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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Sustainability Minor

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The goals of the university-wide Sustainability Minor are 1. to prepare students to work skillfully to address social challenges, particularly those associated with environmental change, 2. to foster interactions and ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary science program focused on solving environmental problems that lie at the interface between biology, chemistry, and geology. Students participate in one of three concentrations (biology ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The Environmental Studies degree provides students with a broad interdisciplinary background as well as a basis for career specialization and practical application and problem solving. The program is based upon ...

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Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

Human activities change our planetary environment and resources on a scale that was previously unimaginable. Local, regional, and global organizations and governing bodies are assessing the impact and establishing new ...

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Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership Certificate of Advanced Study

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership is geared toward midcareer professionals interested in building upon their body of experience, expanding his or her skills and ...

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Sustainable Enterprise Certificate of Advanced Study

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) is offered collaboratively by the Whitman School of Management, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the State University of New ...

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EMPOWER: Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research Program

  • Syracuse University (NY)

EMPOWER is an interdisciplinary graduate education program that is focused on research at the interface of water and energy cycles. The program prepares students with the technical knowledge and professional ...

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Environment and Society Minor

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Environment and Society (E&S) minor examines the social dimensions of environmental issues and sustainability. Through a range of interdisciplinary course offerings, it seeks to foster environmental literacy and citizenship ...

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Food Studies Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The academic field of Food Studies trains students in the fast-changing landscape of international food policy as well as local food governance systems. The program at Syracuse University is characterized ...

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Food Studies (MS)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Master of Science in Food Studies is a 36-credit hour graduate program providing students with a foundation in the political economy of food systems, including food policy, human rights ...

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Food Studies Minor

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Food Studies is one of the fastest-growing fields of study in North America. It has expanded to become a broad academic discipline, encompassing the study of food delivery systems, social ...

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Food Studies (BS)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Food Studies is one of the fastest-growing fields of study in North America. It has expanded to become a broad academic discipline, encompassing the study of food delivery systems, social ...

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Environmental and Interior Design (BFA)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The B.F.A. degree in environmental and interior design (EDI) prepares students to pursue careers focused on the design of the built environment in the disciplines of environmental design ...

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Nature, Society, Sustainability Concentration in Geography (BA)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The study of nature-society relations has long been a cornerstone of the discipline of Geography. Geographers working in the nature-society tradition study diverse processes related to the interaction between the ...

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Energy and its Impacts (BA)

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Many of the issues facing humanity today center on energy: its supply, use, and impact on our environment. Energy and its Impacts is a 25-credit Integrated Learning Major that provides ...

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Sustainable Design Specialization/Emphasis in Architecture (M Arch I)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Architecture Programs of The University of Texas at Austin value intellectual ambition and cultural relevance in architectural production. Its teaching and research is founded on a shared interest in ...

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Natural Resources and the Environment Specialization in Public Affairs (MPAff)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Coursework in this specialization encourages students to use technical, economic and political information to be effective in policy analysis and policymaking related to air, water or land management; energy policy ...

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Energy and Earth Resources (MA/MS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program provides the opportunity for students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas of geosciences, engineering, management, finance, economics, law and policy. Private sector and ...

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Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law Concentration (LLM)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The University of Texas at Austin's School of Law has created the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Concentration in Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law to catalyze the ...

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Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (PhD)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Environmental and water resources engineering is a broad discipline dedicated to addressing environmental issues in air, water, and soil. It includes a variety of sub-disciplines, such as water quality engineering ...

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Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Environmental and water resources engineering is a broad discipline dedicated to addressing environmental issues in air, water, and soil. It includes a variety of sub-disciplines, such as water quality engineering ...

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Corporate Social Innovation Concentration in Business Administration (MBA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The McCombs School of Business concentration in corporate social innovation offers students insight into the industry through unique courses and events and prepares them for career opportunities related to this ...

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Geography and the Environment (PhD)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Faculty and graduate students have contributed in many ways to understanding and managing earth’s diverse cultural and physical environments, ranging from local to global scales across the full range ...

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Geography and the Environment (MA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Faculty and graduate students have contributed in many ways to understanding and managing earth’s diverse cultural and physical environments, ranging from local to global scales across the full range ...

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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

In the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) in the Cockrell School of Engineering, undergraduate students follow the environmental engineering curriculum (B.S. degree) and are taught by ...

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Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) Certificate

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on the environment. The Sustainable Energy Systems ...

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Environment & Sustainability Bridging Disciplines Program

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Environment & Sustainability BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences ...

