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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Living with Our Changing Climate

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

Earth's climate is inherently variable, but is currently changing at rates unprecedented in recent Earth history. Human activity plays a major role in this change and is projected to ...

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Incorporating Life Cycle Analysis into Campus Dining

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The environmental impacts associated with food production have been well-documented through Life cycle analyses (LCA). LCA of food products have focused largely on individual food items. However, very little work ...

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Assessing student learning outcomes for sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Colleges and universities are increasingly developing sustainability majors, minors, certificates, and specializations. Because sustainability is an interdisciplinary area of study and coursework for sustainability programs often draws from multiple disciplines ...

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Making meaningful curricular connections to campus operations and community initiatives

  • Carleton College (MN)

Using the campus or the local community as a living lab is a powerful approach to teaching sustainability, providing students the opportunity to better understand environmental issues in their real-world ...

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What role can moral agency & collective efficacy play in college-level science education? Defining new territory

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This proposal will look at the role of moral agency and collective efficacy when thinking about environmental sustainability issues, within college-level science education. We will look at reports from scientists ...

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Open-Ended Cases for Improving Farm Sustainability

  • Dordt College (IA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The method of open-ended cases is an ideal format for students when they are analyzing the sustainability of a farm. Students learn about several of methods used for analyzing an ...

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Geodesign as a collaborative framework for campus-centered sustainability modeling, education and community engagement

  • Colorado College (CO)

Geodesign, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based framework, offers the means to assemble multiple place-based perspectives that are foundational to sustainability across the curriculum. We offer the example of an ...

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Ensnared by the Mouse Trap: Constraints in Sustainable Design

  • Daemen College (NY)

Finding sustainable solutions to address today's challenges can be difficult when we are too focused on an existing object or system as a starting point. Students in our Sustainability ...

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A Collaborative Teaching Approach: Mindful Writing and Drawing to Understand Culture & Place Based Identity

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This interactive session focuses on best practices in collaborative teaching and learning, specifically directed at the melding of writing and drawing as processes of discovery in culture and place- based ...

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Competitive Edge: Student Leadership and Professional Development Through Campus Competition

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • American University (DC)
  • Claremont McKenna College (CA)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Lucid (CA)

For the last five years, Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), the nation's largest electricity and water reduction competition on college campuses, has engaged hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and ...

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Using Green Chemistry to Introduce and Promote Sustainability in the Chemistry Curriculum and Profession

  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NY)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum (MN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Through its guiding principles, green chemistry provides a means for introducing topics of sustainability, ethics, and human health and safety into chemistry and related STEM curricula. It is the science ...

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Plenary: Are we succeeding? 3 Approaches to Assessing Sustainability Education

  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability educators need to measure the impact of their programs but find few widely accepted methodologies for doing so. Panelists will describe three very different approaches for evaluating sustainability education ...

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Student and Community Transformation: Addressing Civic Responsibility, Sustainability and Values through Engaged Scholarship

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Civic responsibility and sustainability are often seen as separate issues, yet in practice these concepts intersect and reinforce one another. At the core of this intersection today is our citizens ...

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A Doctoral Program in Sustainability Education: the Student Experience

  • University of Mount Union (OH)
  • Prescott College (AZ)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Four recent graduates and a current student will describe their individualized approached to the PhD program in sustainability education. This panel discussion will include graduate experiences, descriptions of their individualized ...

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The Global Classroom Experiment. Challenges and Opportunities for International Education for Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Sustainability problems need to be addressed by concerned citizens, who are able to (1) critically understand the complexity of the world, (2) take action in appropriate ways to address those ...

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The Illusive Thread: Developing HE Transdisciplinary Sustainability Learning Outcomes

  • Colorado College (CO)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

A sustainable campus and community approach to learning outcomes provides the single richest multi-disciplinary and discipline specific platform for immersing our students and stakeholders in a place-based, living-learning laboratory environment ...

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Colorado State University and Coca-Cola Partner to Deliver Hands-on Sustainability Education

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Coca-Cola (GA)

Colorado State University entered into a unique multi-year partnership with Coca-Cola in 2012. This partnership includes extensive hands-on sustainability education for CSU's students from a variety of schools (Agriculture ...

