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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Adaptable model for assessing sustainability in higher education

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Many universities have started to measure sustainability, and many tools have been developed to assist them in this process. For universities at an early stage of sustainability implementation, choosing a ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Lakehead University (ON)

This book explores why the concept of wild pedagogy is an essential aspect of education in these times; a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Sustainable Urban Development (MS)

  • University of Oxford

The two-year MSc in Sustainable Urban Development will provide you with a rigorous and critical introduction to the policy and practice of sustainable urban development. The course exposes students to ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Cascadia students and faculty inspire love for native soils on Wetlands Day!

  • Cascadia College (WA)

Wetland's Day at Cascadia College Using our mobile classroom to teach interested passerby about our complex native soils


Emphasis in Sustainability Leaders for the Future (SLF)

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

This area of emphasis prepares students to play a leading role in solving environmental problems and developing sustainable practices in a wide range of contexts.

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Native American and Indigenous Studies minor is designed to enhance a student’s awareness and their overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of Indigenous cultures throughout all of ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Native American and Indigenous Studies (BA)

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Native American and Indigenous Studies major is designed to enhance a student’s awareness and their overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of Indigenous cultures throughout all of ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Environmental Studies program will prepare students to understand complex environmental issues. Students gain broad knowledge of the natural environment and the role of humans in the environment.

Environmental studies ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

The Environmental Science major at Morris is designed to graduate future problem-solvers, professionals who have the tools to answer questions that have yet to be asked.

Technology and society are ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Community Development Policy & Practice (MA)

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice is a program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development both in the United States ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Environmental Policy Minor

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)

By completing the Environmental Policy minor, students can enhance their preparation for graduate school or a career in areas such as environmental management, public policy, environmental justice, government, law, and ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)

The Environmental Studies program strives for a broad understanding of the relationships between humans and the environment. Students explore and cultivate the skills necessary to search for long-term, sustainable solutions ...

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Sustainable Justice Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Program Goals:

  • Explore sustainability through an environmental justice lens.

  • Introduce students to both the environmental humanities and the environmental sciences, developing a transdisciplinary approach to solving sustainability problems.

  • Provide different ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The Sustainability Studies Minor program is designed to provide students with a multi-disciplinary foundation for thinking about sustainability, discussing the concept of sustainability from a biogeochemical perspective, addressing the social ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students to face increasingly complex environmental challenges in the context of environmental quality management and sustainable development. This science-based ...

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Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives

  • UNESCO

This publication is designed as a guide for education professionals on the use of ESD in learning for the SDGs, and consequently to contribute to achieving the SDGs. The guide ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Conservation Biology Graduate Certificate

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Conservation Biology program is an interdisciplinary community of students, faculty, and conservation professionals. This graduate student-led group provides a graduate certificate program, and organizes a reading group (fall semester ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Society and Ecosystems - Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Society and Ecosystems Program (SEP) is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers with private and public organizations through advanced graduate level training and research. The certificate ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Architectural Studies: Environment and Behavior Studies (MA/MS)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Environment-behavior research explores a variety of environments, linking them to a range of behavioral concerns. This program is suitable for persons who seek careers in research, consulting, and/or teaching ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Public Policy Analysis (MS)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Graduate study in Public Policy Analysis prepares students to evaluate the role of government in a market economy. This would include food and agricultural policy, various regulatory policies (e.g ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Rural Sociology - Sustainable Development (PhD)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to provide the next generation of rural sociologists with academic and professional skills and credentials relevant to critical issues of sustainable development ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Environmental Studies Certificate

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Environmental Studies Certificate is 15 credit hours minimum of coursework focused on environmental topics. It is available to all MU majors.

There are two tracks for the certificate: Natural ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Through the study of Environmental Sciences, students will learn the science and experience the beauty of the outdoor environment. This degree program addresses how human activities can adversely alter some ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies is an individually-designed major for students interested in acquiring a broad understanding of environmental issues and the ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion Certificate

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion is an innovative, comprehensive and relevant certificate program geared for individuals interested in the advancement of diversity, social justice and inclusion ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE) is a practical graduate degree program that focuses on commercial buildings and manufacturing processes and the energy they consume. Graduates become consultants ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Sport Nutrition (MS)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The goal of the Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition degree is to equip graduate students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in sport nutrition careers while integrating ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Applied Geography (MA)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Master of Arts in Applied Geography at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a terminal master's program that encourages graduate students to focus on applied, community-based research ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Physics with Energy Science Concentration (BS)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Bachelor of Science program in physics is designed to help students attain their professional goals in physics. Four concentration options within the Bachelor of Science program enable students to ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Geography (BA)

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography is to provide students with an understanding of the discipline of geography. This includes courses in physical, human, and cultural ...

