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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Towards a Broader Conceptualization of Education for Sustainability

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Formal teaching and learning devoted to sustainability is referred to as Education for Sustainability (EfS). EfS is the study of humans' relationship with the resources that support life on this ...

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Integrating Sustainability Learning Outcomes Into a University Curriculum - A Case Study of Institutional Dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The University of Vermont (UVM) adopted a learning-outcomes-based general education sustainability requirement in Fall 2015. The requirement is unique because sustainability is a non-traditional general education theme, and general education ...

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Familismo Teaching: Promoting Sustainable Development and Social Justice in a Hispanic Serving Institution

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Higher education (HE) has started taking responsibility in teaching, training, and researching for sustainability. Thus, sustainability and the scholarly environments have become the basis of academic practice since the initial ...

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Relocating Education for Sustainability: From the Campus to the Community

  • Kent State University (OH)

This session offers a thoughtful critique of dominant education for sustainable development by exploring the limitations of sustainability as we often conceptualize it and the contextual limitations of the higher ...

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Depth and Breadth of Sustainable Business MBA Programs

  • University of Redlands (CA)

Even though many business schools realize the importance of sustainability not only from a societal but also from a business standpoint, the question remains whether or not the available programs ...

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Community Engagement and Sustainable Buildings: A New Course from Pima Community College, Tucson 2030 District, and ENERGY STAR

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This session will explore a recent successful collaboration between three entities to create a new community-focused sustainability course in Tucson, AZ: 'Sustainability and Building Performance - Foundations, Best Practices, and Implementation ...

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Sustainability in Italy: a Short-Term Study Abroad Program with Focus on Language, Environment, Culture, and Food

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Sustainability in Italy: Environment, Culture, and Food' is a short-term study abroad program in Italy connected to an Italian language course taught on the Dickinson College campus. Through fieldwork and ...

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Lorax 2.0: Twenty Questions for Standing in Solidarity with Living Systems in Sustainability Research in Higher Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Ethical alignment and systems thinking are at the core of sustainability considerations. How can colleges apply sustainability approaches to the process of academic research itself? Researching sustainability similarly invites ethical ...

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability Education for Public Two-Year Colleges

  • Seminole State College of Florida (FL)

Even as an increasing number of employers seek personnel skilled in renewable energy technologies and sustainable design, companies overwhelmingly hire individuals for 'green jobs' who possess that knowledge within the ...

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Advancing Innovation through Sustainability Research and Scholarship

  • Portland Community College (OR)

During this monumental time in history, it is essential to be educated, connect with good people, find hope, and discover new ways to make a difference. To do so, the ...

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Community Partnerships for Environmental Justice

  • The New School (NY)

The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is committed to environmental justice and community-academic partnerships grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. Using this framework, the ...

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Multiple Ways of Knowing in Sustainability Education: Stretching the Boundaries of Transformative Sustainability Learning

  • Goucher College (MD)

This session focuses on how teaching for multiple ways of knowing can contribute to sustainability education by highlighting work done at the University of Saskatchewan which is encapsulated within two ...

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Better Together: Using an S Designation to Create Visible, Coherent, Trans-disciplinary Curriculum Out of What You Already Have

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

How the University of Hawaii ten campus system is using AASHE STARS curriculum designation criteria to transform courses across the curriculum. This session will cover all aspects of creating sustainability ...

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Catalyzing curricular coherence with a Sustainability Focus designation

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The S Designation framework is a method of benchmarking sustainability curriculum and stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue to develop curricular coherence around topics of sustainability. The framework is an 'opt-in' process designed ...

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Integrating Sustainability Across Disciplines: A Step-wise Process for (Re)designing a Syllabus

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

Integrating sustainability' into a course means adapting both content and pedagogy to create a learning experience that is more interdisciplinary, experiential, and focused on authentic problem-solving. How can instructors juggle ...

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A Long and Winding Path: Launching a New Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This case study examines the journey of developing a new undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies at the University of Calgary. This interdisciplinary program combines theory with applied practice through ...

