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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Turning Trash into Cash: The USD E-Waste Collection Center

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Electronic waste is the largest growing municipal waste stream in the United States. As technology continues to advance, consumers continue to buy new electronics, but where can they properly dispose ...

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The Kinnikinnic Project: Developing Sustainability Learning Outcomes In Higher Education

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

A sustainable campus and community approach to learning outcomes provides the single richest multi-disciplinary and discipline specific platform for immersing our students and stakeholders in a place-based, living-learning laboratory environment ...

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Core Competencies in Learning for Sustainability: A Key to Building Campus Cultures of Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

As a gathering, the AASHE Conference has tremendous potential to foster rich campus cultures of sustainability. The goal of our session is to help realize this potential by engendering meaningful ...

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Shut Your Sash? Connecting Fume Hood Behavior Change Theories with the Real World

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Two prestigious think tanks and a multi-campus educational program collaborated over the past year in an effort to quantitatively answer the question: “Do fume hood campaigns save energy?” Though intuitively ...

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Personal Narrative as Research Pedagogy: Using Poetic Language and Personal Testament in the Research Writing Process

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Research scientists are often dismissed when their reports include personal ethical statements or persuasions—these individuals risk their objectivity in doing so and the result can be invalidation in the ...

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Sustainability Projects Assessment Tool (SPAT)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Sustainability Projects Assessment Tool (SPAT) is an automated decision support program that seeks to identify total cost of ownership of sustainability projects, and analyzes three aspects: assessment of environmental ...

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Modeling Urban Form: Expressions of the Operational State of Design-For-Sustainability

  • Ball State University (IN)

As a rule students do not have the opportunity to interact readily with those of other disciplines. And so they cannot bring to bear their respective disciplinary experience and knowledge ...

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In Front of the Mirror: Assessing Curricular Change

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

California State University, Chico undertook a general education reform, providing a unique opportunity to craft a new general education pathway with the intent of preparing students for challenges of the ...

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A Collaborative Approach to Applied Sustainability in Undergraduate Education

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)

This paper will note best practices in sustainability education by examining a collaborative learning endeavor involving an undergraduate special projects course. The course is designed to engage students in experiential ...

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Getting Involved on Your College Campus: The Power of Students and Sustainability Tools

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

The college campus is a living lab where students can learn about sustainability through projects, internships, and work study positions. There are many “sustainability tools” available to reveal how colleges ...

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Sustainability Competencies to Meet Market & Societal Demand

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Sustainability and sustainable practices are growing to include every sector of global society. Therefore there is a growing demand for professionals to have basic sustainability competence. At the same time ...

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Dissertations on Sustainability in Higher Education: A Meta-Study Analysis

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a means of examining emerging scholarship on sustainability in higher education (SHE), a bounded qualitative meta-study of SHE dissertations was undertaken in 2012 concurrent with the twentieth anniversary of ...

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Reframing Courses to Integrate Sustainability: Essential Strategies and Resources

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

College courses often are based on disciplinary knowledge, but teaching sustainability requires an interdisciplinary perspective. How can professors integrate key sustainability concepts without radically changing course requirements or abandoning disciplinary ...

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A Teaching Module on Climate Change for the Introductory Business Course

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Business managers are increasingly engaged with climate change issues, but pedagogy on climate change in the business curriculum is in the early stages of development. This session addresses the need ...

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The Greater Carlisle Project – a College/Community Collaboration for Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Taking inspiration from The Oberlin Project, Dickinson College convened a series of meetings from November 2012 through March 2013 with members of the Greater Carlisle community for conversations about creating ...

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Energy Dashboards: Cross-Discplinary Opportunities for Coursework & Research

  • Illinois State University (IL)

Illinois State University utilized an ESCO project to install a custom programmed energy monitoring system with the dual purpose of serving as a public classroom and research repository. Cross-collaborating with ...

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Sustainability Practicum: Making a Seamless Transition from Classroom to Career

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Typically, the transition from classroom to career has been seen as the primary responsibility of the students themselves, perhaps with some support (if available) from student affairs and the ‘Career ...

