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Curriculum

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;
  • CDAE;
  • 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.
     

Sustainability Course Identification Inventory

In December 2013 UVM completed a process to identify sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses offered in the 2012-2013 academic year (fall 2012, winter 2013, spring 2013, and summer 2013).

 

Sustainability-Focused (2012-2013 academic year) - 55 total courses



Dept Number Title
BSAD 263 Environmntl & Social Reporting
BSAD 295 Sustainable Business
CDAE 237 Economics of Sustainability
CDAE 2 D2: World Food,Pop & Develop
CDAE 2 D2: World Food,Pop & Develop
CDAE 102 Sustainable Community Dev
CDAE 102 SL: Sustainable Community Dev
CDAE 195 SL: Intro to Ecological Econ
CDAE 251 SL:Contemp Policy Iss:Comm Dev
CDAE 295 Restorative Envir Dsgn Studio
CDAE 395 Critical Iss in Transportation
CDAE 395 The Econ of Food Systems
CE 151 Water & Wastewater Engineering
CE 132 Environmental Systems
EDTE 74 Science of Sustainability
ENSC 1 Intro Environmental Sciences
ENSC 1 Intro Environmental Sciences
ENVS 187 SL: Campus Sustainability
ENVS 195 Climate Action Seminar
ENVS 195 Vermont Energy Systems
ENVS 195 Soc Marketing Sustainability
ENVS 1 Intro to Environmental Studies
ENVS 2 Internat'l Environmental Stds
ENVS 95 Eco-Reps: Env Resp Behavior
ENVS 95 Climate Change&the Environment
ENVS 184 Sustain Transpo Planning
ENVS 195 Env Entrepreneurship
ENVS 195 Envr Entrepreneurship
ENVS 195 Greening Health Care Systems
ENVS 195 Climate Justice & Advocacy
ENVS 195 Vermont Food Systems
ENVS 195 Sustainability Science
ENVS 195 SL:Systems Thinking
ENVS 195 Topics in Climate Change
ENVS 204 SL: Creating EnvSusCommunities
ENVS 295 SL:Sustainability Education
ENVS 295 SL:Community-based Nat Res Mgt
ENVS 295 Circumpolar Climate
ENVS 295 SL:Adaptation toClimate Change
ENVS 295 Ecol Health Well-Being
FOR 272 Sustainable Mgmt Forest Ecosys
FS 345 Food Systems, Society & Policy
GEOG 190 Politics of Land Use: Ecuador
HCOL 186 SL: Ecology for Sustainability
NR 285 SL: Biomass to Biofuels
NR 378 SL: Place-BasedLandscapeAnyl
PH 312 Food Systems & Public Health
PHIL 10 Ethics of Eating
PHIL 10 Ethics of Eating
PRT 188 Ecotourism in Costa Rica
PRT 230 Ecotourism
PSS 21 Introduction to Ecological Agr
PSS 156 Permaculture
PSS 156 Permaculture
PSS 212 Advanced Agroecology

 

Sustainability-Related (2012-2013 academic year) - 52 total courses



Dept Number Title
ANTH 23 D2: Anthro Third World Dev
ANTH 196 SL: Food, Culture and Politics
BSAD 195 Green IT & Virtualization
CDAE 6 Energy Alternatives
CDAE 170 Solar Strategies Bldg Constrct
CDAE 195 Holistic Design Studio
CDAE 276 Community Design Studio
CDAE 295 Energy Use in US Food Systems
CE 251 Envr Facility Dsgn/Wastewater
CE 134 Engineering Systems Modeling
CE 175 Senior Design Project
ENSC 201 SL:Recov&Restor Altered Ecosys
ENSC 202 Ecological Risk Assessment
ENVS 174 Nat Areas Conservation&Steward
ENVS 177 Intro to Landscape Restoration
ENVS 178 Environmental Ethics
ENVS 179 D2: Ecofeminism
ENVS 181 Race, Class and Garbage
ENVS 195 Political Ecology
ENVS 195 Environmental Journalism
ENVS 195 Human Health & the Env
ENVS 295 D2:Circumpolar World
ENVS 295 The Culture of Nature
ENVS 295 SL: Modeling Env Systems
ENVS 295 Conv & Develp in Madagascar
GEOG 145 Geography of Water
GEOL 55 Environmental Geology
GEOL 55 Environmental Geology
GRS 1 D2:Intro to Global Studies
HCOL 185 Climate Chng, Complxty & Soc
HIST 67 D2: Global Environmental Hst
HLTH 103 D2: Intro to Global Health
HLTH 103 D2: Intro to Global Health
NR 85 Place Based Sus&Ecol Des in VT
NR 85 Sustainable Landscape Ecology
NR 2 Nature & Culture
NR 16 Ecological Citizenship
NR 104 Social Proc & the Environment
NR 206 SL:Env Prob Sol&Impact Assess
NR 378 Land Cons:Science & Practice
NR 385 Climate Chg:Science&Perceptio
PH 304 Environmental Public Health
POLS 159 Int'l Environmental Governance
POLS 249 Global Justice
PRT 188 SL:Sust Landscape Architecture
PSS 124 Agroecology of Vegetable Crops
PSS 208 Organic Farm Planning
PSS 238 Ecological Landscape Design
SOC 160 Our Consuming Society
SOC 196 Globalization
WFB 224 Conservation Biology
WFB 285 SL: Terrestrial Wildlife

 

Departments/Programs that offer sustainability courses

Based on the course identification process for 2012-2013 UVM has 22 academic units that offer sustainability courses.


