Western curricula and research support social, economic, and environmental sustainability through diverse perspectives.
Goal #1: Western’s curricula provide all students opportunities to nurture and create the conditions for a thriving society, economy, and environment (SEE).
- Increase enrollment to 50 students by 2022 in the Sustainability Studies minor.
- Every major has curricular options that include sustainability content by 2020.
- Identify and promote opportunities for engaged learning in the area of sustainability by 2020.
- Expand sustainability related student research opportunities [Independent Study Projects (ISP)] to all interested students by 2020.
Goal #2: Western supports scholarship and teaching that contribute to the understanding and promotion of sustainability.
- Commit resources to promote Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) by 2020.
- Provide funding for three (3) faculty and staff across disciplines to attend conferences that promote sustainability beginning 2018.
- Establish internal funding for sustainability research starting summer 2019.
Goal #3: Western recruits and retains faculty and staff who focus on sustainability.
- Maintain annual funding of a total of $10K for up to ten (10) Sustainability Fellows.
- Create a tenure-track faculty line devoted to sustainability by next biennium (2019-2021).
- Increase faculty capacity to offer sustainability-related curriculum by 2019.
Goal #4: Western is home to an Institute for Sustainability (IS).
- Develop a 5-year strategic plan for the IS by 2019.
- Begin fundraising campaign for IS in 2019