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How Much do U.S. University Students Know, and Want to Know About Sustainability and Green Building? The Findings of a Survey, and Possible Implications for General Elective Curriculum

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Using the survey approach, this investigation examined the attitudes and interest of college students at two universities in different geographic locations within the United States. Approximately 24,000 students from ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...


Reshaping the Education of Energy Managers

Newly educated Energy managers will play a key role in the unfolding global transition to renewable energy and sustainability. We describe a new approach to energy management education via a ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Sustainable Mobility for the Future: Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Transportation Planning Course

  • Bucknell University (PA)

The field of transportation engineering has become more sustainable as challenges of the twenty-first century continue. Sustainable mobility topics such as pedestrian and cycling travel, smart growth development, and transit-oriented ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Online Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability at ASU

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The program explores the social and human aspects of sustainability in the context of real-world issues. Students will look at ways to solve challenges of sustainability related to the environment ...

  • Posted June 21, 2016
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Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Project and Campus As A Living Laboratory Digital Archive

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Undergraduates in the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University (OSU) complete a capstone course where student research teams analyze specific action priorities of the ...

  • Posted June 16, 2016
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Sustainable development at the core of undergraduate engineering curriculum reform: a new introductory course in chemical engineering

  • University of Cape Town

Most efforts to reform engineering curricula to focus on sustainable development have to date been at the level of individual, senior, often elective, courses. Although sophisticated arguments have been mounted ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Developing a university-wide course on sustainability: a critical evaluation of planning and implementation

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Sustainability is an issue of increasing importance in today's world. Institutions of higher education are undergoing change towards incorporating sustainable development principles within their teaching, research, service, and community ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Teaching organisational change management for sustainability: designing and delivering a course at the University of Leeds to better prepare future sustainability change agents

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)
  • KU Leuven

A number of universities worldwide have created new courses and degrees or modified existing ones, as a response to the increasing interest by companies to hire sustainability literate graduates. However ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Cedar Valley College a Center of Excellence of Sustainability in South Dallas, TX.

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) consists of seven campuses enrolling 85,000 students from Dallas County and beyond. Cedar Valley College (CVC), one of the seven DCCCD campuses ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Project Sin Fronteras

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Project Sin Fronteras is a project without borders, crossing institutional boundaries, and transforming sustainability concepts and practices into enriched curriculum and research. It provides a two-pronged approach to education for ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Implementing Sustainability in the Classroom at Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

Université Laval has embraced a global approach to sustainability education. Although sustainability has been addressed in the classroom by individuals in the past, it is now being articulated with a ...


Embedding sustainability learning pathways across the university

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia's (UBC) long-term vision is to embed sustainability in all of its undergraduate teaching programs. The University has described four student sustainability attributes — Holistic Systems ...


From in-vessel campus composting to sustainable urban farming: connecting science with education and community service

  • Kean University (NJ)

Kean University runs a food scrap composting program with a custom-designed in-vessel composter capable of composting up to 1000 pounds of food scraps per day. It diverts food scraps from ...


Applying AASHE STARS to Examine Geography’s “Sense of Place” in Sustainability Education

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

Geography supports place-based inquiry for the learner, applying the old environmental adage of “think globally, act locally” to environmental problem solving. Many within and outside of the discipline of geography ...


Successes and snags of a sustainability course in higher education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

By means of an action-research methodological approach, this paper analyses the accomplishments and challenges of a university-wide course that offers sustainability theory and practice to help students adopt pro-sustainability behaviours ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Green Chemistry and Sustainability: An Undergraduate Course for Science and Nonscience Majors

  • Creighton University (NE)

An undergraduate lecture course in Green Chemistry and Sustainability has been developed and taught to a “multidisciplinary” group of science and nonscience majors. The course introduced students to the topics ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Design of a Dynamic Undergraduate Green Chemistry Course

  • Westminster College - Pennsylvania (PA)

