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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Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Environmental and water resources engineering is a broad discipline dedicated to addressing environmental issues in air, water, and soil. It includes a variety of sub-disciplines, such as water quality engineering ...

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Corporate Social Innovation Concentration in Business Administration (MBA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The McCombs School of Business concentration in corporate social innovation offers students insight into the industry through unique courses and events and prepares them for career opportunities related to this ...

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Geography and the Environment (PhD)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Faculty and graduate students have contributed in many ways to understanding and managing earth’s diverse cultural and physical environments, ranging from local to global scales across the full range ...

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Geography and the Environment (MA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Faculty and graduate students have contributed in many ways to understanding and managing earth’s diverse cultural and physical environments, ranging from local to global scales across the full range ...

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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

In the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) in the Cockrell School of Engineering, undergraduate students follow the environmental engineering curriculum (B.S. degree) and are taught by ...

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Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) Certificate

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on the environment. The Sustainable Energy Systems ...

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Environment & Sustainability Bridging Disciplines Program

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Environment & Sustainability BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences ...

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Geography (BA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography focuses on our interdependent world and our fragile habitat. The major nourishes a sense of responsibility and provides tools for the solution ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (the “EVS Program”) is an interdisciplinary degree program in Environmental Science offered collaboratively by The University of Texas at Austin’s ...

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Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Concentration in Biology (MS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

This concentration is designed for students aiming to go on to Ph.D. programs or enter the workplace in fields such as systematics, evolution, conservation, population genetics, genomics, behavior of ...

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Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (MS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Masters of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (IMES) program is an interdisciplinary program offered at San Francisco State University (SF State) by the College of Science ...

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Ecology Concentration in Biology (BS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Ecology emphasizes the study of the interactions among and between organisms and the environment, the conservation and management of populations and communities of species, and the pattern and process of ...

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Geography (BA)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Geographers study physical and biological environments, human societies and their spatial interactions, and utilize both environmental science and social science perspectives. Geographers seek to analyze the processes, spatial patterns and ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Environmental science provides students with many opportunities in industry, government and academia. Graduates are well prepared for both graduate school and careers in environmental consulting, environmental regulation, advocacy or education ...

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Masters of Environmental Science (MSc)

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The TRU MSc in environmental sciences program fills local, regional, provincial, national and international needs for environmental professionals. The program is designed to produce graduates who are innovative and have ...

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Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their knowledge, skills, awareness, and attitudes that contribute to environmental sustainability competency – from projects, to artwork, to ...

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Enhancing Campus Curricula and Sustainability Through UN SDGs

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a benchmark for not only development of much of the world, but also for redevelopment of the industrialized world, which faces a ...

  • Posted May 2, 2019
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A decade of Finnish engineering education for sustainable development

  • Tampere University

Purpose The paper aims to examine the current status and development of sustainable development in Finnish engineering education.

Design/methodology/approach The study consists of interviews with key stakeholders supplemented ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Can MOOCs empower people to critically think about climate change? A learning outcome based comparison of two MOOCs

  • Universidade Aberta
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • FernUniversität in Hagen

Climate change can be regarded as one of the key topics of sustainable development where public awareness and education are crucial. In the field of education, Massive Online Open Courses ...

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Establishing transdisciplinary minor programme as a way to embed sustainable development into higher education system: Case by Tongji University, China

  • East China Normal University
  • Tongji University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of the establishment and development of a minor program in Sustainable Development in Tongji University, China, and how ...

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Innovating Undergraduate General Chemistry by Integrating Sustainability-related Socio-Scientific Issues

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Universität Bremen

Background: Many general chemistry courses in U.S. undergraduate education focus on decontextualized content learning, driven by a structure-of-the-discipline approach. Due to this approach, many students perceive general chemistry to ...

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I and We: Does Identity Explain Undergraduates’ Ethical Intentions?

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Concerns about business ethics have led many business schools to integrate ethics into the curriculum, with mixed results (May, Luth, & Schwoerer 2014, Wang & Calvano 2015, Waples, Antes, Murphy ...

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The Value of Experiential and Action Learning in Business Ethics Education

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

This paper develops an interpretive framework around ethical learning by using qualitative methods to examine the collective impact of Experiential Learning Activity (ELA) and Critical Action Learning (CAL) on student ...

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Identifying the factors for sustainability learning performance

  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Hordaland)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

The recent launch of several important international education initiatives designates a future for education that moves away from educational achievements largely based on access and attainment and advances a more ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula through the Project Method, a Global Learning Strategy

  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Higher levels of material well-being lead almost inevitably to giving priority to individualism and personal advancement, often at the expense of civic conscience. A proposal for integrating sustainability into the ...

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Development of a Measurement Tool for Sustainable Development Awareness

  • Necmettin Erbakan University

Raising the sustainable development awareness is of great importance for the continuation of the world's livability. Teachers have a great responsibility in order for individuals to make sustainable development ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Green Chemistry in Higher Education: State of the Art, Challenges, and Future Trends

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Universitat de València
  • Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Polish Naval Academy

Nowadays, there is increasing interest in global sustainability, and thus, university students would like to know how human actions affect the health status of our planet. This is mainly due ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Business School Professors’ Perception of Ethics in Education in Europe

  • Rovira i Virgili University

This qualitative study aims to investigate business school professors’ perception of ethics in business education, and their possible role in achieving ethical awareness in these schools. Data were collected through ...

