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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Voluntary Simplicity and Consumerism Discussion Activity

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This discussion activity takes participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group discussion and personal reflection ...

  • Posted April 13, 2016
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Academic Librarians and the Sustainability Curriculum: Building Alliances to Support a Paradigm Shift

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Sustainability is a fast evolving movement in higher education demonstrated by a proliferation of academic programs, co-curricular initiatives, and campus projects. Sustainability is now viewed as vital to the mission ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Engagement of Academic Libraries and Information Science Schools in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability: An Exploratory Study

In 2010, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released, “Sustainability curriculum in higher education: A call to action,” encouraging infusion of sustainability topics into universities' teaching ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Academic libraries must respond to the increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability. This edited ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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BA in Art and Environment

  • Unity College (ME)

The B.A. in Art and Environment at Unity College enables students to study studio art within the context of environmental education. Through an environmental art apprenticeship program, students have ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Concentration in Sustainability, Master of Divinity

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

The Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) and the School of Divinity provide students with exposure to sustainability issues through the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. The certificate ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Social Justice Organizing Program

  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (PA)

The Social Justice Organizing (SJO) program at RRC trains rabbis to be Jewish leaders in bringing about a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling society. It is the first ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Ecology and Justice Specialization, MA in in Practical Theology

  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio (OH)

The Ecology and Justice Specialization constructs a foundation in practical theology for engaging systems that support thriving of life for future generations. Students will be equipped to seek ways for ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Christian Earthkeeping Concentration

  • George Fox University (OR)

Christian Earthkeeping is the Church’s response to the ecological crisis and to God’s command to “keep” the Earth (Genesis 2:15). This concentration aims to form evangelical leaders ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Report on Catholic Ecology Courses in Catholic Seminaries in the United States, Canada, Rome, and the Holy Land

This report highlights courses on ecological themes offered at a number of Catholic seminaries in North America, Rome, and the Holy Land. 48 Catholic seminaries and theological schools in North ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Report on Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries

This report details over 170 faith and ecology courses offered at about 60 theological schools and seminaries. It also highlights twenty-five seminaries in North America that excel in offering courses ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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MA concentration in Religion and Ecology

  • Drew University (NJ)

The Master of Arts program is a two-year master's degree designed for students who wish to acquire a foundation in theological and religious studies as preparation for further studies ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Natural Resources and the Environment Major

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Natural Resources and the Environment Major is an interdisciplinary environmental major that integrates coursework in forest ecosystems and geology with the broad range of potential environmental coursework offered at ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Major in Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Major in Ecology and Biodiversity is an interdisciplinary major that integrates coursework in biology, ecology, and evolution with other environmental disciplines.

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Master of Arts with Concentration in Religion and the Environment

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program of the School of Theology is designed as a general academic degree for people who wish to begin advanced study of theological disciplines ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Watershed Science Certificate

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Watershed Science Certificate is designed for students interested in gaining a better understanding of the interactions among the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect our watersheds and wetlands ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Religion and Environment Minor

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The ways we interact with the natural world reflect the deep-seated values of the society to which we belong and the experiences of nature we have as individuals. Religion, and ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Environment and Sustainability Major

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Broadly stated, the goal of the Environment and Sustainability major is to prepare students to analyze and address complex environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. Because all environmental systems ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Environmental Arts and Humanities Major

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

An interdisciplinary major that explores humanity’s evolving relation to the environment with the benefit of diverse perspectives offered by history, literature, art, philosophy, and religion.

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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MA/MS in Sustainable Communities

  • Binghamton University (NY)

The master’s program in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University is one of the first sustainability-focused graduate degrees offered by the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Through this ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Campus Sustainability Leadership Professional Certificate Program

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership

As we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, colleges, universities, and other institutions must play a critical role in developing innovative ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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"Seeing Systems" Discussion Activity on Peace, Justice and Sustainability Issues

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This discussion

activity takes students and other campus participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Powering A Bright Future Discussion Activity on Energy Issues

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This activity takes students and other campus participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group discussion ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Climate Change Discussion Activity

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This

activity takes students or other campus participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group discussion ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Food, Ethics and Sustainability Discussion Activity

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education.

This activity takes participants through a process of exploring sustainability

through small group discussion and personal reflection designed ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Toward Instruments of Assessing Sustainability Knowledge: Assessment development, process, and results from a pilot survey at the University of Maryland

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Colleges and universities strive to educate all students for a sustainable future; however, few institutions assess students’ knowledge of sustainability concepts. Hundreds of institutions are currently measuring their overall sustainability ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Education for sustainability in business education programs: a question of value

This paper posits that sustainability is essentially a question of value, a notion that is situated within the context of an individual, organisational and community perspective. Each person or group ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Undergrad Perspectives: The Business of Changing the World

  • Net Impact (CA)

Net Impact surveyed 1,650 undergraduate students on their beliefs about the current state of business, the role they see themselves playing in improving the world through their careers, and ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Building a Sustainability Road Map for Engineering Education

Major environmental, economic, and social trends are transforming the application of sustainability thinking within the engineering profession and within organizations that hire engineers. These include the growing demand for new ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Business Skills for a Changing World: An Assessment of What Global Companies Need from Business Schools

  • Net Impact (CA)

The World Environment Center and Net Impact partnered to identify the core skills needed by business school students to prepare them better for future employment in companies with strong sustainability ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Culture of Disengagement in Engineering Education?

