Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.72 / 14.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU 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 2,996 1,976
Number of sustainability courses offered 150 90
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 258 105

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 :

Courses in sustainability and courses with sustainability elements were identified through searches in the university Registrar Course Descriptions Catalog.  In addition, Associate Deans from all 17 colleges were involved in gathering information about courses.  Several key Directors of Schools and Department Chairs that have significantly embedded sustainability as part of their curriculum were also interviewed.   A complete list of courses for the two academic years was obtained through the Registrars office.  Duplicates were removed.  This list was then thoroughly examined by sustainability staff. Sustainability courses were identified using the systems recommended in the AASHE STARS technical manual, and therefore courses that included the word ""sustainability"" were chosen, courses that reference the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, as well as courses that address major sustainability challenges or wicked problems.
The list of search words used for the registrar catalog are listed below:
Built environment
Community sustainability
Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable community
Search words used selectively:
Circular Economy

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 (if different from the options outlined above):


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

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

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.