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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Win-Win-Win: Incorporating Authentic Sustainability Learning Into Technical College Courses

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Incorporating sustainability in the curriculum need not be a one-off or a stretch to fit in any curricula, even those not typically associated with sustainability. Hear one example of how ...

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Sustainability in the Visual Arts, Design and Creative Fields

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

Designers make the most beautiful trash. Educators in Design, Visual Arts, and other creative fields are challenged with educating our students on how to create high impact messages with low ...

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Academia as a Platform for Student Sustainability Action on Campus and in Your Community

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have been driving environmental and sustainability changes on campus and in the Pittsburgh community for more than a decade through classes designed to engage ...

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Worry & Hope: Results from a Focus Group Study on Students and Sustainability Curriculum

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The University of Hawaii used a focus group study across ten campuses to better understand student perspectives on global and local environmental issues, climate change, and sustainability, and how these ...

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Planning and Implementing a University-Wide Curriculum Disruption to Teach About Climate Justice

  • The New School (NY)

From February 26-March 2, 2018, The New School will invite all 14,000 faculty, staff, and students to participate in a university-wide curriculum disruption entitled 'Disrupt Climate Injustice.' This means ...

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Laudato Si and UNSDGs: An Ignatian Framework for Teaching Human Geography

  • St. Louis University High School (MO)

St. Louis University High School created an innovative Human Geography course incorporating the AP Human Geography curriculum with studies of Ignatian values based on Pope Francis' 'Laudato Si: On Care ...

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High Impact Pedagogical Practices for High Impact Sustainability Learning

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

In the face of a rapidly-changing planet, sustainability is one of the most promising solutions to address social, economic, and environmental problems. Through IUPUI's Themed Learning Community (TLC), 'Sustainability ...

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Campus Sustainability 101 - A New Course for First Year Students

  • DePauw University (IN)

Due to their complex and global nature, modern environmental problems like climate change, water scarcity, or mass extinction events can be overwhelming and really, really scary, especially for college students ...

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How Do We Meaningfully Integrate Sustainability Into Global Studies Curricula?

  • Champlain College (VT)

As higher education increasingly acknowledges the necessity of producing a globally-engaged student body, it has a responsibility to create a high-quality and relevant global studies curriculum. Former iterations of global ...

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Advancing Sustainability: Student-led Projects, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Inter-Silo Teamwork

  • Carleton College (MN)

Carleton College's study abroad program titled 'Sustainable Energy Principles and Practices in India' exemplifies how higher education institutions can foster experiences and skills that students can use to promote ...

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Teaching Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Through Contemporary Art

  • Beloit College (WI)

What role can art play in solving current environmental challenges? What should artists do to promote awareness? Is it ethical for artists to make more objects in a world already ...

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Best Practices in Integrating Sustainability and Business Education

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

This workshop focuses on how to integrate sustainability concepts into business education and increase engagement with the business community to improve their impacts. The primary focus will be on how ...

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Experience The SDGs Abroad: Reimagine Your Curriculum with The GREEN Program

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for ...

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Building on the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Model to Incorporate the UN SDGs in Higher Education

  • Bucknell University (PA)

As sustainability becomes a more and more popular addition in the higher education system, attempts to incorporate it into existing curricula and campus life diversify and too often lose their ...

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Pulling the Paradox of the SDGs down to Uneven Ground: A Transdisciplinary Learning Journey

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Advocates of the Sustainable Development Goals see them as an important improvement over the Millennium Development Goals, that expired in 2015, that represent an inspiring and inclusive framework for international ...

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A New Resource To Engage Your Chemistry Department In Sustainability

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Despite the underlying fundamental reliance on chemistry innovations for a more sustainable future, undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories still use traditional experiments that are resource-intensive and employ hazardous reagents. It is ...

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Escaping the Silos and Generating Collaborations: A Sustainable Faculty Development Program

  • Furman University (SC)

The Faculty Affiliates Program gives faculty from all departments on our campus opportunities to meet monthly during the academic year to share ideas, generate resources and foster interdisciplinary connections throughout ...

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How to Create an Innovative and Interdisciplinary Sustainability Major

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This case study examines several innovative degree programs that create unusual disciplinary alliances with sustainability. Integrating sustainability across the curriculum is an important goal for AASHE members. While many universities ...

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The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University - Interdisciplinary Focus on Real World Issues

  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Sustainability Exchange, founded in 2014 by Bill Lowry and Liz Kramer, brings together students from across the academic spectrum to focus on and seek solutions to real world issues ...

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Green Chemistry: Meeting the Challenge of Equity and Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • American Chemical Society (DC)

Chemistry is an inherently creative yet reductionist approach to understanding how the world works at the most fundamental levels. Chemists are trained to create molecules to fill a given need ...

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Pursuing the SDGs in Education Abroad: Tools, Techniques, and Assessment Strategies

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

Well-designed education abroad programs expose students to the many ways other cultures prioritize and pursue the UN SDG's. Foreign approaches to sustainability, biodiversity, and social justice reveal to students ...

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Sustainability in American Topics: US History, Conservation, and Sustainable Development Goals

  • Mountain View College - DCCCD (TX)
  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Feasted Landscapes: Sustainability in American Topics' is the title of a two-volume reader that contains a collection of primary sources and original short essays that focus on sustainability issues throughout ...

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From the 3Es to the SDGs: Updating Sustainability Frameworks Used as Educational Tools

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)

With the 2015 announcement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the multitude of research projects, policies, and frameworks of Sustainable ...

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Uniting Human Rights and Sustainability Across the University

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The United Nations Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a powerful framework for alleviating human suffering and achieving social and environmental justice. However, making progress on the the ...