  • Rice University (TX)

Much has been made of the importance of training ethical, socially conscious engineers, but does US engineering education actually encourage neophytes to take seriously their professional responsibility to public welfare ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Missing the wood for the trees: systemic defects and the future of education for sustainable development

The division in approaches to education for sustainable development (ESD) as described by Vare and Scott is revisited. A strong bias in ESD towards personal behaviour change and aspirations to ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Environment and Sustainability

The Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Environment and Sustainability has been developed by the environment and sustainability higher education community. This statement describes the minimum or threshold learning ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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Lecturers’ perspectives on how introductory economic courses address sustainability

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– The purpose of this article is to explore sustainability commitments’ potential implications for the curriculum of introductory economics courses. Universities have signed the Talloires Declaration, committing themselves to promoting ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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The Efficient Drowning of a Nation: Is Economics Education Warping Gifted Minds and Eroding Human Prospects?

Humanity has put itself in great peril, as the impending demise of the nation of Kiribati due to global warming illustrates. This failure to act is in part due to ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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Introductory economics courses and the university’s commitments to sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The three largest public universities in British Columbia, Canada have signed the Talloires Declaration, committing themselves to promoting students’ environmental literacy and ecological citizenship. As a result, there is pressure ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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Teaching (un)sustainability? University sustainability commitments and student experiences of introductory economics

The three largest public universities in British Columbia, Canada have signed the Talloires Declaration, committing themselves to promoting sustainability and creating expectations that they will integrate sustainability across the curriculum ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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Sustainability in the Curriculum and Teaching of Economics: Transforming Introductory Macroeconomics

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

Present models of economic growth primarily focus on the role of expenditures as captured in the commonly cited economic indicator, gross domestic product (GDP), where GDP is defined as the ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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Introductory economics textbooks: what do they teach about sustainability?

In response to accelerating ecological deterioration, many universities have made commitments to integrate sustainability across the curriculum and to ensure they graduate ecologically responsible citizens. This study involves a content ...

  • Posted April 7, 2016
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The Need for Social Ethics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Programs: Results from a Nation-Wide Survey in the United States

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)

Professionals in environmental fields engage with complex problems that involve stakeholders with different values, different forms of knowledge, and contentious decisions. There is increasing recognition of the need to train ...

  • Posted April 3, 2016
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Bachelor in Marine & Environmental Science

  • Hampton University (VA)

Program includes a rigorous curriculum covering subject matters related to marine & environmental science, such as geology, biology, physics, chemistry, and more. Students enrolled in the program will receive real ...

  • Posted April 1, 2016
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Environmental Science and Environmental Law Degrees

A degree in Environmental Law is just that, it isn't a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD, it is a “doctor of Law”, or Juris Doctor (JD). You may ...


Pursuing Sustainability: A guide to the science and practice

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The book Pursuing Sustainability suggests that the ultimate determinants of intergenerational well-being should be thought of as the stocks of assets on which people now draw and will draw in ...

  • Posted March 31, 2016
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Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The broad goal of this volume from Springer International Publishing is to help advance environmental education practices that help increase students’ environmental literacy through learner-centered teaching activities.

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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MBA - Sustainability Concentration

  • University of Houston - Clear Lake (TX)

With an MBA degree, students can pursue higher learning and key management opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines. Includes concentrations in sustainability and environmental management.

  • Posted March 25, 2016
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MS in Environmental, Health & Safety Management

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management curriculum provides a solid foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can ...

  • Posted March 25, 2016
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Minor in Environmental Studies

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

The Environmental Studies Program prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and skills from multiple science, social science, and humanities disciplines.

  • Posted March 25, 2016
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BA in Environmental Studies

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

The Environmental Studies Program prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and skills from multiple science, social science, and humanities disciplines.

  • Posted March 25, 2016
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The Responsible Business Person: Studies of Business Education for Sustainability

The Södertörn University doctoral dissertation, The Responsible Business Person: Studies of Business Education for Sustainability, by Pernilla Andersson, identifies the roles of a responsible business person that are articulated in ...

  • Posted March 15, 2016
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Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is a university-wide center for research, academic program enhancement, and engagement with industry and the energy policy community.

We work with faculty in many departments ...

  • Posted March 8, 2016
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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

Bound International

San Antonio, TX
Business Affiliate
We navigate the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
Business Affiliate

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
Business Affiliate

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
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.