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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Teaching and Research on Sustainable Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna–FH Campus Wien

  • University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien

The University of Applied Sciences in Vienna has offered university degree programs in the field of construction for more than twenty years and has thus gained great expertise in developing ...

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Sustainability in the professional accounting and finance curriculum: an exploration

  • University of Chester

Whereas the integration of sustainability into business schools has received increasing attention in recent years, the debate continues to be generic rather than recognising the peculiarities of the more quantitative ...

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Environmental Education at Faculty of Agriculture and Changing Awareness, Attitude and Behavior towards Environment in Turkey

  • Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University
  • Hitit Üniversitesi

Environmental problems have become increasingly more destructive. For this reason, environmental education and awareness have gained importance. This study had two objectives: to determine the factors affecting the attitude and ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Panoramic difference of academicians in promoting sustainable change

  • Jaipuria Institute of Management
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

The social, economic, cultural, ecological and political transformations are essential factors of sustainable development and studies have shown that higher education is one of the important sources to bring required ...

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Communicating a social agenda within HEIs: the role of the social enterprise mark

  • University of Salford
  • University of Huddersfield

By using the lens of the social enterprise mark (SEM) accreditation which enables social enterprises to “prove” that the interests of people and planet are put before shareholder gain, this ...

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A practical learning environment for sustainability and sustainable tourism: The case of student engagement at the sustainability house (SH)

  • University of North Texas (TX)
  • Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
  • Kyung Hee University

This paper aims to review the current joint master’s program between two international institutions in the USA and Costa Rica; to identify students’ perceptions and experiences with the sustainability ...

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Understanding Finnish student craft teachers’ conceptions of sustainability

  • University of Eastern Finland

This study aims to explore student craft teachers’ conceptions of sustainable craft. This is an important issue because the Finnish National Curriculum of Basic Education emphasises sustainability, especially in craft ...

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Student teachers’ perceptions about the social pillar of urban sustainability: Attached importance and believed effectiveness of education

  • University of Western Macedonia

This study aims to detect preschool and primary school student–teachers’ (STs) views about the social pillar of urban sustainability and particularly about the importance they attach to various social ...

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Social and Environmental Justice Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

Given the many ways both humans and our planet's environment suffer grievous harm, it is fitting to provide an examination of some of the major kinds of harm as ...

  • Posted Nov. 20, 2018
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Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems Minor is designed to be a hands-on interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on the study of the economic, social, and environmental aspects of various ...

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Geography (BA)

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

Geographers explore the physical earth, our interactions with it, and how through the interactions among and between people and the environment, in the context of space, we shape our world ...

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Biology (BS)

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

There’s more to a degree in the field of biology than a career in medicine. At UW-Platteville, students can affordably experience all the intricate aspects of biology and gear ...

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Environmental Horticulture (BA/BS)

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

Environmental horticulture is the art and science of cultivating plants for human health and beautification of our environment. Our environmental horticulture curriculum concentrates on the practical application of theoretical concepts ...

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Reclamation, Environment and Conservation (BS)

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

Reclamation, Environment and Conservation(REC) is an interdisciplinary program of applied scientific practices for restoring, reclaiming, and managing degraded habitats, landscapes, and ecosystems. Historically, REC emphasized mining-related impacts to land ...

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Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems (BS)

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)

The study of sustainability and renewable energy systems (SRES) addresses the concerns of world resources, including energy and renewable energy, and their social, economic, and environmental impacts.

The sustainability and ...

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Geological Sciences (MS)

  • Binghamton University (NY)

Geological Sciences comprises thirteen faculty with research interests in Environmental Geosciences; Sedimentology and Surficial Processes; Geochemistry and Petrology; Structural Geology and Basin Analysis. There are a number of different perspectives ...

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Watershed Studies and Management Certificate

  • Binghamton University (NY)

The Graduate Certificate in Watershed Studies and Management offers graduate students working in a relevant disciplinary area an opportunity to receive special recognition for interdisciplinary work related to watersheds. At ...

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Sustainability Engineering Minor

  • Binghamton University (NY)

This is a 21-credit hour (not including prerequisites) minor degree for Engineering majors. Core courses include Introduction to Sustainable Engineering and Design, Engineering Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Development: Ecosystems for Engineers ...

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Urban Revitalization Certificate

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The Certificate in Urban Revitalization provides specialized training in the techniques and processes of city and neighborhood revitalization. Topics include adaptive reuse of buildings, historic preservation, real estate market analysis ...

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Environmental Studies (MS)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The goal of the M.S. in Environmental Studies is to provide an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in environmental studies that emphasizes the critical links between environmental life sciences ...

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Environmental Studies (MEnvs)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The goal of the Master of Environmental Studies (M.Envs.) degree program is to provide an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in environmental studies that emphasizes the critical links between ...

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Urban & Regional Studies Minor

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The minor in Urban & Regional Studies may be combined with another major, providing students the opportunity for a diverse learning experience. The Minor may help prepare students for careers ...

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Sustainable Innovation Certificate

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The Certificate in Sustainable Innovation is designed to provide students in any VCU baccalaureate program the option of adding a formal certificate program in sustainability and sustainable approaches to problem-solving ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The minor in environmental studies provides an overview of the field that offers an intrinsically interesting way for many students to organize elective course work while gaining knowledge important to ...

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Urban & Regional Studies (BS)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies provides a solid foundation for professional work or advanced study aimed at addressing some of the most important challenges and issues ...

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Environmental Studies (BS)

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies prepares students for careers in the environmental field, including government service, nonprofit management and employment in private industry. VCU's curriculum also provides ...

