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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 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.91 / 14.00 James Pushnik
Director and Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy
Institute for Sustainable Development
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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 2,818 508
Number of sustainability courses offered 156 14
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 239 38

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
13.44

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
47

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
39

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
82.98

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?:
Three

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 :

Those classes on CSU, Chico's Green Course List (designated in the catalog by an oak leaf) were identified based on course description by the department chairs in an effort that was spearheaded by the Provost and the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development.

The process of identifying Sustainability-Focused and Sustainability-Related Courses was conducted by the Sustainability Education & Research Committee.


How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):
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Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The number of courses represent the total number listed in the catalog http://catalog.csuchico.edu/viewer/search/courses.aspx?cycle=17&subject=all&keywords=&psize=00

The most recent University Catalog (2018-19) identifies "Sustainability Focused" courses with "Green Leaf " status. These course emphasis a minimum of three of Sustainability Student Learning Outcomes and specifically identified those SLO's in the course syllabus. The syllabi are reviewed and validated by the Research and Education Subcommittee of the Campus Sustainability Committee.

The courses identified as "Related Courses" were determined by a 15 key search terms from our Sustainability SLO's used to search the university catalog (sustainability, environmental, social justice, human, economics, ecology, equity, equality, climate, food, energy, water, urban design, and transportation). These courses were cross referenced to eliminate duplications, and reviewed for relevance to sustainability.

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.