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Teaching Sustainability

Teaching sustainability principles and practices is essential to prepare students to live and lead successfully in a rapidly changing world. At Brookhaven we teach sustainability in our classrooms, student organizations, service learning, and use our campus as a living lab. When faculty intentionally include sustainability issues and topics in their course material, they can add to the depth and relevance of the learning experience.

Sustainability encourages whole-systems thinking that explores interconnections, feedback, synergies . . . and deep learning that concentrates more on interdependence than divisions, stresses creation instead of consumption and connects theory to practice.

Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change by Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putman

UN Sustainable Development Goals

DCCCD uses the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for teaching and learning about sustainability.  The SDGs illustrate the scope of issues that contribute to a sustainable future.  Within the DCCCD we emphasize SDGs that directly align with our Board of Trustees’ priorities, including:  quality education, decent work and economic growth, reduced income inequalities, zero hunger and good health and well-being.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Learn more about the Global Goals and view videos about how they are at work in Dallas County.


Sustainability in the Curriculum

Since 2017, the Academic Action Team of the President’s Sustainability Committee team has strived to “green the curriculum.” Using employee survey data and teaching experiences, the team has developed resources and teaching guidelines to promote incorporating sustainability in curriculum.

Sustainable Brookhaven eCampus Community
  • Brookhaven College employees may access these resources by contacting Christopher Grice
  • A three-tiered approach that encourages faculty to adopt sustainable practices, structure learning opportunities and develop course assignments.