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Summer Internships for a Sustainable Food System

  • Linfield College (OR)

Today, the importance of sustainably addressing our food system is vital. There is a pressing societal need for citizens educated in actively creating and participating with food systems based in ...

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Internships as a Tool for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Luther College (IA)

Using Luther College’s successful sustainability internship program as a case study, this presentation will cover all aspects of developing and implementing a sustainability focused student internship program for undergraduates ...

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People, Planet, Participation: An Approach to Holistically Embedding Sustainability in Curriculum

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

Embedding sustainability across a broad curriculum is a difficult and daunting task. An holistic approach cannot simply focus on adding content into existing units, nor can it depend upon specifically ...

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Addressing Fundamental Questions on the Design and Implementation of Sustainability Education

  • Merrimack College (MA)

Asking fundamental questions about sustainability education will be the focus of this interactive, possibly advanced track, workshop. The presenter will begin by presenting data on the disciplinary homes and leadership ...

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Incorporating Sustainability Into Undergraduate Education

  • Northland College (WI)

Many colleges and universities in the U.S. have embraced the concept of sustainability in their facilities and operations. Many have also captured sustainability as part of their institutional mission ...

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The Dining Hall as a Classroom: A Unique Model for a Life-Cycle Analysis Course

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Though students, faculty, and the dining service have all shown dedication to sustainable initiatives, there has been little academic research on the sustainability of our campus dining service. This year ...

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The Invisibility of Sustainability: Student Projects that Render Visible Previously Hidden Environmental Impacts

  • Rice University (TX)

As humans, we are inherently biased towards what we can see. Sustainability officers will often observe with frustration that others perceive sustainability as being all about recycling bins and solar ...

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Growing Pains: Curriculum Design and Redesign in a First-Year Sustainability Cohort

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

The HERE (Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering) program, a first-year living-learning community at our school, was designed around standard required courses. First-year students enroll together in an orientation course and ...

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Sustainabillity by Collaboration: Partnering Facilities with Instruction

  • Sierra College (CA)

Sierra College utilizes a unique partnership between the facilities and instructional divisions to provide high-level workforce development training for students while expanding the college's renewable energy portfolio. The Energy ...

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Recycling, Reusing and Repurposing Environmental Art: A Case Study

  • Spelman College (GA)

As an artist-educator interested in sustainability I have been exploring the concept of recycling, reusing and repurposing eco-friendly materials in my art practice and my pedagogy. The Sanctuary Series that ...

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Plenary: Organizational Leadership for Sustainability Education

  • Unity College (ME)

As president of Unity College, Dr. Stephen Mulkey is a champion of sustainability science, which he sees as the defining framework for academic programming at Unity College. In just under ...

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UC Berkeley's Building Sustainability at Cal Class: The Integration of Social Justice Into Sustainability Education

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Building Sustainability at Cal (BS@C) class is a unique course on the campus of UC Berkeley—gathering students from diverse disciplines to learn about and form the future ...

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Pushing The Boundaries Of Student Sustainability Competitions With The Kukui Cup

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

In order to meet the sustainability challenges we face in higher education and the world, we need to understand the impact of our behavior, and what we can do to ...

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Island Food Security through a Campus Community Garden

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College began an endeavor to build a campus community garden in 2010. Almost three years later, and after many obstacles ...

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“You Can’t Measure That!” Measuring Affective Learning Outcomes in an Undergraduate Urban Sustainability Course

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Traditional classroom assessments are unable to measure students’ development of the affective competencies and behavioral dispositions implicit in education for sustainability. This original research addresses the question of how to ...

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How can we know that our educational efforts are working?

  • University of Otago (Otago)

Some higher education institutions aspire to transform students into global citizens, able and willing to address the sustainability needs of the planet. Yet these institutions have limited capacity to evaluate ...

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Teaching Sustainability as a Contested Concept: Reflections from the Cascadia Sustainability Field School

  • University of Victoria (BC)

Skepticism with respect to the self-evidence of truth claims in the ever-present context of power relations is central to critical scholarship. Concepts can and are used not as innocent representations ...

