Sustainability Teaching Fellows

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.

  • 211 UMD faculty members have participated since the inaugural workshop in 2009 and integrated sustainability into courses in all 13 colleges/schools.
  • More than 200 courses have been revised to include sustainability
  • A faculty learning community meets throughout the year to continue dialogue on sustainability


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 across the disciplines 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.

When is the next workshop?

Dates to be announced

Who organizes this?

The Sustainability Teaching Fellows program is an initiative of the Office of Sustainability with support from several 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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Global Sustainability Initiative logo
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Staff of Chesapeake project
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Staff member giving a presentation