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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Keith Muhlestein
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2012
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STARS v1.0

University of Texas at San Antonio
ER-5: Sustainability Course Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hazem Rashed-Ali
Assistant Professor
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum?:

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

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

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

The inventory of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses offered in UTSA was developed by a team of faculty and students under the supervision of the UTSA sustainability council. The inventory was based on UTSA's definition of sustainability as stated in the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures (http://utsa.edu/hop/chapter9/9-43.html ), which defines sustainability as:

"meeting the needs of the present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This can be accomplished by seeking a balanced approach between the economic, social and environmental needs of the community and university operations. Understanding that sustainability can be viewed in a very broad context, this policy is initially directed towards the environmental and energy aspects as they relate to the UTSA community. Further evolutions of this policy may include the social and historical aspects that are often associated with broader sustainability efforts."

The inventory was based on a keyword search of the titles and descriptions of all courses offered in UTSA during the spring, summer, and fall 2010 semesters. Multiple sections of the same course were excluded from the inventory except when the sections covered differed content. Courses offered in multiple semesters within the inventory period were counted separately. This methodology likely underestimates the number of courses especially in the sustainability-related category. A survey of UTSA academic departments, in which departments will be asked to self-identify sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses they offer is currently being planned.

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

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.