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 Chemistry (BS)

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)

Environmental chemistry is the study of chemical principles and methodologies applicable to environmental phenomena and issues. The only program of its kind in the Chicago area, Illinois Tech’s B ...

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Environmental and Water Engineering Minor

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

Environmental and water engineering is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles of chemistry and biology with engineering science to study the engineered approaches to protecting water and environment. Environmental and ...

  • Posted June 3, 2019
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Environmental Sciences Minor

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

This minor draws on the resources and expertise of several disciplines. Students enrolling in the environmental sciences minor should have normally completed a minimum of 30 credits of course work ...

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Renewable Energy Minor

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

Renewable energy is a multidisciplinary area that integrates different fields including electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The minor provides students with an opportunity to acquire skills that would enhance their ...

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Environmental Sciences (BS)

  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences integrates biology, chemistry and related courses, prepares students to study current environmental issues using critical thinking skills along with the scientific method ...

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Environmental Health Sciences (DrPH)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree indicating qualification for leadership careers in advanced public health practice and administration related specifically to environmental ...

  • Posted May 30, 2019
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Earth & Environmental Sciences (PhD)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Ph.D. program aims to train broadly educated Earth scientists for careers in academia, research, government, and industry; along the way, students move swiftly from receiving knowledge to creating ...

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Earth and Environmental Engineering (PhD)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The EEE doctoral program encompasses projects that include Earth/environmental objectives and involve research in the following areas:

  • Developing a better understanding of the impacts of industrial and other human ...
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Environmental Health Policy Graduate Certificate

  • Columbia University (NY)

Public health professionals operate at the boundary between science and policy. This is particularly true in the domain of environmental health. The human health risks posed by environmental exposures are ...

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Climate and Health Graduate Certificate

  • Columbia University (NY)

Climate variability and change pose complex risks to our health. Dramatic examples can be found in the headlines: a powerful tropical storm sweeps in with such force that hundreds of ...

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Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Concentration in Public Administration (EMPA)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The earth is witnessing human-induced environmental change on a scale and at a pace that is unique in history. Increased levels of greenhouse gases are warming the planet; the extinction ...

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Energy and Environment Concentration (MIA/MPA)

  • Columbia University (NY)

SIPA’s Energy and Environment (EE) concentration provides students with advanced knowledge on global energy and environmental issues and how governments, businesses, and civil society can lead effective action. Students ...

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Sustainability Management (MS)

  • Columbia University (NY)

This program is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in management that takes into account both the environment and the economy. Graduates transform how organizations do business ...

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AAS in Sustainable Brewing

  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI)

This degree combines the competencies in brewing science and technology with additional coursework in the sciences, business, sustainability studies, and allied fields. The program is designed to prepare students for ...

  • Posted May 29, 2019
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AAS in Culinary Arts & Sustainable Food Systems

  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI)

This program of study was developed with advisory groups of chefs, farmers, food processors/distributors and food industry entrepreneurs. Students will spend most of their time working in a real ...

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The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

  • Yale University (CT)

The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale is an international multireligious project. With its conferences, publications, and website, it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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U.S. Business Schools Failing on Climate Change

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

As a researcher and professor of business management, I have found that sustainable business courses across the U.S. do not align with the scientific consensus that we need radical ...


Addressing Sustainable Apparel Design Challenges With Problem-Based Learning

  • Illinois State University (IL)

This publication discusses the complexities of the modern fashion industry and provides an approach to incorporate sustainability education in the subject. The article provides research and case-studies assess the success ...


A Necessary Partnership: Study Abroad and Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Over the last two decades, two major trends that have emerged in higher education have been the internalization and increasing sustainability of institutions. Internalization has occurred via two main channels ...


Five-Year Dual Degree: Env. Policy BA or Env. Sci BS or Env. Studies BA, Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Many complex challenges facing society occur at the intersection of environmental science and public policy. Students in Loyola University Chicago's dual degree programs with the Master of Public Policy ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Healthy Cities Certificate

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Creating cities to promote public health is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities provides University of Michigan graduate students with the language, skills, and competencies needed to ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Sustainability Studies

  • Otterbein University (OH)

Otterbein University's sustainability studies undergraduate program aims to prepare tomorrow’s decision-makers need to understand environmental processes, and have critical thinking skills related to the analysis and interpretation of ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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MS Water Management & Hydrological Science

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Water Management and Hydrologic Science Master’s program in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to teach critical aspects of water management ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Nature Writing MFA and MA

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

The Nature Writing MFA and M.A. analyze the human development of nature writing and explore the progression of the anthropocene and environmental writing. Western's program is low-residency and ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Informal learning for sustainability in higher education institutions

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Purpose Many higher education institutions are committed to developing students as skilled professionals and responsible citizens for a more sustainable future. In addition to the formal curriculum for sustainability education ...


