Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:
Sustainable UMass has partnered with the UMass registrars office to designate or "tag" courses in SPIRE (the online UMass course listings) as "Sustainable" courses. Students are able to filter courses by the "Sustainability Understanding" designation (SPIRE is password protected - see attached PNG file).
This list is pre-populated each semester if a designated course is listed continually. To designate new courses, members of the Chancellor's Sustainability Advisory Committee make requests to registrars to add new courses to the designation list. All green designated courses are also populated in the Sustainable UMass Sustainability Class listing online (link below).

UPDATE: The School of Earth & Sustainability is looking at ways to survey faculty and more dynamically identify courses that are sustainability designated.

A copy of the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
Website URL for the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:
Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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