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Geography (BA)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography focuses on our interdependent world and our fragile habitat. The major nourishes a sense of responsibility and provides tools for the solution ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (the “EVS Program”) is an interdisciplinary degree program in Environmental Science offered collaboratively by The University of Texas at Austin’s ...

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Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Concentration in Biology (MS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

This concentration is designed for students aiming to go on to Ph.D. programs or enter the workplace in fields such as systematics, evolution, conservation, population genetics, genomics, behavior of ...

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Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (MS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Masters of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (IMES) program is an interdisciplinary program offered at San Francisco State University (SF State) by the College of Science ...

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Ecology Concentration in Biology (BS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Ecology emphasizes the study of the interactions among and between organisms and the environment, the conservation and management of populations and communities of species, and the pattern and process of ...

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Geography (BA)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Geographers study physical and biological environments, human societies and their spatial interactions, and utilize both environmental science and social science perspectives. Geographers seek to analyze the processes, spatial patterns and ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Environmental science provides students with many opportunities in industry, government and academia. Graduates are well prepared for both graduate school and careers in environmental consulting, environmental regulation, advocacy or education ...

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Masters of Environmental Science (MSc)

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The TRU MSc in environmental sciences program fills local, regional, provincial, national and international needs for environmental professionals. The program is designed to produce graduates who are innovative and have ...

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Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their knowledge, skills, awareness, and attitudes that contribute to environmental sustainability competency – from projects, to artwork, to ...

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Enhancing Campus Curricula and Sustainability Through UN SDGs

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a benchmark for not only development of much of the world, but also for redevelopment of the industrialized world, which faces a ...

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A decade of Finnish engineering education for sustainable development

  • Tampere University

Purpose The paper aims to examine the current status and development of sustainable development in Finnish engineering education.

Design/methodology/approach The study consists of interviews with key stakeholders supplemented ...

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Can MOOCs empower people to critically think about climate change? A learning outcome based comparison of two MOOCs

  • Universidade Aberta
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • FernUniversität in Hagen

Climate change can be regarded as one of the key topics of sustainable development where public awareness and education are crucial. In the field of education, Massive Online Open Courses ...

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Establishing transdisciplinary minor programme as a way to embed sustainable development into higher education system: Case by Tongji University, China

  • East China Normal University
  • Tongji University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of the establishment and development of a minor program in Sustainable Development in Tongji University, China, and how ...

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Innovating Undergraduate General Chemistry by Integrating Sustainability-related Socio-Scientific Issues

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Universität Bremen

Background: Many general chemistry courses in U.S. undergraduate education focus on decontextualized content learning, driven by a structure-of-the-discipline approach. Due to this approach, many students perceive general chemistry to ...

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I and We: Does Identity Explain Undergraduates’ Ethical Intentions?

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Concerns about business ethics have led many business schools to integrate ethics into the curriculum, with mixed results (May, Luth, & Schwoerer 2014, Wang & Calvano 2015, Waples, Antes, Murphy ...

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The Value of Experiential and Action Learning in Business Ethics Education

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

This paper develops an interpretive framework around ethical learning by using qualitative methods to examine the collective impact of Experiential Learning Activity (ELA) and Critical Action Learning (CAL) on student ...

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Identifying the factors for sustainability learning performance

  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Hordaland)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

The recent launch of several important international education initiatives designates a future for education that moves away from educational achievements largely based on access and attainment and advances a more ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula through the Project Method, a Global Learning Strategy

  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Higher levels of material well-being lead almost inevitably to giving priority to individualism and personal advancement, often at the expense of civic conscience. A proposal for integrating sustainability into the ...

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Development of a Measurement Tool for Sustainable Development Awareness

  • Necmettin Erbakan University

Raising the sustainable development awareness is of great importance for the continuation of the world's livability. Teachers have a great responsibility in order for individuals to make sustainable development ...

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Green Chemistry in Higher Education: State of the Art, Challenges, and Future Trends

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Universitat de València
  • Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Polish Naval Academy

Nowadays, there is increasing interest in global sustainability, and thus, university students would like to know how human actions affect the health status of our planet. This is mainly due ...

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Business School Professors’ Perception of Ethics in Education in Europe

  • Rovira i Virgili University

This qualitative study aims to investigate business school professors’ perception of ethics in business education, and their possible role in achieving ethical awareness in these schools. Data were collected through ...

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Learning to Navigate (in) the Anthropocene

  • KU Leuven

Over the last decades, the extent of human impact on Earth and the atmosphere has been the subject of large-scale scientific investigations. It is increasingly argued that this impact is ...

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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

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Scores

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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.