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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Best Practices in Global Sustainability: A Course Offering

  • Bryant University (RI)

As a result of this slow economy, university resources are limited and most schools experienced several budget cuts. Therefore, the authors decided to streamline efforts in satisfying the three pillars ...

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Charting Pathway into a Sustainable Future: Reforming General Education

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

The next generation will confront an increased number of global issues that interface the complexities of socioeconomic perspectives, environmental stability, poverty and development. Recently we undertook a general education reform ...

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Extending our Reach: Taking Sustainability into the Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The sustainability charge at this state university is led by the Institute for Sustainability whose mission is to promote, facilitate, and develop educational, research, and University and community programs related ...

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Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities' (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency ...

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Faculty Development for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Calvin University (MI)

The five panelists, faculty at a MidWest comprehensive liberal arts college, were participants in a cross-disciplinary workshop enacting the idea of sustainability across the curriculum. The workshop, which grew out ...

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The Prairie Project: Place-Based Faculty Development for Global Sustainability Education

  • Central College (IA)

Today there is an urgent need to provide global sustainability education to all college students through a curriculum that is integrative, transdisciplinary, and addresses all three dimensions of sustainability: ecological ...

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Rethinking Education: Building for a Sustainable Future

  • Chatham University (PA)

This session will tell the story of the creation of a new "ground up" School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) that will integrate the principles of sustainability and across ...

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Sustainability as a design challenge: Learning by doing at the Columbus College of Art & Design

  • Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)

Sustainability programs are rapidly growing in America's colleges of art and design. Because artists and designers are the people who choose the materials used to make almost everything, sustainability ...

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A Pedagogical Model for Successful Integration of Sustainability Across the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

Think sustainability in the curriculum, and you may think "science"--arguably the "obvious" disciplinary home. But the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability in higher education offers faculty from across the curriculum ...

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Ecological Economics 101: Integrating Core Principles into Science and Social Science Courses

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

For sustainability to take hold across the curriculum, educators must gain the skills to integrate ecological economics concepts into science and humanities courses. Yet the disciplinary boundaries of secondary and ...

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Sustainability as a Study Abroad Experience in Europe

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad has created a unique opportunity for American undergraduate students through their sustainable development program in Copenhagen. This is one of the first semester long ...

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The Laboratory of Democracy: Sustainability Research, Education and Action at the State Level

  • DePauw University (IN)

College students often feel they can do very little to effect political change beyond their local communities and campuses. Traditional political internships sometimes provide glimpses into the inner-workings of politics ...

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Experiencing Sustainability: Thinking Deeper About Experiential Education in Higher Education

  • Earlham College (IN)

Jack Turner once wrote "we treat the natural world according to our experience of it."" How are our students "experiencing sustainability" in U.S. colleges and universities? With the rise ...

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City Studio Vancouver: The City is the Classroom

  • Emily Carr University of Art & Design (BC)

Vancouver, BC is often ranked as one of the world's most livable cities because, as ecological footprint inventor and Vancouver Professor Bill Rees has noted, "25 or 30 years ...

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Eat Local, Live Local, Teach Local: Curriculum for Sustainability

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Developing curriculum for sustainability presents a new challenge for modern instructors: getting students to think more locally in order to appreciate the global consequences of their actions. For many faculty ...

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Growing community: healthcare sustainability in higher education

  • Georgetown University (DC)

Higher education is evolving to include healthcare sustainability training. At its core, sustainability is a natural component of healthcare. Sustainability supports the basic healthcare mission to provide safe, quality, compassionate ...

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Building Automation Systems - A New Program for Sustainability and Technical Education

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)

A two-year vocational college located just outside of Atlanta, GA is developing innovative academic programs to serve energy efficiency technology industries. In particular, the Building Automation Systems (BAS) program has ...

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Inter-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Developing Sustainability Curriculum- a Unique Role for a Technical College.

  • Georgia State University (GA)

The metro region of Atlanta, GA is home to a wide range of institutions of higher education. Inter-institutional collaborations can an important mechanism towards enhancing sustainability literacy. A 2-year vocational ...

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Illinois Green Economy Network- Greening Your Curriculum Faculty Development Program

  • Green Economy (MA)

This panel presentation will address the role of higher education in sustainability and green economy education. In 2010, in partnership with 14 Illinois community colleges, the Illinois Green Economy Network ...

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Creating, Implementing and Sustaining a Themed Semester in Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

"Themester" is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines. The Themester topic ...

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Pathways to Transforming Society: I vs. We

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Making the change to a sustainable society requires perspective transformation at many levels: personal, social, cultural, organizational, institutional and governmental. Transformative learning (the theory of how perspective transformation occurs) was ...

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Mission-Driven Sustainability Studies for the Small College

  • La Roche College (PA)

La Roche College, a small, private, Catholic institution in the north hills of Pittsburgh, has recently undertaken steps to enhance the sustainability of its physical operations: the newly created "La ...

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Problem-based, innovative teaching strategies for preparing high performance building technicians for sustainable jobs

  • Laney College (CA)

HVAC technicians and building operators present high-wage, high-demand occupations that are traditionally overlooked in the sustainability education context. Yet, building technicians play an increasingly important role in the sustainable operations ...

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Campuses as Learning Laboratories: A Framework to Achieve Institutional Sustainability Goals Through Service Learning

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

Academic institutions can achieve institutional sustainability goals through service learning projects among their faculty and students. Institutions gain several advantages through this approach, including expedited implementation strategies for achieving sustainability ...

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Integrating Dorm Energy Meters Across the Curriculum

  • Lasell College (MA)

Dorm energy meters provide a wealth of data that can be integrated across the curriculum to promote connected learning. While the benefits of dorm energy meters for plant operations and ...

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10 Strategies for Sustainability Focused Faculty Development

  • Luther College (IA)

Even on campuses with great sustainability initiatives, curriculum is often the missing piece or the one area that lags behind operations and student life. Working with faculty on curriculum changes ...

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Participating in a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Participating in a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change

CAMEL

Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning

Goals:

CAMEL is a FREE, COMPREHENSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, ONLINE RESOURCE for educators to enable them to ...

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Campus, Curriculum and Community - An international perspective: How students are delivering sustainability in UK higher education

  • National Union of Students

The National Union of Students (NUS) runs a successful programme of environmental initiatives that are proactively tackling sustainability issues at university campuses throughout the UK.

Inspired by our member students ...

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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

  • EcoChallenge.org (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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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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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

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Strategic Energy Innovations

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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.