Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.30
Liaison Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

New York University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.53 / 14.00 Nicholas Liu-Sontag
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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 1,592 1,297
Number of sustainability courses offered 115 70
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 221 147

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 :

Data for this submission was provided by NYU’s Office of the University Registrar for Academic Years from 2016 to 2018 (3 year span). In picking out classes that are sustainability-focused or sustainability-themed, sustainability subject matter experts from within the University used the topics below as guides for filtering for sustainability or sustainability-related courses.

(1) Environment: human interaction with the environment, green technology, preservation and conservation, energy
(2) Social: inequality, economic development, social change, human rights, education, ethics, energy
(3) Governance: peacekeeping, ethics, law, public policy

The resulting list of courses was further narrowed by the group to create the list of sustainability and sustainability related courses.

In order to further narrow the list to 'sustainability-focused' and 'sustainability-related' courses, a keyword search was performed on course titles for likely sustainability-focused terms. The keywords were chosen based on AASHE's credit guidance, but is not considered an exhaustive list of sustainability terms.

Climate change
Global warming
Renewable energy
Green Chemistry

All other remaining courses that were selected by the subject matter experts but did not contain any of the above keywords were deemed 'sustainability-related'.

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 Yes
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.