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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How to Cultivate an Environmentally Responsible Maker? A CPS Approach to a Comprehensive Maker Education Model

  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taichung University of Science and Technology

Environmental education is intended to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and enhance individuals’ problem-solving and decision-making skills by tackling problems in the real world. “Maker education,” on ...


Think outside the European box: Identifying sustainability competencies for a base of the pyramid context

  • Wageningen University

The complex and global nature of unsustainability requires concerted efforts of sustainability change agents from developed and developing countries all over the world. Various attempts have been made to define ...


A Sustainability Theme for Introductory Programming Courses

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainability is an important topic for modern college and universities, many of whom are actively promoting sustainable practices and integration of sustainability topics into course curricula. The inclusion of socially-relevant ...


Transforming higher education through trickster-style teaching

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

This article utilizes theoretical inquiry to examine the need for transforming conventional, industrial-scientific, higher education curriculum and pedagogy. In recognition of the scale and urgency of the changes necessary to ...


Can Education for Sustainable Development Change Entrepreneurship Education to Deliver a Sustainable Future?

An objective of the European Union’s Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is to address high levels of youth unemployment in Europe by promoting entrepreneurship. Implementing entrepreneurship education in schools, colleges ...


Teaching Sustainability in an Accounting Classroom

  • Harding University Main Campus (AR)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Sustainability has become an important issue in the world today for both business and society. As accounting faculty members, it is important that we add aspects of sustainability into accounting ...


Towards a Rubric for Stimulating and Evaluating Sustainable Learning

  • Wageningen University

Preparing students for dealing with sustainability issues is a challenge in the field of education. This is a challenge because we don’t know exactly what we are educating for ...


Chemistry of Sustainable Products: Filling the Business Void in Green-Chemistry Curricula

  • Bentley University (MA)

There is a need for more courses that directly address the role business plays in the development of new products and technology. This is particularly true in the areas of ...


Green-washing or best case practices? Using circular economy and Cradle to Cradle case studies in business education

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

Closed loop or ‘circular’ production systems known as Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle represent a unique opportunity to radically revise the currently wasteful system of production. One of the ...


Applying the ESD approach in textile and apparel education

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Purpose The purpose of this study was to provide more information about the effectiveness of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approach in textiles and apparel by applying it to ...


The Biomimicry Institute

  • Biomimicry Institute (MT)

The Biomimicry Institute utilizes sustainable models from nature to develop creative solutions to modern sustainability issues. The institute offers educational resources to educators, organizations, and individuals. The Institute offers aims ...

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MS in Sustainability Science

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

Montclair State University Sustainability programs lead the way in New Jersey in integrating natural and physical science with social science, economics, policy and project management to prepare sustainability professionals and ...

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Combined BS/MS in Sustainability Science

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

With one additional year of study you can earn both your BS and MS degrees. Students take 12 credits of graduate-level coursework in the senior “ swing year,” which are applied ...

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BS in Sustainability Science

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Sustainability Science program is housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, but takes advantage of expertise across campus including the College of Science and Mathematics, College of ...

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Sustainability Graduate Certificate

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability provides students with exposure to sustainability issues in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business management, law, and policy. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is ...

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Sustainability (JD/MA)

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

The Sustainability Graduate Programs and Wake Forest University School of Law JD/MA in Sustainability Dual Degree Programs provide students a pathway for succeeding in professional roles where legal scholarship ...

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Environmental Minor

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Environmental Program faculty believe that most students who are interested in studying in the environmental areas are best served by pursuing a core major partnered with rigorous courses constituting an ...

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Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment Certificate

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

This United Nations (UN) Environment affiliated postgraduate diploma will provide existing or future water professionals with the necessary knowledge to design and implement freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes. The ...

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Applied Environmental Geology (MSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The MSc in Applied Environmental Geology combines a core focus of hydrogeology/contaminated land and engineering geology (30 credits) with advanced modules in applied geophysics, geoinformatics, environmental monitoring and assessment ...

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Environmental and Natural Resources Law (LLM)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) is a new programme which takes advantage of a concentration of legal expertise in the field at the School of Law, University College ...

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Sustainable Energy (MEngSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

UCC have developed a Masters in Engineering Science in Sustainable Energy, in recognition of the growing international market for sustainable energy systems and the shortage of qualified engineers. This programme ...

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Co-operative and Social Enterprise (MSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

If you are interested in pursuing or developing a professional or voluntary career in the co-operative or social enterprise field, the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is designed with ...

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Sociology of Development and Globalisation (MA)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The innovative MA in the Sociology of Development and Globalisation analyses the globalisation of poverty and inequality and explores alternative strategies of development.

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Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The Master’s Degree in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan) is an internationally-recognised, professionally-accredited master’s course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighbourhoods ...

