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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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

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (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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Bike-Powered Smoothie Maker Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

During our Earth Day event, students had the opportunity to make their own bike-powered smoothie. Our engineering students built the system, as a part of their class project.

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Captain Planet joins The GREEN Program Team for the Philadelphia Science March Membership Required

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 2017, The GREEN Program team, partners and GREEN Alumni (with honorary team member, Captain Planet), took to the streets of Philadelphia to join our city ...

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Strategies Toward the Inclusion of Environmental Education in Educator Preparation Programs: Results from a National Survey Membership Required

  • Trinity University (TX)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

A national study was conducted to investigate the inclusion of environmental education (EE) into educator preparation programs across the United States. Responses from teacher educators in institutions of higher education ...

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Infusing Education for Sustainable Development into University Academics, Research, and Engagement through Faculty Training Programs Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  1. Participants will be able to identify the impact of sustainability education and apply lessons learned to their programs
  2. Participants will be able to communicate the intended outcomes for their program ...
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Integrating Education for Sustainable Development through Tree Campus USA Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  1. Participants will be able to identify the advantages of including credit-based learning in the project versus hiring consultants
  2. Participants will be able to extrapolate and apply a plan for implementation ...
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Bringing Nature Back to Campus Membership Required

  • Houston Community College (TX)
  • Rice University (TX)

I want to encourage other institutions to consider designing courses or other activities that give students an opportunity to participate in authentic, urban conservation efforts.

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Embracing Sustainability at Alamo Colleges Membership Required

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges serving San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. As a signatory in one of Second Nature's three Climate Leadership Commitments, Alamo ...

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The Green Labs Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Best practices for implementing a Green Labs program into a university.

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"Staffulty”: When Sustainability Staff Take on Faculty Roles Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)
  1. Attendees will develop a rich understanding of the “staffulty” position.
  2. Attendees will learn the variety of ways that sustainability staff can engage with what is traditionally the faculty realm, including ...
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Beyond Interpersonal Competence: Teaching and Learning Professional Skills in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Successful careers in sustainability are determined by positive real-world change towards sustainability. This success depends heavily on professional skills in effective and compassionate communication, collaborative teamwork, or impactful stakeholder engagement ...

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In what ways are teacher candidates being prepared to teach about the environment? A case study from Wisconsin Membership Required

There is an urgent need for primary and secondary students to develop awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and an environmental ethic necessary to undertake environmental issues and problems. The need to adequately ...

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Business School Legitimacy and the Challenge of Sustainability: A Fuzzy Set Analysis of Institutional Decoupling Membership Required

Business schools face growing institutional pressure to respond to the sustainability agenda, especially since the financial crisis highlighted the need to educate business leaders who engage with issues beyond a ...

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Sustainability Education Through Active-Learning in Large Lecture Settings: Evaluation of Four Out-Of- Class Exercises Membership Required

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

Large classes on sustainable development present certain challenges. Often high student to instructor ratios encourage passive learning pedagogies. However, because sustainability education seeks to increase awareness and help students shift ...

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Sustainability and Undergraduate Management Curricula: Changes Over a 5-Year Period Membership Required

  • Bond University (Queensland)

Global initiatives and a rapidly expanding academic literature identify the responsibility that universities have to incorporate sustainability education into their curricula. This study had two aims: first, to investigate the ...

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Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature Membership Required

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • James Cook University (Queensland)

This study investigated how teacher education academics embed sustainability education in learning and teaching, using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles. A taxonomy of four distinctive approaches was ...

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Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Master of Science in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership (Professional Science Master's) is an online graduate degree program designed to fill a management need for ...

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James Madison University's Center for Faculty Innovation FLASHPOINT: Earth Day 2017. Protecting Scientific Knowledge, Protecting the Environment. Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

The Earth Day 2017 Flashpoint brings together faculty experts in environmental science, law, policy, conservation, and renewable energy on the occasion of the 2017 Earth Day and the Scientists’ March ...

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Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Member-Only Resources - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and the U.K.'s Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC), AASHE members can gain access to Member only resources on ...


Students see promise in careers in the business of sustainability Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (CT)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Colby College (ME)

Two small, isolated Maine colleges that focus on sustainability and the environment know they aren’t for everyone.

Students have to work in the local community, where they experience the ...

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Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Resource Center - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (QLD)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), AASHE members can gain access to the Resources section of the ACTS website, which is typically ...


Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies Membership Required

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is described by UNESCO as enabling us to address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies by changing the way ...

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Empowering the New Energy Workforce: Best Practices for Campus Energy Education & Internships Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • College of the Desert (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Hear first-hand from a diverse set of California colleges that are creating student internships and work-based learning opportunities to support energy and sustainability career pathways. This webinar highlights campus outcomes ...

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Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda Membership Required

Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world ...

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For function or transformation? A critical discourse analysis of education under the Sustainable Development Goals Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)

We conduct a critical discourse analysis of the extent to which Sustainable Development Goal 4, “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” promotes a ...

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Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership

  • Indiana University South Bend Library (IN)

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership will give you the training and credentials to become a sustainability champion and help your business, not-for-profit, or governmental unit take advantage of ...

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Major in Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University South Bend Library (IN)

The Sustainability Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary framework within which students can study the foundations of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University South Bend Library (IN)

The Sustainability Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary framework within which students can study the foundations of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of ...

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Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System Membership Required

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The webinar describes an introductory sustainability course at Warren Wilson College that explores the campus food system. Warren Wilson College has a sustainable dining policy and has adopted the Real ...

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Education for Sustainable Development, Nature and Vernacular Learning Membership Required

  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

Mainstream education for sustainable development conceives of nature as a resource or commodity. The natural world is, for the most part, accorded only instrumental or utilitarian value. As a field ...

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Sustainability Studies

  • Bristol Community College (MA)

Offered as an associate degree in liberal arts or certificate at Bristol Community College, Sustainability Studies offers a dynamic entry into the societal challenges and opportunities offered by climate change ...

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Educational Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Sustainability program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ensures students will develop knowledge and skills in relation to education about sustainability and ...

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Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future Membership Required

  • Lakehead University (ON)

This book provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a ...

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Guide for Using the Earth Charter in Education Membership Required

This Guide provides basic information on how to use the Earth Charter in educational settings. It will be especially helpful to educators who are working in the fields of environmental ...

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The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

In the 21st century, higher education faces a number of substantial challenges. We need to educate a rapidly increasing number of students, as college and other degrees become a requirement ...

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Developing High Impact Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar explores leading examples of applied learning in sustainability programs that are designed create exceptional student experiences and a lasting impact on the sustainability goals pursued by the community ...

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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local Membership Required

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

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High school experiences and climate change beliefs of first year college students in the United States Membership Required

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Florida International University (FL)

Climate change has not been well understood by high school students in the US and the topic is often connected to misconceptions, which is especially damaging since accurate understandings of ...

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Future Leaders Survey 2006/7 Membership Required

This report presents the results of a survey distributed to UK residents aged 21 and under who applied to universities and colleges in 2006. Key findings include:

  • 46% say that ...
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Beyond Doom and Gloom - Include Solutions to Climate Change

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage ...

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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
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
Business Affiliate

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
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.