Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) offers teaching stipends for ISEN curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses in its Undergraduate Certificate Program, and the Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability.

Because ISEN sits outside of any individual school, it does not appoint its own faculty lines, meaning all courses are taught by faculty appointed in different departments, or by external adjuncts. The ISEN curriculum is designed to be interdisciplinary, covering the application of topics that are not typically offered in a singular department. Were it not for this incentive program, most of the curriculum would not exist at Northwestern. Current enrollment is ~450 students per year, and will increase substantially with two dozen new MS courses being rolled out in the coming academic year.

For a full list of ISEN curriculum, please visit:

A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

ISEN offers a $10,000-$15,000 teaching stipend.

Within the MS program, ISEN also offers a $5,000 incentive to develop a new course syllabus, and a $5,000 travel and expenses budget to bring in guest speakers/experts, or facilitate the travel of an instructor (if an adjunct is not Chicago-based for example).

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:

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