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Geography (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The Geography BSc provides insights into the links between the physical, human and environmental processes on planet Earth and explores the major issues facing society in the 21st century, such ...

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Environmental Science (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

Environmental Science is the study of physical, chemical and biological processes of the Earth and of human interactions with these processes. It uses a multi-disciplinary perspective to consider approaches to ...

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Earth Science (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

Earth Science investigates the functioning, development and use of Earth’s physical environment and involves the study of its atmosphere and oceans, its surface processes, and its crust and interior ...

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Applied Plant Biology (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

Applied Plant Biology (APB) involves using plants to generate new products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, or biofuels or processes, to solve environmental problems including food security and dwindling natural resources.

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Ecology and Environmental Biology (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The BSc Ecology and Environmental Biology degree is the only one of its kind in Ireland. The course was established in response to the increasing awareness of environmental and wildlife ...

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Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering (BE)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

Civil, Structural and Environmental engineers design, construct and operate a wide range of environmental infrastructure, vital to the needs of a modern economy. All the infrastructure around us, including roads ...

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International Development and Food Policy (BSc)

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The BSc International Development and Food Policy is the first undergraduate programme in Ireland to have a primary focus on international development, particularly on the countries of the global south ...

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Environmental and Occupational Health Science (MS)

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science a research degree that prepares students for research and program management in companies, laboratories, and policy-making organizations. It ...

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Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (MPH)

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences trains students in the areas of exposure and risk assessment, environmental and occupational toxicity and injury, risk ...

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Environmental Planning Concentration in Urban Planning & Policy (MUPP)

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) department is one of the largest graduate planning programs in the nation and the only accredited planning program in the Chicago area. This sustainability-focused ...

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Environmental Engineering Minor

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Growth in the world’s population continues to put increasing pressure on resources that must be met in a sustainable way. Environmental Engineering is the field of engineering that employs ...

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Sustainable Cities Minor

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Sustainable Cities minor provides students in many disciplines the opportunity to gain further understanding of the field of urban sustainability while introducing them to concepts and techniques relevant to ...

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Urban Studies (BA)

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The US program prepares students with understanding and skills to effectively engage in the transformation of cities, thus enabling them to enter urban professions and graduate education programs.

The US ...

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Advanced Manufacturing Management Graduate Certificate

  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

Sheridan's Advanced Manufacturing Management program is an ideal program for those interested in advanced manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, innovation, lean manufacturing, energy management, sustainable supply chain, and a variety of ...

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Environmental Technician Diploma

  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

The demand for environmental technicians has never been higher. With an Environmental Technician diploma from Sheridan, students can build a successful career while helping to keep our air, water and ...

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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate

  • Yale University (CT)

This online certificate aims to build students capacity in the areas of policy, finance, and clean technology.

The world urgently needs leaders with this combination of skills; in 2017, the ...

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Tropical Forest Landscape Conservation, Restoration, & Sustainable Use Certificate

  • Yale University (CT)

Tropical Forest Landscape Conservation, Restoration, & Sustainable Use offers an opportunity to address pressing environmental and social challenges. Effective conservation and restoration initiatives support multiple objectives, including ecosystem functioning, climate ...

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Sustainable Development Certificate in Management (DESS)

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

More than ever, businesses, cites and NPOs need seasoned managers to integrate sustainable development issues into their business strategy.

This program's training includes: Analysis of the links between economy ...

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Sustainability Concentration in Business Administration (BAA)

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

HEC Montréal flagship undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration, consist of a common set of 57 credits that all students most follow, but allows them to choose a concentration ...

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Water and the Environment Minor

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Water is one of the simplest molecules on Earth, yet the simple structure of the water molecule yields unique and complex physical properties. Known as a “universal solvent,” water can ...

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Energy Science and Policy Minor

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Are our energy systems sustainable? If not, what could the world do differently? Energy underlies all of our modern technological, social, political, economic, and ecological systems. The minor is designed ...

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Food Minor

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The minor is designed to provide the information and analytic skills necessary to understanding the sustainable production and consumption of food. The course work analyzes the current food system across ...

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Environment Minor

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The minor is designed to provide the information and analytic skills necessary to understanding the environment across a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students will also be required to complete either ...

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Environment (BA)

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Environment major in the Univerity of Michigan's Program in the Environment (PitE) allows students the flexibility to explore and choose a path that interests them, while providing a ...

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Environmental Studies Concentration in Liberal Arts (BA)

  • Soka University of America (CA)

The Environmental Studies (ENVSTD) Concentration fulfills one of Soka University of America’s founding principles: to “foster leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.” The complex problem of ...

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Peace Engineering Minor

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The purpose of the peace engineering program is to engage and teach students to collaborate with and empower those experiencing injustices to develop innovative and sustainable solutions from a service ...

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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.

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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
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.