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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Abbreviations and Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25821.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Abbreviations and Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25821.
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Appendix B Abbreviations and Acronyms AASHE  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ACUPCC American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment AESS Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences AIHEC American Indian Higher Education Consortium ANGLES A Network for Graduate Leadership in Sustainability ASU Arizona State University BLS U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics BPP Blue Pioneers Program at the Middlebury Institute CHANS Coupled human and natural systems CSP Coastal Science and Policy, University of California, Santa Cruz DDCSP Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program EfS Education for Sustainability EGA Environmental Grantmakers Association ESD Education for Sustainable Development ESG Environmental, social, and governance HESA Higher Education Sustainability Act 131

132 APPENDIX B IESE Interdisciplinary Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy IFSTAL Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning INCLUDES Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science MIIS Middlebury Institute of International Studies NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NCSE National Council for Science and the Environment NIH National Institutes of Health NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NSF National Science Foundation SDG Sustainable Development Goal SEAS  School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan SEEDS Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability STARS Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics UC University of California UCSC University of California, Santa Cruz UN United Nations UNEP United Nations Environment Programme UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture USGS U.S. Geological Survey WCED World Commission on Environment and Development

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Over the past decade there has been a growing interest in sustainability education in colleges and universities across the United States, with a marked increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research institutes, and centers focused on sustainability. Evidence-based core competencies for interdisciplinary sustainability programs can provide suitable guidance for curricular and program development, research, policy, communication, and pedagogical approaches at academic institutions. They can also serve as a guide for students to select academic programs and potential career options, a reference for employers to understand qualifications of graduates, and the foundation for a potential specialized accreditation for interdisciplinary sustainability programs. The growing demand for well-qualified sustainability professionals within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors also points to the value of developing core competencies.

Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels provides expert insights for strengthening the emerging discipline of sustainability in higher education in the United States. This report describes the local, national, and global landscape related to sustainability education; examines the history and current status of sustainability education programs in the United States and globally; discusses employment prospects for sustainability graduates in terms of the opportunities and the skills that employers seek; and addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion in sustainability-related education and employment.

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