International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ICSAC)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) works in partnership with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to host an intensive two-day faculty development program entitled the International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ICSAC) Conference. Growing out of our university’s successful Project Sin Fronteras, the program has a common goal that brings together faculty from all fields, allowing for an exchange of ideas nurturing an enriching collaborative atmosphere. This interdisciplinary exercise helps faculty to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems, or solutions into new or existing courses. Drawn from experienced faculty and professionals on issues of sustainability, environment, and curriculum, these instructional materials, activities, and presentations will support the education for sustainable development in higher education. 

Participants will:

  • Use sustainability concepts as overlays to reorient content.
  • Define transdisciplinary outcomes
  • Develop experiential instructional approaches
  • Create a course sequence that unfolds as a narrative, bringing learners through a process of engagement, deep inquiry, decision-making, and positive action.
  • Apply a “backwards design” process to align outcomes, instruction and assessment.
  • Share insights with peers within and across disciplines.   


The conference is made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Office for Global Engagement, and the Office of the Provost- Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.