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Liaison Douglas Alexander
Submission Date July 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Old Dominion University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter DeAngelo Thorpe
Environmental Health and Safety
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 2,400 54
Number of sustainability courses offered 1 1
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 1 1

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

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

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

The challenges of using our shrinking natural resources wisely require new paradigms of collaboration between disciplines and organizational models. SDI makes itself available to foster, translate and serve as a vehicle for the following worthy initiatives:

The Sustainable Development Institute served as the facilitating 'vessel' for Team Tidewater Virginia's efforts conducted in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011 and Solar Decathlon 2013 competitions both in project activities and general supporting logistics. The team spent two years in design/development and construction of UNIT 6 which competed in Solar Decathlon 2011 competition in Washington DC.
The SDI has conducted greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory analysis for the cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk using software tools developed by the EPA and ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) . The study estimated emissions generated from the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. This study provided a baseline estimate of carbon footprints for the two cities.
The SDI has organized and promoted public education/outreach efforts, including: Panel discussion on sea-level rise and storm surges in Norfolk at Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Fair; teaching middle school students about sustainability at ODU Engineering Camps; presenting concepts on sustainable design to professional societies' conferences including American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Public Works Association (APWA), Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA), Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN).

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The mission of SDI is to make a worthwhile and significant contribution to sustainable development through research, education/advocacy, consultancy, and service. The Institute will carry out its sustainable development mission by educating the public about climate change and its impacts, conducting short courses and technical studies, assessing community environmental and economic issues, and investigating and researching the application of renewable energy technologies.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

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

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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