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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Institute of Applied Agriculture Certificate

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is a 60-credit, two-year academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The ...

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BS in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability provides a strong scientific foundation in ecosystem ecology integrated with a broad knowledge of the cultural, social, economic, and political issues that are ...

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Ohio University Online Master of Public Administration – Concentration in Environmental & Energy Policy

  • Annie Laurie Cadmus (OH)

Unlike other Master's in Public Administration online programs, Ohio University offers a curriculum built for the real challenges of public administration. You won't find us teaching hypotheticals. Instead ...

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Sustainability Science: Field Methods and Exercises Membership Required

Describes the theory and practice of field methods in Sustainability Science, a program at a growing number of universities. This book builds up on the experience and lessons learned by ...

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Interdepartmental Undergraduate Minor in Energy

  • Ball State University (IN)

This interdepartmental minor gives students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the development, use, and conservation of energy. Students may focus on solar and alternative energy systems, energy policy ...

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Undergraduate Minor in International Resource Management

  • Ball State University (IN)

This undergraduate minor is designed to prepare students for service abroad, primarily in the less developed countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, in such organizations as the Peace Corps ...

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Undergraduate Minor in Natural Resources

  • Ball State University (IN)

This undergraduate minor is designed to enhance career opportunities in areas of natural resource management such as soils, water, land, recreation and energy management for a variety of science and ...

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Undergraduate Minor in Environmental Management

  • Ball State University (IN)

This undergraduate minor is designed to enhance career opportunities in environmental management (i.e., air and water quality, waste management) in regulatory agencies, health departments and environmental consulting at the ...

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Environmental Communication Concentration (BA in Communication)

  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program may choose to concentrate in Environmental Communication, which focuses on communication as it relates to human perceptions of, and actions toward ...

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Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...

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Beyond Science: Framing Sustainability to Welcome All Disciplines Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

Colleges and universities trying to integrate sustainability across the curriculum often encounter a common stumbling block: the perception that sustainability is relevant only to environmental science. This false belief can ...

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The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education Membership Required

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...

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Exploring Nursing's role within the sustainability movement Membership Required

  • University of Ottawa - Facilities (ON)

Aim: This paper aimed to explore the evolution of the concept of sustainability to facilitate further knowledge development in the discipline of nursing.

Background: The concept of ‘sustainability’ emerged in ...

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The impact of globalization and environmental change on health: challenges for nurse education Membership Required

The environment is an established domain of nursing knowledge, but some authors argue that the traditional perspective is too narrowly focused on the immediate environment to appreciate the relevance of ...

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The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know? Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

The scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change has been established with increasing precision and there are widespread concerns about its potential to undermine the public health gains of the past ...

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The ‘sustainability lens’: A framework for nurse education that is ‘fit for the future’ Membership Required

  • University of Nottingham

In this paper we describe and justify a framework for curriculum development that uses the concept of a sustainability lens. This is based on an understanding that we construct our ...

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The need for a ‘sustainability curriculum’ in nurse education Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper addresses the imperative to address sustainability and climate change in nurse education. This will be done by outlining the socio-political and policy context and a discussion of a ...

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Sustainability in nursing: a concept analysis Membership Required

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe, explore and explain the concept of sustainability in nursing.

Background: Although researchers in nursing and medicine have emphasised the issue of ...

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Beyond problem solving: Engineering and the public good in the 21st century Membership Required

  • University of Sydney

Problem solving is upheld as a defining feature of engineering identity, and the ability to solve problems is built into engineering curricula as a learning outcome and a graduate attribute ...

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Incorporating Prerecorded Environmental Lifecycle Assessment Modules in a Classroom Setting Membership Required

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Addition of sustainability-related material is becoming a point of emphasis in engineering education. Freely available modular lessons are one way to quickly effect this incorporation. This research examines the effectiveness ...

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Using Concept Maps to Explore the Impacts of a Learning-Cycle-Based Sustainability Module Implemented in Two Institutional Contexts Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • The Citadel (SC)

Because engineers are responsible for the design phase of projects where decisions impacting sustainability are most effectively made, it is important to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary ...

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MS in Professional Science

  • Unity College (ME)

Learning to navigate the unpredictable waves of our globalized society places a pivotal degree of responsibility on aspiring leaders to develop skills necessary to be effective change agents. At America ...

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Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool Membership Required

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

The Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool is a free tool designed to enable community colleges to quickly gauge how well they are leading and integrating sustainability and green workforce development ...


Sustainable MBA

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

At EMU our purpose is to build students’ portfolios of management skills, leadership strengths, and stewardship strategies to enable our graduates, and their colleagues, to achieve greater success and to ...

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Masters of the Environment Professional Graduate Program

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) is a professional master’s degree program that is administered by the Environmental Studies Program, but partners with units and disciplines across the Boulder ...

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Reshaping the Education of Energy Managers Membership Required

Newly educated Energy managers will play a key role in the unfolding global transition to renewable energy and sustainability. We describe a new approach to energy management education via a ...

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A comparative review of policy and practice for education for sustainable development/education for global citizenship (ESD/GC) in teacher education across the four nations of the UK Membership Required

The early 21st century has seen a period of extreme turbulence in education at all levels in the UK. Although education policy was administrated on a territorial basis before 1999 ...

