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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"Doing Science" as Service Learning

  • Oklahoma City University (OK)

How can a science department in a college or university actually "do science" and be of service to the community; how can scientists-in-training perform testing and experiments in the field ...

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Environmental Sciences and Sustainability: Creating Successful Cross-Campus Collaborations

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Environmental sciences are intimately linked to sustainability efforts. In fact, environmental scientists document the planetary changes to biodiversity, water, soils, human health, and the atmosphere caused by human activity. Five ...

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Supporting University Sustainability through Student Fellowships

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Pacific Lutheran University supports student sustainability fellowships to promote not only specialized education, but cross campus collaboration. Student Sustainability Fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for students of any discipline ...

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Incorporating a permaculture curriculum into an academic environment

  • Pacific University (OR)

Permaculture is a design system that integrates the principles of ecology to focus on developing sustainable human settlements by mimicking natural systems. Permaculture is all-encompassing and focuses on all human ...

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Transformative Learning for Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The journey toward a sustainable world is a tremendous technical and political challenge, but it is also a challenge of values. Sustainability implies a fundamental transformation of values at both ...

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How to Sell a Sustainability Major: Career Targeting and Reverse-Engineering

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

In 2008, Philadelphia University became one of the first universities in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree program in Environmental Sustainability. Thanks to our diverse mix of professionally-oriented majors ...

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"What the H*ll is Sustainability?" Introducing Sustainability to Students.

  • Portland State University (OR)

This paper discusses findings from five years of teaching an introductory class on Sustainability as a Freshman Interest Seminar. Consistently 95% of students enrolled in this class report that they ...

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Educating for Sustainability? Investigating Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Programs in Canada.

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Educating for Sustainability? Investigating Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Programs in Canada.

This research investigates interdisciplinary undergraduate university programs in Canada that aim to integrate the concept of sustainability into the curriculum in ...

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Economics, Business and the Environment: Team-Teaching Sustainable Enterprise

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

Business may be the fastest way to transform society towards sustainability so teaching about the process to business and economics students is vital as we try to head off catastrophic ...

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Sustainability and the Moral Ecology of College Culture

  • 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, even in interdisciplinary formats. They need ...

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Green Building Management Degree Program at SCCC: Lessons Learned

  • Sullivan County Community College (NY)

Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) is a small community college in the Catskill Mountain region of NY, located less than two hours from NYC.

SCCC is committed to educating the ...

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Wear the Sun! Sixteen Texas State University Students Change Campus

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

"Wear the Sun!" Yes, wear the sun. Reduce the amount of your use of electricity, hence coal. Save the fibers in your clothes by choosing to line dry your wet ...

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Sustainability Teaching and Learning at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia recently established the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), an innovative strategic management group that unites and promotes sustainability efforts across UBC's Vancouver campus. The USI ...

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Vernadsky's biosphere and noosphere: A ready-to-use conceptual framework for teaching sustainability

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Although the world recognized the importance of education for a sustainable future and we now live through the sixth year of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

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Making SENS at the University of Saskatchewan: Innovation, Collaboration, and Transformation

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan emerged in 2007-2008 from the university integrated planning process, which considered the coordination of academic priorities with financial ...

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Sustainability Studies: an Entrepreneurial Approach

  • University of Vermont (VT)

With budgets tight and competition stiff for new initiatives, it is challenging to move Sustainability Studies forward as a curriculum option. At University of Vermont, we are working on several ...

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Educating Agents of Change: A Campus-wide Course on Global Sustainability

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Professors often collaborate with colleagues across disciplines to create innovative sustainable practices, institutions, and technologies for a resource-constrained world. Yet how can one educate undergraduate students to become future agents ...

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Sustainability in Australia's Higher Education Curriculum

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

An increasing number of Australian tertiary education institutions, including VET Colleges and Universities are introducing new courses on sustainability and adjusting existing ones. The Australian Government has set Sustainability Skills ...

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Core Competencies in Learning for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Successful implementation of sustainability declarations and commitments such as the ACUPCC (particularly 1.c.iii: "Actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational ...

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Doing Makes All the Difference

  • Wright State University (OH)

This field report presents information relating to an interdisciplinary service-learning course, Environmental and Social Sustainability in Appalachia, offered through the University Honors Program during Winter Quarter and Spring Break, 2010 ...

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Anticipatory Competence as a Key Competence in Sustainability Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

With the continued development of sustainability science as an academic endeavor, witnessed in both the establishment of new programs and the maturing of established programs, comes increasing pressure to define ...

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Mind the Gap: Campus Sustainability at Home and Abroad

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Undergraduate students are participating in experiences abroad in ever-increasing numbers (more than 250,000 in 2007-08). Simultaneously, there has been tremendous growth in the campus sustainability movement nationwide. These two ...

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Leveraging Sustainability to Bridge the High School-to-College Curriculum Divide

  • Bay Area Clean Energy Careers (BayCEC) (CA)

Bringing sustainability into the curriculum is one of most timely challenges facing today's faculty and instructors. While some schools and campuses are designing new courses to address sustainable concepts ...

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Sustainability courses for students with busy schedules: "The Environment Today"

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Carnegie Mellon University has instituted environmental education across its curriculum over the past five years. The latest course addition, "The Environment Today," was spearheaded by student organizations at Carnegie Mellon ...

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Building Sustainability Programs and Administration, From Workforce Development to Degrees

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

Our institution began developing sustainable education programs over twelve years ago as a response to local farmers' request to train farmers in organic and sustainable agriculture practices. From those first ...

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North American Sustainability Issues: Educating Students through Exchanges and Research

  • Daemen College (NY)

The Consortium for North American Sustainability (CNAS), a partnership among six institutions from the US, Canada and Mexico, aims to provide students with a deep understanding of how local and ...

