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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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Change

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Curriculum change is one of the key components for helping colleges and universities create a more sustainable future. And yet, curriculum change remains challenging precisely because the curriculum is not ...

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Perspectives on Sustainability Curricula

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Interdisciplinary environmental programs have proliferated and flourished in higher educational institutions across the United States for four decades. Despite this long history and the large and growing number of programs ...

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Big Ideas and Faculty Learning Communities: A Strategy for Integrating Sustainability across the Curriculum

  • Peninsula College (WA)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

If sustainability perspectives and practices are to become part of college graduates' thinking, they must start appearing across the curriculum in ways that are meaningful for students. In the Puget ...

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Sustainability in Education Abroad

  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • CIEE (ME)

International Education exposes students to the world. It also exposes the world to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of travel and program activities. Program decisions about transportation, accommodations, food ...

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Sustainability Education at the Edge: A Cohort Model for Doctoral Study

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • 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 to produce a more ...

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Doing Local Environmental History: Developing a Sense of Place and Ecological Citizenship

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Since the fall of 2005 a special partnership has been nurtured between the History of American Environmental Thought course and The History Center in Tompkins County (NY). Working in teams ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association: Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Higher Education

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Sustainable agriculture as an academic discipline is an emerging field. In the past five to ten years, numerous U.S. colleges and universities have formed courses and programs dedicated to ...

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Everyone Eats at This Table: Explorations of Ecoliteracy and Environmental Justice at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)

Taking the necessity of developing sustainability curriculum at North American educational institutions as a given, how do faculty who have never taught this curriculum go about creating meaningful courses? How ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum at Antioch University New England: Lessons & Questions from the Field

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Antioch University New England's stated purpose is to provide transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. This panel will explore how one ...

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Sustainability across the Curriculum - Elon University Faculty Scholars Program

  • Elon University (NC)

The Sustainability Faculty Scholars program was developed to assist faculty in the incorporation of sustainability themes across the University curriculum. Faculty members apply for the program by proposing the incorporation ...

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Innovative Methods in Renewable Energy Education and Training and the Integration of Campus Sustainability at Cape Cod Community College

  • Cape Cod Community College (MA)

Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) has a dynamic and vibrant environmental program that includes two degree and multiple certificate options, including three certificates in Clean Energy Technologies: Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal ...

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Sustainability at Missouri State University: A Public Affair

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Missouri State University has a State wide Mission of "Public Affairs". Over the past several years, that mission has been explored through a Public Affairs Conference and various themes. In ...

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Making Your Campus a Laboratory for Sustainability: Linking Operations and Curriculum

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

How can you incorporate daily operations of your campus into a laboratory for learning opportunities for students? This presentation will emphasize easily transferable strategies, regardless of campus size and orientation ...

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Education for Ecocultural Sustainability: ENVS 410 The Campus as a Living, Learning Laboratory

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This paper reports on the details of a remarkable, seven-year curriculum experiment directed at learning how to see and understand our campus as an ecocultural system. Taking a systems-oriented, action ...

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A Sustainable Process for Sustainability Curriculum Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Development of interdisciplinary curricula is always a complicated process, both conceptually and bureaucratically. Doing this work in a new field in a new School is particularly challenging. This presentation traces ...

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Ecotrail Design: Integrating Art, Nature and Sustainability

  • Daemen College (NY)

In an interdisciplinary collaboration between a biologist and artist/designer at Daemen College, we have initiated a multi-year project to engage students in environmental science through the creation of a ...

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Rational Resource Management: The Case EARTH University, Costa Rica

  • EARTH University

EARTH University, located on an 8,000 acre property in the lowlands of Costa Rica, Central America, is a private, international, university dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences and ...

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Undergraduate Management Education for Sustainability

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University's Department of Business and Accounting plays a significant role in the university's sustainability efforts through innovative curriculum development and engagement of the corporate community. Sustainability concepts ...

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Academics in Action: Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Community

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

In his 1949 polemic, "The Land Ethic," Aldo Leopold notes that the conventional answer to the question of how to develop an environmental conscience/consciousness is "more education" however, he ...

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Green Research for Incorporating Data into the Classroom (GRIDc)

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

North Carolina State University (NCSU), NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, the North Carolina Solar Center, and Pitt Community College are working ...

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The Kanawha Project: Environmental Issues Across the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Ohio University (OH)

The overall goal of the Kanawha Project is to enhance the undergraduate curriculum by integrating environmental issues across disciplines. During the 2008-7 academic year the following activities took place on ...

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Building A MASS Movement: the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of NJ

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

As Sustainability moves from a meandering stream to a roaring movement, it is important that we develop graduate programs that push development of the field and prepare leaders to implement ...

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Designing and Developing Service Learning Pedagogy in Support of Sustainability

  • University of Florida (FL)

Service learning has become a recognized form of pedagogy in University graduate and undergraduate education. The term takes a variety of forms including structured internships, design and policy studios, law ...

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Bridging the Disciplinary Divide: Tackling the Challenge of Educating for Sustainability at the University of MN

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

A major challenge facing the world is sustaining people's productive and meaningful livelihoods and the natural ecosystems on which they depend. Universities have a unique capacity, and an important ...

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Living Green, Learning Green: Applying Green Values to Housing and Across the University

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus is part of an attempt to transform not only the curriculum but also the daily lives of students ...

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The FLC-SHE: A Transdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Western Carolina University (NC)

In 2007, an ad hoc Campus Sustainability task force at Western Carolina University was regenerated as a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), with a focus on integrating sustainability in the WCU ...

