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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Shaping Perceptions of Sustainability: The Role of Post-secondary Coursework

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This paper will gauge the role post-secondary academic instructions play in shaping student perceptions of the concept of sustainability. A comprehensive, web-based survey of College of Charleston students asked respondents ...

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Exploring Faculty Conceptualizations of Sustainable Universities Through the Use of Q Methodology

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The Sustainability in Higher Education literature reveals the highly subjective nature of thinking about what it means to be a sustainable university. We used Q methodology to explore how faculty ...

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Transitioning To Impact: From Classrooms To Careers In Sustainability

  • Davidson College (NC)

This presentation introduces Davidson College's new Sustainability Scholars program and examines how it successfully transitions students from the classroom into sustainability careers. Sustainability Scholars are undergraduate students who address ...

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Inspiring Undergraduate Excellence with Direct and Meaningful Engagement

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

This presentation demonstrates the power of significant engagement in conservation, sustainability, and social justice, as a motivator for undergraduate excellence. Two courses at The Evergreen State College will serve as ...

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Environmental studentship program as strategy to reach Sustainable University objective

  • Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

One of the most important challenges of sustainable universities is to incorporate the environmental issues in education curriculum and research and in campus design. Federal University of Uberlândia, in Brazil ...

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Empowering Students to Build a Pipeline of Sustainable Solutions

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This session will examine successful strategies to meaningfully engage students that harnesses their youthful idealism in a pragmatic way, promotes campus and community sustainability goals, and develops the skills they ...

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Building Green Bridges: Sustainability Career Paths for Students in Higher Education

  • Green Training Associates LLC

Students seeking sustainability careers need supporting processes, tools and resources to enable them to follow appropriate educational paths and prepare them with the competencies, qualifications and relevant degrees/certificates to ...

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Teaching Business Sustainability Through Student-Led Corporate Sustainability Audits

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Universities and colleges around the globe are beginning to offer more courses to teach students about environmentally responsible business practices. These courses often offer important theoretical foundations for students who ...

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No Campus Is An Island: College Sustainability As Interdependence vs. Self-Sufficiency

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Definitions of sustainability at institutions of higher education often hearken back to the 1987 Brundtland Commission report, Our Common Future, yet many fail to capture its global scope, resulting in ...

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Flying our Talk: Sustainability Standards for Education Abroad

  • 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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Learning Outcomes for Teaching Sustainability in the Humanities

  • Luther College (IA)

This paper explores the question of what we expect students to know and be able to do as the result of successful education for sustainability. I start by defending the ...

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Universal Design and Sustainability: an Appealing Synchronicity of Concepts for the 21st Century Campus Accessibility Audit.

  • McGill University (QC)

Triggering organic change in Higher Education institutions towards widened access and the implementation of Universal, on the one hand, or sustainable development, on the other, is an arduous task which ...

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Activism that Pays: How Student Social Entrepreneurship Can Revitalize Your Campus

  • New York University (NY)

Student clubs and organizations can be a useful platform for getting students involved, but is this traditional model of engagement limiting student capacity? This workshop, aimed at students and sustainability ...

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SustaiNAITability

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

As members of a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management capstone applied research team, we were able to establish NAIT as the first member of Polytechnics Canada to receive a ...

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Campus Environmental Caucus: Connecting Students, Faculty and Staff Across Disciplines and Departments

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The mission of the Environmental Caucus is to facilitate creative and strategic communication across campus to advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and to promote education, research, and collaboration on ...

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Campus to Community Engagement through Action Research Teams

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

How do university students engage with local communities to actually create meaningful action that brings everyone together toward common sustainability goals? The Weatherization & Community Building Action Team, which is ...

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A Case Study on a Residential Energy Efficiency Service Learning Education Program

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the National Energy Leadership Corps (NELC) education program is to train (STEM discipline) students in partner universities to complete energy assessments and to perform home energy assessments ...

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Sustainable University IdeaLab: Engaging Students Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Universities have big budgets, big energy bills, and large carbon and waste footprints. They also waste a major resource: large numbers of students with great entrepreneurial, technological, and innovative potential ...

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Students as Key Stakeholders in Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

This research project attempted to gauge the "culture of sustainability" among students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and to determine whether students are key stakeholders in advancing sustainability by contributing ...

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UBC Solar: An Example of Student Directed Faculty-Student Research Partnerships

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The research interests of faculty members direct most of the academic output in university environments. While there are opportunities for students to suggest research topics, these are largely limited to ...

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Little Classroom in the Big Woods

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Construction of the sustainable Bagley Outdoor Classroom at UMD demonstrated leadership in energy efficiency, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, passive heating, natural ventilation, water efficiency, local and renewable materials ...

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Sustainability as Deep Learning: the University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

The University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship (SCFF) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary professional development program designed to integrate sustainability into curriculum throughout UDC's schools ...

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Action Research in Education for Sustainability at the University of Vermont's Greenhouse Residential Learning Community

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Higher education institutions are addressing sustainability issues through the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework. Innovative curricula on sustainability provide engaging topics and contexts through which to teach and learn about ...

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Eco Adventures: Combining Recreation with Civic Engagement to Enhance Learning

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Eco Adventures is a collaborative program offered by university recreation and service learning departments, providing outdoor recreational trips that include a service learning project. These adventures have been successful as ...

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Using Experiential Activities to Introduce and Enhance Sustainability Education

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Through experiential games and activities, student leaders and faculty/staff can provide a framework and enhance understanding of sustainability concepts in a variety of settings including boardrooms, classrooms and workshops ...

