events on campus this year that are tied to our energy theme!!
To find resources from previous Sustainable Learning Communities on WATER and FOOD, please visit the resource archives page.