Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.19 / 14.00 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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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 1,724 281
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 123 26
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 166 32

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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

A worksheet querying department chairs about whether and to what extent sustainability concepts were taught in their departments was sent out in December 2019. Though an inventory of sustainability had been collected and maintained since 2012 to this end, our effort to query departments directly was an attempt to true up and make more accurate this list. The worksheet consisted of questions asking respondents to check boxes indicating whether social, economic, and environmental dimensions were taught in the curriculum, and then to accordingly select whether they then believed this made the course sustainability related or focused. Guidance from the Office of Sustainability was given that any course teaching intersections between any two of the three dimensions should be considered sustainability related, and any course teaching intersections between all three dimensions or using "sustainability" explicitly as a lens should be considered sustainability focused. The Office of Sustainability disseminated this worksheet via the Vice Provost's Office, and received a low response rate.

Therefore, as a second steps, Office of Sustainability staff reviewed all department feedback (or lack thereof) and compared it to course descriptions and existing sustainability designations, and from this formed a list of recommended changes. Recommended changes to designations was emailed directly to chairs, for which a high level of response and engagement was attained. Recommendations for changes from the Office of Sustainability were the final authority for any department that did not confirm or deny the Office of Sustainability's final results.

Results from this process are given here in the figures and attached spreadsheet.

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:

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The optional URL given above https://facilitymgmt.humboldt.edu/making-sustainability-designations contains resources and information that the Office of Sustainability has developed to support campus stakeholders in understanding how sustainability is incorporated to their work.

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