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From Theory to Practice: Applied Community Projects in Environmental Capstone Courses

  • Earlham College (IN)

Over the past five years, Environmental Studies and Environmental Sustainability seniors at Earlham College have completed an 'integrated research project (IRP)' in collaboration with a community partner. The IRP is ...

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Service and Community Engaged Learning for Social and Environmental Justice

  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • Villanova University (PA)

Service-Learning / Community Engaged Learning is a common practice in higher education and is increasingly found being paired with sustainability. This networking session will allow practitioners to share best practices, learn ...

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AIM2Flourish: Transforming Management Education Through Positive Business Innovation Stories

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The UN Global Goals are the 'World's Must-Do List' to end poverty, combat climate change, protect life on land, and ensure a livable future for all people. Many business ...

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Demonstrating Impact Through SDG Cases - Creating Common Language and Shared Purpose Across Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Danish Energy Management

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exist as a Global platform for taking action to achieve sustainable development. The SDGs recognize that staying within our planetary boundaries and achieving sustainable ...

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STARS Reporting as an Undergraduate Educational Opportunity

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois, a STARS Gold Campus, has a strong focus on expanding its campus sustainability efforts. Since our 2017 report, administrators have made an increased effort to align ...

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Scenario Planning and Applied Learning in Sustainability Practica

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Scenario planning is a versatile and widely applicable tool for developing robust strategies for dealing with uncertainty. It is used across numerous domains including national visioning and transition efforts, military ...

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Re-Design Certificate: Regenerative Ecological Design

  • Ecosa Institute (AZ)

United Nations Environmental Program has claimed that our planet is amid its sixth major extinction of biological diversity. U.N. scientists estimate that 150-200 species become extinct every 24 hours ...

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Mindful Unbuilding: A Zero Waste Campus-Community Adventure

  • DePauw University (IN)

What does a university do with a vacant old house that cannot be restored? Ordinarily: bulldoze it and haul it away to a landfill. But what if you were to ...

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Teach Environmental Sustainability via Children's Literature

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

We propose to share methods of integration into curriculum and resources for teacher-educators to reach their students, starting with elementary students and continuing on up the grades, K-12. Because children ...

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Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals: An Insiders' Account of change in a UK University

  • De Montfort University

Higher Education institutions have a crucial role to play in catalysing action to address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call to action that the Goals represent can ...

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Integrating Participatory Action Research Into Internships and Outreach - Univ of Illinois at Chicago

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is Chicago's only public research university with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system. This session introduces ...

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Recapturing the Learning Opportunities of University Sustainability Indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

In the 1990s students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step towards improving university environmental practices and creating sustainability programs. These audits, often conducted as ...

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Northern Arizona University Sustainable Citizens Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

We have been quite concerned about the general lack of climate science and sustainability knowledge that students have when they graduate from higher education institutions. We know that climate change ...

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The Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program at LIU Brooklyn

  • Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (NY)

The Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU) has recently established a Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program (CUSP) with the support of a Humanities Connections grant from the National Endowment for ...

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Placed-based Education in Co-Curricular Programs: Bringing Global Goals to Local Places

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Placed-based education has been a core component of the sustainability across the curriculum movement for more than 10 years. However, applying sense of place to co-curricular learning has made less ...

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Fast-tracking a Comprehensive Responsible Leadership Initiative Highlighting the UN 2030 SDGs

  • Kent State University (OH)

The College of Business Administration at Kent State University became an advanced signatory to PRME and an associate member of GRLI in Spring 2017. We introduced our Responsible Leadership Initiative ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Laboratory: The Think 80:20 Recycling Program at Deerfield Academy

  • Deerfield Academy (MA)

Many institutions struggle to integrate recycling and organics collections broadly across their campuses. In 2013, Deerfield Academy re-booted its traditional recycling program and began to implement composting out into the ...

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Co-Curricular Learning and Sustainable Development Competencies: Towards Research Collaboration

  • De Montfort University

This session will enable participants to compare and contrast practice and identify opportunities and challenges to developing students' competencies to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via co-curricular ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Badge Program Using Co-Curricular and Community Service Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability community service learning into curriculum requires faculty, staff, and community engagement. Students and faculty that are passionate about implementing change in the community are developing mutually beneficial ...

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GreenTech LIU: A Digital Platform for Campus SDG Collaboration

  • LIU Post (NY)

Sustainability and education for global citizenship are essential literacies for the 21st century. LIU Post's Center for Sustainability wants faculty and students to have powerful and effective digital tools ...

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Incorporating Environmental Justice Into Peer Mentor Programs

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Many of us have been grappling with the question of how to intentionally incorporate environmental justice into higher education sustainability work. This session will identify key areas where a holistic ...

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Intersections: Integrating the UN SDGs to On-Campus Living Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss how on-campus housing programs, in conjunction with academic partnerships & campus sustainability staff, can weave the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into ...

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Transformative Change, the SDGs, and the Future of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Mary Ann Liebert Publishing (NY)

This session uses a panel discussion format to explore transformative change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the future of sustainability in higher education by drawing on the wisdom ...

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Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center- A Living & Learning Building

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Located at the heart of Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a certified Living Building: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Living-Learning Sustainable Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

What does it truly mean to be a living-learning sustainable campus? Eden Hall, just outside Pittsburgh, is a new 388 campus site, encompassing farmland, forests and two head-water catchments. Acquired ...

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Green Infrastructure Planning on Campus: Case Studies from University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

College campuses pride themselves in being leaders in promoting innovation in both technical and theoretical aspects of all fields of study, including sustainability. The drive for sustainability in higher education ...

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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
Business Affiliate

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.