Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.48
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 21, 2011
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Cleveland State University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Nathan Engstrom
Coordinator, Campus Sustainability
Business Affairs and Finance
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

Sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes the elements of environment, society and economy and their inter connections. Through its educational programs, the university engages students in curriculum and research to advance the practice of sustainability concepts in the region and across the globe.

A sustainability-focused course is one that explores all the three elements of environment, society and economy. This includes learning about the concept of sustainability, and/or using sustainability as a lens to analyze trade-offs and benefits, and human behavior across multiple disciplines.

A sustainability-related course is one that concentrates on one or more elements of sustainability, e.g. an environment science course, or, a natural resource economy course. In such courses, sustainability can also be used to explore or identify alternative solutions in order to meet the constraints of one or more of those elements.

Has the institution identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

An ad hoc committee on Sustainability in Curriculum and Research was convened in fall 2010. As part of this process, the above working definition was developed and approved. Subsequently, a survey was conducted among CSU faculty asking them to self report their sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses. This was backed up by a review of the CSU course catalog.

Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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