Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.11
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cindy Shea
Sustainability Director
Sustainable Carolina
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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 is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the dynamic relationship between the environment, economy, and society. Sustainable systems preserve and advance social equity, economic prosperity, and the healthy functioning of ecological systems now and in the future.

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:
Initially, a group of UNC students took on the AASHE STAR’s curriculum inventory project as their semester-long Environmental Capstone, a hands-on course required for Environmental Science and Studies majors and open to all students for course credit. The capstone team created a definition of sustainability and identified sustainability courses by searching UNC course bulletins and the online course search engine, and by surveying faculty members about possible sustainability related course content. An intern for the UNC Sustainability Office then took over the project and updated the inventory using a similar methodology. The definition of sustainability was reviewed and modified by a committee of faculty and Sustainability Office staff. The course inventory was updated and refined by searching the course bulletin, departmental websites, and data from the registrar’s office. Only courses actually taught during the review period are included in the inventory.

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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