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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Campus Action Research Advances Sustainable Development Goals

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Across North American college campuses, learners seek to enhance our sustainability competency through acting locally to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainability Action Research (SAR) provides a ...

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A University-Community Research Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Many counties of Western North Carolina have high levels of food insecurity that may be addressed by training communities to grow, prepare, and preserve their own food. Through the McCullough ...

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Blending Sustainability & Community Engagement in STEM: Models from 4 Diverse Universities

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Stony Brook University (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Villanova University (PA)

From diverse institutional perspectives, this interactive session explores community engagement through course-based sustainability projects done in collaboration with community partners. We will outline important opportunities and challenges of this work ...

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What Does a Tree Have to Do with Interior Design?

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

On the McConnell Springs site of Lexington, Kentucky, there exists an historically significant tree - one of only a few old Bur Oaks that remain since the early days of settlement ...

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Using the UN SDGs to frame community resilience assessment and planning for students and partners

  • Allegheny College (PA)

After Allegheny signed Second Nature's Resilience Commitment (Climate Commitment signed in 2007), the sustainability coordinator cultivated collaborative partnerships in the community and explored ways to support existing work while ...

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Rising to the Global Biodiversity Challenge: A New Model at the University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

With the world's 6th mass extinction underway, we are in the midst of a critical historical juncture. In a time characterized by rampant urbanization, climate change and disconnection between ...

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Pollinator Protection: Save the Monarch Butterfly!

  • Central Community College (NE)

This poster will describe the process Central Community College uses to engage students in the support of pollinators, particularly the Monarch butterfly. Furthermore, basic information regarding Monarch butterfly behavior and ...

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Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

  • George Mason University (VA)

This poster will provide an overview of the Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI), an innovative collaboration involving four public research universities in Virginia and the Smithsonian Institution. Piloted successfully ...

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University of Houston-Downtown Embraces Student Engagement in Urban Agriculture and Sustainability

  • University of Houston - Downtown (TX)

The University of Houston-Downtown has created a Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) to support research, teaching and community outreach. The program not only expands the educational opportunities for ...

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Infusing Energy Management with Classroom Scheduling

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Western Technical College integrated its classroom scheduling software with its building automation system software in the summer of 2017. This project allows us to control the heating and cooling of ...

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Theory is Cheap. Practice is Hard: Bringing Sustainability to First-Year Composition Curricula

  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TX)

This session explores the ways that sustainability compels a radical rethinking of first-year composition (FYC) pedagogy. Building on Inoue's (2014) rethinking of labor and assessment in the FYC class ...

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Mathematics for Sustainability: A New General Education Course and Textbook

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Would you rather learn the quadratic equation or would you rather save the world? For many students in non-technical majors, college algebra or a related course serves as their (frequently ...

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Digital Tools to Enhance Integrative Learning and Global Perspectives in Sustainability Studies

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Teaching Sustainability Studies with a focus on problem solving and from a global perspective can be limited by confinement to a classroom at a single location. Here, I show how ...

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Current Issues in Online Sustainability Education

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Explore the challenges and opportunities to developing active online learning (OL) spaces that engage learners in collaborative and impactful ways. For sustainability curriculum, OL can offer multiple ways of learning ...

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What if They're Right: Teaching and Responding to Climate Change in the Classroom

  • Husson University (ME)

Our course, What If They're Right? Individual Responses to Climate Change, addressed, through both philosophical and scientific lenses, responses to climate change in order to empower students to better ...

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Analysis of the Integration of Sustainability in Professional Hospitality Education Curriculum

  • Culinary Institute of Michigan (MI)

The research presented in this proposal analyzes the education system of hospitality and culinary educational institutions in America. The goal of the research was to evaluate the need for sustainability ...

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Why Calculate When I Can Google? Quantitative Tools for Assessing the SDGs

  • Randolph College (VA)
  • University of Rochester (NY)

AASHE 2018 poses the question: How can higher education institutions align their teaching and research activities around the SDGs? Assessment of countries' progress toward the SDGs requires data analysis and ...

