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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Existential Sustainability: From Crisis to Celebration

  • University of Florida (FL)

This presentation details a practical approach to sustainability education that is rooted in students' everyday experiences of the world. Against the common approach of crisis and impending doom, the approach ...

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SLIM: A Sustainability Bridge Linking Campus to Community

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College is nine years old. It has successfully presented numerous trainings in sustainability specialties such as renewable energy, green building ...

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UKnTrees: Growing urban forestry awareness, outreach, and education

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Many aspects of sustainability in urban environments, from environmental (stormwater management, climate regulation, urban heat island effects, air pollution removal) to economic (neighborhood and retail desirability, property values) to social ...

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Sustainability doesn't mean everything to everybody.' A foundational vocabulary for courses in urban sustainability

  • University of Louisville (KY)

There is growing consensus on learning outcomes in sustainability education, including systems thinking, interdisciplinarity, ethical growth, team problem-solving, and more. This paper explores the knowledge and learning outcomes students should ...

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Self-Sustain Conferences - connecting sustainability students within the multi-campus, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities system.

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)

In 2008, a multi-disciplinary, system-wide sustainability committee was organized at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to improve sustainability related communication and collaborations between campuses at Minneapolis, St. Paul, Morris ...

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Art & Design Students Collaborate with University and Community to Mitigate Birdstrikes on Campus Buildings

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Summary: We present an innovative, grant-funded partnership between the university department of Art & Design, department of Writing Studies, Office of Sustainability, UMD Facilities Management, local wildlife rehabilitators, and local ...

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Degrees to Careers: A Case Study on How Letting Students Work with Professionals Prepares them for Life After Graduation

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the Spring of 2014, a group of students from various disciplines at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities partook in the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition. Throughout the ...

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Innovations and lessons learned in distributed graduate education on sustainability science: a replicable teaching model

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We present innovations and lessons learned from teaching a distributed graduate seminar on sustainability science across multiple institutions in Latin America and the US. Sustainability science is a problem-driven science ...

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Sustainable polymers in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The topic of plastics and their negative effect on the environment and human health is a relevant and important topic appropriate for the diverse population of students enrolled in a ...

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Sustainable Systems Management Curriculum

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

A new Sustainable Systems Management major is being planned for implementation in Fall 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the first time. The context surrounding the introduction ...

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Beyond the Library Building: Integrating Sustainability into Information Literacy Instruction

  • University of Montana (MT)

Academic libraries have long been interested in contributing to sustainability on campus, largely from the perspective of reducing the impact of the the facility. Since librarians are uniquely positioned to ...

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Revisioning Development of Professional Skills in Graduate University Programs

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Within the pedagogical community, a problem exists about how to train specialists who are academically qualified and creative, and how to provide students with more opportunities to develop a broader ...

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Examining Environmental Justice Locally: A Case for Student Engagement and Integrated Curricular Content

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Environmental justice is often perceived as primarily an international issue. This case study uses social worker experiences to demonstrate the scope of environmental injustice in our own backyards. Social workers ...

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Surveying the Landscape of Sustainability Studies Programs

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As the educational landscape of sustainability continues to emerge and transform, this presentation offers a significantly refined and expanded survey of Sustainability Studies and other similar programs in the United ...

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Food Waste and Nutrition: Food Waste Auditing Combined with Vermicomposting for Applied Nutrition and Sustainability Education.

  • University of Utah (UT)

Many Nutrition and Dietetic graduate students end up working in field such as Nutrition Therapy and Medical Nutrition Therapy where they are in hospital and/or care settings, working as ...

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Fashion Forward - an ethical and environmental look at the fashion industry

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

Do you know where that item of clothing you are wearing comes from? Is it made from synthetic or natural fibres? Did you purchase it secondhand? Did you think of ...

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Expanding Sustainability Horizons - Educational Tourism and the Virtual Classroom

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Graduate and professional (non-credit) programs offered through Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability prepare students for careers in an increasingly interconnected, urbanizing, and global workplace by combining ...

