Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.26
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.18 / 14.00
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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 2,760 710
Number of sustainability courses offered 133 131
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 195 77

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 :

A comprehensive review was done of all courses within the 2018/19 Academic Calendar for keywords that were related to sustainability following the STARS-provided definitions and major sustainability challenges such as climate change, water management, pollution, land use, biodiversity and conservation.

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):

All courses fit within the options outlined above.
Methodology for identifying courses related to sustainability, omitted the following for the reasons specified:
e. Examination/Exam credits (not topic related)
f. Non-credit courses (usually part of requirements external to academic programs)
l. Methodology courses (not topic related)

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
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 various courses have been filtered based on their title and their courses description using an excluding process and a list of keywords. When a course’s title and description did NOT include a single keyword from the list, the course was considered not to be related to sustainability and was not further reviewed. However, in the cases that the course’s title and description included one keyword or more from the list specified below, a review of the course description was done in order to avoid any False Positive results. Only accurate positive results were inputted into the course inventory. The list of keywords was created in order to identify sustainability content present in either the course’s title nor the course’s description. These keywords include:

- aboriginal
- carbon
- climate
- conservation
- social
- social responsibility
- social justice
- diversity
- ecolog (in order to detect “ecology”, “ecological”)
- ecosystem
- eco-system
- energy (in order to detect “energy”, “energies”)
- environment (in order to detect “environment”, “environmental”, “environmentally”)
- equality
- food system
- food security
- food waste
- food environment
- food practices
- food policy
- food security
- equity (in order to detect “equity”, “equitable”)
- global
- indigen (in order to detect “indigenous”, “indigene”)
- intergenerational
- pollut (in order to detect “pollution”, “polluting”)
- resource
- scarce
- scarcity
- sustainab (in order to detect “sustainable”, “sustainability”)
- system thinking
- systems thinking
- triple bottom line
- urban agriculture
- waste
- water

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.