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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Clifford Fox
Assistant Director
Center for Environmental Studies
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
Master of Environmental Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The Master of Environmental Studies degree is a terminal, two-year professional degree for a significant proportion of our students. It provides a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity for students and faculty to explore the critical links among environmental life sciences, technology and policy.


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The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science in Environmental Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Center offers a Master of Science in Environmental Studies that focuses on environmental planning, environmental science, environmental health and environmental technology. Graduates may then find employment in government, nonprofit, and public and private sector positions.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at VCU is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and provides professional grounding in the theory and methodology of planning through a curriculum that balances classroom and field experience. Students learn practical planning skills through hands-on, field-based instruction and a required internship in a public or private planning-related organization. Because Richmond is the state capital, there are ample opportunities for paid internships in state and local government, as well as with private, planning consulting firms and development organizations.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Certificate in Urban Revitalization

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Certificate in Urban Revitalization provides specialized training in the techniques and processes of city and neighborhood revitalization. Topics include adaptive reuse of buildings, historic preservation, real estate market analysis and the role of private-public partnerships in financing development projects. The certificate is useful for mid-career professionals who wish to learn new skills to expand their career options. It also is useful for recent college graduates who desire advanced training beyond the baccalaureate level and accelerated entry into the job market.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
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A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
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The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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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.