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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Creating Global Impact Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Science museums in the U.S. provide trusted venues and foot-traffic of 95 million visits per year by people who seek to be inspired and to stretch their minds. Schools ...

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Journal of Sustainability Education: Special Issue on Hope and Agency Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Hope and agency are foundational to sustainability practice and leadership on and beyond the campus. Without hope and a sense of one's own efficacy, meaningful action and leadership may ...

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Using Case-based Instruction and Service-Learning to Teach Triple Bottom Line Thinking Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The use of case-based instruction enhances students' content knowledge, affects their motivation to learn, and helps develop verbal communication skills (Ozdelik, 2014). William Perry's (1981, 1999) work on cognitive ...

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Do You See Our STARS Now? Making an Institution's STARS Report More Visible and Relevant To Community Via Student Infographics Membership Required

  • Maryville College (TN)

One of the most transparent ways an institution can share their holistic sustainability story is through STARS. However, outside the sustainability community, STARS is one of the least commonly reviewed ...

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Growing Community Sustainability: Student projects from the playground to the boardroom to the building site and more. Membership Required

  • Fleming College (ON)

This case study will demonstrate how students' participate in authentic learning through community projects across a range of disciplines- all with sustainable results. For the past forty years, our School ...

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Sustainability, Dignity and Higher Education Membership Required

  • Widener University (PA)

Sustainability discourse in higher education seldom considers human dignity as an institutional objective or a means to achieve it. Dignity embodies subjects as diverse as health care, imprisonment, privacy, education ...

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Capitalizing on Faculty-Administration Collaborations to Build Sustainable Campus Communities Membership Required

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

This session will provide insight into the collaboration between administration and faculty on the creation and assessment of a sustainability-themed learning community for first-year students at a liberal arts college ...

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Beyond Captain Planet: Curriculum Design for EcoReps & Peer Educators Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Captain Planet inspired millennials to embrace sustainability through the avenue of television. Utilizing Captain Planet's inspiration and efforts within the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M as the ...

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Planning for interdisciplinary, community-oriented, and networked sustainability programs Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Sustainability education requires approaches that reach across disciplines, universities, and national boundaries, preparing students for issues without clear boundaries. Creating partnerships among faculty, students, communities, and industries is a promising ...

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Promoting College-Community Collaboration Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Several years ago, as Concordia College was increasing its efforts to embrace sustainability as a priority, it was recognized that engagement with the surrounding community should be a core part ...

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Students For Sustainability: A Transformative Workshop Approach to Student Engagement in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Students for Sustainability workshop at the University of Arizona (UA) provides a model for how institutions of higher education can guide students in engaging with their communities on environmental ...

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Designing and Conducting a Public Engagement Project Through an Intensive-Semester Course Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

During a May semester course, faculty and students at a liberal arts college conducted a participatory planning process with a local community and county government. Students facilitated a public participation ...

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Leveraging Campus Natural Areas for Urban Ecology Research, Education, and Management Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a 1,415-acre urban campus, of which 876 acres (62%) is undeveloped green space that includes 337-acres (24%) of upland and wetland conservation ...

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Sticky Sustainability: Tapping Untapped Resources on Campus #ULMapleMadness Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

In spring 2016, a maple sugaring community partner collaborated with faculty, staff & students at the University of Louisville to launch a new Sustainable Community Engagement section of the Intro ...

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How to Move Sustainability into the B-School Membership Required

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Business schools can provide students with a high caliber education and prepare them to enter the workforce or create new ventures to address the social, economic, and environmental demands in ...

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Curriculum Development, Cross-campus Collaboration, and Industry Engagement in Partnership with the B Corporation Community Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Presenters: - Jessica Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, NC State University - Craig Dalen, Senior Fellow, Director of B Corps on Campus, B Lab This session explores: - An ...

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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

A great deal of current effort is focused on developing and aligning sustainability performance criteria. We will explore together what is happening with GRI, SASB, etc. in institutionalizing clear metrics ...

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Business Sustainability 2.0: Moving from Enterprise Integration to Market Transformation and the Necessary Changes in the Business System Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Enterprise Integration has been with us since the mid 1990s. It involves integrating sustainability into existing business logics (such as operational efficiency, cost of capital, consumer demand, etc.) and the ...

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A Case Example for B-Schools: Energy and Economic Opportunity in Modernizing the Grid Membership Required

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Changing regulatory environments are creating economic (and business higher ed) opportunity. The current re-envisioning the energy (REV) proceeding in New York before the public service commission represents a regulatory proceeding ...

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Framework for Implementing Change Membership Required

  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

Business schools seeking to integrate sustainability into business education can benefit from the same change management framework leveraged in corporate transformations. 'Change management' is to business education change what LEED ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Discussion Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

We are agents of change, and realize that sustainability is the future of business and business education. Higher education institutions are in the initial phases of examining this question, with ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Business plays a critical role in confronting the environmental and societal challenges currently facing our world. Business higher education must assist in transforming organizations and creating the needed human capital ...

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Using Real-Time Campus Data to Explore Management and Behavior: Introduction to Teaching with Building Dashboard Technologies Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools have adopted resource-use visualization 'dashboards' that provide real-time feedback on energy and water use in campus buildings. Parallel use of this technology for student engagement and facilities management ...

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Learn & Grow - Educational and Community Garden Membership Required

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The intent of this project is to work with the Boys & Girls Club to create a project that can be developed and maintained as a way to engage young ...

