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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Power Systems & Sustainable Energy (MS)

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Santa Clara's MS in Sustainable Energy introduces graduate students to an multi-disciplinary approach to designing sustainable energy systems. The master program's mission is to provide a strong curriculum ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Sustainability Minor allows students to integrate an understanding of sustainability into their course of study from different disciplinary perspectives and in interdisciplinary ways. The sustainability minor brings a new ...

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Sustainability Pathway

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Sustainability Pathway allows students to learn about sustainability from multiple disciplinary perspectives and in interdisciplinary ways. This helps our students integrate the interconnected ideals of viable ecological integrity, viable ...

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Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The certificate enriches a student's current degree program and helps them stand out from the crowd following graduation. By providing significant exposure to sustainability-related concepts and practices, students gain ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

Requires four Restricted Electives (12 credit hours), including one introductory course in each of four areas: environmental science, economics, technology and social sciences/humanities.

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Sustainability Studies (BS)

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

This sustainability degree is dynamic and focused. Students get started right away, taking core courses like Introduction to Sustainability and the Whole Earth Course. Guided by highly experienced faculty who ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Saint Joseph's College (ME)

The interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability Studies prepares students engaged in different majors to 1) address the important problem of how we, as a society, can best live on the planet ...

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Sustainability Major (BA)

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

A major in sustainability requires a very broad training in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. There is also a minor in sustainability that often complements other majors.

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Sustainability Minor

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

A major in sustainability requires a very broad training in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. There is also a minor in sustainability that often complements other majors.

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Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development

  • Polytechnique Montreal (QC)

The objective of this program is to enable graduating students and practicing professionals to develop the skills required to conduct strategic and innovative eco-design projects. More specifically, the program aims ...

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Sustainable Development Certificate

  • Universite Laval (QC)

This multidisciplinary program aims to develop skills that will enable students to make a tangible contribution to meeting this major social, economic and environmental challenge of meeting today's needs ...

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Environment & Sustainable Development (Master’s)

  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

The Individualized Master's program in urban design aims to provide specific skills for responsible urban intervention in an increasingly complex and changing environment. With the proliferation of issues related ...

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Renewable Energy Minor

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

This minor will provide students an opportunity to examine different sources of traditional and renewable energy simultaneously in the context of our total energy use using a systems perspective. Students ...

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Sustainable Construction Minor

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The objective of the minor is to provide a fundamental understanding of the concepts and methods used to take a design into the field and build a quality sustainable structure ...

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Renewable Energy Graduate Certificate

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The Graduate Certificate program in Renewable Energy recognizes post-bachelor preparation for the engineering and design of modern renewable energy systems such as solar thermal, concentrated solar thermal (CSP), photovoltaic, etc ...

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Graduate Certificate in Energy Conversion & Transport

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Certificate is focused on energy production, fuels, and energy transportation. Possibly sustainability related through optional Fuel Cell course.

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Energy Studies Minor

  • Yale University (CT)

Energy Studies is a multidisciplinary academic program (MAP) in Yale College. The curriculum is designed to provide selected undergraduates with the knowledge and skills needed for advanced studies, leadership, and ...

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Alternative Energy Certificate

  • College of Lake County (IL)

This certificate provides entry level technical instruction on wind, solar and geothermal energy sources. Courses in this certificate may also apply to certificates specific to solar, wind or geothermal energy ...

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Renewable Energy Certificate

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The main goal of this certificate is to introduce students to the field of renewable energy. The intent is to help equip professionals in Silicon Valley with the knowledge that ...

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Wind Energy (BS)

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Wind Energy is the premiere multidisciplinary program developing transformational experts who apply knowledge, skills, and conviction to lead in the advancement of sustainable renewable power solutions with positive regional, national ...

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Building Science & Energy Management (AS)

  • Western Technical College (WI)

This program facilitates students to make decisions incorporating the importance of sustainability in an area representing one of our country’s biggest energy consumers. Students examine the built environment and ...

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Graduate Certificate in Development & Environmental Planning

  • East Carolina University (NC)

The Development and Environmental Planning Certificate provides students with abilities to recognize natural and regulatory limitations on land development, analyze the impacts of land development on the natural environment, and ...

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Conservation & Environmental Planning Major

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The Conservation and Environmental Planning major focuses on the scientific, field-based management of our natural resources, including wildlife, water, soil, air, human developments and the interaction of these systems. The ...

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Urban Studies Minor - Environmental Sustainability Track

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete 18 hours of credit to earn a minor. Course offering are drawn from multiple ...

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Risk & Community Resilience (Interdisciplinary MS)

  • University of Alberta (AB)

This degree program examines different aspects of social-ecological relations, challenging us to think about how peoples, locally and globally, see and respond to changes in their environment including those associated ...

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Specialization in Planning, Urban & Regional Planning (BS)

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The BSc Specialization program in Planning focuses on natural science elements of planning, including environmental management and the use of geographic information sciences. Students combine a core of planning courses ...

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Urban & Regional Planning (BA/BS)

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Our programs educate students in both the art and science of planning, and feature 'hands on' labs and experiential learning through site visits and exploration of local planning issues. We ...

