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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Networking to collaborate with UC-CSU NXTerra: California's new Climate Emergency Teaching Tool

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Presenters Dr. John Foran and Richard Widick will introduce UC-CSU NXTerra and discuss our strategies for scaling up the urgency of climate change education. NXTerra is an interdisciplinary network collaboration ...

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Coping With Climate Anxiety In and Beyond the Classroom

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

We're all surrounded by students from what's been dubbed the 'climate generation' (a group that is particularly attuned to the threat and inequity of climate change) as well ...

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Inspiration from signatories of the SDG Accord

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)

The SDG Accord is a HESI initiative and AASHE is a supporting partner. The session will include a brief overview of the SDG Accord and will bring together signatories to ...

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Faculty Networking Meeting hosted by Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC)

  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

This Faculty Meet-up will serve as a networking opportunity for those faculty attending the Global Conference, complementing the curriculum track being co-presented by AASHE and the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium. This ...

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Integrating Socio-Technical Thinking Into Engineering and Science Education, Research, and Practice

  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)

Sustainable initiatives are destined to fail unless we begin to think of sustainability as being directly related to and dependent on social justice, equity, and public well being. As the ...

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Invitation to NXTerra California's new Climate Emergency Teaching Tool

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Join us for an introduction to UC-CSU NXTerra - a Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) and Digital Platform for climate educators, developed by faculty from the University of California (UC) and California State ...

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Teaching Resiliency Online in a Global Crisis

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In response to the pandemic, we created an online summer course, COVID-19 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Resilience, Connections and Threats. The UN SDGs provided a framework for ...

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Transforming White Supremacy in Teacher Education

  • Luther College (IA)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

In light of the recent calls for racial justice, it is vitally important to critically examine the role that teacher education programs play in perpetuating institutional racism and white supremacy ...

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Inclusive Pedagogy Online: Increasing Equity in Remote and Distance Learning Classrooms

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Before the COVID-19 crisis prompted a radical shift to online delivery methods across higher education, distance learning was central to many institutions' strategic visions. Now, the pandemic has caused a ...

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What's Missing? Reconsidering the Key Competencies in Sustainability Education

  • University of Dayton (OH)

This presentation looks at the core competencies shaping the curriculum in sustainability programs, and which may impact accreditation processes for those programs in the future. An overview of the various ...

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Climate Action Workshop, Using Climate Interactive's En-Roads Model

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Come to the Climate Action Workshop and create a scenario to address global climate change with known technologies and policies. You will be immersed in the challenge and opportunity of ...

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What Story Does Your Curriculum Tell? Flipping the Script on Narratives of Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

If we think of the future as an unfinished story, we see two grand narratives unfolding: A shift towards sustainability and social justice tells a story about a better life ...

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Bridge Builders: Sustainability Staff as Mission-Tied Project Developers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How do you go about developing a sustainability initiative that hits on all four cylinders, university operations, academics, research and community impact? This session will provide a methodology, tools and ...

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Examples and Conversation about Elevating Equity and Justice in Sustainability Literacy

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Spelman College (GA)

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to explore a diverse set of strategies for elevating equity and justice components of sustainability across the college curriculum and through co-curricular opportunities ...

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The Power of Multistakeholder Collaborations in Centering Equity and Working for a Just Transition

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Georgia State University (GA)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)

Universities and community, government, and business stakeholders are uniting - through a variety of different networks and collaborations to achieve Agenda 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in ...

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Integration of the SDGs Across Curricular / Co-Curricular Programs: Shared Best Practices

  • Furman University (SC)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) (FL)

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by ...

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Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin: Two Ways of Doing the Right Thing in the Right Way

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Named for an Ojibwe phrase which translates to 'two ways of doing the right things in the right way,' Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin draws from Bemidji State University's (BSU) Sustainability Office, Department ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Best Practices Mini-Workshop

  • Central College (IA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)

Join four members schools of the AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum network, that regularly offer workshops and other professional development opportunities, in an experiential mini-workshop where participants will ...

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Creating Change Agents for Campus Sustainability Through Applied Learning Projects

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This session will explore how the framework of key competencies in sustainability can be useful for campus operations. Our session will focus on how applied learning projects can generate both ...

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Another Just Transition: Community-Engaged Research and Learning for Environmental Justice

  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

To contribute to a just transition to a regenerative economy and an equitable society, academia can accelerate its own shift toward conducting more community-engaged research (CER) for environmental justice (EJ ...

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A Competency Framework for Sustainability Studies Program Development

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The presenter will discuss methods and findings from her recently published research on competencies for sustainability studies and related academic programs ('Competencies and Pedagogies for Sustainability Education: A Roadmap for ...

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What Motivates Change Agents and Supports Their Resilience in the Face of Adversity?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Yale University (CT)

One of the key features that distinguishes sustainability from other fields is its normative aspect. Sustainability is about creating a better world starting today based on a just vision of ...

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Competencies for Advancing Transformations Towards Sustainability and their Assessment

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Sustainability competencies have been articulated in diverse disciplines, from engineering to public education. Yet, there still remains a lack of clarity and coordination regarding a unified set of sustainability competencies ...

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The Union of the Preposterous: Playfully Engaging with Climate Change

  • Western Technical College (WI)

We are entering a decade in which the world requires massive climate action. Yet, as sustainability professionals we still struggle to engage people to take meaningful climate action. Equally problematic ...

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Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (DC)

Sustainability education is crucial to address urgent environmental, economic, and societal challenges. The number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research institutes, and centers focused on sustainability has markedly increased ...

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Unlikely Relationships: Multidisciplinary Cooperation to Divert Textile Waste

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Hands-on design courses are an essential component of apparel design curriculum and make up a sizable portion of the classes offered in many university apparel design programs worldwide. However, sewing ...

