Inventories

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Keywords

The CECCS has been updating our SDG-based inventories annually since 2017 using an approach developed initially for categorizing and capturing sustainability content in the Sustainability Undergraduate Course Inventory. This comprehensive and coherent approach has played an essential role in helping us identify and assess the extent of sustainability learning content in the existing curriculum, validate and promote existing sustainability-related courses, provide a basis for future research (e.g., which SDGs are best covered in current courses), and act as a resource for sustainability instructor communities of practice.

Sustainability Course Inventory

The Sustainability Course Inventory gathers information about all sustainability-related undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto. Our understanding of sustainability englobes both human and environmental concerns, and the inventory was created based on keywords from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes 2,702 sustainability-oriented courses, representing 25% of all 11,019 undergraduate courses at U of T.

Sustainability Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Course Inventory

The CEL Sustainability Course Inventory gathers information about all sustainability-related undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto with a community engaged learning component (public, civil or private sector). This CEL inventory builds off of U of T’s Sustainability Course Inventory, an inventory that contains all sustainability-related courses based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability Student Group Inventory 

The 2022-2023 Student Group Inventory is the 4th edition of this inventory completed by CECCS. This list includes student groups, clubs, societies, unions, and associations at the three University at Toronto campuses and affiliated colleges with mandates that align with the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The groups were identified through the U of T Student Organization Portal and other university websites and networks.

Sustainability Graduate Program Inventory

The Graduate Programs Inventory gathers information about graduate and PhD programs offered by U of T which have sustainability-related content or focus. The inventory contains programs identified from the comprehensive professional graduate programs list on the School of Graduate Studies website and has been prepared by conducting a keyword search based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) keywords (below) in the program titles and descriptions. The 2021 Graduate Programs inventory includes 119 of a total of 171 programs/areas of study (70%). For degree and diploma programs (including dual degree), 94 of 131 programs (72%) had sustainability related content. For collaborative specialization programs, 25 of 40 programs (63%) had sustainability related content.

Sustainability Master’s Thesis Inventory

The Sustainability Master’s Thesis Inventory was developed by the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (CECCS). It gathers information about all Master’s theses with sustainability content at the University of Toronto since 2009. It includes 1,797 sustainability-oriented Master’s theses, representing approximately 22% of 8,260 Master’s theses since 2009.

Sustainability Doctoral Thesis Inventory 

The Sustainability Doctoral Thesis Inventory was developed by the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (CECCS). It gathers information about all doctoral theses with sustainability content at the University of Toronto since 2009. It includes 1,921 sustainability-oriented doctoral theses, representing approximately 20% of 9,627 doctoral theses since 2009.

Sustainability Research Unit Inventory

Our understanding of sustainability englobes both human and environmental concerns, and the inventory was created based on keywords from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainability Research Unit Inventory is designed to categorize U of T’s research activity by mapping its research centres/institutes (“research units”) to the relevant SDGs by keyword, and serve as a tool which researchers at or outside of U of T may access if they are looking to collaborate with other research units or affiliated researchers across disciplines on multi-, inter- and/or transdisciplinary projects. The inventory also serves to increase the visibility of such research units, making it more accessible for faculty, students, and researchers to add sustainability content to their work. 

Graduate Sustainability Course Inventory

The Sustainability Course Inventory gathers information about all sustainability-related graduate courses at the University of Toronto. It includes 1,987 sustainability-oriented courses, representing 26% of all 7,744 graduate courses at U of T. The purpose of the sustainability course inventory is to increase the visibility of such courses, making it more accessible for students to add sustainability content to their educational experience.

School of Continuing Studies Sustainability Course Inventory

The Sustainability Course Inventory gathers information about all sustainability-related School of Continuing Studies (SCS) courses at the University of Toronto. It includes 468 sustainability-oriented courses, representing 54% of all 874 SCS courses at U of T. The purpose of the sustainability course inventory is to increase the visibility of such courses, making it more accessible for students to add sustainability content to their educational experience.