Courses with Sustainability Content

During our 2013 completion of the AASHE STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) comprehensive inventory of campus sustainability activities, we reviewed our Ithaca College course catalog and discovered more than 190 courses from within 38 different academic disciplines with some level of focus on sustainability.


The AASHE STARS system differentiates two types of sustainability education courses:

  • Sustainability-focused courses, which concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. We identified 104 such sustainability-focused courses.
  • Sustainability-related courses, which incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue. We identified 90 such sustainability-related courses.

View our 2013-14 Sustainability Course inventory.