Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.83 / 14.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 1,389 1,306
Number of sustainability courses offered 41 28
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 42 21

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

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 determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

The full inventory of “active” undergraduate and graduate classes – those classes that are “on the books” as of October 2017 – was reviewed. The first step was to flag classes whose titles indicted environmental content. The second step was to review class descriptions for all the environmental classes to identify those classes that were oriented toward sustainability: that is, would a student taking this class necessarily be engaged in learning why and how to help society pursue pathways toward a future that was both environmentally and socially sustainable? This approach to identifying classes that include or focus on sustainability resulted in a narrower set of classes than would be the case if we had followed the “two out of three” Earth Charter criteria approach (environment, society, economics). Three critical topic areas that meet the “sustainability orientation” criterion above but are primarily focused on environment were also included in this analysis; these topic areas are climate, sustainable energy (renewable/alternative sources, storage, efficiency), and ecology.

Descriptions for all courses offered by MIT are available at http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Not applicable; no courses with multiple offerings or sections were included

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Multiple offerings were not counted. If a class had both undergraduate and graduate sections, only one section was counted based on whether the official registrars list identified the "master" section as undergraduate of graduate.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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