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Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date April 11, 2023

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

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Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:

1. A committee of faculty and staff first convened to evaluate courses and give them sustainability designations during Fall 2012.
2. The committee decided to create an inventory of existing courses that are broadly associated with the three concepts of sustainability: society, economy, and environment based on keywords present in course descriptions. This was a listing of courses already offered, with no curricular changes proposed.
>>Initial keyword searches were based on the following:
• environment keywords: environ*, natur*, habitat*, natural resourc*, carrying capacity, ecolog*, species*, wildlife, forest, fish*, ecosystem*, fauna, flora, plant*, air*, water*, land*, energ*, climat*, pollut*
• economy keywords: econom*, business*, financ*, development, developing
• society keywords: social*, societ*, socio*, ethic*, justice, right*, policy*, regulat*, politic*, future generation
• economy/social keywords: poverty*, third world, civilization, communit*
• environment/social keywords: conserv*
4. In 2019, the Sustainability Office attempted to survey faculty for changes to previously existing designations. Due to low response rate, the Sustainability Office made initial designations and then corresponded by email with department chairs for confirmation and final decisions.
5. In 2021, the Sustainability Faculty Fellow began reviewing newly proposed courses and when needed, requested syllabus, assignment, or other supporting materials to make designations decisions.

Course designations can be found by students as results in the online catalog when the keyword "sustainability" is searched. See results:

• Sustainability-focused: course includes social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examines a topic using sustainability as a lens
• Sustainability-related: course includes two of the three dimensions (social-economic, or economic-environmental, or environmental-social)

A copy of the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:

Website URL for the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Look for "leaf" symbol next to each course as described above.

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