The green chemistry course taught at Westminster College (PA) incorporates nontraditional teaching techniques and texts to educate future chemists about the importance of using green chemistry principles. The course is ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Do We Teach What We Preach? An International Comparison of Problem- and Project-Based Learning Courses in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Problem- and project-based learning (PPBL) courses in sustainability address real-world sustainability problems. They are considered powerful educational settings for building students’ sustainability expertise. In practice, however, these courses often fail ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Sustainability Course Designation: Values and Best Practices

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson is leading the way in integrating sustainability across the curriculum. As an innovative liberal arts college, over 96% of our Class of '15 students have taken sustainability-focused and related ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Moving Beyond the Generic at Community Colleges: 100 and 200-Level Sustainability Education Courses, e-Badges and Co-Curricular Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

An environmentally sustainable future requires more than sustainability professionals working in sustainability-focused positions. Needed are employees across businesses and organizations capable of implementing, communicating, applying and maintaining environmentally sustainable practices ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Getting in Touch with the Pachamama: An Interdisciplinary course with emphasis on Global Sustainability and Study Abroad

  • Central College (IA)

Pachamama Never Left: Nature and Culture of Peru is a liberal arts course at Central College. The course has a study abroad component with an emphasis on global sustainability. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative: Creating and Supporting a Multi-Institution Course Community

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

Creation or replication of multidisciplinary courses with real-world context is limited by technical and economic constraints at many institutions. Efforts that connect multiple institutions to multidisciplinary resources can enable success ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Digital & Interactive Short Courses in Technical Sustainability & Design: Pilot Results and Lessons Learned

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

In an effort to improve access to education on both skills and multidisciplinary topics within sustainability Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has been piloting a series of digital short ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Incorporating sustainability one course at a time

  • Randolph College (VA)

Sustainability programs (including certifications, majors, minors, graduate and professional programs) began appearing at institutions of higher education over a decade ago. Randolph College first proposed a sustainability minor in 2011 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Open Education Model of Environmental Sustainability Course Creation

  • Central Community College (NE)

The traditional textbook publishing model is not sustainable. The average yearly textbook expense of $1200 can impact student retention. Studies show that students saving on text expense sign up for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessing the effectiveness of an undergraduate ESD course taught in Japan and Vietnam in fostering pro-sustainable outcomes

  • Kyoto University

The 'Building a Sustainable Future: Principles and Challenges' course was developed by researchers at Kyoto University as part of a Japanese government-funded initiative to develop a widely replicable model approach ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Automating Key Steps in the STARS Rating Process: Using Content Analysis to Perform Sustainability Course Inventories

  • University of Florida (FL)

This presentation focuses on a practical and innovative approach to conducting the sustainability course survey that is required of the STARS rating system. If you are a sustainability coordinator or ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability doesn't mean everything to everybody.' A foundational vocabulary for courses in urban sustainability

  • University of Louisville (KY)

There is growing consensus on learning outcomes in sustainability education, including systems thinking, interdisciplinarity, ethical growth, team problem-solving, and more. This paper explores the knowledge and learning outcomes students should ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Transformative Learning Through Small Group Discussion: Course Book Resources to Accelerate Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

At the 2013 AASHE conference, Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College, offered a plenary session on Organizational Change for Sustainability Education, which highlighted the need for increased initiatives working to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Food Systems Northwest: A collaborative traveling summer course

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Around the country, scholars are beginning to recognize the centrality of food and agriculture in questions of sustainability, social justice, economic development, and international affairs (Poppendleck, 2000; Hinrichs 2003; Werkerle ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Know Watts Cooking - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking Course

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In an effort to provide first year freshmen with an innovative, hands-on, conceptual science-based sustainable education experience, a new freshmen seminar class entitled “Know Watts Cooking – The Physics of Energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Pedagogic elements for student interest in an introductory course

  • University of Louisville (KY)

While there are many contested strategies for delivering an education for sustainable development, there are far fewer empirical studies demonstrating the relationships between classroom elements that generate the interest necessary ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cultivating Sustainability Scholars

  • George Mason University (VA)

George Mason University committed to greatly expanding opportunities for undergraduate scholarship through a Quality Enhancement Program associated with the university’s re-accreditation in 2009. Core faculty from Mason’s Environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Incubation of a New Suite of Courses in Food Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Five innovative new courses at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities focus on issues of changing food systems and global sustainability. Responding to student interest, the courses developed independently. Even as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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So, You Think That's a Sustainability Course?!?