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Aligning sustainability education with the needs of business

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (OR)

How is higher education preparing students to be sustainability professionals? What sustainability skills do businesses look for? How can professional certification help businesses, academics and most importantly, the students themselves ...

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Undergraduates in a Sustainability Semester: Agency and Structural Change for Sustainability

  • Goshen College (IN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Many Sustainability Education (SE) researchers are interested in understanding how our students envision the mechanisms of social change, and how to help them develop capacity to make the change they ...

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The Global Campus: Linking Student Educational Experiences to Global Realities

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • SERES (Sacatepequez)

Presentation highlights the collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and SERES, a Central American NGO working on youth sustainability leadership. Their joint effort - manifested through the Global Sustainability Resource ...

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Teaching Sustainability In Place: A Workshop and Field Experience at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Will Steger Foundation (MN)

Since an understanding of ecology underlies any notion of sustainability, teaching about sustainability means teaching fundamental ecology. Sustainability envisions a system in which humanity and nature are inextricably and forever ...

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A new classroom environment: Extending sustainability education into living & learning residential communities

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)
  • NORESCO (NC)

Over the past 8 years, the University of Rhode Island (URI) has been working with the Energy Service Company, NORESCO, to increase energy efficiency for campus buildings. Multiple phases of ...

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Moving Beyond the Generic at Community Colleges: 100 and 200-Level Sustainability Education Courses, e-Badges and Co-Curricular Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

An environmentally sustainable future requires more than sustainability professionals working in sustainability-focused positions. Needed are employees across businesses and organizations capable of implementing, communicating, applying and maintaining environmentally sustainable practices ...

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The Sustainability Seminar: A model for sustainability curriculum connected to the local community

  • Macalester College (MN)

In 2014, Macalester College began a new initiative called Educating Sustainability Ambassadors (ESA) with the purpose of infusing sustainability across all the units of campus. The flagship program of ESA ...

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Assessing the Feasibility of a Microgrid to Reinforce Campus Climate Resiliency

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Catastrophic weather events like Katrina, Irene, Sandy and others have raised concern about being prepared for the uncertainties of climate change. Students participating in the summer Middlebury School of the ...

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Self care for sustainability leaders: Insightful perspectives and innovative practices

  • Portland State University (OR)

A shift toward a more connected, collaborative, and relational way of leading for sustainability requires leaders who can sustain themselves in the midst of challenging work. Self care involves slowing ...

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Sustainable Systems: Coming in at the ground floor

  • The New School (NY)

Our case study presents the development of a required course for all first year students, a cohort of approximately 900 students. Students learn about the challenges and opportunities presented by ...

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Growing Up Green

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Three interns from the University of Arizona's Students for Sustainability (SfS) program will present the necessity for linking environmental education programs from universities to K-12 classrooms. The SfS program ...

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Cooperative Curriculum for a Resilient Future: How to Integrate Education on Cooperatives in U.S Undergraduate Programs.

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The co-operative business model and co-operative economics are not taught as subjects in most U.S. undergraduate programs. To address this systemic lack of awareness, our workshop will explore how ...

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Global Cities as a Learning Environment for Sustainability: Comparing Field Experiences in Austria, China and India.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This presentation will bring in students and faculty from from multiple courses offered at different Schools who have participated in and/or delivered study abroad courses on sustainability, focusing on ...

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Engaging K-12 educators in Sustainability Science: Case study on urban sustainability systems at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Universities often include education & outreach as part of their broader impacts. However, research endeavors of faculty are typically presented through one-way forms of dissemination (i.e., presentations, articles, and ...

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Professional Skills in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The practice of professional sustainability requires critical competencies that focus on teamwork, communication, project management and stakeholder engagement. A one-credit hour course which highlights these critical professional competencies in sustainability ...

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Teaching Sustainability as a Philosophical Concept

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

We address teaching sustainability primarily as a philosophical rather than scientific idea. We propose to relate our experience as part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty leading a course titled ...

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Assessing Sustainability Attitudes: A New Multi-Dimensional Measure

  • Central College (IA)

The rise of sustainability curricula in higher education has coincided with increasing calls for academic assessment, and a variety of tools have been developed to measure sustainability literacy and attitudes ...

