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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Idea and Practice of Sustainability: A First-Year Student Experience

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary framework for studying the most compelling struggles of our time. In academia, sustainability offers structured and spontaneous opportunities for the curriculum to infiltrate campus operations and ...

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Sand, Clay, and Straw: Green Housing by Students for Students

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Hartwick College, a small liberal arts institution, has shown leadership in engaging students in the design and construction of natural buildings for student residences. Ten years ago, students in a ...

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Alternative University Appraisal Project - ESD and HEI'S in Asia Pacific

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

The growth in the number of HEIs coupled with fast growing competition between them has contributed to the boom and popularity of comparisons, rankings and classifications of HEIs.

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Student Internships as the Driver for Campus Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In its first six months of existence, the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability established the Internship Program in Sustainability. Utilizing campus as a living laboratory, the program enlists undergraduate ...

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Building a solar house for interdisciplinary learning of sustainability

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In 2009 this Midwestern University participated for the first time in the Solar Decathlon. The resulting 800sft solar powered home was the product of a multiyear effort, which demonstrates the ...

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Synergy between students, academia and industry: Prospects for curriculum enhancement

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In the 2010 Worldwatch Institute Report, David Orr asks the question, ―What kind of education will enable the rising generation to deal with increasingly complex and portentous global issues?(p ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Apparel Consumption among Undergraduate Students

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The purpose of this two-part study is to examine relationships between knowledge of and attitudes towards sustainability in the apparel and textile (AT) industry and students' apparel purchasing behaviors.

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Teaching Skills for Sustainable Development, Countering Assumptions

  • Kansas State University (KS)

An eight-week pilot was conducted in an apparel and textiles (AT) course in which three skills considered paramount to education for sustainable development (ESD) (collaboration/cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution ...

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Case Study Approach to Developing Sustainability Curriculum

  • Keene State College (NH)

Case Study Approach to Developing Sustainability Curriculum

We have made a commitment to incorporating sustainability throughout our curriculum, providing students with opportunities to engage with sustainability initiatives on campus and ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum Project at Lane Community College

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The goal of Sustainability Infusion Project at Lane Community College was to infuse sustainability concepts through all instructional disciplines. 105 instructors participated from more than 15 different disciplines including Adult ...

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Interweaving Academic Reading Skill Development with Global Warming and Sustainability Education

  • Montgomery College (MD)

There are still people who do not know much about, or even deny the existence of, global warming. Education may, therefore, play a role in our efforts to reduce the ...

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Student Sustainability Internship Program: Creatively Involving Students in Sustainability Efforts

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Sustainability initiatives on college campuses, whether education campaigns or tracking and reporting for STARS, require significant time commitments that often cannot be met by sustainability personnel. Simultaneously, students are seeking ...

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Design as a major that integrates art, science & sustainability

  • Pacific University (OR)

The development of sustainability as an academic discipline will require the creation of non-traditional majors that integrate knowledge fundamental to this endeavor. We describe collaboration at Pacific University between the ...

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A business case for developing transformative sustainable education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and Universities have obvious financial incentives to invest in sustainability objectives that reduce the costs of campus operation. Similarly, investments in research infrastructure in topics of energy and sustainability ...

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Portland State University's Sustainability Journey: War Stories and Lessons Learned

  • Portland State University (OR)

This paper tells the story of building academic sustainability programs at Portland State University over the last decade, distilling key scientific and organizational principles that have underpinned program development. With ...

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Sustainability in the Curriculum

  • Red Rocks Community College (CO)

Red Rocks Community College has made a commitment to the national challenge of creating and sustaining a green workforce. In conjunction with our partners, the National Science Foundation, Colorado School ...

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A Home for Sustainable Engineering: A Living-Learning Cohort

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

If promoting sustainability across the curriculum presents one set of logistical and conceptual challenges, and reducing a campus's environmental footprint presents another, surely integrating the two constitutes its own ...

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We to Me: Identifying the Ecological Self in Post-secondary Sustainability Curriculum

  • Seneca College (ON)

Post-secondary students have become skilled purveyors of the fundamentals of good sustainability. Beginning with their early years in pre-school, they are trained to memorize and recite key concepts of the ...

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Fostering change agents for sustainability

  • Tufts University (MA)

Graduate work on the effectiveness of a social psychology-based, experiential learning course on generating undergraduate civic leaders in sustainability behavior change is described. This presentation outlines the structure of the ...

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Campus as a Learning, Living Laboratory for Sustainability

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

At the 2006 AASHE national conference, University of Arizona (UA) student Emilie Brill-Duisberg received the Student Sustainability Leadership Award for her work on implementing campus water harvesting projects which grew ...

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Practice, Professional Societies, and the Future of University Sustainability Education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation discusses a new and novel direction for sustainability education taken by the University of Arizona's recently launched Practice School of Sustainability. Sustainability certificate programs have proliferated in ...

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The End of Nature: Creating Sustainability Curriculum for Every Major

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

This session will begin with the presentation of the sustainability course developed for the University of Cincinnati as a collaboration between the University and design and consulting firm, emersion DESIGN ...

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Creating a Sustainable Future: Mind, Heart, Behavioral Change, Resilience

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

We are all, to greater or lesser extents, consumers of food, water, energy, goods, services, and creators of byproducts. The collective impact and global reach of our consumptive habits is ...

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The Greening of an Intensive English Program

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Our poster discusses what sustainability is and why we include environmental topics in our English as a Second Language curriculum. We explain our new summer certificate program focusing on sustainable ...

