How Should We Teach Sustainability?

It’s difficult to teach a topic like sustainability, isn’t it? On the one hand, it’s one of the most important public policy challenges of our era, a topic that has inspired the development of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and other organizations. But on the other hand, it’s difficult to fit its content within one of the silos that define our accounting courses.

That’s why the AAA Public Interest Section has dedicated the Teaching segment of our web site to pedagogical materials regarding sustainability and CSR. At the moment, the segment features URL links to content that has been shared by Professors Irene Herremans of the University of Calgary and Michael Kraten of Providence College.

Irene has shared a five module online learning activity entitled Sustainability Reports: Making Sense of Sustainability. It features text, graphics, video, and other content at an introductory level.

And Michael has shared his interdisciplinary graduate-level teaching case Save The Blue Frog. Developed with PwC Partner John Formica, it is an integrated accounting case involving valuation, sustainability, controls and risk, and ethics.

Do you have an effective teaching resource that addresses the topic of sustainability? Do you believe that it can be used by our colleagues in their own accounting courses?

If you do, please consider sharing it with your AAA Public Interest Section colleagues. Simply use our Contact Us blog page to let us know what you have in mind; we’ll be delighted to share it with others!

Note: The blue frog image is available in the public domain.