Fostering an Ethic of Place

Higher education must lead the way in preparing learners for citizenship in a world where the complex issues of sustainability—environmental quality, community health and wellbeing, and social equity and justice—are paramount.

Curriculum for the Bioregion engages faculty communities in exploring these issues and in building sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a broad array of courses and disciplines. An initiative of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, we bring together faculty and staff as well as students, experts, and community leaders throughout Washington State to strengthen sustainability education.

We need a new ethic of place, one that has room for salmon and skyscrapers, suburbs and wilderness, Mount Rainier and the Space Needle, one grounded in history.

Matthew Klingle