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 Truly Sustainable Campus: Integrating Sustainability Into Curriculum and Operations Throughout an Entire College

  • Algonquin College (ON)
  • Sustainability Solutions Group (QC)

The workshop will highlight the importance of taking an integrated approach to sustainability by bridging the divide between curriculum and operations. Algonquin College is currently integrating a broad-based sustainability strategy ...

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Saving Environmental Law Clinics: The Benefits of A Real-Word Education

  • Tulane University (LA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

There are over 30 environmental law clinics located in U.S. law schools offering students the real-world experience of representing people who otherwise could not afford to enforce their environmental ...

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Sustainability at Sea: Greening an Around-the-World Educational Voyage

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

The spring 2010 voyage of Semester at Sea (SAS) provided an unusual opportunity for students and faculty to work together to achieve measurable improvements to the sustainability of this unique ...

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sustainability and the arts of democracy, innovating engaged learning

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

this four person panel showcases an innovative engaged learning project. attached to graduate and undergraduate courses with parallel content, the project brings first year students, graduate students, faculty, and community ...

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Sustainability Education at the Edge: A cohort model for doctoral study

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The challenge for the field of Sustainability Education is how to develop and support "agents of change" who can profoundly impact and transform our educational systems and communities to produce ...

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Pipelining Talent for Sustainable Careers: Role of Curriculum

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Business schools play a key role in producing leaders for tomorrow's global market today. As sustainability emerges as a distinct market force across industries and functions, schools are experiencing ...

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Adopting and Adapting Suitable Program Level Sustainability Competencies

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Despite the proliferation of sustainability programs in higher education, consensus is lacking about the key competencies required for sustainability literacy. Sustainability competency expectations should differ depending on the level of ...

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Teaching Sustainability at the Graduate Level

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The M.A. in Sustainable Communities program at Northern Arizona University, one of the earliest graduate programs in the country organized around the theme of sustainability, is an interdisciplinary, issue-focused ...

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Promoting and Practicing Sustainability

  • Red Rocks Community College (CO)

The panel will present short papers on how we promoted sustainability across the curriculum, set up faculty workshops, but also trained students and faculty to go and participate in helping ...

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Sustainable Engineering and Community Development

  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)

Sustainability is clearly coming to the fore of undergraduate education in the United States and abroad. In higher education and in the broader discourse, however, engineers and engineering often seem ...

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Aligning Sustainability Commitments with Actions at A Wild West University

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

This is a panel on how to encourage a university to align stated sustainability commitments with actions. Four faculty at a Wild West University (hereafter WWU, not its real name ...

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A Multidisciplinary Model for an Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

This article provides the theoretical rationale of the multidisciplinary framework for curricula in a new sustainability minor at the University of Arkansas. Sustainability is by its very nature multidisciplinary, and ...

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AMS Climate Studies: Dynamic Climate Science Exploration for College Students

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The American Meteorological Society has a long history of developing introductory college-level courses and has found them to be important avenues for advancing scientific literacy among the public. As a ...

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Educating for Sustainability through Campus and Community Service

  • Daemen College (NY)

In an interdisciplinary collaboration between a biologist and artist/designer at Daemen College, our service learning course engages students in environmental science through the creation of a campus outdoor education ...

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Experiential Learning and Sustainability Education: Hands-on and How-To

  • 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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Assessing Systems Thinking Skills of Apparel and Textiles Undergraduate Students

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The UN has challenged higher education to reorient education and integrate sustainability across all disciplines. This reorientation has pedagogical implications for advancing skills and attitudes supporting sustainable development. One skill ...

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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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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

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.