Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.04
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Tufts University
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.14 / 5.00 Shoshana Blank
Education and Outreach Program Administrator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

1.    Where’d All the Snow Go?
Conversations about the weather are becoming less concerned with what to wear or how to plan a day’s activities than about the impact an increasing global temperature will have on our future. Join us as we look north to the Arctic, where the rate of change is even greater than in other parts of the world. What effect will the higher temperatures have on the region’s environment, development, and economy? How will people adapt in the days to come? What is the Arctic Council doing, and why does something in the Arctic matter to Boston? Sessions will be discussion-based and pertain both to the readings (provided in class) and to individual interests. Participants will be encouraged to make short (optional) presentations at the end of the term on related topics that particularly interest them. Internet access is recommended as we’ll be sharing resources via email.

2.       Energy: Its Sources, Uses & Impact
If you don’t understand the numbers, you don’t understand the problem! This is a discussion group about energy: its sources, its uses, and its impact(s) on climate change. Our goal will be to acquire a basic understanding of the issues and their relationship(s) so as to enhance our ability to “read the newspaper” and “listen to the news” with greater comprehension. To put the issues into context, your study group leader will quantify them and present them in easy-to-follow charts and graphs. The presentation material will be provided in advance as downloadable PowerPoint files (about 30 slides per session), which will be projected in class. Each session will include plenty of time for discussion, insights, Q&A on the material, and related topics.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program is a hybrid online plus on-campus graduate certificate offered over the course of one year through the Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP). With the majority of your studies occurring online, the structure enables you to study at a top ranked university while continuing to work full-time. Coursework includes two five-day on-campus summer intensive courses and four online courses taken during the academic year. The certificate is rooted intellectually in three inter-related policy/planning themes: social justice, sustainability, and community engagement.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The number of continuing education courses offered varies from year to year, and sustainability-related classes are not necessarily offered every term. The courses listed in this submission come from the lifelong-learning institute because many of the certificate programs are "for credit" and can be applied to graduate degrees later. These programs and courses were therefore included in AC-1. Directors of Continuing Education at the various schools of Tufts University were contacted to assess total numbers of CE courses and total numbers of sustainability-themed CE courses.

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