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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Sustainable Engineering Cognitive Outcomes: Examining Different Approaches for Curriculum Integration

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)
  • The Citadel (SC)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

As continued globalization of the world’s economic, environmental, and societal interactions strains the planet to meet anthropogenic demands, universities are striving to integrate sustainability education into engineering curricula intended ...


Mapping out Students’ Opportunity to Learn about Sustainability across the Higher Education Curriculum

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Decades of policy initiatives, a developing body of literature, and a growing cadre of practitioners are united in suggesting that the preeminent approach to educating students about sustainability is by ...


Transactional learning and sustainability co-creation in a university – business collaboration

  • University of Helsinki
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Uusimaa)

Purpose The purpose of this study is to explore the learning outcomes of the project-based learning in a Master Class programme on sustainability carried out in collaboration by the University ...


Becoming a competent teacher in education for sustainable development: Learning outcomes and processes in teacher education

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This paper aims to provide a holistic approach to assessing student teachers’ competence development in education for sustainable development (ESD). This is to provide evidence on which teaching and learning ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Exploring Undergraduate Attainment of Sustainability Competencies

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Are students graduating from sustainability education programs with the competencies that will enable them to act for sustainability? This case study 1.) explores the degree to which a project-based capstone ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Sustainability 101: Guiding Students on a Sustainability Journey

  • University of Alberta (AB)

There have been many rigorous discussions about the purpose of sustainability education and the sets of learning objectives, learning outcomes or competencies that will best serve this purpose. Some scholars ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Integrating sustainability in higher planning education through international cooperation: Assessment of a pedagogical model and learning outcomes from the students’ perspective

  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Stuttgart (Stuttgart)

Purpose This paper aims to supplement existing research on a joint approach to integrate sustainability into higher planning education (HPE) by facilitating an international transformative learning process. It looks at ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Competencies and Pedagogies for Sustainability Education: A Roadmap for Sustainability Studies Program Development in Colleges and Universities

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Sustainability studies educators in colleges and universities must identify and teach the knowledge, skills, and abilities their graduates will most need to advance sustainability while confronting perhaps the most serious ...


Sustainability Learning Outcomes: Are You Writing Them?

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

For one reason or another, course syllabi at many colleges and universities now must include Learning Outcomes (LOs). Has your institution written a set of LOs for sustainability-focused or sustainability-related ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Preparing Graduates for the Sustainability Economy through an ILO Framework

  • Humber College (ON)

We are moving toward increasingly collaborative work environments where everyone can positively impact an organization's contribution to a sustainable economy. At Toronto's Humber College, our post-secondary graduates recognize ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Growing Strong Leaders: A Collaborative Approach

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Sustainability problems are intersectional and multi-faceted. Solving these problems will require collaboration between stakeholders working in different sectors and communities, and using different strategies. Our approach to training changemakers and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainability Education Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Planning

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The interdisciplinary field of sustainability programs is trending at many institutions. Assessments of programs is part of that reality to be in compliance with the Higher Learning Commissions and the ...

  • Posted Nov. 7, 2019
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How to Cultivate an Environmentally Responsible Maker? A CPS Approach to a Comprehensive Maker Education Model

  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taichung University of Science and Technology

Environmental education is intended to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and enhance individuals’ problem-solving and decision-making skills by tackling problems in the real world. “Maker education,” on ...


Towards a Rubric for Stimulating and Evaluating Sustainable Learning

  • Wageningen University

Preparing students for dealing with sustainability issues is a challenge in the field of education. This is a challenge because we don’t know exactly what we are educating for ...


Identifying the factors for sustainability learning performance

  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Hordaland)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

The recent launch of several important international education initiatives designates a future for education that moves away from educational achievements largely based on access and attainment and advances a more ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Education for sustainable development through business simulation games: An exploratory study of sustainability gamification and its effects on students' learning outcomes

  • Università della Svizzera Italiana
  • UCS Ulrich Creative Simulations

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is gaining increased attention in tertiary education. According to the literature, ESD affects not only the content of education, but also its process and outcomes ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Academics

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Assessing Graduate Sustainability Attributes Using a Vignette/Scenario Approach

  • RMIT University

Equipping professionals with skills to make decisions in line with sustainability principles is essential for transitioning our societies towards sustainable development. Higher education is at the forefront of generating professionals ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Teaching students the complexity of green chemistry and assessing growth in attitudes and understanding

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Green chemistry emerged over the past several decades as an important component of chemical education. Many different types of educational materials have been created to teach students the 12 Principles ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Integrating sustainability learning outcomes into a university curriculum: A case study of institutional dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Higher education institutions increasingly have gained momentum in integrating sustainability into university curricula. The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the approval, implementation and management process of the new ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Student Voices as the Key to Sustainability Assessment

  • Central College (IA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Sustainability encourages a rich and broad awareness of our selves in the world. Assessment of sustainability learning should reflect the powerful insights and values that we hope sustainability education encourages ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The green economy learning assessment South Africa: Lessons for higher education, skills and work-based learning

  • Rhodes University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to share and analyse the methodology and findings of the 2016 Green Economy Learning Assessment South Africa, including learning needs identified with reference ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives

  • UNESCO

This publication is designed as a guide for education professionals on the use of ESD in learning for the SDGs, and consequently to contribute to achieving the SDGs. The guide ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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The Need for the Graduate Attribute Assessment Tool (GAAT)

  • RMIT University

Universities have developed sets of Graduate Attributes (GAs) to be achieved by their graduates across all programs. GAs are often associated with development of ‘sustainability’ capabilities. However, there is little ...