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A Classroom of 'Cultural Creatives'?: A Values-Based Approach to Teaching About Sustainable Societies

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

In their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World authors Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson present their research on the on-going values shift ...

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Transforming University Curriculum Policies for a Global Knowledge Society: A focus on a Chilean Context.

  • University of Western Australia

University curriculum changes are moving to a centre stage in the higher education reform agendas of many countries, as they strive to strengthen their positioning in a competitive global knowledge ...

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DON'T PUNT ON RECYCLING! What your recycling program can mean to your school's curriculum, eco-identity, & bottom-line!

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation offers a macro-view lens of Sustainability Programs as one of the only truly new tools traditional fixed-sight Higher Education Administrators have to answer the dot-edu on-line degree program ...

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Teaching Sustainability and Social Justice Through Interprofessional Study Abroad Courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Experiential learning and developing on the ground knowledge of methods to advance social justice and sustainability can be crucial ways to enhance competency in sustainability for undergraduate and graduate students ...

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GreenTopics: How we Tackled Reaching Environmental Skeptics

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Engaging students with an environmental interest is easy, but the question remains 'How can we reach the environmental skeptics?' How can we inform the students who will never step foot ...

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Tweeting @Sustainability: The #447challenge as an Active Teaching Tool

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Growing up, we are 'challenged' to be sustainable: turn off lights, stop cold water when brushing teeth, and unplug idle chargers. Reality proves that, while well-conceived, the environmental benefit of ...

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A Fresh Start: From Soil-Grown Greenhouse to Hydroponics

  • Dominican University (IL)

The study of the sciences occupy a prime place in Dominican University's curriculum. In the late 1930s, Dominican sister, Hilaire Ryan, OP built a greenhouse to provide botany students ...

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Academicians: How to Teach with Paul Hawken's 'DrawDown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming'

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Educators curious about how to adapt Paul Hawken's new book 'Drawdown' for use in the classroom (or for campus facilities and operations) should gather to share lessons learned and ...

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Developing Curriculum Around the Triple Bottom Line

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This presentation is to assist faculty in developing, or revising curriculum to fit within the framework of the Triple Bottom Line in regards to addressing topics of sustainability in their ...

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Let's Develop a Sustainability Literacy Assessment!

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Many institutions of higher education are interested in assessing their students' sustainability literacy, however developing a reliable and valid assessment tool is a difficult and time-consuming task. In this presentation ...

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Influences of Student Sustainability Literacy in a University Setting, A Dissertation Study

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

This presentation will review the findings from a dissertation on sustainability literacy. The purpose of this study was to investigate how educational sources influence student knowledge, skills, and experiences regarding ...

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Sustainability skills - what are they? And how do we know students have them...

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

Sustainability in the curriculum. Everyone is talking about it and wondering how you do it! Especially when you are a professional staff member entering into the world of faculty. Three ...

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Designing Diverse Online Learning Environments as Laboratories for Connecting Across Difference

  • Peralta Community Colleges District Office (CA)

How can community college online learning environments help motivate students to connect across differences and develop capacities as change-agents for a healthier world? Drawing from her experience teaching online humanities ...

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A Co Curricular Course about Sustainability, Leadership, Civic Engagement, Integrity and Interculturality

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

As part of UDEM´s Formative Model, every student has to take 4 co-curricular courses. From these 4 courses, one is mandatory and they can choose the other 3. META ...

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Campus as Classroom at Smith College

  • Smith College (MA)

This poster is a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with students who are actively using 'Campus as Classroom' methods for their respective research projects. Campus as Classroom is an ...

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Energizing Campuses & Communities Through More Meaningful and Applied Learning

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

This networking meeting is open to all campus stakeholders interested in the Energize Colleges program. Current and potential future campus partners are invited to discuss year one successes and challenges ...

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Applied learning for sustainability projects: Developing high impact student-community collaborations

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

Applied learning opportunities, from internships, to community-based learning courses to student research provide exceptional training for students in addressing complex sustainability challenges. These endeavors are mostly designed to optimize the ...

