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 sustainability in higher education: What do academics think?

  • Deakin University

The slow uptake of Education for Sustainability (EfS) curricula in universities has, partly, been attributed to academics’ perceptions that EfS has little relevance within some disciplines. Understanding teaching academics’ attitudes ...

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Education for sustainable development in higher education: evaluating coherence between theory and praxis

  • Universidade Aberta

Universities are an important part of the process of change taking place in society. However, this is often overshadowed by these institutions giving priority to technocratic models in the relationship ...

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Ecological literacy and beyond: Problem-based learning for future professionals

  • University of Sao Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
  • Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia (Itabuna - BA)
  • Technical University Munich
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • University of Campinas

Ecological science contributes to solving a broad range of environmental problems. However, lack of ecological literacy in practice often limits application of this knowledge. In this paper, we highlight a ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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Designing and Teaching Business & Society Courses From a Threshold Concept Approach

  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

This article examines the redesign of an undergraduate course in Business & Society using a threshold concept approach. Business & Society courses may be troublesome for students because they depart ...

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Complex matrix for the analysis of sustainable transformative learning: an assessment methodology of sustainability integration in universities

  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Several papers propose analytical methods relating to the inclusion of sustainability in courses and universities. However, as sustainability is a complex subject, methodological proposals on the topic must avoid making ...

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Are geography students good “environmental citizens?” A comparison between year of study and over time

  • Keele University

Are geography students good “environmental citizens?” Has this improved over time with increasing emphasis on sustainability within higher education? This paper compares environmental attitudes and behaviours of geography students at ...

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Assessment and evaluation of higher education in business management: an analysis of the Brazilian case in the light of social learning theory for sustainability

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University
  • Centro Universitário da FEI
  • FUCAPE Business School

This article presents an analysis of Brazilian National System of Higher Education Assessment (SINAES) in the light of social learning for sustainability theory. The aim is to contribute to the ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Toward conservational anthropology: addressing anthropocentric bias in anthropology

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Anthropological literature addressing conservation and development often blames ‘conservationists’ as being neo-imperialist in their attempts to institute limits to commercial activities by imposing their post-materialist eco-ideology. The author argues that ...

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If a tree falls: business students' reflections on environmentalism

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

Environmental advocacy has a difficult position within environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD). Proponents of pluralistic approaches to education see advocacy as a form of indoctrination. However ...

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Universities as sustainable communities: a prospectus for people and places

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of universities as sustainable communities and to identify the requirements for achieving this role. The paper outlines the evolution of ...

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The green campus is also a virtual one

  • Aston University

This paper analyses the role of education for sustainability as enabling future sustainability practitioners to become key change agents and leaders. It is important that generic skills and understandings are ...

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‘Doing the Sustainable Development Dance’: Tracing a Critical Route from the Education for Sustainable Development Movement to Environmental Justice in Legal Education

  • University College London (London)

The UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (2005–14) is nearly over. This has triggered a range of initiatives in schools and, increasingly, in higher and further ...

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Restorative Counter-Spacing for Academic Sustainability

  • Robert Gordon University

By combining pertinent theories from environmental psychology and human geography, this article proposes a socio-spatial framework of principles, which could be used by academic actors, to reflexively embody and critically ...

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A Failure Reveals Success

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Although environmental education and education for sustainable development have become well-established areas of scholarship and practice, there has not been a similar development focused on “industrial ecology education.” A review ...

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RESPONDING TO THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: TRANSFORMATIVE PATHWAYS FOR SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

  • James Cook University (Queensland)

The nature and extent of the current ecological crisis raises the question: Does social work have a contribution to make in addressing the social and environmental changes required if we ...

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The relationship between social work and environmental sustainability: Implications for interdisciplinary practice

  • City University of New York, College of Staten Island (NY)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development, established by the United Nations in 1983, links peace, security, development and the environment claiming that war, poverty and ...

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Revisiting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Examining Anthropocentric Bias Through the Transition of Environmental Education to ESD

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Environmental education scholars have hailed the emergence of the discourse of education for sustainable development (ESD) as a progressive transition in the field. The author argues that there are some ...

