Sustainability Attributes

Students graduating with a sustainability background from UBC should have a firm grounding in, and be able to demonstrate, the following four key attributes: Holistic Systems Thinking, Sustainability Knowledge, Acting for Positive Change, and Awareness and Integration.

We recognize that a range of innovative pedagogies is critically important to ensure best practices in teaching and learning and we strongly encourage program developers to explore these options in their curriculum development. Providing multiple perspectives of sustainability should provide a holistic view to challenge students to remember, reflect and critique sustainability content, as well as to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply solutions to solve existing problems.

For each of the following four attributes, developed and described by the USI Teaching and Learning Fellows, we provide the attribute concept, example learning objectives, from UBC and beyond, as well as some potential assessment tools which could be used to help develop, and then assess students understanding of these key sustainability concepts.