STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that have identified their sustainability course and program offerings and share that information with their campus communities.
  • Environmental Benefits: Conducting an inventory of academic offerings provides an important foundation for advancing sustainability curriculum. It provides a baseline for understanding current offerings and can help institutions identify strengths and opportunities for growth. In addition, a list of sustainability courses helps current and prospective students find and understand sustainability course offerings, which can assist them in organizing their academic studies.
  • Scoring: Institutions may earn a total of 3 points for this credit. One point is awarded for each of the following if the institution meets the criteria:
    • Institution has developed a definition of sustainability in the curriculum.
    • Institution has identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings.
    • Institution makes its sustainability course inventory publicly available online.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

California State University Channel Islands has developed the following definition for sustainability in the curriculum, “Sustainability focuses on dynamic relationships among the environment, economy, and society. Sustainability encompasses how environmental and ecological issues are intertwined with economic, social, and health wellness, and how human society’s actions interconnect with these issues. Being sustainable requires addressing these issues so as to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

CSU Channel Islands has also identified its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related course offerings. A list of possible sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses was compiled from the CSUCI course catalog.

CSU Channel Islands does make its sustainability course inventory publicly available online. For a list of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, click on the following links:

Information Received From:

Dan Wakelee, Associate Dean of the Faculty