Sustainability PLUS Conversion Awards

Funded by the Green Fee

About the Awards

The Office of Sustainability, the Sanger Learning Center (SLC), and the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags are pleased to offer four awards for proposed course conversions that support the sustainability* content of an existing course through Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS).

The PLUS program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning by providing a framework for peer course support that requires only a minimal time commitment from the instructor. Since 2003, PLUS has successfully optimized UT undergraduate courses by providing training and other resources to volunteer study group leaders, who facilitate discussions and practice sessions related to course content. In addition, each PLUS-supported course features one Senior Preceptor who, under the guidance and support of the SLC, oversees student-led study groups and other course-related activities. To be eligible for a PLUS award, the proposed PLUS conversion must focus on sustainability-related issues. It may also feature campus field trips, lectures and events, data-collection, community service projects, etc. Courses may cover a wide array of sustainability topics but must meet the requirements for one or more Flags. Courses that already carry one or more flags are eligible for consideration.

*Sustainability is commonly understood to require a balanced pursuit of ecological health, social equity, and economic welfare. The pursuit of sustainability is grounded in an ethical commitment to the well-being of not only current populations, but also future generations. The concept of sustainability is broadly applicable to courses across the curriculum including topics such as environmental ethics, climate science, resource management, energy efficiency and technology, transportation and planning, as well as courses that speak to the history and philosophy of environmentalism, environmental health, environmental arts and performance, economic development, social justice, communication and psychology.

Submission Guidelines

Applications may come from any academic unit on campus. All interested faculty members should complete the online course conversion award application and relevant Flag proposals by January 15, 2015.