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Geospatial sustainability: what is geospatial about sustainability, and what does it mean to students' learning of sustainability?

  • DePaul University (IL)

In this presentation I will promote the concept of geospatial sustainability with respect to sustainability curriculum. Geospatial sustainability highlights the geographic nature of sustainability with the help of digital and ...

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Teaching Climate Change Across the Disciplines

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Global climate change has far reaching implications for the environment, social justice, and economic wellbeing, now and in the future. Effective teaching that enables students to think critically about climate ...

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Food Systems Carbon Footprint Analyzed by Students and University Stakeholders

  • Elon University (NC)

The University's Sustainability Master Plan has targeted carbon neutrality across the institution by 2037. To help meet this goal, students in the Environmental Studies Senior capstone course worked with ...

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GIS and Sustainability: Project based Introductory GIS Course Curriculum

  • Furman University (SC)

An introductory level GIS course was modified to incorporate a sustainability focused term project. Students in the class learn the basics of GIS through lectures, intense classroom discussions, and structured ...

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Linking Geology and Sustainability in Iceland

  • Furman University (SC)

Iceland provides an interesting case for the benefits of study abroad despite the carbon costs. First, geologically, Iceland is uniquely located on the mid-Atlantic ridge plate boundary, is geologically diverse ...

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Research and Teaching Opportunities With an On-Campus Ecological Wastewater Treatment System

  • Furman University (SC)

Advanced wetland treatment systems combine the energy efficiency of natural ecological processes with the small footprint and stringent effluent standards of conventional wastewater treatment systems and provide multiple teaching and ...

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How much have students learned?: Outcomes Assessments for Sustainability Education

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

With the increasing attention on sustainability curricula, more emphasis should be placed on the assessment of what students actually learn from such curricula. AASHE's STARS has helped to focus ...

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Idea and Practice of Sustainability: A First-Year Student Experience

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary framework for studying the most compelling struggles of our time. In academia, sustainability offers structured and spontaneous opportunities for the curriculum to infiltrate campus operations and ...

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Sand, Clay, and Straw: Green Housing by Students for Students

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Hartwick College, a small liberal arts institution, has shown leadership in engaging students in the design and construction of natural buildings for student residences. Ten years ago, students in a ...

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Alternative University Appraisal Project - ESD and HEI'S in Asia Pacific

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

The growth in the number of HEIs coupled with fast growing competition between them has contributed to the boom and popularity of comparisons, rankings and classifications of HEIs.

Higher education ...

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Student Internships as the Driver for Campus Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In its first six months of existence, the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability established the Internship Program in Sustainability. Utilizing campus as a living laboratory, the program enlists undergraduate ...

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Building a solar house for interdisciplinary learning of sustainability

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In 2009 this Midwestern University participated for the first time in the Solar Decathlon. The resulting 800sft solar powered home was the product of a multiyear effort, which demonstrates the ...

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Synergy between students, academia and industry: Prospects for curriculum enhancement

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In the 2010 Worldwatch Institute Report, David Orr asks the question, ―What kind of education will enable the rising generation to deal with increasingly complex and portentous global issues?(p ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Apparel Consumption among Undergraduate Students

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The purpose of this two-part study is to examine relationships between knowledge of and attitudes towards sustainability in the apparel and textile (AT) industry and students' apparel purchasing behaviors.

In ...

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Teaching Skills for Sustainable Development, Countering Assumptions

  • Kansas State University (KS)

An eight-week pilot was conducted in an apparel and textiles (AT) course in which three skills considered paramount to education for sustainable development (ESD) (collaboration/cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution ...

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Case Study Approach to Developing Sustainability Curriculum

  • Keene State College (NH)

Case Study Approach to Developing Sustainability Curriculum

We have made a commitment to incorporating sustainability throughout our curriculum, providing students with opportunities to engage with sustainability initiatives on campus and ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum Project at Lane Community College

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The goal of Sustainability Infusion Project at Lane Community College was to infuse sustainability concepts through all instructional disciplines. 105 instructors participated from more than 15 different disciplines including Adult ...

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Interweaving Academic Reading Skill Development with Global Warming and Sustainability Education

  • Montgomery College (MD)

There are still people who do not know much about, or even deny the existence of, global warming. Education may, therefore, play a role in our efforts to reduce the ...

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Student Sustainability Internship Program: Creatively Involving Students in Sustainability Efforts

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Sustainability initiatives on college campuses, whether education campaigns or tracking and reporting for STARS, require significant time commitments that often cannot be met by sustainability personnel. Simultaneously, students are seeking ...

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Design as a major that integrates art, science & sustainability

  • Pacific University (OR)

The development of sustainability as an academic discipline will require the creation of non-traditional majors that integrate knowledge fundamental to this endeavor. We describe collaboration at Pacific University between the ...

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A business case for developing transformative sustainable education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and Universities have obvious financial incentives to invest in sustainability objectives that reduce the costs of campus operation. Similarly, investments in research infrastructure in topics of energy and sustainability ...

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Portland State University's Sustainability Journey: War Stories and Lessons Learned

  • Portland State University (OR)

This paper tells the story of building academic sustainability programs at Portland State University over the last decade, distilling key scientific and organizational principles that have underpinned program development. With ...

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Sustainability in the Curriculum

  • Red Rocks Community College (CO)

Red Rocks Community College has made a commitment to the national challenge of creating and sustaining a green workforce. In conjunction with our partners, the National Science Foundation, Colorado School ...

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A Home for Sustainable Engineering: A Living-Learning Cohort

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

If promoting sustainability across the curriculum presents one set of logistical and conceptual challenges, and reducing a campus's environmental footprint presents another, surely integrating the two constitutes its own ...

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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.