|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||June 21, 2013|
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification
|2.00 / 3.00||
Dr. E. Jane
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
Our IUPUI Academic Sustainability Committee accepts the Brundtland Report definition from the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” We enrich this definition with elements of the AASHE definition which incorporates economic, social and environmental elements of sustainability into its definition.
At IUPUI, courses designated by this committee as sustainability-focused share the following characteristics:
1. They integrate knowledge in an interdisciplinary framework to include social and natural environmental interactions;
2. They offer alternative strategies for the use of natural resources, highlighting trade-offs and unintended consequences;
3. They are forward looking with respect to the impacts of technology, policy, and physical constraints on the ecosystem;
4. They promote critical thinking skills related to the challenges of sustainability
5. They enhance sustainability communication skills across disciplines
Courses designated by this committee as sustainability-related may share some of the following characteristics but do not explicitly include sustainability related outcomes in their learning outcomes (#4, #5).
1. They may integrate knowledge in an interdisciplinary framework to include social and natural environmental interactions;
2. They may offer alternative strategies for the use of natural resources, highlighting trade-offs and unintended consequences;
3. They may be forward looking with respect to the impacts of technology, policy, and physical constraints on the ecosystem;
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:
Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.