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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Spreadsheet: Publications related to the role of access to nature in education Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Response to a 11/6/17 GreenSchools listserv request for Academic literature concretely linking access to the natural environment and enhanced educational outcomes (e.g., an evidence-based assessment of correlations ...

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The impact of development education and education for sustainable development interventions: a synthesis of the research Membership Required

  • University of Limerick

The Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations advocate that all learners will have the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. Development education, education for sustainable ...

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Is students’ energy literacy related to their university’s position in a sustainability ranking? Membership Required

University rankings are increasingly important internationally, and in the UK include a sustainability ‘Green League’. However, there is little evidence about experiences of studying in ‘sustainable universities’. We report an ...

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Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future Login Required

  • Antioch College (OH)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Camden Campus (NJ)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar is dedicated to art and science collaboration. As this topic has increased in importance to both artistic and scientific communities, Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a ...

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Learning Our Way Toward Resilience Membership Required

  • Island Press (DC)
  • Post Carbon Institute (OR)

This is an excerpt of Chapter 14 from The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval. Resilience education is about building our individual and community capacities to ...

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Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level Membership Required

This book discusses the role of ESD stakeholders at university level, involving civil society and the private sector and public sectors (including local, national and intergovernmental bodies). In particular, it ...

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Education for Sustainable Development Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Article recaps a survery co-sponsored by Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), that found that 75 percent or more believed strongly that the curriculum should include coursework on environmental sustainability ...

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Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research Membership Required

This multidisciplinary handbook explores concrete case studies which illustrate how sustainability science and research can contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It ...

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Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development Membership Required

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)

This book focuses on lifelong learning for sustainable development, an aspect that has been rarely explored in great detail. It also discusses methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies ...

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Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research Membership Required

In this handbook social science researchers who focus on sustainability present and discuss their findings, including empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, and applied projects. As such, the ...

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Three Views of Systems Theories and their Implications for Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of London

Worldwide, there is an emerging interest in sustainability and sustainability education. A popular and promising approach is the use of systems thinking. However, the systems approach to sustainability has neither ...


Teaching sustainability in a global MBA: insights from the OneMBA Membership Required

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

This paper reports on a module designed to deliver education for sustainability within the framework of the new generation of global executive MBAs. The module described was taught as part ...


Sustainability Science and Engineering:  The Emergence of a New Metadiscipline Membership Required

  • American Chemical Society (DC)

A case is made for growth of a new metadiscipline of sustainability science and engineering. This new field integrates industrial, social, and environmental processes in a global context. The skills ...


Overcoming Silos: The Role of an Interdisciplinary Course in Shaping a Sustainability Network Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In fall 2009, seven faculty members from different disciplines partnered to develop and teach a 15-week undergraduate course on sustainability. These disciplines are family and consumer sciences, geography, management, political ...


Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University Membership Required

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Recognizing the need to proactively prepare engaged citizens for the dynamic socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the 21st century, the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University (CSU), Chico ...


Concordia Sustainability Action Fund and the Faculty of Arts & Science Sustainable Curriculum Project Membership Required

  • Concordia University (QC)

Sustainability Curriculum Co-Creation Teaching & Learning Festival


The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program at Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario Membership Required

  • Fleming College (ON)

The Fleming College Salmonid Hatchery aims to ensure the future sustainability of Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario by maximizing genetic diversity in stocked fish. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program has ...


Sustainability in the Curriculum at Humboldt State University Membership Required

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Humboldt State University is among the first institutions to be recognized in STARS for sustainability course designation in standard course catalogs or listings. A committee of faculty and staff first ...


Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College, NE Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

Speech faculty Brent Adrian showing students the campus bee hives.

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Leadership in Environmental Stewardship E-badge at Central Community College, NE Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

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

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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): The turn away from ‘environment’ in environmental education? Membership Required

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

This article explores the implications of the shift of environmental education (EE) towards education for sustainable development (ESD) in the context of environmental ethics. While plural perspectives on ESD are ...

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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using “Tips” to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

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Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century Membership Required

  • UNESCO

This publication explores the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE), which it argues has a critical role to play in equipping learners with competencies to deal with the dynamic and ...

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Educating For Sustainability: Developing Critical Skills Membership Required

  • Massey University
  • University of Waikato

This article explores the contribution a pedagogical approach based in critical theory can make to education for sustainability in business schools. In addition to the regular business and environmental management ...

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The Relationship Between Academic Major and Environmentalism Among College Students: Is it Mediated by the Effects of Gender, Political Ideology and Financial Security? Membership Required

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Several studies have found a relationship between college students’ academic majors and their environmental attitudes and behaviors. Results from this study of incoming first-year students at a medium-sized public university ...

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Careers in Sustainability: Current Job Trends and Future Growth Membership Required

This report, based on interviews with 658 Canadian organizations, provides insight on key sustainability employment trends in Canada. It finds that over 50,000 professionals spend 50% or more of ...

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Careers in organic food production Membership Required

This article describes the workers who are involved in producing organic food, certifying it, and bringing it to consumers. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not ...

