Integrating Sustainability - Faculty Call for Participation

Interested in greening your syllabus? Penn's Office of Sustainability wants to help. Faculty proposals are now being accepted through February 28. See below for more details.

Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Your Coursework

Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0, our roadmap for institutional sustainability, includes focused support for faculty interested in teaching or researching topics of environmental sustainability. Now in its 6th year, the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) program provides paid summer interns to assist faculty in integrating sustainability into new or existing courses.  Faculty work with an undergraduate research assistant, selected through a competitive process, over eight weeks of the summer to update course content, adjust syllabi, revise reading lists, and create presentations to include environmental sustainability issues.

Over the past four summers, the ISAC program has supported faculty in a diverse array of disciplines, including architecture, law, biology, engineering, urban planning, and Germanic languages.  Faculty participants have reported an extremely high-quality work and have been delighted by their students’ productivity and enthusiasm.  Since 2012, 35 faculty and 18 students have collaborated to infuse principles of sustainability into 33 courses.


What's Involved

To participate in this transformational academic experience, please review the Call for Faculty Proposals posted on the Green Campus Partnership website. Madeline Schuh in Penn’s Sustainability Office ( can answer questions about ISAC or connect you with a faculty member who has participated in the past.


How to Apply

If you decide to apply, submit a one-page proposal by Friday, February 24, 2017 that

  • describes the existing or proposed course;
  • indicates the reason for integrating or enhancing sustainability in the course; and
  • includes a brief work plan for a student research assistant.
Program Requirements

If accepted into ISAC 2017, requirements for participation include:

  • participation in a one-day workshop for faculty in early May; and 
  • supervise a student research assistant working 20 hours a week for eight weeks over the summer of 2017.

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