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<img src="photo_colour_Student_Comm.png" alt="picture of two students, one sitting and one standing">The Academic category refers to how the SDGs are embedded in learning and teaching, faculty and curriculum development, co-curricular student experiences, and place-based experiential learning.


Engaging students at Kwantlen Polytechnic to become Agents of Change through the United Nations SDGs Open Pedagogy Fellowship

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Surrey, BC

Project: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship

SDGs: All

Project duration: May 2019 – ongoing

Functional Category: Academic

Employing the SDGs as a conceptual framework, this fellowship program is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help students become agents of change in their own communities.  Each fellowship team (which will include at least one faculty member from KPU and one faculty member from either Montgomery College in Maryland or Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona) will design three renewable assignments during the Summer 2020 semester.  A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during the subsequent academic year.

Stakeholders Involved: Staff members, senior leaders, students, partners, local community

Project Lead: Urooj Nizami, Open Education Strategist, urooj.nizami@kpu.ca

More info: Please visit the fellowship program website to view video testimonials from the inaugural fellows, along with the renewable assignments

Bow Valley’s online course Focusses on Indigenization, SDGs, Climate Change and Sustainable Jobs

Bow Valley College – Calgary, AB

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Project: Sustainability 101

SDGs: All

Project duration: Summer 2020

Functional Category: Academic

Sustainability 101 is a self-paced course on D2L that is open to staff and learners. When completed, individuals receive a certificate of completion, and students receive recognition on their co-curricular record. This course is being piloted for summer 2020, with the hope that it leads to sustainability being embedded across curricula in future years. Additionally, the college is considering making sustainability a college-wide learning outcome. The SDGs are woven throughout the course, along with a strong focus on Indigenous content (we worked with our Indigenization Curriculum Specialist). Individuals can self-register for the course through their D2L profile. Modules of the course include: Introduction to sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals, Climate change and sustainable jobs.

Stakeholders Involved: Staff, students, community partners

Project Lead: Amy Spark, Sustainability Coordinator, aspark@bowvalleycollege.ca

VIU Uses the SDGs for Community-based Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning 

Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo, BC

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Project: Sustainability Across the Curricula Workshops

SDGs: 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17

Project duration: November 2017– ongoing

Functional Category: Academic

A subcommittee of the Sustainability Advisory Committee at VIU held two all-day meetings/ workshops to talk about how to further the integration of sustainability and SDGs into teaching and learning at VIU and to create a Summer (week-long) Institute on Society and Sustainability. This week-long plan would do community-based interdisciplinary programming aimed at students, professionals, and community members. This workshop brought together faculty, students, and community members to discuss steps to make VIU a leader in sustainable teaching and learning.

Faculty members interested in sustainability discovered what their peers are doing and found opportunities to collaborate – for instance, swapping lectures between chemistry and geography. Margot Croft (VIU sustainability resource person) led an exercise on what measures would motivate and support a sustainability lens at VIU. Among the suggestions was to develop a dedicated web portal profiling sustainability-oriented courses and research on campus. Another was to have a dedicated space for students and faculty to discuss sustainability on a formal and informal basis throughout the year.

Stakeholders Involved: Institutional staff, students, local community

Project Lead: Don Alexander, don.alexander@viu.ca; Margot Croft margot.croft@viu.ca

More info: Teaching sustainability across curricula: understanding faculty perspectives at Vancouver Island University 

Seneca uses Fashion Design Courses to Teach the SDGs

Seneca College School of Fashion – Toronto, ON

Project: DSW512: Fashion Design V

SDGs: All

Project duration: Annually – September to April

Functional Category: Academic

DSW512 runs each September to December, during this time the student develops their collection via prototypes and fashion illustrations, which they present to a panel of industry at the beginning of December for feedback. For the Collection Intention students are asked “What SDGs align with their personal and brand values?” This encourages the student to consider these guiding principles in their collection development.  In DSW615 – Fashion Design VI, running each January through to April, students move into the product development portion, where they create two looks, fitting on ‘live’ models week in preparation for the year end show and to include this work in their portfolio. Students are asked to include the SDGs on their final looks digital design boards. During year end fashion show that took place each April, an awards ceremony follows. The college features the students work, some completed and some in progress on Instagram. There were two sustainability awards for 2020, but it is also important to note that 7 of the nine award winners engaged in sustainable practices in some way (ie. zero-waste pattern design, upcycling, natural dyes, natural fibres, etc.)

