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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-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.18 / 10.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:
907

Total number of graduates :
7,682

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

A. Undergraduate-level degree programs

Sustainability-FOCUSED
1. B.A. Environmental Studies
2. Undergraduate Minor, Sustainability
3. B.A. Geography

Sustainability-RELATED
1. B.A. in Economics
2. B.A. in Geology
3. B.S. in Chemistry
4. B.F.A. in Interior Design
5. B.S. in Civil Engineering with concentrations in environmental engineering, transportation
6. engineering and sustainability
7. B.A. in Anthropology
8. B.S. in Biology
9. B.A. in Philosophy

B. Graduate-level degree programs
Sustainability-FOCUSED
1. M.A. in International Development Studies
2. M.A. Environmental Resource Policy
3. MPH - Environmental Health Science and Policy
4. MPH - Health Policy
5. MPH - Global Environmental Health
6. DrPH of Environmental and Occupational Health
7. L.L.M. in Environmental Law
8. L.L.M in Energy and Environmental Law
9. L.L.M in International Environmental Law
10. M.S. in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering focus
11. M.S. in Civil Engineering with Water Resources Engineering focus
12. M.S. in Engineering Management
13. Degree of Applied Scientist
14. Degree of Engineer
15. Ph.D. in Engineering Management
16. Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering focus
17. Ph.D. in in Civil Engineering with Water Resources Engineering focus
18. Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes
19. Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy
20. Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability
21. M.P.S. in Sustainable Urban Planning

Sustainability-RELATED
1. M.S. in Chemistry
2. M.S. in Economics
3. M.A. in Geography
4. M.A. in Hominid Paleobiology
5. M.F.A. in Interior Design
6. Ph.D. in Economics
7. Ph.D. in Geography
8. Ph.D. in Hominid Paleobiology
9. Ph.D. in Chemistry
10. Ph.D. in Systematics and Evolution
11. Certificate Program in Responsible Management
12. M.T.A with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management
13. M.B.A. with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Management
14. M.B.A. with a concentration in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
15. Ph.D. in Business Administration with concentrations in Strategic Management and Public Policy, OR Tourism and Hospitality Management
16. M.P.H. with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health
17. Graduate Certificate in Energy Engineering and Management
18. Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering
19. Graduate Certificate in Geo-environmental Engineering
20. Dr.S. in Engineering Management with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Management


The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of degree programs that have specified sustainability learning outcomes is available:
A copy of the sustainability course inventory :
A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

Listed below is a sample of the learning outcomes associated with GW's undergraduate sustainability minor degree.

All graduating students completing the requirements for a minor in sustainability will be able to:
1) Apply the concepts of sustainability to issues of human welfare and social equity, the environment, and the economy;
2) Adapt and apply knowledge, theories, and methods learned to analyze sustainability issues and/or practices;
3) Connect and extend basic sustainability concept(s) to a critical problem facing society, using student’s involvement in the issue as the basis for analyzing the challenges and developing and solutions to the problem."


(1) Total graduates of 7,682 is for the academic year 2011-2012 and includes BS and MS in health sciences but excludes 619 other graduates of medical and nursing schools (e.g., MD). This number includes many certificate programs.
(2) in 2011-2012, GW awarded 2,316 Bachelors, 3921 Masters, and 1050 Doctorate degrees.

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.