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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.74 / 14.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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 4,234.75 1,762
Number of sustainability courses offered 105 45.50
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 191 79.50

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
29

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
66

Number of years covered by the data:
Two

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:

To complete this course inventory, a previous inventory was used as a reference. The previous inventory was conducted in 2011 by an Environmental Project Coordinator at Western's Facilities Management (then Physical Plant Department). This individual examined all departments and their corresponding course descriptions from 2008 to 2011 by reading Western's online academic calendar. Based on the information provided from each department's website and the academic calendar, sustainability-focused and -related courses were compiled according to the definitions provided by AASHE.

For this reporting year, course offerings from the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years were examined. The previous inventory was revised, taking into account courses that have since been removed, and adding courses that have recently been offered by each department. Again, both the online academic calendar and department websites were used to identify courses, determined their approach to sustainability (focused, related, or none), and verified to ensure that they were actually taught during the specified time frame.


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 Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation Yes
Clinical Yes
Physical education Yes
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.