Curriculum

Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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Sustainable Urbanism (DrSU)

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism (DrSU) is a post-professional applied research degree intended to prepare professionals and advanced urban design students for careers in multidisciplinary, evidence-based sustainable urban design and ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Certificate in Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary foundation to understanding and addressing today’s most pressing and complex social, environmental and economic challenges.

This certificate covers the broad sustainability knowledge ...

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Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Minor

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

This minor was developed to prepare students to tackle real-world environmental challenges by providing more robust opportunities for interdisciplinary knowledge and skill development. The minor is structured to provide students ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Includes introductory-level courses and a wide degree of choice in elective categories. Pairs easily with many majors to provide interdisciplinary exposure.

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Environmental Policy (BA)

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Students who major in Environmental Policy will be required to complete 40 graded units (13 classes) distributed as follows. Sixteen units come from required foundation courses. Nine units come from ...

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Environmental Biology (BS)

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Environmental biology major will provide students with courses and research experiences that will poise them to become scientific leaders that address our most pressing environmental problems, such as: how ...

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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The BS in Environmental Engineering degree curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for environmental engineering careers and graduate studies. It is guided by the vision of offering the environmental engineering ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • San Diego State University (CA)

SDSU's sustainability minor is an interdisciplinary program that involves coursework taught by faculty across campus. The central focus of the degree is the interface of human and natural systems ...

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Environmental Studies Certificate

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The Environmental Studies Certificate is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree (in any field) who desire to increase their understanding of the theoretical and applied approaches to ...

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Energy Studies Minor

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The CES coordinates the minor in energy studies offered at SDSU. This is an interdisciplinary minor that exposes students to a variety of topics in energy technology and policy. It ...

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Recreation & Tourism Management, Sustainable Tourism Management Emphasis (BS)

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The Sustainable Tourism Management Emphasis focuses on developing skills to plan, organize, assess, and manage sustainable tourism. It incorporates international learning experiences to explore tools and strategies to minimize negative ...

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PhD emphasis in Economics and Environmental Science (EES)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis at UCSB instills the ability to use economic tools in developing environmental approaches and policies. The program’s goal is to develop environmental ...

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Global Studies (PhD)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The PhD Program is a stand-alone degree (approximately 5-6 years). It provides an interdisciplinary degree for the study of global issues such as conflict, immigration, human rights, environment, and sustainable ...

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Literature and the Environment Specialization

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

How does literature affect environmental values and practices? Can a novel or poem make a more sustainable world? Environment literary criticism focuses on the ways in which literature shapes and ...

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Environmental Studies (BA & BS)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The Environmental Studies Program offers two degrees, bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) in environmental studies. While both environmental studies majors are similar in that ...

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Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management Concentration (MPA)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Studies in this concentration will combine skill-based courses in public policy, management, and environmental affairs with select training in the environmental sciences. Students will also develop a core area of ...

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Sustainability and Sustainable Development Concentration (MPA)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

With a concentration in Sustainability and Sustainable Development, students are prepared to help organizations and people strike a balance between meeting immediate needs and ensuring a secure, livable future. Study ...

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Geography, Climate and Environmental Change Specialization (MS)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Requirements are the same as for the M.S. in Geography, with the additional requirements of a minimum of 9 graduate credits in the field of climate and environmental change ...

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Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Graduate Minor

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The graduate minor will instruct students in theories and methods that combine the physical and social sciences on human dimensions of global environmental change (HDGEC). The curriculum will familiarize students ...

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Public Health, Environmental Health Concentration (MPH)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Students in this concentration gain technical skills for the development, implementation and evaluation of practices that seek to identify, prevent or minimize the adverse impact of environmental and occupational hazards ...

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Environmental Science (PhD)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

SPEA’s Ph.D. in Environmental Science Program provides skills and training in the basic and applied sciences to solve contemporary environmental problems. Students will research and learn how to ...

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Park and Public Lands Management (MSR)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A Master of Science in Recreation degree with a major in Park and Public Lands Management provides students with approaches to managing land-based operations at the national, state, regional and ...

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Environmental Health (PhD)

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The mission of this program is to educate the next generation of environmental health professionals to understand the influences and effects of environmental factors on human health and disease with ...

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Lake Management (MS)

  • State University of New York at Oneonta (NY)

SUNY Oneonta's M.S. in Lake Management curriculum trains students to become effective water resource management professionals. This innovative program blends scientific training in aquatic biology, limnology and quantitative ...

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Environmental Planning

  • State University of New York at Oneonta (NY)

Requires Students to take the following classes: Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Issues, Environmental Monitoring, Physical Geography of Global Environments, Environment Planning, and one other Geography course. Student must maintain a 2 ...

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Environmental Biology Minor

  • State University of New York at Oneonta (NY)

Requires Students to take the following classes: Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Issues, Environmental Monitoring, Technical Science Writing, Biology II, and General Ecology. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the ...

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Geography (BS)

  • State University of New York at Oneonta (NY)

SUNY Oneonta’s geography program has three tracks: General Geography, Geographic Information Systems, and Urban and Regional Planning. Their mission is to give students a well-rounded perspective of geographic knowledge ...

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Environmental Sustainability (BS)

  • State University of New York at Oneonta (NY)

SUNY Oneonta's interdisciplinary major in Environmental Sustainability will prepare students to collaboratively and creatively develop solutions to the pressing challenges the world faces in dealing with global climate change ...

