Taylor’s University’s long term goal is to integrate formal teaching mission and informal teaching opportunities to develop understanding, attitudes and habits that promote sustainability. In our formal education, we can do much more to ensure that students have taken classes that provide them with a refined understanding of sustainability, and a basic set of skills with which to tackle these complex issues.

In the classroom, sustainability has a broad meaning that touches a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches. It is a big-tent concept that embraces the ideas of financial security, social and environmental responsibility. Education for sustainability is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved corporate citizenship having the creative problem solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. These actions will help ensure an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future. Education for sustainability, then, provides students with a sense of environmental and social citizenship and with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively for sustainability. Achieving this goal requires that students encounter the key concepts of sustainability multiple times throughout their education, and in a variety of venues. Courses that focus on sustainability should not be limited to a few programs but rather, they can and should be taught across all Academic Schools. However, learning does not stop when students leave their classroom. It also takes place in external Community outreach activities, guest lectures, campus events and research experiences.”