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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Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship Minor

  • Eastern Kentucky University (KY)

Environmental Stewardship is an ethic that embodies responsible care and respect for the natural environment through conservation, preservation, restoration, and responsible individual and collective behavior. Environmental Sustainability implies a cross-generational ...

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Sustainable Systems (MS)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Students in the MS degree in sustainable systems will develop an understanding of basic sustainability principles and have the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

The program focuses ...

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Environmental Policy Concentration (MS in Science, Technology, and Public Policy)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The MS degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as ...

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Environmental Science Minor

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The environmental science minor introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues and concepts and provides opportunities to further investigate these issues through advanced course work. Central to this ...

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Environmental Modeling Minor

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The environmental modeling minor introduces students to the process of spatial modeling as part of a tool set for investigating environmental issues and provides opportunities to apply these skills through ...

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Sustainable Product Design Minor

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Industrial engineers take a systems approach to people, materials, and technology in the work place. They deal with the creation of products, procedures, and processes that are compatible with both ...

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Community Planning & Ecological Policy Focus (BA in Human Ecology)

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

The community planning and ecological policy curriculum centers around project-based courses in which students work together with faculty and community leaders to address environmental and social issues. Classes include Community ...

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Environmental Law & Politics Focus (BA in Human Ecology)

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Students interested in law and politics usually begin by taking one or more foundational, introductory courses: Introduction to the Legal Process, Introduction to Global Politics, and Globalization/Anti-Globalization. These courses ...
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About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of Turin
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Humans are at the center of global climate change: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are igniting sustainability with proactive, global, social goals, moving us away from the Brundtland ...

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Climate Change & Energy Focus (BA in Human Ecology)

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Effectively advocating for renewable energy and implementing local projects require a range of knowledge and skills. The College of the Atlantic's interdisciplinary curriculum makes it possible to gain a ...

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Farming & Food Systems Focus (BA in Human Ecology)

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

Understanding food and its production requires insights from history, anthropology, economics, politics, ecology, botany, chemistry, and so on. Accordingly, this program offers a diverse and interdisciplinary set of classes in ...

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Environmental Analysis Emphasis

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Environmental analysis fits exceptionally well within the Harvey Mudd College mission to train students who combine technical rigor and engagement with pressing social issues. There has always been a significant ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Antioch College (OH)

The environmental science major is for those students interested in a scientific perspective on current and future environmental issues. Students in the environmental science major will receive a rich education ...

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Sustainability Management (BS)

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

Sustainability Management is an online Bachelor of Science completion program, ideal for those who have or will soon earn an Associate's degrees in an applicable field, or equivalent credits ...

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Business School Rankings for the 21st Century

  • United Nations Global Compact (NY)

This paper addresses the question of how business schools, and the courses they offer, are evaluated and ranked. The existing benchmarking systems, many of which are administered by well-respected media ...

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Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers

  • University of the West of England, Bristol

Economics is a critical subject for the integration of sustainable development into curriculum given the discipline's influence in shaping social metabolism of societies, inequality, environmental impacts and wellbeing. There ...

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Teaching Methods in Biology Promoting Biodiversity Education

  • University of Turku
  • University of Oulu

The aim of this qualitative survey was to investigate what kind of teaching methods have been used in biology to promote biodiversity education (BDE) and how the methods support biodiversity ...

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Sustainability in the Chemistry Curriculum: A Call for Action

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainable development and sustainability are two widely used umbrella concepts, both “brilliantly ambiguous.” Many fields of study, including engineering, business, the humanities, and the sciences offer opportunities for instructors to ...

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Actions speak louder than words: designing transdisciplinary approaches to enact solutions

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability science uses a transdisciplinary research process in which academic and non-academic partners collaborate to identify a common problem and co-produce knowledge to develop more sustainable solutions. Sustainability scientists have ...

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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Academics

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

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Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Option (BASc)

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Chemical engineering is at the intersection of many disciplines, linking knowledge of basic and applied sciences, economics, and health and safety. Chemical engineering graduates use a series of operations to ...

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Environmental Science (BSc)

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of the environment, its functioning and its relationship to human activities.

Society has a growing need for specialists able to recognize, understand, solve and ...

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Environmental Law Option

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

The option in Environmental Law is intended for students wishing to obtain a specialization in the growing field of environmental law and policy. The Faculty of Law at the University ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Environmental studies delve into some of the most significant issues of our day, such as anthropogenic climate change, urban pollution and possible threats to human health. Students learn how to ...

