|Submission Date||Jan. 31, 2011|
University of Florida
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification
Office of Sustainability
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
Sustainability can be defined as “meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." Sustainability is a framework which includes social, environmental, and economic factors in decision making.
Social: Contributing to long-term maintenance of well being, social equity, and diversity.
Environmental: Maintaining biological systems diversity and productivity over time; supporting the well being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
Economic: Considering the full life cycle cost, externalities and financial stability of personal enterprise and the larger economic system.
“Sustainability-focused” courses concentrate on sustainability, including its social, economic and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. The courses provide valuable grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability.
“Sustainability-related” courses include sustainability as a course component or module, or concentrate on a specific sustainability principle of issue. The courses help build knowledge about a component of sustainability or introduce students to sustainability concepts during part of the course.
Has the institution identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings?:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
Courses were identified by faculty member volunteers within some colleges, through an online survey through the textbook adoption process, and through graduate student review of the course catalog.
Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:
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