5 hours of Professional Development
3 hours Face to Face,
Facilitated by Anouchka Rachelson
Miami Dade College has shown its commitment
to environmental sustainability since Dr. Padrón signed the Talloires
Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability
and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and
outreach at the college, in 2006. Since then, many Earth Ethics
Institute workshops focusing on various aspects of sustainability
content and pedagogy have prepared faculty to infuse their curricula
accordingly. This is important because the workplace of the 21st
Century needs professionals who are aware of the many environmental,
economic, and social challenges we face in a globalized world. Whether
our graduates will work for small or medium enterprises or
multinational companies, they will need to be increasingly competent
regarding sustainable development across every sector. Our faculty can
assist students gain this awareness and develop the necessary
competencies. This workshop will help faculty learn how every
individual regardless of the professional field can make a meaningful
contribution to sustainability by improving general and specific
This workshop will introduce seven
sustainability competences that can help professionals make a
meaningful contribution to environmental sustainability and the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As a result of successfully completing this workshop, participants
will be able to:
Describe seven sustainability competences for best practice in a work
Explain how professionals in their discipline can contribute to
Specify their present level of sustainability competence and define
their ambition level.
Describe how sustainability competences can be used as a teaching tool
in various disciplines.
Create an activity that connects at least one of the sustainability
competences to their curriculum and/or professional field.
As a result of participating in this
workshop, I can:
describe seven sustainability competences for
best practice in a work setting.
explain how professionals in their discipline
can contribute to sustainable development.
specify my present level of sustainability
competence and define my ambition level.
describe how sustainability competences can be
used as a teaching tool in various disciplines.
create an activity that connects at least one
of the sustainability competences to my curriculum and/or professional
Evaluation will include completion of workshop
and development of a discipline-specific course module or lesson plan
addressing global sustainability. The lesson plan is due to the Earth
Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop and will be posted
on the EEI website.
Dr. Anouchka Rachelson is a professor in the department of World
Languages at the Kendall Campus and has served on the Earth Ethics
Institute Council since 2006. She has published articles in
The Journal of Sustainability
Education and regularly incorporates sustainability issues in her
curriculum. Dr. Rachelson has facilitated two graduate courses and
several CT&D/CIOL workshops focusing on sustainability education for MDC
faculty and has been instrumental in implementing the College’s Global
Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) program. In her
dissertation (2010), Professor Rachelson analyzed the attitudes,
beliefs, and practices of community college faculty with respect to
sustainable development. In 2015, she was honored to receive the Dr.
Eduardo Padrón Endowed Teaching Chair Award. She recently co-authored
the book The Seven Competences of
the Sustainability Professional – Developing Best Practice in a Work
Setting (Routledge, 2018) with Dr. Niko Roorda, a researcher and
sustainability consultant from the Netherlands.