Demystifying Sustainability

photo of students looking at a map with a faculty memeberBelow are handouts that were referred to during the May 3, 2016 professional development session:

Below is a select list of the many resources available to learn more about sustainability and place-based education, Western’s sustainability efforts, and climate change in Wisconsin.

Sustainability at Western Technical College

Neon Leon video

Watch Western’s Neon Leon define sustainability.










Western’s sustainability website
Check this site out for all things sustainability-related at Western. Links to much of the information listed below and then some.

Sustainability Plan (PDF)
Curious about where Western is heading in terms of sustainability efforts? Access our sustainability plan here.

photo of the Kumm courtyard from aboveGrounds Management
This link will take you to information about Cleary Courtyard (including .pdfs of all kiosk information).

Western’s Green Ribbon Award highlights (PDF)
Read this document for a succinct overview of Western’s efforts to reduce environmental impacts and costs, improve the health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff, and promote effective environmental and sustainability education.

Integrated Technology Center highlights (PDF)

The Integrated Technology Center (ITC) is a showcase in green building, earning it a top level LEED platinum designation. This handout highlights some of those features.

Place-based Education Resources

Learning to Make Choices for the Future: Place-based Education Manual (PDF)
An in-depth resource for educators of all levels to start, grow, and sustain a place-based education project. While the content focuses on K-12, the ideas are easily transferable to higher education.

Journal of Sustainability Education
The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.

Sense of Place Matters – resource list
A list of books and articles addressing place-based education. (Contact Casey Meehan ( if you would like us to order any of these for the Academic Excellence and Development Center library.)

Place-based Education in the Global Age (book on Amazon)

This is an edited volume written by two important scholars in the place-based education field.

Climate Change in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)
WICCI is a network of groups and individuals who engage citizens, private and public decision-makers, and scientists from Wisconsin in a collaborative network to develop a scientific understanding of climate change, identify vulnerability to climate change, and enable planning and adaptation activities.

  • WICCI subgroup on human health
Visit this site for some ideas of how climate change will directly impact human health.

Climate Wisconsin: Stories from a State of Change
Brief stories in the form of high-quality videos documenting how climate change is affecting a range of people and professions in the state of Wisconsin. Includes resources for teachers.