Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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 the harmonious and equitable interaction among ecological, social, and economic systems that provides resources for current generations and leaves future generations with no less access. Sustainability curriculum provides the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and critical and creative thinking to implement solutions for, and adapt with, the interconnected ecosystems for present and future generations. Courses designated as sustainability-related shall contain at least one module of lessons addressing one of the following criteria and courses designated as sustainability-focused shall contain modules of lessons addressing more than one of the following criteria or focus the majority of the lessons on one criterion:

• knowledge to explore aesthetic, ethical, and philosophical dimensions of sustainability
• knowledge from multiple disciplines to comprehensively analyze interconnected relationships among human, environmental, and economic systems;
• methods to analyze life-cycle benefits and impacts of resource management decisions in terms of social, economic, and environmental metrics;
• skills to assess and communicate alternative policy strategies for the use of natural, human, and fiscal resources that are compatible with the constraints on these resources;
• skills to innovate and design practical solutions to socioeconomic and environmental challenges, including those that relate to water, energy, infrastructure, ecosystems, community, policy, and governance.

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:

A comprehensive inventory of sustainability-focused and -related courses is currently underway, but not completed for this report.

Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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