Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Elise Amel
Faculty Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:

In Spring 2016, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) launched the SUST Course Designation Initiative. This initiative created a SUST course designation at the University of St. Thomas for courses across disciplines that integrate a significant sustainability component (economic, social, and/or ecological dimensions of interconnections between human and environmental well-being). St. Thomas faculty from across disciplines were invited to apply to designate their courses as a SUST course.

By Spring 2021, OSI designated over 100 courses across 30 different disciplines as SUST courses (see attached log). SUST-designated courses can be used by students to complete the new Sustainability minor. The Department of Earth, Environment & Society now manages the application process for new SUST course designations.

Faculty may request a SUST designation for their course by completing an application that indicates how the course addresses the following criteria:
• Course introduces students to sustainability concepts (ecological, social, and/or economic dimensions);
• Students apply knowledge and methods of the course to engage with sustainability issues;
• Course learning goals are linked to or support one or more of the following competencies: thinking critically about environmental problems and solutions, solving problems by applying concepts and principles, communicating effectively about sustainability;
• Grading gives weight to sustainability related reflection or integrated assignments.

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?:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

People can search for courses tagged with the SUST attribute through the university's "Classfinder" website URL noted above.

Although SUST course designations do not appear on transcripts, they do appear on the degree audits that students and faculty use to plan and monitor graduation status.

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