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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.72 / 14.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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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 4,347 5,014
Number of sustainability courses offered 847 490
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 2,050 1,436

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
73

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
179

Number of years covered by the data:
Three

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):
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The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

Using the Earth Charter, we identified 30 search terms for each of the spheres of sustainability (economic, social, environmental) for a total of 90 search terms. We queried the UW course catalogue using these search terms. Original result produced over 8,000 courses. 700 were excluded for being non-related to sustainability, approximately 3,500 were identified as duplicates resulting from courses identified by multiple search terms. This left approximately 4,800 courses. These courses were then reviewed and identified as either sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. Courses such as "Topics in...", "Survey on...", "Special Topics", capstones, research, etc. were identified as sustainability-related.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Courses with multiple sections/times were counted as a single course. Some courses are cross-listed in multiple departments; these are counted as a separate course.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation Yes
Clinical ---
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

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