What is the role of schools of education in the face of global environmental challenges?
The Teachers College Initiative for Sustainability Futures (formerly the Teachers College Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education) aims to address this question through research, professional development, and public engagement. Launched in 2015, with support from the Provost’s Investment Fund, the Initiative for Sustainability Futures serves as a social infrastructure that connects community members - faculty, students, and staff from across the College who are interested in sustainability - and bind them together. We champion people’s right to have access to Environmental and Sustainability Education, an interdisciplinary pedagogical movement that examines the interactions between environmental, social, health, and economic issues that together promote the long-term health of complex living systems.
Addressing global sustainability challenges, such as climate change, requires 'all-hands-on-deck’ approach. Our governance and leadership structure ensure that we engage different stakeholders within and outside Teachers College.
Faculty Affiliates include Teachers College professors who already engage with sustainability or who are committed to promote the issue through research, teaching, and service. We invite faculty members to apply for an Affiliate status for two years.
Sustainability Liaisons include Teachers College community members who are committed to promote the sustainability in their respective unit.
Leire Agirreazkuenaga (Spring 2020)
Thabile Zondi (Spring 2020)
Mustafa Öztürk (2016/2017)
Michael Gruenling, Zankel Fellow, 2019/2020
Melissa Mitchem, Zankel Fellow, 2018/2019
Raquel Vigil, Zankel Fellow, 2018/2019
Erika Kessler, Zankel Fellow, 2017/2018
Alexandra Da Dalt
Jessica Michel Ostrow