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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Building an Electric Car in the Classroom - An Experiment in Project Based Learning

  • Alfred State College (NY)

In the fall semester of 2010 a class of seventh semester seniors in the Alfred State College Mechanical Engineering Technology program successfully produced a road legal, all-electric vehicle from a ...

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Creating a B.S. in Sustainability Science Program

  • Kean University (NJ)

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the New York Times, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education have all suggested that sustainability is a major of increasing interest among ...

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Creating a Sustainable University and Community through a Common Experience

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

In a large university, it would seem impossible to engage thousands of people on a single theme for an entire academic year-but one institution in central Texas is doing so ...

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Science at the Service of Society

  • Duquesne University (PA)

Science continues to evolve and expand. As it does, some major areas of Service Learning turn out to be multi-disciplinary in nature. This seminar is designed to help university students ...

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From Vision to Implementation: Developing an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Urban Sustainability

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

How does a university contribute to the development of a sustainable and livable urban community? In 2006, members of the Antioch University Los Angeles faculty envisioned a program that would ...

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Enforced Dependency in Globalized Political Economy

  • Prescott College (AZ)

This presentation examines mutually- and self-reinforcing systems of concentrated political and economic power of neoliberal globalization. The presenter defines the concept of enforced dependency and then analyzes the structural and ...

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Living and Learning Sustainability: Pedagogy and Praxis in Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The presenter offers a summary of her recent dissertation in Sustainability Education within which she develops a critical pedagogy of sustainability and promotes its application in higher education. This pedagogy ...

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Student Engagement around Sustainability through Visual Art

  • Columbia College Chicago (IL)

Students play an important roll in how the message of sustainability will addressed in the near future. As a way to engage fellow students in conversation, we want to display ...

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Graduate student workshop on sustainability across the curriculum

  • University of Florida (FL)

Based on the Ponderosa and Piedmont Projects the first Prairie Project workshop was held in the summer of 2010. This two-day workshop drew together thirty faculty members from diverse fields ...

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Developing a Service Learning Course on Sustainability Focused Nonprofit Organizations

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The objective of this service learning course offered during the fall 2010 term was to generally provide students with a clearer understanding of the ways nonprofit organizations individually and collectively ...

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Engaging Students to Generate a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the integrated performance of buildings in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment with ...

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Top Down, Bottom Up, Institution Wide: Coordinating & Growing Education for Sustainability Across a University

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

How does Education for Sustainability (EfS) become embedded in the courses and programs of a University? Victoria University is a multi-campus, dual sector tertiary institution based in the West of ...

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Integrating Education for Sustainability into Sport and Recreation Management

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The baseline of successful Education for Sustainability (EfS) in Higher Education is the integration into subjects and courses learning and teaching that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and ...

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Teaching Ecological Citizenship within the Sustainability Curriculum

  • Ohio University (OH)

Implicit in the discourse on sustainability is the need for ecological citizenship. Universities engaged in broad sustainability initiatives are well positioned to foster ecological citizenship norms through example and experiential ...

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Place-Based Sustainability Literacy: Using the Kanawha Model to Advance a University-wide Dialogue

  • Ohio University (OH)

As universities implement comprehensive sustainability plans and work to build institutional cultures of sustainability a major challenge is developing a collective understanding of sustainability throughout the university community. Sustainability literacy ...

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Planning Campus Climate Action in a Service Learning Course

  • Dickinson College (PA)

In spring semester 2011, students in the Sustainability Practicum course offered at our college were charged by our President's Commission on Environmental Sustainability with reviewing the college's climate ...

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Semester Immersion in Climate Change Science, Ecological History and Human Dimensions

  • Dickinson College (PA)

We are team teaching an interdisciplinary program in fall 2011 in which a dozen students and three faculty members will immerse themselves in explorations of the science, human and ecological ...

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The Library as a Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability

  • University of Florida (FL)

Libraries play a central role in institutions of higher education and are dependent upon the educational objectives of these institutions. With the increasing focus on teaching sustainability across the curriculum ...

