|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 12, 2014|
University of Maryland, College Park
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification
|3.00 / 3.00||
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
Sustainability is commonly defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The University of Maryland is committed to being a national model for a green university and preparing all students to help create a more sustainable world. Toward this goal, the Education for Sustainability Work Group of the University Sustainability Council recommends further integrating sustainability into existing academic programs and campus life so that all students earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland will be able to:
1. Describe how sustainability relates to environmental issues, social justice, and economic development.
2. Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or prevent sustainability.
3. Evaluate how an individual’s choices and activities impact the environment and, as a result, affect the health and well-being of everyone.
4. State a long-term vision for individual happiness and societal well-being and explain how existing norms contribute to or diminish this vision.
5. Demonstrate an ability to collaborate and communicate effectively across academic disciplines and with diverse stakeholders.
6. Apply their knowledge of sustainability to their behaviors as consumers, citizens, and/or leaders.
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:
The Office of Sustainability, working with student interns used the STARS recommended definition to complete an inventory of all sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses in the University of Maryland Course Catalog. Since the inventory was completed, a multi-stakeholder Education for Sustainability Work Group developed a more specific definition of sustainability in the curriculum at the University of Maryland (see above).
Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.