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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Learning Through Eating: Bringing Campus Dining Operations into an Introductory Environmental Science Course Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainability initiatives in higher education often flourish as the result of cross-functionality of teaching, research, and operational staff. At the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Resources ...

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Climate Change Resiliency: Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Background: The submitted research paper "Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study" is the result of a combination of learning opportunities that evolved into the final product. It began in summer 2014 at ...

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The Development of 'Learning for Sustainability' Core Competencies Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the last several years, there has been increased interest within communities, schools, and government to promote behavior that will yield a positive future impact on the world. The sustainability ...

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Sustainability: A Bedford Spotlight Reader Membership Required

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How ...

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Backing Away from the Cliff: A Theory of Education for Sustainability in the Postsecondary Classroom Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Despite growing efforts for Education for Sustainability (EfS), little empirical research documents EfS in the postsecondary classroom and the ways in which sustainability is defined in these classrooms. The purpose ...

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The Potential of Community-based Sustainability Projects for Deep Learning Initiatives Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application ...

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Assessing Sustainability Knowledge of a Student Population: Developing a Tool to Measure Knowledge in the Environmental, Economic, and Social Domains Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to present a tool for assessing the sustainability knowledge of an undergraduate population.

Design/methodology/approach: Multiple-choice questions were developed through soliciting expert ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 2 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

In part 1 of this post, I examined current practices for identifying sustainability courses and found that definitions of sustainability-focused and -related courses tend to leave too much room for ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 1 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

In an effort to track progress in sustainability education and promote sustainability courses, many colleges and universities have attempted to identify which courses they offer integrate sustainability concepts. As Alfred ...

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Ten Ways to Integrate Sustainability into the Curriculum Membership Required

  • Towson University (MD)

Those of us in higher education who are concerned about the future of the planet realize that although cutting carbon emissions from campus operations is important, it is not enough ...

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Promoting Lasting Ecological Citizenship Among College Students Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Declines in environmental literacy and civic and political activism among youth suggest the need for an increased focus on sustainability in schools and the advancement of ecological citizenship among students ...

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Assessing Sustainability Literacy: Challenges, Current Research, and Opportunities for Collaboration Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability literacy is a topic of increasing interest among a growing number of higher education sustainability staff and faculty. Formal education programs and courses that address sustainability are becoming increasingly ...

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An Investigation of Sustainability-Oriented Courses: Student Views & Experiences Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

With an increased awareness of climate change and environmental concerns, and a worldwide call for the integration of sustainability into the curriculum, universities are looked upon as agents of change ...

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Curriculum Improvement in Education for Sustainable Development: Measuring Learning Outcomes in an Introductory Urban Planning Course. Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is an academic goal for many courses in higher learning. ESD encompasses a specific range of learning outcomes, competencies, skills and literacies that include and ...

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A Qualitative Investigation of Sustainability-Oriented Courses at UBC Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

With the underlying theme of globalization and encouraging students to be global citizens, the University of British Columbia (UBC) adopted a sustainable development policy in 1997 and revised it in ...

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Education for Sustainability in Career and Technical Education: A Multiple Case Study of Innovative Community College Programs Membership Required

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Research indicates we are faced with environmental, social, and economic challenges and higher education is being called upon to provide education for a sustainable future. The literature surrounding Education for ...

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The Challenges of Sustainability Education Membership Required

Sustainability has become a growing imperative in higher education in the United States of America (Calder & Dautremont-Smith, 2009). This paper examines sustainability education as it continues to emerge in ...

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Word Up: Algonquin College as a Sustainability Leader Membership Required

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

"Word up" is a catch phrase that denotes agreement or enthusiasm about what another has said. A question central to this thesis was whether study participants thought that Algonquin College ...

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Changes in Student Values and Behaviors: An Outcomes-Based Program Review of the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program Membership Required

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)

The dual purpose of this research study was to evaluate the sustainability and leadership values and behaviors of current and former students of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership ...

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Key competencies in sustainability: a reference framework for academic program development Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The emerging academic field focused on sustainability has been engaged in a rich and converging debate to define what key competencies are considered critical for graduating students to possess. For ...

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Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

This report is a culmination of the ideas presented during AASHE’s Summit on Sustainability in the Curriculum to address how higher education institutions can further infuse sustainability topics into ...

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Cross-Border Carbon Footprints: University Study Abroad and Carbon Offsetting Programs Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

The progress made in the past decade in incorporating higher education institutions into the carbon emissions reduction equation is remarkable. Organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in ...

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Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability: from classroom into the real world Membership Required

Academic sustainability programs aim to develop key competencies in sustainability, including problem-solving skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with experts and stakeholders. These key competencies may be most fully ...

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The Franklin Sustainability Report Membership Required

  • Franklin University Switzerland (Ticino)

The capstone course for Environmental Studies followed a case-study approach to examine the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. As students in out final semesters at Franklin College, we were asked ...

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Shifting from Saying to Doing: Evaluation of an Environmental Course Designed to Create Environmental Change Agents Membership Required

  • Tufts University (MA)

This study evaluated a semester-long environmental course designed to enable students to become environmental change agents. Sixteen undergraduate students self-selected into the program course, which integrated social science-focused materials with ...

