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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30% Discount on Select Registration Types to Attend the Inaugural America East Sustainability Conference, June 7-9, 2022.

  • America East Sustainability Conference (AESC) (MA)

AASHE members receive 30% off select registration types to attend the inaugural America East Sustainability Conference hosted on UMass Lowell’s campus from June 7-9, 2022. This comprehensive event will ...


Principia College students routinely participate in multidisciplinary internships that challenge them to develop solutions to complex problems, such as modern climate change.

  • Principia College (IL)

Abby Holt (in the red shirt), a double major in sustainability and geology at Principia College, has a passion for glaciology and the nexus between historically frozen landscapes and a ...


Principia College students routinely participate in multidisciplinary internships that challenge them to develop solutions to complex problems, such as biodiversity loss.

  • Principia College (IL)

Truett Sparkman, an environmental studies major with a minor in sustainability at Principia College, has a passion for the management and conservation of complex ecosystems threatened by inadequate policy regimes ...


The George Mason University Arboretum

  • George Mason University (VA)

The George Mason University Arboretum cultivates curiosity, education, and well-being through stewardship of its trees, gardens, and other natural spaces. It was established in 2015, earned ArbNet Level II accreditation ...


SUNY ESF Photos

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

SUNY ESF is committed to developing creative, effective solutions that address sustainability challenges and adopting holistic practices and approaches that balance environmental, social, economic, and technological factors. This commitment starts ...


Four participants of the Barefoot College display their projects.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

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The Barefoot College in northern India teaches women skills to bring solar power to their ...


The Under-Told Stories team interviewing a community activist after the murder of George Floyd.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Under-Told Stories is a journalism project at University of St. Thomas’ Center for the Common Good. The project uses high quality video storytelling to help students understand and engage with ...


The Under-Told Stories team reporting on an effort to clear mine fields in Cambodia.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Under-Told Stories is a journalism project at University of St. Thomas’ Center for the Common Good. The project uses high quality video storytelling to help students understand and engage with ...


Sterling College: Southwest Field Semester

  • Sterling College (VT) (VT)

Students participating in class in the Southwest Field Semester of Sterling College, a 12-credit course that provides students 84 continuous days in the field and affords them an immersive learning ...


Sterling College: Wetland Ecology

  • Sterling College (VT) (VT)

Wetland ecology students at Sterling College visit all the major wetland types occurring in Vermont. At the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge they learn about managing wetland habitat for migratory birds ...


Sterling College: Field Ecology at The Farm Between

  • Sterling College (VT) (VT)

Students enrolled in Field Ecology explore plant systems and insect populations at Sterling's instructional site at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, Vermont, with Dr. Laura Spence, Dean of Academics.


Odeyto Indigenous Centre - Seneca College

  • Seneca College (ON)

Odeyto Indigenous Centre - Seneca College built and opened a new indigenous centre at its Newnham Campus in 2018. Odeyto, the new home of First Peoples@Seneca, means “the good journey ...


Minor in Sustainability

  • Queens University of Charlotte (NC)

Requirements for a Minor in Sustainability Note: This minor is not available to Environmental Science majors.

Required Courses: Introduction to Geospatial Sciences

Environmental Economics

Sustainability and Society

Environmental Sustainability

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  • Posted Aug. 23, 2021
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Sustainability Science BS

  • Queens University of Charlotte (NC)

Sustainability science studens will learn in small class sizes and conduct independent research with award-winning faculty. We are dedicated to active learning and field based instruction.

Research Students will be ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2021
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Sterling College EcoGather

  • Sterling College (VT) (VT)

Place-Based, Community-Focused Education - Sterling College is in the process of developing EcoGather, a higher education platform designed to advance ecological thinking and action as a foundation for building regenerative communities ...


Climate Solutions 101

  • Project Drawdown (CA)

Climate Solutions 101 is a series of six short (10- to 30-minute) videos that not only explain the challenge of climate change but also introduce Project Drawdown's signature set ...

