Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Earth Institute
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
Yes

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

Sustainability, as a term, originated at the 1987 Commission on Environment and Development, or the Brundtland Commission, which defined sustainable development as: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987). Sustainability links economy, society and environment together; it is long-term economic production and consumption that minimizes environmental impact and maximizes resource conservation and reuse.

Approved by:
Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute
Alison Miller, Deputy Executive Director, The Earth Institute


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

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

The process was started by defining sustainability related and focused courses and then seeing which courses fell into this description by reaching out to the department administrators, program directors, some professors, and reviewing the course catalog.


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

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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