Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Pro-Sustainability Classroom Practices

Coordinated by the Sustainability Council, the purpose of this guide is to:

  1. Document commitment among faculty for "pro-sustainability" classroom practices; and
  2. Elicit ideas and feedback on "pro-sustainability" practices that can be shared across academic departments

In this context "pro-sustainability" refers to practices that help model an innovative and ecologically sustainable campus teaching and learning culture that takes advantage of emerging technologies and works to conserve, divert, reduce, re-use, or recycle resources in order to generate new efficiencies, decrease wastefulness, and/or to contribute to measurable cost savings.

Which academic department do you primarily teach in?
Thank you for participating!
The Sustainability Council is interested in recognizing faculty and affiliated courses that have expressed their commitment to supporting sustainable practices. In addition to sharing your name with senior leadership, the Council is developing a "digital badge" that would be added to your Course Hub page for the courses you teach. This badge would be visible to you and your students and help to promote our goals towards a sustainable campus culture.
Tell us about your familiarity with energy conservation practices:
I cannot do this (Uncommitted Practice)I hope to do this (Desired Practice)I will do it! (Inspired Practice)
Use classroom and office lighting only when necessary and turn off when exiting *
Turn off computers, projectors, and other electronic equipment when not in use, or at end of the day *
Enlist an "energy monitor" from students in your class to power down lights and technology at the end of each class *
Tell us about your familiarity with paper conservation and academic printing practices:
I cannot do this (Uncommitted Practice)I will do it! (Inspired Practice)I hope to do this (Desired Practice)
Distribute course syllabi electronically via Course Hub, Moodle, or other file sharing platform *
Upload and distribute course readings via Moodle and online Library E-reserves (ERES) *
Post electronic copies (PDFs) of handouts, slides, and course materials via Course Hub, Moodle, or other file sharing platform *
Encourage students to limit printing of uploaded e-materials (articles, readings) outside of class where possible *
Review, provide feedback, assess, and return course assignments and papers online via Moodle or other online platform *
Conduct surveys, quizzes, and tests online via Moodle or other online platform *
Permit students to use laptops and electronic devices for note-taking *
Require that paper-based assignments be printed double-sided for review *
Tell us about your familiarity with other pro-sustainability measures:
I cannot do this (Uncommitted Practice)I hope to do this (Desired Practice)I will do it! (Inspired Practice)
Encourage students to reduce their ecological footprint (e.g. recycle, re-use containers, compost) *
Model and encourage the use of re-usable water bottles, coffee mugs, and utensils *
Introduce students to environmental sustainability issues as related to your subject area *
Tell us about your favorite / must-do "pro-sustainability" teaching and learning classroom practices or approaches that you would like to share with the wider MIIS community.