International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum

AASHE's Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

To ensure that all students have the knowledge, skills and motivation to be leaders for sustainability requires a significant increase in the number of courses that incorporate sustainability themes. Recognizing that over the last decade, AASHE developed Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshops that have trained have trained over 500 faculty leaders at institutions around the country to catalyze curriculum change on their campuses. Based on the pioneering success of the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and the Piedmont Project at Emory University, this model has now been implemented successfully at dozens of institutions around the country. Indeed, some institutions have organized sustainability across the curriculum workshops for many years and have developed significant expertise in how to organize such workshops.

The Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum program aims to build on the expertise of these institutions by supporting them in organizing workshops that are open to faculty from other institutions in the region. The overall goal of this program is to significantly accelerate the infusion of sustainability content into curriculum.


UTRGV's International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum

In December of 2016, UTRGV became one of thirteen centers nationally to be chosen to participate in the program. From 40 applicants, the Centers were selected through a competitive application process held earlier in the year.  UTRGV's successful application was grounded by its successful Project Sin Fronteras - Project without Borders (PSF) program in operation since 2014.

PSF is a transformational platform that infuses sustainability concepts and practices into the UTRGV curriculum and systems. Since its inception, 55 faculty from eight colleges have provided over 300 sustainability courses influencing more than 5,100 UTRGV students. The Office for Sustainability (OFS) has managed this initiative in coordination with the Office of the Provost for Academic Affairs. Click here to learn more. 

Through this exciting collaboration, UTRGV will extend invitations to participate in the program here in south Texas to our global partners, our peer Texas institutions, and neighbors on both sides of the Border.  UTRGV Faculty will continue to be encouraged to also participate to infuse sustainable development in existing programs or to develop new curriculum using sustainable development concepts.  OFS will continue to recruit nationally recognized trainers and utilize our local faculty talent in providing coaching to participants. 

Click the image below to access the ICSAC 2017 Conference Report. 

Link to ICSAC Report 2017 Page

For more information about AASHE's program, please contact Dr. Daita Serghi, Education Programs Manager, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, at or (888)347-9997 ext. 124.   For more information or questions about the program at UTRGV, please contact the Office for Sustainability at 956-665-3030 or