Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Medical School
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.12 / 14.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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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 0 322
Number of sustainability courses offered 0 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 0 42

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
13.04

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
35

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
10

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
28.57

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 determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

For the total course inventory, the online descriptions of each class were reviewed and assessed. The descriptions were evaluated against the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter Principles to determine courses containing sustainability content with either the goals or principles as indicators. These course are listed in the column titled "courses that include sustainability with reasoning." This method assumes that courses include specific content that supports learning of skills and information that combats sustainability challenges. The method for determining if a course is sustainability inclusive is if the course contributes to achieving a target within the UN Sustainability Development Goals.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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