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Overall Score 46.92
Liaison Mike Harrington
Submission Date Aug. 17, 2011
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STARS v1.0

The New School
ER-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.06 / 10.00 Cameron Tonkinwise
Chair, Design & Management
School of Design Strategies, Parsons
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:

Total number of graduates :

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

BA in Environmental Studies
BS in Environmental Studies

The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of degree programs that have specified sustainability learning outcomes is available:
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A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

The Environmental Studies degree programs are designed to ensure that students graduate with specific knowledge and capabilities desired by potential employers and graduate schools.

General understandings of:

* The history of environmentalism and environmental politics
* Basic and advanced ecology, with particular focus on urbanized regions
* The properties of chemicals and their impacts on the ecosystem
* Evidence-based research methods to understand environmental change
* Understanding and interpreting quantitative changes to the environment
* Testing relationships between causes and effects in the environment
* Economics and decision-making
* Social and political processes that affect the environment
* Urban systems and the use of resources
* Design methods to change consumption patterns
* Geographic differences in environmental conditions
* Public policies that affect the environment
* Environmental risk and risk disparities
* The role of science in establishing environmental policies
* Visualizing information to inform and persuade

Specific capabilities to:

* Design and carry out an environmental research project
* Analyze water and air quality
* Diagram basic ecological processes, such as water and carbon cycles
* Map materials flows
* Interpret comparative lifecycle assessments
* Analyze whole-of-life costing
* Gather and analyze social and demographic data
* Map social and environmental data and interpret the results
* Critique an environmental risk assessment
* Develop soft systems maps of interrelated urban constraints and variables
* Devise field tests and prototypes of sustainable designs
* Observe and analyze urban environmental behaviors
* Conduct basic surveys
* Do basic descriptive and inferential statistics
* Use design, mapping, and statistical software
* Research, analyze, and write about environmental issues
* Participate in government decision-making at local, state, and national levels
* Organize and work in teams to solve complex problems

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