From the Classroom to the COP: Equipping Emory Students to Become Climate Policy Leaders

  • Emory University (GA)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took effect in 1994, and its main objective is to lessen the impact of human interference that threatens the Earth’s ...


Student Sustainability Leadership Award

  • California State University Maritime Academy (CA)

California State University Maritime Academy in its continued effort to becoming most sustainable campus, engaging staff, faculty, and students, explored and identified water saving opportunities for the campus. The project ...


Hope and Empowerment: Navigating Grief, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Through Train-the-Trainer Workshops

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) (OR)

In these times of accelerating change, environmental crises, and social injustices, we are bombarded with negative news that can numb and overwhelm the spirit. How can we build hope and ...


Central College Tree Campus

  • Central College (IA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

Central College is a leader in sustainability education, both in Iowa and the Midwest. For more than a century, Central students and staff have helped plant and care for trees ...


Climate and Society (MA)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a twelve-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate ...

  • Posted May 17, 2019
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Environmental Science Concentration

  • Columbia University (NY)

The concentration in environmental science and the concentration in earth science are designed to give students an understanding of how the Earth works and an introduction to the methods used ...

  • Posted May 17, 2019
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Sustainable Development Concentration

  • Columbia University (NY)

The special concentration is intentionally more flexible than the major, given that students have their major classes as well. However, its structure allows students to benefit from the program’s ...

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Environmental Biology Concentration

  • Columbia University (NY)

Columbia offers a concentration in Environmental Biology for students whose main academic focus is elsewhere (e.g. pre-law, economics, chemistry), but who wish to pursue some organized study in our ...

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Environmental Policy (BA)

  • Columbia University (NY)

Environmental Policy focuses on political institutions, societal processes, and individual choices that lead to environmental stress, the impact of environmental stress on institutions, processes and individuals, and the development of ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Columbia University (NY)

Environmental Science provides a scientific basis for management of earth systems. It focuses on the interaction between human activities, resources, and the environment. As human population grows and technology advances ...

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Earth & Environmental Science (BS)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The undergraduate major in earth and environmental sciences provides an understanding of the natural functioning of our planet and considers the consequences of human interactions with it. The program for ...

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Environmental Biology (BA)

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Environmental Biology (EB) major provides students with a strong foundation in areas of organismal biology including evolution, systematics, ecology, population biology, behavior, and biodiversity conservation, as well as an ...

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Sustainability Theme in Business Administration (MBA)

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

The Master of Business Administration program has a sustainability theme incorporated into its operations. Graduates will explore business from a triple bottom line perspective of People, Planet and Profit. They ...

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Environment (MA)

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

The Master of Environment is an interdisciplinary program focusing on basic, and applied research. Dealing with, the complex relationships among the environment, earth, natural resources, and society at large. The ...

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Landscape Architecture (MLA)

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program was established in 1972. It was the first graduate program in Landscape Architecture in Canada. It has graduated more than 300 students, many ...

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Agroecology

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

Agroecology specializes in the management and conservation of our natural and agricultural resources. Agroecologists develop environmentally friendly weed, insect and disease controls and also help farmers conserve their land and ...

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Environmental Science (BSc)

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

The BSc of Environmental Science examines the physical, chemical, and biological components of the Earth’s environment, its diverse systems, and the complex ways in which they interact. Environmental scientists ...

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Geospatial Information Science and Technology Graduate Certificate

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) provides an academic structure for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas around geospatial information and analysis. Geographic information science and technology ...

  • Posted May 17, 2019
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Environmental Law (JD)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to take a broad range of courses in the environmental and energy field and to engage in cutting-edge research and writing. It also ...

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Environmental Engineering (MS)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Management of environmental resources to protect human health and the systems that support life is one of the biggest challenges facing modern society. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of ...

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Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (MS)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Energy, climate, and infrastructure systems are closely tied together, and these connections manifest in many forms. Our society cannot function without energy and infrastructure systems. Energy systems with the lowest ...

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McHenry County College Composts! (Finally!)

  • McHenry County College (IL)

Composting has been a goal of the MCC Board of Trustees approved Sustainability Strategic Plan since 2012 and 2015. Based on a waste audit done several years ago, MCC’s ...


The Chemistry Behind Composting

  • Harper College (IL)

Harper College Facilities Management partnered with Harper’s Chemistry Department to begin a compost collection and research program on campus. Compost bins were built in-house on Harper’s grounds for ...


This Way to Climate Action at Chico State

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Students at CSU, Chico used the Cal-Adapt climate tools to forecast the future climate for the City of Chico, Butte County, and CSU, Chico, and project the climate impacts to ...


An Assessment of Teaching and Learning about Sustainability Across the Higher Education Curriculum

  • Columbia University (NY)

Although the majority of scientists agree that we are facing unprecedented climate crises, higher education’s engagement with environmental and sustainability problems is lacking. While the role of human behavior ...

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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Scores

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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
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NOLS

Lander, WY
Business 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
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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.