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Short-Term Internships In Higher Education: Creating Ambassadors for Sustainability Through Leadership and Experiential Learning

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Wesustain Internship Program is a semester-long, paid, and highly competitive opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Western Michigan University to gain leadership experience and explore global sustainability challenges ...

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Bridging the Gap- Creating a culture of engagement between undergraduate and graduate students in sustainability efforts.

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Come learn how Western State Colorado University (WSCU) involved a new Environmental Management graduate program in boosting campus sustainability efforts. Graduate and undergraduate students were integrated through two main strategies ...

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It Takes a Campus to Raise a Living Learning Laboratory

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Laurel Village at Colorado State University is a state-of-the-art living learning laboratory that integrates student housing, academics, active research, summer conferences, and a sustainability peer education program. This session will ...

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Plenary Session 1: Promising Practices for Transformative Sustainability Education

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Promising Practices for Transformative Sustainability Education If you ever find yourself asking what a student’s experience of sustainability on campus is or how, through the curriculum offered, can a ...

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Sustainability Knowledge Assessment 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 educational curricula. In conjunction with the Institute for Sustainability and the university sustainability curriculum ...

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Embedding sustainability within formation at Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

At Université Laval, sustainable development is certainly more than a trend, as it is reflected in president’s speeches, action plan and long-term objectives. But how does it percolate through ...

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Reclaiming the Commons to Foster Sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

A growing number of scholars and change agents have embraced a commons framework for raising consciousness and action related to sustainability. The national “On the Commons” movement describes the commons ...

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Sustainability Journey: from the Classroom to the Living Room

  • Elmhurst College (IL)

The concept of social responsibility and sustainable use of resources is getting widespread acceptance in industry. Consequently schools are experimenting with various ways of incorporating sustainability into their programs. Starting ...

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Beyond Carbon Offsetting: Making PLU Study Abroad Carbon Conscious

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

Universities are key leverage points in developing and implementing positive responses to climate change. Students must understand the basic science and need practical ways to implement changes in their own ...

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Cultivating Community-based Food Systems via Community Connections

  • University of Vermont (VT)

I focus on campus-community partnerships via service-learning courses I teach at UVM (based on the PARE model and using Clayton’s DEAL approach to foster deep reflection) that relate to ...

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Developing a sustainability curriculum: What are the core concepts?

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Sustainability is increasingly becoming an academic area of study. As we begin to develop academic programs focused on sustainability, a key question is “what concepts constitute the foundation of a ...

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Using co-instruction to enhance information literacy in sustainability education

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

All college graduates should have strong oral and written communication skills, but these skills are especially important for students studying sustainability because sustainability is a new concept for many people ...

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Innovative Pedagogies: Linking Learning to Communities

  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Utah Valley University (UT)
  • Wells College (NY)
  • Willamette University (OR)

This discussion will involve participants in thinking critically about how infusing sustainability into humanities and social science curricula can create innovative pedagogical strategies that connect students with their campus and ...

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Sustainability Across the Nutrition & Food Science Curriculum

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

In 2012, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics revised accreditation standards to require that concepts of sustainability be taught in all nutrition and dietetic education programs. However ...

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Transformative Learning Through Small Group Discussion: Course Book Resources to Accelerate Change

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

At the 2013 AASHE conference, Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College, offered a plenary session on Organizational Change for Sustainability Education, which highlighted the need for increased initiatives working to ...

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Assessing the impact of sustainability faculty learning communities

  • University of Vermont (VT)

What are the necessary elements to create institutional change through infusing sustainability into the curriculum at a university of wide scope and scale? The University of Vermont (UVM) Sustainability Faculty ...

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Trash Talks: revealing the potential of a building’s waste stream

  • Portland State University (OR)

My case study will examine how a day’s waste from a single dumpster can be used to provoke art and design students into discussion and multilateral thinking about how ...

