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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Comparing Faculty and Student Sustainability Literacy: Are We Fit to Lead?

  • Seattle University (WA)

The importance of teaching sustainability literacy is readily accepted, but relatively little attention has been paid to the adequacy or preparation of faculty to accomplish this task. At Seattle University ...

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Environmental Engineering (MS)

  • Temple University (PA)

Understand and interpret the dynamics of man-made and natural pollutants, environmental systems, and the sustainability of natural resources in the Environmental Engineering Master of Science (MS) program in the College ...

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Ecological Planning and Design Minor

  • Temple University (PA)

The Minor in Ecological Planning and Design offers all Temple University undergraduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the concept of ecological planning and design. The minor enhances ...

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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • Temple University (PA)

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies that examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Students in ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Furman University (SC)

The Environmental Studies minor offers 
a program of study that teaches how the Earth functions as a system and supports life; how the growing human population is transforming the Earth ...

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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BA)

  • Furman University (SC)

The B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences is very similar to the B.S. degree but is designed for a major who wants to explore more of the human ...

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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BS)

  • Furman University (SC)

Earth and Environmental Sciences majors will study the physical, chemical, and biological, natural and human processes, in both time and space, which have shaped the planet. Courses are designed to ...

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Peace and Global Education Graduate Certificate

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The Peace and Global Education Certificate is aimed at teaching the attitudes and skills necessary for peacemaking, replacing conflict with agreements based on mutually beneficial outcomes, and peace building, developing ...

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration (MBA)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Along with the rigorous foundation of the MBA curriculum, the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration prepares students to strive to achieve success in the triple bottom line: economic ...

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Peace and Justice Studies (MA)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers ranging from conflict resolution and mediation to human rights, social entrepreneurship to education, development ...

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Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Under the Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor, students can expand their career goals by gaining the insights and know-how needed to develop innovative solutions to today's social problems ...

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Environmental and Ocean Studies (BS)

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The student learning outcomes of the Environmental and Ocean Studies Degree include:

Fundamental principles in environmental studies, including (a) principles of natural sciences (ecology, earth sciences), social sciences (policy, economics ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Education (AA/AS)

  • Seattle Central College (WA)

Learn about food production methods and food systems models for sustainable bioregions. Study and apply an ecological approach to small–scale agriculture from a bioregional perspective while analyzing and evaluating ...

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Environmental Ethics Graduate Certificate

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty, and ...

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Environmental Planning & Design (MEPD)

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Master of Environmental Planning & Design is a professional graduate program with an emphasis on a studio-based integrative planning process grounded in environmental and ecological principles. The purpose is ...

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Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (MS)

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development combines interdisciplinary course work with field experience and thesis research, training students to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems associated with conservation ...

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Environmental Ethics Certificate

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty, and ...

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Ecology (BA)

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology provides a strong foundation in Ecology with an emphasis on the application of ecology to issues of societal importance such as conservation and ...

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Environmental Economics and Management (BS)

  • University of Georgia (GA)

The Environmental Economics and Management major prepares students for public and private positions in natural and environmental resource analysis and management. Students in this major receive training in resource economics ...

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Sustainable Natural Resources Graduate Certificate

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The Sustainable Natural Resources graduate certificate is an 18-credit interdisciplinary program offered online through OSU Extended Campus. Students have a choice among 12 courses designed to build personal and organizational ...

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Sustainable Land Management Certificate

  • South Seattle College (WA)

One-year certificate that demonstrates a foundation of horticultural information and a measurable commitment to specific goals and their achievement. Prepare for a career managing and restoring residential and commercial landscapes ...

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Sustainable Building Science Technology (BAS)

  • South Seattle College (WA)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) program will prepare you to apply expertise and systems knowledge to support highly technical building operations. The SBST ...

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Watershed Management Graduate Certificate

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

In the 21st century, challenges that relate to watershed management and the need to protect water quantity and water quality will be intensified in Virginia and the nation, owing to ...

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Water: Resources, Policy, and Management (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Few undergraduate degree programs provide integrated training in water science, policy, and management; yet, professionals are required to have interdisciplinary expertise in these areas to solve critical problems facing society ...

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Environmental Science (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Environmental Science program emphasizes ecosystem function and protection, land-use planning, waste management, water quality, recycling, decontamination, revegetation of disturbed sites, and agriculture's impacts on the environment.

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Crop and Soil Sciences (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Crop and Soil Sciences program is focused on sustainable means of crop production, utilization of soils, and stewardship of the environment. It is concerned with feeding the world, protecting ...

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Environmental Policy & Planning (BS)

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social science ...

