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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The Greening of an Intensive English Program

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Our poster discusses what sustainability is and why we include environmental topics in our English as a Second Language curriculum. We explain our new summer certificate program focusing on sustainable ...

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Creation of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Undergraduate Curriculum

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

The University of Colorado Denver initiated a faculty led signature area in sustainability to explore the potential of either a major or minor in sustainability. This PowerPoint presentation will cover ...

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Sustainable E-Waste Education and Research

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This presentation provides a review of two recent electronic waste (e-waste) education and research initiatives as part of a Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center ...

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Sustainability Internship Course Best Posters

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In a Sustainability Internship course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, students designed posters telling the story of their experiences interning at non-profits, local government offices, businesses ...

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Sustainability Internship: Developing a Sustainable Design Document for the University of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability requires collaboration. The University of Minnesota's Sustainability Studies minor internship promotes collaboration between students and professionals to work together to further sustainable efforts. My specific assignment was with ...

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University of Northern Colorado Environmental Studies Club

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

In the 21st century, awareness and activism regarding environmental topics has become increasingly important. This is especially true on university campuses within the United States and worldwide where faculty and ...

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Teaching Sustainability: Effects on Teacher Candidates, Urban Students, & Cooperating Teachers

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Teaching Sustainability: Effects on Teacher Candidates, Urban Students, & Cooperating Teachers

This research project explored the reciprocal benefits of adding an integrated service-learning component to a required reading/language arts ...

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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Global Sustainability Minor for UVA

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The sustainability movement is gaining traction at the University of Virginia. The emergence in recent years of new student groups, courses, faculty interest and events centered on sustainability show us ...

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Service-Learning in the Classroom

  • Ursinus College (PA)

One pedagogical method of integrating sustainability into the classroom is through service-learning. A service-learning partnership was created between an upper-level environmental studies climate change class at Ursinus College (UC) and ...

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Boundary Crossing, Experiential Learning, and Sustainable Agriculture at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborated to conceptualize, develop, and propose undergraduate curriculum for a transdisciplinary and experiential-based Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor ...

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A Case Study on furthering Campus Sustainability by Smart Scheduling General Purpose Classrooms

  • West Virginia University (WV)

Today, higher education across the United States continues to use inefficient processes to schedule classrooms and events. Very little attention is given to optimal space allocation or usage efficiency. However ...

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Strategies for "Greening" the General Education Curriculum

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)

Strategies will be provided with goals, objectives, and activities for "greening" the general education curriculum. This infusion approach results in a paradigm shift in student behaviors related to sustainable energy ...

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Redefining the possible: Community engagement, operational congruency and curriculum integration at York University

  • York University (ON)

York University, one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, is set in a rapidly changing region of urban Toronto. York has a deep commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability ...

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The Sustainable Learning Community: The University of New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

In this presentation, staff from the University of New Hampshire's University Office of Sustainability (UOS) -- the oldest endowed sustainability program in American higher education -- will share from their perspective ...

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Evaluating Fieldwork for Undergraduate Sustainability Education

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Many undergraduate instructors consider fieldwork as central to courses in sustainability and environmental studies. Common goals of fieldwork include the development of general and subject-specific skills, opportunity for experiential and ...

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Engaging Students in Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Innovative Courses

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Universities that strive to make their campuses more sustainable face challenges of curriculum reform and engaging their students in sustainability initiatives. At Loyola University Chicago (LUC), we are meeting both ...

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Building Sustainability & Community in a Student-Led, Service-Learning Environment

  • Truman State University (MO)

Often, there is a perceived divide between a campus and the greater community and an actual divide between university practices and sustainable ones. We seek to break down both barriers ...

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A Campus Wide Academic Sustainability Initiative at Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global concern for environment and sustainability is growing and new ways of thinking are needed to create solutions to the challenges we face. The Dalhousie University College of Sustainability is ...

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Operations and Academics Collaboration for Sustainability on Campus

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is Canada's premier polytechnic institution. It operates out of five campuses in western Canada, and it is oriented towards meeting the needs ...

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Green, Across the Campus and Across the Curriculum

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (IA)
  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) supports the integration of green building and sustainability projects across higher education campuses and curriculum. With students and educators now living and working ...

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Everybody Counts! Students as Citizen Scientists: Teaching Sustainability at Seneca College, King Campus, Ontario, Canada

  • Seneca College (ON)

Today's environmental issues are more complex than ever before. The need to contribute to global solutions has empowered the individual in every home and in every community. Citizen Science ...

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Maximizing Student, Staff, and Faculty Synergies: The University of British Columbia SEEDS Program

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This presentation describes an award winning "greening the campus" program. SEEDS is the first academic program in Western Canada that brings together students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on developing ...

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Teaching Sustainability through an Interdisciplinary Learning Exchange

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How do we integrate sustainability into our existing courses? An interdisciplinary learning project which integrates two traditional courses: Lifespan Developmental Psychology and Nutrition Across the Lifespan, will be presented. This ...

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Using GIS to Promote Sustainability

  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have widespread applicability to many facets of the Sustainability world. In fact, GIS has its mid-1960's roots in the sustainability subfield of natural resources management ...

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Education for Sustainability and Designing for Significant Learning

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sustainability education and the design of significant learning experiences share fundamental principles of course design. Our presentation describes an integrated faculty workshop that is part of the Finger Lakes Project ...

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Sustainability and Furman's New Curriculum

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman's Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education and its Provost will discuss various curricular initiatives developed by Furman University that make sustainability more integral to our learning environment. Furman ...