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2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report Membership Required

  • United States Department of Energy

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 ...

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Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs Membership Required

  • Environmental Defense Fund (NC)

This report examines the growth of sustainability jobs in the United States. Key findings include:

  • Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce across multiple ...
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Integrating Sustainability Into Management Education: A Dean's Perspective Membership Required

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The integration of sustainability and environmental ethics into management education has improved in the past decade. This is partly a response to external pressure, as societal concerns about sustainability grow ...

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Environmental education for the masses: lessons from a large, general enrollment environmental studies course Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

One critical tool for creating an environmentally literate citizenry is to reach students other than those in environmental-related majors in the form of the university-level large introductory environmental studies course ...

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Writing to learn ecology: a study of three populations of college students Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College (MN)

Being an ecologically literate citizen involves making decisions that are based on ecological knowledge and accepting responsibility for personal actions. Using writing-to-learn activities in college science courses, we asked students ...

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Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here? Membership Required

  • University of Montana (MT)

Numerous scholars have argued that the terms environmental literacy, ecological literacy, and ecoliteracy have been used in so many different ways and/or are so all-encompassing that they have very ...

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Teaching with principles: Toward more effective pedagogy in ecology Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

Ecology is a complex and dynamic field and, as communicators of our discipline, faculty should be able to define a set of core principles that underpin and create ecological pattern ...

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The role of field exercises in ecological learning and values education: action research on the use of campus wetlands Membership Required

Providing undergraduate biology students with ecological knowledge and environmental awareness is critical for developing professionalism in sustainable development. In addition to the cognitive and psychomotor development, outdoor ecological exercises combining ...

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University Reputations and the Public: A Roadmap for Higher Education Leaders Membership Required

Edelman, a public relations firm, surveyed academics and the general public to understand how the U.S. public evaluates the reputations of higher education institutions, and how these reputational drivers ...

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Developing strategies and leaders to succeed in a new era of sustainability: Findings and insights from the United Nations Global Compact‐Accenture CEO Study Membership Required

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify leading CEOs’ views on sustainability and how they believe it is impacting the business environment, with a particular focus on the ...

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Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector Membership Required

The guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights the role universities specifically in Australia, New Zealand ...

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Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective Membership Required

The International Association of Universities (IAU), a membership organization, which brings together about 650 higher education institutions and organizations from some 130 countries, launched its first Global Survey on the ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar – Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Indigenous educator Gregory Cajete articulates the motivations and questions that drive the presenter’s research. For Cajete, effective education entails ‘finding heart,’ an active process within and beyond the person ...

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Solar Training and Hiring Insights 2017 Membership Required

This report aims to increase understanding of U.S. solar training, hiring practices, and market trends to help the industry make better, more informed decisions. It aggregates and analyzes data ...

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Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems and Communities: A Mindfulness-Based Pedagogy Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Human and non-human communities have varying capacities to respond to disturbance while maintaining the same basic functions. That is the main argument behind resilience theory and practice, which seek to ...

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Identifying the role of conservation biology for solving the environmental crisis Membership Required

Humans are altering their living environment to an extent that could cause environmental collapse. Promoting change into environmental sustainability is therefore urgent. Despite a rapid expansion in conservation biology, appreciation ...

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Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Study of Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies Membership Required

  • Antioch University, Seattle (WA)

As evidence of the earth's limited capacity to sustain human life mounts, institutions of higher education are being looked to for leadership in the effort to educate students about ...

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Embedding sustainability in higher education through interaction with lecturers: Case studies from three European technical universities Membership Required

  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Technical University of Delft
  • Chalmers University of Technology

In this paper, three universities compare their work on the integration of sustainable development into their educational programmes. The purpose is to show examples of how this can be done ...

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Evaluating education for sustainable development (ESD): using Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes toward the Sustainable Development (EAATSD) scale Membership Required

With the emergence of education for sustainable development (ESD), robust literature on ethics and ESD has emerged; however, ecocentric perspective developed within environmental ethics is marginalized in current ESDebate. The ...

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Education for Sustainable Development: An Empirical Study of the Tensions and Challenges Faced by Geography Student Teachers Membership Required

  • University of Oxford

This is a qualitative study of the challenges identified by geography student teachers in their learning to teach about education for sustainable development in English secondary schools. The student teachers ...

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A review of transdisciplinary research in sustainability science Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Achieving the goal of sustainability requires understanding and management of unprecedented and interconnected challenges. A transdisciplinary approach is a key component of sustainability science. However, there are considerable barriers to ...

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Walking the Eco-Talk Movement Higher Education Institutions as Sustainability Incubators Membership Required

  • Edgewood College (WI)

Management scholars can have a major impact on advancing environmental sustainability by focusing on their own home institutions. A “four-type” sustainability action model is presented to foster thinking about how ...

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Globalization and environmental education: looking beyond sustainable development Membership Required

This study contends that environmental education is being significantly altered by globalizing forces, witnessing the effort to convert environmental education into education for sustainable development. This internationally propagated conversion can ...

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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.

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FIE: Foundation for International Education

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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.