This sub-category of STARS tracks efforts to incorporate sustainability into the formal educational offerings of the University. Over the course of fall and winter 2013-14 the University will develop a formal system in place to track sustainability in the curriculum.
One important component of the STARS description will be the Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program started in 2009, which provides workshop and learning opportunities for faculty to incorporate into courses they already teach or would like to teach.
Much of the description in STARS will center on course offerings. The Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program builds on long-standing, environment-related majors, minors and concentrations, as well as new interdisciplinary offerings across campus:
- Environmental Studies majors and minors in four colleges, including a track in Sustainability Studies
- Environmental Science majors across three colleges
- Majors in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) in both Environmental Studies and Environmental Science as well as Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Recreation Management, and Natural Resources
- Major and minor in Geography as well as Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE), a program with strong international applications.
- An interdisciplinary MS in Food Systems is offered through Community Development and Applied Economics, as well as an undergraduate CDAE Food Systems minor.
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA launched in 2013, "a complete redesign of the traditional MBA program puts sustainable business and entrepreneurship-focused curriculum at the core of the 45-credit hour program culminating with a three-month practicum, where students start or expand a sustainable business." (See the article.)
In addition, UVM offers classes on energy efficiency and renewable energy across departments including:
- Animal Science;
- Mechanical Engineering;
- Civil & Environmental Engineering;
- Education and Culture;
- Environmental Science;
- Environmental Studies;
- Nutrition and Food Science;
- Natural Resources;
- Public Administration;
- Economics; and
- Plant & Soil Science.