Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.71
Liaison Sharmilla Raj
Submission Date May 6, 2024

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.43 / 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 3,635 1,353
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 149 102
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 320 106

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
13.57

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
50

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
50

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
100

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

A comprehensive review was done of all courses within the 2022/23 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:

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)


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about 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 - colonialism - decolonization


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