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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Environmental Building Design (MSD-EBD)

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

With the renewed urgency of environmental issues-from global climate change to resource shortages and "net-zero" design-architects are faced with demands for new kinds of services that require a new kind ...

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Engineering Minor in Energy & Sustainability

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Energy and Sustainability (ENSU) Minor offered by Penn Engineering provides students with a broad coverage of technical and societal issues confronting the world and in-depth treatment of selected topics ...

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Sustainability and Environmental Management Minor

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Minor in Sustainability and Environmental Management is open to undergraduate students in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, and the Wharton School of Business.

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The program in Environmental Studies is designed to provide students with the skills to understand and address contemporary environmental issues. The minor integrates studies in the natural sciences, humanities, social ...

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Environmental Science Minor

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This minor is for students who want an understanding of the various physical, chemical, and geologic processes that work within our planet and on its surface. Students gain the skills ...

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Economics with a Concentration in Environmental Policy and Management (BA)

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The concentration in environmental policy and management examines the relationship between business and the natural environment, including human health and safety as well as addressing a range of policy issues ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The program in Environmental Studies is designed to provide students with the skills to understand and address contemporary environmental issues. The major integrates studies in the natural sciences, humanities, social ...

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Earth Science (BS)

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This major is for students who want an understanding of the various physical, chemical, and geologic processes that work within our planet and on its surface. Students gain the skills ...

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Sustainability Studies Theme

  • Ohio University (OH)

As a curricular theme, Sustainability Studies invites critical exploration of a multitude of complex issues from the local to the global levels, including resource management and sustainable development; climate change ...

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Environmental and Plant Biology (BS)

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Honors Tutorial College program in Environmental and Plant Biology provides students with an opportunity to study Plant Biology, Environmental Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology at an accelerated rate ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Honors Tutorial College program in Environmental Studies offers students a unique opportunity to explore nature-society relations in a highly interdisciplinary environment, drawing on faculty perspectives from the humanities, fine ...

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Urban Planning and Sustainability (BS)

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Urban Planning and Sustainability major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to envision and craft urban environments that embrace the three key components of sustainability—environment, economy ...

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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society 2nd Edition

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Forewords by David Orr and by AASHE's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Anthony “Tony” Cortese in recognition for his tremendous impact in advancing sustainability in higher education.

While ...

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Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

The goal of Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) education is to prepare students to facilitate social learning in communities that builds knowledge of, capacity for, and commitment to sustainability ...

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Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

  • Dominican University of California (CA)
  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

Given the urgency of environmental problems, how we communicate about our ecological relations is crucial. Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice is concerned with ways to help learners effectively navigate and ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

The minor in Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, allowing students to explore the challenges of sustainability and to think about how to develop solutions to pressing issues at ...

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Syllabus: ENVI 202: Sustainability and the Campus

  • Macalester College (MN)

This interdisciplinary class will make direct connections between global environmental issues, such as climate change, and life on an urban campus. With Macalester College as our case study, we will ...

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Syllabus: Psychology 308: Advanced Methods in Community Based Social Marketing

  • Oberlin College (OH)

This course will give you training in Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM), an empirically driven approach to changing human behavior. While the techniques of CBSM can be used to change ...

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Course Presentation: BSBA 590-033: Carolina Sustainability Consulting

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

This semester-long course, Carolina Sustainability Consulting, will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to put theory into practice by devising strategies and crafting implementation plans to advance UNC’s sustainability goals ...

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Syllabus: BUSI590-033: Carolina Sustainability Consulting

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

This semester-long course, Carolina Sustainability Consulting, will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to put theory into practice by devising strategies and crafting implementation plans to advance UNC’s sustainability goals ...

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M.Ed. in Environmental Education

  • Bard College (NY)

The Bard M.Ed. in Environmental Education program prepares educators to create an informed and engaged citizenry supporting progress towards a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. Through intensive academic training ...

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Sustainability and the Humanities

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

This book explores the strong links between sustainability and the humanities, which go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the ...

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Professional Skills in Sustainability

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

There is often a mismatch between the learning outcomes of higher education programs and the professional skills required for sustainability jobs. This webinar provides an overview of professional skills in ...

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Food, Energy, & Water in Society Minor

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The Food, Energy, and Water in Society (FEWS) minor, will provide integrated, multidisciplinary, learner-centered instruction in science and science-informed decision-making about FEW issues. The FEWS minor is designed to offer ...

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Energy Sciences Minor

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The Energy Science minor comprises four introductory core courses that provide a comprehensive overview of energy in society, fundamental energy principles, the economics of energy, and environmental issues related to ...

