Case Studies Provide In-Depth Lessons About Sustainability


Well before COVID-19 forced faculty to figure out how to teach their courses online, a multidisciplinary project to develop online case studies for sustainability was being developed across the University of Michigan.

From how Traverse City, Michigan, cherry farmers are adapting to the ever-changing climate that is hurting their industry, to how Indonesians are balancing deforestation with the demands of a lucrative palm oil industry, students across the university are stepping into the role of decision-maker to learn environmental science and sustainability in a new way.

They, along with faculty and external professional and alumni partners, are building thorough, thoughtful case studies, presented online with historical and contemporary narratives, enhanced with multimedia such as audio features, maps, photos and videos.

The Third Century Initiative-funded effort that encourages those who teach about the environment to develop their own online cases is led by Rebecca Hardin, associate professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the Michigan Sustainability Cases initiative.

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