Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.98
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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George Mason University
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dann Sklarew
Fellow of Sustainability Studies
Office of the Provost
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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?:
A “green leaf” course or academic program focuses on learning about sustainability, i.e., meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The green leaf designation recognizes offerings that contribute significantly to students’ understanding and practice of sustainability. These offerings extend beyond environmental management, natural resources protection and conservation studies alone to embrace economic development and social responsibility.

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:
Deans and directors of colleges, schools and institutes were invited to identify courses, or have their departments or their Sustainability Studies Advisory Council (SSAC) reps do so, using the definition above. Courses in the catalog with pertinent summaries were included if self-evident (e.g., "Sustainability in Action), otherwise faculty or syllabi were consulted. Leads of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related academic programs were also invited to nominate courses. Final decision was made by the Provost's Fellow of Sustainability Studies, in consultation with SSAC representatives.

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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