Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.52
Liaison Sarah Wald
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2011
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Drew University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Sarah Wald
Assisstant Professor
Environmental Studies & Sustainability
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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?:

The goal of sustainability education is to foster the knowledge, motivation, and skills to help create a healthy economy, society, and environment. Sustainability education may occur throughout the curriculum, regardless of field of study.

In order to determine whether or not a course has this goal in mind, it is useful to ask whether or not a given course will help students to achieve one or more of the following.

• Understand and be able to effectively communicate the concept of sustainability.
• Place environmental problems and solutions in context: cultural, social, ethical, scientific, economic, or political.
• Synthesize understanding of social, economic, and/or environmental systems and reason holistically.
• Build knowledge about life on earth or about interconnections with the biotic and abiotic environment.
• Develop an ethical perspective in which students view themselves as embedded in the fabric of an interconnected world.
• Develop an understanding of the health of and/or equity within human communities and cultures at local, regional, national, and/or global levels.
• Understand the way in which sustainable thinking and decision-making contributes to the process of creating solutions for current and emerging social, environmental, and economic crises.
• Develop the technical skills or expertise necessary to implement sustainable solutions.

A course does not have to accomplish all of these things to be designated as sustainability-related or sustainability-focused. No single course may be designated both sustainability-focused and sustainability related.

Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability throughout the course engaging at least two of the above principles.

Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

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:

We created an on-line survey that was sent to all faculty. Office visits were conducted to increase response to survey.

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

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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