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Laboratory for a Sustainable Energy Course

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

At our university all students are required to complete a general education science lecture course, a science and society lecture course, and a laboratory course that accompanies one of these ...

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Group Projects for a Sustainability Symposium

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Since we have 240 students enrolled in sections of the introductory sustainable energy course and 40 sustainable energy studies majors in upper division courses, we put on a Sustainability Symposium ...

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Assessment of Competency-based Sustainability Learning to Foster Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking

  • Michigan State University (MI)

A land-grant university launched a competency-based undergraduate sustainability program in fall 2010. The approach reflects an emphasis on fostering the learning paradigm that links the domains of learner, assessment, knowledge ...

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Sustainability beyond the campus with service-learning: Case study with village street trees

  • Colgate University (NY)

The Environmental Studies Program at our university is emphasizing community-based service and research in a recently-revised curriculum. A required service-learning course connects students with the sustainability mission of our institution ...

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A Framework for Integrating Sustainability Education, Research, Engagement, and Operations through Experiential Learning

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • CHA (NY)

This paper summarizes the University of Illinois' four-step strategy for experiential learning, integrating research, education, engagement, and operations. As a first step in this strategy, a task force created a ...

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Student Designed Sustainability Curriculum Intended to Create Shift in Campus Culture

  • Babson College (MA)

Creating a culture of sustainability is a challenge for all colleges. The Eco Reps here recognized this problem and strived to create a solution to generate a positive culture of ...

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Internships to Implement Institutional Change: Sustainability on a Shoestring

  • Ohio Dominican University (OH)

While many institutions are developing sustainability offices or hiring sustainability coordinators, economic constraints may play a role in limiting this option for all universities. In order to begin institutional reporting ...

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Weaving Sustainability Education through the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Ohio Dominican University (OH)

As centers of education, research, and outreach, universities have the potential to become the catalyst in a change to more sustainable societies. The university provides a learning laboratory for combining ...

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An Interdisciplinary Sustainability Coordinator Associate of Applied Science at Lane Community College

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The Sustainability Coordinator Associate of Applied Science is an interdisciplinary degree developed through a collaborative process. It is the first program of its kind in the nation. Unlike other, discipline-specific ...

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Using STARS to transform sustainability pedagogy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

STARS is being adopted across the country by institutions wishing to assess sustainability initiatives in education, operations, and research. A key attribute of STARS educational assessment is the classification of ...

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Realizing sustainability across curricula and campuses, lessons from George Mason University in Northern Virginia

  • George Mason University (VA)

In 2007, the university leaped into sustainability initiatives with a commitment to climate neutrality, hiring of full-time energy and sustainability managers, and creation of "sustainability across the curriculum" faculty workshops ...

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Collaborative Sustainable Building Practice: Innovative Curriculum Design

  • Cornell University (NY)

There is no doubt that the unprecedented challenge of sustainable development calls for cross-disciplinary collaboration. For the building sector, recognizing the fact that technological solutions for low-energy high-performance buildings have ...

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Campus Greenhouse Provides Local Food and Research on Vegetable Production in Cold Climates

  • Clarkson University (NY)

A student team designed and built a 450 sq. ft. pilot greenhouse to test the feasibility of maximizing produce yields while minimizing energy requirements for local food production in cold ...

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Natures Coordinate System: Vertexia, Vector Equilibrium, C60 carbon molecule, explained using hands on modeling techniques.

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute (NY)

The basis of Natures Coordinate System comes from understanding the topological reasoning of R. Buckminster Fuller. He used the terminology "Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" as the subtitle to ...

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Engaged Scholarship for Sustainability: University of New Hampshire's Initiative to Facilitate Regional Food System Collaboration

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is an example of a university-based effort to advance regional food system sustainability through collaboration using an engaged scholarship model. Engaged scholarship promotes mutually beneficial ...