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Sustainability and the Western Civilization Curriculum: Reflections on Cross-pollinating the Humanities and Environmental History Membership Required

  • Willamette University (OR)

Standard Western civilizations curricula of the premodern period, while ably incorporating postcolonial, feminist, and ethnic studies scholarship, reflect virtually nothing of the larger cultural consciousness regarding sustainability or the critiques ...

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Sustainability and Higher Business Education: Is Investing in Teaching Sustainability Worthwhile? Membership Required

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

This report is designed to review a variety of professional articles and academic journals in an attempt to give executives at business schools the groundwork to decide if including sustainability ...

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The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

University communities have the potential to serve as models in the development and application of sustainability principles and practices, not only by what they teach and study, but also by ...

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Appropedia as a Tool for Service Learning in Sustainable Development Membership Required

Numerous studies have demonstrated that university students are capable of contributing to sustainable development while improving their academic skills. Unfortunately for many institutions, the expense of sending large cohorts of ...

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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

All who work with sustainability issues realize that it is a community project. We must decide collectively about the earth and its future. As a community — be it a geographic ...

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Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum Membership Required

To prepare today's students to meet growing global environmental challenges, colleges and universities must make environmental literacy a core learning goal for all students, in all disciplines. But what ...

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Jumping from the Ivory Tower: Weaving Environmental Leadership and Sustainable Communities Membership Required

  • Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus (CO)

Jumping from the Ivory Tower demonstrates the positive results that occur when colleges work with communities to develop students with a sense of place. The book examines the role of ...

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Going Beyond Green: Integrating Sustainability into the Marketing Curriculum Membership Required

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

Teaching sustainable marketing practices requires that curricula advocate a “triple bottom line” approach to personal and marketing decision making, emphasizing requirements for a sustainable lifestyle, company, economy, and society. These ...

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Carbon Neutrality Makes the Grade Membership Required

Business schools are enlisting students' help in developing their own carbon-neutral schemes, and they may develop leaders of tomorrow's sustainable economies.

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The relationship of pedagogy and students' understanding of environment in environmental education Membership Required

  • University of Technology Sydney

This study has two main findings. First, the pedagogy of environmental education has strong classification and framing (after Bernstein 1971) that supports the objectification of the environment. Second, there is ...

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Education for sustainable development at the university level: Interactions of the need for community, fear of indoctrination, and the demands of work Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)

The goal of this study was to describe the factors that influence education for sustainable development (ESD) in American universities. Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) was employed as the theoretical ...

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Goal setting for sustainability: a new method of environmental education Membership Required

  • Murdoch University (Western Australia)

If current environmental problems are to be addressed and future environmental problems are to be prevented, significant changes are needed in the way people live. Environmental education has been identified ...

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Integrating Sustainability in the Learning Community Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

Buildings have a significant impact on the environment, accounting for one-sixth of the world’s freshwater withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and energy, leaving ...

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The Sustainability Curriculum: The Challenge for Higher Education Membership Required

The links between education and sustainable development are deepening, although subject to much controversy and debate. The success of the sustainability discourse depends both on the pedagogic and research functions ...

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Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise, and Practice Membership Required

Sustainability challenges universities around the world to rethink their missions and to re-structure their courses, research programs, and life on campus. Graduates are increasingly exposed to notions of sustainability, which ...

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Recreating the university from within: Sustainability and transformation in higher education Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Universities around the globe have signed international declarations and agreements that recognize the importance of higher education in creating a more sustainable future. These agreements oblige universities to integrate sustainability ...

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Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect Membership Required

The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the "terrible simplifiers" who ...

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Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • San Diego State University (CA)

In Sustainability on Campus campus leaders recount inspiring stories of strategies that moved eighteen colleges and universities toward a more sustainable future. This book is for faculty, students, administrators, staff ...

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The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

For the first time in history, humans are pervasive and dominant forces in the health and well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. We are the first generation capable of ...

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Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility Membership Required

There is increasing attention to the idea that colleges and universities should help students become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens who are prepared to navigate a complex world. These ...

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Student Inquiries into Neglected Research for a Sustainable Society: Communication and Application Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

By applying the interdisciplinary approach of Science, Technology & Society, students can solve often-neglected research problems of shifting society's operation towards a sustainable state. A recent Penn State University ...

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Issues regarding sustainable agriculture as perceived by upper level undergraduate students involved in a student managed farm at Iowa State University Membership Required

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of agriculture students regarding sustainable agriculture practices, issues related to sustainable agriculture and learning/teaching processes. These students were enrolled ...

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Teaching Sustainability at Universities: Towards curriculum greening Membership Required

It is now beyond any doubt that higher education institutions around the world are beginning to recognize that they have a unique responsibility towards the goal of sustainability. Universities are ...

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Integration of the concepts of sustainability into teaching at post-secondary institutions Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)

The purpose of this study was to examine the incorporation of the concepts of sustainability into teaching at two post-secondary public education residential institutions, Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the ...

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An Analysis of the Correlation Between the Attitude, Behavior, and Knowledge Components of Environmental Literacy in Undergraduate Unversity Students Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationships between the major components of environmental literacy—attitudes, behaviors and knowledge—in undergraduate university students; and to examine differences in ...

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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.