Stakeholders Involved: Staff, students

Project Lead: Jennifer Dares, Jennifer.dares@senecacollege.ca; Zoran Dobric, zoran.dobric@senecacollege.ca

More info: Fashion Arts Seneca, Carol Francisco, Jamila Lyra Cavalcante Secche, Hyun Suk Lee Ellen, Trida Simone Easey, Charla Pope, Kailee Tones 

Humber Faculty Champions Group shares practices for Integrating SDGs through a Community of Practice

Humber College – Toronto, ON

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Project: Faculty Sustainability Champions

SDGs: 4, 17

Project duration: Almost 4 years, and ongoing

Functional Category: Academic

The Faculty Sustainability Champions (FSC) group is an open space for all (staff or faculty) to join gatherings throughout the year. These gatherings provide space for peer-to-peer learning, sharing and support in order to bring sustainability concepts and deeper learning into the student experience. Some people come looking to learn from others, some come to share what they have tried, what has worked and find ways to do it better. All are welcome: those who have limited knowledge to those who teach high level sustainability courses. This group evolved out of a Community of Practice hosted by the Innovative Learning Team and the Office of Sustainability in 2016. Since then, the group has developed teaching resources, supported the Humber Learning Outcomes and Sustainability Literacy Assessment, as well as upcoming sustainability staff training. The group has a Microsoft Teams group for sharing resources outside the gatherings. Faculty representation from each of Humber’s six academic faculties are involved, to support integrating sustainability concepts into all courses and programs and highlight the interconnectedness of sustainability. The SDGs are at the center of the conversations of this group. The FSC continues to build capacity and drive sustainability initiatives across the institution in terms of curriculum and teaching and learning practices.

Stakeholders Involved: faculty, teaching and learning staff, sustainability staff

Project Lead: Lindsay Walker Lindsay.Walker@humber.ca & Heidi Marsh Heidi.Marsh@humber.ca

More info: Faculty Sustainability Champions

Centennial’s Senior Academic Leaders Champion SDG Innovation across the College

Centennial College – Scarborough, ON

Project: SDG Innovation Forum

SDGs: All

Project duration: January 2020 – Quarterly, Ongoing

Functional Category: Academic

The SDG Innovation Forum is a collaborative coalition of senior academic leaders to champion SDG innovation activity across the college and community. The forum meets once a quarter to take stock and leverage resources from all stakeholders with converging interests to help in building an ecosystem conducive to foster SDG innovation social entrepreneurship skills among students and community. The common objective is to facilitate the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students, empowering and equipping them with skills and tools to implement their own social entrepreneurship initiatives. The leaders come together aligning their interests to contribute collectively at the College community ecosystem level to achieve their converging interests for the benefit of students, colleges and the world, working on the principle of common interest for the greater good.

Stakeholders Involved: Institutional staff, institutional leadership

Project Lead: Lalit Guglani, BTech, MBA, Manager Scaleup Programs and Services Centre of Entrepreneurship lguglani@centennialcollege.ca

Centennial uses the SDGs for Social Change and Globalizing the Curriculum

Centennial College – Scarborough, ON 

Project: Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion

SDGs: All

Project duration: September 2018 – ongoing

Functional Category: Academic, Student and community

The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion supports quality education through inclusive and equitable education that promotes lifelong learning, delivered through the College’s unique Global Citizenship Education mandate. Over 92% of the College’s programs have integrated Global Citizenship and Equity learning outcomes across the diverse areas of study, which include curriculum related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the Centre has worked with student groups at the College, as well as youth groups internationally, with I Am a Global Citizen educational sessions, which include a critical SDG action planning activity to activate efforts towards achieving the SDG goals. The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion is working with diverse industry partners to build capacity to integrate the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. This initiative is based on sharing best practices to positively impact industry practices that integrate equity and inclusion, and to increase successful rates of graduate employment for students from historically marginalized communities. The Centre engages over 75 community partners annually from diverse industries to share expertise, knowledge and perspectives.