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Earth System Science (PhD)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The new and dynamic graduate curriculum is aimed to better prepare and train new research scientists in the field of Earth system science. The goal of the program is to ...

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Conservation and Restoration Sciences (MS)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

he Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) is a professional degree program designed to provide the graduate with the skills and knowledge base necessary to hold leadership and management ...

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Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) professional degree program prepares students for future success in urban and regional planning and related career fields. We provide a rigorous academic ...

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Environmental Economics and Public Policy (BSocSc)

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Environmental issues fill the headlines — climate change, the oil sands, species loss, to name but a few. Is it possible to grow the economy and protect the environment at the ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Environmental studies delve into some of the most significant issues of our day, such as anthropogenic climate change, urban pollution and possible threats to human health. Students will learn how ...

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Civil Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Option (BASc)

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Civil engineers design the infrastructure on which their communities depend, such as buildings and their foundations, bridges, canals, dams, transportation facilities, municipal sewer and water networks, and wastewater and solid ...

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Environmental Science and Policy (BA)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Environmental Science and Policy major provides students with a solid foundation to recognize the impacts of human activities on the environment, and in turn, the impacts of environmental change ...

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Earth and Atmospheric Science Minor

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The science of the Earth as a system has implications for many fields of study. Students interested in understanding how the Earth’s systems work can earn a bachelor’s ...

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Civic and Community Engagement Minor

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The minor in Civic and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to engage as citizens and active community members in ...

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Earth System Science (BS)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Earth System Science (B.S.) program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the oceanographic, atmospheric, and terrestrial sciences. This program of study prepares students for careers in science ...

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Urban Studies Minor

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Urban Studies minor offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Policy prepares students to:

o Clean the air o Build affordable housing o Reduce traffic congestion o Make ...

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Urban Studies (BA)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Urban Studies major is an interdisciplinary program for students who want to learn how to foster more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and livable cities. It integrates theories, analytical tools, and ...

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Environmental Science (BA)

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The Environmental Science (B.A.) degree program prepares students interested in environmental problem solving by linking an understanding of natural science with socioeconomic factors and public policy. The curriculum combines ...

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Environmental Science (MS)

  • Villanova University (PA)

As a graduate of Villanova's Master of Science in Environmental Science program, students will see beyond linear and fragmented approaches to solving environmental problems to understand the complex interactions ...

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Urban Water Resources Design Certificate

  • Villanova University (PA)

This program is geared to Civil Engineers and Water Resource Professionals engaged in design of urban hydraulic and hydrologic systems in the built environment. The certificate consists of four graduate ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Villanova University (PA)

An interdisciplinary minor that examines ways to limit actions that adversely affect the environment. Topics include improved utilization of natural resources; options for social, economic, and cultural development; role of ...

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Civil Engineering (BS)

  • Villanova University (PA)

All undergraduates in Civil Engineering study the following:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

A CE degree will prepare you for careers in: Transportation engineering ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Villanova University (PA)

This Environmental Science program provides the technical background for understanding biological, chemical, and physical aspects of the environment. It focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Villanova University (PA)

This multidisciplinary program focuses on the interface between environmental science and social sciences, including public policy, political science, law, economics, sociology, geography, and planning. Toward this end, graduates will have ...

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Natural Resources (BS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

This major, offered by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, prepares students for careers related to the management of natural resources. Students develop skills in applying modern technology ...

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Marine Sciences (BS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The Marine Sciences major at the University of Connecticut provides students the opportunity to study the biological, chemical, geological and physical environment of the oceans. This field-intensive program focuses on ...

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BA/BS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Students majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may opt for either a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree.

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Applied and Resource Economics (BA)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

This major in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics applies analytical and decision-making skills to problems of production and distribution of food products, and the management of natural resources ...

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Agriculture and Natural Resources (BS)

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The Agriculture and Natural Resources major is an interdisciplinary major designed for students who want broad training in agricultural, environmental, and/or health sciences, with content that does not readily ...

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Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (BS)

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution major includes the fields of population biology, ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, population genetics, biogeography, and evolution. These fields have in common a focus on ...

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Justice, Citizenship, and Social Responsibility Concentration

  • Babson College (MA)

Courses in Justice, Citizenship, and Social Responsibility explore how individuals and communities construct and find meaning in the world around them. This concentration allows students to understand how cultural and ...

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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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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.