Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.15
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Virginia
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Phoebe Crisman
Associate Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environments + Sustainability is a track or concentration within the interdisciplinary Global Studies major. Students specifically address problems associated with human transformations of the earth through the triple lens of environment, equity, and economy and policy by focusing on:

- earth system science, environmental sustainability, ecosystem restoration and environmental conservation
- human settlement patterns, rapid urbanization, and affordable housing
- fresh water and sanitation production, consumption, and infrastructure
- energy production, consumption, and infrastructure
- agriculture, food systems, and food security
- public health challenges connected with the built environment
- environmental impact of material science and production
- transportation technologies and logistics
- economics, development, natural capital, resource allocation and externalities
- environmental, social, and personal behavior and ethics


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Urban and Environmental Planning

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

The curriculum integrates professional courses, both theoretical and technical, with a liberal arts education focused on understanding our cities and environments. In particular the Program introduces students to the theories of planning, methods of analysis, effective means of communication, planning processes, and creative strategies for implementation. Some key areas of study include:

-Sustainable community development
-Environmental impacts
-Public and private costs of development
-Neighborhood planning and community development


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Thought and Practice

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

The Environmental Thought and Practice (ETP) major teaches undergraduates to think about environmental issues within a broadly interdisciplinary framework. Environmental problems concern natural phenomena whose dimensions are appropriately described by environmental scientists. However, the "problems" themselves result from changes in public perception that are contingent upon cultural constructs and historical events. Attempts to solve these problems necessarily fall within the political sphere, but policy debates draw on principles and discourses from philosophy, economics, and ethics. In short, understanding and solving environmental problems demands the ability to connect ideas from such diverse disciplines as anthropology, literature, history, ethics, politics, the natural sciences, economics, and land use planning.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

Environmental Sciences: UVA’s interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, and a minor. The graduate program in environmental sciences offers a Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Dozens of courses in atmospheric sciences, ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and general environmental science are offered.
http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Global Sustainability Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

The interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability benefits students of all majors who want to understand the many facets of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to their daily lives. The Minor empowers students across the University in common efforts to accomplish real change through community engagement with sustainable projects in their communities and beyond. The Minor also establishes connections between different disciplines and prepares students to incorporate sustainable practices into their varied future careers. The Minor is housed in the School of Architecture and guided by a Governing Board of representatives from the seven partner academic units and one student representative. In establishing the Minor we aim to shape students both into individual leaders ready to create and tackle projects on their own, and into creative collaborators who understand how to engage the material and human resources of their community to accomplish their goals.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Minor in Urban and Environmental Planning

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):

The curriculum integrates professional courses, both theoretical and technical, with a liberal arts education focused on understanding our cities and environments. In particular the Program introduces students to the theories of planning, methods of analysis, effective means of communication, planning processes, and creative strategies for implementation. Some key areas of study include:

-Sustainable community development
-Environmental impacts
-Public and private costs of development
-Neighborhood planning and community development


Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
UVA McIntire School of Business Certificate in Sustainable Business

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):

UVA McIntire School of Business - Certificate in Sustainable Business: The McIntire Business Institute’s Certificate in Sustainable Business provides an introduction to critical sustainability challenges and equips practitioners with the frameworks and tools needed to effect meaningful change.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors and concentrations:

UVA School of Engineering - Technology and the Environment Minor: http://cee.virginia.edu/teresaculver/technology-and-the-environment-minor/
The increasing prevalence of technology has affected the environment in complex and often unforeseen ways. Society is now demanding that all disciplines of engineering be environmentally aware. Furthermore, those that use and distribute technology need to appreciate its far ranging impacts. For a more sophisticated understanding of the relationships between technology and the environment, engineers and managers require inter-disciplinary expertise.

The Technology and the Environment (TE) minor addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies. A corner stone of the TE minor is basic knowledge of technologies that directly impact environmental systems. This technological foundation will allow students to build a more sophisticated understanding of how technology and the environment are inter-related. According to the interests of a student, courses from the areas of environmental planning and policy, history of the environment and technology, and management may be selected to complete the TE minor. Thus students from across the university may participate in the Technology and the Environment minor.


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