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Teacher Educators Luncheon

  • Webster University (MO)

Teacher Educators are invited to come together to discuss the status of sustainability in higher education, how to move it forward, and who to work with.

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Why Would We Work Together?: Sustainability Projects and Interdisciplinary Student Learning

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)

Sustainability, as a concept, is a familiar part of curriculum and a high priority for colleges and universities throughout the world. In an effort to meet the interdisciplinary research goals ...

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Towards a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the performance of the buildings integrated in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment ...

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Universities Adopting Cities to Address the Climate Challenge

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Local governments are increasingly compelled to take action on climate and energy issues, but are challenged to respond as a result of limited capacity. At the same time, universities are ...

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Creating a culture of firestarters: How to cultivate highly effective students

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students are an essential part of a robust campus sustainability movement. Their involvement is not only educationally valuable for them, it can also expedite your projects and allow you to ...

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Introduction to Sustainable Development: Creative Teaching Techniques to Connect, Engage, and Enlighten

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you introduce and explicate the complicated and interdisciplinary concept of Sustainable Development? This interactive presentation will explore a variety of ways to creatively and effectively teach the Gordian ...

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A Sustainable Course on Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

My college recently offered me the opportunity to teach a new kind of course with a new set of technological teaching tools. This class, "Thoreau, Wilderness, and American Nature Writing ...

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The Imperative of a Sustainable Human Resource Management Course in MBA Programs

  • Kent State University (OH)

The MBA Human Resource Management core course covers all functional areas of HRM, with an emphasis on the manager's perspective and responsibilities. This session makes a case for the ...

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Energy auditing by summer undergraduate interns

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

With tight budgets, many small colleges have a hard time finding the funds to hire a consulting engineering firm to conduct energy audits and develop retrofit strategies. A way to ...

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Putting the Sustainability into Existing Courses

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

While many courses have a potential connection to sustainability studies, developing that linkage requires additional work. For existing courses to maximize their contribution to the sustainability studies program, course revision ...

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Beyond the Worshops: Examples of sustainability integration across the curriculum

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

The Headwaters Project is our institution's program to infuse concepts of sustainability across the curriculum. Motivated by the AASHE-supported curriculum development workshop at Emory University in January 2010, we ...

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Design Education in the Age of Ecology

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Since the year 2000, our society has faced an attack on our soil (911), a devastating hurricane (Katrina), Fossil fuel price escalation ($4/gallon), an unprecedented oil spill in the ...

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Sustainable Design Seminar: Using Lessons Learned from Graphic Design Studios and Think Tank

  • Daemen College (NY)

A four-year seminar series in a Global and Local Sustainability program has been designed to build a diverse skill set in its graduates. Students in the program have concentrations in ...

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AMS Climate Studies: A Great Primer for Green College Programs

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

As a greater number of educational institutions unveil green degree programs and reduce their environmental footprint, basic climate literacy is of utmost importance. To meet that growing demand, the American ...

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Building Multidisciplinary Sustainability Programs in the Comprehensive Universities

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Developing a new program frequently requires the cooperation of faculty from many different departments who face heavy demands on their time and expertise. Gaining the cooperation and commitment of faculty ...

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Developing Sustainability Leaders: Applying a Transformative Leadership Framework at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Leading institutions of higher education are increasingly utilizing the campus as a laboratory not only for implementing "green projects" but also for developing the skill set in students to lead ...

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Hands-on undergraduate instruction in renewable energy; Linking student research and community partners

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Students in an introductory research methods class have engaged in research projects that enable them to help evaluate various local renewable energy options. All are hands-on projects that require students ...

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Enabling faculty to choose to integrate environmental stewardship across the curriculum: A faculty development case study

  • James Madison University (VA)

Effective faculty development programs are essential to advancing education for sustainability (EfS) initiatives, "Any efforts to increase the scale of sustainability education will rest in the hands of the faculty ...

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Sustainability Education: Opportunities to Embrace Leadership Development and Cross Cultural Team Building

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

While higher education has played an influential role in various issues within American society, the depth of its persuasion must permeate the nation's path to sustainability. Incorporating sustainability into ...

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Incorporating Sustainability into the Phonetics Classroom

  • San Diego State University (CA)

This presentation illustrates how concepts of sustainability were introduced into a course on phonetics for students pursuing degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology. This course, which is required by our ...

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Living and Learning in a Passive House Residence Hall

  • Unity College (ME)

In the fall of 2011, ten students will move into a unique campus residence, TerraHaus, the first American college residence designed to meet the Passive House standard, the highest international ...

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Energy Management in the Curriculum: The ENERGY STAR Course for Colleges and Universities

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Understanding the fundamentals of energy management is a marketable skill in any economic climate. Further, understanding the means to and metrics of energy efficiency, and how policy decisions intertwine with ...

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Where do I start? Resources available for the academic study of sustainablity in higher education

  • Ball State University (IN)

For the student of higher education, entering the world of sustainability can be quite overwhelming. This presentation provides a review of academic resources available for the student of sustainability in ...

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Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

As teachers of critical thinking and sound reasoning, academic librarians play a vital role in supporting sustainability across the curriculum. Seasoned consolidators and distributors of information, librarians also bring a ...

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A Service Learning Course that Engages a Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Programs

  • Stanford University (CA)

As a leader in resource management, demonstrated through infrastructural improvements and efficiency programs, Stanford has great potential to couple operational achievements with program-based local actions that promote both resource conservation ...

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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

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