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Integrating Sustainability and Development With Gala at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Sustainability is a necessary transition that poses unprecedented challenges for ensuring widely shared well-being and prosperity. Sustainable development seeks to illuminate specific pathways to sustainability, especially in geographic areas that ...

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Promoting Sustainability Through Diverse Children's Literature

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Since 2013 this unit on assessment within the elementary Educational Psychology course introduces aspiring educators (>860 students) to the topic of constructing informal formative and summative assessments, rubrics and extension ...

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A More Bird-Safe Campus: The JCCC Bird Collision Study in Practice and the Classroom

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Johnson County Community College has since 2018 collected data on bird/window strikes across its xxx acre, suburban campus, assembling an impressive dataset on bird species and strike location(s ...

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Equipping Students with Data for Change - Chestnut Living Lab Study

  • Ithaca College (NY)

In 2018, Ithaca College's Office of Energy Management & Sustainability received funding from the Office of the President to design a research project focused on equipping students with the ...

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Developing Sustainability Internships Through an Employer Relations Lens: A Pilot

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

A brief talk on how grant funding and new academic programming in sustainability fostered a pilot to increase experiential learning opportunities. This session presenter is not a subject matter expert ...

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Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at UW Oshkosh and Beyond

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

This project titled Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh) and Beyond was a research project that utilized the fluidity of interdisciplinary application of ...

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Teaching Climate Change: Understanding Faculty Work & Identity

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The purpose of the Teaching Climate Change Study is to better understand faculty perspectives, pedagogical practices and overall confidence in teaching climate change and related issues. From this information, I ...

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Duquesne University's Sustainable MBA: Keeping our Facilities & our Students Ahead of the Pack

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • AUROS Group (PA)

To stay at the top in their field, Duquesne University's thought leaders are embracing technology to inform and advise their choices on building renovations and upgrades. Duquesne University is ...

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Institutional Implications on Promoting Education in Sustainability: Student Learning Outcome

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (herein referred to Cal Poly), was awarded the silver STARS rating in 2017. In all evaluated categories, Cal Poly received lower scores ...

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Green Advisors, Sustainability Advocates, and More: Building Engaged Community

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will focus on innovative, action-oriented engagement opportunities in sustainability for a diverse range of stakeholders at the college and university level. At Swarthmore College, more than 80 faculty ...

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Course on Landscaping with Native Plants for Benefit of Students and Campus Grounds

  • Eureka College (IL)

People in general are spending less time indoors and more time looking at screens, leaving them less active and less connected with nature. Students face struggles learning to balance a ...

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WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader certification: Graduating students to lead in sustainability

  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

This workshop will provide Canadian students and campus sustainability and engagement staff and faculty an overview of WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader student certification. Through WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Campus ...

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Using Local Food Systems and Justice Issues to teach Sustainability

  • Eureka College (IL)

For two years, I have taught an upper-level seminar in Environmental Studies on Local Food Systems and Justice issues that also meets a gen ed requirement for undergraduates in Sustainable ...

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Opening up the 'Black Box' of Recycling: Discussion of Justice in Recycling Promotes Waste Reduction

  • The University of Findlay (OH)

Although recycling is a popular sustainability practice, college students usually have limited knowledge of how and where the recyclables they put in recycling bins are turned into usable products. It ...

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Get in the Zone: A New Training Model to Build Environmental & Social Consciousness

  • New York University (NY)

How do you foster dialogue about sustainability and the impacts on climate change on your campus? In 2019, NYU's Office of Sustainability began developing a Green Zone training to ...

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Research, Innovation and Student Engagement: University Field Stations as Sustainability Praxis

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Field stations are rich venues for engagement and investigations of natural science and social science connections to the environment. Universities of all types have a history of using field stations ...

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Demystifying that Six Syllable Word: Designing an Effective Intro to Sustainability

  • University of Richmond (VA)

With so many different definitions of sustainability on a university campus, it can be difficult to find people who share a common understanding of that tricky six syllable word. For ...

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Climatepedia.org: A Nationwide Student Effort to Spread Climate Change Information

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Climatepedia (CA)

Over 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is a real, anthropogenic threat to all life on earth. However, various polls show that amongst the American public, there ...

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Sustainability Literacy in an Undergraduate Class About Disabilities - What Are You Thinking?

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In order to mobilize for a just transition, undergraduate education majors must understand how sustainability practices can be embedded in their teaching practices. Doing so has the ability empower today ...

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EchoWorks: a Cooperative e-Recycling Program

  • Western Dakota Technical College (SD)

Globally, electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of municipal waste. Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of availability of safe disposal options for the often-toxic e-materials. To provide this ...

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We Are All Educators: Preparing Staff to Act as Effective Educators in Sustainability Projects

  • Harvard University (MA)

Increasingly, staff members are encouraged to engage with students on co-curricular sustainability projects that enhance their learning. However, too often, these staff members are not trained properly to create learning ...

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Educating Students in the Business Schools through Project-Based Courses to Advance Sustainability

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Recently, Business Schools have been focusing on educating student with social responsibility and sustainable practices by offering sustainability programs and sustainability project-based courses. However, there is little research about the ...

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Teaching the UN SDGs: Developing local goals in the classroom

  • Central Community College (NE)

In 2015, Central Community College (CCC) developed a faculty-driven program to incorporate sustainability issues across the curriculum. The presenter is co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ESATC) committee ...

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The Choose Earth Certificate: A Hands-on Approach to Improving Sustainability in Study Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

The Choose Earth certificate is an optional, add-on program that students can choose to participate in while studying abroad with TEAN. It was born from our organization's Choose Earth ...

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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).

Scores

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

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