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Creation of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Undergraduate Curriculum

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

The University of Colorado Denver initiated a faculty led signature area in sustainability to explore the potential of either a major or minor in sustainability. This PowerPoint presentation will cover ...

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Sustainable E-Waste Education and Research

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This presentation provides a review of two recent electronic waste (e-waste) education and research initiatives as part of a Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center ...

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Sustainability Internship Course Best Posters

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In a Sustainability Internship course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, students designed posters telling the story of their experiences interning at non-profits, local government offices, businesses ...

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Sustainability Internship: Developing a Sustainable Design Document for the University of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability requires collaboration. The University of Minnesota's Sustainability Studies minor internship promotes collaboration between students and professionals to work together to further sustainable efforts. My specific assignment was with ...

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University of Northern Colorado Environmental Studies Club

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

In the 21st century, awareness and activism regarding environmental topics has become increasingly important. This is especially true on university campuses within the United States and worldwide where faculty and ...

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Teaching Sustainability: Effects on Teacher Candidates, Urban Students, & Cooperating Teachers

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Teaching Sustainability: Effects on Teacher Candidates, Urban Students, & Cooperating Teachers

This research project explored the reciprocal benefits of adding an integrated service-learning component to a required reading/language arts ...

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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Global Sustainability Minor for UVA

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The sustainability movement is gaining traction at the University of Virginia. The emergence in recent years of new student groups, courses, faculty interest and events centered on sustainability show us ...

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Service-Learning in the Classroom

  • Ursinus College (PA)

One pedagogical method of integrating sustainability into the classroom is through service-learning. A service-learning partnership was created between an upper-level environmental studies climate change class at Ursinus College (UC) and ...

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Boundary Crossing, Experiential Learning, and Sustainable Agriculture at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborated to conceptualize, develop, and propose undergraduate curriculum for a transdisciplinary and experiential-based Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor ...

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A Case Study on furthering Campus Sustainability by Smart Scheduling General Purpose Classrooms

  • West Virginia University (WV)

Today, higher education across the United States continues to use inefficient processes to schedule classrooms and events. Very little attention is given to optimal space allocation or usage efficiency. However ...

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Strategies for "Greening" the General Education Curriculum

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)

Strategies will be provided with goals, objectives, and activities for "greening" the general education curriculum. This infusion approach results in a paradigm shift in student behaviors related to sustainable energy ...

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Redefining the possible: Community engagement, operational congruency and curriculum integration at York University

  • York University (ON)

York University, one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, is set in a rapidly changing region of urban Toronto. York has a deep commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability ...

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The Sustainable Learning Community: The University of New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

In this presentation, staff from the University of New Hampshire's University Office of Sustainability (UOS) -- the oldest endowed sustainability program in American higher education -- will share from their perspective ...

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Evaluating Fieldwork for Undergraduate Sustainability Education

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Many undergraduate instructors consider fieldwork as central to courses in sustainability and environmental studies. Common goals of fieldwork include the development of general and subject-specific skills, opportunity for experiential and ...

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Engaging Students in Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Innovative Courses

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Universities that strive to make their campuses more sustainable face challenges of curriculum reform and engaging their students in sustainability initiatives. At Loyola University Chicago (LUC), we are meeting both ...

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Building Sustainability & Community in a Student-Led, Service-Learning Environment

  • Truman State University (MO)

Often, there is a perceived divide between a campus and the greater community and an actual divide between university practices and sustainable ones. We seek to break down both barriers ...

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A Campus Wide Academic Sustainability Initiative at Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global concern for environment and sustainability is growing and new ways of thinking are needed to create solutions to the challenges we face. The Dalhousie University College of Sustainability is ...

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Operations and Academics Collaboration for Sustainability on Campus

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is Canada's premier polytechnic institution. It operates out of five campuses in western Canada, and it is oriented towards meeting the needs ...

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Green, Across the Campus and Across the Curriculum

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (IA)
  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) supports the integration of green building and sustainability projects across higher education campuses and curriculum. With students and educators now living and working ...

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Everybody Counts! Students as Citizen Scientists: Teaching Sustainability at Seneca College, King Campus, Ontario, Canada

  • Seneca College (ON)

Today's environmental issues are more complex than ever before. The need to contribute to global solutions has empowered the individual in every home and in every community. Citizen Science ...

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Maximizing Student, Staff, and Faculty Synergies: The University of British Columbia SEEDS Program

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This presentation describes an award winning "greening the campus" program. SEEDS is the first academic program in Western Canada that brings together students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on developing ...

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Teaching Sustainability through an Interdisciplinary Learning Exchange

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How do we integrate sustainability into our existing courses? An interdisciplinary learning project which integrates two traditional courses: Lifespan Developmental Psychology and Nutrition Across the Lifespan, will be presented. This ...

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Using GIS to Promote Sustainability

  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have widespread applicability to many facets of the Sustainability world. In fact, GIS has its mid-1960's roots in the sustainability subfield of natural resources management ...

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Education for Sustainability and Designing for Significant Learning

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sustainability education and the design of significant learning experiences share fundamental principles of course design. Our presentation describes an integrated faculty workshop that is part of the Finger Lakes Project ...

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Sustainability and Furman's New Curriculum

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman's Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education and its Provost will discuss various curricular initiatives developed by Furman University that make sustainability more integral to our learning environment. Furman ...

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Sustainable Societies

  • Environic Foundation International, Inc. (MD)

Developing Education for Sustainable Development that includes a balanced examination of social, economic and environmental issues is a challenge. The Environic Foundation International (EFI), in partnership with the United Nations ...

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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

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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
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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.