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Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference Membership Required

  • Routledge

Building upon the SURF Framework developed by the author, this presentation explains how people in a plethora of sectors can have impact on the quadruple bottom line: environment, economy, society ...

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Offset: The Card Game Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) educates students, staff, and faculty at Duke University about a variety of topics relating to carbon offsets. However, these topics can be difficult to ...

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The Economics of Sustainability: Using Microeconomic Principles to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

As a means to support a sustainable business program at Aquinas College, principles of microeconomics courses take on a unique sustainability focus. Here the concepts of consumption and production are ...

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SULITEST, the sustainability literacy test Membership Required

  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

Sustainability literacy as a learning outcome through the Sulitest. Feedback of the pilot phase includes 430 universities, with 44,000 students from 48 countries. Includes testimonial from users and addresses ...

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Sustainability in Pedagogy: Bridging the Gap Between Influence and Impact Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

There is an issue at the heart of sustainability education which has proven a formidable barrier to more rapid change in our communities and the policies which shape our future ...

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Do Experiential Learning and Reflective Writing Improve Students' Sustainability Knowledge, Behaviors, and Attitudes? Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts is a new University of Washington course to engage students in the study of sustainability. Students meet for lecture/discussion plus do a great deal ...

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Promoting and Assessing Sustainability As A Learning Outcome in Education Abroad Membership Required

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

Drawing upon the definition and content of global learning within the AAC&U Global Learning Rubric, this poster reveals why the issues of sustainability & climate change must result in student ...

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To Bee or Not to Bee: A Beekeeping Community Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

This poster will describe the process Central Community College used to engage its service area in the responsible management of honeybee populations. Starting with a beginner beekeeping course, the college ...

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Reflections from Within: Investigating the Value of Service-Learning and Community-Based Research for Undergraduate Students Membership Required

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

This poster will provide a student perspective on the value of participating in service-learning experiences during one's undergraduate education. Reflecting on her recent experience in a sustainable community development ...

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Coastal Resiliency Planning: Linking Online Student Research to City Sustainability Planning Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

To address the special challenges of coastal cities, sustainability planning has depends on research from disciplines as diverse as climatology, ecology, social science, economics, political science, and urban planning. While ...

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Consolidating the foundation of sustainable solutions: Rice University's Environmental Science program Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)

To address environmental challenges new generations are required not only to have a solid scientific or technological basis, but to propose sustainable solutions. We often look at sustainable solutions as ...

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Bee Nice: Creating a Community of Beekeepers Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

Community education departments provide a variety of programs that work to educate the population that a college serves. As concerns related to Colony Collapse Disorder increase awareness of the dangers ...

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Setting the World Aflame: Town-Gown Collaboration through Solar Spring Break Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley partners with GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break to engage students during spring break in the installation of solar panels for underrepresented communities. This partnership provides communities with access ...

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Rethinking Service Immersion: Engaging Students for Systemic Change on Campus and in the Community Membership Required

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

An experiential service-learning program inspired three students at Gonzaga University to make measurable change on their campus. After a week of sustainability volunteerism, students returned to school with ideas for ...

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Cedar Valley College a Center of Excellence of Sustainability: How we embedded sustainability into our college Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

Come to this session if you want to know how Cedar Valley College became a Center of Excellence of Sustainability in southern Dallas, TX. We will share: How we utilized ...

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The Heart of the Matter: A Candid Conversation about Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

For the purpose of my research, my grounded theory addressed the intersections of interactions that impact an individual's ability to develop the core beliefs that cultivate environmental ethics and ...

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Student Leadership & Sustainability Results Membership Required

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

At Agnes Scott College, students are at the heart of all sustainability initiatives, whether it is waste diversion or the installation of solar arrays. The Center for Sustainability has a ...

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Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Meeting Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

An opportunity to network and plan with other institutions helping to pilot AASHE's Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program.

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From Student Farm to Rural Semester: The Evolution of An Idea Membership Required

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

This proposal will explore the evolution of an idea from its initial inception to create an off-campus student farm, to its initial form, to its current practice (UCONN Spring Valley ...

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Gaia Education Design for Sustainability Curriculum and its Application Membership Required

  • Gaia Education

The poster features the learning universe that Gaia Education operates in, and the many tracks of designing for sustainability both in residential (Wing) and online (Sky) programs. It also showcases ...

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Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 3 Membership Required

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)

This Handbook offers an overview of what universities around the world are doing to implement sustainable development (e.g., via curriculum innovation, research, activities, or practical projects) and how their ...

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Engaging Undergraduates in Soil Sustainability Decision-Making Through an InTeGrate Module Membership Required

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Wittenberg University (OH)

Continued agricultural productivity hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. A 2-week undergraduate introductory-level module: A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources Through Local Decision Making was collaboratively developed through ...

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Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education: Learning in an age of transformation Membership Required

In a time of unprecedented transformation as society seeks to build a more sustainable future, education plays an increasingly central role in training key agents of change. This book asks ...

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Assessing sustainability in university curricula: exploring the influence of student numbers and course credits Membership Required

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

As more universities become interested in, and engaged with, sustainability, there has been a growing need to assess how their curricula addresses sustainable development and its myriad issues. Different tools ...

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Education for sustainable development and global citizenship: An evaluation of the validity of the STAUNCH auditing tool Membership Required

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test the validity of the curriculum auditing tool Sustainability Tool for Auditing University Curricula in Higher Education (STAUNCH©), which was designed to ...

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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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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

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.