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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Approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education: A synthesis of the literature

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • James Cook University (Queensland)

This study investigated how teacher education academics embed sustainability education in learning and teaching, using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles. A taxonomy of four distinctive approaches was ...

  • Posted April 24, 2017
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Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Master of Science in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership (Professional Science Master's) is an online graduate degree program designed to fill a management need for ...

  • Posted April 24, 2017
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James Madison University's Center for Faculty Innovation FLASHPOINT: Earth Day 2017. Protecting Scientific Knowledge, Protecting the Environment.

  • James Madison University (VA)

The Earth Day 2017 Flashpoint brings together faculty experts in environmental science, law, policy, conservation, and renewable energy on the occasion of the 2017 Earth Day and the Scientists’ March ...

  • Posted April 24, 2017
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Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Member-Only Resources - Special Access for AASHE Members

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and the U.K.'s Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC), AASHE members can gain access to Member only resources on ...


Students see promise in careers in the business of sustainability

  • Colby College (ME)
  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (CT)

Two small, isolated Maine colleges that focus on sustainability and the environment know they aren’t for everyone.

Students have to work in the local community, where they experience the ...

  • Posted April 20, 2017
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Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Resource Center - Special Access for AASHE Members

  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (QLD)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), AASHE members can gain access to the Resources section of the ACTS website, which is typically ...


Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is described by UNESCO as enabling us to address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies by changing the way ...

  • Posted April 17, 2017
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Empowering the New Energy Workforce: Best Practices for Campus Energy Education & Internships

  • AASHE (PA)
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • College of the Desert (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Hear first-hand from a diverse set of California colleges that are creating student internships and work-based learning opportunities to support energy and sustainability career pathways. This webinar highlights campus outcomes ...

  • Posted April 17, 2017
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Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda

Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world ...

  • Posted April 17, 2017
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For function or transformation? A critical discourse analysis of education under the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Clark University (MA)

We conduct a critical discourse analysis of the extent to which Sustainable Development Goal 4, “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” promotes a ...

  • Posted April 12, 2017
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Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership will give you the training and credentials to become a sustainability champion and help your business, not-for-profit, or governmental unit take advantage of ...

  • Posted April 11, 2017
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Major in Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Sustainability Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary framework within which students can study the foundations of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of ...

  • Posted April 11, 2017
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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Sustainability Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary framework within which students can study the foundations of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of ...

  • Posted April 11, 2017
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Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The webinar describes an introductory sustainability course at Warren Wilson College that explores the campus food system. Warren Wilson College has a sustainable dining policy and has adopted the Real ...

  • Posted April 7, 2017
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Education for Sustainable Development, Nature and Vernacular Learning

  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

Mainstream education for sustainable development conceives of nature as a resource or commodity. The natural world is, for the most part, accorded only instrumental or utilitarian value. As a field ...

  • Posted April 5, 2017
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Sustainability Studies

  • Bristol Community College (MA)

Offered as an associate degree in liberal arts or certificate at Bristol Community College, Sustainability Studies offers a dynamic entry into the societal challenges and opportunities offered by climate change ...

  • Posted April 4, 2017
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Educational Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Sustainability program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ensures students will develop knowledge and skills in relation to education about sustainability and ...

  • Posted April 3, 2017
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Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future

  • Lakehead University (ON)

This book provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a ...

  • Posted March 28, 2017
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Guide for Using the Earth Charter in Education

This Guide provides basic information on how to use the Earth Charter in educational settings. It will be especially helpful to educators who are working in the fields of environmental ...

  • Posted March 21, 2017
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The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

In the 21st century, higher education faces a number of substantial challenges. We need to educate a rapidly increasing number of students, as college and other degrees become a requirement ...

  • Posted March 21, 2017
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Developing High Impact Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar explores leading examples of applied learning in sustainability programs that are designed create exceptional student experiences and a lasting impact on the sustainability goals pursued by the community ...

  • Posted March 15, 2017
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Texas A&M gets ‘gold’ rating for campus sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
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High school experiences and climate change beliefs of first year college students in the United States

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Florida International University (FL)

Climate change has not been well understood by high school students in the US and the topic is often connected to misconceptions, which is especially damaging since accurate understandings of ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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Future Leaders Survey 2006/7

This report presents the results of a survey distributed to UK residents aged 21 and under who applied to universities and colleges in 2006. Key findings include:

  • 46% say that ...
  • Posted March 6, 2017
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Beyond Doom and Gloom - Include Solutions to Climate Change

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage ...

  • Posted March 2, 2017
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Chemistry PhD

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry MS

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BA/BS

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provides a world-class education through classroom and laboratory teaching, in combination with cutting-edge research aimed at solving society’s most important ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry PhD

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Biochemistry BS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BS/MS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Northeastern University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are adopting green chemistry in their chemistry major and non-major courses, and are looking to bring green chemistry into their unique ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Biochemistry BS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry MS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BS/MS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montclair State University has been actively engaged in Green Chemistry education since the early 1990’s. In addition to offering an advanced undergraduate ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Chemistry BA/BS

  • Millikin University (IL)

The Department of Chemistry at Millikin University has been incorporating the principles of green chemistry in research since 1997 and in the organic laboratory curriculum since 2002. Since that time ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Chemistry PhD

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Chemistry MS

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Michigan Tech considers green chemistry an integral part of its commitment to to a future where materials are designed, produced, and used in ways that cause the least harm while ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence Technological University is committed to ensuring all students are exposed to sustainability concepts within their discipline and are aware of their impact on the social, economic, and environmental needs ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemical Technology AS

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence Technological University is committed to ensuring all students are exposed to sustainability concepts within their discipline and are aware of their impact on the social, economic, and environmental needs ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has included aspects of green chemistry in the lab curriculum for a number of years and more ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Physical Science: Chemistry AS

  • Kingsborough Community College (NY)

Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY) is implementing green chemistry within courses in the physical sciences. Green chemistry has been integrated into the Organic Chemistry I and II courses, in civic ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The Department of Chemistry at Grand Valley State University is one of a few institutions that offer a Certificate in Green Chemistry for chemistry majors. Green chemistry is also woven ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Gordon College (MA)

The Department of Chemistry at Gordon College has embraced green chemistry for over a decade. Students are trained in green principles which have been integrated into many of the courses ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Elmhurst College (IL)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Elmhurst College is committed to teaching students about Green Chemistry principles. Students learn about and implement green techniques in the teaching laboratories and ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Edgewood College (WI)

Edgewood College has been integrating Green Chemistry principles and laboratory exercises into the general chemistry curriculum during the past decade. Green and Sustainable Chemistry has been offered since 2013. This ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Chemistry BS

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Sustainability is core at Eastern Mennonite University. While green chemistry has been part of the organic chemistry curriculum for several years, the departments are now embedding green chemistry throughout the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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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

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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.