Sustainability Education Community of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are technical working groups open to individuals from GCSE Members that support and amplify education, research, and analysis from higher education institutions to advance the use of science in environmental decision-making across all levels of government. Learn more.

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  • We support and advance efforts to implement a shared reference framework of key competencies in sustainability as a guideline for program development in higher education. 

    • In this work, equity, inclusion, diversity, justice, and access are fundamental to our objectives of sustained learning, action, and accountability. We focus on collaboration, dialogue, and resources to support context-specific sustainability education initiatives at a range of institutions in order to generate global impact.

  • Identify the core sustainability competencies and student learning outcomes.

Meeting Times

GCSE Sustainability Education Community of Practice Meetings take place virtually every third Wednesday of from 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, which includes a one-hour meeting with thirty minutes for networking and informal conversation. 

*NOTE: The December meeting has been moved to MONDAY, December 18 at 3:00-4:00 pm EST.

Current Projects


In partnership with Arizona State University and support from the Mitchell Foundation, GCSE is exploring accreditation for sustainability and sustainability-related programs in higher education. Learn more about the components of this initiative here.





cover page of proposal statementPublic Input Process: Proposal Statement on Key Competencies in Sustainability

The Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE) facilitated a public input process on the shared reference framework on key competencies in sustainability to inform learning objectives for sustainability and sustainability-related programs in higher education. The public input process was supported through a research study to ensure systematic and transparent analysis of feedback to refine the GCSE Proposal Statement on Key Competencies in Sustainability. The research was conducted by Jordan King and Katja Brundiers of the GCSE Sustainability Education Community of Practice and Arizona State University. We collected feedback from a diverse audience including higher education administrators, staff, faculty, students, as well as employers in the field of sustainability. 

If you are interested in reviewing the Proposal Statement on Key Competencies in Sustainability, please click here. This statement will be revised in response to the 2023 public input process. 


Upcoming events:

Recent Meetings

  • [Past] Sustainability Education Spring Roundtable entitled, Workforce Perspectives on Accreditation for Sustainability Programs in Higher Education
    • Roundtable 1: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 11:00 - 12:00 pm EDT
    • Roundtable 2: Tuesday, March 22, 2023 at 5:00 - 6:00 pm EDT
  • [Past] Sustainability Education Fall Roundtable
    • Roundtable 1: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5:00 - 6:00 pm EDT

    • Roundtable 2: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT


    • Rod Parnell, GCSE Senior Fellow

    • Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University 


    Watch this page for resources and opportunities to get involved. Contact Krista Hiser, Senior Lead for Sustainability Education, at for more information.