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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.

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Liaison Michele Hebert
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Alaska Fairbanks
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

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Complete Expired Michele Hebert
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

UAF Sustainability Curriculum Definition

Developed by the Sustainability Curriculum Definition Committee in the spring of 2011. The committee consisted of Richard Wies, Craig Gerlach, Terry Chapin and Michael Koskey.

Sustainability in Curriculum Definition
Sustainability curriculum at University of Alaska, Fairbanks addresses the integration of cultural, economic, environmental, and energy components and supports projects and perspectives that have positive impacts on future resources, ecosystem health, and human wellbeing.

Sustainability Curriculum Themes
• Climate Change and Adaption
• Culture Sustainability
• Ecosystems and Natural Resources Management
• Energy Efficiency and Renewable and Alternative Energy
• Food Security and Agriculture systems
• Water Quality and Supply


Has the institution identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

1) Determine sustainability in curriculum definition

2) Obtain the course offerings for the previous academic year (Fall 2010 through Summer 2011)

3) Keyword search
a) Identify keywords based on other STARS participants’ lists
b) Run the search
d)Create listing of identified courses
d) Cross references courses in course description document, and identify as SF, SR, or neither

4) Faculty/researcher survey to identify courses
a) Develop survey based on STARS resources
b) Announce survey to department chairs
c) Disperse survey across campus
d) Monitor survey results
e) Add courses identified by faculty to the list started by the keyword search

5) Manually go through courses to identify courses which may have been missed
a) Cross reference with the Course Descriptions document

6) Compile final listing of all sustainability focused, sustainability related, and non-sustainability related courses


Does the institution make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online?:
Yes

The website URL where the sustainability course inventory is posted:

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.