Sustainability Courses

In UNL's 2014 submission of Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System to AASHE, a non-comprehensive list of courses was developed which will be updated as faculty submit courses. As more faculty members submit course assessments, the list becomes more accurate and complete.

If you are a faculty member and you have a course that fits the sustainability criteria, please contact the Office of Sustainability. The link to the survey will be available soon.

Sustainability courses are categorized based on their primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge. Each category is defined as follow.

Course Categories

Sustainability Related

Courses in this category are primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.

Sustainability Focused

Sustainability Focused courses are which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge. This includes:

  • Foundational courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability as an integrated concept having social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Obvious examples include Introduction to Sustainability, Sustainable Development, and Sustainability Science, however courses may also count if their course descriptions indicate a primary and explicit focus on sustainability.
  • Courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on the application of sustainability within a field. As sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, such courses generally incorporate insights from multiple disciplines. Obvious examples include Sustainable Agriculture, Architecture for Sustainability, and Sustainable Business, however courses may also count if their course descriptions indicate a primary and explicit focus on sustainability within a field.
  • Courses in which the primary focus is on providing skills and/or knowledge directly connected to understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenges. A course might provide knowledge and understanding of the problem or tools for solving it, for example Climate Change Science, Renewable Energy Policy, Environmental Justice, or Green Chemistry. Such courses do not necessarily cover “sustainability” as a concept, but should address more than one of the three dimensions of sustainability (i.e. social wellbeing, economic prosperity, and environmental health).
Immersive Experience

According to Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an immersive learning experience may be: student driven and faculty guided, focusing on learning outcomes; producing tangible outcomes or products; including interdisciplinary teams of students; including community partners or creating impact on the larger community; helping students define a career path or connect to the profession or industry.