Curriculum for the Bioregion
Healthy ecological and human communities and a sustainable future world-wide are the greatest challenges facing humanity. We urgently need citizens who not only understand sustainability concepts and practices but are motivated to use them. A key leverage point for creating this kind of understanding and citizenship is the college classroom.
– from the Curriculum for the Bioregion Mission and Working Principles
Curriculum for the Bioregion is an initiative of the Washington Center that aims to prepare undergraduates to live in a world where the complex issues of environmental equality, community health and well-being, environmental justice, and sustainability are paramount.
We see "curriculum for the bioregion" not as a single, add-on course. Rather, we envision a collection of teaching approaches that could be used in existing courses and that engage students with the issues facing the bioregion. We also envision a community of faculty and staff engaging students in bioregional learning with those people and organizations working on solutions.
To reach large numbers of students, the Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative is enabling college faculty to build sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a wide array of undergraduate courses.