Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC)
Penn’s Green Campus Partnership is now accepting student applications to the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum’s (ISAC) Undergraduate Student Research Internships. The Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program is an 8-week summer program that teams undergraduates with faculty who are taking part in a Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Workshop in order to revise or develop a new course that incorporates sustainability as a theme in the course. Each student will be teamed with two faculty members and will work with them to help to develop their courses in a meaningful way. This may involve, but is not limited to, researching material for the course, developing new assignments, and compiling course reading lists. Throughout the summer each student research intern will be expected to:
- Work closely with the faculty members to whom they are assigned on the development of their courses.
- Actively participate in three mini workshops with other student research interns.
- Present their course development in a poster session at the end of the summer.
The Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program is a key component of the Green Campus Partnership’s ongoing efforts to encourage the entire University community to educate themselves on the critical issues of sustainability. This program is also aligned with the University’s Climate Action Plan.
The Undergraduate Research Internships within the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program are considered equivalent to a full-time job (35-40 hours a week). Interns will be paid $11 hour. The internship is eight weeks long beginning June 1st.
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Applicants will be notified by March 22nd, 2013.
HOW TO APPLY
Send the following as PDFs to with “ISAC” in the subject line.
- Transcript (need not be official)
- 1-2 page statement of interest in the internship position and your preference in two of the following courses, including the reasons why you’d be a good choice to support these classes:
- Sustainability in Practice (Mark Hughes and Leslie Billhymer, PennDesign) The focus of this course is on the interaction of policy and design residing in the footprint of PennDesign and its academic programs (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, and Urban Spatial Analysis).
- URBS 417 – Cities & Sustainability (Ariel Ben-Amos)
Cities and Sustainability endeavors to expose students to the methods of implementing environmentally sustainable policies in big cities across the United States. The course also reviews issues relating to sustainable development and transportation policy as well agency management.
- Principles of Sustainability Science (Alain Plante)
The objective is to develop a new course to provide an in-depth analysis of the foundational concepts, principles, processes and practices of sustainability science. The course will explore three foundational laws governing sustainability: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, and the law of self-organization. Students will examine how these laws operate at various spatial and temporal scales in biological, ecological, and physical systems, and will then apply them to social, economic and political systems
- EAS 301-505 – Climate Policy & Technology (Andrew Huemmler)
The goal of the course is to have students appreciate technologies available and the scale of implementation required to effectively address the climate problem. In addition, requisite governmental policies to advance and implement these technologies are addressed. These range from encouraging behavioral change, to a carbon tax or cap & trade, to increased R&D funding. Local, regional, national, and international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also reviewed