Fall 2019 General Issue: Designing New Frameworks


The articles in this general issue discuss many frameworks for sustainability education, from competitions designed to engage students to the built environment for learning to theoretical rubrics applied to community food systems.  Several articles address the mental models we hold that may foster or inhibit becoming more sustainable.  These frameworks collectively advance the tools we might employ to create and measure community transformation.  

Case Studies

O Grows, Community-Based Food Systems, and the Sustainability Compass

Sean A. Forbes and Carey E. Andrzejewski, Auburn University, U.S.

Student-Designed Greenhouse for Sustainability Competencies

Ian Carbone, Kelly Boulton, Sarah Nathan, & Bennett Gould, Allegheny College, U.S.

Sustainability Education Case Studies: Developing a Sustainable Design Culture in Chinese Higher Education

Lam Yan Yan, Design Academy, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SCFAI). Chongqing, China, and Duan Sheng Feng, Design Academy, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China

Climate Change Junction, What’s Your Function? Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change with Community College ESL Students

Anouchka Rachelson, Miami Dade College, U.S.


Lessons from Aotearoa’s Pōhutukawa in the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and Beyond

Lewis Williams, Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience and University of Saskatchewan, Canada


The Teaching Bioshelter: A Missing Resource for Sustainability Education

Scott Stokoe, U.S.

In search of “We the People” in Light of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”

Helen Lepp Friesen, University of Winnipeg, Canada


Using sustainability education to enhance a sense of belonging and community among first-year college students

Robin A. Lewis, Brandon B. Barile, Thomas E. Drennen, & Robert Beutner, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, U.S.

Scholarly Feature

Radical hope: Transforming sustainability 

Laila M. Strazds, University of Toronto, Canada

David Selby’s Radical Approach to Sustainability Education

Sue L. T. McGregor, McGregor Consulting Group, Canada

Benefits of “Flip” Teaching Techniques in the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Classroom

Stephen Buckman (Clemson University), David Pijawka (Arizona State University), Jonathan Davis (Arizona State University), Matthew Gomez (Arizona State University), Yousuf Mahid (Arizona State University), & Adenike Opejin (Arizona State University), U.S.

Building a Foundation for Sustainable Principles: Case Studies of K-6 Green Ribbon Schools

Linda Plevyak, Sara Tamsukhin, & Randy Gibson, University of Cincinnati, U.S.

Hacking down disciplinary walls: Advancing sustainability and interprofessional competencies through a hackathon model

Rachelle Haddock, Nishan Sharma, & Rahim Kachra, University of Calgary