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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Certificate in Alternative Energy Engineering Technology

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate provides entry-level technical knowledge of main stream alternative energy and renewable energy. Course will apply toward completion of other AEET certificate and associate degrees.

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Certificate in Automotive Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College (KS)

The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle program will allow the completer to apply the technical skill necessary to repair hybrid electric, electric, and fuel celled vehicles. The program of study will ...

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Certificate in Energy Auditing

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

Professional Energy Efficiency Technicians are involved in the inventory and evaluation of a wide variety of energy producing systems. Technicians will deal with the integration of building, electrical and HVAC ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Temple University (PA)

Students who are interested in the environment and in learning how to impact the world around them positively, may want to consider completing the School of Environmental Design credit Certificate ...

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Certificate in Green & Sustainable Management

  • Chatham University (PA)

Developed to provide specialized knowledge for individuals planning careers in green building management, sustainable design, renewable energy, sustainability (viewed holistically), and environmental management. Students may concentrate their study in either ...

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Certificate in Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management & Performance Based Construction

  • Cosumnes River College (CA)

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals ...

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Certificate in Local Food Systems

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The UGA Certificate in Local Foods is an interdisciplinary certificate designed to give students an overview of the concepts and issues of the local food movement. Students from any major ...

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Certificate in Permaculture Design

  • Merritt College (CA)

Merritt College is proud to be one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer a certificate in Permaculture Design. Our two-year program provides students with a firm ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

The Certificate in Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary academic program of 15-17 credit hours. The program gives students the opportunity to choose electives with sustainability, based in their area of study ...

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Certificate in Sustainability

  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)
  • Wellesley College (MA)
  • Babson College (MA)

Addressing the challenge of using earth’s resources sustainably requires a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, in which basic research about the causes and consequences of environmental problems is combined with ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)

The Sustainable Agriculture Production Certificate program is designed to provide farmers and gardeners with a foundation in the techniques of sustainable food production and the "how-to" aspects of organic gardening ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Strong local food systems are essential for healthy local communities. Students preparing for careers in local food enterprises, health care, sustainability, education, business, social work, non-profit administration and many other ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Rio Salado College (AZ)

The Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for a diverse student population, including those who are currently working within the food service industry and are interested in building upon their ...

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Certificate in Urban Agriculture & Sustainability

  • Owens Community College (OH)

Owens' Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Certificate Program requires 26 credit hours of coursework, which includes plant science, soil science, greenhouse management, urban livestock and animal husbandry, organic gardening and food ...

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Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture at the University of Georgia is a new interdisciplinary program of study that was created in Fall 2007. The certificate is similar to a ...

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Environmental Planning Certificate

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

Environmental planning requires the integration of environmental information into the planning process and is concerned with the protection and enhancement of environmental systems while meeting demands for growth and development ...

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Geothermal Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level geothermal technician. Geothermal technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all types and ...

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Green Building Technician Certificate

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)

The Green Building Technician program introduces students to the tenets and practices behind the sustainable construction movement. Students are introduced to the methods and philosophies behind green building, energy efficient ...

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International Sustainable Development Engineering Certificate

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The Michigan Tech International Sustainable Development Engineering (ISDE) Certificate program allows undergraduate engineering students to augment their technical education with the knowledge, skills, and experiences important to working on solutions ...

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Land Use & Environmental Planning Certificate

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Planning professionals come from a variety of backgrounds: social science, natural science, engineering and even the humanities, facilities and interior design. Regardless of students' background, the UC Davis Extension Land ...

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Solar Energy Certificate

  • College of the Canyons (CA)

The college's solar energy technician certificate program will include 13 units of instruction spread over three courses that can be completed in two to three semesters. The courses are ...

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Solar Energy Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level solar energy technician. Solar energy technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • Bay State College (MA)

In this certificate program, students will explore the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment from cultural, economic, historical, literary, social, scientific, and technology perspectives, as well as acquire foundation ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • San Diego City College (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate offers an interdisciplinary, theorical, philosophical and practical approach for students to enter into the academic and/or professional fields related to sustainability. Students gain skills to critically ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

The Sustainable Agriculture curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable,environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. Course work includes ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

JCCC's sustainable agriculture (market farming) entrepreneurship program helps students realize their dreams of opening their own sustainable agriculture businesses. Farmers who grow produce on the side, depending on crops ...

