How do we foster in college students the cognitive complexity, ethical development, and personal resolve that are required for living in this "sustainability century"? Tackling these complex and highly interdependent problems requires nuanced interdisciplinary understandings, collective endeavors, systemic solutions, and profound cultural shifts. Contributors in this book present both a rationale as well as a theoretical framework for incorporating reflective and contemplative pedagogies to help students pause, deepen their awareness, think more carefully, and work with complexity in sustainability-focused courses. Also offering a variety of relevant, timely resources for faculty to use in their classrooms, Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education serves as a key asset to the efforts of educators to enhance students’ capacities for long-term engagement and resilience in a future where sustainability is vital.

part I|67 pages

Theoretical Underpinnings

chapter 1|11 pages

Why Sustainability Education Needs Pedagogies of Reflection and Contemplation

ByMarie Eaton, Kate Davies, Sarah Williams, Jean MacGregor

chapter 2|12 pages

The Power of Pause in the Process of Human Development

ByParks Sharon Daloz

chapter 3|11 pages

The Practice of Inner Habitat Restoration

A Contemplative Approach to Sustainability Studies
ByKurt Hoelting

chapter 4|14 pages

Navigating Anger, Fear, Grief, and Despair

ByMarie Eaton

chapter 5|13 pages

Using Reflective and Contemplative Practices with Integrity

ByPatricia O’Connell Killen

part II|119 pages

Teaching Contexts and Practices

chapter 6|12 pages

No Time to Think

Contemplation and Reflection in a Highly Technologized Learning Environment
ByDavid M. Levy

chapter 7|13 pages

The Practice of Place

Deepening Connections with Our Natural and Human Communities
ByHolly J. Hughes

chapter 8|15 pages

Listening Deeply to and Engaging Multiple Perspectives

ByMaureen E. Ryan

chapter 9|11 pages

Attending to Loyalties, Affections, Convictions … and Doubts

ByJane Compson

chapter 10|12 pages

Make a Creative Response

ByMichael Gillespie, Karen T. Litfin

chapter 11|13 pages

Bodies of Earthly Delight

Somatic Inquiry as Contemplation
BySarah Williams

chapter 12|11 pages

Sustainability from the Inside Out

Discernment as Practice
ByKaren K. Gaul

chapter 13|14 pages

Fostering Hope and Moral Agency for Eco-Justice 1

ByCynthia Moe-Lobeda, Frederica Helmiere

chapter 14|13 pages

Nurturing Students' Resilience and Agency

ByKate Davies