Planetary Thinking in the Curriculum

COVID-19 Precautions: We will follow the current CDC guidelines. Face coverings will also be available at the workshop. The event space will be organized for social distancing. Participants should stay home if feeling ill.

What is the Planetary Thinking Workshop?

Planetary Thinking is a workshop led by and customized for USU faculty. It brings people together to engage in shared inquiry to creatively incorporate issues of sustainability into their teaching. The workshop also counts toward the ETE 10 Sustainable Teaching Pathway.


  1. Enable faculty to connect their teaching to one or more Sustainable Development Goal.
  2. Integrate critical problem solving with application one or more Sustainable Development Goal in student education.
  3. Become an engaged member of a cross-disciplinary community of learning focused on sustainability.

Workshop Timeline 2022

  • Nominations have closed for the 2022 workshop.
  • Applications will be accepted through March 1.
  • Applicants will be notified in the month of March.
  • The workshop is scheduled for May 9-10.

Additional resources

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Why does USU have  Planetary Thinking?

"We believe colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by providing the knowledge, research, practice, and informed graduates to create a positive and sustainable future."

American College & University Presidents Carbon Commitment

A recent piece in the Huffington post by Drew Faust, Harvard University President, and John L. Hennesey, Stanford University President, begins:

This week's UN Climate Summit calls upon people and institutions around the world to consider how they can become active leaders in combating climate change. What is the role of our colleges and universities in this effort? Those of us in the academy should be asking ourselves what more can we do to confront one of the most urgent and consequential challenges facing our civilization.

Issues of our sustainability amidst fast-approaching planetary boundaries demand our attention, inquiry, creativity, and innovation—across all disciplines. Clearly, a central part of our university’s mission is to educate informed, effective citizens of the world, and today's students will lead our society in what will be a critical era for humanity’s adaptation and societal health. How can we do more to prepare them to meet these challenges effectively? Considering that question leads back to the core of what we offer—class content and curriculum.