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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Community Engaged Scholarship and Learning in Urban Forestry helps UTRGV earn Tree Campus USA Designation Membership Required

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

In 2014, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (through its legacy institution UTPA), one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country, proposed and offered three iterations of ...

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Johnson County Community College Student Sustainability Committee Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

As a broadly effective, innovative, engaging, and replicable project, Johnson County Community College’s Student Sustainability Committee [the SSC, the Committee] is a compelling and powerful tool for developing student ...

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Watershed UGA: A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Watershed UGA created a vision and framework for using the campus as a living laboratory to advance sustainability through teaching, research, public service and outreach, and university operations. We are ...

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Does Social Justice Knowledge Matter in Sustainable Business Education? Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

There is a growing social justice movement in the United States in response to perceptions of increasing inequality, as illustrated by recent minimum wage protests and the Occupy Wall Street ...

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The Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Development Project Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

In November 2015, The Ohio State University announced the establishment of sustainability goals to guide the university as it develops durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving ...

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UTA CARES: Open Education and Open Pedagogy for Sustainable Future and Resource Conservation Membership Required

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

Reducing the cost of a college education is a frequent topic in higher education circles. Some colleges and universities such as UT Arlington have been trying to find other ways ...

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GreenApps Eco-Reps Sustainability Leadership and Engagement Course Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The GreenApps: Eco-Reps Program was developed in order to recruit on-campus students to join the Office of Sustainability team to assist with education and promotion of campus sustainability through a ...

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Master of Arts in Food Studies

  • Chatham University (PA)

Chatham University's Master of Arts in Food Studies is a part of their Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. The interdisciplinary program trains students to understand and analyze holistic ...

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Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bachelor of Arts in Environmental studies is designed to prepare students for a large network of job opportunities in the environmental field.The program incorporates ...

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Sustainability Certificate Program: Creating Community through Cohorts

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

The Certificate in Sustainability will enhance opportunities for integrative, applied learning in interdisciplinary settings as well as prepare students to address difficult global sustainability issues. The certificate will also work ...

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Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Agricultural Economics

  • McGill University (QC)

This program provides students with applied economic concepts and tools to identify, define, and analyze economic problems affecting the performance of the agri-food sector and the environment. The ideal prior ...

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Using role-playing games to broaden engineering education Membership Required

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose: In today’s complex society, there is an increasing demand to include a wider set of skills in engineering curricula, especially skills related to policy, society and sustainable development ...

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An auto-photographic study of undergraduate students’ conceptions of ocean sustainability Membership Required

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate students’ understandings of ocean sustainability and the pedagogical influence of higher education on those conceptions.

Design/methodology/approach: The conceptions of ...

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Assessment of undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a public university’s design and implementation of an assessment approach that measures the change in undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning ...

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Linking Sustainability with Study Abroad Membership Required

  • Delta College (MI)

This project describes the planning, development, and implementation of integrating sustainability into study abroad in existing travel and through establishing new destinations. It also constructs a model that includes a ...

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University Colloquium | Service Learning Project Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

This video was created by students for a colloquium class project to address some of the projects and initiatives FGCU does to decrease our carbon footprint within the energy sector ...

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The Roles of Policy, Conceptualizations, and Pedagogical Methods in Teaching about Sustainable Consumption in Higher Education: A Mixed Methods Study Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This study sought to understand how sustainable consumption (SC) is taught within Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) institutions. More specifically, this study investigated how faculty define and conceptualize SC, both personally ...

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NCSU Initiatives for Faculty Participation in Sustainability Efforts Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

This project seeks to understand the perspectives of faculty members as it relates to sustainability at North Carolina State University. Specifically, an online survey of randomly selected 500 faculty was ...

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Content trends in sustainable business education: an analysis of introductory courses in the USA Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Purpose - This study aims to identify the content in introductory business sustainability courses in the USA to determine the most frequently assigned reading material and its sustainability orientation.

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An Assessment of Sustainability Integration and Communication in Canadian MBA Programs Membership Required

  • Saint Mary's University (NS)

This paper explores how sustainability has been integrated into and communicated in Canadian Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) programs. We content analyzed university, business school, and MBA program mission ...

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Love and social justice in learning for sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Edinburgh

The planet seems to be heading into an ecological catastrophe, in which the earth will become uninhabitable for many species, including human beings. At the same time we humans are ...

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Analysing the inclusion of stand-alone courses on ethics and CSR: A study of the MBA curricula of the Financial Times top-ranked business schools Membership Required

Purpose: This paper aims to examine how the Master of Business Administration (MBA) curricula of top-ranked business schools are offering stand-alone courses on ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). To ...

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Temple Tiny House Membership Required

  • Temple University (PA)

The Temple University Tiny House project is a student designed and student constructed sustainable building located at Temple Community Garden on main campus. Completed in spring 2017, the 175 square ...

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The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) Project Membership Required

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • Fullerton College (CA)
  • Santa Ana College (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In Orange County, 36% of low-income households experience hunger at least once a day and well over 1/3 are children. Engaging students in experiential learning that addresses sustainability in ...

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Sustainability Marketing, Messaging and Design for Good at Chemeketa Community College Membership Required

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)

Chemeketa Sustainability served as a client to the college's Visual Communications program to create cohesive marketing for use in future sustainability campaigns and promotions.

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Sustaining education for sustainability in turbulent times Membership Required

  • James Cook University (Queensland)

A study of two schools in northern Australia demonstrated the impact on Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiatives of a disruptive policy environment set in motion by neoliberal reforms focused on ...

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Surveying employment listings to inform curricula of environmental science degree programs Membership Required

  • Brigham Young University (UT)

Environmental Science has emerged as a common bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree at colleges and universities throughout the USA, with growing enrollment and more than 1100 degrees offered ...

