On August 18 and 19, the University of Utah hosted its first Wasatch Experience: Teaching Sustainability program workshop. The program is dedicated to enhancing environment and resource education and spreading the word to many different departments on campus. Faculty members from more than a dozen departments attended, including professors in social work, nutrition, languages and literature, geology, philosophy, ethnic studies, and many more. Speakers at the workshop included: Ruth Watkins, senior vice president for Academic Affairs; Amy Wildermuth, interim chief sustainability officer; Myron Willson, director of the Sustainability Resource Center; Dan McCool, director of the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program; David Chapman, professor emeritus; Tariq Banuri, professor of Economics; Brenda Bowen, associate director of the Global Change & Sustainability Center; and many others.
Mercedes Ward leads the workshop in an exercise to find commonalities in sustainability definitions.
Amy Wildermuth, interim chief sustainability officer at the University of Utah, (left) looks on while a panel answers questions about perspectives on teaching sustainability. Panel members include, from left to right, Rick Forster, associate dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Science; Sylvia Torti, dean of the Honors College, and David Chapman, professor emeritus and former dean of the Graduate School.
From left, professors Steve Burian, Stephen Goldsmith, Lincoln Davies, and emeritus David Chapman listen to Sr. VP Ruth Watkins during a lunchtime chat.
Dr. David Chapman speaks with Drs. Lindsey Nesbitt and Elizabeth Archuleta at the Wasatch Experience workshop.
Workshop participants represented many different departments at the University of Utah.
Sr. VP Ruth Watkins discusses educational opportunities in sustainability at the U and how the attendees of the workshop are leading the way.