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THE PONDEROSA PROJECT

AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY



THE PONDEROSA PROJECT


The Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an interdisciplinary faculty group effort to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into university courses with the ultimate goal of providing future citizens the education and skills necessary to achieve sustainable communities and societies. Environmental sustainability is defined as the wise and just use of natural resources to maintain Earth's natural cycles while meeting human basic needs and protecting resources for future generations.

THE PONDEROSA GROUP

The Ponderosa Group consists of NAU faculty members from various disciplines who share a common vision of education for environmental sustainability. Participants in the Ponderosa Group have attended an intensive three-day training workshop in which they learned about environmental issues and how to incorporate such issues into course materials. After their training, participants revised syllabi for selected courses to include environment-oriented content. The Ponderosa Group meets regularly throughout the academic year in support of this "greening" of the curriculum project.

ABOUT THE PONDEROSA GROUP

  • Philosophy
  • Goals
  • Members
  • Course Syllabi
  • Newsletter
  • RESOURCES AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • Environmental Communication Resource Center (ECRC)
  • Northern Arizona Environmental Resource Center
  • Second Nature
  • The Natural Step
  • PHILOSOPHY

    The Ponderosa Group recognizes that environmental issues such as overpopulation, resource depletion and pollution transcend traditional discipline boundaries with physical, political, organizational, social and cultural implications that impact all humans and other species. The Ponderosa Project operates on the premise that since environmental issues are relevant to many disciplines, the best way to educate students is to include environmental perspectives in the content material presented in a variety of subjects. This overall "greening of the curriculum" has the potential for educating wide numbers of students with recurring themes of environmental sustainability as related to all disciplines.

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    GOALS

    GOAL 1: Educate and empower faculty in an interdisciplinary effort

    GOAL 2: "Green the Curriculum" so that the theme of environmental sustainability is introduced and reinforced throughout students' educational experiences

    GOAL 3: Educate students in all courses of study about the implications of environmental sustainability in their chosen careers

    GOAL 4: Empower students with the tools they can take into future leadership roles (knowledge, problem-solving techniques, desire to make a difference)

    GOAL 5: Introduce environmental sustainability issues to our own campus and apply our knowledge toward campus stewardship

    GOAL 6: Work within our communities at various levels (city, county, state, region, nation, and international) whenever possible to encourage and achieve environmental sustainability

    GOAL 7: Provide resource materials to achieve the above goals



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    Last update, September 18, 1998