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Considerable uncertainty haunts university sustainability officers when developing sustainability-focused and -related course identifiers. It seems everyone has an opinion about which courses qualify for the different categorizations, and why. Unresolved ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Reframing Courses to Integrate Sustainability: Essential Strategies and Resources

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

College courses often are based on disciplinary knowledge, but teaching sustainability requires an interdisciplinary perspective. How can professors integrate key sustainability concepts without radically changing course requirements or abandoning disciplinary ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Teaching Module on Climate Change for the Introductory Business Course

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Business managers are increasingly engaged with climate change issues, but pedagogy on climate change in the business curriculum is in the early stages of development. This session addresses the need ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Dining Hall as a Classroom: A Unique Model for a Life-Cycle Analysis Course

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Though students, faculty, and the dining service have all shown dedication to sustainable initiatives, there has been little academic research on the sustainability of our campus dining service. This year ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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“You Can’t Measure That!” Measuring Affective Learning Outcomes in an Undergraduate Urban Sustainability Course

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Traditional classroom assessments are unable to measure students’ development of the affective competencies and behavioral dispositions implicit in education for sustainability. This original research addresses the question of how to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teaching Sustainability 101: How Do We Structure An Introductory Course?

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Philadelphia University (PA)
  • Roosevelt University (IL)

This panel discussion brings together 5 university instructors who have been teaching some version of "Intro to Sustainability" for at least several years. The panelists will share and compare their ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Designing Introductory Courses in Sustainability for Undergraduate Learners

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Skagit Valley College (WA)
  • University of Washington, Bothell (WA)

Sustainability programs have proliferated in colleges and universities recently, including lower division courses designed to introduce students to the issues of sustainability. But as a field of study, sustainability is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Investigating Sustainability-Focused Courses and their Impact on Student Learning

  • H&A Columbus-UBC

With the growing need for sustainability education, universities are looked upon for leadership to provide and integrate sustainability teaching and learning opportunities. The University of British Columbia's (UBC) vision ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Investing in the Future: Extending Enterprise Innovation through Biomimicry, Living Systems Design, and Systems Ecology in a Graduate Ecopreneurship Course

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Two graduate faculty share their success strategies for cultivating student leadership in ecopreneurship to take sustainability deeper designing regenerative enterprises. Businesses using green practices and operations are a positive step ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Imagining a Sustainable World: Duquesne University's Multi-Disciplinary Course on Sustainability

  • Duquesne University (PA)

In mid-2012 the University Academic Sustainability committee at Duquesne University began

development of a three-credit undergraduate course on sustainability to be taught by a multi-

disciplinary team of faculty from ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Education Combines with Place-based Education in UVM Graduate-level Team-taught Service-learning Integrative Course

  • University of Vermont (VT)

PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program applies landscape analysis and whole systems thinking to fostering a sense of place and a sustainable future in local communities. It seeks ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Immersed in the Environment: A Concentrated Weekend Course

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The Environment Today' course at Carnegie Mellon is organized by students held over one intense weekend in the spring semester. Course content is expansive and challenging; such as 'Biodiversity and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Sustainable Course on Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

My college recently offered me the opportunity to teach a new kind of course with a new set of technological teaching tools. This class, "Thoreau, Wilderness, and American Nature Writing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Imperative of a Sustainable Human Resource Management Course in MBA Programs

  • Kent State University (OH)

The MBA Human Resource Management core course covers all functional areas of HRM, with an emphasis on the manager's perspective and responsibilities. This session makes a case for the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Energy Management in the Curriculum: The ENERGY STAR Course for Colleges and Universities

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Understanding the fundamentals of energy management is a marketable skill in any economic climate. Further, understanding the means to and metrics of energy efficiency, and how policy decisions intertwine with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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