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Redefining Success: Integrating Sustainability into Management Education

Redefining Success: Integrating Sustainability into Management Education advocates incorporating sustainability concepts that go beyond the financial ‘bottom line’ into management education and business practice. Highlighting the UN Global Compact (UNGC ...


Examining the literature to reveal the nature of community EE/ESD programs and research

  • Denison University (OH)

Interest in community environmental education (EE) and community education for sustainable development (ESD) is increasing, as evidenced by the increase in studies examining community EE/ESD approaches and NAAEE’s ...


Student and Staff Sustainability Surveys - expectations being met? An Australian example.

  • University of Tasmania

Traditional approaches to teaching sustainability have been through including the topic in geography and science curriculums. More recently, we have seen an expansion of Education for Sustainability across discipline areas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Operations Research Applications in Sustainability Coursework Design

  • Wichita State Univerzity (KS)

Four major topics are listed for coursework design across academic departments (1) prairie restoration (2) plant-based industry (3) clean energy (4)population growth rate. Climate change adaptation may include: increased ...

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Promoting and Assessing Sustainability Literacy as a Learning Outcome in Education Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

If education abroad is to fulfill its promise of fostering intercultural awareness and global citizenship, then sustainability learning must be at its core, with outcomes assessed in terms of altered ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Higher Education for Sustainability in Asian Contexts

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

This poster reviews recent work developments in Higher Education for Sustainability (HEfS) and Education for Sustainable Development in monsoon Asia. Monsoon Asia accounts for over half the world's population ...

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Innovatively Adding The Skills That Tomorrow's Workers Need, Into Today's Curriculum

  • Sustainable Design Consulting (VA)

Sustainability is a topic that is constantly changing. Regulations are changing constantly and the market is moving so fast that the skills that entry level employees need is shifting so ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Entrepreneurship into the Universidad EAN (Colombia)

  • Universidad EAN

This proposal arises from the need to study the new entrepreneurship in the modern world and the factors for to obtain the sustainability as an attribute into the educational process ...

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Environmental Education from the Caribbean to the Carolinas

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

I have compared environmental education (EE) programs at USC, the greater Columbia area, and at tourist sites in St. Lucia in order to determine what methods of EE most effectively ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Successful careers in sustainability are determined by positive real-world change towards sustainability. This success depends on professional skills in effective and compassionate communication, collaborative teamwork, or impactful stakeholder engagement, among ...

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Building a community of practice for applied learning for sustainability practitioners

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This meeting brings leaders and stakeholders interested in applied learning programs for sustainability outcomes together-catalyzing the development of a group of peers interested in collaborating on this topic. The meeting ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Applied Sustainability Collaborative: A Virtual Mechanism for Interdisciplinary Engagement with Community

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This proposal discusses a virtual web-based mechanism that connects existing interdisciplinary campus resources with external partners for building collaborative teams to develop and implement solutions to sustainability problems. Through virtual ...

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The Psychology of Sustainability and Social Movement: Student Ecological Citizenship Through a Study Abroad to Malta

  • James Madison University (VA)

For the past three years, a multidisciplinary group of first and second year honors students have participated in a month-long Psychology of Sustainability trip to Malta. The pre-departure curriculum includes ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Exploring the Presence of the Economic and Social Dimensions of Sustainability Within Higher Education Classrooms

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Sustainability is commonly comprised of three main dimensions: environmental, economic, and social. The environmental dimension, sometimes referred to as the ecological dimension, concentrates on the reduction of negative human impact ...

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Towards a Broader Conceptualization of Education for Sustainability

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Formal teaching and learning devoted to sustainability is referred to as Education for Sustainability (EfS). EfS is the study of humans' relationship with the resources that support life on this ...

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Integrating Sustainability Learning Outcomes Into a University Curriculum - A Case Study of Institutional Dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The University of Vermont (UVM) adopted a learning-outcomes-based general education sustainability requirement in Fall 2015. The requirement is unique because sustainability is a non-traditional general education theme, and general education ...

