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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Cross-Border Carbon Footprints: University Study Abroad and Carbon Offsetting Programs

  • American University (DC)

The progress made in the past decade in incorporating higher education institutions into the carbon emissions reduction equation is remarkable. Organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in ...

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Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability: from classroom into the real world

Academic sustainability programs aim to develop key competencies in sustainability, including problem-solving skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with experts and stakeholders. These key competencies may be most fully ...

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The Franklin Sustainability Report

  • Franklin University Switzerland (Ticino)

The capstone course for Environmental Studies followed a case-study approach to examine the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. As students in out final semesters at Franklin College, we were asked ...

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Shifting from Saying to Doing: Evaluation of an Environmental Course Designed to Create Environmental Change Agents

  • Tufts University (MA)

This study evaluated a semester-long environmental course designed to enable students to become environmental change agents. Sixteen undergraduate students self-selected into the program course, which integrated social science-focused materials with ...

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Sustainability and the Western Civilization Curriculum: Reflections on Cross-pollinating the Humanities and Environmental History

  • Willamette University (OR)

Standard Western civilizations curricula of the premodern period, while ably incorporating postcolonial, feminist, and ethnic studies scholarship, reflect virtually nothing of the larger cultural consciousness regarding sustainability or the critiques ...

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Sustainability and Higher Business Education: Is Investing in Teaching Sustainability Worthwhile?

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

This report is designed to review a variety of professional articles and academic journals in an attempt to give executives at business schools the groundwork to decide if including sustainability ...

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The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

University communities have the potential to serve as models in the development and application of sustainability principles and practices, not only by what they teach and study, but also by ...

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Appropedia as a Tool for Service Learning in Sustainable Development

Numerous studies have demonstrated that university students are capable of contributing to sustainable development while improving their academic skills. Unfortunately for many institutions, the expense of sending large cohorts of ...

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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society

  • Colorado State University (CO)

All who work with sustainability issues realize that it is a community project. We must decide collectively about the earth and its future. As a community — be it a geographic ...

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Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum

To prepare today's students to meet growing global environmental challenges, colleges and universities must make environmental literacy a core learning goal for all students, in all disciplines. But what ...

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Jumping from the Ivory Tower: Weaving Environmental Leadership and Sustainable Communities

  • Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus (CO)

Jumping from the Ivory Tower demonstrates the positive results that occur when colleges work with communities to develop students with a sense of place. The book examines the role of ...

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Going Beyond Green: Integrating Sustainability into the Marketing Curriculum

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

Teaching sustainable marketing practices requires that curricula advocate a “triple bottom line” approach to personal and marketing decision making, emphasizing requirements for a sustainable lifestyle, company, economy, and society. These ...

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Carbon Neutrality Makes the Grade

Business schools are enlisting students' help in developing their own carbon-neutral schemes, and they may develop leaders of tomorrow's sustainable economies.

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The relationship of pedagogy and students' understanding of environment in environmental education

  • University of Technology Sydney

This study has two main findings. First, the pedagogy of environmental education has strong classification and framing (after Bernstein 1971) that supports the objectification of the environment. Second, there is ...

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Education for sustainable development at the university level: Interactions of the need for community, fear of indoctrination, and the demands of work

  • Florida State University (FL)

The goal of this study was to describe the factors that influence education for sustainable development (ESD) in American universities. Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) was employed as the theoretical ...

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Goal setting for sustainability: a new method of environmental education

  • Murdoch University (Western Australia)

If current environmental problems are to be addressed and future environmental problems are to be prevented, significant changes are needed in the way people live. Environmental education has been identified ...

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Integrating Sustainability in the Learning Community

  • Second Nature (MA)

Buildings have a significant impact on the environment, accounting for one-sixth of the world’s freshwater withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and energy, leaving ...

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The Sustainability Curriculum: The Challenge for Higher Education

The links between education and sustainable development are deepening, although subject to much controversy and debate. The success of the sustainability discourse depends both on the pedagogic and research functions ...

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Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise, and Practice

Sustainability challenges universities around the world to rethink their missions and to re-structure their courses, research programs, and life on campus. Graduates are increasingly exposed to notions of sustainability, which ...

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Recreating the university from within: Sustainability and transformation in higher education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Universities around the globe have signed international declarations and agreements that recognize the importance of higher education in creating a more sustainable future. These agreements oblige universities to integrate sustainability ...

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Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect

The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the "terrible simplifiers" who ...

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Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change

  • Emory University (GA)
  • San Diego State University (CA)

In Sustainability on Campus campus leaders recount inspiring stories of strategies that moved eighteen colleges and universities toward a more sustainable future. This book is for faculty, students, administrators, staff ...

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The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future

  • Second Nature (MA)

For the first time in history, humans are pervasive and dominant forces in the health and well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. We are the first generation capable of ...

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Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility

There is increasing attention to the idea that colleges and universities should help students become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens who are prepared to navigate a complex world. These ...

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Student Inquiries into Neglected Research for a Sustainable Society: Communication and Application

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

By applying the interdisciplinary approach of Science, Technology & Society, students can solve often-neglected research problems of shifting society's operation towards a sustainable state. A recent Penn State University ...

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Issues regarding sustainable agriculture as perceived by upper level undergraduate students involved in a student managed farm at Iowa State University

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of agriculture students regarding sustainable agriculture practices, issues related to sustainable agriculture and learning/teaching processes. These students were enrolled ...