  • Posted Aug. 17, 2021
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M.S. in Environment and Sustainability Management

  • Georgetown University (DC)

The Georgetown Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management (MS-ESM) is a jointly offered degree that blends scientific knowledge with business principles—a powerful combination that will enable you ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2021
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Archiving the Campus as Living Laboratory : Preserving a long memory for transformative change

  • University of Utah (UT)

This is part of the Campus as Lab webinar series. To see the full series visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainable change on campus is often driven by student-led projects, project-oriented ...

  • Posted July 26, 2021
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How to Create a Culturally Inclusive Course and Beyond

  • Duke University (NC)

Overview The goal of this document is to provide resources and ideas for creating a culturally inclusive learning environment. This is also referred to as “culturally sustaining pedagogy,” “diversifying the ...

  • Posted July 15, 2021
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Campus as Lab Webinar Series - 2021-5-14 - Archiving Campus Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Utah (UT)

This Campus as Lab webinar focuses on the University of Utah's efforts to create a campus wide hyper-local archive for sustainability knowledge that is available to all campus and ...

  • Posted July 14, 2021
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How Can Sustainability Education More Effectively Equip Students to Become Change Agents?

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Advancing sustainability, whether in one’s dorm, on a college campus, in a community, or at national and global levels, means enabling change, and educating change agents. Many sustainability competencies ...

  • Posted June 11, 2021
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Embedding sacred ecology in sustainability solutions: The role of post-secondary environmental science programs

  • Central European University

There is increasing attention to the potential contribution of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to addressing an unprecedented crisis in social-ecological systems. Approaches to the bridging of scientific and indigenous knowledges ...


Designing a Regenerative Future: Higher Education as a Driver of Change

  • OCAD University (ON)

Many Ontario colleges continue to educate students in the traditional mechanistic fashion of the linear economy. Graduates in search of a career are equipped to perpetuate the take-make-waste economic system ...


Affecting Sustainable Changes in the Individual Through Landscape Architecture: A Case Study of the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

In the long trek towards creating a sustainable society, universities play one of the most significant roles. They serve as laboratories for defining what it means to be a sustainable ...


Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Rhode Island College (RI)
  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)
  • University of South Florida (FL)

In this era of industry deregulation, gutting of environmental protections, and science denial, environmental justice applied anthropology is more important than ever. There is growing ethnographic research into the ways ...


Towards an equity competency model for sustainable food systems education programs

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • American Museum of Natural History (NY)

Addressing social inequities has been recognized as foundational to transforming food systems. Activists and scholars have critiqued food movements as lacking an orientation towards addressing issues of social justice. To ...


Discourse of ‘helping the poor’: rethinking global poverty and its pedagogical possibilities in higher education

  • Xiamen University

As the global community strives for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly, the first goal of ‘ending poverty in all its forms everywhere’, university students’ learning experiences and understanding about ...


Increasing University Competitiveness through Assessment of Green Content in Curriculum and Eco-Labeling in Higher Education

  • University of Novi Sad
  • Educons University

Growing environmental problems and increasing requirements of green jobs force universities around the world not only to transform their curricula but also to enrich existing ones with contents related to ...


Teaching the “how” of transformation

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Oslo

College and university students are eager to engage with transformative solutions to the climate crisis, but often struggle to see openings or possibilities where they can leverage their actions and ...


Key experiences for the transdisciplinary approach: fieldwork-based training in sustainability science education

  • University of Tokyo
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of the Free State
  • International Christian University

This paper aims to describe how a sustainability-focused program in higher education can provide training and key experiences for implementing transdisciplinary approaches. The case is a fieldwork-based training course called ...


Inner Transformation for 21st-Century Futures: The Missing Dimension in Higher Education

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras

We live in times of great global risks and problems that pose multiple wic­ked, inter­depen­dent challenges, such as climate change, environmental degradation, social ine­qualities, geopolitical tensions ...


Towards a common future: revising the evolution of university-based sustainability research literature

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Campinas
  • Hiroshima University
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • University of Wroclaw/Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Wrocław)
  • University of Minho
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The field of sustainability has evolved considerably since the report “Our Common Future” was published in 1987. Whereas matters related to sustainable development used to be of marginal interest in ...


Students’ Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development—A Longitudinal Study on Interdisciplinary vs. Monodisciplinary Learning

  • University of Hamburg
  • Goethe University Frankfurt

Innovative ideas are essential to sustainable development. Students’ innovative potential in higher education for sustainable development (HESD) has so far been neglected. Innovation is often associated with an interdisciplinary approach ...


