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Developing a Baccalaureate Degree in Sustainability in Canada

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

The impact of sustainability in all aspects of our life is certainly an emerging trend. All industries including the construction industry are taking active initiatives to support sustainability practices. This ...

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The Implicit Nature of Holistic Sustainability Education: The Student Perspective at Green Mountain College

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Much has been written about the theoretical underpinnings of a holistic approach to sustainability education, including deep learning and systems theories. Though some studies discuss the need to implement such ...

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Using Competencies in the Design and Assessment of Sustainability Programs

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

At Penn State University, the Sustainability Leadership Minor has been administered using a list of sustainability and leadership competencies that are the basis of the expectations of the program. Now ...

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Addressing Campus Sustainability Challenges with the Social Sciences: Linking Applied Learning to Student Performance

  • Portland Community College (OR)

What do the social sciences have to offer for understanding and addressing campus sustainability challenges? This is the question undergraduate environmental science and studies students explore as part of a ...

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Using Bluegrass Music to Power Careers in Sustainable Energy

  • Portland State University (OR)

This presentation will analyze the problems of human capital flight and ecological decline in the coal fields of Appalachia. An affective strategy for engaging these economic and ecological problems using ...

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Establishing Sustainability as a General Education Directive

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Colleges and universities nationwide continue to struggle with strategies for integrating sustainability within higher education curricula. While many universities have encouraged faculty to develop one or more courses that introduce ...

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Sustainable Study Abroad: A Critical Framework

  • Southwestern University (TX)

In the past decade, sustainability and global citizenship have emerged as two of the most prominent themes in contemporary higher education. Literature that specifically merges the two themes has, however ...

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Planting seeds of sustainability leadership in engineering education

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

More than 480 courses are offered at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where environmental, social and/or techno-economic aspects of sustainability are incorporated; of which, 88 reside in the ...

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Connecting Academic Work with Funds to Address Campus Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

In order to educate future sustainability leaders we must bridge the academic operational divide by connecting student coursework with funding to address real campus sustainability projects. We must begin to ...

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Coding and Theorizing Syllabi for Sustainability Skills and Competencies

  • University of Florida (FL)

My doctoral research has involved collecting over 200 syllabi from sustainability programs all over the United States. I have been coding these syllabi for evidence of skills-based sustainability education. My ...

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Greenhouse: A Place-Based Sustainability Living Learning Program

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Greenhouse is a living-learning community at the University of Kentucky that engages students in learning about many aspects of the local environment through the lens of sustainability. Greenhouse will bring ...

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Integrating Service-Based Learning and the Flipped Classroom through the National Energy Leadership Corps Program

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Engineering pedagogies traditionally aim to teach students technical skills and large quantities of information over relatively short periods while in a classroom setting. The successful construction of buildings that reach ...

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Institutional Behavior Change and Sustainability

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It is well established that human behavior underlies almost all environmental problems, e.g. air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource overuse, waste generation and recycling, etc ...

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Pedagogic elements for student interest in an introductory course

  • University of Louisville (KY)

While there are many contested strategies for delivering an education for sustainable development, there are far fewer empirical studies demonstrating the relationships between classroom elements that generate the interest necessary ...

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Immersion Education: Transcending Psychological Barriers to Action

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In this briefing, we will bring together some of the best thinking on psychological barriers to action at local and global scales from the American Psychological Association and combine it ...

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Natural Dye Campus Garden: Art and Permaculture

  • University of North Texas (TX)

Funded by the environmental services fee, the University of North Texas Natural Dye Garden is a student initiated project in the College of Visual Arts and Design. Inspired by a ...

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Developing a Sustainability Degree with minimal resources

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

The University of Northern Colorado developed an Environmental Studies Minor program in 1970. In 2011 it launched an interdisciplinary Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program B.A degree. While it was ...

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Graduate Attribute Development at the University of Saskatchewan

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon, Canada, is home to a thriving community of eighty-five graduate students, a dozen post-doctoral fellows ...

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A Framework for Systematic Learning for Sustainability Science

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The urgency of global problems including growing income inequality, climate change, threats to water security, loss of species and the intensification of urbanization suggest that the aspirations for sustainable development ...

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Environmental Life Cycle Analysis of Food at University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

In spring 2014, twenty-five students in the class Sustainability Studio (in the undergraduate Environmental Studies program) partnered with University of Washington Housing and Food Services to assess the environmental impacts ...

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The Campus Sustainability Planning Studio

  • Western Washington University (WA)

This session will cover the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (CSPS), a hands-on, problem-based learning class that has been taught at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment since ...

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Learning How to Apply Social Science Research by Solving Campus Sustainability Challenges

  • University of Michigan (MI)

“Social Sciences and Environmental Problems,” a 75-student class at taught annually at the University of Michigan (U-M), introduces six social sciences and how each can help understand and address environmental ...

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Show Me the Learning!

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

Over the past four years, over 60 faculty across the disciplines participated in a series of 9-20 hour long workshops internalizing the key concepts of sustainability and unearthing the connections ...

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Teaching Sustainable Business 101: Required Readings

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)

If you teach introductory sustainable business, you need to hear to this presentation. Based on a review of 96 introductory courses representing 63 universities, the most common reading assignments and ...

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STARS Curriculum: Trends, Challenges and a Proposed Solution

  • East Tennessee State University (TN)

STARS Curriculum: Trends, Challenges and a Proposed Solution

M. Moin Uddin, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

STARS (The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) curriculum subcategory ...

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Case Studies in Educating for Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Liberal Arts Edition

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Small colleges possess a unique opportunity to infuse sustainability across the curriculum. Dickinson College, Furman University, and Sewanee: The University of the South will share three case studies that demonstrate ...

