Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.95 / 14.00 Krista Hanypsiak
Assistant Vice Provost
Undergraduate Education
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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 1,785 1,869
Number of sustainability courses offered 38 34
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 225 114

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 :

With the engagement of the Sustainability Teaching subcommittee of the Stewardship Committee, a comprehensive inventory of our sustainability related and focused courses was created.

An initial list of all courses taught during all semesters of the 2017-2018 academic school year was obtained from the Registrars Office. The database was thoroughly reviewed to search for and identify potential sustainability courses by identifying courses that were indentured as sustainability related for the previous STARS submission, searching for the term "sustainability" in the course catalog, and then identifying courses that correlated with a UN Sustainable Development Goal.

Additionally, results of the inventory were shared with all schools at the institution, and Deans and faculty were invited to provide ongoing input and updates.

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):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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.