Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.12
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.44 / 14.00 Sarah Carson(Zemanick)
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
FS - Energy & Sustainability
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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 2,509 2,300
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 183 90
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 345 156

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
16.09

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
92

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
89

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
96.74

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

Each year, the previous year's inventory of sustainability-focused and sustainability-inclusive courses is checked alongside the updated University Course Catalog to ensure each course is still being taught and that the professor and course description are up-to-date and meet the sustainability criteria. Additionally, new courses are added to the list if they meet the criteria.

Semester at Sea programs and other study abroad programs that are not directly affiliated with Cornell were not added to the inventory because they do not satisfy what STARS considers part of the course roster. Programs like Shoals Marine Lab and other courses that include an abroad trip, however, were added to the sustainable course inventory because they are directly affiliated with Cornell. Courses that were not added to the list (and in few cases, deleted from the list) include honors thesis credits, research credits, independent study options, and internship credits. Crosslisted classes were only added once.

A public-facing version of the sustainability course list can be found at http://www.atkinson.cornell.edu/education/curricula/index.php and a scaled back version can be found on the University Registrar website here http://courses.cornell.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=41&poid=20096.


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:

Crosslisted courses were only counted once. However, there are courses that co-meet with both undergraduate and graduate students. These courses were counted both in the undergraduate and graduate lists.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Please note: data source for 2020(filed 3/21): Due to COVID we are using 2018-19 course list due to availability of data from course registrar.

Although special topics, internships, etc. are not included in the spreadsheet inventory, these courses (if they include sustainability content) are included in the list provided in the link above, which is primarily meant for student use.

The document supporting the total number of departments is attached in PRE-5. The number of departments offering sustainability courses was calculated in excel by finding the count of distinct course departments indicated on the sustainability course inventory. https://courses.cornell.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=31&poid=15440

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.