Department or Program School or College
Anthropology Department CAS
Civil Engineering Program CEMS
Community Development and Applied Economics Department CALS
Education Department CESS
Environmental Sciences Program Multi-College/School
Environmental Studies Program Multi-College/School
Food Systems Program Multi-College/School
Forestry Program RSENR
Geography Department CAS
Geology Department CAS
Global and Regional Studies Program CAS
History Department CAS
Honor's College HC
Natural Resources Program RSENR
Nursing Department CNHS
Parks, Recreation and Tourism RSENR
Philosophy Department CAS
Plant and Soil Science Department CALS
Political Science Department CAS
School of Business Administration SBAD
Sociology Department CAS
Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program RSENR

 

ER Credit 5: Sustainability Course Identification (3/3)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 5 recognizes institutions that identify sustainability courses. UVM’s “Our Common Ground” statement emphasizes its commitment to incorporating sustainability into higher education coursework and the university has extensive criteria a course must meet to be related to sustainability. UVM offers sustainability courses in the following departments: Animal Science; CDAE; 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. Information about specific courses is available online. Based on STARS calculations, institutions receive maximum points for this credit that have identified their sustainability course and program offerings and share that information with their campus communities. UVM would receive a 3.00 out of 3.00 points for this credit.

 
Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

 

ER Credit 6: Sustainability Focused Courses (2.12/10)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 6 recognizes institutions offering sustainability-focused courses. Sustainability-focused courses provide valuable grounding in the concepts and

principles of sustainability. UVM currently offers 55 sustainability-focused courses out of a total of 2,589 courses. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn the maximum of 10 points for this credit if sustainability-focused courses comprise 10 percent or more of all courses offered. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of course offerings that are sustainability-focused. UVM receives a 2.12 out of 10.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

ER Credit 7: Sustainability Related Courses (0.67/10)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 7 recognizes institutions offering sustainability-related courses. Sustainability-related courses help build knowledge about a component of sustainability

or introduce students to sustainability concepts during part of the course. UVM currently offers 52 sustainability-related courses out of a total of 2,589 courses. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn the maximum of 10 points for this credit when sustainability-related courses comprise 30 percent or more of all courses offered. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of course offerings that are sustainability-related. UVM receives a 0.67 out of 10.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

ER Credit 8: Sustainability Courses by Department (2.59/7)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 8 recognizes institutions whose academic departments offer sustainability courses. UVM has 22 departments offering courses in sustainability out of 66 total departments. Institutions earn the maximum of 7.00 points for this credit when 90 percent or more of academic departments or their equivalent offer at least one sustainability-related or -focused course. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of academic departments that offer sustainability courses. UVM earns a 2.59 out of 7.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

ER Credit 9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes (0.41/10)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 9 recognizes institutions with sustainability learning outcomes that are associated with program degrees and/or courses of study. UVM’s Environmental Studies major is the only major with specified sustainability-related learning outcomes for graduates. 133 out of 3,232 graduates are Environmental Studies majors. Institutions earn the maximum of 10.00 points available for this credit when all students graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome. Incremental points are available based on the percentage of students who graduate from such programs. UVM earns a 0.41 out of 10.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

ER Credit 10: Sustainability-Focused Undergraduate Degree Programs (4/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 10 recognizes institutions that have formal, undergraduate-level degree programs focused on sustainability. UVM’s Environmental Studies program meets this requirement. Institutions earn maximum points for having at least one program that meets this criteria. UVM earns a 4.00 out of 4.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

Supporting Documents:

ER Credit 11: Sustainability-Focused Graduate Degree Programs (4/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 11 recognizes institutions that have formal, graduate academic degree programs focused on sustainability. UVM offers a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Master of Business Administration (SEMBA). Institutions earn a maximum of 4.00 points for having at least one program that meets this criteria. UVM receives 4.00 out of 4.00 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson

Director

UVM Office of Sustainability

ER Credit 12: Sustainability-Focused Immersive Experience Programs (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 12 recognizes institutions that offer sustainability-focused immersive experience programs. UVM offers two such courses. Natural Resources 206: Environmental Problem Solving and Impact Assessment is a capstone course of the core curriculum of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. UVM also offers Parks, Recreation, and Tourism 188: Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Costa Rica. PRT 188 explore the forces and processes of social change in Costa Rican communities given the rise of nature based travel to this Central American destination. Institutions receive maximum points for this credit by offering at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program. UVM earns 2.00 out of 2.00 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program

ER Credit 13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment (0/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 13 recognizes institutions that are assessing the sustainability literacy of their students. Such an assessment helps institutions evaluate the success of their sustainability education initiatives and develop insight into how these initiatives could be improved. UVM is not currently doing such an assessment, and receives 0.00 out of 2.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Supporting Documents:

ER Credit 14: Faculty Sustainability Incentives (3/3)

Description of credit:

STARS Education & Research credit 14 recognizes institutions that offer incentives to help faculty expand sustainability course offerings. UVM’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program seeks to develop a multidisciplinary faculty learning community engaged in a yearlong exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration, and community building. Institutions receive maximum points for this credit by hosting an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses or departments. UVM receives a 3.00 out of 3.00 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Stephanie Kaza

Director

Environmental Program