Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.77
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date June 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Yale University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.66 / 14.00 Melissa Goodall
Associate Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 2,273 3,957
Number of sustainability courses offered 177 312
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 297 330

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

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?:

A brief description of the methodology used to determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

A student intern reviewed the course descriptions for all classes listed in the registrar's database and tagged applicable classes using AASHE criteria. As per the AASHE guidelines, *The following course types were excluded from the first database with the sustainability tags:
- Physical education courses
- Individually-directed courses (i.e. thesis/senior essay, independent study, practicum)
- Performance arts courses (i.e. performing arts and visual arts, including Theatre Studies, Drama, Art and Music courses)
- Language courses
- Clinical courses offered exclusively to doctor’s degree-professional practice students
- Courses capped at four or fewer students

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

A course that is held twice in an academic year—once in the fall term and once in the spring term—is counted as two courses.
A course that is held once in an academic year but has multiple sections is counted as one course.
A course listed in multiple departments or academic divisions is counted as multiple courses.
A course listed as both an undergraduate and a graduate course is counted as two courses.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Our data set is provided by the University Registrar. In 2016, the courses included in that system reflected the course offerings for undergraduates and graduate students, but not professional school students. In the interim, the system has been updated to be inclusive of all courses – including those of the 11 professional schools.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.