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China Focus - Middlebury's Global Partnership for Sustainability and University of Minnesota's Environment and Cultural Diversity

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This session, in a case study format, presents the driving motivations, objectives, current status and challenges of 1) Middelbury's Global Partnerships for Sustainability project in China and 2) the ...

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University Workshops Cultivating a Culture of Sustainability on Campus and Beyond

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Faculty from West Chester University and University of Kentucky will join forces to share with AASHE members models of university workshops that foster a culture of sustainability. Beyond teaching sustainability ...

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Student Voices as the Key to Sustainability Assessment

  • Central College (IA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Sustainability encourages a rich and broad awareness of our selves in the world. Assessment of sustainability learning should reflect the powerful insights and values that we hope sustainability education encourages ...

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Crowdcoaching: A Workshop About Workshops

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Undertaking sustainable practices at colleges and universities requires the convergence of people, resources, and knowledge. Sharing experiences with colleagues at other campuses is an efficient conduit for successful implementation. Crowdcoaching ...

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Sustainability Competencies, SDGs & Metacognition: Implementation and Assessment

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Core learning sustainability competencies have been identified and are guiding course design: system thinking, future/temporal thinking, ethical literacy (values), interpersonal literacy (communication & collaboration), strategic thinking (action), and creativity ...

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Design Thinking and Sustainability

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This session will review two case studies involving design thinking and sustainability: Grand Valley State University The presentation will reflect on the learning process of students engaged in developing the ...

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Enhancing Student Learning and Promoting Sustainability Through Experiential Learning

  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

This session includes experiential learning programs in three academic institutions.The programs illustrate how higher education institutions can foster public-private-community partnerships to achieve the SDGs and inform approaches to SDG ...

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Creating Learning, Teaching, and Operational Partnerships Through Campus as a Living Labs

  • San Jose State University (CA)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

In this presentation, three campuses, will share their Campus as a Living Lab projects. The Sustainability Office at UW-Whitewater will describe two collaborations between faculty and the campus sustainability coordinator ...

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Using S Designation to Build an Embedded Certificate and Create Coherence

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The University of Hawaii 10 campus system uses common criteria and a process of interdiscipinary dialogue to designate sustainability focused courses across all ten campuses. A system-wide minor in sustainability ...

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Teaching Sustainability in the Landscape Architecture Field

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The purpose of this mixed method study is 1) to describe the current status of sustainability teaching in the landscape architecture programs and 2) to explore landscape architecture faculty perspectives ...

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Using the U.N. SDGs to Foster Systems Thinking in Incoming First-Year Students

  • Valencia College (FL)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is an annual program that engages incoming freshman in STEM research and career pathway exploration in a week long experience. In previous years, SSI students ...

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Multimodal Texts as a Window to Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Within the four walls of the elementary (K-5) and secondary content area (6-12) classroom, the limited experiential realm of education can be expanded through the strategic use of sustainability texts ...

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Driving Creative Sustainable Solutions Using a Design Thinking Approach in the Engineering Classroom

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Design for the Environment, an upper-level undergraduate engineering course, is designed for students to develop a working knowledge of sustainable engineering in a way that enables them to apply it ...

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Infusing Sustainability in Higher Education in Ireland - The Green Curriculum Model (GCM)

  • University of Buea

This session presented by Frida Agbor Besong, a 2018 AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Award winner, will highlight research based on sustainability in the curriculum of Dublin City University (Ireland) The ...

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ESRAP: Building Partnerships Across the Globe to Elevate Sustainability Focused Curriculum & Research

  • Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) is a non-profit that engages and collaborates across the globe to share news, best practices, review sustainability texts, and offer strong platform for ...

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Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of Changes in Campus Sustainability Efforts on Student Environmental Knowledge and Behaviors

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

At Pittsburg State University, efforts to promote sustainability and environmental awareness has increased substantially since 2012. A formal Recycling Services Department was created, the number of activities by a campus ...