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Sustainable Agroecology certificate

  • Triton College (IL)

Designed for learners who wish to gain an appreciation and practical skills to use sustainable practices that will positively influence the quality of natural ecosystems and human environment.

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Sustainable Business Professional Certificate Program

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Aquinas College's Fall 2010 Professional Certificate Program in Sustainable Business will offer business owners and professionals an opportunity to learn about sustainable business perspectives, practices and change strategies. The ...

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Sustainable Food & Farming Certificate

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The 15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming was developed in response to growing student demand and emerging job opportunities. This online program has been particularly attractive to the fastest ...

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Sustainable Food Production Certificate

  • Triton College (IL)

Designed for learners who wish to focus on how to produce nutritional food crops and methods to overcome the availability of fresh and nutritious food produce.

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Sustainable Livestock Systems Certificate

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

The Sustainable Agriculture curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. Course work includes ...

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Sustainable Local Foods Farming Certificate

  • John Wood Community College (IL)

JWCC's new Sustainable Local Foods Farming program provides courses and hands-on training in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Students gain the practical skills and knowledge needed ...

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Sustainable Skills Certificate

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The aim of this certification is to enhance students’ sustainability education by providing them with practical one-credit courses offered as supplements to standard courses across all majors. These popular courses ...

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Sustainable Trails Certificate

  • Fleming College (ON)

Gain insight into best practices related to the design, construction and maintenance of trails. Learn about and apply techniques that can enhance, rehabilitate and protect trails and greenways. Interpretive studies ...

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Sustainable Vegetable Production Certificate

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

The Sustainable Agriculture curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. Course work in ...

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Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Certificate supplements the coursework for an existing major with an interdisciplinary study of the biophysical environment and the complex interactions between humans, other organisms, and the ...

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Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

The SCD certificate combines theory with practice. Certificate students gain a broad knowledge base while applying concepts and practices taught by top professionals in the field. Guest speakers, group work ...

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Undergraduate Environmental Planning Certificate

  • San Jose State University (CA)

Students in the certificate program in Environmental Planning develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully carry out planning and development activities with consideration of the environmental impacts and a ...

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Wind Energy Certificate

  • University of Iowa (IA)

A new interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate in wind energy has been developed to meet the emerging market needs. The Certificate in Wind Energy integrates course work and faculty expertise from the ...

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Wind Turbine Technician Certificate

  • Lansing Community College (MI)

This certificate is intended to prepare students to work as an entry-level wind turbine technician. Wind turbine technicians are involved in various aspects of the installation and maintenance of all ...

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Learning Through Eating: Bringing Campus Dining Operations into an Introductory Environmental Science Course

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainability initiatives in higher education often flourish as the result of cross-functionality of teaching, research, and operational staff. At the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Resources ...

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Climate Change Resiliency: Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Background: The submitted research paper "Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study" is the result of a combination of learning opportunities that evolved into the final product. It began in summer 2014 at ...

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The Development of 'Learning for Sustainability' Core Competencies

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the last several years, there has been increased interest within communities, schools, and government to promote behavior that will yield a positive future impact on the world. The sustainability ...

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Sustainability: A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How ...

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Backing Away from the Cliff: A Theory of Education for Sustainability in the Postsecondary Classroom

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Despite growing efforts for Education for Sustainability (EfS), little empirical research documents EfS in the postsecondary classroom and the ways in which sustainability is defined in these classrooms. The purpose ...

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The Potential of Community-based Sustainability Projects for Deep Learning Initiatives

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application ...

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Assessing Sustainability Knowledge of a Student Population: Developing a Tool to Measure Knowledge in the Environmental, Economic, and Social Domains

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to present a tool for assessing the sustainability knowledge of an undergraduate population.

Design/methodology/approach: Multiple-choice questions were developed through soliciting expert ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 2

  • AASHE (PA)

In part 1 of this post, I examined current practices for identifying sustainability courses and found that definitions of sustainability-focused and -related courses tend to leave too much room for ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 1

  • AASHE (PA)

In an effort to track progress in sustainability education and promote sustainability courses, many colleges and universities have attempted to identify which courses they offer integrate sustainability concepts. As Alfred ...

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Ten Ways to Integrate Sustainability into the Curriculum

  • Towson University (MD)

Those of us in higher education who are concerned about the future of the planet realize that although cutting carbon emissions from campus operations is important, it is not enough ...

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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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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.