Brandeis' Year of Climate Action
Planning for the 2022-2023 Brandeis Year of Climate Action is currently underway. All campus community members may apply to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund for projects related to the year, and faculty may apply using the streamlined application for funding to support course development or other projects.
Please see our resources page for information about funding, faculty workshops, teaching resources and more.
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What to expect
- Climate change will be discussed in more courses than ever before. See our growing list of existing courses that will be modified to incorporate climate change on our resources page
- We will welcome a new professor of climate justice, who will co-create programming around environment and climate justice
- Additional workshops for faculty will be offered on topics including pedagogies for sustainability and climate anxiety
- The sustainability fund is enabling both the development of new directions for existing courses, such as Math 10a (Calculus I), which will use climate data to teach the principles of calculus, and the development of entirely new courses, such as "Our Local Waterways"
- In partnership with the Department of Theater Arts, Brandeis will welcome a residency with award-winning Sojourn Theater, to teach students their arts-based engagement and civic dialogue techniques focused on climate change and climate action
- Citizen science projects on sea-level rise and high tides around Boston
- And more!
- We are launching the Laura Goldin Lecture Series on Climate Change, Health and Social Justice
- We are developing action opportunities through collaborations with youth climate activists, and climate justice events featuring local climate justice leaders
- We will develop climate-oriented community service opportunities
- Integration with the Festival of the Arts, MLK Day of Service, Deis Impact, the Business of Climate Change at the Brandeis International Business School, and events coinciding with Brandeis' 75th anniversary
- And more!
About the year
In its 2020 draft climate action plan and recommendations to the president, the President's Task Force on Campus Sustainability recommended that Brandeis undertake a year-long effort to engage the entire community, including alumni, in curricular and co-curricular programming that catalyzes and deepens our understanding of climate change as a social justice issue. The focus will be to expand our dedication to tackling this urgent problem in courses, course projects, student events, guest speakers, student activism, and more.
Taking inspiration from Smith College’s Year on Climate Change (2019-2020), and the Brandeis International Business School’s Business of Climate Change Week, we will leverage the strengths of existing institutional events through partnerships with key campus stakeholders connecting with existing interest groups on campus.
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