S-D9 Sustainability Education at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Ongoing Research

The symposium will present the state of the art in competencies and professional skill development for sustainability. Emphasis will be placed on the Wiek et al. (2011) key sustainability competencies framework and how these competencies can be operationalized in higher education curricula; the National Council on Science and Environment study on sustainability degree program learning outcomes (NCSE), the development by the International Society for Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) of a professional sustainability certification, and the latest research on implementing interdisciplinary research and teaching in higher education.

The symposium also serves to introduce attendees to the following workshop on the same topic. The overarching goal of both the workshop and the symposium is to provide an opportunity to inform advances in sustainability education at the food-water-energy nexus.

Moderator: Seaton Tarrant, University of Florida


  • Shirley Vincent, Director, Center for Environmental Education Research, National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Arnim Wiek, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Maureen Hart, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Deana Pennington, University of Texas, El Paso

Shirley Vincent is Director of the Center for Environmental Education Research at the National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Vincent leads the education research program and the related academic consulting program. The research program conducts landmark longitudinal studies of U.S. interdisciplinary environmental, sustainability, and energy (IESE) education and research programs. She is the author of a number of reports and scholarly articles on interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education, and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability education topics. 918-629-5143 sgvincent@ncseonline.org

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