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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Minor in Food Systems

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This interdisciplinary minor in Food Systems gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to understand our complex interdependent food system of food production, processing, distribution and consumption.

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Minor in Global Environmental Change & Sustainability

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

The EPS minor is for science undergraduates interested in applying their major discipline to Earth's environment through geology, geochemistry, ecology, geo-biology, oceanography, and atmospheric science. Students are expected to ...

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Minor in Global Sustainability

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability benefits students of all majors who want to understand the many facets of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to their daily ...

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Minor in Global Sustainability

  • Central College (IA)

Many problems are global in scope, transcending national boundaries and requiring global solutions. Complex underlying local, national and international political and economic institutions and processes structure and manage the research ...

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Minor in Green Engineering

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Students at Virginia Tech can complete the Green Engineering minor by taking 18 credits which include: 2 Core Classes - Introduction to Green Engineering and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment; 2 Engineering ...

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Minor in Green Engineering

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

The application of the principles by which engineers have a positive impact on sustainability is known as sustainable engineering or, more colloquially, green engineering. The latter terminology resonates with resurging ...

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Minor in Managing for Sustainability

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

This minor is open to non-Business majors as well as students majoring in Business.

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Minor in Organic & Sustainable Crop Production

  • University of Florida (FL)

Do you ever wonder where organic produce comes from? How do organic farming practices differ from traditional agriculture? This combination of courses will help students learn more about the organic ...

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Minor in Regenerative Studies

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

The minor in Regenerative Studies is a multidisciplinary program taught by faculty from all colleges on campus. It is designed for students majoring in all fields, including agriculture, architecture, art ...

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Minor in Renewable Energy Economics & Policy

  • University of Maine (ME)

In addition to understanding economics and policy, students must also comprehend the fundamentals of energy science. Drawing upon an array of experts in economics, law, public administration, and philosophy students ...

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Minor in Renewable Energy Engineering

  • University of Maine (ME)

This minor addresses the entire energy cycle from generation, to use, to lasting environmental effects. Students will have access to a brand new renewable energy laboratory equipped with the latest ...

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Minor in Renewable Energy Science & Technology

  • University of Maine (ME)

Students will focus on numerous aspects of energy generation and use, including the broader climatic implications of energy decisions. This degree is rooted in science and technology focusing on diverse ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

The minor in Sustainability is interdisciplinary, drawing from faculty and course work across all colleges of the University of Arkansas. The minor is accessible to all undergraduate students, regardless of ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The 18-credit minor in sustainability allows students from many areas of study to explore the challenges of sustainability and how it may be used to develop solutions to pressing issues ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

Sustainability requires that short and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of products and processes be considered. With globalization of the world's economies, continuing challenges with depletion of resources ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Denver (CO)

Sustainability is a concept that is becoming increasingly used as human societies recognize the finite nature of many natural resources and the lingering ill effects of overconsumption, pollution, and poorly ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Emory University (GA)

The Minor in Sustainability offers students an integrated exploration of sustainability issues across diverse fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including environmental, social, and economic dimensions. The ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Winthrop University (SC)

The minor in sustainability (new as of fall 2011) provides students with a broad understanding of how we can meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of future ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The minor in sustainability is open to Notre Dame students in all majors and colleges. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the minor prepares students to serve as leaders in their communities ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Winona State University (MN)

This minor educates students through an interdisciplinary set of classes to be efficient and resourceful with today's precious resources. The requirements of the minor are to help students gain ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

The concept of sustainability encompasses a wide range of topics and endeavors, including economic development, population, food security, ecosystems, energy, industry, and conflict resolution. Its unifying core is a commitment ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

The minor encompasses the interactions of social policy, social equity, scientific principles, and environmental stewardship. By approaching these complex issues from a comprehensive perspective important societal challenges such as the ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Missouri State University (MO)

A minor in sustainability complements most degree programs and disciplines, from the arts to the sciences. Knowledge of sustainability is highly sought in agriculture, business, construction and design, health related ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

In addition to fulfilling all the basic requirements for a minor (see Minor Fields of Study), students declaring a minor in sustainability complete the following four requirements: 1) A “synthesis ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Ball State University (IN)

Participating students will be provided a breadth of exposure to issues including systems theory, values and ethics, atmosphere and climate, population, energy, water, land, food (land-based and freshwater/marine-based), health ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Students pursuing degrees across campus can take a minor degree in Sustainability Studies, offered through the Science and Technology Studies Department (STS). The STS approach to sustainability connects social, scientific ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

The goal of the Minor in Sustainability is to offer Portland State undergraduate students an understanding of the multidisciplinary concepts and practices integral to sustainable living. The Minor has two ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The interdisciplinary minor in sustainability exposes students to ideas and issues related to a sustainable, balanced and ethical future for the planet and its inhabitants. The minor is at the ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The objectives of the sustainability minor are to: educate students from across campus on interdisciplinary approaches of historic and emergent sustainability problems; engage students in team projects examining real-world problems ...

