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From Faculty Colleges to General Education: Sustainability in the Curriculum at UW Oshkosh

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a comprehensive, master's-level public university that has made great strides in infusing sustainability into the curriculum over the past 5 years. Our campus ...

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Connecting Visual Art/Design and Environmental Studies Courses to Develop Integrated Solutions to Sustainability-Focused Campus Projects: A Service-Learning Model

  • Maryville College (TN)

As many sustainability-focused campus projects require a strong component of visual 'marketing, propaganda, or promotion' to make them successful, it's critical that students engaged in environmental issues should learn ...

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Our Campus as a Living Lab Program: Moving towards a Utopian Sustainable Food System

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In this interactive session we will describe how our 11 year old Campus as a Living Lab program has contributed to food system transformation on campus. This community-based action-research project ...

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Developing Active and Engaged Student-Citizens Through Residential Learning Communities

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The goals of our university's strategic plan include preparing students to contribute to the environmental, economic, social, and cultural vitality of our communities and for global citizenship through both ...

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Breaking into the Sustainability and Higher Education Profession

  • Northwestern University (IL)

After speaking with numerous sustainability coordinators and directors, it has become clear that this emerging field brings in creative, hardworking, and versatile professionals from varying backgrounds. This is both exciting ...

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Educating Sustainability Change Agents By Design

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

While a variety of sustainability programs have been launched internationally over the past few years, a collective discussion focused on defining the design-guidelines for sustainability programs has only recently been ...

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Students Leading the Campus Climate Movement: Tackling Challenges and Engaging Possibilities

  • Second Nature (MA)

Students aren't just organizing events or acting as sustainability interns in the campus sustainability movement - they are leading the climate leadership revolution through regional organizing, collaboration with faculty, staff ...

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Developing an Authentic Undergraduate Sustainability Experience: Connecting Curriculum and Campus

  • Portland State University (OR)

While initiatives to "green" campuses have increased within campus operations, curricular innovations for sustainability have lagged behind. [University] has made integration of sustainability across its academic programs an institutional priority ...

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CSI: Greensboro - Engaging Arts Students in the Sustainability Conversation

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The fine arts are often an overlooked area to promote and engage university sustainability. However, for institutions that embrace the arts throughout their curricula, ways to engage this community are ...

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Empowering Ecoliteracy: A Transformative Art & Design Education Bridges Academics, Operations, and Facilities

  • The New School (NY)

Parsons The New School for Design in New York City has approached sustainability holistically to engage students - shaping how they work, study, and participate in the material world - while also ...

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Chandler Gilbert Community College Environmental Technology Center: An Authentic Model for Sustainability Education

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)

This paper will reflect on a transformational vision of sustainability that was implemented at community college in the Southwest. The transformational process involved the development of an interdisciplinary academic certificate ...

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Investing in the Future: Extending Enterprise Innovation through Biomimicry, Living Systems Design, and Systems Ecology in a Graduate Ecopreneurship Course

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Two graduate faculty share their success strategies for cultivating student leadership in ecopreneurship to take sustainability deeper designing regenerative enterprises. Businesses using green practices and operations are a positive step ...

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Facilitating Sustainability Conversations on Campus: Challenges and Successes of a Sustainability and Civic Engagement Book Group

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

During the fall 2011 semester, thirty university faculty, staff and students gathered to share ideas about sustainability on campus. Discussions were structured by the book The Sustainable Learning Community: One ...

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First-Year Students as Agents of Campus Change

  • Hartwick College (NY)

In academia, sustainability offers structured and spontaneous opportunities for the curriculum to infiltrate campus operations, student life, and the regional community. Since 2008, I have been teaching a first-year seminar ...

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Humanure: A Topic to Challenge Existing Paradigms and Garner Fresh Interest in Sustainability in the Classroom

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

Humanure refers to the process of composting human excretion so as to produce fertile soil. More than just an eye-opening topic, it speaks to a different paradigm to looking at ...

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IGEN Career Pathways: Building Partnerships to Prepare Learners for High-Skill and High-Demand Green Jobs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Discover how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) Career Pathways Initiative, a collaboration of 17 Illinois community colleges, will develop, share and implement more than 30 online-hybrid associate degrees and ...