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A Geodesign Approach to GIS for Sustainability Management

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Geodesign is an emerging approach to using geographic information systems (GIS) for addressing complex sustainable systems problems, e.g., improving land use, transportation, and water resources that have impacts on ...

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Regional Centers for ESD: Increasing Impact Through Collaboration

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • York University (ON)
  • University of Regina (SK)
  • Aquinas College (MI)

Can you envision healthy, just, and thriving communities where sustainability education is prioritized and everyone has opportunities to shape a more sustainable future? The United Nations University has fostered an ...

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Building Sustainability into an Operations Management Curriculum

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

Paralleling the business community, business schools increasingly face pressure from their various stakeholders to address sustainability issues. Several schools (e.g., Presidio Graduate School, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Portland State ...

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Integrating sustainability education into universities

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Leon

During this workshop we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies for integrating sustainability education into universities as well as the real-world, experiential pedagogy used to target sustainability ...

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Sustainability in Career-Technical Education: A Multiple Case Study

  • University of Idaho (ID)

This session will provide multiple case study of how three community colleges in the Pacific Northwest introduced Career and Technical Education energy programs on their campuses. Consideration was given to ...

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GIS for Sustainability Management in Higher Education

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Geographic information systems (GIS) are commonly formed from a combination of data, software, hardware, people, institutional arrangements and motivations for collecting, analyzing and displaying spatial and temporal referenced data that ...

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Business and Social Justice: Review and Analysis

  • Seattle University (WA)

BACKGROUND: Today we academics consider ‘sustainability’ to encompass social impacts and resulting justice implications as well as environmental impacts and long-range implications, but in the realm of ‘Sustainable Business,’ the ...

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Sustainability Literacy--Assessment Development by Carl Obermiller & April Atwood

  • Seattle University (WA)

Introduction This presentation will provide an overview of the ‘measuring sustainability literacy’ project that is underway at Seattle University. A sustainability literacy scale (SUstlit) has been developed, tested, and refined ...

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An Academic Foundation for Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The elements of the academic mission of teaching, research, and service of every established discipline within the academy rests and is developed upon the basis of shared paradigmatic or multi-paradigmatic ...

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Channel Sustainability: Applying & Sharing though Video Projects

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

How better to teach students about an interdisciplinary topic such as sustainability than by using an interdisciplinary approach to assignments? Integrating video projects and assignments in courses as well as ...

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AMS Partnerships to Raise Scientific Literacy

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

Collaborations are key to success and have allowed the American Meteorological Society to expand or enhance geoscience literacy curricula, including courses featuring sustainability, at hundreds of post-secondary institutions throughout the ...

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Campuses as Living Laboratories for Sustainable Communities

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • EcoDistricts (OR)

How can universities use ecodistricts to create transformational change in the campus setting? What are the key roles for academic institutions to accelerate sustainable neighborhood development in their communities? This ...

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Fostering sustainability leadership

  • Portland State University (OR)

Complex sustainability challenges require new values, skills, structures, and ultimately, a new leadership paradigm. Since higher education currently plays an important role in leadership development (Eich, 2008), it thus has ...

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Design Thinking & Sustainability Problem Solving: Reconceptualizing the First Year Curriculum

  • Wesleyan College (GA)
  • EcoEthos Solutions (GA)

Key behavioral outcomes for Education for Sustainability are: an ability use a sustainability lens to identify and solve complex human-centered problems and empowering students to thrive in a rapidly changing ...

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A Model for Integrating Sustainability within Global Studies

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Integrating sustainability across the curriculum is an important goal for AASHE members engaged in teaching and academic administration. While many disciplines and departments have been receptive to this change, others ...

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Content & pedagogy framework: To embed sustainability in curriculum

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

As the sustainability movement gains greater momentum within the tertiary education space, institutions are increasingly asking the question of how sustainability goes beyond campus operations to be embedded more holistically ...

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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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Scores

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Curriculum Partners

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