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Beyond Sustainability: Resilience Thinking in Sustainability Education

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Sustainability can be thought of as the ability of human communities to persist over the long term through equitable sharing of natural, economic and cultural resources within and across generations ...

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Monasteries :"What Campus Sustainability Programs Can Learn From Their Antecedents"

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

This presentation reports on historical influences of rural monasticism and culture on current sustainability practices in higher education. Although not conceived or defined as sustainability, western European monasteries functioned to ...

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Philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability: It’s all about Inspiring Deep Thinking

  • Wright State University (OH)

Come to our campus, learn about our school, interact with other students, tour our facilities, meet our faculty – You’ll want to invest 4 or 5 years with us! Sound ...

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An Historian's Critique of the Sustainability Triangle

  • Xavier University (OH)

This paper examines the traditional sustainability triangle—economy, environment and society—from an historical perspective. I argue that the sustainability triangle and its attendant well-used concept of sustainable development arose ...

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Teaching Sustainability 101: How Do We Structure An Introductory Course?

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Philadelphia University (PA)
  • Roosevelt University (IL)

This panel discussion brings together 5 university instructors who have been teaching some version of "Intro to Sustainability" for at least several years. The panelists will share and compare their ...

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Collaborative Approach to Understanding Faculty Research and Course Offerings

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

As part of Appalachian State University's commitment to sustainability, a faculty inventory was conducted to determine the nature and extent of research, scholarly activity, and creative production that are ...

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Experiential Learning in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship': A Costa Rican Case-Study

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

This session will provide an overview of a sample interdisciplinary experiential study abroad program in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship' in Costa Rica. This will include a summary of program design through ...

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Designing Introductory Courses in Sustainability for Undergraduate Learners

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Skagit Valley College (WA)
  • University of Washington, Bothell (WA)

Sustainability programs have proliferated in colleges and universities recently, including lower division courses designed to introduce students to the issues of sustainability. But as a field of study, sustainability is ...

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Getting to the Point: Teaching STEM Content Through Societal Challenges

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Our planet and its inhabitants are under unprecedented stress. More than ever before, we need people - citizens, scientists, engineers, and teachers - who not only understand the scientific and societal dimensions ...

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Sustainability: Perspectives of Students as Stakeholders in the Curriculum

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)

Using a single case study approach, this doctoral dissertation explores sustainability curricula in a community college setting. Forty students were interviewed using a focus group methodology to discern group norms ...

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Assessing Sustainability Learning Outcomes at Two Community Colleges

  • Delta College (MI)

Assessing sustainability and general education outcomes is a tough nut to crack. Follow two community college academic professionals along their journey to discover an efficient and effective assessment tool. Both ...

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Curriculum Convocation

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

What will 21st century colleges and universities look like when sustainability is the curriculum? When students leave institutions of higher learning with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet challenges ...

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The Pedagogy of Sustainability: Applying Transformative Learning Theory

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Most faculty members are not taught to be teachers. While much of sustainability education research focuses on appropriate teaching methods, faculty looking to integrate sustainability into their classrooms tend to ...

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Student Led Weatherizations at Harvard: Delivering Exponential Impact from Small Energy Retrofits

  • Harvard University (MA)

Finding a way to give a broad number of students hands on experience in facility operations while making a significant impact on energy consumption is a complex process. After four ...

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Honing Student Involvement: Structuring Programs for Success

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Could your student programs or internships be refined to maximize effectiveness and impact? University of Florida staff will present an overview of student programs with innovative incentive structures and systems ...

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Helping Others Understand Sustainability: Tools for Curriculum Development and Instructional Design

  • Manhattanville College (NY)
  • Webster University (MO)

All too often, efforts to advocate for the integration of sustainability into curriculum development and instructional design in higher education are thwarted by general confusion about just what sustainability is ...

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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

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Curriculum Partners

Bound International

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We navigate the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

FIE: Foundation for International Education

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Strategic Energy Innovations

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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.