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Teaching Sustainability Through Non-Traditional Learning Methods

  • Colorado State University (CO)

To address complex global challenges, such as 'climate change, poverty, violent conflicts, and overuse of natural resources' (Brundiers & Wiek, 2011, p. 108) a growing number of institutions of higher ...

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Linking Teaching Practices to Students' Pro-Sustainability Behaviors

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Broadly integrating sustainability throughout higher education curriculum is a common goal among instructors, scholars, and the AASHE community. But while sustainability knowledge is good in its own right, research has ...

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Greening the Chemistry Research and Teaching Labs: Resources to Increase Safety and Reduce Waste

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

University and college campuses across the United States are pushing the envelope on greening their campus facilities, operations, and processes. However, despite their disproportionate consumption of resources, laboratories are often ...

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Nation's First Community-Based Culinary Medicine Garden and Sustainability Curriculum

  • University of Utah (UT)

We have the nation's first Culinary Medicine (CM) course pairing community members and Health Sciences (HS) students together to research, design, and implement community-based CM curricula, the inclusion in ...

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Backcasting to the Future: SDGs and Graduate Research

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Preparing sustainability graduate students for the future requires a balance of real-world work and project applications as well as research and publishing experiences and opportunities. It means guiding the challenging ...

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Integration of the SDG's as a Targeted Educational Alternative...A Story of Successful Collaboration

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Join us as we share a Story of Success: UTRGV and Buell Central High School's Transformative integration of SDG's to engage and motivate our most vulnerable and marginalized ...

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Education as the Engine for the Global Goals

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In 2016, 750 experts from around the world came together in Ahmedabad, India, to drill down into each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), or Global Goals, to identify how ...

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Sustainable Justice in Wisconsin: Strategies for Program Growth in Harsh Climates

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

As evidenced by AASHE's recent Keynote presenters--from Julian Agyeman (2010) on 'Just Sustainabilities' to Marsha Chatelain's creation of the #fergusonsyllabus (2016)--AASHE's present and future directions foreground ...

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Social Environmental Case Study on Mining, Wild Rice and Water Protection in Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This session involves participants in a social environmental synthesis case study, using methods taught by the National Social Environmental Synthesis Center (sesync.org) in Maryland, where this case was developed ...

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How Higher Education is approaching its commitment to sustainability through sustainability courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

For over a decade, the concepts of education for sustainable development have been recognized by many higher education institutes. A significant number of higher education institutions have signed agreements and ...

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Campus Sustainability Plans as Pedagogical Opportunities for High Impact Student Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

As universities strive for increased sustainability, there is a growing need for coordinated and comprehensive campus sustainability plans that provide specific action items and clear roadmaps to improved sustainability within ...

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So You've Been Told to Teach About Sustainability? Now What?

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Sustainability curriculum in higher education is increasingly institutionalized; we have moved past the 'early adopters' across the faculty who have been drivers of sustainability across the curriculum. What happens when ...

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Key Competencies in Sustainability: Curriculum and Program Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

Every year, new sustainability degree programs are launched at colleges and universities across the USA joining a global trend of sustainability degree programs offered at higher education institutions worldwide. This ...

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Applied Learning: Interventions for Sustainability Impacts

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Applied learning (AL) for sustainability is an umbrella term and encompasses student engagement activities (e.g., internships, courses, research practicums) that deliver exceptional student experiences and a positive outcome for ...

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Key Competencies in Sustainability: Overview and Next Steps

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

The Panel-discussion is part of a nationwide process to solicit feedback on an initiative with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). The goal of the initiative is ...

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Improving Our Understanding of Sustainability with Bio-Mimicry

  • Schuler Books (MI)

Some systems are much more sustainable than others, and this is not random. It is because certain key properties are present in more sustainable systems, but absent from unsustainable systems ...

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Achieving SDGs and Engaging Higher Education Using EPA Tools

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a suite of freely available, web-based tools that assist diverse audiences, including higher education institutions, in tackling local and regional environmental problems ...

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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

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NOLS

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Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
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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.