|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
|8.09 / 14.00||
Office of Environmental Policy
|Total number of courses offered by the institution||3,137||2,436|
|Number of sustainability courses offered||188||56|
|Number of courses offered that include sustainability||318||111|
To complete the course inventory, one of the OEP interns read through all of the course descriptions in the undergraduate and graduate catalogues, determining if the course met the definition of sustainability we use for this survey ("AASHE defines sustainability in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. STARS attempts to translate this broad and inclusive view of sustainability to measurable objectives at the campus level. Thus, it includes credits related to an institution’s environmental, social, and economic performance." The Earth Charter (http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html) was also used as a framework in determining courses that were sustainability related and focused. Courses that were considered “focused” pertained mainly to the environment and dealt with sections from the Earth Charter such as “Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life” and “Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.” Sections considered to be “related” did not pertain directly to the environment and embodied excerpts from the Earth Charter such as “Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities and “Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.”
The definition that UConn specifically uses for sustainability is from the Academic Plan.
"...problems of environmental sustainability cannot be addressed solely by grasping the scientific principles that lead to technical solutions. Successful resolution also requires understanding their ethical, social, legal, economic, and cultural implications from a global perspective."
Other interns and sustainability coordinators from the OEP then went through all of the courses in the graduate and undergraduate catalogs eliminating internships, practicums, independent studies, special topics courses, thesis, dissertation, and capstone courses, clinical courses, physical education courses, and exclusively performance based courses (such as concert choir or marching band). All courses that are offered exclusively at one of the branch campuses (such as classes in Medical Science or Dental Science) were excluded as well, because those schools do not fall within the institutional boundary we report for this survey.
However, courses that were cross-listed across multiple departments (with a prefix for each department) were counted for each department. For example, if a class is cross listed between Human Rights and Political Science, it is counted twice. We applied this rule to both sustainability courses and to all courses.
|Yes (included) or No (not included)|
|Thesis / dissertation||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.
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.