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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Sustainable design and construction contest

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Universidad de Monterrey created a multidisciplinary contest were students must develop an alternative energy systems and sustainable building proposal on a non-profit organization that attends people in situations of vulnerability ...

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Compass Curriculum: The Successful Implementation of Sustainability as a General Education Requirement

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

In Fall 2014,sustainability was added to the General Education requirements at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The new Compass Curriculum requires that all students, in all majors and ...

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Weaving Sustainability into Curricula across Disciplines: Challenges and Successes from the Green Threads Faculty Workshop

  • University of Louisville (KY)

How does a large research institution that offers nearly 200 different majors across the undergraduate- and graduate levels integrate sustainability into its many disciplines? Since 2009, the University of Louisville ...

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Northern Roots: Growing Food in the Western Lake Superior Region: A Participatory, Public Ethnography in Film Form

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Planting and cultivation instructions: 1) Combined engaged students, hard-working farmers, a supportive university, dedicated nonprofit leaders and the fertile potential of participatory media. 2) Seed the ground with community coordination ...

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Sustainability education: A campus-wide study guiding an all unit strategic approach at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

A team of faculty and staff who were working on sustainability education across the UMD campus conducted an all campus survey (N=1700) to meet the Chancellor's Strategic Initiative ...

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Hair dryers, gaming systems, and fans: Engaging an online Social Psychology Class in an Energy Competition for Residence Halls

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

This presentation describes the development, implementation, and outcomes of an online Social Psychology class project designed to reduce energy consumption among students living in a campus residence hall. The co-curricular ...

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Project-based courses provide practical educational experience for students and advance sustainability within local community

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), a local non-profit that promotes sustainable energy and six area businesss has resulted in a series of class projects implemented into two ...

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Developing Sustainability Leaders - Skills and Experiences from a Leadership Development Program for Graduate Students

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In this workshop participants will both experience and learn about a cutting-edge leadership development program for graduate students. The Boreas Leadership Program, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's ...

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An Innovative Approach to Training the Next Generation of Interdisciplinary Professionals in Environment and Sustainability

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability is a mandatory course in the Master of Sustainable Environmental Management program at the University of Saskatchewan. The main goals for this interdisciplinary field ...

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Sustainability meets employability: developing career readiness skills in our students

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

At the University of South Carolina we've developed a high impact coaching program for students to develop skills employers seek, while working on projects to further the impact of ...

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A Systems Approach to Supporting Curricular Innovations

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

UST faculty, through grass-roots efforts, have transformed piecemeal efforts to integrate sustainability into their courses into a system that encourages the integration of sustainability throughout the curriculum. Our system consists ...

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The Secret Garden: Cultivating Sustainability Curriculum in Confined Spaces

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

In teacher education, curriculum has become prescriptive and confining due to a political shift, which has affected how schools of education prepare teacher candidates. There is now a focus on ...

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A Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Sustainability Topics among College Students

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Over the last decade, colleges and universities have increased their focus on sustainability education to improve students' understanding of and engagement with sustainability issues. Establishing a baseline of students' knowledge ...

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The Greening of an Appalachian College of Business

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Greening of an Appalachian College of Business Training future business people on the tools and skills needed to run sustainable businesses is a key challenge for our society, but ...

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Developing a Campus Sustainability Literacy Survey as a Metric for a Sustainability Themed Strategic Plan

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This talk will describe of creation a sustainability metric for one of the only college and university campuses in the country that uses sustainability as the primary guiding principal for ...

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Integrating Biophillic Design in the Classroom: Connecting Students with Nature

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will describe the process of transforming typical university classrooms into biophilia inspired living laboratories. Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work ...

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Guide on the Side' instead of a 'Sage on the Stage': Facilitating Innovative Student-Led Sustainability Discussions

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

In this Round Table presentation I will highlight an approach that I utilize to facilitate discussions associated with assigned sustainability-related reading material in university-level sustainability courses. The approaches that I ...

