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To provide opportunities for faculty to come together to share and develop ideas, the Office of the Provost supports Faculty Learning Communities from across the University of Richmond’s five schools. Each Faculty Learning Community (FLC) encourages interdisciplinary engagement with projects that are germane to the institution’s mission and the greater good of the University, the City of Richmond, the nation, and the world.

FLC cohorts engage in collaborative year-long projects that reflect the breadth and depth of UR faculty and staff commitment to both producing and expanding the frontiers of knowledge and education for the common good.

Environmental Stewardship in a Changing World: Facilitating Environmental Literacy at the University of Richmond

Description

The University of Richmond’s (UR) Strategic Plan’s Vision Statement reads, “The University will be a leader in higher education, preparing students to contribute to, and succeed in, a complex world; producing knowledge to address the world’s problems; and modeling the way that colleges and universities can effectively meet the challenges of our time.” Scholars who study the environment overwhelmingly recognize climate change as the greatest challenge of the times, and universities are critically important to increasing awareness of climate change and to modeling how students might mitigate and adapt to this challenge. The University of Richmond’s fifth value, stewardship in a changing world, seeks to, “...further weave responsible environmental stewardship into the fabric of the University.” This FLC responds directly to the University’s new vision and values by defining environmental stewardship and strategizing ways to incorporate this value more deeply through our university.

Coordinator

David Salisbury (Geography and the Environment)

Todd Lookingbill (Biology; Geography and the Environment)

Participants

Del McWhorter (WGSS; Philosophy)

Tim Hamilton (Economics)

Joyce Van der Laan Smith (Accounting)

Chris von Rueden (Leadership Studies)

Noah Sachs (Law)

David Kitchen (School of Professional and Continuing Studies)

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