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Imagining a Sustainable World: Duquesne University's Multi-Disciplinary Course on Sustainability

  • Duquesne University (PA)

In mid-2012 the University Academic Sustainability committee at Duquesne University began

development of a three-credit undergraduate course on sustainability to be taught by a multi-

disciplinary team of faculty from ...

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A Student-Governed Sustainability Project Fund at The University of British Columbia: Increasing Engagement on Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In September 2011 a team of students and university administration members at a large institution began allocating over $100,000 annually to student sustainability projects. This fund was founded and ...

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Transformative Undergraduate Sustainability Education: Dalhousie's Major in Environment, Sustainability & Society

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Dalhousie University's Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society offers a unique approach to undergraduate education in sustainability, combining the rigor and depth of traditional disciplinary study with a rich ...

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Occupy Education: Learning and Living Sustainability

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The presenter offers a visual summary of her book by the same title. Her work is motivated by the sustainability crisis and energized by the drive for social justice that ...

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Educating Citizens as Change Agents

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University is beginning implementation of a program to empower students and alumni to become lifelong participants in community-based, sustainability-oriented social change efforts beyond their time at PSU. The ...

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Student-Faculty Synergy & Institutional Transformation: A Story of Sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This presentation will discuss the evolving, ongoing professional relationship between a student and a sociology professor that has led to both personal transformation and action, and which, over the course ...

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Sustainability Education Combines with Place-based Education in UVM Graduate-level Team-taught Service-learning Integrative Course

  • University of Vermont (VT)

PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program applies landscape analysis and whole systems thinking to fostering a sense of place and a sustainable future in local communities. It seeks ...

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Education for Sustainable Development: Comparing Institutional Initiatives

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

The integration of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the curriculum is a goal of many universities. This session will explore initiatives at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and ...

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Building A Sustainability Pathway In Biology

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia is committed to providing all students the opportunity to study sustainability during their undergraduate education. Implementation requires initiative from within departments and programs as well ...

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Sustainability Integrated Into the Mission and Across the Curriculum at Soka University of America

  • Soka University of America (CA)

Soka University of America (SUA) is a small, private university located in the suburban community of Aliso Viejo, southern California. SUA offers a four-year B.A. in the Liberal Arts ...

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Trends in Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Education

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

This paper presentation will discuss the findings of a 2012 census of interdisciplinary environmental (IE) and sustainability degree programs, other degree programs with formal concentrations or emphases in environment or ...

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Weaving Green Threads: Sustainability Students as Connectors and Creators

  • Franklin Pierce University (NH)

This presentation shows how students in a sustainability certificate program model self-organization, emergent properties and resilience, and develop leadership to leverage change. FPU's Sustainability Certificate students exemplify complex systems ...

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Sustainability Curriculum: Place-based Understanding Through Campus and Community Projects

  • Daemen College (NY)

As proposed by Burns (2011), sustainability education should include opportunities for students to actively participate in improving sustainability through projects that connect them with the geographic region where they live ...

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Navigating Bureaucracy to Teach for a Better World: Sustainability and Ethics

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Integrating sustainability-content throughout the curriculum remains perhaps the key challenge of higher education going forward, as our ability to balance the needs of society with the available resources of the ...

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Can Collaboration Between Competitors Work?

  • Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
  • Pratt Institute (NY)

In September 2010, Pratt Institute hosted a summit for thirty academic leaders from 30 colleges of Art and Design. The PALS (Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability) cohort is creating ...

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Creating Hubs of Indigenous Innovation through Public/Private Partnerships: the Collaboration between MA`O Organic Farms and University of Hawai`i West O`ahu

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

This panel will present an innovative partnership between Ma'o Organic Farms, Leeward Community College (LCC), and the University of Hawaii West O'ahu (UHWO). MAO is a non-profit youth ...

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Sustainability Unbound

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)

A sustainability transformation will require a radical change in the educational paradigm that shapes higher education. Dialogue, interaction and active exploration during this Advanced Track will challenge sustainability education: its ...

