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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Environmental Policy Minor

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The program is designed to give master’s and doctoral level graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy. While administered through the Political Science Department ...

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Sustainable Tourism Concentration, Tourism Development & Management (BS)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The tourism development and management program provides students with the theoretical understanding necessary to maneuver the complexities of one of the world's largest industries. A concentration in sustainable tourism ...

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Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management Major

  • University of Montana (MT)

The undergraduate program in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management provides students with the skills needed to work in the outdoor industry while also protecting natural resources. Students can choose an ...

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Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management Emphasis (BA/BS)

  • University of Utah (UT)

The study of tourism and hospitality generally, comprises an enormous breadth of fascinating topics. Among the many topics that are of concern to tourism and hospitality students are cultural and ...

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Sustainable Tourism Certificate

  • University of Utah (UT)

The certificate is designed to enable students and participants to undergo a focused concentration within their major or professional position on international issues in ecotourism and sustainable tourism development and ...

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Parks & Recreation Management (BS)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The BS program in parks and recreation management provides a transdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas, community-based recreation services and special-event management. The parks and recreation field ...

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Sustainable Tourism Minor

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

As sustainability expands in popularity as a discipline, students are looking to find ways to better understand how they can apply the principles of sustainability to specific areas of interest ...

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Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Human Ecology Minor

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs outside the Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology major, who wish to add this specialty to their studies.

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Parks & Recreation Management Concentration, Community Resources & Development (MS)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The MS degree in community resources and development with a concentration in parks and recreation management is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. This master's degree ...

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Population, Development & Sustainability, Geography Major

  • University of Utah (UT)

This emphasis focuses on sustainable population growth and urban systems. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in either Urban or Sustainable Development areas.

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Environment & Sustainability Focus Area in Economic & Social Development of Regions (MA)

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

This focus area introduces students to some of the most significant issues arising from the connections of economic activity and economic development to the quality and sustainability of the environment ...

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Geography (MS)

  • McGill University (QC)

Geography is the study of physical environments and human habitats. It deals with people and places. It covers issues such as global warming and climate change, food and water resources ...

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Geographic Information Science (MS)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Masters of Science in Geographical Information Science (GISci) program prepares graduate students for advanced careers in a wide range of geospatial information research and applications. Geographic information science encompasses ...

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Geography (BA)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The undergraduate major core courses introduce foundational concepts in physical and human geography, as well as geographic techniques. An upper division distribution requirement gives students more focused work in physical ...

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Resource Management & Environmental Planning Concentration in Geography (MA)

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The most common areas of specialization within the Master of Arts in Geography is the Concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning, which affords opportunities for work in affiliated disciplines ...

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Geography, Urban & Environmental Studies (MS)

  • Concordia University (IL)

The MSc in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and analytical tools they need to better understand human interventions in the environment.

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Environment & Community (MA)

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

A two-year, interdisciplinary master’s program. Focuses on the relationship between people and the environment and finds socially just solutions to environmental problems.

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Sustainability Concentration, Economic Development Major

  • Messiah College (PA)

The sustainability concentration in the economic development major prepares students to work in professional capacities focusing on sustainable economic development and community growth. Coursework pays special attention to community development ...

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Climate Change & Landscape Dynamics Emphasis, Geography (BA/BS)

  • University of Utah (UT)

This emphasis focuses on the Earth system, its processes, and the impacts of these processes on the environment. Students can choose electives that allow them to specialize in one or ...

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Ecological Economics Graduate Certificate

  • University of Vermont (VT)

As a synthesis between different fields of study, this certificate is an ideal complement to any educational training or professional experience. In fifteen credits students gain a solid foundation in ...

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Environmental Conservation, Sustainability & Development Concentration, Geographic Science (BA/BS)

  • James Madison University (VA)

The environmental conservation, sustainability and development (ECSD) concentration focuses on the geographical contexts within which people and places interact. Required and elective course work allows students to explore spatial and ...

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Environmental Social Sciences (PhD)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The PhD program in environmental social science is one of the few doctoral degree programs in the U. S. that draws on the premise that reducing human impacts and developing ...

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Kanawayihetaytan Asky Certificate Program

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy, formerly the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management program, is a uniquely designed certificate program that is focused on providing a broad range of topic areas specific to the ...

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Environmental Geography (BS)

  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

The bachelor's degree in environmental geography is at the junction of natural and social sciences. It offers excellent basic training in human and physical geography, focusing on the theme ...