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Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

The undergraduate Sustainability Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary approach in which students gain an understanding of the theory and practice of sustainability. This program looks to discover and examine humanity ...

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Minor in Sustainability Energy Systems

  • Cornell University (NY)

Providing affordable energy to meet the demands of both developed and developing nations without further damaging the natural environment and the Earth's climate system is a Grand Challenge for ...

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Minor in Sustainability Management

  • University of Maine at Machias (ME)

The sustainability management minor will help prepare students for careers as sustainability managers, sustainability coordinators, corporate sustainability officers, green business consultants, or sustainability analysts. Course requirements for the minor provide ...

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Minor in Sustainability Science & Policy

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Sustainability is society's ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations' ability to meet their own needs. This interdisciplinary minor focused on sustainability is designed ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

The University of Minnesota's Sustainability Studies Minor immerses students in the study of real-world problems from a variety of academic perspectives, incorporating disciplines from across the natural, social and ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • Auburn University (AL)

Sustainability is a rapidly-growing field of studies, and is the focus of new interdisciplinary degrees, certificates, and minor programs at universities across the country. Auburn University is now offering a ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The program provides an understanding of sustainability — a unifying approach to human and environmental problems. Sustainable businesses, communities, and other organizations seek to design systems in ways that optimize material ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • George Mason University (VA)

A society grounded in the principles of sustainability achieves balance among the "Three Es": Ecological integrity, Economic vitality, and Equity among people. The Sustainability Studies Minor (SSM) introduces students to ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

As part of its ongoing efforts to respond to workforce needs and uphold its commitment to environmental education, Frostburg State University offers a minor in sustainability studies to degree-seeking students ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The minor in Sustainability Studies will complement any major on campus and provide both intellectual breadth and depth in a challenging new area of inquiry that is gaining a high ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • Rider University (NJ)

Students in the Sustainability Studies minor will take seven courses (23-24 credits) in environmental and social sciences, ethics and business. Sustainability-related courses that contribute to the minor are offered within ...

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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

Sustainability Studies provides the tools to enable students to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. As students and ...

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Minor in Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (SEE)

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) interdisciplinary minor at the University of Dayton is driven by an engaged group of faculty, staff, students, and community partners focused on undergraduate ...

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Minor in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Agricultural systems are complex and dynamic. In recent years, questions have been raised regarding the sustainability of energy and resource intensive agriculture systems. While all agriculturally oriented majors of the ...

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Minor in Sustainable Agriculture

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Increasingly, farmers are looking for creative ways to increase and diversify farm income, while consumers are seeking sustainably raised food produced close to home. Sustainable agriculture meets the needs of ...

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Minor in Sustainable Agriculture

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Students in the Sustainable Agriculture (SAG) Program experience a range of learning opportunities designed to immerse them in the world of sustainable agriculture, through a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum tailored ...

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Minor in Sustainable Business

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Sustainable Business practices restore environmental quality, promote stable and healthy communities, and increase long-term profitability. The Aquinas Sustainable Business Degree program fosters ecological and social intelligence in all business decisions ...

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Minor in Sustainable Community Planning

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This minor takes advantage of a number of courses on the NAU campus that provide undergraduate students perspectives on sustainable development issues. The focus of the minor is on public ...

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Minor in Sustainable Design

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Huxley College of the Environment and the Engineering Technology Department jointly offer a minor in Sustainable Design. Design is the process of conceptualizing, representing, and creating projects, processes, or products ...

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Minor in Sustainable Development

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Sustainable Development degree is interdisciplinary and draws upon courses from throughout the University. Required core elements familiarize students with principles and practices in biological, physical, and social sciences as ...

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Minor in Sustainable Development

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary minor with courses in sustainability and environmental studies from departments and colleges across the university. Courses emphasize experiential, project-based service learning. The minor is designed ...

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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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Strategic Energy Innovations

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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.