Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.67
Liaison Navin Tagore-Erwin
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.59 / 14.00 Drew Kapp
Instructor, Academic Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Earth Day Fair Coordinator
Social Sciences
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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 976 0
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 23 0
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 31 0

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
5.53

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
29

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
6

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
20.69

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 :

These figures are from the 2020-21 school year.

Charlotte Cheek, Hawaiʻi-CC Sustainability Coordinator, conducted a course audit and determined these classes were Sustainability Inclusive. Charlotte reviewed the course descriptions from the course catalog to determine which classes included sustainability

The Academic Sustainability Committee determines which courses are Sustainability Focused (and will count towards a Sustainability Academic Subject Certificate). The Academic Sustainability Committee conducts a review of each Sustainability-Designation course proposal submitted, with special attention to the ways in which the course is taught through the lens of sustainability and/or if sustainability is a primary or thematic focus of the course. Proposers must clearly demonstrate how the course is aligned to at least one of three Sustainability Hallmarks: 1) the course demonstrates how concepts of sustainability are connected to local, regional and global issues and applies these concepts to local, regional or global challenges, and/or 2) the course imparts understanding of the science of the environment and how this knowledge can be applied towards creating a more sustainable world, and/or 3) the course describes how traditional and indigenous perspectives or other socio-cultural values and attitudes inform practices of sustainability and encourages students to connect to personal values and attitudes that facilitate sustainable living.

Melanie Wilson provided the number of courses offered during 2020-21 (Fall 2020: 486, Spring 2021: 405, Summer 2021: 76).


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Courses with multiple section offerings count for as many sections as were offered.


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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Data provided by Hawaiʻi CC Academic Sustainability Committee, which is responsible for tracking sustainability courses at the college.

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