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Bridging Operations and Academics: Princeton University Sustainability Working Group Initiatives and Collaborations

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Are sustainability endeavors with inclusive and comprehensive scope - bridging across operations, administration, academics and student life - more effective at accelerating culture change than those that are focused on single facets ...

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Studying Sustainability Abroad with a European Perspective - Case Stories and Best Practices

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

Students and faculty often look to Europe for best practices when working with sustainability issues such as renewable energy, public policy, food systems, corporate social responsibility, climate change and overall ...

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Using the 'Faculty Sustainability Ambassador' Model to Catalyze Sustainability Curriculum Initiatives

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This panel discussion will introduce the 'Faculty Sustainability Ambassador' model as an effective strategy for catalyzing campus-wide sustainability curriculum initiatives. In this case, a small internal grant provided stipends to ...

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Sustainability Course Inventory as a Foundation for Sustainability and Environmental Program Development using STARS

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada, recently conducted an inventory of sustainability-related, sustainability-focused and environment courses as part of the requirements of the STARS accreditation process. The results of the ...

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Infusing the Study of Sustainable Design Methodology and Epistemology into the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

  • Maryville College (TN)

Abstract: Arguably one of the most challenging places to infuse sustainable design methodology and epistemology, yet one of the most logical, is among the 225 liberal arts colleges and universities ...

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Pushing Sustainable Development to the Outer Limits

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

Sustainable development is predominantly thought of in terms of alternative energy, recycling, food security, biodiversity, waste reduction and green building products. For the past 7 years I have taught an ...

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The NSSE Sustainability Education Consortium: A First Year Report

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

In fall 2010, eight institutions formed a consortium to assess student engagement in sustainability education across the curriculum. The consortium adds 20 sustainability questions to the National Survey of Student ...

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Infusing Sustainability Through the General Education Curriculum

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

As pressures on global and local systems mount, and as population and consumption increase world-wide, the imperative for sustainability education gains increasing urgency. More than educating those interested in, or ...

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Academic Infusion of Sustainability: Leading Faculty and Curriculum Developers Share Best Practices

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Training emerging professionals about sustainability concepts needs to happen both in and out of the classroom in order to meet ambitious national workforce education and training goals. The process of ...

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Zero energy home constructed by students built to NAHB green standards

  • Alfred State College (NY)

The college has been constructing homes with a student workforce as part of the curriculum since 1966 and selling them to the public. House number 51 is built to the ...

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Enhancements of Marina Piccola, the ferry boat terminal for Sorrento, Italy

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Architecture, business and interior design students, studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, are working collectively to create proposals for upgrades, physical improvements and expansion of the current port facility which will ...

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A Remote Controlled 2-Axis Photovoltaic Mount with Metering

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Senior students designed a remote controlled azimuth and altitude adjusting PV mount. The project allows students in an alternative energy course to change the PV module's slope and azimuth ...

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Building Pathways to Green Careers: Transforming Campus Service Learning into Green Workforce Training

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The demand for a highly skilled workforce in the energy sector and green industries is rapidly growing as the nation moves towards a greener economy. Students involved in our multi-campus ...

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Broadening the Boundaries of Campus: How Far Should Sustainability Go?

  • Alma College (MI)

Alma College, like many small, liberal arts institutions, is tucked away among the rural small towns that surround it. These campuses serve as cultural centers for the community, but what ...

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AASHE Curriculum Convocation

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Advancing sustainability education through the development of dynamic and academically rich curriculum is a strong priority of AASHE. What is needed is curriculum that prepares learners for living in a ...

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A Five Year Retrospective of Teaching Sustainable Building Design and Construction

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will focus on the curriculum development and implementation of an undergraduate and graduate level course titled Sustainable Building Design and Construction. The focus of this course is on ...

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The Ten-Year Vision: A Global Network of Centers for Regenerative Studies

  • Ball State University (IN)

As noted in the writings of David Orr, our built environments teach. A proposed global network of Centers of Regenerative Studies would do just that - in real time and vicariously ...

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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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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.