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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Connecting Campus Sustainability to the Green Economy and Education

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Investments in campus sustainability can lead to benefits beyond reduced energy bills, many of which enhance student learning and green economic growth. Speakers will provide an overview and several examples ...

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Going Underground on Campus

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This panel session will highlight lessons learned and steps used when campuses put to use a range of types of geothermal heating and cooling strategies. Success stories to be shared ...

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Sustainability Literacy Competencies: Creating Bridges between Classroom Learning and Sustainability Management

  • New York University (NY)

My paper draws on my experiences as a member of the faculty and Associate Director of Curriculum to promote sustainability in a large, decentralized university in an urban area. As ...

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Sustaining Student Energy: The transition to tomorrow's student leaders

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Most have seen the motivated student(s) come through and accomplish more than may have been thought possible. The energy they bring is enormous but it seems as though they ...

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Educating for Sustainability: Liberal Arts, Social Justice, and Environment

  • Northland College (WI)

Within sustainability education it is important to create the conditions for a transformative experience for students. In order to offer a holistic education for sustainability in the truest sense, we ...

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Cultivating Sustainability: Pedagogy for Engagement, Action and Transformation

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Based upon behavior change research, sustainability pedagogy theory and in-the-field studies, the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) discussion course model is a unique pedagogical tool for teaching basic sustainability themes and ...

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Getting 'em right out of the chute: Incorporating sustainability into the first-year seminar

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Many colleges and universities require some kind of first-year seminar of all incoming students. Some mandate that a particular syllabus be followed in all such courses, while others may offer ...

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Student Engagement in EcoDistrict Development (SEED): cultivating sustainable development through education and engagement

  • Portland State University (OR)

Too often, as our communities work to identify and meet ambitious sustainability goals, opportunities for community-based inquiry and scholarship are overlooked or the potential for collaboration and community engagement goes ...

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Teaching to transform: Proven and practical ways to design sustainability courses that inspire

  • Portland State University (OR)

This workshop will lead faculty and other sustainability educators through the practical steps of using the Burns Model of Sustainability Pedagogy (Burns, 2009; Burns, 2010) to design or re-design courses ...

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Pathways to Wholeness: The Regenerative Capacity of the Planet and Resiliency of the Human Spirit

  • Prescott College (AZ)

This paper explores environmental literacy, defined in this paper as the relationship that human beings have to their surroundings. It examines questions about how one perceives his, or her, relationship ...

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Get the Word Out: Writing the New Language of Sustainability

  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

The landscape of communication has changed: we live in information brevity, in the trenches of social media and alternative communications, where less is more. Now is the time to harness ...

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Introduction to Sustainability Studies: Design and Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Course

  • Rider University (NJ)

Like many schools, our institution is actively engaged in integrating sustainability across the curriculum. However, because we have also instituted a minor in sustainability studies, we have developed and are ...

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The Sustainability Studies Minor at Roger Williams University

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

Since the Fall of 2010, Roger Williams University in Bristol RI, has offered a Sustainability Studies Minor. The minor consists of three required newly-created classes for the minor and three ...

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Working toward Sustainability: A capstone course about environmental citizenship and effective communication

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

Increasing individuals' awareness and knowledge about sustainability are essential to forming more sustainable societies. However, they are not sufficient. In addition, individuals must take action for progress to be made ...

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Applying Interdisciplinarity and Visual Communication Design to a Vision of Urban Sustainability

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

"Interdisciplinarity is not the calm of an easy security; it begins effectively when the solidarity of the old disciplines breaks down-perhaps even violently, via the jolts of fashion-in the interests ...

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The Green Wave: Engaging Students and Benefitting the Community through an Energy Audit Training Course

  • San Jose State University (CA)

This session focus on a pilot energy efficiency audit training program, the Green Wave, launched in 2011 by San Jose State University and two partner organizations, the City of San ...