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Education for sustainability-challenges and opportunities: The case of RCEs Membership Required

  • London South Bank University

This article will focus on the challenges of leadership and management of a key initiative of the 2005-2014 UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), namely the Regional Centres ...

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Boldly Sustainable: Hope & Opportunity for Higher Education in the age of Climate Change Membership Required

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Sustainability is a powerful strategy for higher education to achieve renewal, reformation, and relevance in the 21st century. Boldly Sustainable examines how colleges and universities can leverage their commitment to ...

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Sustainable Mobility for the Future: Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Transportation Planning Course Membership Required

  • Bucknell University (PA)

The field of transportation engineering has become more sustainable as challenges of the twenty-first century continue. Sustainable mobility topics such as pedestrian and cycling travel, smart growth development, and transit-oriented ...

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Enhancing sustainability curricula through faculty learning communities Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

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Although the number of higher education institutions adopting sustainability-focused faculty learning communities (FLCs) has grown, very few of these programs have published evaluation research. This paper aims to report ...

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Sustainability Education: The What and How for Mathematics Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

In this article we provide a simple way to think about the concept of sustainability and provide a number of examples for incorporating sustainability education into commonly taught mathematics courses ...

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Foreign Languages and Sustainability: Addressing the Connections, Communities, and Comparisons Standards in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Queen's University (ON)

This article describes an interdisciplinary collaboration that combined the study of German language with instruction in environmental issues (sustainable development). The project, involving both an independent study and a classroom ...

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Composition and Sustainability: Teaching for a Threatened Generation Membership Required

  • Saint John's University (NY)

While sustainability - meeting today’s needs without jeopardizing the interests of future generations - has become a dominating force in a range of disciplines, it has yet to play a substantive ...

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The Greening of the Language Arts: Considering Sustainability Outside of the Science Classroom Membership Required

  • Western Washington University (WA)

If the concept of sustainability is studied at all in middle or high school, chances are that study is taking place in the science classroom. After all, the topic of ...

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Incorporating Global Sustainability in the Business Language Curriculum Membership Required

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

“Providing food, water, energy and other human needs to the world's entire population without harming the environment is a formidable task,” according to Purdue University’s Global Sustainability Institute ...

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Sustainability Pedagogies for the Business Language Classroom Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

Heightened urgency about the question of the earth’s survival has generated increased attention to how to teach sustainability across the curriculum. The business language course, positioned at the nexus ...

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Sustainability Programming is an Ethical Obligation for Higher Education in the Environmental Century Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Development of a sustainable relationship with our natural resources is an imperative for any meaningful quality of life as climate change poses the ultimate test of our adaptability as a ...

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Online Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Students in ASU's MAS in sustainable tourism receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic, and social aspects of tourism. Graduates are equipped with translatable skills ...

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Transforming US higher education to support sustainability science for a resilient future: the influence of institutional administrative organization Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) academic programs have an important and distinctive role in education for sustainability: preparing sustainability-oriented problem solvers who work at the science–policy, science–management, and ...

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AAS Degree in Energy Management

  • Tunxis Community College (CT)

The Applied Associate of Science Degree in Energy Management is a two-year technical training program that prepares students for a career in commercial building energy analysis and energy management.

Students ...

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Learning outcomes for sustainable development in higher education

This paper sets out to discuss the commonalities that can be found in learning outcomes (LOs) for education for sustainable development in the context of the Tbilisi and Barcelona declarations ...

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Developing Learning Outcomes for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

This resource provides information on how to develop learning outcomes for sustainability, including examples sourced from unit outlines across the university.

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Ethical internationalisation in higher education: interfaces with international development and sustainability Membership Required

This analysis is situated within a larger project focusing on ethics and internationalization in higher education. Internationalization is occurring at a fast pace and encompasses overlapping and contradictory aims largely ...

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Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities The Role of Living Laboratories Membership Required

Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ...

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Environmental Navigation Network: Developing a Peer Mentor Program in the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The acknowledgement of complex environmental problems and society’s work to address them during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, inspired higher education to respond by developing a ...

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A Higher Calling for Higher Education Membership Required

Education and knowledge resources are more available today than ever before. However, humanity’s two main conflicts - coexistence with nature and coexistence with each other - remain unresolved. We need a ...

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Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education: islands of progress in a sea of dysfunction Membership Required

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Unity College (ME)

This essay describes the inequity faced by most interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) degree programs and the impact of that inequity on student and faculty experiences. Despite the urgent need ...

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Engaging with the contradictions of capitalism: Teaching "sustainability" in the business school Membership Required

  • University of Sydney
  • The University of Newcastle (NSW)

The chapter explores how sustainability education might contribute to a reimagining of our economic system and the role of business. Based on our experience in developing and teaching sustainability curricula ...

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Toward the Development of Robust Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This paper presents the results of a workshop on "Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies" held at AASHE's annual conference. The authors review research on core competencies in education for ...

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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

NOLS

Lander, WY
At NOLS we believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Our students explore remote wilderness and learn technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

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.