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Sustainability Teaching Fellows

This program is currently on hold. Please contact Sally DeLeon at for questions or ideas about other ways to involve faculty members in sustainability.

The Sustainability Teaching Fellows program (formerly the Chesapeake Project) is a two-day workshop and learning community where faculty from across the disciplines learn about sustainability and explore unique opportunities to integrate it into their existing courses.

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  • Faculty from all colleges and schools receive stipends to attend and update courses to include sustainability content
  • Faculty learning community meets to continue dialogue on sustainability throughout the year


The Sustainability Teaching Fellows is an initiative to integrate sustainability across the curriculum of the University of Maryland. Central to the program is a two-day workshop where participants learn about core concepts of environmental, economic, and social sustainability and explore unique ways of integrating sustainability into their existing courses across all academic disciplines.

Through these revised courses, students have the opportunity to explore sustainability through artistic, cultural, historical, mathematical, philosophical, and scientific lenses to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. For instance, an art professor might lead a class discussion about sustainable materials and a math professor might frame math problems as they relate to the declining oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay. This integration helps students think critically about their local environment, fosters interdisciplinary learning and problem solving, and prepares students to find solutions to complex 21st-century problems.

UMD faculty members have participated since the inaugural workshop in 2009
of UMD's School and Colleges are represented by the Fellow workshop alumni
courses were reviewed during the workshops to include sustainability content

Program Partners

The Sustainability Teaching Fellows program is an initiative of the Office of Sustainability with support from numerous academic sponsors. Many thanks to the following people, colleges, schools, and organizations whose generous support make this program possible:

  • Global Sustainability Initiative
  • Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
  • Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Information Studies
  • College of Journalism
  • College of Undergraduate Studies
  • Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Public Policy
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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