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Examining the 'Mental Models' of Business Undergraduates on Sustainability Issues

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

In his now classic book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge describes the attributes of learning organizations and the role of dynamism and change in individual, and corresponding organizational, 'mental models ...

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Honey Bees: Pollinators as a Case Study in Sustainability-An Undergraduate Course

  • Southern Connecticut State University (CT)

Over 70% of the worlds flowering plants require a living organism for pollination. Many of these plants include the fruits, vegetables and grains humans consume, as well as feed for ...

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Developing a Framework for Sustainability Literacy Assessments in Higher Education

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

Higher educational institutions continue to expand the scope at which sustainability is addressed within the campus community. Interdisciplinary programs developed within academic institutions to address complex systematic socio-ecological problems have ...

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Campus Ecology and The Nature of College

  • St. Olaf College (MN)

To prepare for the ecological revolution of the 21st century, American college students need to know more than the traditional disciplines can teach them. They need to understand the moral ...

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Demographics and Outcomes of the Interdisciplinary Foundations of Sustainability Minor at the University of Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In March 2011, the University of Arkansas implemented an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in 'Foundations of Sustainability' administered under the Provost's office. The minor requires 18 hours coursework: 2 gateway ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: Model for Collaborative Campus Sustainability Research

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Team (ART) program is part of the student-led Education for Sustainable Living Program, run on several UC campuses across California under the umbrella group the California ...

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Curriculum Design: Balancing Academic Rigor with Successful Student Project Implementation

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Educational initiatives in sustainability often promote student activism through service-learning projects or internships. The educational merit of practical opportunities for students to apply their academic learning to contemporary challenges concerning ...

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Envisioning a Sustainable Future for the Cincinnati Museum Center and its District

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

During the Fall Quarter of 2010 fifty-five students of architecture, planning, and engineering participated in an effort led by the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) to address sustainability issues within the ...

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Roche Health Center: The Role of Partnerships in Humanitarian Design Projects

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

Since 2004, our local non-profit has had a mission to unite communities to promote Life, Health and Education. Most of the organization's work focuses on three remote and impoverished ...

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Crafting a 4-legged Stool: The Role of Adaptive Learning in Sustainability Programs

  • University of Florida (FL)

Most programs of sustainability education ground themselves upon the well-known three-legged stool, focusing on the interrelated issues of environment health, economic welfare, and social equity. We argue that this structure ...

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Evaluating the Role of a Baccalaureate Degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment

  • University of Florida (FL)

Our institution has created a new degree program entitled the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment (BSSBE) first offered to students in Fall 2008. The degree was ...

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Developing a Sustainability Literacy Assessment: Strategy and Methodology

  • University of Florida (FL)

This session will discuss the University of Florida's progress towards a comprehensive student sustainability literacy assessment including attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge. Basic research methods, general topic selection, and question ...

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The Path to Energy Independence: Green Workforce Development on the Most Remote Islands in the World

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) calls for 70% energy independence in the State of Hawaii by 2030. A recent Hawaii Green Workforce Development Report claimed that the future is ...

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Let's Get Serious about Integrating Sustainability into General Education: Strategies for Staff and Faculty

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

This session addresses the need to integrate sustainability into the compulsory curriculum of colleges and universities. Speakers - including sustainability officers and professors - will present proven strategies for changing the academic ...

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Exploring the Living Classroom to Deepen Campus and Community Sustainability Stewardship

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

When it comes to teaching sustainability, the world is a "Living Classroom." Natural and manmade features readily inspire and challenge us to investigate the lessons they embody for environmental protection ...

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Sustainability Education: The Importance of Spirituality and Values

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The ongoing global ecological crisis is truly a spiritual crisis, a crisis of our morality and ethics. Due to the anthropocentric perspective that has long been prevalent in human societies ...

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Sustainability as a Pedagogical Project

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability is a large and complex concept that integrates multiple domains of knowledge across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. (Kelly, 2009) Its focus lies at the intersection ...

