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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Sustainability in Gen Ed After 1 Year: Assessment and Challenges

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

In Fall 2013, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh initiated a new general education program called the University Studies Program (USP) that incorporated sustainability as one of its three “signature questions ...

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Building a Living Learning Community: Big Problems and Big Success

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

’A sustainability-themed living/learning community is a bad idea. This sort of thing has been tried before. It was a failure then, and this will be no different.’ This was ...

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Food Systems Education: New Approaches for a Global Scope

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota-- Twin Cities is home to several innovative courses in food systems. Despite differences in mode and focus of instruction, a key commonality among these courses is ...

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Student Workers Building Sustainable Communities

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a unique student worker program in its residence halls since its founding in 1971. Students work with professional staff to perform the custodial and maintenance ...

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Education for Sustainability at UNAM

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Environmental Leadership Program (MD)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) contributes to the formation of new generations, providing a vision that allows them to build multidisciplinary solutions for increasingly large and complex problems ...

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Food Systems Northwest: A collaborative traveling summer course

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Around the country, scholars are beginning to recognize the centrality of food and agriculture in questions of sustainability, social justice, economic development, and international affairs (Poppendleck, 2000; Hinrichs 2003; Werkerle ...

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Using campus farms to engage students in experiential learning

  • Linfield College (OR)
  • Linn-Benton Community College (OR)
  • Pacific University (OR)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Growing food on college campuses is deeply rooted in many institutions of higher learning. There are many reasons for engaging in food production at these institutions and these reasons change ...

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Co-Creating Education for the Future: Constructing Highly Effective Programs in Sustainability Studies

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
  • Littleglobe (NM)

Institutions of higher education are transforming their curriculum to better equip students for the complex challenges of the 21st Century and beyond. In this concurrent session workshop, faculty, students, and ...

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Studying Sustainability Studies: A Comparative Analysis of 42 U.S. Degree Programs

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

What does a degree in Sustainability Studies look like? Institutions of higher education are in the process of transforming their academic offerings to better equip students for the complex challenges ...

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Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure: The Campus as a Living Lab

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

In 2012-13, the Provost of the California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) funded an innovative program to engage campus faculty, staff, and students in Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning ...

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Curricular Engagement in Building Sustainable Communities

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson College is leading the way in integrating sustainability across the curriculum. As an innovative liberal arts college, over 90% of our graduating students are taking sustainability-focused and related courses ...

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Minding the Gap: Connecting Academic and Operational Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

This workshop considers three different models currently in practice to bridge operational and academic sustainability in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. An interactive beginning will lay the groundwork ...

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Integrating Sustainability- the Land Grant University Lesson

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Programs in sustainable agriculture do more than teach how to farm sustainably. They actually expand and deepen the understanding of many dimensions of sustainability. When a sustainable agriculture curriculum is ...

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Blending Sociology and Environmental Science at a Community College

  • Highline Community College (WA)

We developed and co-taught a coordinated study class combining Sociology 101 and Environmental Science 101 at Highline Community College. In this class, we explored the foundations and intricacies of the ...

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Permaculture pedagogy: Critically engaging students through place

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) is a 4-acre garden-education site in southeast Portland that facilitates hands-on and place-based education in sustainable gardening, healthy nutrition, and permaculture design for k-12, college ...

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Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes in Co-curricular Sustainability Programs

  • Portland State University (OR)

In recent years, co-curricular sustainability programs have been established at many higher education institutions. However, few such programs have developed learning outcomes (LOs) or assessment processes to measure the types ...

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Creative Strategies at the Nexus of Academics & Operations

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

In order for campuses to achieve climate neutrality and reach a future state of sustainability and resiliency, more attention needs to be paid to existing facilities and infrastructure. However, this ...

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Assembling a canon for graduate curriculum in sustainability science

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

Sustainability is vast in the intellectual domains it covers. While such breadth engenders its appeal to diverse interests, this same universality confounds operationalizing sustainability into a graduate curriculum. In this ...

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Developing partnerships with students around energy use: the role of energy literacy

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Carbon reduction and climate change are key agendas in UK higher education (HE), as they are internationally. Existing research has highlighted the importance of developing partnerships for sustainable development in ...

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Knowing is not Enough: Linking Behavior to Knowledge and Other Factors

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Efforts to promote sustainability literacy come naturally to many colleges and universities, as imparting knowledge is part of the core mission of higher education. But “sustainability across the curriculum,” sustainability ...

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Campus as a Living Lab

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Current research demonstrates that when real world problems are infused into education, students become more engaged in learning. Students in all disciplines can benefit from courses that introduce elements of ...

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Saving Lives: Using Art Curriculum To Reduce Bird Collisions On Campus and in Philadelphia

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how graphic design faculty used an experiential learning project to engage art students on sustainability while also aiding the university in addressing ...

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The Impact of Education for Sustainability

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

To justify the integration of sustainability education (EfS) across the curriculum and co-curriculum, we need better information about its impact on student engagement and on graduates’ life choices. In fall ...

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Training Students for Sustainability Practice – Curriculum v2.0

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Six years ago we launched a professionally-oriented undergraduate curriculum that confers a bachelors degree in Environmental Sustainability. Over the last year we have undertaken a critical review of this curriculum ...

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Sustainable Design: Student Challenges with the Creative Process

  • Daemen College (NY)

Effective design process requires collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills applied to the challenges in our local and global communities. As we seek sustainable solutions, we must consider the long-term impacts ...