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Sustainable Societies

  • Environic Foundation International, Inc. (MD)

Developing Education for Sustainable Development that includes a balanced examination of social, economic and environmental issues is a challenge. The Environic Foundation International (EFI), in partnership with the United Nations ...

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Environmental Sustainability Cluster Course: Initiating Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Engaging Community, and Supporting Facilities Management

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

In the spring of 2008, the first environmental sustainability course offered at the University of Missouri Kansas City was a cluster course. Cluster courses are upper level, interdisciplinary, general education ...

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Restoring the Wellesley Campus Community: Landscape as Infrastructure and Learning Resource

  • Wellesley College (MA)
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (MA)
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

Over the past decade, Wellesley College has executed two major projects that have addressed campus needs while providing substantial environmental benefit and educational opportunities through the living classroom of the ...

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Using a Class to Conduct a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: Lessons from Macalester College

  • Macalester College (MN)

During spring 2008, students in Macalester College's environmental studies senior seminar conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory of Macalester College as their class project. This project is the campus ...

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Teaching Sustainability Using an On-Farm Community Supported Agriculture framework

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

An organic garden operated as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at New Mexico State University (NMSU) was used as the framework for teaching sustainability concepts. The CSA model of ...

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Pacific University's B Street Permaculture Project

  • Pacific University (OR)

There are pressing concerns related to the global dependence on fossil fuels due to limited supplies and the expanding production of greenhouse gases. As leaders in the global community, institutions ...

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Function, Damn It! A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability

  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (NE)

In 2007, several faculty and staff members from UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center created and team-taught a class called "Sustainable Omaha?" The special offerings graduate and undergraduate ...

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Integrating Sustainability and Science in an Urban Infrastructure Course - Experience and Learning Outcomes

  • Tulane University (LA)

In the fall of 2007, a course was developed on sustainable infrastructure in urban environments, and the course was taught in the following spring semester. Aimed mainly at undergraduate students ...

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One Size Does Not Fit All: How Every School's Character can Define a Distinctive Curriculum for Sustainability

  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

This paper will examine some of the paths to and virtues of diversity and difference in environmental education, and how this diversity enhances our common knowledge. In the quest for ...

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Running the Numbers: Enhancing Calculus through Education about Sustainability

  • Ithaca College (NY)

We will give a brief overview along with specific examples on how to incorporate sustainability themes into a calculus class. With the widespread availability of data and the commonality of ...

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Breaking Sustainability Ground in Art and Design

  • Savannah College of Art & Design (GA)

What has an Art and Design College to do with sustainability? The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) currently offers 32 Majors ranging from Advertising Design, Architecture, Fibers, Historic ...

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Current State of Sustainability in Business Education

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

While evaluating our current undergraduate Marketing curriculum and considering the addition of courses or modules on sustainability, it was important to determine what other business schools were offering in their ...

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Campus Sustainability Films in a General Education Science Course

  • Furman University (SC)

Making students aware of and peaking their interests in campus environmental and sustainability initiatives can be difficult, given students wide range of interests and competing demands for their time. I ...

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Experiential Learning: UNC's Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE)

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The new Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) at the University of North Carolina provides an innovative experiential learning opportunity for students to work directly with sustainably-oriented businesses. BASE is ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Change

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Curriculum change is one of the key components for helping colleges and universities create a more sustainable future. And yet, curriculum change remains challenging precisely because the curriculum is not ...

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Perspectives on Sustainability Curricula

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Interdisciplinary environmental programs have proliferated and flourished in higher educational institutions across the United States for four decades. Despite this long history and the large and growing number of programs ...

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Big Ideas and Faculty Learning Communities: A Strategy for Integrating Sustainability across the Curriculum

  • Peninsula College (WA)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

If sustainability perspectives and practices are to become part of college graduates' thinking, they must start appearing across the curriculum in ways that are meaningful for students. In the Puget ...

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Sustainability in Education Abroad

  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • CIEE (ME)

International Education exposes students to the world. It also exposes the world to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of travel and program activities. Program decisions about transportation, accommodations, food ...

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Sustainability Education at the Edge: A Cohort Model for Doctoral Study

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Prescott College (AZ)

The challenge for the field of Sustainability Education is how to develop and support "agents of change" who can profoundly impact and transform our educational systems to produce a more ...

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Doing Local Environmental History: Developing a Sense of Place and Ecological Citizenship

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Since the fall of 2005 a special partnership has been nurtured between the History of American Environmental Thought course and The History Center in Tompkins County (NY). Working in teams ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association: Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Higher Education

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Sustainable agriculture as an academic discipline is an emerging field. In the past five to ten years, numerous U.S. colleges and universities have formed courses and programs dedicated to ...

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Everyone Eats at This Table: Explorations of Ecoliteracy and Environmental Justice at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)

Taking the necessity of developing sustainability curriculum at North American educational institutions as a given, how do faculty who have never taught this curriculum go about creating meaningful courses? How ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum at Antioch University New England: Lessons & Questions from the Field

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Antioch University New England's stated purpose is to provide transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. This panel will explore how one ...

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Sustainability across the Curriculum - Elon University Faculty Scholars Program

  • Elon University (NC)

The Sustainability Faculty Scholars program was developed to assist faculty in the incorporation of sustainability themes across the University curriculum. Faculty members apply for the program by proposing the incorporation ...

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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.

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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
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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.