Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.03
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2012
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University of Kentucky
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Shane Tedder Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

Sustainability has been variously defined and popularized over the past two decades. The most well-known and quoted of definitions defines sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs" (Brundtland Commission Report). Others have defined sustainability more simply as "equity extended into the future" (Herman Daly). Still others have seen the transition to sustainability as associated with "moving from linear to cyclical processes and technologies" (Karl Henrick-Robert). More ambitious and encompassing is the definition of sustainability that see it as a "local, informed, participatory, balance-seeking process, operating within its Sustainable Area Budget, exporting no harmful imbalances beyond its territory or into the future, and thus opening the spaces of future opportunity and possibility" (UK Center for Sustainable Cities). http://sustainability.uky.edu/policy

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:

2 Phases

Phase 1- In the first phase we used search terms and the 2010-2011 Bulletin to create two lists: Potentially SF and Potentially SR. The sustainability-focused list was generated by searching our entire course catalog for the term “sustaina”. If any form of the word appeared in the course title or course description, then that course was added to the list.

The sustainability-related list was generated in the same way, however for this list we searched the catalog for this list of search terms independently:

• Environment
• Ecologic/Ecology
• Natura+Resource
• Conservation
• Economic
• Community
• Community+development
• Social
• Societ
• Societal+development
• Global
• Cities
• Bioregion

Phase 2- Independent review of the results of phase 1 by the ER subcommittee of the PSAC to determine which courses are included on which list using the above definition as the guiding criteria.

Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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