P414: EPA model program in sustainability: The institute for green and sustainable science summer program
The Institute for Green and Sustainable Science (IGSS) is a research, education, and outreach center engaging in the study of sustainability issues, particularly in ecology, green chemistry, and energy science. IGSS is sponsored by and located on the campus of Marian University, Indianapolis. Annually, IGSS conducts an intensive, seven-week IGSS Summer Program for college students (and now science teachers) taught by Marian University science faculty. The IGSS Summer Program contains an innovative curricular component, a research/project component, and a community outreach symposium. The innovative curricular component utilizes team-taught faculty lectures, participant-led presentations, participant-designed case studies, as well as visiting speakers from local organizations engaged in environmental sustainability activities. The key scientific content includes green chemistry, energy science, climate science, and ecology. The IGSS Summer Program’s unique and interdisciplinary approach to sustainability education was designed to serve as a model program to accomplish EPA priorities in both the environment and in environmental education. The practices, methods, and techniques utilized within the IGSS Summer Program can be replicated in a variety of university settings. The pedagogical design is flexible and can be tailored by the replicating institution to the unique strengths and interests of current faculty, specific university resources, and existing relationships to allow for the creation of a personalized and locally relevant program. This presentation will cover the pedagogical design (including the role of green chemistry), the impact of the program, and how the various aspects of IGSS Summer Program are replicable.