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Sustainable Community Development Minor

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

The program aims to familiarize students with the concept of sustainable development as applied to real world communities. Requirements include technical writing, service learning, and methods courses. The goal of ...

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Community Development (BA/BS)

  • Portland State University (OR)

The first of its kind in the nation, our undergraduate program in Community Development prepares students for careers as leaders and change agents in addressing myriad social challenges. The Toulan ...

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Sustainable Urban Development Minor

  • Portland State University (OR)

The minor in Sustainable Urban Development will provide students with an opportunity to further their understanding in the important issues and challenges in making cities sustainable while providing a foundation ...

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Environmental Planning Minor

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:the ability to apply science to understanding ecosystems and natural resources, the ability to understand the policy and social implications of environmental issues ...

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Urban Studies (BS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Urban Studies program treats urbanism as an interdisciplinary field; it brings together students, faculty, and outside specialists concerned with cities and the impacts of cities on society and people ...

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Sustainable Smart Cities (Master's)

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

UAB’s 2-year online master’s program in Sustainable Smart Cities will equip students with the knowledge and skills to help build the sustainable smart cities of the future.

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Environmental Design/Planning (PhD)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This program is an individualized institute-wide interdisciplinary degree that integrates graduate courses and faculty research expertise with concentrations in design; health care and healing environments; history, theory and criticism; and ...

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Masters in Urban & Environmental Planning (MUEP)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The master's degree program in urban and environmental planning offers a unique opportunity to integrate urban and environmental aspects of planning in a rapidly developing metropolitan area. Individual practical ...

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Urban Forestry Technician Certificate

  • Fleming College (ON)

Students will learn how to care for urban trees and tree canopies, and gain a basic understanding of the landscape industry. As an Urban Forestry graduate, Students will be able ...

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Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching workbook is not just about sustainability, in and of itself. It is just a part of a larger sustainability process that: 1) illustrates ...

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The Emergence of the Field of Sustainability Science: Influences on Faculty Behavior Related to Sustainability Work

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This study investigates sustainability science as an emerging scientific field and the role of faculty members at higher education institutions as drivers of change in sustainability-science-based research, teaching, and community ...

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Assessing the Understanding, Awareness, and Concern for Climate Change across Undergraduate Faculties at Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The research completed in this study evaluates the levels of understanding, awareness, and concern for climate change of current undergraduate students in Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Engineering, Science, Health ...

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Teaching Engineering Students about Cognitive Barriers during Design for Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Virginia State University (VA)

Sustainability is a complex socio-technical challenge that requires new ways of thinking. To help meet this challenge, I have created three case-based modules that teach engineering students how to apply ...

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Program Development at the Outback: Exploring Place-Based, Experiential Education through a Campus Farm

  • Western Washington University (WA)

A unique component of place-based, design-focused, experiential education has been facilitating students as they explore a wide range of their own capabilities. Cataloging botanical names, handling tools and exploring novel ...

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Exploring the Interface of Marketisation and Education for Sustainable Development in English Higher Education

  • Keele University

This thesis explores the ideological and the practical relationship between Marketisation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in English higher education (HE) – focusing on the political-economic ideology of Neoliberalism and ...

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Infusing Sustainability in Higher Education in Ireland: The Green Curriculum Model (GCM) and the Dispositions, Abilities and Behaviours (DAB) Competency Framework

  • Dublin City University

There are numerous sustainability challenges facing the world today, including: climate change, pollution, consumerism and poverty. To make the world a more sustainable and better place to live in, humanity ...

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How Academic Department Chairs View the Influence of Corporate Ethics Scandals on Ethics Education in Arizona Business Schools: A Qualitative Case Study at the Postsecondary Level

  • Grand Canyon University (AZ)

The purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore how department chairs described the influence of recent corporate ethics scandals on content and availability of ethics education in ...

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Education for Sustainable Development- Just do it: Guidelines for designing Education for Sustainable Development

  • Wageningen University

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is focused on the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary in creating a sustainable future (UNESCO, 2005). Teachers are being asked to devote ...

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Business versus Sustainability: A qualitative study focused on Swedish business students’ perceptions of business sustainability and its relation to action competence as part of UN’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

  • University of Gothenburg

Across the world it is recognized that businesses have to become more sustainable. Different sustainability initiatives have started to emerge in educational settings, but still few educators are able to ...

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Curriculum Design for Transformative Enterprise Education within the Context of Strategic Sustainable Development

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

There is a need for large-scale and coordinated leadership and innovation to transform society toward sustainability. Working from the Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) approach, the authors investigated the potential of ...

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Developing Campus Sustainability Plans in a Capstone Course

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability education high impact practices emphasize the importance of project-based, applied learning experiences as well as collaborative learning. Higher education professionals also emphasize the importance of capstone signature experiences. Students ...

  • Posted April 5, 2018
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Promoting Sustainability Science on Campus: Renewable Energy Workshops Hosted at Kean University in New Jersey

  • Kean University (NJ)

The project provides workshops for high school/college students and educators to learn the basics, application, and impacts of renewable energy through hands-on activities and software tools. The workshops cover ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Fall 2017 Immersive Learning: Brownfields to Brightfields

  • Ball State University (IN)

With the support and facilitation of the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) at Ball State University, a group of second year urban planning students in the College of ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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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
Business Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

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.