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 Systems Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

A minor in Environmental Systems will expose students to the interdisciplinary approach necessary to address environmental problems. The program places a strong emphasis on a rigorous natural science foundation.

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Environmental Studies minor offers students from every major a basic grounding in the scientific, technical, social, and cultural issues presented by the interaction of human beings with their environment ...

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Urban Studies and Planning Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The USP Program is an undergraduate community of students with diverse interests and goals. The program provides students with a variety of approaches and tools to understand the development, character ...

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Urban Studies and Planning (BA)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The USP Program is an undergraduate community of students with diverse interests and goals. The program provides students with a variety of approaches and tools to understand the development, character ...

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Environmental Chemistry (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Students have an option of earning a B.S. in the Environmental Chemistry that is ACS-Certified or not. The ACS certified version is recommended for those who intend to apply ...

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Earth Sciences Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Earth sciences encompass broad scientific study of the origin and evolution of the earth system and its life forms. The Earth Sciences minor embraces a wide range of topics, including ...

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Marine Science Minor

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The minor curriculum is designed to complement the strong disciplinary training of UCSD basic science majors by providing a broad interdisciplinary perspective with an environmental focus. Ocean-related science is relevant ...

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Oceanic and Atmospheric Studies (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Undergraduates in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences major will develop an understanding of the fundamental physics and chemistry governing the ocean and atmosphere. The major engages students in a wide ...

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Earth Sciences (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Earth sciences encompass broad scientific study of the origin and evolution of the earth system and its life forms. The Earth Sciences major embraces a wide range of topics, including ...

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Marine Biology (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Undergraduates in this major will develop an understanding of the biology of marine organisms and the biological and physical processes that affect these organisms, their populations, and their coastal and ...

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Environmental Science (PSM)

  • Stockton University (NJ)

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Environmental Science offers working professionals and qualified undergraduates an education that is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented, preparing graduates for professional advancement in the business ...

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Energy Certificate

  • Stockton University (NJ)

Energy Studies is an interdisciplinary program. It is designed to educate students in the multifaceted problems associated with energy use in our society and to pose methods for possible solutions ...

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Environmental Systems (BA/BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Environmental Systems Program recognizes the growing demand for environmental specialists and is designed to prepare undergraduates to enter a broad spectrum of environmental careers and graduate programs in, for ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Boston College (MA)

The Environmental Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the issues facing the planet as they strive to develop paths toward a sustainable future, from perspectives in the social ...

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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Environmental Engineering program within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at UCSD is a modern interpretation of this rapidly changing field. Unlike the classical environmental engineering topics ...

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Nature, Culture, Sustainability Studies (MA)

  • Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

Students in RISD’s Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program develop scholarly expertise in the rapidly evolving field of interdisciplinary environmental studies. Working closely with faculty experts in the environmental ...

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Environmental Science (MS)

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

The objective of the program is to provide the educational background needed by engineers and scientists who will be coping with the complex problems of water and air pollution, flood ...

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Civil Engineering (MSE)

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Through the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science prospective students can earn a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Civil Engineering and have the option of ...

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Transforming Sustainability Education at the Creative Edge of the Mainstream

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Schumacher College

Mainstream westernised educational policy and practice continue to be firmly rooted in ontological and epistemological traditions that reflect what Gregory Bateson referred to as the illusion of our separation from ...


Campus sustainability in the US: Environmental management and social change since 1970

  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Massachusettes Institute of Technology (CT)

In the US, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have occupied a distinct role in the social contract: they have been predisposed to be at the forefront of social change and to ...


Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

  • George Mason University (VA)

Students conduct fish sampling survey in the Potomac River off the shores of Leesylvania State Park.


South Seattle College SBST Students Engage with Energy Dashboard

  • South Seattle College (WA)

Students in South Seattle College’s Sustainable Building Science Technology BAS program use an energy dashboard to help track utilities at SSC’s Georgetown campus.


Energy Research: Sustainability @ Dickinson

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson students and faculty conduct research that contributes to creating sustainable solutions to pressing problems of our times. Our research encompasses a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, ranging ...


Dickinson Farm

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Located just a few miles from campus, the Dickinson College Farm is a 50-acre, USDA-certified organic farm and living laboratory where students can gain distinctive, hands-on learning experiences. With 12 ...


College of the Atlantic SCI 2018 1

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

The College of the Atlantic Thoreau Environmental Leaders Initiative aims to cultivate effective advocates for renewable energy and climate change issues. Through speakers, workshops and events, the initiative provides a ...


