The Future of Sustainability Education at North American Universities

Edited by Naomi Krogman
With Apryl Bergstrom
Foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy
Categories: Education, Higher Education, Environmental & Nature Studies, Environmental Protection & Preservation, Climate Change, Political Science, Public & Social Policy, The Natural World, Science, Technology & Society, Science, Social Sciences, Social Movements & Activism
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Paperback : 9781772126303, 264 pages, December 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781772126662, 272 pages, February 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9781772126679, 272 pages, February 2023


“Collectively, we face the most urgent environmental justice issue of all time in climate change and biodiversity loss. The unique contributions of this book…allow the reader to imagine the dynamic role universities can play in holding up a mirror to existing sustainability challenges and in providing a roadmap for positive change.” Thomas E. Lovejoy, from the Foreword

Table of contents

Foreword / Thomas E. Lovejoy
Introduction / Naomi Krogman

1 Charting the Landscape 1
An Overview of Sustainability Education in Canadian and US Higher Education / Apryl Bergstrom

I | Administrator Point of View
2 Sustainability Thinking: A View from the “Dark Side” / Roger Epp
3 Sustainability Scholarship and Education: Opportunities and Strategies for Success / Christopher G. Boone
4 How Trends in Public Higher Education Can Support Sustainability Education and Research / Robert H. Jones

II | Skill Sets or Research Capabilities Needed for Sustainability Education
5 Sustainability Education at US and Canadian Tribal Colleges: Its Goals and Implementations, and the Role of Mathematics / Robert E. Megginson
6 Innovation: Connecting Markets and Money / Vicky J. Sharpe
7 Sustainability and Decision / Thomas Dietz

III | Focusing Sustainability Education on Problem-Based Learning
8 Overcoming the Terrors of the Either/Or / Ann Dale
9 Sustainability Education: A Dance Between Knowledge and Experience / Shirley M. Malcom

IV | Cultivating Civic-Mindedness, Deliberative Dialogue, and Pathways toward the Public Good
10 Cultivating Courage in an Increasingly Complex, Divided World / Toddi A. Steelman
11 Education for Regeneration / Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins

V | Unique Perspectives from Professor and Student
12 Education for Sustainability: An Ecological Citizenship Approach in a Neoliberal Age / Allison F.W. Goebel
13 Sustainability Pedagogy: Keeping Up with Millennials and Generation Z / Kourosh Houshmand

Conclusion / Naomi Krogman



This collection explores sustainability education in the North American academy. The authors advocate for a more integrated approach to teaching sustainability in order to help students address the most pressing problems of the world, embrace experimentation, and foster more meaningful involvement with the communities in which universities are located. Throughout, they remain focussed on identifying opportunities for sustainability in higher education and suggesting specific strategies and tactics to achieve them. Recommendations include pedagogical and structural changes aimed at helping students understand the systems in which they can advance sustainability. This timely volume will be of interest to scholars, academic leaders, policy makers, societal partners in research, and private-sector leaders interested in advancing the sustainability agenda.

Contributors: Apryl Bergstrom, Christopher G. Boone, Ann Dale, Thomas Dietz, Roger Epp, Allison F.W. Goebel, Kourosh Houshmand, Robert H. Jones, Naomi Krogman, Shirley M. Malcom, Robert E. Megginson, Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins, Vicky J. Sharpe, Toddi A. Steelman