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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 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.02 / 14.00 Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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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 375 389
Number of sustainability courses offered 20 36
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 39 39

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
17.54

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
7

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
7

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
100

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 :

The data consider courses that are available between Winter 2015 and Fall 2017. 5 criteria were selected when looking through the entire courses descriptions. To be considered as having sustainable development content, a course must cover at least one five learning objectives, listed below. These sustainable development learning objectives were chosen on the basis of an extensive literature review on education for sustainability in engineering schools and further to discussions held in a special sub-committee of Polytechnique's Studies Committee that reflects on integrating sustainability in the curriculum. The five learning objectives are:
- Acquiring a knowledge of sustainable development principles.
- Acquiring a knowledge of impacts of engineering on environment and society.
- Acquiring a knowledge of how to use clean technologies.
- Develop the ability to integrate sustainability tools or criteria when solving engineering problems.
- Develop the ability to involve stakeholders.

Courses regarding environmental engineering, renewable energy or green technologies were considered as sustainability courses, as they are central to the contribution that engineers can make to sustainability in their professional practice.


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 No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.