The Chesapeake Project is an initiative to integrate sustainability across the curriculum of the University of Maryland. Central to the project is a two-day workshop where participants learn about core concepts of environmental, economic, and social sustainability and explore unique ways of integrating sustainability into their existing courses across all academic disciplines.
Through these revised courses, students have the opportunity to explore sustainability through artistic, cultural, historical, mathematical, philosophical, and scientific lenses to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. For instance, an art professor might lead a class discussion about sustainable materials and a math professor might frame math problems as they relate to the declining oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay. This integration across the disciplines helps students think critically about their local environment, fosters interdisciplinary learning and problem solving, and prepares students to find solutions to complex 21st century problems.
The name of this initiative, the Chesapeake Project, represents two ideas: (1) that the University of Maryland is joining a network of other colleges and universities that are making strides to integrate sustainability across their own curricula (ex. the Piedmont Project at Emory U., the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona U., etc.) and (2) that Maryland faculty will use ecological, social, and economic examples from around the Chesapeake region to help our students see the connection between curriculum and place.
The next Chesapeake Project Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, and Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. Participants will not meet as a group on the 22nd but will have reading assignments that day. The first day of the workshop (May 21) will be hosted at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters in Annapolis, MD. The second day of the workshop (May 23) will be hosted in the new (LEED-Gold) Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus. See the schedule and location of the workshop and apply now!
The Chesapeake Project is an initiative of the Office of Sustainability. The workshop and faculty learning community are facilitated by Bruce James (Professor and Director, Environmental Science and Policy), Rachelle Sampson (Associate Professor, Logistics, Business, and Public Policy), and Mark Stewart (Manager, Office of Sustainability). Bruce and Rachelle are both on sabbatical this year so Jen Shaffer (Asst. Professor, Athropology) has graciously offered to help facilitate the 2013 workshop.
The Office of Sustainability would like to thank the following people, colleges, schools, and organizations whose generous support make the Chesapeake Project possible: