Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison Kirsten Gabrielsen
Submission Date Jan. 21, 2011
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Orange County Community College
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stacey Moegenburg
Associate Vice President
Business, Math, Science and Technology Division
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

1. Academic department chairs were given a definition for sustainability and an additional reference of The
Brundtland Commissions Report’s definitions as guides. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brundtland_Commission)
In that reference “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are used almost interchangeably. To

Sustainable development is that which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

A decision is sustainable when it takes an appropriately balanced view of ecological, economic and
equity concerns.

Sustainability, when related to content of academic courses, may pertain to some or simultaneously all of these:
human capitol, financial capitol, and environmental or physical capital.

Has the institution identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Academic Affairs conducted a Sustainability Baseline, an inventory of
course content that is related to sustainability. It was done in preparation for input of college data into the
STARS ratings system (A Sustainability Committee activity).
Academic department chairs, operating with departmental feedback, placed their course offerings into one of
the following categories: (focused or related)

Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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