Stakeholders Involved: Institutional staff, institutional leadership, students, partners, local communities, private sector, others

Project Lead: Yasmin Razack: YRazack@centennialcollege.ca Silvia D’Addario: SDaddario@centennialcollege.ca

More info: Inclusive Workplace Practice Guide, Globally Networked Learning, Conversations for Social Change, Global Citizens Take Action, Global Citizens Get Hired 

Kwantlen Polytechnic Uses the SDGs as a Framework for a Career Planning Course

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Surrey, BC

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Project: Post-University Transition Course (EDUC 4100):

SDGs: All

Project duration: September 2019 – ongoing

Functional Category: Academic

EDUC 4100 (Post-University Transition) is a three-credit career transition course that incorporates the SDGs in its curriculum (e.g., assignments, reflections, presentations). A natural fit between career education and the SDGs was discovered, as students pondered three big questions that ought to be asked of all citizens if Canada wishes to mobilize everyone to meet the SDGs by 2030: What is the world that I want to live in?  What do I see are the global problems that need our attention? What are my talents and experiences that may help address these problems, and in turn improve the condition of our world? Incorporating the SDGs in career education inspires students to consider not only their occupational aspirations, but also how these aspirations can be grounded on broader goal(s) that promotes a sustainable future for our “glocal” communities. Doing so also inspire people to think beyond their professions and adopt a lifelong career framework that addresses their identified SDG(s), which can transcend beyond the Decade of Action into the next SDGs iteration after 2030.

Stakeholders Involved: Institutional staff, students, partners, local communities

Project Lead: Candy Ho candy.ho@kpu.ca

More info: Post-University Transition 

Humber Grounds Institutional Learning Outcomes in the SDGS

Humber College – Toronto, ON

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Project: Humber Learning Outcomes

SDGs: All

Project duration: December 2017 – December 2023

Functional Category: Academic

The Humber Learning Outcomes framework is part of Humber’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. In support of Humber’s strategic mission, the Humber community aims to represent its unique polytechnic identity through the development of global citizens who embody the knowledge and skills to lead and innovate. They describe the attributes – knowledge, skills, competencies, and values – that all students will possess upon graduation. The HLO framework includes three key mindsets that are crucial to the well-being and prosperity of individuals and communities: equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), sustainability and systems thinking.  The foundation of competencies for the Sustainability mindset is grounded in using the Sustainable Development Goals.

Stakeholders Involved: Staff members, senior leadership, students, partners, private sector

Project Lead: Lara McInnis, MA, OCELT Special Advisor, Institutional Learning Outcomes, Lara.McInnis@humber.ca

More info: HLO video, HLO 

Fleming Hosts Multi-Disciplinary Workshops in Embedding the SDGs in Curriculum

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Fleming College – Peterborough, ON

Project: Workshop: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Experiential Learning to Incorporate the SDGs & Address climate anxiety within post-secondary course design

SDGs: All

Project duration: Multi-year – AASHE designated Centers for Sustainability across the Curriculum are required to deliver at least one sustainability across the curriculum workshop per year, open to all other institutions.

Functional Category: Academic

In 2017, Fleming College was designated by the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as a Center for Sustainability across the Curriculum. Therefore, for the past few years Fleming has offered workshops for faculty and sustainability staff in integrating the UN SDGs into curricular and co-curricular experiences. Both the 2019 and 2020 workshops drew participants from more than 20 institutions and showcased a variety of course-based examples of including the SDGs in learning and assessment activities. Faculty presented from a variety of disciplines (e.g. business, environmental science, early childhood education, career planning and indigenous studies programs). The workshops also showcased the ‘systems approach’ (at both Fleming and Humber college) to integrating sustainability using institutional learning outcomes across the curriculum. Fleming has also mapped the previously established institutional sustainability learning outcome to all 17 SDGs.

Annual workshops have been offered to faculty and staff from institutions across Canada and the US.

Stakeholders Involved: Staff, administration, faculty and partner institutions. The 2020 workshop was delivered virtually in June and brought in speakers from a number of Canadian Colleges and Institutions (i.e. Dawson College, Okanagan College, KPU, Humber College, Cambrian College and Fleming College). Participants were drawn from institutions across the US and Canada. The event was promoted and sponsored by AASHE through the Centers webpage. 

Project Lead: Trish O’Connor, Director of Sustainability, Fleming College (formerly) now refer to Angela Stukator, Dean, General Arts and Sciences, Fleming College Angela.stukator@flemmingcollege.ca

More info: Sustainability across the curriculum, Sustainability in our courses