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Familismo Teaching: Promoting Sustainable Development and Social Justice in a Hispanic Serving Institution

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Higher education (HE) has started taking responsibility in teaching, training, and researching for sustainability. Thus, sustainability and the scholarly environments have become the basis of academic practice since the initial ...

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Relocating Education for Sustainability: From the Campus to the Community

  • Kent State University (OH)

This session offers a thoughtful critique of dominant education for sustainable development by exploring the limitations of sustainability as we often conceptualize it and the contextual limitations of the higher ...

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Depth and Breadth of Sustainable Business MBA Programs

  • University of Redlands (CA)

Even though many business schools realize the importance of sustainability not only from a societal but also from a business standpoint, the question remains whether or not the available programs ...

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Community Engagement and Sustainable Buildings: A New Course from Pima Community College, Tucson 2030 District, and ENERGY STAR

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This session will explore a recent successful collaboration between three entities to create a new community-focused sustainability course in Tucson, AZ: 'Sustainability and Building Performance - Foundations, Best Practices, and Implementation ...

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Sustainability in Italy: a Short-Term Study Abroad Program with Focus on Language, Environment, Culture, and Food

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Sustainability in Italy: Environment, Culture, and Food' is a short-term study abroad program in Italy connected to an Italian language course taught on the Dickinson College campus. Through fieldwork and ...

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Lorax 2.0: Twenty Questions for Standing in Solidarity with Living Systems in Sustainability Research in Higher Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Ethical alignment and systems thinking are at the core of sustainability considerations. How can colleges apply sustainability approaches to the process of academic research itself? Researching sustainability similarly invites ethical ...

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability Education for Public Two-Year Colleges

  • Seminole State College of Florida (FL)

Even as an increasing number of employers seek personnel skilled in renewable energy technologies and sustainable design, companies overwhelmingly hire individuals for 'green jobs' who possess that knowledge within the ...

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Advancing Innovation through Sustainability Research and Scholarship

  • Portland Community College (OR)

During this monumental time in history, it is essential to be educated, connect with good people, find hope, and discover new ways to make a difference. To do so, the ...

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Community Partnerships for Environmental Justice

  • The New School (NY)

The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is committed to environmental justice and community-academic partnerships grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. Using this framework, the ...

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Multiple Ways of Knowing in Sustainability Education: Stretching the Boundaries of Transformative Sustainability Learning

  • Goucher College (MD)

This session focuses on how teaching for multiple ways of knowing can contribute to sustainability education by highlighting work done at the University of Saskatchewan which is encapsulated within two ...

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Better Together: Using an S Designation to Create Visible, Coherent, Trans-disciplinary Curriculum Out of What You Already Have

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

How the University of Hawaii ten campus system is using AASHE STARS curriculum designation criteria to transform courses across the curriculum. This session will cover all aspects of creating sustainability ...

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Catalyzing curricular coherence with a Sustainability Focus designation

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The S Designation framework is a method of benchmarking sustainability curriculum and stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue to develop curricular coherence around topics of sustainability. The framework is an 'opt-in' process designed ...

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Integrating Sustainability Across Disciplines: A Step-wise Process for (Re)designing a Syllabus

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

Integrating sustainability' into a course means adapting both content and pedagogy to create a learning experience that is more interdisciplinary, experiential, and focused on authentic problem-solving. How can instructors juggle ...

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A Long and Winding Path: Launching a New Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This case study examines the journey of developing a new undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary. This interdisciplinary program combines theory with applied practice through ...

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A Classroom of 'Cultural Creatives'?: A Values-Based Approach to Teaching About Sustainable Societies

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

In their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World authors Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson present their research on the on-going values shift ...

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Transforming University Curriculum Policies for a Global Knowledge Society: A focus on a Chilean Context.

  • University of Western Australia

University curriculum changes are moving to a centre stage in the higher education reform agendas of many countries, as they strive to strengthen their positioning in a competitive global knowledge ...

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DON'T PUNT ON RECYCLING! What your recycling program can mean to your school's curriculum, eco-identity, & bottom-line!

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation offers a macro-view lens of Sustainability Programs as one of the only truly new tools traditional fixed-sight Higher Education Administrators have to answer the dot-edu on-line degree program ...

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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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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.