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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Development of a hands-on toolkit to support integration of ecodesign in engineering programmes Membership Required

In recent years, the integration of sustainable development in higher education has received a growing amount of attention. During the last decade, initiatives have aimed at integrating sustainable development at ...

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Prophetic Nomadism: An Art School Sustainability-Oriented Educational Aim? Membership Required

This discursive article proposes that the learning and teaching regimes provided within art school are uniquely placed within higher education to foster nomads. It suggests, however, that nomadism is not ...

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UTRGV Students on campus going to class Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

UTRGV students represent a broad spectrum of individuals interested in different aspects of sustainable development in a variety of fields. The University has active student organizations that work to make ...

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Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities Membership Required

Climate change is an enormous and increasingly urgent issue. This important book highlights how humanities disciplines can mobilize the creative and critical power of students, teachers, and communities to confront ...

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Global Studies BA

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Global Studies major is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that familiarizes students with the complex historical and contemporary relationships and processes that link together people and places. By focusing on ...

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The Master of Sustainability Leadership Program at ASU

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL) degree at Arizona State University will prepare professionals to advance social and environmental responsibility. The program teaches organizational leadership skills through the lens of ...

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Sustainability and Built Environment: The role of Higher Education in Architecture and Building Engineering Membership Required

The sustainability paradigm implies a cultural shift in order to really change the world and society. Education, and specifically higher education, plays the crucial role of preparing students to be ...

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A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing sustainability outcomes on campus and in the community

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This guide provides a step-by-step framework for how a new or existing applied learning for sustainability program can be systematically designed, built and scaled around two interconnected goals:

  1. Providing students ...
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Learning and Skills for Sustainable Development: Developing a sustainability literate society Membership Required

The purpose of this publication is to help higher education institutions to integrate sustainability literacy into the curriculum of their learning programmes.The approach and tools suggested in this guide ...

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Employer attitudes towards, and skills for, sustainable development Membership Required

  • National Union of Students
  • Higher Education Academy (York)

This report describes the results of an online survey of employers in the U.K. about sustainable development. Overall, employers believed the range of skills for sustainability to be important ...

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Leadership Skills for a Sustainable Economy Membership Required

Based on a survey of sustainability staff at member companies of The Prince of Wales’s Mayday Network on Climate Change and also member companies of Business in the Community ...

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Cultivating an Academy We Can Live With: The Humanities and Education for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Many facets of the university system in North America are fundamentally unsustainable, developing and perpetuating knowledge practices that not only do not sustain the biospheric conditions in which our species ...

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Dissonance in students' perceptions of sustainable development and sustainability: Implications for curriculum change Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Purpose – An online questionnaire survey was conducted to explore University of Plymouth students' perceptions and understandings of, and attitudes towards, sustainable development and related concepts and issues. In general, student ...

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Student Perceptions of Sustainability Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

For sustainable engineering to contribute to sustainability, curricular reforms are needed to train sustainability-conscious engineers. Examining student perceptions of sustainability education can provide insights for benchmarking the current quality of ...

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Sustainability Studies BA in Liberal Arts

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Sustainability Studies B.A. in Liberal Arts is designed to provide a rigorous and focused study of sustainability methods and content and simultaneously allow a student to complete all ...

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Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement Membership Required

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

As college and university leaders from across the United States work to green their campuses, students can and should play a critical role. Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement explains ...

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Professional Master’s Degree in Energy & Environment

  • Boston University (MA)

The professional master’s degree in Energy & Environment provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities ...

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MSc in Environmental Psychology

  • University of Surrey

The MSc in Environmental Psychology programme helps students gain advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in environmental psychology. Students will also acquire a range of research skills to ...

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Paul Quinn College Transforms Football Field to Organic Farm, Shifting Value to Students Membership Required

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)

At Paul Quinn College, where 83 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible (2016), students obtain both a liberal arts education and real-world work experience. This video showcases the historically ...

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Study Abroad Initiatives at Oregon State University Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Grace Burleson teaches a group of people in Uganda during her internship. Kendra Sharp uses some locally made tools in Chennai, India.

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The Ohio State University Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Ohio State University selected three Discovery Theme programs that are working to promote the research, teaching and engagement surrounding sustainability issues and focus on critical societal needs. The three ...

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UConn Reserach Gathers Critical Information Needed in Fight to Save Wildlife Membership Required

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

An international group of top biologists led by UConn ecologist Mark Urban is calling for a coordinated effort to gather important species information that is urgently needed to improve predictions ...

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Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory Membership Required

  • Onondaga Community College (NY)

Onondaga Community College has created a smart home laboratory at the College's Furnace Brook Center with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy ...