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Sustainability Concentration, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The concentration in sustainability introduces students to the problems of sustainability and enables them to understand what it is that determines the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures and technologies ...

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Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities (MA)

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

This master of arts degree is an interdisciplinary program of study that provides students with the tools to lead communities toward social justice and sustainability. It is designed especially for ...

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Sustainability (MS)

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

The Master of Science in Sustainability degree is intended to inform students about the theoretical and practical issues relevant to sustainability, and prepare them to reflect on, communicate with different ...

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Sustainability Minor

  • Portland State University (OR)

The goal of the Minor in Sustainability is to offer Portland State undergraduate students an understanding of the multidisciplinary concepts and practices integral to sustainable living. The Minor has two ...

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Ethics, Values & Society Minor

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Within this minor, students gain important knowledge in the societal implications of Sustainability. In an age where technology, mass communication and heightened population, this minor is directly applicable to an ...

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies (BA)

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

The Environmental & Sustainability Studies program inspires students to be positive agents for change in the world and gives them the tools they need to be part of the solution ...

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

The Environmental & Sustainability Studies program inspires students to be positive agents for change in the world and gives them the tools they need to be part of the solution ...

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Global Environmental Sustainability Minor

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Global Environmental Sustainability Minor offers students in every department a curriculum that enhances their major with an understanding of the issues of sustainability and provides students with the tools ...

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Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This program provides aspiring international entrepreneurs with advanced business skills needed to build and manage global ventures that achieve sustainability with results focused on the triple bottom line of economic ...

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Sustainable Energy (MS/MPS)

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The Sustainable Energy area of study examines the biological, technical, economic, environmental, business, and policy feasibility and life cycle impacts of sustainable energy systems, with a particular focus on biobased ...

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Sustainable Energy (PhD)

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

The Sustainable Energy area of study examines the biological, technical, economic, environmental, business, and policy feasibility and life cycle impacts of sustainable energy systems, with a particular focus on biobased ...

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Sustainability Leadership Certificate

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The Certificate in Sustainability Leadership (CSL) is an undergraduate interdisciplinary program designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in organizations committed to sustainable practices. The program is designed to give ...

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Climate Change & Sustainability

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A student enrolled in this minor will ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Global Sustainability cognate will earn students 9 of the 18 credits needed for the Sustainability Certificate. In addition, students will take 9 more credits from courses included in the ...

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

This program focuses on environmental sustainability through science-based curriculum.

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Global Pathways to Sustainability Graduate Certificate

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

The Global Pathways to Sustainability (GPS) Graduate Certificate prepares professionals working in organizations and institutions to understand complex environmental and social problems and to apply community-based solutions. The certificate offers ...

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Construction

  • University of Florida (FL)

By achieving a Certificate in Sustainable Construction, students will earn a credential that indicates that they have accomplished specialized, high quality study in the field of International Construction Management. Courses ...

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Sustainability & the Built Environment Minor

  • University of Florida (FL)

The minor provides an introduction to the challenges of planning, design and construction of human structures and settlements. Courses will provide an overview of environmental and cultural issues as they ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • University of Florida (FL)

Sustainability Studies prepares students for global citizenship while providing the knowledge and skill sets that are increasingly in demand. Maintaining environmental health, creating economic welfare, and pursuing social justice in ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The Certificate in Sustainability is a credential for undergraduate students who have a commitment to learning more about sustainability. It celebrates and recognizes the advancements made in sustainability of natural ...

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Sustainability Specialization, MBA

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The sustainability specialization of the Alberta MBA looks at how business can deliver a social impact, operate in an environmental sensitive manner and build communities. In addition to required courses ...

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Sustainability Studies Certificate

  • University of Calgary (AB)

By earning the Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies students will graduate with the knowledge and skills to become a sustainability leader in thier career and community. Students will also have ...

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Sustainable Energy Minor

  • Boston University (MA)

The Minor in Sustainable Energy, open to all undergraduates, teaches students the interdisciplinary nature of energy studies. The curriculum includes the essential elements of energy from the business, economics, policy ...

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Sustainability Focus Award

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The Sustainability Focus award recognizes students who have completed a broad range of sustainability related courses. The award is designed to encourage students to learn to see environmental issues from ...

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

Students will gain an understanding of the major theories and concepts related to the key dimensions of sustainability, and conduct in-depth studies of sustainable development strategies and techniques used in ...

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Sustainability Studies Minor

  • Concordia University (IL)

The Sustainability Studies program is designed to foster a deep understanding of how humans interact with the natural world, while recognizing the need for humans to live on the income ...

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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

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.