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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Embracing Sustainability at Alamo Colleges Membership Required

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges serving San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. As a signatory in one of Second Nature's three Climate Leadership Commitments, Alamo ...

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"Staffulty”: When Sustainability Staff Take on Faculty Roles Membership Required

  1. Attendees will develop a rich understanding of the “staffulty” position.
  2. Attendees will learn the variety of ways that sustainability staff can engage with what is traditionally the faculty realm, including ...
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Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability Membership Required

Successful careers in sustainability are determined by positive real-world change towards sustainability. This success depends heavily on professional skills in effective and compassionate communication, collaborative teamwork, or impactful stakeholder engagement ...

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In what ways are teacher candidates being prepared to teach about the environment? A case study from Wisconsin Membership Required

There is an urgent need for primary and secondary students to develop awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and an environmental ethic necessary to undertake environmental issues and problems. The need to adequately ...

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Business School Legitimacy and the Challenge of Sustainability: A Fuzzy Set Analysis of Institutional Decoupling Membership Required

Business schools face growing institutional pressure to respond to the sustainability agenda, especially since the financial crisis highlighted the need to educate business leaders who engage with issues beyond a ...

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Sustainability Education Through Active-Learning in Large Lecture Settings: Evaluation of Four Out-Of- Class Exercises Membership Required

Large classes on sustainable development present certain challenges. Often high student to instructor ratios encourage passive learning pedagogies. However, because sustainability education seeks to increase awareness and help students shift ...

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Sustainability and Undergraduate Management Curricula: Changes Over a 5-Year Period Membership Required

Global initiatives and a rapidly expanding academic literature identify the responsibility that universities have to incorporate sustainability education into their curricula. This study had two aims: first, to investigate the ...

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Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature Membership Required

This study investigated how teacher education academics embed sustainability education in learning and teaching, using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles. A taxonomy of four distinctive approaches was ...

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James Madison University's Center for Faculty Innovation FLASHPOINT: Earth Day 2017. Protecting Scientific Knowledge, Protecting the Environment. Membership Required

The Earth Day 2017 Flashpoint brings together faculty experts in environmental science, law, policy, conservation, and renewable energy on the occasion of the 2017 Earth Day and the Scientists’ March ...

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Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Member-Only Resources - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and the U.K.'s Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC), AASHE members can gain access to Member only resources on ...

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Students see promise in careers in the business of sustainability Membership Required

Two small, isolated Maine colleges that focus on sustainability and the environment know they aren’t for everyone.

Students have to work in the local community, where they experience the ...

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Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Resource Center - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), AASHE members can gain access to the Resources section of the ACTS website, which is typically ...


Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies Membership Required

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is described by UNESCO as enabling us to address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies by changing the way ...


Empowering the New Energy Workforce: Best Practices for Campus Energy Education & Internships Membership Required

Hear first-hand from a diverse set of California colleges that are creating student internships and work-based learning opportunities to support energy and sustainability career pathways. This webinar highlights campus outcomes ...

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Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda Membership Required

About the Book

Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities ...


For function or transformation? A critical discourse analysis of education under the Sustainable Development Goals Membership Required

We conduct a critical discourse analysis of the extent to which Sustainable Development Goal 4, “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” promotes a ...

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Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System Membership Required

The webinar describes an introductory sustainability course at Warren Wilson College that explores the campus food system. Warren Wilson College has a sustainable dining policy and has adopted the Real ...

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Education for Sustainable Development, Nature and Vernacular Learning Membership Required

Mainstream education for sustainable development conceives of nature as a resource or commodity. The natural world is, for the most part, accorded only instrumental or utilitarian value. As a field ...

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Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future Membership Required

This book provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a ...


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 ...


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

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 ...


Developing High Impact Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs Membership Required

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

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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

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

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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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016 Membership Required

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 ...

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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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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What do people know about key environmental issues? A review of environmental knowledge surveys Membership Required

This paper presents results from 15 little publicized state and national environmental surveys in the US that used similar questions. Our analysis reveals trends in adult understanding of environmental issues ...

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Education for sustainability using a campus eco-garden as a learning environment Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to explore stakeholder perspectives of the role of a campus eco-garden in education for sustainability (EfS). It will combine the perspectives to highlight a powerful learning ...

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Global consciousness and pillars of sustainable development: A study on self-perceptions of the first-year university students Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to provide data on the self-perceived state of sustainability consciousness of first-year Hong Kong students.

Design/methodology/approach - Within a mixed-method research design framework, the authors ...

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Wheels of change in higher education: A collaborative, multi-stakeholder project as a vehicle for sustainability education Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to profile the development of a bicycle parking hub at the University of Tasmania to illustrate how the Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program ...

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Beneath Our Eyes: An Exploration of the Relationship between Technology Enhanced Learning and Socio-Ecological Sustainability in Art and Design Higher Education Membership Required

This article uses published research to explore how Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) can help to sustain learning communities to engage in creative exploration and open investigation. It then draws on ...

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Language Education for Sustainable Development Membership Required

Nowadays, education for sustainable development starts covering wider and wider spheres of interest and human activity. Out of the three main spheres of interest, such as environmental, economic, and socio-cultural ...

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Using Photovoice to Explore Environmental Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures Membership Required

Though work in the area of photovoice (in which students take photos to structure a dialogue that can serve to advance social action as the community responds to the participants ...

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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).

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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

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.