  • Posted June 25, 2018
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Undergraduate Learning through Engaged Scholarship and University-Community Partnerships

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

The impact of university–community partnerships and involvement in engaged scholarship on student learning was examined through in-depth interviews with undergraduate members of a student-led, community-based research organization at a ...


The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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The personal context of student learning for sustainability: Results of a multi-university research study

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014) was an important framework and catalyst for increasing Sustainable Development (SD) efforts within academic institutions, worldwide. Tertiary institutions began ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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Student's learning processes for sustainable knowledge

  • Uppsala University

The concept of sustainability has become one of today's most widely used and controversial concepts. It is therefore important to develop activities within all educational contexts in order to ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Recapturing the learning opportunities of university sustainability indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

Reconfiguring student involvement in university sustainability assessments and reporting can create important learning opportunities. In the 1990s, students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Identification of core objectives for teaching sustainable healthcare education

  • University of California, San Francisco (CA)

Physicians will be called upon to care for patients who bear the burden of disease from the impact of climate change and ecologically irresponsible practices which harm ecosystems and contribute ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Vignette question design for the assessment of graduate sustainability learning outcomes

  • RMIT University

The development of university wide graduate attributes has become an important mechanism for setting generic learning outcomes across higher education institutions. Many universities around the world have developed sets of ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2018
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Promoting and Assessing Sustainability Literacy as a Learning Outcome in Education Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

If education abroad is to fulfill its promise of fostering intercultural awareness and global citizenship, then sustainability learning must be at its core, with outcomes assessed in terms of altered ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Integrating Sustainability Learning Outcomes Into a University Curriculum - A Case Study of Institutional Dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The University of Vermont (UVM) adopted a learning-outcomes-based general education sustainability requirement in Fall 2015. The requirement is unique because sustainability is a non-traditional general education theme, and general education ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student Learning Outcomes in Sustainability Education: Faculty Participation and Measured Student Learning

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Sustainability degrees are becoming increasingly common in higher education. There are over 420 institutions now offering programs related to sustainability that range from certificates to doctoral degrees. There are at ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College, NE

  • Central Community College (NE)

Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College on campus Central Community College in Grand Island, NE


Assessment of undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge

  • James Madison University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a public university’s design and implementation of an assessment approach that measures the change in undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning ...


Sustainability and Undergraduate Management Curricula: Changes Over a 5-Year Period

  • Bond University (Queensland)

Global initiatives and a rapidly expanding academic literature identify the responsibility that universities have to incorporate sustainability education into their curricula. This study had two aims: first, to investigate the ...

  • Posted April 24, 2017
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Is it even espoused? An exploratory study of commitment to sustainability as evidenced in vision, mission, and graduate attribute statements in Australian universities

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

Since Agenda 21 and the United Nations' Decade for Education for Sustainable Development published, higher education institutions have been recognized as playing a critical role in shifting our society's ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Promoting and Assessing Sustainability As A Learning Outcome in Education Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

Drawing upon the definition and content of global learning within the AAC&U Global Learning Rubric, this poster reveals why the issues of sustainability & climate change must result in student ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Learning and Skills for Sustainable Development: Developing a sustainability literate society

The purpose of this publication is to help higher education institutions to integrate sustainability literacy into the curriculum of their learning programmes.The approach and tools suggested in this guide ...


The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...


Learning outcomes for sustainable development in higher education

This paper sets out to discuss the commonalities that can be found in learning outcomes (LOs) for education for sustainable development in the context of the Tbilisi and Barcelona declarations ...


Developing Learning Outcomes for Sustainability

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

This resource provides information on how to develop learning outcomes for sustainability, including examples sourced from unit outlines across the university.


Toward the Development of Robust Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This paper presents the results of a workshop on "Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies" held at AASHE's annual conference. The authors review research on core competencies in education for ...


Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Undergraduate Students

  • James Madison University (VA)

James Madison University (JMU) developed student learning outcomes and a corresponding assessment instrument to measure the change in undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge over time. In consultation with ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Implementing Sustainability in the Classroom at Université Laval

  • Universite Laval (QC)

Université Laval has embraced a global approach to sustainability education. Although sustainability has been addressed in the classroom by individuals in the past, it is now being articulated with a ...


Assessing Student Sustainability Knowledge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To improve sustainability knowledge of undergraduates, CSUN has added course offerings in sustainability in recent years. In order to assess the baseline knowledge of the general student population and the ...


Seeking learning outcomes appropriate for ‘education for sustainable development’ and for higher education

  • University of Otago (Otago)

This article shares and extends research-based developments at the University of Otago, New Zealand, that seek to explore how students’ worldviews change as they experience higher education with us. We ...


The Essex Report: Workshop on the Principles of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (DC)

In February of 1995, a workshop at the Essex Conference Center of Essex, Massachusetts brought together thirty-two educators and other professionals with environmental expertise to discuss the principles of sustainability ...


Integration of sustainability in planning and design programs in higher education: evaluating learning outcomes

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

Although sustainability has a growing presence in the planning and design professions, little guidance is available on how to incorporate sustainability into planning and design education programs. Sustainability can be ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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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.