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Sustainability Certificate

  • Florida International University (FL)

The Certificate requires eight courses, including an introductory course in sustainability, six courses in three different content areas (economics, ethics, & ecology), and a senior capstone. It is available to ...

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Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate

  • Florida International University (FL)

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides students with an interdisciplinary background in GIS. The program consists primarily of graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems with electives in ...

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Water, Environment, and Development Studies Graduate Certificate

  • Florida International University (FL)

The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Water, Environment, and Development Studies is to provide students with a multidisciplinary education in the occurrence, characteristics, and management of water resources in ...

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Professional Science Masters - Environmental Policy and Management

  • Florida International University (FL)

Offered by the Department of Earth and Environment, PSM-EPM focuses on diverse areas of environmental policy and management, including conservation biology, water resource management,public land management, and environmental analysis ...

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Environmental Studies (MS)

  • Florida International University (FL)

The Environmental Studies graduate degree focuses on areas of environmental policy, natural resource science and management, and sustainable development, with particular focus on the South Florida region, the Caribbean Basin ...

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Undergraduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management

  • Florida International University (FL)

he Undergraduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management draws on areas of strength within the Department of Earth and Environment and the Department of Biological Sciences (College of Arts and ...

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Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) Certificate

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Founded in 1999 as the Microenterprise Development Institute, the Carsey Institute’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) provides training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the fields of microfinance ...

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Sustainability Politics and Policy Certificate

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program administered by the Department of Political Science. The Certificate gives current graduate students, alumni and others in ...

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Masters of Arts in Development Policy and Practice

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice is a program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development both in the United States ...

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Measuring education for sustainable development: Experiences from the University of Bristol

  • University of Bristol

The purpose of this paper is to explore how education for sustainable development (ESD) was measured in the taught curriculum at the University of Bristol (UoB), providing comparison to other ...

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Pedagogies of Preparedness: Use of Reflective Journals in the Operationalisation and Development of Anticipatory Competence

  • University of Vechta

In higher education there is a growing demand for graduates with the competence to transform our society toward a sustainable future. Part of this competence in sustainability is anticipatory competence ...

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Certificate in Sustainable Community Planning

  • Temple University (PA)

The core courses in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning program introduce students to the broad range of issues and topics relevant to planning for sustainable development of our ...

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Is Higher Education Ready for Transformative Learning? A Question Explored in the Study of Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

As universities begin to consider sustainability as a core value in education, there is a need to contemplate the role of transformative learning in higher education. Are current models of ...

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“Sustainability” in higher education: From doublethink and newspeak to critical thinking and meaningful learning

  • Yukon College (YT)
  • Wageningen University

It is higher education’s responsibility to continuously challenge and critique value and knowledge claims that have prescriptive tendencies. Part of this responsibility lies in engaging students in socio‐scientific ...

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Environmental Science Minor

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Environmental Science program offers theoretical and technical knowledge of the generation, transport, and fate of pollutants. Students look at how pollutants affect natural resources and human health, learn about resource ...

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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

The Environmental Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor designed to help students acquire an understanding of the complex issues and concerns associated with the environment. Building on courses in a ...

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Natural Resources MS

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students.

Graduate Degree Options:

  • General (natural resources, biology, ecology, and social sciences)
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental ...
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Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments

  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)

Through pedagogical narratives, literary analyses, reflective essays, and collaborative dialogues, this book explores the professional and intellectual tensions of curricula, pedagogies, and personal practices that honor the relationships of interspecies ...

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Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level compares various colleges around the world, focusing on sustainable development. This book is intended for those who are either practitioners or researchers ...

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Teaching Sustainability / Teaching Sustainably

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Over the coming decades, every academic discipline will have to respond to the paradigm of more sustainable life practices because students will be living in a world challenged by competition ...

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Intergenerational learning and transformative leadership for sustainable futures

  • Wageningen University

In this book, 82 authors from 26 countries across 6 continents seek answers in 32 essays to the many questions related to the intergenerational collaboration that holds promise for creating ...

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Researching Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Plan A, Plan B and Moving Beyond Thought-Limiting Clichés

  • University of Otago

This paper explores Higher Education for Sustainable Development from a research perspective, and attempts to distinguish progress based on research outcomes, from that based on concerns, commitments, intended outcomes and ...

  • Posted June 26, 2018
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A University Wide Approach to Embedding the Sustainable Development Goals in the Curriculum—A Case Study from the Nottingham Trent University’s Green Academy

  • Nottingham Trent University

Since 2015, governments, businesses and civil society, together with the United Nations have been encouraged to work towards seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for ...

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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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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.