Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.50 / 14.00 Jonathan Rausseo
campus sustainability manager
physical resources service
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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 3,175 1,091
Number of sustainability courses offered 86 58
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 220 76

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 :

All the courses offered that are related to sustainability are listed on the University’s sustainability website. The list is updated annually and offers the possibility for professors to submit their courses for review.

Sustainability related courses are identified by staffs of the Office of Campus Sustainability who conduct an annual audit of the course descriptions and select those that fit the following criteria.

Any course that focuses on basic knowledge with regards to more than one of the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, environmental) and examines the context in which these topics intersect.

The following is a list of all the sustainability themed and sustainability related courses offered at the University of Ottawa. This list was compiled using a group of three students and two staff who used a list of keywords to search through all the courses offered on campus. Each person worked individually and the results were all brought together and compared. Courses that were not identified by the majority of the group or were not agreed upon by consensus were removed from the list.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

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

Each section of a course was considered as one course regardless of the number of offerings with the exception of those offered in a second language because the course content greatly differs in these cases.

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

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

In 2016, there were 77 academic departments on campus. There are currently more than 80 (https://www.uottawa.ca/en/faculties).

The number of academic departments offering at least one sustainability course is 39.
Human Kinetics
Public and International Affairs
Canadian studies
Chemical Engineering
Common Law
Department of Communication
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering
Civil Law
International Development and Globalization
Aboriginal Studies
Environmental Studies
Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science
Women's Studies
General Engineering
Health Science
School of Information Studies
Leisure Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Speech-Language Pathology
Political Science
Science (general)
Software Engineering
Religious Studies

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.