Sustainability: Red Mountain Project

Call for proposals for the Red Mountain Project 2018 is open.

Deadline: March 26, 2018

Call to all Faculty: Are you interested in sustainability?

UAB’s Red Mountain Project is a grant for course development that aims to bring together faculty from a variety of disciplines in an effort to incorporate sustainability into new and existing curriculum. Modeled after the nationally-acclaimed Piedmont Project at Emory University, we invite you to apply to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability-related environmental, social, and economic issues.

""No experience in sustainability is required and the project welcomes all UAB faculty to apply. Those interested in preserving and promoting a diverse, productive environment will find their perspectives welcomed and enriched by dialogue and collegial activities.

Sustainability is broadly defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Applicants are encouraged from all fields with ideas regarding sustainability and a new or existing course. Examples include a module on pharmaceuticals in our waterways in a pharmacology course, outdoor writing in an upper-level literature course, producing a recycling brochure in Spanish for a Spanish language course, etc. See other examples at:

The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability into our classrooms and experiential learning. Through presentations, group exercises, and field activities, we will facilitate training and the desire to learn more. The focus will begin with UAB and the greater Birmingham area, catalyzing discussions with regional and global comparisons.

Red Mountain Project participants agree to:

  • Read materials prior to the workshop
  • Participate in the full 2-day workshop, May 2-3, 2018
  • Prepare a syllabus during the summer for the course and submit it by August 17th, 2018
  • Report back to the group for a half-day fieldtrip on the morning of Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
  • Fellowships will be offered to 10 faculty who will receive a stipend of $1000 upon completion and presentation of a new or altered course syllabus. One stipend per faculty member is available.

""Interested in applying? Email UAB Sustainability ( with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Department affiliation and title
  3. Email and telephone
  4. Project: a one-paragraph description of how you plan to alter an existing course or develop a new course to include elements that encompass sustainability issues as mentioned above. Be creative in your thinking and look to subjects that you specialize in to make connections.