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Teaching Sustainability at Universities: Towards curriculum greening

It is now beyond any doubt that higher education institutions around the world are beginning to recognize that they have a unique responsibility towards the goal of sustainability. Universities are ...

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Integration of the concepts of sustainability into teaching at post-secondary institutions

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)

The purpose of this study was to examine the incorporation of the concepts of sustainability into teaching at two post-secondary public education residential institutions, Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the ...

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An Analysis of the Correlation Between the Attitude, Behavior, and Knowledge Components of Environmental Literacy in Undergraduate Unversity Students

  • University of Florida (FL)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationships between the major components of environmental literacy—attitudes, behaviors and knowledge—in undergraduate university students; and to examine differences in ...

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Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World

The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth's limits and ...

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Infusing Sustainability into High-Impact Learning Practices at NC State University

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Research has shown that high-impact educational experiences complement classroom learning, increase student retention and engagement, and maximize the collegiate experience. NC State ...

  • Posted June 16, 2015
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The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability, or PALS, is an innovative program at the University of Maryland that pairs faculty expertise and student ingenuity to tackle sustainability challenges facing ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Climate@Emory: an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative to advance climate change scholarship, teaching, partnership, and engagement at Emory and beyond

  • Emory University (GA)

Climate@Emory is a university-wide initiative at Emory University with the mission of advancing climate change scholarship and teaching. This interdisciplinary initiative involves more than 50 faculty from 20 departments ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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The Sage Project at San Diego State University

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The Sage Project is a partnership between San Diego State University (SDSU) and a local government in the San Diego region, connecting students and faculty with high-priority, high-need community projects ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Ucalgarycares Sustainable Cities Service Learning Program

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Sustainable Cities launched in 2014-2015 as an addition to a suite of "ucalgarycares" service-learning programs focusing on social justice issues. This program aims for students to become engaged with urban ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Hayward Promise Neighborhood Service Learning Solutions

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Hayward Project Neighborhood (HPN) is a place-based initiative lead by California State University East Bay (CSUEB). The purpose of HPN is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Over the past 15 years, the SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program has created partnerships between students, faculty and staff to enable hundreds of innovative and impactful sustainability ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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UBC Sustainability Scholars Program

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Offered in collaboration with both on and off-campus sustainability partners, the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is designed to provide UBC graduate level students - regardless of their academic discipline - practical sustainability ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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RecycleMania as a Campus as a Living Lab Project

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)

Can college faculty help to reduce waste, increase recycling, and introduce sustainability concepts, all while sticking to their course learning outcomes? At Central New Mexico Community College, we found a ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Developing Sustainability Literacy Among the Next Generation of Educators

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Sustainability Science Education Project at Arizona State University aims to develop sustainability literacy among future educators. An innovative course, Sustainability Science for Teachers (SSFT), leverages the power of digital ...

  • Posted June 10, 2015
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Instituting a sustainability general education requirement at San Francisco State University

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

A group of San Francisco State faculty believed all SF State graduates in the 21st century should have a basic understanding of sustainability. We campaigned for a sustainability requirement to ...


Innovations in Sustainability Curriculum: Teaching Full Cost Analysis through Student-Produced Documentaries

  • Furman University (SC)

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University sought to increase teaching of full cost analysis as a suite of tools that can be used as a framework ...


Watershed UGA

  • University of Georgia (GA)

With funding from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the University of Georgia (UGA) is leveraging a current town/gown campus stream restoration initiative to create a transformative experience in sustainability ...


Aquaponic food production as an integrating context for campus sustainability

  • Allegheny College (PA)

The Food for Sustainability project at Allegheny College utilizes aquaponic systems for indoor, year round tilapia and lettuce production. The products are sold to Parkhurst Dining Services and are incorporated ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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Sustainability Now and Powerful (SNAP!) International Program to Restore Landscapes, Recharge Educators, and Replenish Learning Systems

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Students in Prescott College's Doctoral Program in Sustainability Education developed a program to honor and share the stories of outstanding programs across the planet in sustainability education. The program ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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A Unique Hawaiian Learning Approach to Sustainable Living, Island-wide

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

A three prong approach to providing students with campus and community-wide learning at the UH Kauai Community College encompasses and concurrently implements:

1) Curriculum review ongoing, applying the General Electric ...

  • Posted March 28, 2014
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Creating a Living & Learning Laboratory for Applied Sustainability and Campus Farm Through Collaboration and Student Engagement

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Through a collaborative effort among the campus and local community, Southern Oregon University created a living and learning laboratory for applied research and projects in sustainability, The SOU Center for ...

  • Posted March 28, 2014
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Green Leadership Program

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable Carolina's Green Leadership Program allows students to graduate with Leadership Distinction in "Professional and Civic Engagement." This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program broadens students' understanding of leadership and sustainability. During ...

  • Posted March 28, 2014
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Students for Environmental Sustainability

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The project is a student lead initiative aimed at improving culinary sustainability education and practices among students in both universities and k-12 institutions. The project has three primary focuses on ...

  • Posted March 8, 2014
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Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability: Transforming a campus for sustainability education

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Over the past five years, Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability has developed and implemented an innovative model for sustainability education, which transforms university education to ensure all graduates have ...

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

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.