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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Deirdre Smeltzer
Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean
Undergraduate Academic Dean's Office
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental sustainability majors learn to grasp the nature of environmental research and issues by taking courses in a variety of disciplines. Biology, sociology and peacebuilding professors work closely together on environmental sustainability courses that weave forward-thinking sustainability practices with issues of international and community development and conservation. At the same time, students get a more in-depth education in one field by choosing a science or a social sustainability track within the environmental sustainability major.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Peacebuilding and Development

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

The peacebuilding and development major prepares students for professional practice in the fields of peacebuilding and international and community develop- ment. It focuses on understanding and promoting constructive social change
toward peace, justice, and well-being for people in situations affected by conflict, poverty, and inequality. A focus on practice is paired with rigorous interdisciplinary grounding in theories of violence, peace, and social change as well as investigation of theological, philosophical, economic, political, cultural, and ecological motivations for change.

Students are required to take classes like Theories of Social Change, Globalization and Justice, Theories of International Development, and an economics class, either Social and Political Economy or Development Economics to graduate.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Economics

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

A classical discipline, economics examines many of society’s most fundamental and controversial issues. As an integral part of a liberal arts education, economics explains how people and societies behave.

The major in economics is designed for students with interests in either graduate studies (law, history, economics, business, sociology, political science, conflict transformation, economic development) or immediate employment in the public or private sector, like economics graduate Nessa Stoltzfus, who works for Oxfam America, an international relief organization. At Oxfam, Nessa coordinates the training of college students working toward social justice.

The major requires coursework in Environmental Economics and cross-lists a course with the Peacebuilding and Development major, Globalization and Justice.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Environmental Sustainability (with either a concentration in Social Sustainability or Environmental Science)

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

The environmental sustainability minor focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to sustaining the quality of our natural world, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between the natural world and humanity. The environmental sustainability major at EMU is designed around an understanding that effectively addressing the pressing environmental problems of our times demands a multifaceted approach that requires both depth in an area of focus, and breadth
in understanding the perspectives of different disciplines.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Humanitarian Action Leadership

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

A minor in humanitarian Action is part of a larger Humanitarian Action Leadership (HAL) program that includes this minor, a graduate certificate, and short and long term noncredit training courses. The minor in Humanitarian Action prepares the graduate for beginning grassroots involvement in agencies responding to disasters around the world. It is designed to complement any major. This 21 SH interdisciplinary minor requires that a student participate in an on the ground practicum of at least one month.


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A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Complete EMU Course Catalog with all descriptions and major/minor programs can be consulted at:

http://www.emu.edu/catalog/

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