UC Irvine Sustainability Learning Outcomes

UCI has identified campuswide learning outcomes to transform sustainability learning, moving beyond the level of exposing students to sustainability principles to a level of fully integrating sustainability learning into all areas of campus practice, campus life, and the operation of the University.  This next level of learning outcomes engages students in the application of sustainability practice and collaboration and will help move the collective value of the institution to embrace sustainability in all aspects of what we do.  This progression, building from fundamental learning outcomes to full engagement, will more fully prepare students to apply sustainability as a standard practice when they leave UCI.

Travis Huxman
Chair, UCI Faculty Task Force on Sustainability Education

 Michael Dennin
Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning

Wendell Brase
Associate Chancellor, Sustainability

Sustainability Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the fundamental environmental, social, and economic issues underlying sustainability

  • All UCI students are exposed to the broad issues that support sustainability through two required general education courses with learning outcomes that address the fundamental science and societal aspects of sustainability (GE II and GE VIII)


2. Enhance the student learning experience through the integration of sustainability principles into collaborative learning, practices, and operations

  • Recognize that significant societal challenges including health, energy, food, climate, and water, are addressed through interdisciplinary academic collaboration
  • Experience problem solving and collaboration using the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability
  • Learn to apply sustainability principles into all aspects of campus life and operations
  • Experience working together with students in converging fields to foster collaboration between disciplines to arrive at solutions


3. Deepen the learning experience associated with sustainability to align with the needs of students as they leave the University

  • Develop an ethos of sustainability from in-classroom and outside of classroom learning
  • Learn to embrace sustainability as an everyday part of student life and leadership through the collaboration of academic sustainability learning outcomes with Student Affairs leadership learning outcomes that integrate the environmental and social aspects of sustainability. To view, click here