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Mind the gap- what we have to learn from students (who study abroad)

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Yale University (CT)

Study abroad is often recalled as one of the most pivotal and transformative experiences in a college student's life. Aside from Freshman orientation, a student traveling abroad is perhaps ...

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Sustainable Impact: The Challenges of Creating Interdisciplinary Courses on Food, Food Systems, and Food Justice to Empower Students to Action

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

When looking to de-silo the often-segregated, triple-bottom line of sustainability, food seems the ideal course subject to broaden understanding. The class was formulated with a three-tiered structure - where our food ...

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Integrating Sustainability Across Sites and Programs: Creating a new Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

This session updates progress on a new sustainable campus and academic unit. This project integrates principles of sustainability across curriculum, research, facilities, purchasing, student life, and campus-community relations. In this ...

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Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability for 20 Campuses: Finding a Common Thread

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A new minor in Sustainability Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University came with a new course: Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability. As the sole requirement common to all students in ...

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Solutions Generator: A Cocurricular Sustainability Leadership-Service Program

  • Portland State University (OR)

In the search for campus sustainability solutions, many institutions continue to seek ways to cultivate student engagement in ways that meet campus learning outcomes and prepare them as change agents ...

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Student Summit Leadership Development Collaboratory

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Our Collaboratory will begin with an introduction to "Developing Your Leader-ful Presence". This portion of our workshop will engage participants in a dialogue about the Leadership Maturation Journey which will ...

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Experiential Learning in Sustainability & Study Abroad

  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between classroom and community, and to better understand the multi-dimensionality of sustainable development concepts, it has become more and more ...

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Sustainability Curriculum Development: Overcoming Challenges in the National Autonomous University of Mexico

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is the oldest academic institution in Mexico and has developed as a highly recognized research and education institution with a long history of ...

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A Capacity Building Program for Sustainability: Collaborative Planning in Mexico

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)

The urgent transformation required by society towards sustainability compels the development of a new paradigm in capacity building, where both citizens and professionals have the capacity to interact, understand and ...

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Degree Awarding Curriculum in Relation to Student Loan Costs: The Importance of Post Education Metrics for Creating Sustainable Academic Programs

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

Universities are tasked with educating and training the future leaders of society. This responsibility requires an appropriate mix of curriculum, activities and supporting environment so as to provide a favorable ...

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The Importance of Post Education Metrics for Academic Curriculum: Analyzing, Assessing and Sustaining Future Leaders

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

Universities are tasked with educating and training the future leaders of society. This responsibility requires an appropriate mix of curriculum, activities and supporting environment so as to provide a favorable ...

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Students as Change-makers: Engagement and Innovation for Small, Underfunded, Public Institutions

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

How do you increase student engagement with campus sustainability initiatives, develop a sustainability plan when administrators have more pressing obligations, and implement it with next-to-no budget or dedicated staffing? These ...

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The Silent Killer Project: Student Engagement Across the Curriculum

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University's usual winter weather is characterized by high snow precipitation and low temperatures. Salt is used liberally on campus to melt snow and ice. Misuse of salt ...

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Small Campuses, Big Impacts: Making Sustainability Work in Smaller, Liberal Arts Schools

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)

In this panel presentation, teaching faculty and sustainability staff from several smaller, liberal arts schools will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in implementing sustainability across the curriculum, the co-curriculum ...

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Engaging Students, Faculty, and the Curriculum in Research and Creative Activities for Sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

As a result of national initiatives like the ACU's President's Climate Commitment, higher education is working hard to promote sustainability. Yet, while institutions "green" their campus operations, transformations ...

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Working Within the World: How The New School brings real-world projects into the classroom

  • The New School (NY)

In line with its dedication to interdisciplinary coursework and giving students hands-on experience, The New School presents two recent projects that exemplify working within the world. Empowerhouse brought together students ...

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An Assessment of Environmental Knowledge and Worldviews of Incoming Freshmen at a Liberal Arts Institution.

  • Albright College (PA)

A 2001 National Wildlife Foundation report found that universities and colleges are not doing an adequate job of producing students who are environmentally literate. In order for students to develop ...

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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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