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Weaving Sustainability into Curriculum at California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Colleges and universities across the globe are increasingly focusing their efforts on campus sustainability and related curricula. California State University, Northridge has made steps in recent years to improve the ...

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Estimating carbon sequestration potential of college campus soils: An example from Carleton College

  • Carleton College (MN)

We developed a method to determine how much carbon could be sequestered by soils on a college campus. In Fall 2014, the Geology of Soils class at Carleton College wrote ...

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Heating Up Sustainable Design on a Small College Campus: Designing an Educational and Functional Net-Zero Warming Hut

  • Carleton College (MN)

In the winter term of 2014, Carleton College developed a class entitled 'Systems Approaches to Sustainability' to merge a variety of perspectives in sustainability and teach interdisciplinary, systems thinking when ...

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Open Education Model of Environmental Sustainability Course Creation

  • Central Community College (NE)

The traditional textbook publishing model is not sustainable. The average yearly textbook expense of $1200 can impact student retention. Studies show that students saving on text expense sign up for ...

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Public/Private Partnerships Utilizing Service and Experiential Learning to Facilitate Student Engagement

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

There are a number of local municipalities in the Metropolitan Atlanta area that are in need of developmental plans to transition their communities into sustainable, self-sufficient enterprises. The most obvious ...

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Quality & Spirituality in the New Economy

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The common definition of Economics is, 'The study of the allocation of limited resources given our unlimited wants.' If we don't address unlimited wants all other efforts are in ...

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Life Long Learning inspired by a Sustainable Building Course in Costa Rica

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This case study introduces a study-abroad program in Costa Rica, which focuses on Sustainable Building Practices. During the past two years, Colorado State University (CSU) and EARTH University formed a ...

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Integrating Sustainability Across Disciplines: A Step-wise process for instructional design

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

College courses often are based on disciplinary knowledge, but teaching sustainability requires an interdisciplinary perspective. How can professors integrate key sustainability concepts without radically changing course requirements or abandoning disciplinary ...

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Using Whole Systems Design to Teach Sustainability Leadership

  • Creighton University (NE)

For the last three years, I have successfully taught a course that I designed entitled 'Sustainability Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Approach' to doctoral students in a leadership program. This presentation will ...

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A Delicate Balance: Requiring Capstone Sustainability Projects of all Students

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

How can we effectively engage all students in applying their disciplinary strengths and their passions in projects that increase the sustainability of a community? For five years, Green Mountain College ...

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Putting Classroom Skills into Practice: From Curriculum to Community Sustainability Planning

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

This session will share a case study about how faculty can engage in sustainability in the community, and in the process provide pathways for positive change, increased awareness of sustainability ...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Practicum

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

In this session we will explore how we have used integrated design and a holistic approach to leverage our capstone sustainability practicum to not only offer our students practical experience ...

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Connecting Students and Community to Sustainability with Short Videos

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

In this session we will explore how to incorporate students and alumni in the teaching and learning process in sustainability studies through the use of short videos. We will discuss ...

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Active learning for sustainability education

  • James Madison University (VA)

Active learning engages students in to promote critical thinking and alignment of course material. In an environmental health course, students spend approximately 2 hours working at the campus recycling center ...

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Assessing the effectiveness of an undergraduate ESD course taught in Japan and Vietnam in fostering pro-sustainable outcomes

  • Kyoto University

The 'Building a Sustainable Future: Principles and Challenges' course was developed by researchers at Kyoto University as part of a Japanese government-funded initiative to develop a widely replicable model approach ...

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Putting Biomimicry Thinking into Practice: Lessons learned through an online sustainable design thesis project

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

Biomimicry, the practice of emulating models and strategies in nature, enables designers to see and learn from nature in new ways (Biomimicry Institute). This paper describes the primary learning outcomes ...

