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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Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals Through Education Abroad

  • University of New Haven (CT)
  • The Forum on Education Abroad (RI)

Interested in making your education abroad programs and practices more sustainable, but unsure of where to start? The Forum on Education Abroad recently released new guidelines for Advancing the UN ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainable Study Abroad: A New Self-Reporting Framework and Certification

  • Earth Deeds (MA)
  • Bound International (TX)

Prior to the global pandemic, there was record participation in study abroad programming throughout the world while particular challenges continued to exist. One of those challenges was the reconciliation between ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Collaborations for Campus Composting

  • Georgia State University (GA)

Students these days want their academic experiences to not only contribute to career development but to benefit the environment and society as well. Food waste is a significant problem that ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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When Green Funds Collaborate with Community-Based Learning Courses: Lessons from the Field

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Community-based learning (CBL) courses engage students in an applied learning process in direct service of a campus community. Green funds offer money for student-initiated projects that improve the sustainability of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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AIM2Flourish: Using Business for Good Education to Inspire the Future of Business

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

"If you want to change how business operates you have to change the way it is taught." - David Cooperrider, PhD AIM2Flourish is a program of the Fowler Center for Business ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Communication: Practical Applications for Educators, Students, and Service Learning Programs

  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)

Join Dr. Joanna Huxster, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Eckerd College, and Dan Xie, Political Director for the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) for a session on the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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What Are We Even Doing Here? Empowering Students in the Face of Overlapping Crises

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Teaching and mentoring Gen-Z students can often feel full of cognitive dissonance as we talk about career possibilities or the value of upcycling a t-shirt into a tote bag even ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Advising for Sustainability

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

All campus spaces and interactions are pedagogical, and since NACADA, the main professional organization devoted to academic advising, maintains that advising is teaching, we can use advising as a powerful ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating Alumni Connections Through a Sustainability Course

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Once per year, the Office of Sustainability offers a 2-credit course called SUS 293: Applied Sustainability. The course is designed for interns in the Office and other students interested in ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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College Campuses as the "Great Equalizer" - Or Are They: A Critical Perspective to Sustainability

  • Winthrop University (SC)

College campuses have often been touted as the great equalizer, a place where those who are marginalized, either racially or economically, have as much ability to succeed as their non-marginalized ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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STARS Assessment as a Curricular Opportunity

  • Furman University (SC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework used to measure a university’s overall sustainability performance. In most cases the STARS assessment is conducted ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Virtually Vital-Going Green, Globally

  • Dallas College (TX)

The members of the Cedar Valley Student Green Club used creativity to utilize a virtual platform to pioneer a variety of firsts for our campus at a time when many ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Current Issues in Online Sustainability Education

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The future is online. Over the last five years, there has been an increased demand for hybrid and online courses. Online learning can offer multiple ways of learning and supporting ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Project-based Education Approaches to Help Communities Meet Global Sustainability Challenges

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

The needs and challenges in assuring a sustainable society are now greater than ever. The challenges range from water pollution and lack of potable drinking water, to solid waste management ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Converting Sustainability Case Studies From Problem-Solving to Problem-Posing

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Given that sustainability demands paradigmatic change in the current climate (Springett, 2005; Sterling, 2011; Hermes, J. and Rimanoczy, 2018), a transformative learning approach to sustainability education is essential to foster ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Filling the Education Gap for Agenda 2030: SDG Academy Educational Tools and Partners

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

This discussion will cover filling the gap in higher education systems for Agenda 2030. The mission of the SDG Academy is to create and curate the best educational content on ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Learning How to Move Corporations on Climate and Racial Justice

  • Ceres (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • As You Sow (CA)

SEC Commissioner Allison Lee recently shared with the corporate community that "A study from 2018 .. showed that 71 of the top 100 revenue generators globally were corporations while only 29 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building a Climate Movement Within a Field

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will report on the founding and growth of Philosophers for Sustainability, an international organization of philosophers working to promote sustainability within and outside philosophy. Our projects include a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Immersion & Collaboration: Engaging Students, Staff, and Faculty in Sustainability Reporting

  • Ball State University (IN)

For more than a decade, student teams from Ball State University have applied the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) principles and standards to document the operational management approach and annual sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Sustainability Mindset Indicator

  • oikos International
  • FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management

It has become clear that change is urgent in order to halt the many impacts humans have on our planet. Research has shown that if we want to promote engagement ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Approaches to Teaching Sustainability-Key Competencies

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

As courses and programs in sustainability continue to expand in higher education, instructors are called on to develop and adapt new and innovative approaches to teaching that enable students to ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Engaging with Community Partners to Advance Sustainability Learning -- A New Affinity Group

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Integrating Service-Learning/Community Engagement (SLCE) into Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) offers opportunities to enhance student learning outcomes and competencies across diverse disciplines. Research has demonstrated that service-learning can deepen ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainable Living and Collaborative Learning on Pitt's Campus

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

In the Fall of 2022, the University of Pittsburgh will launch it's first Sustainability Living Learning Community for both upperclassmen and freshmen. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are specialized living ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University-Community Collaboration for Climate Justice Across Disciplines

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Communities locally and globally are re-imagining systems to restore interconnected human and environmental well-being. University-community collaborative partnerships can be a crucial part of this effort. This presentation explores how university-community ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Enhancing Sustainability Education through Biomimicry

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Biomimicry is growing as a field in engineering to sustainability, defined as nature-inspired design, and positioned as an interdisciplinary field aiming to create more sustainable futures. However, few biomimicry-specific university ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Leadership & Sustainability in Action: A Practitioner's Case for Integrated Teaching

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • Harvard University (MA)