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Learning to Navigate (in) the Anthropocene

  • KU Leuven

Over the last decades, the extent of human impact on Earth and the atmosphere has been the subject of large-scale scientific investigations. It is increasingly argued that this impact is ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Leadership of Heart and Mind: Examining the Mind and Skill Sets of Student Sustainability Leadership

  • University of New England (ME)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

The purpose of this comparative case study was to deepen the understanding of post-secondary student sustainability leaders’ motivations and identify the skills they have employed in order to inform the ...

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Measuring development of environmental awareness and moral reasoning: A case-study of a civil engineering course

  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • University of Queensland (QLD)
  • Swinburne University of Technology

Environmental awareness and ethical moral reasoning are important aspects of the engineering profession. Yet, engineering programmes have been struggling to teach these topics and measure the effectiveness of these educational ...

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Training Secondary Education Teachers through the Prism of Sustainability: The Case of the Universitat de València

  • Universitat de València

Designing the training of future teachers through holistic and interdisciplinary visions is vital to developing coherent contents, epistemologies, and methodologies that put Education for Sustainability into action. The research presented ...

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Building an Industry-Oriented Business Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education

  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science
  • National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology

In the past, research addressing the issues reflecting industrial needs for sustainability-related curriculum design in higher education has been limited. To narrow this gap and to provide students with better ...

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International perspectives on the pedagogy of climate change

  • Purchase College - State University of New York (NY)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • Prince Sultan University (Riyadh)
  • Universidad de Sonora (Sonora)
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz

Education is key to the advancement of environmental sustainability. Climate change education is a complex topic where a number of factors play key roles. One such factor, namely the ongoing ...

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Connecting Social and Natural Ecologies Through a Curriculum of Giving for Student Wellbeing and Engagement

  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra

Using hermeneutic phenomenology to aid the reader ‘experience’ the data collected, this study reports on 18 college students, 4 staff members and the author's trip to a remote island ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Learning Sustainable Cultural Safety in a Crowded, Warming World

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Among all the pressing needs for educational innovations that we face today, arguably the most imperative is the need to elicit learners’ active collaboration towards a ‘Great Transition’ into a ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development at a Swiss University: Navigating the Traps of Institutionalization

  • University of Bern

How far have higher education institutions progressed towards integrating sustainable development at an institutional level and are they responding to the societal need for transformation? Can the pace of transformation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Month Activities

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Earth Day Fair

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Tarrant County College Southeast Campus Aquaponics Cultivation Center and Wildlife Development

  • Tarrant County College Southeast (TX)

This is a massive, on-going project that we have been developing as a committee over the past 2 years. Right now, I am in the process of developing 2 miles ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: a theoretical review and approach

  • Örebro University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

A changing climate requires a changing professional. The Institute of Environmental Sustainability educates the next generation of professionals - environmental science and sustainability professionals who can apply an interdisciplinary approach to ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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Commitment to the Sustainability of Students Within a Responsible Management Education

  • Częstochowa Politechnika

Higher education has always responded to the social needs. Universities can play a critical role in the process of social change that relies on educating new generations of leaders and ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management curriculum is a multidisciplinary program with courses taught in schools across the Georgia Tech campus. These include Public Policy, Business, Industrial and Systems Engineering ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Education for sustainable development through business simulation games: An exploratory study of sustainability gamification and its effects on students' learning outcomes

  • Università della Svizzera Italiana
  • UCS Ulrich Creative Simulations

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is gaining increased attention in tertiary education. According to the literature, ESD affects not only the content of education, but also its process and outcomes ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Sustainably Developing Sustainability Programs and Curriculum

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The climate is changing in higher education today with unpredictable state funding, evolving student populations and dialog about sustainability of higher education itself. With the urgency for sustainable solutions to ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Impact of environmental knowledge and product quality on student attitude toward products with recycled/remanufactured content: Implications for environmental education and green manufacturing

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • University of Sheffield
  • Monash University Malaysia

This study investigates the impact of environmental knowledge and perceived product quality on purchasing intention and purchasing behavior of recycled products: A4 paper, mobile phones and printers. The intent is ...

  • Posted March 31, 2019
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SEED Center

  • National Council for Workforce Education (FL)

The Sustainability Education, and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and clean technology education programs at community colleges by sharing innovative practices to help college administrators, faculty, and ...


Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (CSRS) Initiatives among European and Asian Business Schools: A Web-based Content Analysis

  • GIFT University
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata

The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which MBA programmes offered by top European and Asian B-schools have a corporate social responsibility and sustainability (CSRS) orientation ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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The impact of neoliberalism on higher education tourism programs: Meeting the 2030 sustainable development goals with the next generation

  • George Mason University (VA)

Neoliberal influences can change the role of higher education towards training, which reduces their ability to instill the critical thinking skills needed to sustain the Sustainable Development Goals by future ...

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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).

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.