Higher education must lead the way in preparing learners for citizenship in a world where the complex issues of sustainability—environmental quality, community health and wellbeing, and social equity and justice—are paramount.
Curriculum for the Bioregion engages faculty communities in exploring these issues and in building sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a broad array of courses and disciplines. An initiative that is embedded within Western Washington University’s Academic Program in Sustainability, we bring together faculty and staff as well as students, experts, and community leaders throughout Washington State to strengthen sustainability education.
And because a community is, by definition, placed, its success cannot be divided from the success of its place…its soils, forests, grasslands, plants and animals, water, light, and air. The two economies, the natural and the human, support each other; each as the other’s hope of a durable and a livable life.
– Wendell Berry, farmer, poet