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International Studies Globilization & Sustainability Concentration (BA)

  • Dickinson College (PA)

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks to help students attain a well-rounded understanding of global developments and trends and to prepare them to succeed in the globalized world ...

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Food Studies Certificate (FDST)

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Food studies is the critical examination of food—the evolution of its procurement, production, consumption and cultural meanings within the contexts of the natural and social sciences and humanities. It ...

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Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate (SINE)

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson’s certificate in social innovation and entrepreneurship (SINE) is about change and creating pathways for student-led change in our world. The SINE certificate was developed to focus this effort ...

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Earth Sciences (BS)

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The earth sciences span and integrate the five major Earth systems: the atmosphere, the oceans, the soils, the organisms and the solid earth both past and present. The earth sciences ...

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Protecting Life on Land and Below Water: Using Storytelling to Promote Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes toward Animals

  • National Sun Yat-sen University

The framework of Global Education 2030 Agenda suggests 17 learning objectives for sustainability education. Restoring the human–animal relationship is a core task emphasized by Goals 14 (Life below water ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • SEA Education Association (MA)

Academic enterprises seeking to support society’s efforts to achieve global sustainability need to change their legacy reward systems. We need new structures to foster knowledge that is deeply integrated ...

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Wicked Leadership Competencies for Sustainability Professionals: Definition, Pedagogy, and Assessment

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability professionals need specialized leadership competencies to effectively influence the complex, uncertain, conflicted, and dynamic (i.e., wicked) sustainability challenges of our time. Higher education programs can teach these leadership ...

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A pedagogy of interconnectedness for encountering climate change as a wicked sustainability problem

  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Eastern Finland

Climate change is a wicked problem of our time. It is a phenomenon that is difficult to combat with prevailing ways of thinking and behaving related to a modern understanding ...

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Teetering on the Brink: Subversive and Restorative Learning in Times of Climate Turmoil and Disaster

  • Sustainability Frontiers

Unchecked climate change poses a self-inflicted existential risk to humanity as it exacerbates the multiple-crisis syndrome facing global society. In international policy, education for sustainable development is widely flagged as ...

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The Sustainability Consciousness Questionnaire: The theoretical development and empirical validation of an evaluation instrument for stakeholders working with sustainable development

  • University of Antwerp
  • Karlstad University

In this paper, the concept of sustainability consciousness, an individual's experience and awareness of sustainable development, is introduced. Based on UNESCO's definition of sustainable development, a sustainability consciousness ...

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(Education for) Sustainable Development in Geography Education: review and outlook from a perspective of Germany

  • Universit├⌐ du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • University of Hamburg

Nearly 15 years after the Rio Conference and 10 years after the Lucerne Declaration on Geographical Education for Sustainable Development we are interested to what extent the goals of this ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Sustainable development concept in the chemistry curriculum: An exploration of foundation students’ perspective

  • National University of Malaysia

Purpose This paper aims to investigate the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of foundation chemistry learners concerning the sustainable development concept.

Design/methodology/approach Qualitative and quantitative studies were conducted. Atlas ...

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Transformative Sustainability Learning Within a Material-Discursive Ontology

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this article, sustainability education is defined within the three orders of change—education about, for, and as sustainability. The third-order change, education as sustainability is defined as transformative sustainability ...

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Education for Wonder

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)

This article argues that rejuvenating a sense of wonder towards nature is essential to ecocentric education and to finding a sustainable future. It examines the barriers that block education for ...

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Sustainability in Management Education: Contributions from Critical Reflection and Transformative Learning

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

This theoretical paper discusses how the assumptions of critical reflection (CR) and transforming learning (TL) can help develop reflexive professionals in sustainability within management. The central argument is that a ...

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Organizing reflection to address collective dilemmas: Engaging students and professors with sustainable development in higher education

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)
  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Critical reflection and transformative learning theories generally place emphasis on individual change, giving little consideration to the organizational and societal aspects. Consequently, it is individual and not collective dilemmas that ...

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Student team integrating aspects of sustainability in practical design education

  • Chiba University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the first experiences (activities, attitudes and inclinations) of an undergraduate student team with eco-design activities.

Design/methodology/approach Undergraduate ...

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Teaching decision-making for sustainable infrastructure: a wind energy case study module

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose This paper aims to introduce a case-based module teaching sustainable engineering, linking the Envision rating system with behavioral decision science. Three complete modules are publicly available in a repository ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Chemistry BS

  • Siena Heights University (MI)

Siena Heights University and the Department of Chemistry are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique co-op ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Innovation: Creating a new Minor in Somatic Sustainability at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Awakening somatic intelligence and understanding sustainable body practices are important aspects of an enlarged conversation of sustainability. As a part of that dialogue, we have created a new minor in ...

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On-Campus Water Reclamation: A Tale of Two Cities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Think globally. Act locally. Water is a critical issue in many parts of the world. See how Emory University and Arizona State University have turned to on-campus water reclamation as ...

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Rebel Rot: An Engineering Capstone Project to Convert a Dumpster into an In-Vessel Composter

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

Building off a past AASHE presentation (2017) by Dr. Brian Barnes from the University of Louisville, the University of Nevada Las Vegas Sustainability Coordinator partnered with the College of Engineering ...

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Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Research In Costa Rica: 5 Week Faculty Led Study Abroad Model

  • Central College (IA)

This session explains the process and lessons learned as Central College (Pella, Iowa) faculty and staff developed undergraduate research opportunities within the model of a short-term faculty-led study abroad program ...

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Achieving Intertwined Sustainable Development Goals Through Coastal Resilience Research

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Sustainable policy, design, and visualization strategies are essential as climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal cities. Higher education institutions in coastal regions have the opportunity to conduct meaningful ...

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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

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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.