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