Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Cornell University
ER-6: Sustainability-Focused Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.18 / 10.00 Lauren Chambliss
Communications Director
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
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The number of sustainability-focused courses offered :

The total number of courses offered :

Number of years covered by the data:

A list of sustainability-focused courses offered:
The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of sustainability-focused courses is available:
A copy of the sustainability course inventory:

The Atkinson Center (ACSF) oversees the delivery (publicly, via the web) and annual review of the most comprehensive list of sustainability-related courses at Cornell (www.acsf.cornell.edu/curricula). With this submission, we have changed our tracking system internally to identify courses as "focused" or "related" following the STARS criteria (as indicated in the attached course inventory). This aligned process accounts for our slight increase in points.

- 127 sustainability-focused courses were offered in 2011-12

- Total unique courses - for last year's survey, the Cornell University Registrar and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future spent a great deal of time identifying the unique courses offered at Cornell in the 2010-11 academic year by selecting distinct (not cross-listed) courses and excluding labs/fieldwork/clinics (required for another course), internships, independent studies, and special degree required work (like honors thesis, masters & doctoral research). For 2010-11, we reported 3965 total unique courses.

To calculate the total unique courses for 2011-12, the Registrar suggested we save time and resources by using an estimate, rather than an exact count. The Registrar reported a 0.86% increase in the number of courses. Applying the same percentage increase, we calculate 4000 total unique courses.

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.