Conservation Clinic Reports on UF’s Sustainability Curriculum

Published: October 23rd, 2006

Category: News Briefs

UF Law Conservation Clinic

The UF Law Conservation Clinic was commissioned by the Office of the Provost to conduct a university-wide review of UF’s sustainability curriculum, including courses, academic programs and centers and institutes.

Third-year law student Brenda Appledorn (above, left) conducted the review under the supervision of clinic Director Tom Ankersen (above, right).

The review concluded that “[a]lthough there are significant curricular gaps, the University of Florida already has a rich curriculum in courses that is based in sustainability theory or relates to sustainability principles, and that rivals the curricula at peer and other institutions which have formalized their sustainability curricula into interdisciplinary programs, including graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates and minors.

“The university should consider creating a programmatic emphasis in sustainability at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and provide additional strategic resources to leverage its current curricula.”

The Provost accepted the clinic’s report and directed the University Sustainability Committee to develop an implementation plan. Ankersen was appointed as an ex-officio member of the committee.