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Higher education for sustainable development: actioning the global goals in policy, curriculum and practice

  • University of Queensland (Queensland)
  • United Nations University

Higher education for sustainable development (HEfSD) is being significantly shaped by the global sustainability agenda. Many higher education institutions, responsible for equipping the next generation of sustainability leaders with knowledge ...

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Developing a capstone course on ecological and social sustainability in business education

  • XLRI-Xavier School of Management (Jharkhand State)

Sustainability is an important goal of management education, but it has not been integrated properly into all the functional courses. One option for management schools attempting to fix this misalignment ...

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Leadership Education and Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Updating the Curriculum

  • Bishop's University (QC)

The sustainable business movement is likely the most important environmental movement in the world today. Therefore, universities must create an education system that does not destroy the biosphere. More specifically ...

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Educating future corporate managers for a sustainable world: recommendations for a paradigm shift in business education

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

This paper aims to argue for a need for a paradigm shift in business education that would move the focus of curriculum away from profit maximization at all costs to ...

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Analysing the effects of teaching approach on engagement, satisfaction and future time perspective among students in a course on CSR

  • University of Guelph (ON)
  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

Heightened media attention to corporate corruption and scandal has led to an increased interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). There exists, however, little empirical research on incorporating CSR into university ...

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Teaching students the complexity of green chemistry and assessing growth in attitudes and understanding

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Green chemistry emerged over the past several decades as an important component of chemical education. Many different types of educational materials have been created to teach students the 12 Principles ...

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Integrating sustainability learning outcomes into a university curriculum: A case study of institutional dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Higher education institutions increasingly have gained momentum in integrating sustainability into university curricula. The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the approval, implementation and management process of the new ...

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Toward designing sustainability education programs: a survey of master’s programs through semi-structured interviews

  • University of Tokyo
  • Osaka University

With the emergence of sustainability science as an academic field, sustainability education (SE) has increasingly been discussed in terms of nurturing students’ competencies to bring about environmental innovation and global ...

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An emerging signature pedagogy for sustainable food systems education

  • Montana State University (MT)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Concerns are growing over the ability of the modern food system to simultaneously achieve food security and environmental sustainability in the face of global change. Yet, the dominant tendency within ...

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Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility Awareness Into a Retail Management Course

  • Babson College (MA)

Both students and industry are demanding that marketing instructors incorporate discussions of environmental and social responsibility into their courses. Marketing educators play a critical role in developing the knowledge and ...

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Higher education for sustainable development in Flanders: balancing between normative and transformative approaches

  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp

This paper provides critical reflections on higher education for sustainable development (HESD) from a philosophical perspective. A theoretical framework is developed, based on John Dewey’s thoughts on the aim ...

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Why do people accept environmental policies? The prospects of higher education and changes in norms, beliefs and policy preferences

  • University of Gothenburg

Pressing problems of environmental degradation are typically argued to require coordination, primarily through state intervention. Social scientists are struggling to understand how attitudes toward such state interventions are formed, and ...

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Toward a Validated Competence Framework for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

  • Wageningen University

Knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage sustainable development have become significant components of different career paths. Previous research has explored which competencies are needed for future change agents in the ...

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The influence of instruction, prior knowledge, and values on climate change risk perception among undergraduates

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

We evaluated influences on the climate change risk perceptions of undergraduate students in an introductory Earth Science course. For this sample, domain‐specific content knowledge about climate change was a ...

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Teaching Sustainable Development Goals in The Netherlands: a critical approach

  • Leiden University

One of the main outcomes of the Rio + 20 Conference was the agreement to set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The most common terms in the17 goals are economic growth, resilience ...

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The role of transformation in learning and education for sustainability

  • University of Belgrade
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Latvia
  • Damascus University
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • University of Campinas
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • North-West University

Education research has acknowledged the value of transformation, which offers an opportunity for researching and rethinking how appropriate and successful educational practices may be. However, despite the role of transformation ...

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Deep learning for a sustainability mindset

  • University of Oulu
  • United Nations Global Compact (NY)

While ‘sustainability’ in management education is mostly addressed from a technical perspective, the emotional and ‘being’ aspects can be key for creating a new mindset. In this paper the authors ...


Scholarship and the SDGs: Connecting Yale teaching and research to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Yale University (CT)

In 2015, the Yale Office of Sustainability began looking at how teaching and research at Yale aligns with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 countries ...


Educating science teachers for sustainability: questions, contradictions and possibilities for rethinking learning and pedagogy

  • Universit├⌐ du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

In this review, we explore what educating science teachers for sustainability implies according to the 23 book chapters and many sampled teacher education and science methods courses in the edited ...

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Design, implementation, and evaluation of an inverted (flipped) classroom model economics for sustainable education course

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

How effective is the Inverted Classroom Model (ICM), a teaching tool most often used with undergraduates, when applied to postgraduate learners in economics and sustainability? ICM, also known as the ...

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Critical Thinking Development—A Necessary Step in Higher Education Transformation towards Sustainability

  • University of Presov

Education for sustainable development has been addressed by professionals, authorities, and a number of research studies in the last decades, and yet the results are not clearly visible. Teachers as ...

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Developing and Sustaining Sustainability-Related Academic Programming: Observations of Emerging Practices

  • University of West Florida (FL)

This paper offers an overview and summary of selected sustainability-related academic programs and certificates delivered by universities and colleges that are located within the same geographic area (Grand Rapids, Michigan ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
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NOLS

Lander, WY
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At NOLS we believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Our students explore remote wilderness and learn technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
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The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
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Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.