U of T Sustainability Pathways are clusters of courses and co-curricular activities with a common theme of sustainability that allow students to explore sustainability from various disciplinary, methodological, and practical perspectives. We aim to develop and offer these curricular and co-curricular pathways to all undergraduate students to provide each student with the opportunity to incorporate sustainability learning into their program, regardless of the degree program they are in, and to develop cross-cutting interdisciplinary skills.
With the sustainability curricular pathways at its core, U of T has developed a three-tiered framework:
Sustainability Scholar – Student completes a Certificate or Minor in sustainability (recorded on transcript)
Sustainability Leader – Currently in development. Student completes Citizen and Scholar requirements, and adds an experiential learning/capstone activity
Sustainability U Framework
The Framework is to encourage students to incorporate sustainability learning in their curricular and extracurricular activities on a voluntary basis. Recognitions are made on their transcripts (for Sustainability Scholar), Co-Curricular Record (for Sustainability Citizen), or both (Sustainability Leader).
The Sustainability Citizen Program allows students to receive official recognition for their sustainability-related extracurricular activities. The Program is being run in partnership with the Sustainability Offices at the three campuses (UTSG, UTM, UTSC). These Sustainability Offices will validate the activities of their respective students. Students can enroll in this program on CLNx. For further details, please visit: Sustainability Citizen Program – Sustainability (utoronto.ca).
The Sustainability Scholar program has been underway across five divisions led by current or former CECCS members:
- Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design – Certificate in Sustainability of the Built Environment
- Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering – Sustainable Energy Minor and Environmental Engineering Minor
- Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS) – Certificate in Sustainability
- University of Toronto Scarborough – Certificate in Sustainability
- University of Toronto Mississauga – Certificate in Sustainability (to be launched in 2024)
We expect to expand the Sustainability Scholar program to other divisions and graduate students.
The Sustainability Leader Program is currently being developed. It will give recognition to the students who complete the Scholar and Citizen Programs plus an added experiential learning/capstone activity. Stay tuned for further details!