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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.41 / 14.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,275 946
Number of sustainability courses offered 74 41
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 53 36

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
37

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
43

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

see attached sheet above


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

The definition of sustainability and the types of issues that would be involved in each of the three pillars was determined by a committee consisting of 3 faculty members, the director of sustainability and a graduate student. The subsequent database, working off of these guidelines, was completed by UAlbany's sustainability fellow under the direction and review of the Director of Sustainability. This involved taking an inventory of the undergraduate and graduate bulletin. Based on its title and description, it was recorded whether a course was sustainability focused or related. We defined a sustainability focused course as a course that incorporates all three aspects of sustainability: environment, equity and economy. We defined a sustainability related course as a course that incorporates two of the three aspects of sustainability. These definitions were determined with recommendations presented at the AASHE conference.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

If a course had multiple offerings or cross-listed in different departments, we only counted that course once.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

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.