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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Creating a B.S. in Sustainability Science: Lessons Learned

  • Kean University (NJ)

In less than 12 months, a B.S. in Sustainability Science degree proposal moved from conception to state approval at Kean University (NJ). It is the only degree of its ...

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Gusts and Breezes of Change: Outcomes of a Faculty Curricular Workshop

  • Missouri State University (MO)

We will describe the process and outcomes of a full-day workshop for eleven Missouri State University faculty that was modeled after AASHE's "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" leadership workshops. The ...

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Building Capacity for Sustainability Through Faculty and Curricular Development

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University has made integration of sustainability across its academic programs an institutional priority, including adopting sustainability as one of eight campus-wide undergraduate learning goals in 2009. This workshop ...

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Quickfire Challenges for Classroom Sparks: One-Day Experiences for Sustainability Skills

  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

It's an ongoing academic tension: How do we reconcile passions for sustainability with sometimes-sleazy capitalism? This presentation illustrates how combining seminal texts with service learning adds a richer level ...

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Ideas to Implementation-Catalizing Student, Staff and Faculty Sustainability Efforts

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This session will describe a decade-long award-winning initiative that partners students, faculty and students to catalyze sustainability efforts on our 60,000 person campus. Using the campus as a living ...

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Using campus green space for learning about learning and teaching

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This action research project explores the student experience of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) embedded into a postgraduate course on teaching and learning at the University of Plymouth, with particular ...

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Refining and Assessing Workshops for Infusing Sustainability across the Curriculum

  • University of Scranton (PA)

While the call for curricular attention to sustainability has been made often and widely, real obstacles exist to infusing sustainability issues across the curriculum. Faculty development seminars have been an ...

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First-Year Experience: A Cross-Campus Integration of Sustainability Education

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will highlight a unique cross campus collaboration focused on the integration of sustainability education and service learning into Appalachian State University's First Year Seminar Program and Residential ...

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Building a New Sustainability Minor: Discovering Walls and Building Alliances

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Growing consensus about the importance of college graduates understanding the principles of sustainability is driving the creation of various academic programs and approaches. Although the President's Climate Commitment and ...

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The Green Spring Break: Lessons in Sustainable Service

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The presence of "alternative" spring breaks based in service across the U.S. seems firmly entrenched in higher education, and their popularity is increasing as students become more service-oriented. Newer ...

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Nature as Guide for Vibrant Learning: Multi-Dimensional Sustainability Pedagogy

  • California Institute of Integral Studies (CA)

In this workshop, participants will explore how to design academic learning experiences (courses, workshops, conferences) inspired by nature. Principles of living systems and metapatterns of nature will be introduced as ...

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Teaching Sustainability 101: Learning and the Models of Teaching

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Just what is our responsibility to our students, the larger society, and the health of the planet? As faculty, we are hired to be experts. As teachers, we are presenters ...

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Getting started with effective interdisciplinary instruction

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

College courses often reflect the disciplinary expertise of the professor, leaving little room for interdisciplinary connections even when the desire is there. So how can professors "stretch" sustainability instruction to ...

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Education for Health & Sustainability

  • Deakin University

In 2008 in response to growing concerns about global environment degradation a team from the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University undertook a scoping study with the ...

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Integrating sustainability into the curriculum: A report on ongoing initiatives

  • Delta College (MI)

To address growing national concerns about sustainability, many institutions of higher education are establishing programs which focus on sustainability and related issues. At Delta College, we have undertaken an integrated ...

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A Pedagogy of Place: Sustainability and Sense of Place in Higher Education

  • Earlham College (IN)

This paper reports on the findings of a grant project funded by the Great Lakes College Association that employed experiential learning methodology in an environmental philosophy class entitled "Pedagogies of ...

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Making the Geoscience Curriculum More Sustainable

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Sustainability is an increasingly important theme in geoscience education and our department is helping to modify the traditional geoscience curriculum so that it more fully addresses sustainability issues. At Eastern ...

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Teaching and Learning about Sustainability in Jamaica

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Eastern Connecticut State University has been offering a degree-completion program for Jamaican teachers for several years. Recently, we have begun to explore using our connections with these Jamaican teachers to ...

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Ecotech Institute: Training Tomorrow's Green Collar Workers Today

  • Education Corporation of America (AL)

Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design—solar power, wind turbine technology, sustainable interior design, environmental ...

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Is this Interdisciplinary Education?

  • Emily Carr University of Art & Design (BC)

Following the 2009 essay that Janet Moore and I wrote for the Vancouver Sun, this paper proposes a teaching/learning model and rationale for universities to address their role in ...

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Sustainable Collaborations: A Model for Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching of Sustainability Curriculum

  • Florida State University (FL)

This qualitative study examines the experiences of higher education faculty participating in an interdisciplinary team-taught sustainability curriculum program. Warren Wilson College, a small, private, liberal arts college was awarded a ...

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Experiential Learning and Sustainability Education: Lessons Learned

  • International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (Chiang Mai)

Universities and colleges have the potential to address sustainability and social justice in unique and powerful ways. However, effective teaching about sustainability and the links between culture (how we live ...

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Sustainability in the Core Curriculum

  • Kent State University (OH)

Architecture education today is driven by sustainable methods and ideology. And yet, there is a disconnection between sustainable theory and real-life practice for most architecture students. In design projects, sustainable ...

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Sustainability Standards for International Education

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

International Education exposes students to the world. It also exposes the world to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of travel and program activities. With over a quarter-million U.S ...

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Curriculum in Action: Integrating Sustainability throughout the College Experience

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Colleges and universities across the country wrestle with the issues of "Greening" their campuses, making social statements about sustainability, and informing their students about the fundamental scientific, social and economic ...

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Bringing "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" Home: Integrating SoTL with Sustainability

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

Participating in AASHE's "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" workshop is exhilarating - returning to our respective educational institutions and putting knowledge into action - a challenge. How do we find our champions ...

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Getting Your Head into a Beehive

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

"Getting Your Head into a Beehive: Stories About Teaching Sustainable Beekeeping at Northern Arizona University"

In this report from the field, I'll describe the challenges involved in teaching three-day ...

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Innovations in environmental curriculum: from environmental problems to sustainable solutions

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Traditional environmental sciences curricula have focused on the application of established disciplinary expertise to air, water, soil, and political environmental problems. Commonly the focus had been on the identification, and ...

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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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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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Scores

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Curriculum Partners

Bound International

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We navigate the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

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

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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.