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Challenges when NOT Preaching to the Choir: Gaps in Faculty Salience towards Environmental Sustainability.

  • University of Southern Indiana (IN)

The foundation of catalyzing an awareness of environmental issues can be established in understanding the currently held beliefs and behaviors toward environmental sustainability within the campus population. Many university wide ...

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Communicating and Collaborating: The Sustainability Directory

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As envisioned by The University of Texas at Austin's Campus Sustainability Policy, the university endeavors to further link together and leverage its sustainability efforts for greater success and innovation ...

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Integrating Food System Expertise into the Nutrition Professional's Curriculum

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The global volatility of food supply and prices; risky dependence on large scale monoculture of staple grains; inequitable food distribution and access with related social justice issues; and difficulty tracing ...

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Investing in a Sustainable Future

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This presentation illustrates one approach to teaching sustainability in business schools by describing the rationale and structure used to develop and deliver our course, "Investing in a Sustainable Future," a ...

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Creating and Implementing an Interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor at the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Together, a professor and student from a large public research university will discuss their successful efforts to establish an interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor. Participating undergraduate students from all majors learn ...

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Grappling with the Fallacy of Sustainability Education

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Sustainability education is rapidly becoming mainstream in higher education, yet this "success" is undercut by a fallacy -- that sustainability is a normal challenge that can be addressed using familiar tools ...

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Buildings and Values: Sustainable Design for Teaching Tools: tales from Educators and their Architect

  • William McDonough + Partners (VA)

A trio of people will bring a unique perspective on design and sustainability for higher education, and how the higher education context is the ideal one within which to understand ...

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Teaching campus sustainability after sustainability has lost its buzz

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

We began teaching Campus Sustainability at the University of Wyoming in 2005 when the campus sustainability movement was taking off. Students were highly motivated about sustainability and the class and ...

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Sustainable Graduates Achieving Global Learning Outcomes Through Innovative Curricular Design

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (MA)

In spite of challenges that many are facing with integrating sustainability into curricula, Northern Arizona University (NAU) has tackled this on an even larger scale by purposefully infusing environmental sustainability ...

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Framing Career Technical Programs within Social Frameworks

  • Portland Community College (OR)

It is not enough to teach students how to be sustainable; we must also embed the questions and answers as to why it matters into our curriculum and institutional practices ...

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Education for Sustainability, Not Less Unsustainability: WCU's EFS Certificate Programs

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This paper/presentation is for those who are drawn to the work of education for sustainability (EFS), yet who suspect that tinkering with or even overhauling what happens in formal ...

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Students and Faculty Lead Local Green Building Projects: A Sustainable Model

  • Colorado State University (CO)

An interdisciplinary university institute focused on sustainable design and development brings together students and faculty to perform green building research and LEED project coordination for campus building projects and many ...

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High-Impact Experiential Approach to Sustainability in Northeastern University's Curriculum

  • Northeastern University (MA)

The NU Core, Northeastern's first institution-wide general education program, includes requirements for substantial out-of-classroom experience and for integration of that experience with the in-class curriculum. Inherent in the NU ...

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Sharing a Passion and Connecting Students to Sustainability Experiences

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics exemplifies what it takes to launch a sustainability program by tapping into a passion. Its undergraduate dietetics program was added to the existing dietetic ...

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Advancing Collaboration and Student Engagement in the Sustainability Curriculum

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

This paper is based on the premise that integrating sustainability issues into educational curricula is best achieved through activities that encourage students to take an active role in addressing real ...

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Sustainability in Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses at CU-Boulder

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Recent modifications have been made to two first-year courses for civil (CivE) and environmental (EnvE) engineering majors and the senior capstone design course in EnvE. A pre-survey was used to ...

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Impact of Educational Context on Teaching Sustainable Design and Construction

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Teaching sustainability is critical to the education of Construction Management (CM) students and professionals. The authors have participated in and taught classes focused on the integration of sustainable principles and ...

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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
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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.