Throughout April a number of classes at Skyline College participated in the Sustainability Blitz, a curriculum development program designed to infuse sustainability across academic disciplines.

Faculty members collaborate with a pair of recent graduates in the Climate Corps Fellowship Program to develop a lesson connecting sustainability to the course’s specific topic or general discipline. The goal was to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability and its relevance to everyday life, in addition to introducing students to sustainability as a major or career.

Sustainability Blitz founders Professor Carina Anttila-Suarez and SMT Division Dean Ray Hernandez have worked hard to expand the program with the help of Professor Carla Grandy and Sustainability Coordinator Mary Thomasmeyer.

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainability Blitz has spread to other community colleges as well as UCs and CSUs. This year involved 23 faculty members, 40 fellows, and over 475 students in the following departments:

  • Art
  • Biology/Microbiology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Math
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Surgical Specialties, Medical Assisting, and Health Science

Thank you to all of the faculty members who participated this year and in past years. Your dedication to advancing students’ understanding of sustainability and supporting fellows is deeply appreciated.

If you are interested in participating for the 2018-19 academic year, please contact Mary Thomasmeyer at

Article and photos by Mary Thomasmeyer

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