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Environmental Science

  • Stetson University (FL)

Students graduating from Stetson University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science will work within solid ethical and scientific frameworks to make well-supported decisions to protect natural resources, develop ...

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Environmental Studies

  • Stetson University (FL)

Students graduating from Stetson University with a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies will work within solid ethical and scientific frameworks to make well-supported decisions to protect natural resources, develop ...

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Boreas Leadership Program - University of Minnesota Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Boreas offers University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-doctoral fellows free co-curricular leadership development opportunities that build on the strengths of graduate education to create effective change agents ...

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Columbia University: Tree-Ring Extraction Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

Williams and the others set to work extracting tree rings, by which they can gauge how various species have reacted to past swings in precipitation and temperature. The basic tool ...

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Timber Frame Bike Shelter Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Renewable Energy & Ecological Design Major (REED) Adam Zais '16 building a Timber Frame bike shelter on campus.

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Classroom as Cinema: Using Film to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Western New England University (MA)

While the advent of movies in the classroom does not quite date to the invention of the motion-picture camera itself in 1889, given its near-universal power to draw students' attention ...

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A collaborative programme in sustainability and social responsibility Membership Required

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The purpose of this paper is to collect methodological strategies used in the training of future teachers to develop competences in sustainability and social responsibility (SSR). The proposal in ...

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Assessing sustainability teaching and learning in geography education Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Purpose

This study aims to understand if geographers, who teach in a new sustainability program, are conveying new knowledge, understanding, skills and competence about the integrated and holistic concept of ...

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Integrating sustainability across the university curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Purpose

Colleges and universities increasingly have the mandate and motivation to integrate sustainability into their curricula. The purpose of this paper is to share the strategy used at the University ...

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Appalachian State University students have a hands-on sustainability experience Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University’s leadership in sustainability education can be traced back to more than 25 years. The university houses the nation’s longest running Sustainable Development Program (est. 1991 ...

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Event organized by Institut EDDEC Membership Required

  • Polytechnique Montreal (QC)

This photo was taken during the "Transition towards a circular economy: opportunities and challenges for Quebec and Canada" event organized by the EDDEC Institute in May 2016 in Montreal.

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Good Business Friday Discussion Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Weekly discussion of sustainability in business hosted by the Lewis Institute at Babson.

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Tapping campus maple trees Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Students, faculty, and staff working together to tap campus maple trees to make maple syrup.

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Learning our campus trees Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Ecology course studying trees on campus

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Engaged Learning in Costa Rica course Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Faculty and students on sustainability course in Costa Rica

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Ecoroof Management Plan Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Broadway Residence Hall at Portland State University received LEED Silver certification in 2004,with a combination of sustainable construction practices and green building features, including a 18,000 square ...

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Classes at Sterling College Membership Required

  • Sterling College (VT)
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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

This publication offers guidelines for higher education institutions in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the organization and then leading their global adoption.

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A Mixed Methods Assessment of the Development, Use, and Educational Effectiveness of University Campus Sustainability Tours Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Campus sustainability tours are available at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. These tours are considered a vital tool in interpreting the environmental and sustainable aspects of ...

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Gaps in sustainability education: The impact of higher education coursework on perceptions of sustainability Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Presbyterian College (SC)

Purpose

This paper aims to examine how both the amount and type of coursework impact students’ conceptualizations of sustainability. Previous research demonstrates that academic coursework influences students’ environmental attitudes, yet ...

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PhD in Organizational Systems: Leadership of Sustainable Systems

  • Saybrook University (CA)

This program is designed to help students lead in a way that empowers people within the communities they serve. Guided by faculty with years of experience in the field, students ...

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Online Certificate in Sustainable Resource Management

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)

This 2-course certificate certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in sustainable resource management. Those who complete the courses are eligible to take the Illinois Recycling Association's ...

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Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management is an intensive one-year degree program that will enable you to spearhead initiatives focused on water use, treatment, research and ...

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Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Green Bio-Products

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Green Bio-Products is an intensive one-year degree program that equips students with the technical and leadership skills required to contribute to the growing ...

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Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering is an intensive one-year degree program for engineers and environmental science graduates who want to advance their careers in the ...

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BSc in Natural Resources Conservation

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in conservation and management. Encompassing the natural and social sciences, students will learn how to use the technologically advanced tools and quantitative techniques ...

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Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability Membership Required

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Corcaigh)

Demonstrating how a university can, in a very practical and pragmatic way, be re-envisioned through a transdisciplinary informed frame, this book shows how through an open and collegiate spirit of ...

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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

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
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NOLS

Lander, WY
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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.

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.