- Senior Sustainability Fellow, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Andrew Bernier is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU. Guided by a decade of professional work as a science and sustainability teacher, undergraduate faculty and public radio science correspondent, Andrew’s questions about sustainability often focus on how well we design, organize, run and communicate knowledge systems for sustainability solutions.
Andrew is interested in the design of structures, models and mechanisms to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals more accessible. He also explores how sustainable urban design may help improve the general public’s sustainability competency. His doctoral research in Sustainability Education focused on the writing, design and implementation of a high school sustainability/STEM curriculum based on systems dynamics. His research found students taught through systems design were better apt to understand, perform and enjoy core sustainability competencies. It offered a conceptual model to help students and educators visually map a student’s systems thinking and is in commercial development through ASU’s Venture Devils entrepreneurship program.
Communication has always driven Andrew’s work, starting with hosting and producing a sustainability news magazine radio show in upstate New York, to serving as a reviewer and advisory board member for The Journal of Sustainability Education. Before ASU, Andrew was the first Science and Innovation Correspondent at KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix, AZ. He helped establish the Arizona Science Desk, a collaboration between Arizona public radio stations to share science content locally and nationally. Andrew continues to serve local public radio as the News Director and Story Editor of SPOT 127, an award-winning youth media non-profit program serving students of the greater Phoenix area.
- PhD, Sustainability Education, Prescott College, 2015
- MEd, Secondary Education (Science), Arizona State University, 2010
- BA, Environmental Studies, Ithaca College, 2007
- complex systems dynamics
- curriculum development
- decision making
- policy and governance
- smart growth
- future and systems thinking
- sustainability communications
- sustainability education
- urban planning
- urban development
- urban social-ecological systems
- sustainability media
- Quality Education
- Partnerships for the Goals
Bernier, A. 2018. How matching systems thinking with critical pedagogy may help resist the industrialization of sustainability education. Journal of Sustainability Education 18. (link )
Bernier, A. 2017. From linear industrial structures to living systems: A design shift in education for sustainability. Education Sciences 7(2):Art. 43. DOI: 10.3390/educsci7020043. (link )
Bernier, A. 2012. Youth Voices in Sustainability. Sustainability: Journal of Record (link )
Bernier, A. 2015. Beyond Conservation-Reimagining Purpose of Energy Education: An interactive issue of Journal of Sustainability. Poster presented at the AASHE, 2015, Minneapolis, MN.
Bernier, A. 2013. Four Approaches to Sustainability Higher Education: One Degree. Poster presented at the AASHE, 2013, Nashville, TN.
Bernier, A. 2018. A science to showing your professional resilience in sustainability storytelling. Presentation at the GreenBiz '18, Feb 2018, Phoenix, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2018. Effective sustainability storytelling through LinkedIn. Presentation at the Sustainability After School Series, Feb 2018, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2017. A conversation with George Johnson: Writing science. Presentation at the Panel Discussion, Dec 2017, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2017. Designing for resilience of learning: Dynamics of living systems for educational structures. Presentation at the Current Trends in Learning and Innovation for Sustainability Panel, Learning Innovations in Resilient Systems Conference, Mar 2017, Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands.
Bernier, A. 2016. Curation of sustainable societies: How museums and institutions play a role in social justice. Presentation at the WSSI Sustainability in Science Museums Initiative, Latin American and the Caribbean Open Science Forum, Sep 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Bernier, A. 2016. Designing a systems based curriculum and assessment to develop 21st century sustainability competency. Presentation at the Arizona Assessment Conference, Apr 2016, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2016. Systems mapping sustainability in museums. Presentation at the WSSI Sustainability in Science Museums Initiative, Latin American and the Caribbean Open Science Forum, Sep 2016, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Bernier, A. 2015. A Doctoral Program in Sustainability Education: the Student Experience. Presentation at the AASHE, 2015, Minneapolis, MN.
Bernier, A. 2015. Designing a Systems Based Curriculum and Assessment to Develop 21st Century Sustainability Competency. Presentation at the Prescott College Sustainability Education Symposium, 16 May 2015, (link )
Bernier, A. 2015. Designing a systems based curriculum to develop 21st century sustainability literacy and communications skills. Presentation at the Ignite Talk, Conference on Complex Systems, October 2015, Arizona State University and Santa Fe Institute, Tempe, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2014. Education for Sustainable Development: Development of a Digital STEM Sustainability Program. Presentation at the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development, 2014, Fulbright Japan. San Francisco, CA. .
Bernier, A. 2014. Mindmapping for Sustainability. Presentation at the EdCamp Phoenix West Un-conference, 2014, Phoenix, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2014. Student Managed Sustainability Initiatives. Presentation at the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC), 2014, Tucson.
Bernier, A. 2014. Sustainability Literacy through Google Apps. Presentation at the Phoenix Regional Google Education Summit, 2014, Phoenix, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2014. Thinking Creatively about Sustainability in Higher Ed. Presentation at the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference (AHESC), 2014, Tucson, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2012. Building a STEM Program: Successes and Challenges. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association Conference, 2012, Phoenix, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2012. Systems Thinking in Education for Sustainability. Presentation at the Paradise Valley Community College, 2012, Phoenix, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2011. Envisioning our Future, Sustainability Education. Presentation at the Ignite @ ASU, 2011, Phoenix, AZ. (link )
Bernier, A. 2011. Online Classrooms for Science and Sustainability Instruction. Presentation at the Arizona Science Teachers Association Conference, 2011, Mesa, AZ.
Bernier, A. 2015. Designing a Systems Based Curriculum to Develop 21st Century Sustainability Literacy and Communication Skills. Prescott College. (link )