Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.84 / 14.00 Cindy Shea
Director, Sustainability Office
Campus Enterprises
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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 19,744 8,230
Number of sustainability courses offered 690 198
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 3,783 1,034

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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

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

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

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 :

Two Sustainability Office interns and their supervisors searched UNC course bulletins and websites and surveyed faculty members about possible sustainability-related course content. Sustainability Office staff refined and updated the course inventory to ensure that it only includes courses taught from Fall 2013-Summer 2016. The registrar's office also provided a searchable description of each course which was matched against the sustainability keyword list developed to conduct the research inventory. The following semesters are included in the inventory: Academic Year 2013-2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014; Academic Year 2014-2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015; Academic Year 2015-2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016. Courses included in the course inventory are Lecturer courses only. Clinics, Independent Study, Inter-Institutional, Labs, Physical Education, and Recitations were not included in either the total course count or the count of sustainability-related courses.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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