Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Program was established in 2012 to help Penn faculty introduce environmental sustainability into existing and new courses.  Faculty participants explore sustainability concepts at a one-day workshop in the late spring, and then are partnered with an undergraduate student research assistant to work over the summer integrating sustainability into the course syllabi, lectures, assignments, reading material, and tests.  The research assistants work 40 hours a week for eight weeks starting in June. 

The Green Campus Partnership is now soliciting proposals for faculty participation in the 2016 ISAC program. See the Call for Faculty Proposals for ISAC 2016 here. Proposals should be submitted by February 17, 2016 (deadline has been extended).  Please submit your proposal to Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planner, at sefisher@upenn.edu with ISAC Faculty Proposal in the subject line. 

To apply, submit a one-page proposal that

  • describes the existing or proposed course;
  • indicates the reason for integrating or enhancing sustainability in the course; and
  • includes a brief work plan for a student research assistant. 

Previous Years Program Information
ISAC Program 2015

Six professors and three students participated in the Summer 2015 program:

  • Legal Studies 215/815:  Environmental Management, Law and Policy (Sarah Light, Wharton)
  • HSPV 572: Preservation Through Public Policy (David Hollenberg, Historic Preservation, School of Design)
  • Chemistry 101 (Ivan J. Dmochowski, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts & Sciences)
  • CHEM 251 – Principles of Biochemistry  (Jeffrey Saven, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Dynamics 615 - Global Pennovation (Steven M. Finn, Organizational Dynamics)
  • Energy in American History (Ann Greene, History and Sociology of Science, School of Arts & Sciences)       
ISAC 2015 Posters
Chemistry 101 and CHEM 251 Dynamics 615; Energy in American History Environmental Management,
Law and Policy
; Preservation through Public Policy

 

ISAC Program 2014

Eight professors and four students participated in the Summer 2014 program:

  • Architecture in the Anthropocene (Daniel Barber, Architecture, School of Design)
  • Energy in American History (Ann Greene, History and Sociology of Science, School of Arts & Sciences)   
  • Cities & Sustainability (Ariel Ben-Amos, Urban Studies, School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Energy Systems and Policy (Andrew Huemmler, School of Engineering & Applied Science)
  • Legal Studies 215/815:  Environmental Management, Law and Policy (Sarah Light, Wharton)
  • Legal Studies 612: Responsibility in Professional Services (Sarah Light, Wharton and Eric Orts, Wharton)
  • Toward Sustainability at Penn (Dan Garofalo, Earth & Environmental Science and Penn’s Sustainability Director)
  • Microbial Fuel Cells investigation (Karen Hogan, Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences)
ISAC 2014 Posters

Cities & Sustainability;
Energy Systems and Policy

Toward Sustainability at Penn  Microbial Fuel Cells Investigation
ISAC Program 2013 

Four professors and two students participated in the Summer 2013 program:

  • Sustainability in Practice (Mark Alan Hughes and Leslie Billhymer, School of Design) 
  • Cities & Sustainability (Ariel Ben-Amos, Urban Studies, School of Arts & Sciences) 
  • Principles of Sustainability Science (Alain Plante, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Climate Policy & Technology (Andrew Huemmler, Penn Engineering) 
ISAC 2013 Posters
Sustainability in Practice;
Cities & Sustainability
Principles of Sustainability Science;
Climate Policy & Technology

Read the On College Green article about the 2013 ISAC program.

ISAC 2012 Program

Ten professors and six students participated in the ISAC 2012 program.

  • Environmental Chemistry (Marsha Lester, Chemistry) 
  • Landscape Sustainability (Doug Jerolmack, Earth and Environmental Science) 
  • Sustainable Goods (James Hagan, Earth and Environmental Science) 
  • Construction Technology 1 (Franca Trubiano, Design) 
  • Critical Approaches to Popular Culture (Felicity Paxton, Communications) 
  • Utopian Visions (Bethany Wiggin, German)
  • History of Coca to Cocaine (Ann Farnsworth, History)
  • Educating for Sustainability (Liz MacKenzie, Education)
  • Metropolitan Nature (Michael Nairn, Urban Studies) 
  • Introduction to Economics (Rebecca Stein, Economics) 

Student research assistants prepared poster presentations at the end of the program.

Summer 2012 ISAC Student Posters
Critical Approaches to Popular Culture;
Sustainable Goods
Construction Technology I;
Metropolitan Nature
Environmental Chemistry;
Landscape Sustainability
Introduction to MicroEconomics

Read the On College Green article about the ISAC 2012 Program.