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The Evolution of Sustainability Education: triumphs and tribulations of creating a sustainable online sustainability program

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

Online learning is an untapped resource to transform sustainability education. The Babson Survey Research Group (2015) reports that over 70% of academic institutions consider online learning a critical component of ...

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The Living Principles: A catalyst for driving positive change

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

The Living Principles' (LP) is a systems thinking framework, created by sustainability practitioners, as a catalyst for driving positive change both institutionally and culturally. LP distills the four streams of ...

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The Trans-formative Power of the Living Building Challenge

  • Natural Sustainability (MA)

Presented by a certified ambassador of the ILFI, this session will introduce the Living Building Challenge and provide for questions & discussion. The Living Building Challenge is the built environment ...

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Transforming Sustainability Education: Curricular and Co-Curricular Tools for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

This interactive, participatory round table workshop will provide context around why transformative learning and deeper engagement in sustainability issues is important, drawing from the work of the Northwest Earth Institute ...

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Lessons for building a Resilient Sustainable Management MBA/MPA Program from 10 years Navigating a Changing Education Landscape

  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

The Presidio Graduate School is a highly resilient MBA/MPA program integrating environmental sustainability and social justice in all its MBA and MPA courses. Recently accredited by the Western Association ...

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Designing collaborations: proposing a campus sustainability pedagogy network

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Although Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) houses organizations like the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute's (NYSP2I) as well as a college devoted to sustainability, most RIT undergraduates seem ...

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The Chocolate-Chip Cookie: a module to introduce college students to true-cost accounting, energy flow, and life-cycle analysis

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

This presentation shares a scalable module that helps students in introductory courses understand essential concepts in sustainability and helps them appreciate the complexities of measuring true cost and life cycle ...

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A New Approach to Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Santa Clara University has participated in AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum approach since 2007. Over 100 faculty members have participated in peer-led workshops over the years, known as the ...

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Transforming Self and Society Through Story: Why Sustainability Curriculum Needs Narrative Inquiry, Self-Study

  • Seneca College (ON)

At AASHE's 2010 conference in Denver, a pilot project was presented which engaged post-secondary students in ecological identity research through a process known as the Earth & I workshop ...

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Researching Water Issues in First Year Composition: A Multi-Perspectives Approach

  • Sinclair Community College (OH)

According to the United Nations, 'every year millions of people are severely affected by poor water quality, scarcity and floods. Several billion lack access to safe drinking water and improved ...

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Weaving Sustainability Education throughout the Curriculum

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

Poster will focus on strategies to weave sustainability education within an academic program. Poster will use Apparel, Merchandising and Design department at St. Catherine University as a successful model.

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Creative Assessment Strategies for Learning Outcomes

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Setting learning outcomes for student programs is easy, but figuring out how to measure what they learn has been a challenge for us at Ohio State. Come hear how we ...

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Service Learning a tool for teaching sustainability and local development

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

For Universidad de Monterrey, Service - Learning is a pedagogy that fosters the improvement of academic quality and civic education, promoting an active participation and solidarity contributions for the local development ...

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Setting up a MOOC on Sustainable Development: The Case of Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

Université Laval in Québec City is the oldest French-language university in North America. UL has some 45,000 students and 10,000 employees, offers over 400 programs, and is one ...

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Integrating Research, Learning, and Community: A Curriculum Model for Sustainability Science in Higher Education

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Are you interested in developing an interdisciplinary course with a research component around an important sustainability issue (i.e. water, energy, food security)? This session provides a working model that ...

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Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Participants will explore the foundations that underpin our award-winning program which partners operational staff, faculty and students to catalyze campus sustainability efforts. Our program has coordinated more than 1000 diverse ...

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Automating Key Steps in the STARS Rating Process: Using Content Analysis to Perform Sustainability Course Inventories

  • University of Florida (FL)

This presentation focuses on a practical and innovative approach to conducting the sustainability course survey that is required of the STARS rating system. If you are a sustainability coordinator or ...

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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

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Curriculum Partners

Bound International

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

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.