Temple Tiny House

  • Temple University (PA)

The Temple University Tiny House project is a student designed and student constructed sustainable building located at Temple Community Garden on main campus. Completed in spring 2017, the 175 square ...


Boot Camp Trainees Pitch Ideas to Potential Employer

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech students Tyneshia Griffin and Virginia Pellington pitch their ideas to the Sustainability Boot Camp's Founding Partner, Trane, during an on-site Think Tank Challenge in Ashland, VA. The ...


Johnson County Community College Green Circle Certification in Cosmetology

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

In February 2017, Johnson County Community College’s Center for Sustainability began to develop a certification protocol for the campus’ cosmetology program to become Green Circle certified. This third-party certification ...


VCU Community-University Urban Forestry Program

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The Urban Forestry Initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University is a community-based research project designed to meet the community identified need of increasing urban tree canopy cover and the university identified ...


Civil Engineering & Environmental Science (BSE)

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Civil engineering is all about sustainably helping people and the natural world. LMU students may specialize in Water Resources, Environment, Structural and Construction, Geotechnical, Transportation, and Sustainability.

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

The Environmental Science major is a rigorous interdisciplinary program involving course work in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science and engineering. The curriculum for the major involves courses that will ...

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Urban Studies (BA)

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Urban Studies majors examine urbanization and its associated social, cultural, economic, and demographic processes. They look at the structures and expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with modern and ...

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Global and Community Health Certificate

  • Clark University (MA)

The Certificate in Global and Community Health helps students take on some of the biggest public health challenges facing humanity by working with communities across the globe. Students will engage ...

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Environmental Science and Policy (MBA/MS)

  • Clark University (MA)

This program combines traditional business management skills with a solid foundation in environmental science and policy to prepare you to become a sustainability innovator for the business sector. Students will ...

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Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (MS)

  • Clark University (MA)

The Master’s in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE) degree is a joint program between Clark’s International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) and Graduate School ...

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Community and Global Health (MHS)

  • Clark University (MA)

Clark University's Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Community and Global Health, offered through the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE), is ideal for students who ...

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International Development and Social Change (MA)

  • Clark University (MA)

Offered through Clark's International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE), the Master’s in International Development and Social Change trains students to meet some of the world’s social ...

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Global Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Clark University (MA)

As a global environmental studies major, students will gain an understanding of how different economic practices, laws and policies, cultural values, and social norms across the globe guide peoples’ relation ...

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International Development & Social Change (BA)

  • Clark University (MA)

This major will enable students to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics transforming our world. Students acquire a broad analytic background in the social ...

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Environmental Science (BA/BS)

  • Clark University (MA)

Environmental science majors investigate the physical, biological, geographical and policy aspects of the natural environment to gain insight into ways that life on earth can continue to thrive. Students confront ...

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Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program offers an interdisciplinary marine-related curriculum to undergraduate students enrolled in the five campuses. The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate is ...

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Five College Sustainability Studies Certificate

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

The Five College Sustainability Studies certificate (FCSS) program is designed to engage students in a structured course of study that will draw on courses from across the campuses in a ...

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Development Studies Nexus Minor

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

The Development Studies Nexus track gives students the analytical skills to understand the complexities of global poverty, inequality, and injustice and strategies that state and non-state actors have used to ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

The Environmental Studies department offers six concentrations that allow students to: focus on the science and policy behind conserving biodiversity and ecosystem function; examine the structure and function of terrestrial ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

The Environmental Studies offers six concentrations that allow students to: focus on the science and policy behind conserving biodiversity and ecosystem function; examine the structure and function of terrestrial and ...

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Transforming the fashion and apparel curriculum to incorporate sustainability

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

The issue of sustainability is unprecedented in both magnitude and complexity. It presents one of the major challenges faced by modern society. Fashion and apparel educators have an opportunity to ...

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Towards the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Universidad de Guadalajara

The focus of this article is to examine how higher education institutions in Mexico are preparing for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. Specifically, we have developed a ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Corporate social responsibility and sustainability education: A trans-Atlantic comparison

  • Penn State Altoona (PA)
  • University of Nottingham

Using a sample of 72 European and 22 North American educational institutions, we examine the extent to which business schools in North America and Europe are driving educational programs and ...

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Adaptable model for assessing sustainability in higher education

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Many universities have started to measure sustainability, and many tools have been developed to assist them in this process. For universities at an early stage of sustainability implementation, choosing a ...

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Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Lakehead University (ON)

This book explores why the concept of wild pedagogy is an essential aspect of education in these times; a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in ...

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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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Scores

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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.