Sustainability is woven into academics in every college at Colorado State University. Students can choose to take courses that focus on or include sustainability and/or pursue an undergraduate or graduate sustainability major, minor, or concentration in a number of fields. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability offers several interdisciplinary minors open to any student at CSU.
CSU Institutional Learning Outcomes were officially adopted by Faculty Council on November 5, 2019. There are five institutional learning outcomes with sustainability, equity, and inclusion woven throughout. Sustainability is explicitly mentioned in two learning outcomes:
Creativity – “Education for creativity includes the development of an understanding of the ways in which the arts and sciences support expression of the diversity of the human experience and human community, and the development of the ability to apply creative skills in problem-solving; it stimulates the imagination to inform new ways of understanding our place in the world and contributes to innovative solutions addressing the challenges we face locally and globally.”
Collaboration – “Education for collaboration is oriented toward the effective and sustainable stewardship of human, economic, and environmental resources”.
In addition to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, some colleges also have sustainability learning outcomes.
College of Business: “An understanding of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability and how to measure, report, and manage sustainability in organizations.”
College of Engineering: “The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.”