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Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)
  • Wells College (NY)
  • Willamette University (OR)

The purpose of this session is to provide an informal discussion forum for faculty teaching in the humanities and sciences who are engaged in integrating sustainability into their courses. Each ...

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Developing a Campus Living Lab: Community College and University Solutions

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

As community colleges and universities redesign and retrofit their campuses in more sustainable ways, institutions should use these projects as experiential learning opportunities for students and research opportunities for faculty ...

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Sustainability across the Curriculum: Promising Strategies

  • Skagit Valley College (WA)
  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • Whatcom Community College (WA)

If sustainability perspectives and practices are to become part of college graduates’ thinking, they must start appearing "across the curriculum" in ways that are not only meaningful for students; sustainability ...

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The Sustainability Semester: From Individual to Community Action

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

Each fall, students from various colleges and universities move to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College to participate in a Sustainability Semester. For the duration of the ...

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How do the arts and culture fit in the undergraduate sustainability curricula?

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

How do the arts and culture fit in to sustainability curricula? This briefing will inform participants about efforts to highlight and increase the role of arts and culture in Xavier ...

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Broadening the Definition of Campus: Creating a Collaborative Place to Live & Learn to Reinvent a Sustainable Future with Innovation Districts

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Via Suzuki Architecture (WA)

How can we be relevant? How can a town and gown community create a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters genuine green innovation, house & grow students to become game changers ...

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Connect curriculum & co-curriculum to assess engagement campus-wide

  • Portland State University (OR)

Student learning occurs in a variety of ways and in a variety of places on campus. However, most measurements of student learning and engagement around sustainability are assessed separately for ...

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A Methodology for Sustainability in Higher Learning

  • Concordia University (CA)

Our presentation will be an in-depth look at the Sustainable Curriculum Project recently conducted at Concordia University in Montréal. Concordia is a leader in championing innovative initiatives. The University provides ...

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Teaching and Learning for a Zero Waste Future

  • DePauw University (IN)

The global materials economy is a fundamental driver of all of our most serious and urgent crises: climate change, toxic pollution, biodiversity loss, poverty, and injustice. This economic system rests ...

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Utilization of Experiential Learning: An interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability Concepts

  • Morehouse College (GA)

The intersection of humanities, business, and science cultivates the area of the triple bottom line of sustainability. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate the application of pedagogy in ...

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Students Learning Sustainable Practices in Organizations

  • Morehouse College (GA)

The purpose of this poster session is to display how the utilization of an impactful pedagogy, case study method can bring interesting, real world situations in the classroom. A case ...

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LEED vs. Green Globes: An engaged scholarship approach to advancing campus green building policy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This study examines the value of student engagement in the advancement of green building policies by colleges and universities. The integration of sustainability practices into the design and construction of ...

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Cross-Disciplinary, Student-led Sustainability Projects that Build Engagement and Realize Core Learning Outcomes

  • 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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Scan, Link, Learn: Campus Arboretum as Living Lab

  • Purdue University (IN)

The Purdue Arboretum is a campus landscape arboretum that began as an idea in late 2008 to recreate the Purdue campus as a living laboratory. The mission of the Purdue ...

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Global Sustainability for Social Justice

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Santa Clara University’s Food & Agribusiness Institute (FAI) offers a unique approach to immersion trips; they are designed differently than other trips sponsored by universities, and even from other ...

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Engaging Faculty in Sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

To achieve a truly sustainable campus, expertise from all corners of campus needs to be brought together, while providing learning opportunities for students. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the ...

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Developing Green Revolving Funds to Reduce Environmental Footprint

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

This discussion will explore how students have created green revolving funds on their campuses and the tips and tricks they suggest to other students that are interesting in creating such ...

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Community Engagement Through the Arts

  • Transylvania University (KY)

This presentation will focus on “Community Engagement Through the Arts” (CETA), a course we teach at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with the stated goal of creating and maintaining sustainable ...

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Embedding Sustainability Curriculum Pathways across the University

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Sustainability and student learning are key commitments of the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Place and Promise plan. UBC’s long-term vision is to embed sustainability in all teaching ...

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Koch Campus: Compromising Academic Freedom

  • University of Kansas (KS)

Academic freedom in higher education ensures the ability to freely seek and disseminate the truth. Yet, as our universities become increasingly dependent on private funding, "academic freedom" is marginalized and ...

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The Nuts & Bolts of Adapting the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In 2010, the New York Times called the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability ...

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Change Management and Implementation

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Getting buy-in for change means building consensus with stakeholders and finding collaborative ways of mitigating/managing risk. This presentation focuses on strategic change management through collaborations with the university’s ...

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Sustainability & the Pacific Rim: Willamette University’s Program

  • Willamette University (OR)

In conjunction with Japan’s Tokyo International University (TIU), Willamette University (WU) has developed a new interdisciplinary program bringing together the natural and social sciences with the humanities called "Sustainability ...

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Knowledge matters: Sustainability education trumps narcissism

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Recent research has indicated troubling trends for sustainability in higher education. Student narcissism and individualism are at record high levels, yet empathy is headed in the opposite direction. Is it ...

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Solutions Learning at ASU’s School of Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Why Solutions Learning? How we implement SL: Curriculum; Program Learning Objectives; workshops; applied projects. Sustainability Solutions Studios (highlighting Croatia Summer 2014). Sustainability Solutions Service and graduate Solutions Assistants (SAs). Global ...

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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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