Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.54
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Sept. 12, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Colorado State University
ER-7: Sustainability-Related Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.01 / 10.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President


Institution offers sustainability-related academic courses. 

This credit does not include continuing education and extension courses, which are covered by PAE Credit 21: Sustainability in Continuing Education


This credit applies to all institutions.


Institutions earn the maximum of 10 points for this credit when sustainability-related courses comprise 30 percent or more of all courses offered.  Incremental points are available based on the percentage of course offerings that are sustainability-related.  For example, an institution where 15 percent of all courses offered were related to sustainability would earn 5 points (half of the points available for this credit).



Report the most recent data available. 

Institutions may choose to report course offerings from one, two, or three academic years, as long as both the total number of courses offered and the number of sustainability-related courses offered are measured during the same time. 

Sampling and Data Standards

Courses that are cross-listed in multiple departments do not count as separate courses. 

To streamline the data gathering process, institutions may choose to count each time a course is offered (e.g. multiple sections of the same course) as a separate course or as the same course, as long as sustainability-related course offerings are counted in the same way as total course offerings.   For example, a course that is held twice (or if there are two sections) in the fall term and once in the spring term may be counted as 3 courses or 1 course, as long as the institution’s course counting methodology is consistent. 

Courses offered by outside entities (e.g. courses offered by other colleges that are part of a consortium with the institution or courses offered through study abroad programs that are not administered by the institution) should not be counted in the participating institution’s course inventory.  

However, courses developed and offered jointly by multiple institutions that are listed in the participating institution’s course catalog may be counted.  In such circumstances, sustainability and non-sustainability courses should be counted consistently.  This means that if sustainability courses offered jointly by the participating institution and another entity are included in the inventory, non sustainability courses meeting these criteria should be included as well.   

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.