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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
ER-6: Sustainability-Focused Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.26 / 10.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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The number of sustainability-focused courses offered :
94

The total number of courses offered :
4,165

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A list of sustainability-focused courses offered:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Course Number Course Name
AMST 1000 Food Politics
AMST 3950.13 Reading the Environment: Popular Culture and the Politics of Sustainability
ANTH 3991 Topics: Anthropology and Environmentalism
ANTH 6302 Resources, Consumption and the Environment
BISC 2459 Ecology, Economy and Sustainability
CHEM 2085 Environmental Chemistry
ECON 2195 Topics in the Economics of Sustainabilty
ECON 2195 Energy Economics
ECON 5811/5812 Economics of Sustainability and Environment
ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development
ECON 8351 Development Economics I
ECON 8357 Regional Economics
ECON 8485 Urban Economics
ENRP 6145 Environmental Justice and Policy
ENRP 6295 Research Topics in Environmental Research Policy
GEOG 3143 Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3198 Environmental Law
GEOG 6244 Urban Sustainability
GEOL 1005 Environmental Geology
GEOL 3131 Global Climate Change
HIST 3001 Environmental History
HONR 2175 Anthropology and Environmentalism
HONR 5701 The World on a Plate
IAD 3405 Sustainability/LEED: Architecture and Design
IAD 6405 Sustainability/LEED: Architecture and Design
PHIL 2281 Philosophy of the Environment
PSC 2224 Domestic Energy Policy
PPPA 2701 Sustainability and Environmental Policy
SMPA 3193 Sustainability Reporting
SPAN 3022 Topics for Advanced Oral Proficiency: Environmental and Social Sustainability in Latin America
UW 1020 University Writing Topics: American Environmental Advocacy

Elliott School of International Affairs
Course Number Course Name
IAFF 3183 Challenges of Globalization for Sustainable Development
IAFF 6138 Climate Change and Sustainable Development
IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy
IAFF 6186 Environmental Security
IAFF 6186 Energy Security

Milken Institute School of Public Health
Course Number Course Name
PubH 3150 Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health
PubH 6004 Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PubH 6130 Sustainable Energy and Environment
PubH 6133 Social Dimensions of Climate Change and Health
PubH 6612 Food and Water Systems in Public Health

School of Business
Course Number Course Name
FINA 6290 Walkable Urban Development, Strategy and Place Management
TSTD 6249 Sustainable Destination Management
SMPP 6210 Strategic Environmental Management
SMPP 6211 Corporate Environmental Management in Developing Countries
SMPP 6271 Corporate Environmental Management and Policy
SMPP 6290 Strategy for Sustainable Enterprise
SMPP 6290 Sustainability Management and Policy
SMPP 6290 Clean Tech and Competitive Energy Markets
SMPP 6290 Sustainability and Responsible Investment in Today's Market
SMPP 6290 Strategic Environmental Management Systems
SMPP 8391 Sustainability Management and Policy

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Course Number Course Name
CE 1020 Introduction to a Sustainable World
CE 2510 Environmental Sustainability
CE 3730 Sustainable Urban Planning Dynamics
CE 4530 Environmental Engineering II: Water Supply and Pollution Control
CE 6503 Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 6505 Environmental Impact Assessment
EMSE 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
EMSE 6220 Environmental Management
EMSE 6225 Air Quality Management
EMSE 6235 Water Quality Management
EMSE 6245 Analytical Tools in Environmental Management
MAE 6262 Energy Systems Analysis

School of Law
Course Number Course Name
LAW 6435 Trade and Sustainable Development
LAW 6457 Sustainable Regional Growth Seminar

College of Professional Studies
Course Number Course Name
PSLD 6260 Introduction to Sustainable Design
PSLD 6261 Ecology of the Build Environment
PSLD 6262 Tools for Sustainable Design
PSLD 6264 Native Plants I
PSLD 6265 Native Plants II
PSLD 6266 Ecological Restoration
PSLD 6268 Sustainable Design Methods
PSLD 6269 Sustenance and the Landscape
PSLD 6270 Sustainable Design Charrette
PSUS 6201 Principles of Sustainable Urban Planning
PSUS 6202 Economics of Sustainable Communities
PSUS 6204 Land Use: Law, Design and Public-Private Partnerships
PSUS 6210 Sustainable Transportation Systems
PSUS 6211 Sustainable Urban/Regional Land Use
PSUS 6212 Sustainable Communities
PSUS 6221 Planning Resilient and Low Carbon Cities
PSUS 6221 GHG Accounting and Management
PSUS 6222 Climate Change Energy-Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategies and Operations in the Building Sector
PSUS 6223 Climate Change Energy-Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategies and Operations in the Transportation Sector
PSUS 6224 Climate Change Energy-Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Restoration Strategies and Operations in Production Sectors
PSUS 6230 Studio: Sustainable Community Design
PSUS 6231 Practicum in Sustainable Technology Management and Policy
PSUS 6233 Capstone

Office of the Provost - These are considered "Pan-University" courses
Course Number Course Name
SUST 1001 Introduction to Sustainability
SUST 3096 Directed Research in Sustainability
SUST 3097 Internship in Sustainability
SUST 3098 Community Service in Sustainability


The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of sustainability-focused courses is available:
A copy of the sustainability course inventory:

(1) The Green Leaf Course list is subject to change from semester to semester. For the most updated list, please download the Compendium of Green Leaf Courses from our website at https://sustainability.gwu.edu/green-course-list.
(2) As noted earlier, this inventory is more extensive than the Green Leaf Course list, which was developed primarily as a tool for undergraduates interested in the Sustainability Minor.
(3) Four courses are listed under the Office of the Provost. These courses are considered pan-University and therefore do not fit any one department. We have placed them within the Office of the Provost because these courses are supported by his office as exemplars of the kind of cross-disciplinary approaches to education touted in the University's strategic plan.

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.