Impact of sustainability-focused learning intervention on teachers’ agency to teach for sustainable development

  • University of Education Lahore (Punjab)
  • Beaconhouse National University

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been identified as a key enabler of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Considering the vital role of ESD, a framework ‘ESD for 2030ʹ has ...


BS Sustainability Studies

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies program at UC Riverside offers a social justice approach to environmental sustainability and climate change. This interdisciplinary degree program explores interactions between human ...

  • Posted May 27, 2021
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Sustained Relevance Through Elegance: Redesigning Higher Education from Within

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Universities and colleges in the United States (U.S.) are in a period of rapid transformation. Driven by the need for an educated workforce, higher education institutions are responding to ...


Defining Social Change as Social Action: HE's Role in Addressing Social Change

  • University of Greenwich

Recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world is a reminder for HE institutions that we have a key role to play in enabling that our graduates ...


The effect of information source on higher education students’ sustainability knowledge

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

When it comes to what higher education students know about sustainability, where they learn matters. In this study, we explore the extent to which students’ level of sustainability knowledge differed ...


Undergraduates in a Sustainability Semester: Models of social change for sustainability

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This was a qualitative case study aimed to understand the impact of sustainability education on undergraduate students after one term of course enrollment. It was found that while students’ models ...


Will We Learn from COVID-19? Ecopedagogical Calling (Un)heard

  • Beijing Normal University

‘(Un)heard’ in the title questions if we will learn from experiencing COVID-19 to counter unrestrained environmental devastation occurring, or will we remain largely untaught? I argue the need for ...


CGHE 2020 Annual Conference webinar panel: Higher education and sustainability

  • University of Bristol
  • University College London (London)
  • International Association of Universities

Higher education institutions both impact and are impacted by global climate change and the environment. In this conference hosted by the Centre for Global Higher Education, a panel of professors ...

  • Posted May 26, 2021
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The Inclusive Sustainability Initiative at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

The Inclusive Sustainability Initiative (ISI) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is an example of innovation and investment connecting inclusive excellence and sustainability. The term inclusive sustainability whether applied ...


California State University System-wide Climate Justice and Intersectional Sustainability Speaker Series

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)
  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • Humboldt State University (CA)
  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • California State University Stanislaus (CA)

During the 2020-21 academic year, Sustainability Officers from across the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, the largest public university system in the U.S., joined forces to coordinate a ...


Integrating racial equity, social justice, and sustainability through general education learning outcome assessment

  • University of Utah (UT)

In 2014, the University of Utah administration received a poignant letter from a group of passionate students suggesting that granting an undergraduate degree to any student without ensuring that they ...


Infusing Sustainability into the Curriculum

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Name: Colin Donahue Project Mentors: Carr Everbach Project board Members: Carr Everbach, Aurora Winslade, Joy Charlton, Betsy Bolton, James Padilioni, Jason Martin

The climate crisis represents one of the greatest ...


Virtual Energy Treasure Hunt Event

  • Suffolk County Community College (NY)

In April 2021, Suffolk County Community College hosted our first US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Treasure Hunt Event. The DOE describes the Treasure Hunt as “One of the best ...


President's Sustainability Research Fellowship 20-21: ChesterSemesters

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

The 2020-2021 President's Sustainability Research Fellowship ChesterSemester project was conducted by Ananya Bhattacharya '21 over the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The purpose of the project was to support the the ...


What makes an effective campus climate action plan?

  • Montana State University (MT)

Over the course of Spring Semester 2021, eight undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors and disciplines enrolled in a 3 credit directed independent study course in Human Geography ...


Mitigating Carbon Emissions While Staying In Business: A Case Study of Longview Farm

  • Smith College (MA)

Smith College has aggressive goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and local food procurement. In an effort to understand supply chain emissions associated with food, students in the Environmental Science ...


Cascadia Cornucopia Food Forest as a prototype for food permaculture areas on campuses

  • Cascadia College (WA)

The Cascadia Food Forest is an example of an integrated learning project at Cascadia College. It was designed to facilitate learning opportunities outside the classroom. The food forest is a ...

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.

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