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Getting in Touch with the Pachamama: An Interdisciplinary course with emphasis on Global Sustainability and Study Abroad

  • Central College (IA)

Pachamama Never Left: Nature and Culture of Peru is a liberal arts course at Central College. The course has a study abroad component with an emphasis on global sustainability. The ...

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Integrating Environmental Sustainability Across the Community College Curriculum: Courses, Co-Curricular Learning and Badges

  • Central Community College (NE)

An environmentally sustainable future requires more than sustainability professionals working in sustainability-focused positions. Needed are employees across businesses and organizations capable of implementing, communicating, applying and maintaining sustainable practices within ...

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Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls: Developing Transdisciplinary, Community-Based Living Laboratory Partnerships

  • Colby-Sawyer College (NH)

The Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls is a partnership between Colby-Sawyer College and the city of Franklin, NH, which has plans for a comprehensive revitalization of their downtown that ...

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Establishing Pipelines for Sustainability Students, Two-year to Graduate Level: A Working Session

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

In recognition of the importance of integrated approaches to address the pressing challenges of sustainability, sustainability-focused academic programs are growing rapidly among higher education institutions. This growth necessitates increased coordination ...

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Assessing Sustainability Efforts: Examples and Opportunities

  • Concordia College (NY)

Assessment is necessary to determine impact on students, but finding effective instruments to accurately measure change can be difficult. Our college has been actively involved in assessing student perception and ...

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The Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative: Creating and Supporting a Multi-Institution Course Community

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

Creation or replication of multidisciplinary courses with real-world context is limited by technical and economic constraints at many institutions. Efforts that connect multiple institutions to multidisciplinary resources can enable success ...

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Digital & Interactive Short Courses in Technical Sustainability & Design: Pilot Results and Lessons Learned

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

In an effort to improve access to education on both skills and multidisciplinary topics within sustainability Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has been piloting a series of digital short ...

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Progressing Toward Sustainability Literacy: Assessing Curricular and Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes for First-Year Students

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

The Sustainable Living and Learning Community (SLLC) Program is a newly launched pilot program for first-year students, bringing together a group of faculty, staff, and students into a unique partnership ...

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Building School-to-Farm Traffic: Small-farm Infrastructure as Sustainable Technology Design

  • Lafayette College (PA)

Farm-to-school projects have flourished in recent years. By aggregating and delivering food from local sources to regional institutions (like schools), they help rebuild the missing middle between producers and consumers ...

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Educating Sustainability Ambassadors: Insights from a campus-wide sustainability initiative

  • Macalester College (MN)

Achieving sustainability is one of the grand challenges confronting society. To answer this challenge, in 2014 Macalester embarked on a campus-wide initiative to infuse sustainability throughout the college curriculum and ...

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Cooperative Education: Promoting Sustainability in Procurement & Education

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This presentation will share highlights from projects which seek to support instructors in the development and implementation of sustainability curriculum thereby increasing student engagement and improving their knowledge, skills and ...

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Management of an Urban White Oak Savanna: Blending Indigenous Permaculture with City Life

  • Portland State University (OR)

White Oak Savannas are among the most endangered ecological communities in the Pacific Northwest. Historically, annual burnings of these sprawling grasslands inhibited encroaching forests to allow for plentiful hunting, gathering ...

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Pursuing impact: Facilitating and assessing curricular partnerships that advance neighborhood sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

Neighborhoods are advancing urban sustainability in powerful ways. In cities like Portland, Oregon, non-profits, businesses, government, and residents are learning that by working together they can effect more sustainable change ...

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Beyond Conservation-Reimagining the Purpose of Energy Education: An interactive issue of Journal of Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

A major challenge to human quality of life in the 21st century is going to be our successful ability to shift the burden of our energy resources and the way ...

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Incorporating sustainability one course at a time

  • Randolph College (VA)

Sustainability programs (including certifications, majors, minors, graduate and professional programs) began appearing at institutions of higher education over a decade ago. Randolph College first proposed a sustainability minor in 2011 ...

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Analyzing the future of education and the influence of experiential sustainability education

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

A Think Tank, presenting The GREEN Program findings related to weak signals and trends within the changing higher educational system, student-mindset and needs, and the industry expectations of graduates. The ...

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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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