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Libraries as Partners Around the University Table

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The university table where sustainability campus initiatives and academic programs are discussed is relatively busy. Seats are filled by representatives from academic and student affairs; buildings and grounds; housing services ...

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Assessing Undergraduate Sustainability Knowledge Campus Wide: From design to implementation and analysis

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Many universities and colleges have adopted goals to increase the knowledge and awareness of sustainability concepts and issues among their student populations. To this end, more and more sustainability themed ...

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GS3: Developing Sustainable Business Leaders

  • University at Albany (NY)

The proposed workshop will provide an in-depth review of the unique Going Green Globally program, or G3, designed for the first year MBA students at the University at Albany. The ...

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Four Approaches to Sustainability Education: One Degree

  • Prescott College (AZ)

A look at doctoral programs across the United States reveals there is only one focused specifically in Sustainability Education. In its 9th year of operation, Prescott College’s Sustainability Education ...

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Partnerships for Youth Development: Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE)

  • Missouri State University (MO)

The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is a week-long academy for high school students sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri State University, Missouri Department of Conservation ...

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Engaging Students in Climate Research with High Altitude Stratospheric Balloons

  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

For the last four years, Trevecca Nazarene University has been using small-scale high altitude balloon flights to engage students in climate research and raise awareness of that research within the ...

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Incubation of a New Suite of Courses in Food Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Five innovative new courses at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities focus on issues of changing food systems and global sustainability. Responding to student interest, the courses developed independently. Even as ...

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Integrating Sustainability Initiatives and Green Energy Infrastructure on Engineering College Campuses

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

Emphasis on sustainability in higher education over the last decade prompted the formation of nonprofit organizations, like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which administers ...

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A holistic approach to culture change on campus: a new model of liberal arts education

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Making the transition to sustainability in higher education will require a significant culture change across the campus. The current approach in which sustainability is pursued as a collection of isolated ...

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Sustainability Literacy & Pro-Environmental Behavior -a comparison across domestic and international students at Ohio State Univ

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Ohio State University (OSU), one of the nation’s largest public universities, ranks among the top 10 nationally for international student enrollment. As per the findings of the Open ...

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Integrating Sustainability Sciences into a Social Science Discipline: An Exploration in the Fiber, Textile & Clothing Field

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Climate change is a multifaceted global issue that is transforming Earth’s surface and atmosphere in response to human influences. The $2 trillion fiber, textile, and clothing (FTC) industry contributes ...

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So, You Think That's a Sustainability Course?!?

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Considerable uncertainty haunts university sustainability officers when developing sustainability-focused and -related course identifiers. It seems everyone has an opinion about which courses qualify for the different categorizations, and why. Unresolved ...

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Wholly Frijoles! Teaching Sustainability Through Interactive Systems Thinking Education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation will be highly interactive and begin with participants playing and discussing “Wholly Frijoles” for about 40 minutes. The “Wholly Frijoles” simulation focuses on the use (and abuse) of ...

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Next Wave Workshop: UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Many sustainability initiatives on college campuses do not seem to be grounded in theory, but rather appear to be practices drawn from a toolkit or grab bag—in effect, practices ...

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The Library and You: Sharing Our Vision

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Are you a faculty member frustrated with the lack of reliable information in your students’ papers and projects? Are you a librarian seeking ideas for integrating your expertise into the ...

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Connections for Sustainability: Creating a Sustainability Affiliate Faculty Program at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

Questions of sustainability are inherently interdisciplinary and must be examined from a variety of perspectives to ensure a comprehensive solution or answer. At the faculty level, however, devoting time to ...

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Disciplinary Trends in Sustainability Education: Preliminary Results

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This study examines disciplinary impacts and trends of sustainability education in the United States using data from AASHE STARS and the National Council for Science and the Environment. Current community ...

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From the Bayou to our Campus: Immersive Experience as an Opportunity for Student Leadership

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Over the last two years, our students have travelled to southern Louisiana as part of our Alternative Winter Break program to help transform and adapt the landscape into one that ...

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Institutional Change for Sustainability in Higher Education: United Kingdom University Experiences of the Green Academy Program

  • University of Southampton

The United Kingdom (UK) Higher Education Academy (HEA) leads a university change management programme in sustainability in partnership with UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) entitled ‘Green Academy: curricula for tomorrow ...

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Beyond Carbon Offsetting: Making a Sustainable Living Class Carbon Conscious

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

This Case Study will report on how a university class measured and managed its carbon footprint in a way that directly supported campus sustainability projects. It’s clear that climate ...

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Does experiential student learning lead to more sustainable lifestyles outside the classroom?

  • St. Edward's University (TX)

Experiential learning is increasingly promoted as a means of enhancing student learning, especially for Millennial students (Brown, Hansen-Brown and Conte, 2011). Although the applied focus of sustainability courses seems ideal ...

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Environmental Literacy: A Lifelong Learning Approach

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

As higher education institutions endeavor to prepare students for the future, environmental literacy is increasingly important. In addition to educating students, universities play a significant role in engaging the broader ...

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Transdisciplinary Collaborations for Sustainability Education: Institutional and Intragroup Challenges and Opportunities

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

In order to most effectively contribute to creating adaptive and resilient socio-ecological systems appropriate for an uncertain future, educators must develop transdisciplinary sustainability education praxis. This presentation is about collectively ...

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Designing for Sustainability: Project-based Seminar Series

  • Daemen College (NY)

As we encourage students to address sustainability-related issues, we need to have an effective strategy for empowering them to be creative and successful. We have structured our curriculum to include ...

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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).

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