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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Corey Hawkey
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Arizona State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sustainability - School of Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The MA in sustainability is a research-oriented degree that culminates with research writing (either a thesis or capstone in the form of a publishable, scientific paper). The program focuses on knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges and prepares students for designing and conducting trans-disciplinary research. Although the graduate degree programs emphasize the integration of a broad range of expertise in student training, this master's degree program is best suited to students inclined toward social sciences, humanities, planning or related fields and who are interested in a career in research or academia. Students learn how different disciplines view and approach the challenges of sustainability in theory, research and practice. They develop the academic and technical skills as well as the ethical insights that will help them understand, research and provide solutions to complex sustainability challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability - School of Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The MS in sustainability is a research-oriented degree program that culminates with research writing (either a thesis or capstone in the form of a publishable, scientific paper). The program focuses on knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges, and it prepares students for designing and conducting transdisciplinary research. Although the graduate degree programs emphasize the integration of a broad range of expertise in student training, this master's degree program is best suited to students inclined toward natural sciences, economics, engineering or related fields, and who are interested in a career in research or academia. Students learn how different disciplines view and approach the challenges of sustainability in theory, research and practice. They develop the academic and technical skills as well as the ethical insights that will help them understand, research and provide solutions to complex sustainability challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sustainability - School of Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The PhD in sustainability is offered for students who have completed a bachelor's degree or master's degree program. The doctoral program prepares students to become scientists and leaders in research, to investigate the urgent sustainability challenges of this century. Graduates will possess an advanced understanding of the dynamics of coupled socioecological systems and be able to lead others in research providing adaptive solutions to specific sustainability challenges. The flexible, transdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to focus on problems of interest to them, drawing upon relevant knowledge from a variety of disciplines.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Other Sustainability-Focused Programs:

Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) - School of Sustainability
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/SUSUSOMSUS/graduate/false

Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL) - School of Sustainability
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/SUSUSLMSL/graduate/false

Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) - School of Sustainability
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/SUEMSLEMSL/graduate/false

PhD in Sustainability (Complex Adaptive Systems Science Concentration) - School of Sustainability
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/SUSUSTCPHD/graduate/false

MS in American Indian Studies (Cultural Resource Revitalization and Sustainability Concentration) - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/LAAISCMS/graduate/false

MS in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ESCIVILMS/graduate/false

MSE in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ESCIVILMSE/graduate/false

MSE in Sustainable Engineering - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ESSUEMSE/graduate/false

PhD in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ESCIVILPHD/graduate/false

MS in Community Resources and Development (Sustainable Communities Concentration) - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPCRDSCMS/graduate/false

MAS in Sustainable Tourism - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPSUSTMAS/graduate/false

Other Sustainability-Related Programs:

MS in Biomimicry - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/LABMYMS/graduate/false

MS in Community Resources and Development (Parks and Recreation Management Concentration) - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPCRDPRMS/graduate/false

MS in Community Resources and Development (Tourism Concentration) - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPCRDTMMS/graduate/false

PhD in Community Resources and Development - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPCRDPHD/graduate/false

PhD in Design, Environment and the Arts (Design Concentration) - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/HIDEADSPHD/graduate/false

PhD in Environmental Design/Planning - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ARENVDEPHD/graduate/false

PhD in Environmental Life Sciences - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/LAELSPHD/graduate/false

PhD in Environmental Social Sciences - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/LAESSPHD/graduate/false

MS in Environmental and Resource Management - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ESERMMS/graduate/false

MSTech (Alternative Energy Technologies) - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/TSATMSTECH/graduate/false

PhD in Global Health - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/LASSHPHD/graduate/false

Master of Public Policy (MPP) (Environmental Policy Concentration) - College of Public Service and Community Solutions
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPPUPEPMPP/graduate/false

Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/ARURBMUEP/graduate/false


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Concentration in Complex Adaptive Systems Science - School of Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The complex adaptive systems science graduate certificate trains the next generation of scientists in advanced concepts and methods needed for approaching diverse phenomena in the social and life sciences. The program is tightly integrated with diverse, ongoing, university-wide research on complex adaptive system science at Arizona State University and emphasizes the value of a complex adaptive systems perspective to give science better insight and a more active role in seeking solutions to a broad array of critical issues facing our society today. Students will be fluent in the common language of complexity while also receiving a solid foundation in the domain knowledge of existing academic disciplines.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Certificate in Sustainable Tourism - College of Public Service and Community Solutions

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The online graduate certificate in sustainable tourism, offered by the School of Community Resources and Development, is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the tourism industry. The program addresses the unique character of sustainability and sustainable practices in tourism development and management. Students interested in sustainable tourism management explore the practice of management and development of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Certificate in Biomimicry - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The graduate certificate program in biomimicry, the practice of emulating nature's strategies for human designs, is offered at ASU in conjunction with Biomimicry 3.8. The program is designed to introduce and delve into the core fundamentals of biomimicry, such as biomimicry thinking and life's principles with the intention to apply the knowledge and tools to one's specific interests or discipline. Participants will have the opportunity, through dedicated time and mentorship from instructors, to explore the application of these core fundamentals in their own discipline, field or area of interest during the biomimicry virtual design lab. Graduates will have the ability to work toward innovative and sustainable solutions within their discipline, drawing upon time-tested sustainable solutions of the last 3.8 billion years.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

There are a number of sustainability concentrations at the graduate level. These were captured under the all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs. The School of Sustainability is also developing a few new certificate programs.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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