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Collaborative Studio Re-Imagining Wood Design and Construction

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In the face of new and shifting demands for sustainable practices imposed upon the building industry and the world of design, wood is gaining popularity as a biodegradable and renewable ...

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Outcomes of Collaborative Learning of Sustainable Building Design and Construction Practices

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In this second paper, the authors present the formative evaluation results from research conducted during Fall 2016 at Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas ...

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Developing Community Solidarity Through Beekeeping

  • Central Community College (NE)

This presentation will cover how a college beekeeping course resulted in an informed community of concerned honey bee supporters. Central Community College started a beekeeping course that drew participants from ...

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Implementing an Environmental Sustainability Badge Program: Best Practices for Co-Curricular Learning and Community Engagement

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability across a community college's curriculum requires more than interest from administration and faculty. Integration needs employees across the entire college capable of communicating, implementing, maintaining and ...

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Sustainable Living: Off-Grid Tiny Hydro Powered House

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

One of the major challenges in modern society is providing affordable housing for the everyday person. The next level to this challenge is providing housing that is both affordable and ...

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Grow Native - A Plant and Pollinator Garden Catalyzes Engagement and Learning

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)

Over the past two years a small, inspired group of students, employees, community friends and alums of Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community Colleges) proposed, designed, crowd-funded, and installed a 4 ...

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Engaged Scholarship with Community Partners: What We Can Learn From our Peers' Greenhouse Gases

  • Colgate University (NY)

Through the class Sustainability & Climate Action Planning for Local Government at Colgate University, students engaged in community projects, one of which aimed to benchmark the University among its peer ...

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Sustainability in the apparel discipline: The layers of ESRAP

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)

Social responsibility and sustainable fashion are two topics that have emerged as prominent themes in courses within textiles and apparel curriculums around the globe. As important as these topics and ...

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Green Career Toolbox: Skills Workshops for More Effective/Employable SustainaStudents

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This session will allow attendees to discuss some of the specific skills that make students more effective agents for social change. For example, many sustainability offices already incorporate community-based social ...

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Sulitest Presents "The Updated Sustainability Literacy Test"

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

Come Experience the Updated Sustainability Literacy Test (http://www.sulitest.org). This is a fun learning and assessment tool designed to improve the quality of sustainability education. Up your STARS ...

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The Sulitest: How to Raise Awareness and Assess Sustainability Literacy Worldwide?

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

This session covers how the Sulitest can be used to raise awareness of sustainability and assess sustainability literacy.

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A Sustainable Energy Laboratory Course for Non-Science Majors

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Trinity University (TX)

Using sustainable energy to address climate change is of growing importance as society tries to balance its energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts. To help students better understand this balance ...

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A study-away experience in Costa Rica through the eyes of students and faculty from Trinity University.

  • Trinity University (TX)

Few places in the world are as biologically diverse as Costa Rica and as such it is a captivating and educational place to visit for students interested in sustainability. Trinity ...

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Visual Art and Poetry in Environmental Education

  • Trinity University (TX)

The presenters, an artist and a poet, have co-taught several courses incorporating student production of art and poetry in environmental education. The presentation will describe and show how specific experiences ...

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Developing a Doctoral Program in Sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

The University of South Dakota (USD) has proposed a new graduate program in sustainability that would build upon USD's existing academic and research leadership in sustainability in the state ...

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Student Learning Outcomes in Sustainability Education: Faculty Participation and Measured Student Learning

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Sustainability degrees are becoming increasingly common in higher education. There are over 420 institutions now offering programs related to sustainability that range from certificates to doctoral degrees. There are at ...

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Utilizing the Garden to Integrate Community-Based Learning in the Classroom

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The purpose of this presentation is to explore, discuss and reflect on Community-based Learning (CBL) as a form of civic education utilizing a school learning garden or community garden. CBL ...

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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.

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FIE: Foundation for International Education

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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.