At colleges and universities all over the United States, instructors of leadership courses argue that they teach students about equitable, healthy leadership and prepare the next generation of leaders to ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future Is Interdisciplinary: A Campus Farm Model

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will focus on the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, an interdisciplinary, four-acre, student operated farm. The mission of the SAP is to seed sustainable agriculture best practices, cultivate leadership ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Identifying Assessment Practices That Support Sustainability Competencies

  • MacEwan University (AB)

Have you ever wondered if your grading and assessment practices are supporting or hindering the development of sustainability competencies? When most of us think about how to improve our courses ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Regeneration & Reclamation in Environmental Justice Projects by Contemporary Artists and Educators

  • Colorado State University, Pueblo (CO)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Parsons (IL)
  • ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists (OH)

For many years, internationally renowned award-winning contemporary artists around the country have been leaders of community-based social practice projects that feature creative approaches to urban renewal and communal agriculture, native ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How Earth Month Strengthens Student Engagement & Campus-Community Ties

  • San Jose State University (CA)

In this session, our inter-departmental campus team will share SJSU's unique Earth Day history and tell the story of how we organized a unique Earth Month series of workshops ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future of Transnational Education: Principles and Practices to Address the UN SDGs

  • De Montfort University

Transnational Education (TNE) is a significant area of activity for higher education (HE) institutions in the West, involving universities establishing overseas partnerships or campuses to enable international students to study ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dr. Tracey Osborne, Dr. Stephen Sterling and Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan

  • Northeastern University (MA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This keynote presentation will reflect on the shifts in educational policy and practice necessary to create a sustainable future.

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Earth Law and the Rights of Nature: A New Generation of Laws Built for Nature

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)
  • Environmental Education Fund (NJ)

Forget doom and gloom. Let's educate students about the Rights of Nature, an inspiring, evolving legal development which is gaining traction in the US and around the world, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Integrating Sustainability Literacy Competencies Into Teacher Preparation Programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Education for sustainability is critical in preparing future generations with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to address the sustainability problems that challenge the health and stability of our world ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Resilience through Community Resilience: Lessons from Appalachian Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Flooding in Appalachian Kentucky during the spring of 2021 laid bare the now established threat of climate change to a region often left out of conversations about climate resilience. While ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Rethinking Pandemic Plastic: Engaging Industrial Design Students in End Use

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Over the past year, Plexiglass barriers have populated our campuses and communities. Through barriers strategically placed, in attempts to effectively adhere to safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Applied Organizational Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary STEM-Based Sustainability Course

  • Murray State University (KY)

In order to meet future workforce needs, STEM and sustainability should be integrated throughout university curriculum, including in business disciplines. However, STEM remains underrepresented in business education, including business conceptions ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Student Involvement in Supporting the Carbon Commitment at UNC Asheville

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This session will explain steps to take toward climate action on a university campus. In a UNC Asheville course entitled "Communicating Climate Change," a group of students led an initiative ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Professor as Guide on the Side: Facilitating Student-Led Discussions in Higher Education

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

In this on-demand presentation, I will describe a student-led discussion strategy that I have utilized in in-person teaching modality to facilitate discussions over assigned reading material in university-level sustainability courses ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Tri-Sector Consulting Projects: Experiential Learning for Societal Impact

  • Kent State University (OH)

For the last decade, companies and business schools alike have struggled with how best to incorporate shared value perspectives into their business and curricular plans. How do we align corporate ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Pedagogies for Cultivating Critical Consciousness: Engaging With Social Justice and Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The challenge to support students in higher education to navigate complex issues related to not only sustainability but racial equity and social justice has become increasingly dynamic yet essential. Cultivating ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Putting the Equity in Sustainability Curriculum

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

This session will address some of the successes and struggles of modifying environmental curriculum to address social justice. The Environmental Justice Collective of the University of Texas at Austin's ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability on Tap! Experience a Silo-Busting Student Engagement Event

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Busting through academic silos can be tough. Enter - Sustainability on Tap! For the past 4 years, this University of Texas at Austin event has brought together graduate students from every ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Let’s Talk about Sustainability Across the Curriculum!

  • Western Washington University (WA)

This session is intended as a dialogue for faculty, staff, students, or administrators interested in incorporating or expanding sustainability across the curriculum in your courses or at your institution.  We ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating Sustainable Curriculum Processes for a Sustainability Outcome

  • Fleming College (ON)

In 2018, Ontario Colleges Quality Assurance Services (OCQAS) conducted an institutional level quality audit of Fleming College, Ontario, Canada. This audit involved a comprehensive review of the College's quality ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Using a Sustainability Framework to Advance Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Accredited social work programs in the U.S. train students to advance "social, economic, and environmental justice" (CSWE, 2020). Often, however, the curriculum addresses each type of justice independently, as ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Healing to Transform - A Trauma-Informed Approach to Education for Sustainable Development & Wellbeing

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Our society and our planet are desperate for healing from embodied trauma passed on from generation to generation—be it fueled by institutionalized racism, forced displacement, gender and economic inequality ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Transformative Sustainability Learning: An Affective Photovoice Lens

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

This presentation shares the results of a doctoral dissertation in an educational sustainability program. The purpose was to understand the learning experiences and the role of affect for students in ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Writing Sustainability Case Studies with ESRAP: A Collaboration Practice for Graduate Education

  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (MN)

The global apparel and textile industries are damaging the environment, from fiber production to consumer disposal. University apparel programs have identified the gap in knowledge that students possess regarding the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Assessing Campus Sustainability Literacy and Culture: How Are Universities Doing It and To What End?

  • George Mason University (VA)

Assessing student, staff, and faculty sustainability literacy and culture poses a challenge to many higher education institutions (HEI). The assessments are essential for providing an understanding of campus sustainability knowledge ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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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

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