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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Building Our Capacity for Taking Action Together

  • Daemen College (NY)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Sustainability education needs more emphasis on developing skills necessary for students to engage in effective collective action (CA). This presentation will showcase coursework and projects at Green Mountain College and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Longitudinal Sustainability Literacy and Culture Assessment for Students, Faculty, and Staff - Lessons Learned and Results

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

As more institutions increase their focus on sustainability both academically and operationally, the need for measurement increases. Currently, there is no common tool for measuring sustainability literacy, the culture of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Breaking Boundaries in Sustainability Education

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

What brings together faculty in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Sports Management and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies? A new cohort-based fellowship program, hosted by the University of Minnesota's Institute ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Teaching Climate Change Across the Curriculum

  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • Trinity University (TX)

The complexities of climate change can only be understood through multiple disciplinary lenses. Faculty at Southwestern University and Trinity University have developed curricula that promote interdisciplinary student learning about this ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Prioritizing Sustainable Learning

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of South Alabama (AL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • CannonDesign (NY)

Many of today's colleges and universities have prioritized sustainability and, as a consequence, highly sustainable buildings and landscapes. And, without a doubt, both prospective and current students have expressed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN)

This workshop is for faculty and staff of all disciplines who wish to interconnect and to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their curriculum, with particular goals of 1 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Advancing ESD Curriculum Development & Faculty Development through a Consortium Approach

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)
  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

At AASHE 2015, we convened a dialogue to identify sustainability educators' challenges and recommendations to address critical needs. That successful workshop informed the launch of the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium. At ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Incorporating Sustainability in Traditional Writing and Humanities Courses

  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TX)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

In this session, participants will learn about two different approaches to incorporating sustainability in First-Year Composition courses. The first presentation will report on a pilot project that aimed to model ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Multiple Approaches to Successfully Sustaining Your Campus as a Teaching and Living Laboratory

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • The University of Georgia (GA)

The concept of using campus buildings, grounds, infrastructure, resources, and systems to support research and learning in sustainability is widely accepted and recognized by assessments like STARS. This workshop will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Engaging Tech-Savvy Students in Curricular and Co-Curricular Sustainability Programs for Social and Environmental Change

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • HTS Enterprise, LLC (GA)

Sustainability education can meaningfully build and enhance relationships with diverse stakeholders while engaging students in learning that promotes social and environmental change. Leaders from Georgia Tech will share their experiences ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Academic Programs Database

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE’s academic programs listing is among the largest and most comprehensive public databases of academic programs in sustainability and related fields. It includes everything from professional certificates to doctoral ...


Exposing Students to Environmental Sustainability in Accounting: An Analysis of Its Impacts in a US Setting

  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

In this study, we examine whether the introduction of two different forms of an environmental sustainability intervention into differing sections of an introductory-level managerial accounting course at a US university ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities

This book presents sustainable development themes across universities and introduces methodological approaches and projects to the teaching staff.

It has been prepared against this background, to identify ways to better ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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Sustainability: Designing Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Teaching

  • Mountain View College - DCCCD (TX)

The workbook is not just about sustainability, in and of itself. It is part of a larger sustainability process that: 1) illustrates how sustainability correlates with current courses; 2) provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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Spreadsheet: Publications related to the role of access to nature in education

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Response to a 11/6/17 GreenSchools listserv request for Academic literature concretely linking access to the natural environment and enhanced educational outcomes (e.g., an evidence-based assessment of correlations ...


The impact of development education and education for sustainable development interventions: a synthesis of the research

  • University of Limerick

The Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations advocate that all learners will have the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. Development education, education for sustainable ...


Is students’ energy literacy related to their university’s position in a sustainability ranking?

University rankings are increasingly important internationally, and in the UK include a sustainability ‘Green League’. However, there is little evidence about experiences of studying in ‘sustainable universities’. We report an ...


Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future

  • Antioch College (OH)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Camden Campus (NJ)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar is dedicated to art and science collaboration. As this topic has increased in importance to both artistic and scientific communities, Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a ...

  • Posted Nov. 2, 2017
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Learning Our Way Toward Resilience

  • Island Press (DC)
  • Post Carbon Institute (OR)

This is an excerpt of Chapter 14 from The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval. Resilience education is about building our individual and community capacities to ...


Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level

This book discusses the role of ESD stakeholders at university level, involving civil society and the private sector and public sectors (including local, national and intergovernmental bodies). In particular, it ...


Education for Sustainable Development

  • AASHE (PA)

Article recaps a survery co-sponsored by Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), that found that 75 percent or more believed strongly that the curriculum should include coursework on environmental sustainability ...


Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research

This multidisciplinary handbook explores concrete case studies which illustrate how sustainability science and research can contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2017
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Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)

This book focuses on lifelong learning for sustainable development, an aspect that has been rarely explored in great detail. It also discusses methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2017
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Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research

In this handbook social science researchers who focus on sustainability present and discuss their findings, including empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, and applied projects. As such, the ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2017
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Three Views of Systems Theories and their Implications for Sustainability Education

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of London

Worldwide, there is an emerging interest in sustainability and sustainability education. A popular and promising approach is the use of systems thinking. However, the systems approach to sustainability has neither ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Teaching sustainability in a global MBA: insights from the OneMBA

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

This paper reports on a module designed to deliver education for sustainability within the framework of the new generation of global executive MBAs. The module described was taught as part ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Sustainability Science and Engineering:  The Emergence of a New Metadiscipline

  • American Chemical Society (DC)

A case is made for growth of a new metadiscipline of sustainability science and engineering. This new field integrates industrial, social, and environmental processes in a global context. The skills ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Overcoming Silos: The Role of an Interdisciplinary Course in Shaping a Sustainability Network

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In fall 2009, seven faculty members from different disciplines partnered to develop and teach a 15-week undergraduate course on sustainability. These disciplines are family and consumer sciences, geography, management, political ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Recognizing the need to proactively prepare engaged citizens for the dynamic socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the 21st century, the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University (CSU), Chico ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2017
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Concordia Sustainability Action Fund and the Faculty of Arts & Science Sustainable Curriculum Project

  • Concordia University (QC)

Sustainability Curriculum Co-Creation Teaching & Learning Festival


The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program at Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario

  • Fleming College (ON)

The Fleming College Salmonid Hatchery aims to ensure the future sustainability of Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario by maximizing genetic diversity in stocked fish. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program has ...


Sustainability in the Curriculum at Humboldt State University

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Humboldt State University is among the first institutions to be recognized in STARS for sustainability course designation in standard course catalogs or listings. A committee of faculty and staff first ...


Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College, NE

  • Central Community College (NE)

Speech faculty Brent Adrian showing students the campus bee hives.


Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College, NE

  • Central Community College (NE)

Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College on campus Central Community College in Grand Island, NE


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): The turn away from ‘environment’ in environmental education?

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

This article explores the implications of the shift of environmental education (EE) towards education for sustainable development (ESD) in the context of environmental ethics. While plural perspectives on ESD are ...


Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using “Tips” to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2017
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Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century

  • UNESCO

This publication explores the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE), which it argues has a critical role to play in equipping learners with competencies to deal with the dynamic and ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2017
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Educating For Sustainability: Developing Critical Skills

  • Massey University
  • University of Waikato

This article explores the contribution a pedagogical approach based in critical theory can make to education for sustainability in business schools. In addition to the regular business and environmental management ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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The Relationship Between Academic Major and Environmentalism Among College Students: Is it Mediated by the Effects of Gender, Political Ideology and Financial Security?

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Several studies have found a relationship between college students’ academic majors and their environmental attitudes and behaviors. Results from this study of incoming first-year students at a medium-sized public university ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Careers in Sustainability: Current Job Trends and Future Growth

This report, based on interviews with 658 Canadian organizations, provides insight on key sustainability employment trends in Canada. It finds that over 50,000 professionals spend 50% or more of ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Careers in organic food production

This article describes the workers who are involved in producing organic food, certifying it, and bringing it to consumers. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

  • United States Department of Energy

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs

  • Environmental Defense Fund (NC)

This report examines the growth of sustainability jobs in the United States. Key findings include:

  • Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce across multiple ...
  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Integrating Sustainability Into Management Education: A Dean's Perspective

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The integration of sustainability and environmental ethics into management education has improved in the past decade. This is partly a response to external pressure, as societal concerns about sustainability grow ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Environmental education for the masses: lessons from a large, general enrollment environmental studies course

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

One critical tool for creating an environmentally literate citizenry is to reach students other than those in environmental-related majors in the form of the university-level large introductory environmental studies course ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Writing to learn ecology: a study of three populations of college students

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College (MN)

Being an ecologically literate citizen involves making decisions that are based on ecological knowledge and accepting responsibility for personal actions. Using writing-to-learn activities in college science courses, we asked students ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here?

  • University of Montana (MT)

Numerous scholars have argued that the terms environmental literacy, ecological literacy, and ecoliteracy have been used in so many different ways and/or are so all-encompassing that they have very ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Teaching with principles: Toward more effective pedagogy in ecology

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

Ecology is a complex and dynamic field and, as communicators of our discipline, faculty should be able to define a set of core principles that underpin and create ecological pattern ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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The role of field exercises in ecological learning and values education: action research on the use of campus wetlands

Providing undergraduate biology students with ecological knowledge and environmental awareness is critical for developing professionalism in sustainable development. In addition to the cognitive and psychomotor development, outdoor ecological exercises combining ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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University Reputations and the Public: A Roadmap for Higher Education Leaders

Edelman, a public relations firm, surveyed academics and the general public to understand how the U.S. public evaluates the reputations of higher education institutions, and how these reputational drivers ...

  • Posted Sept. 18, 2017
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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.