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Integration of Sustainability Education into Pre-service Teacher Preparation

  • Western Washington University (WA)

In Washington state, beginning Fall, 2009, all new teacher candidates will need to provide student-based and teacher-based evidence demonstrating they are able to prepare effective citizens for an environmentally sustainable ...

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Exploring New Terrain in Business Education: Bringing Sustainability to Ground Level

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Sustainable business, as an emerging field of study, explores new approaches to commerce and business practices. Its focus on commerce departs from the linear "heat, beat, and treat" structure of ...

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Careers in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Sustainability education options increase each year. Colleges and universities offer courses, concentrations, certificates, minors, and now even full degree programs. Still, questions remain as to where students will use their ...

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Preparing Graduate Students to Teach Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This presentation outlines an innovative approach to training graduate students to be effective teachers of sustainability in academic, K-12, community, and professional environments. Because most of our graduate students will ...

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Sustainability in the Curriculum: A Case Study in Art

  • Auburn University (AL)

This presentation will summarize ongoing efforts to integrate sustainability into the theory and practice of the sculpture program at Auburn University. The first half of the presentation will focus on ...

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Many Fields of Green: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

This curriculum-oriented presentation provides an overview of how sustainability principles are taught in a variety of academic disciplines at the college level. Through a series of examples and case studies ...

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Out of the Trash Aquarium: How Do We Teach Teachers to Educate for Sustainability in Their Classrooms?

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

In the United States as well many other countries, teachers must fulfill a governmental authorization of the particulars of their curriculum. These curriculum mandates propose benchmarks in pupil academic expertise ...

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Double Dipping: Combining Research and Outreach in a Sustainability Service Learning Project

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Students in an introductory environmental science course for non-majors participated in a service learning project for Earth Day 2008 that combined outreach to fellow students and data collection for research ...

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Posters for Change: the Power of Communication Design

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The course, "Design & Social Change," at Carnegie Mellon University strives to promote environmental literacy in the early years of secondary education, encouraging students to incorporate environmental thinking into their ...

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Sustainable Energy Curriculum Development

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

At Eastern Connecticut State University, we are developing on-campus and online courses which serve the general student as well as majors and minors in Sustainable Energy Studies. The course sequence ...

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Economics and Sustainability: Using the Campus and Community as a Laboratory

  • Furman University (SC)

Economics is not always at the center of sustainability discussions, but it is an essential consideration as universities and communities transition from discussion to policy formation. The answers to questions ...

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Sustainability as Part of the Curriculum: An Example from a Liberal Arts College.

  • Furman University (SC)

There are many opportunities to engage students in sustainability projects in a liberal arts setting. Such engagement benefits the students but is also beneficial in moving the college toward greater ...

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Navigating Theory and Practice: Indiana University's Summer Program in Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

As a prominent component of its emerging, campus-wide program of sustainability Indiana University has developed a high-profile internship program for its IU Bloomington campus. The IU Summer Program in Sustainability ...

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Going Beyond the Classroom to Study Sustainability: How to Design Community-based Experiential Learning Courses

  • International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (Chiang Mai)

Education about sustainability should incorporate not just new ideas, but also innovative approaches to teaching. This presentation focuses on one such method-lessons learned and how to design experiential community-based courses ...

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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Project

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Project (FLP) is a sustainability curricular education workshop inspired by AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops. The FLP, which began in 2006, has ...

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What's Next? The Greening of Art Pedagogy

  • Land Views, Online Journal of Landscape, Art, and Design (NY)

Studio art teachers are confronting the unprecedented challenge of preparing students to maximize their artistic marks while minimizing their environmental footprints. What strategies can be adopted to integrate environmentalism into ...

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Principles and Practices for Effective Sustainability Education

  • Luther College (IA)

So your president signed the President's Climate Commitment, and you've completed a carbon footprint analysis. What do you do about the education component? This presentation will provide an ...

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A Framework for Evaluation: Determining Criteria and Indicators for Effective Higher Education Programs Focused on Environmental Sustainability

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

An increasing number of colleges and universities in the United States are restructuring courses and research programs to focus on long-term use and maintenance of resources and protecting these resources ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Careers for Undergraduates through a Collaborative Experiential Learning and Research Program at Cornell University: The Sustainable Agriculture Scholars Program

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The number of undergraduate students majoring in agricultural fields is steadily declining, resulting in fewer trained agricultural professionals able to address complex problems concerning agricultural sustainability. We developed and piloted ...

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Developing Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach Programs in Sustainable Agriculture at NC State University: A Model for Land Grant Universities

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Land grant universities (LGUs) play a vital role in educating students and training extension agents in organic and sustainable agriculture. Incorporating research, education and extension outreach into their missions, LGUs ...

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Our Solar Sunflowers: Collaboration and Education

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI)

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has developed three certificate programs which began enrolling students this summer. The programs include: Renewable Energy - Solar, Sustainable Design, and Biofuels. The college is focusing on ...

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The Campus and Community, Tools for Teaching Sustainability: An Examination of a Service-Learning Project

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation will focus on a service-learning project that utilized the campus and community as tools to help teach sustainability in an introductory undergraduate course in Environmental Humanities. In this ...

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Sustainability and General Education

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Universities, especially publically funded universities, have a responsibility to educate students about the world in which they live and the trends that are defining the world of the future. One ...

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Teaching Sustainability: Engaging Students in Developing Local Sustainability Indicators

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Students play an important role in defining the culture and spirit of a campus and engaging them in sustainability initiatives on campus and beyond is an important component of the ...

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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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Curriculum Partners

FIE: Foundation for International Education

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Strategic Energy Innovations

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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

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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.