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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Guide for Using the Earth Charter in Education Membership Required

This Guide provides basic information on how to use the Earth Charter in educational settings. It will be especially helpful to educators who are working in the fields of environmental ...

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The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

In the 21st century, higher education faces a number of substantial challenges. We need to educate a rapidly increasing number of students, as college and other degrees become a requirement ...

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Developing High Impact Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar explores leading examples of applied learning in sustainability programs that are designed create exceptional student experiences and a lasting impact on the sustainability goals pursued by the community ...

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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local Membership Required

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

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High school experiences and climate change beliefs of first year college students in the United States Membership Required

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Climate change has not been well understood by high school students in the US and the topic is often connected to misconceptions, which is especially damaging since accurate understandings of ...

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Future Leaders Survey 2006/7 Membership Required

This report presents the results of a survey distributed to UK residents aged 21 and under who applied to universities and colleges in 2006. Key findings include:

  • 46% say that ...
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Beyond Doom and Gloom - Include Solutions to Climate Change

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage ...

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Chemistry PhD

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

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Chemistry MS

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

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Chemistry BA/BS

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

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Chemistry PhD

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

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Biochemistry BS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

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Chemistry BS/MS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

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Biochemistry BS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

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Chemistry MS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

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Chemistry BS/MS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

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Chemistry BA/BS

  • Millikin University (IL)

The Department of Chemistry at Millikin University has been incorporating the principles of green chemistry in research since 1997 and in the organic laboratory curriculum since 2002. Since that time ...

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Chemistry PhD

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

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Chemistry MS

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence Technological University is committed to ensuring all students are exposed to sustainability concepts within their discipline and are aware of their impact on the social, economic, and environmental needs ...

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Chemical Technology AS

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence Technological University is committed to ensuring all students are exposed to sustainability concepts within their discipline and are aware of their impact on the social, economic, and environmental needs ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has included aspects of green chemistry in the lab curriculum for a number of years and more ...

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Physical Science: Chemistry AS

  • Kingsborough Community College (NY)

Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY) is implementing green chemistry within courses in the physical sciences. Green chemistry has been integrated into the Organic Chemistry I and II courses, in civic ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The Department of Chemistry at Grand Valley State University is one of a few institutions that offer a Certificate in Green Chemistry for chemistry majors. Green chemistry is also woven ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Gordon College (MA)

The Department of Chemistry at Gordon College has embraced green chemistry for over a decade. Students are trained in green principles which have been integrated into many of the courses ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Elmhurst College (IL)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Elmhurst College is committed to teaching students about Green Chemistry principles. Students learn about and implement green techniques in the teaching laboratories and ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Edgewood College (WI)

Edgewood College has been integrating Green Chemistry principles and laboratory exercises into the general chemistry curriculum during the past decade. Green and Sustainable Chemistry has been offered since 2013. This ...

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Chemistry BS

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Sustainability is core at Eastern Mennonite University. While green chemistry has been part of the organic chemistry curriculum for several years, the departments are now embedding green chemistry throughout the ...

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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016 Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)
  • Chiba University
  • Kyoto University
  • Fukushima College

Released by the Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan), the booklet was created to share campus experiences in conducting environmental activities and efforts to find solutions to environmental problems ...


Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This 12-credit graduate certificate prepares natural resources, environmental, and sustainability professionals to succeed in a global, transboundary world. It includes 1 required course (Conservation Ecology) and 3 electives, giving students ...

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Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This 9-credit graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals seeking training and experience in international sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on environmental sustainability in emerging economies. Students pursuing ...

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Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design Membership Required

This ‘case study’ of two jewellery workshops used outdoor learning spaces to explore both its impact on learning outcomes and to introduce some key principles of sustainable working methodologies and ...


Making Sustainable Development Real Through Role-Play: “The Mekong Game” Example Membership Required

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This paper describes a role-playing, negotiation “game” based on the Xayaburi Dam in Laos. We have used this activity in our graduate programs as a tool for bringing to life ...


Case Studies in Sustainable Social Work: MSW Students Explore Principles in Practice Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Portland (OR)

In 1999, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in the United States published a policy statement on the environment that acknowledged the social work profession’s apparent “lack of ...


Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem-Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)

This case study describes a problem-based and service learning module in which undergraduate students participated in a community-based project. Students joined a group consisting of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public ...


Energy and development: the role of academia in education, research, and technological cooperation for sustainability Membership Required

Over the last decades, the interest of the international community for the multiple interconnections among energy, environment, and society has widely increased. Today, the close link between energy and development ...


Integration of sustainability in engineering education: Why is PBL an answer? Membership Required

Purpose - Education for sustainable development (ESD) is one of the challenges engineering education currently faces. Engineering education needs to revise and change its curriculum to integrate ESD principles and knowledge ...


Environmental literacy of business students in Ghana Membership Required

Purpose - This study examines the multidimensionality of the environmental literacy concept among university business students in Ghana. The study also investigates the relationship between students’ interests in environmental issues and ...


Ethics in Higher Education: Values-driven Leaders for the Future Membership Required

The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence the leaders of the future, but outside the limelight of excelling education institutions there is a concerning violation of good practises ...

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Content trends in sustainable business education: an analysis of introductory courses in the USA Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Purpose - This study aims to identify the content in introductory business sustainability courses in the USA to determine the most frequently assigned reading material and its sustainability orientation.

Design/methodology ...

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The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour Membership Required

  • Cardiff University

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss a novel life cycle approach to education for sustainable development (ESD) where the students become “design thinkers”.

Design/methodology/approach - A ...

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Empowerment for sustainability in higher education through the EYE learning tool Membership Required

  • Wageningen University

Purpose - While empowerment for sustainability is considered a major objective within sustainability-oriented educational programs and policies, little is known about the actual process of empowering students for sustainability through higher ...

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Accounting for sustainability: an active learning assignment Membership Required

Purpose - Sustainability is one of the newer topics in the accounting courses taught in university teaching programs. The active learning assignment as described in this paper was developed for use ...

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Using module-based learning methods to introduce sustainable manufacturing in engineering curriculum Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Wayne State University (MI)

Purpose - Sustainable manufacturing may be defined as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for ...

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Higher education for sustainable development at EARTH University Membership Required

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)
  • EARTH University

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to present the experience of a Central American university that has been successfully advancing an educational model focused on sustainability for over 25 ...

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What should every citizen know about ecology? Membership Required

  • Radford University (VA)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

The level of ecological literacy among the general population in the US and other countries is not known, although there is widespread concern that it is too low to enable ...

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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.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Curriculum Partners

American Meteorological Society

Washington, DC
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate
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
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
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.