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.

Our challenge is to give students a toolbox for developing a sense of place and an ingrained motivation for using these tools that they will carry with them wherever they go in the future.

Amy Snover, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group