Overall Rating Reporter
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Liaison Amy Spark
Submission Date April 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Bow Valley College
AC-1: Academic Courses

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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 412 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 6 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 26 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

The Bow Valley College website was reviewed program-by-program in order to tally the total number of courses. The Sustainability Coordinator created the course inventory by communicating directly with all Deans and Directors at the College. A course was included if it incorporated the following concepts: conservation (energy & water), energy efficiency, sustainability as a discussion or assignment topic, corporate social responsibility, environmentally-friendly behaviour, sustainable procurement, natural processes, or social interactions with the natural world.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

In Bow Valley College's Workplace Skills Development program, staff develop curriculum, workshops, and assessments related to workplace skills for clients external to the College. Sustainability concepts are often incorporated into these materials. For example, a recent project involved creating curriculum for youth preparing for entrance into the skilled trades. Information on an environmentally-friendly hair salon and an activity about responsible land use planning using Lego were incorporated.

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