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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 Eric O'Brien
Submission Date March 1, 2013
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STARS v1.1

University of Northern Iowa
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

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University Sustainability Coordinator
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?:

The Iowa Board of Regents has defined sustainability at UNI as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. When applied to course content at UNI, this includes coursed the cover topics crossing and integrating three basic areas: environment, social/health, and economics.


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:

UNI has gone through three iterations of this process in the last four years. The first process included a simple call for courses to be added to the list. The more recent lists included a scouring of the 2008-2010 and 2010-2012 course catalogs. During this process courses were identified that may touch on topics related to sustainability, each of these courses was noted as a potential sustainability related or focused course. This list was then distributed by the Provost's office to each college for the various Department Heads to change the rating of the courses listed, have courses removed, or ask for additional courses to be added. After the final list was compiled with input from each department on campus, the list was approved by the Provost's Office and the University Sustainability Council.


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.