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Shared place and space: a comparison of two interdisciplinary graduate programs Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Interdisciplinary training has an important role to play in environmental research, but what aspects of interdisciplinary training are most helpful for graduate students as they seek to define themselves as ...

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Integrated traditional and applied education—exploring sustainable cities and regions in classrooms and communities Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The most effective and promising models for teaching sustainability sciences and studies in a university setting are a topic of vigorous debate. This paper discusses an integrated sustainability curriculum at ...

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Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future: student research, social media, and suburban sustainability Membership Required

  • Roosevelt University (IL)

The Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future (SSF) online social media project is a student-faculty collaboration at Roosevelt University that addresses sustainability issues, challenges, and solutions in the northwest suburbs of Chicago ...

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Applying the process of backward design in revising an environmental science program Membership Required

  • Georgia College & State University (GA)

The purpose of this article is to share our model of a successful curriculum reform process and provide an overview so that it can be replicated by other programs. The ...

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Fostering STEM literacy through a tabletop wind turbine environmental science laboratory activity Membership Required

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

Increasingly, national education policy is focusing on improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literacy by using energy as a subject matter. In particular, The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS ...

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From polyps to politics: using a coral reef living laboratory in a politics of sustainability course Membership Required

  • Rosemont College (PA)

Teaching Global Environmental Politics faces several challenges to meet student learning objectives. For one, the interdisciplinary nature of global environmental politics requires significant knowledge of environmental issues, as well as ...

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Re-imagining environmental science and policy graduate education for the twenty-first century using an integrative frame Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)

To meet society’s need to better understand and respond to ever-more complex, interwoven problems of environment, development, and society - including environmental health risks, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development ...

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Teaching Social Research Methods on an International, Collaborative Environment & Sustainability Degree Programme: Exploring plagiarism, group work, and formative feedback Membership Required

International collaboration is central to the Sustainable Development agenda given environmental challenges that span national boundaries. Education for Sustainability therefore needs to account for international/intercultural understandings, such as though ...

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The Future of Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

In this article, I explore the future of higher education within the context of teaching and learning for sustainability. Challenges currently facing sustainability education are identified along with opportunities to ...

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Sustainable knowledge transformation in and through higher education: A case for transdisciplinary leadership Membership Required

  • National University of Ireland, Galway

This article explores inter- and transdisciplinarity, given the need for more complex, relevant, and transformative knowledge to shift society towards more sustainable futures. It connects practical questions about economic, societal ...

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Is Education for Sustainable Development the means to bring about inclusive development? Between idealist and alternative positions Membership Required

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

‘Adjectival educations’, include a great diversity of proposals within which Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) features prominently. ESD has enjoyed privileged attention from international organizations, in order to move political ...

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Higher Education in the Environmental Century Membership Required

The environmental crisis that threatens the future of our species is unprecedented as we begin the “environmental century.” Natural conditions that were favorable for the development of civilization have been ...

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An On-Campus Botanical Tour to Promote Student Satisfaction and Learning in a University Level Biodiversity or General Biology Course Membership Required

  • Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)

Outdoor, hands-on and experiential learning, as opposed to instruction-based learning in classroom, increases student satisfaction and motivation leading to a deeper understanding of the subject. However, the use of outdoor ...

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High Performance Education Fails in Sustainability? - A Reflection on Finnish Primary Teacher Education Membership Required

  • Åbo Akademi University
  • University of Helsinki

Sustainability is internationally often emphasized as an essential aim of higher education, but more as a principle than on the practical level. This is also obvious in the academic education ...

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Critical Thinking and Normative Competencies for Sustainability Science Education Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

In this paper, we extend the competencies framework of education for sustainability development (ESD) to argue that critical thinking should be taught as a core competency and that normative dialogue ...

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Community-level environmental projects as learning tools for planners: a case study of graduate planning students Membership Required

Despite the potential environmental impact of urban planning, there is little research on Environmental Education (EE) in the context of urban planning curricula. This study follows graduate planning students’ learning ...

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Alive, Survive, Strive, Thrive: A Grounded Conceptual Sustainability Taxonomy Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

A conceptual sustainability taxonomy has been needed to better communicate the value of sustainability, to align sustainability scholars’ theories and sustainability educators’ practices, and to develop curriculum, teaching, learning, and ...

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A Rubric to Analyze Student Abilities to Engage in Sustainable Design Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • The Citadel (SC)

As engineering programs have begun to infuse sustainability into their undergraduate curricula, assessment tools are needed to further inform these reform efforts. The goal of this project was to demonstrate ...

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UAlbany's Annual Family Earth Day Membership Required

  • University at Albany (NY)

The University’s 5th Annual UAlbany Family Earth Day, organized by the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), Atmospheric Science Research Center, Office of Sustainability and UAlbany Students for ...

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Succulents at the Earth Day Expo Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)

Close-up shot of succulents that were made available for students to plant at the Earth Day Expo at the University of Minnesota. The Office of Sustainability challenged students and staff ...

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Finance and Curriculum Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  1. Relating the assignment to the University Mission
  2. Answering student demand
  3. Addressing programmatic structure
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Evergreen Fest 2017: Science and Climate Change Festival at Loyola University Maryland Membership Required

  • Loyola University Maryland (MD)

Loyola University Maryland's Environmental Action Club hosts a full day of teach-in style presentations and interactive activities to celebrate the Earth with ACTION! The day was filled with opportunities ...

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FIE Presents Re-imagining Sustainability: Creating Our Future Membership Required

  • FIE: Foundation for International Education (London)

As a higher education teaching tool, this video takes a journey through the myths, the truths, and the reality of sustainability in our world.

As an articulated value, the Foundation ...

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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).

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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.