Teaching Sustainability Think Tank

“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape a nation's future.” Francisco Sionil José (Photo credit: Silvia Hostettler)

The Teaching Sustainability Think Tank is a pool of EPFL teachers who are interested in furthering education for sustainability.It provides an opportunity for EPFL’s teachers to access resources, foster collaboration, learn and share teaching practices for sustainability education, and engage with the wider community in education for sustainability.
EPFL has over 140 courses related to sustainability. The teachers of these courses span all faculties in more than 10 disciplinary areas, and make up the Teaching Sustainability Think Tank.

ENV-470 Development Engineering guest lecture from RigiTech on drone logistics in the Global South (Photo credit: Silvia Hostettler 2020)

The Teaching Sustainability Workshop was held during the first EPFL Teaching Day on 14.02.2020. It developed a list of prioritized actions for integrating sustainability into education at EPFL based on the inputs of the EPFL teaching community, and was the start of the Teaching Sustainability Think Tank. Key priority actions emerging from the workshop include:

  • Embed sustainability in current courses, projects and programs.
  • Develop new courses on sustainability.
  • Develop teacher training for education for sustainability.
  • Label sustainability courses and internships.

You can find the summary of the Workshop and specific outcomes here and here.

All EPFL teachers interested in learning about embedding sustainability into teaching are invited to join us, simply contact us at: [email protected].