Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Adrienne Cachelin
Associate Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:

A formal Sustainability course designation program was implemented in Summer 2018.

Sustainability course attributes appear in the General Catalog and are searchable in the Course Schedule. They can be accessed through the Office of Registrar- Course Catalog/ Class Schedules website. Class Schedules-> select: semester/year->Filter classes-> Other course attributes-> SUSL or SUSC.

Course attributes are:

Sustainability—Limited (SUSL)
Course content incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates two of the three sustainability concepts throughout the course.

Sustainability—Complete (SUSC)
Course content identifies and describes the relationship between the course topic, equity, economy, and environmental dimensions.

Instructors can submit a course syllabus and application form to apply online for a SUSC/L course attribute. Special topics courses cannot receive a designation though they may be approved as electives for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability on an individual basis.

In addition, core courses for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability are identified by a SUST course designation

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:


Bianca Greeff, Uncovering Sustainability, @TheU April 2, 2018.


SUSC/L attributes do not apply to special topics or continuing education courses (AOCE). However, some AOCE courses are cross-listed with for-credit courses that do have a sustainability attribute.

SUSC/L attributes do not show up on student transcripts. However, in 2017 many undergraduate degree programs identified emphasis areas that do appear on student transcripts. Many of these emphasis areas indicate significant sustainability course content.


Earning a Sustainability Course Attribute
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/education/faculty-resources/earning-a-sust-designation/

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