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Collaborative Research Program in Environment and Sustainability

  • Western University (ON)

The Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary enrichment program designed for current WU graduate students (MSc/MA/MESc or PhD) who wish to become specialists in specific ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership (CARL)

  • AACSB International (FL)

The Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership (CARL) is a simple, free on-line assessment which builds a profile around 5 competency dimensions (Stakeholder relations; Ethics and values; Self-awareness; Systems thinking; and ...


Metaphors of nature and development: reflection on critical course of sustainable business

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

This article examines the role of metaphors of nature, sustainable development, and neoliberalism in business education. The research underpinning this article focused on a shift in the language business students ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Longitudinal Study of the Impacts of a Climate Change Curriculum on Undergraduate Student Learning: Initial Results

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The present study assesses the efficacy of a semester-long undergraduate sustainability curriculum designed from a systems approach. The three-course curriculum, which incorporated environmental science and ethics courses along with an ...

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How an entry-level, interdisciplinary sustainability course revealed the benefits and challenges of a university-wide initiative for sustainability education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Delivery of sustainability-related curriculum to undergraduate students can be problematic due to the traditional “siloing” of curriculum by faculties along disciplinary lines. In addition, while there is often a ready ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Exploring the role and value of creativity in education for sustainability

  • RMIT University

Creativity, innovation and divergent thinking are routinely expected to help people envision and implement alternative practices to the status quo. However, these do not feature strongly in the literature on ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Comparing Faculty and Student Sustainability Literacy: Are We Fit to Lead?

  • Seattle University (WA)

The importance of teaching sustainability literacy is readily accepted, but relatively little attention has been paid to the adequacy or preparation of faculty to accomplish this task. At Seattle University ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Environmental Engineering (MS)

  • Temple University (PA)

Understand and interpret the dynamics of man-made and natural pollutants, environmental systems, and the sustainability of natural resources in the Environmental Engineering Master of Science (MS) program in the College ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Ecological Planning and Design Minor

  • Temple University (PA)

The Minor in Ecological Planning and Design offers all Temple University undergraduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the concept of ecological planning and design. The minor enhances ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Temple University (PA)

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies that examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Students in ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Furman University (SC)

The Environmental Studies minor offers 
a program of study that teaches how the Earth functions as a system and supports life; how the growing human population is transforming the Earth ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BA)

  • Furman University (SC)

The B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences is very similar to the B.S. degree but is designed for a major who wants to explore more of the human ...

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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BS)

  • Furman University (SC)

Earth and Environmental Sciences majors will study the physical, chemical, and biological, natural and human processes, in both time and space, which have shaped the planet. Courses are designed to ...

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Peace and Global Education Graduate Certificate

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The Peace and Global Education Certificate is aimed at teaching the attitudes and skills necessary for peacemaking, replacing conflict with agreements based on mutually beneficial outcomes, and peace building, developing ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration (MBA)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Along with the rigorous foundation of the MBA curriculum, the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration prepares students to strive to achieve success in the triple bottom line: economic ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Peace and Justice Studies (MA)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers ranging from conflict resolution and mediation to human rights, social entrepreneurship to education, development ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Under the Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor, students can expand their career goals by gaining the insights and know-how needed to develop innovative solutions to today's social problems ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Environmental and Ocean Studies (BS)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The student learning outcomes of the Environmental and Ocean Studies Degree include:

Fundamental principles in environmental studies, including (a) principles of natural sciences (ecology, earth sciences), social sciences (policy, economics ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Sustainable Agriculture Education (AA/AS)

  • Seattle Central College (WA)

Learn about food production methods and food systems models for sustainable bioregions. Study and apply an ecological approach to small–scale agriculture from a bioregional perspective while analyzing and evaluating ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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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

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.