The University of Tasmania has established an Education for Sustainability Community of Practice (EfS CoP) comprising academic and professional staff and students who regard education for sustainability as central to the mission of higher education.
Education for sustainability refers to learning and teaching that enables more sustainable ways of living. The domain of the EfS CoP is whole-of-curriculum innovation and reform. This innovation and reform includes efforts to embed sustainability as a foundational graduate capacity across the curriculum through involvement in formal curriculum renewal and design processes as well as through the informal leadership demonstrated by community members in their discipline areas and teaching responsibilities. The EfS CoP is creating new pathways within the institution for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration in education for sustainability through a membership base that encompasses academic staff within all faculties and on all major campuses of the university.
Through the Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS), the EfS CoP is also building links between the physical operations of the university (e.g. built environment, resource use, organisational practices) and student learning. These links recognise the importance both of the opportunities for embedding curriculum activities into learning environments through authentic learning opportunities created by involving students directly in university operations.
If you are interested in joining the Education for Sustainability Community of Practice, please email us: EfS.CoP@utas.edu.au.