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Society and the Environment Minor

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The society and the environment minor will prepare students to contribute solutions for current and future local, regional, and global environmental challenges. Stewardship and the efficient, sustainable use of environmental ...

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Environmental Education Minor

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

A minor in environmental education is designed to provide additional qualifications for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of environmental and natural resources education. Career options for ...

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Grassland Ecology & Management (BS)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

This major focuses on the management of rangeland, the world's most abundant type of land. About 45 percent of the world's land area and half of Nebraska's ...

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Fisheries and Wildlife (BA)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The fisheries and wildlife major is designed to produce professionals who will manage wild populations of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Fisheries and wildlife management involves management of people ...

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Water Science (BS)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's water science major includes instruction in water science, natural resources, biological and physical sciences and mathematics and statistics, as well as in the humanities, social ...

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Applied Climate Science (BS)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The applied climate science major provides an interdisciplinary approach with courses in biology, chemistry, soils, water, ecology, mathematics and statistics, and Geographic Information Science (GIScience). These courses provide students with ...

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Environmental Restoration Science (BS)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Students interested in this major will receive ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

UNL’s Environmental Studies Program prepares students to solve current and future local, regional, and global environmental challenges. The program pairs a truly interdisciplinary curriculum with a student-centered approach that ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • Emmanuel College (MA)
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MA)
  • Massachusetts College of Art (MA)
  • Simmons University (MA)
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA)

The Colleges of the Fenway Minor in Sustainability is embedded in the international recognition that unsustainable pressures resulting from human activity threaten the natural systems on which human existence depends ...

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Forestry and Natural Resources Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

A minor in Forestry and Natural Resources is for students who are interested in learning about the conservation and restoration of the earth's natural resources through hands-on study of ...

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Sustainable Technology BS

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Technology helps students develop the skills needed to design, build and maintain technological systems that will help create a more sustainable world.

In ...

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Environmental Earth Science Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Environmental Earth Science minor focuses broadly on the natural sciences, using earth science as a base to expand outward. Interrelationships are key to this course of study and the ...

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Minor in Sustainable Technology

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Sustainable Technology reflects an approach to technological development, characterized by creative and sound engineering, that recognizes the social, environmental, political, economic, and technical aspects of a proposed technological solution to ...

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Environmental Engineering Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Environmental Engineering Science (EES) minor is an interdisciplinary program pairing engineering fundamentals with courses in the environmental and natural sciences. The EES curriculum provides a broader foundation in the ...

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Sustainable Building Systems Concentration (Building Sciences BS)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Energy efficiency matters. As state and federal agencies prioritize energy efficiency, they need leaders who understand how buildings work and how to find ways to make them work better.

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Environmental Economics & Policy Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Students may pursue a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy as an adjunct to their chosen major field. This program offers interested students an opportunity to explore aspects of economic ...

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Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies BA/BS

  • Portland State University (OR)

The major focuses on critical studies and practices of Tribal race theory, decolonizing methodologies, traditional and cultural ecological knowledge, and contemporary themes, such as community health, food sovereignty, Indigenous land ...

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Conservation and Resource Studies Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Conservation and Resource Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for those who are interested in environmental issues and areas of interaction among natural resources, population, energy, technology, societal institutions, and ...

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Sustainable Design Minor

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Sustainable design implies making decisions at various scales of the built environment (buildings, communities, land use patterns, urban support systems) in ways that support environmental quality, social equity, and economic ...

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Sustainable Environmental Design (BA)

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The sustainable environmental design major recognizes that the emergent, multidisciplinary field of sustainability science is growing rapidly. As the world population urbanizes, the planning and design of resilient, resource-efficient, healthy ...

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Sustainability Professional Studies Certificate

  • Boston College (MA)

With a six-course curriculum offered entirely online, this program comprises courses such as Sustainability Science, Energy in the 21st Century, Water Resources, and Building Green Buildings. Students are exposed to ...

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Geophysics (MS)

  • Boston College (MA)

The Geophysics program stresses a strong background in the earth sciences, as well as the ability to carry out research. It prepares students for successful careers as geoscientists in the ...

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Geology (MS)

  • Boston College (MA)

The Geology (MS) program stresses a strong background in the earth sciences, as well as the ability to carry out research. It prepares students for successful careers as geoscientists in ...

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Faith, Peace and Justice minor

  • Boston College (MA)

The Faith, Peace and Justice minor offers students the opportunity to explore, in an interdisciplinary manner, how their own serious questions about faith, peace and justice are related to concrete ...

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Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good Minor

  • Boston College (MA)

The interdisciplinary minor in Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good seeks to provide Boston College undergraduate students with a well-defined, interdisciplinary program of study focused on analyzing the ...

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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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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

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NOLS

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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.