Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.45 / 14.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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 3,345 1,989
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 95 45
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 213 143

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
9.30

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
55

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
39

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
70.91

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?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

The Sustainability Office reviewed all courses within the 2020/21 Academic Calendar for keywords that were related to sustainability based on keywords developed by SDSN. The subset of identified courses were manually validated to ensure they connected with key sustainability topics or concepts according to the AASHE definitions. Many cross-listed courses are offered given the interdisciplinary approach to the particular issues (i.e. Geography and Earth Sciences, or Planning and Public Health). The inventory of course offerings includes each cross listing as a separate line item and course. The same methodology was followed for reporting total number of undergraduate and graduate courses that did not have sustainability content. In previous years, the Sustainability Office circulated a copy of all identified courses to the relevant department chairs for validation, and made minor adjustment according to department chair feedback. The total number of courses also excluded courses which are not typical for students, including transfer credits, high-school credits, credits from other institutions which co-host some curriculum (i.e. Wilfrid Laurier University), and courses which were not offered until future terms but had already been integrated within the calendar.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections


Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Departments included all those listed as course owners within the academic calendar, including Dean’s Offices, Co-operative Education and Career Action, and Graduate Studies. Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo were excluded.

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