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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 13.10 / 14.00 Aaron Allen
Asst. Professor
Music
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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 1,437 0
Number of sustainability courses offered 67 0
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 188 0

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
51

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
52

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 http://uncg.smartcatalogiq.com/en/2014-2015/Undergraduate-Bulletin/Academic-Departments-Programs-Courses/Environmental-Studies-Program/ENV-Minor-SUS for descriptions.

ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENV 110 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
BIO 526 Conservation Biology
ECO 100 Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
IAR 124 Introduction to Sustainable Design
GEO 331/STH 331 Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
LLC 130 Global Green: Cultures of Production and/or Consumption
STH 101 Introduction to Sustainable Development
STH 311 Sustainable Food and Beverage
STH 332 Sustainable Destination Planning and Management
SWK 505/PCS 505 Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Response for Sustainability
ATY 253 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ATY 253L Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
BIO 105 Major Concepts of Biology
BIO 105L Major Concepts of Biology Laboratory
BIO 111 Principles of Biology I
BIO 301 Principles of Ecology
BIO 302 Introductory Ecology Laboratory
BIO 361 Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
BIO 431 The Biosphere
BIO 526 Conservation Biology
CHE 103 General Descriptive Chemistry I
CHE 110 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 111 General Chemistry I
CHE 112 General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHE 252 Chemistry and the Human Environment
GEO 106 Geosystems Science
GEO 106L Geosystems Science Laboratory
GEO 205 Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact
GEO 305 Environmental Hazards Assessment
GEO 311 Weather and Climate
GEO 311L Climatology Laboratory
GEO 313 Natural Resource Regions of North America
ATY 520 Economic Anthropology
BUS 340/ENT 340 Social Entrepreneurship
ECO 100 Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 300 The International Economy
ECO 380 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
GEO 331/STH 331 Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
STH 101 Introduction to Sustainable Development
STH 232 Tourism Impacts and Alternatives
STH 311 Sustainable Food and Beverage
STH 332 Sustainable Destination Planning and Management
ATY 213 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ATY 450 Anthropology in the Environment: Culture, Environment, and Adaptation
GEO 303 World Population Problems
HEA 207 International Health
HEA 316 Environmental Health
HIS 334 United States Environmental History
PSC 312/ENV 312 Environmental Law and Policy
PSC 313/ENV 313 Natural Resources Law and Policy
SOC 202 Social Problems in Global Context
SOC 346 Population Problems
SOC 370 Environmental Sociology
SOC 377 Disaster, Self, and Society
STH 201 Corporate Social Responsibility and Change Management
SWK 505/PCS 505 Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Response for Sustainability
ENG 380 Literature and the Environment
IAR 124 Introduction to Sustainable Design
IAR 221 History and Theory of Design I
IAR 222 History and Theory of Design II
LLC 130 Global Green: Cultures of Production and/or Consumption
MUS 223 Music and Environment
PHI 361 Ethical Issues in Business
PHI 363 Environmental Ethics
REL 250 Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Inventory-of-UNCG-Course-Offerings-with-Sustainability-Content.pdf
+ Date Revised: April 14, 2015

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

Two inventories have been completed.

In 2011, a survey was created by interior architecture professor and campus sustainability leader Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker for UNCG faculty to identify their courses pertaining to or utilizing concepts of sustainability. To guide respondents, the survey used UNCG's definition of sustainability: "the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, economy, and aesthetics. This interconnectedness provides a foundation from which to discover, implement, and enrich sustainable principles and practice. The intent of sustainability is to instill values that promote justice, invent innovative approaches and solutions to environmental and economic challenges, and invest civility and grace into our communities." Course descriptions, student learning outcomes, and sustainability content (by percentage) were all requested. The results were reviewed by two faculty members and the sustainability coordinator, and supplemented with an
inventory of the class descriptions in the course catalog.

In 2014, the faculty of the Environmental Studies Program voted to create a minor in sustainability. In perusing the course catalog for courses to include, the faculty selected only those they determined were focused on sustainability.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
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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Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics No
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
Yes

Sustainability courses from list of classes included in the sustainability minor. Courses including sustainability from surveys conducted 2011-2014. Not all courses offered every year; number of courses offered is a 1-year average of number offered 2011-2014. The majority of the courses are undergraduate courses; some graduate classes are included in the total number of courses (and some graduate-undergraduate mixed courses are in the "courses that include sustainability") but we were unable to tease out total number of graduate versus undergraduate courses.

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.