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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 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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George Washington University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 8.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

A. Undergraduate-level degree programs

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

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 and Environmental Engineering with concentrations in environmental engineering, transportation engineering and sustainability
6. B.A. in Anthropology
7. B.S. in Biology
8. B.A. in Philosophy

B. Graduate-level degree programs
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. MPH - Environmental and Occupational Health
7. MPH - Public Nutrition
8. DrPH of Environmental and Occupational Health
9. L.L.M. in Environmental Law
10. L.L.M in Energy and Environmental Law
11. L.L.M in International Environmental Law
12. M.S. in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering focus
13. M.S. in Civil Engineering with Water Resources Engineering focus
14. M.S. in Engineering Management
15. Degree of Applied Scientist
16. Degree of Engineer
17. Ph.D. in Engineering Management
18. Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering focus
19. Ph.D. in in Civil Engineering with Water Resources Engineering focus
20. Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes
21. Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy
22. Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability
23. M.P.S. in Sustainable Urban Planning

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

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

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."

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

We are certain that our calculation is an under-count. Undertaking this calculation is a time consuming and complex task at a university as large and decentralized as GW. To arrive at the 907, we considered only those sustainability courses required for the degree, We have not tried to estimate how many GW students take an elective that has sustainability content.

We have not updated our calculation from our May 2014 STARs submission because of the difficulty this calculation entails.

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.