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Education for Sustainability in Education: A Focus on Pedagogical Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Teaching and learning for sustainable development have become an important area of educational endeavour that educators are responsible for. Given the need to educate citizens about sustainable ways of living ...


Food System Field Experience: STEM Identity and Change Agency for Undergraduate Sustainability Learners

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)

Experiential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning increases STEM identity and belongingness in STEM communities. Experiential food systems education affects change agency and intention to effect change. But little ...


Colleges That Funded Scooter Startups Don’t Love Them on Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Bloomberg (NY)
  • Bird (CA)

This article examines why campus safety offices and the endowment managers may feel differently about scooter startups.

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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Evaluating a dialogue-based approach to teaching about values and policy in graduate transdisciplinary environmental science programs

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • University of Dayton (OH)

This article discusses a formal evaluation of new curricular materials and activities designed to foster understanding of three key issues–expertise, risk, and sociopolitical constraints–related to values and policy ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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The influence of instruction, prior knowledge, and values on climate change risk perception among undergraduates

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

We evaluated influences on the climate change risk perceptions of undergraduate students in an introductory Earth Science course. For this sample, domain‐specific content knowledge about climate change was a ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Creating Campus Revenue Streams to Support Sustainability Initiatives

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Ecosystem (QC)

Educational institutions across North America are aiming to reduce both energy spend and GHG emissions, with targets ranging from 10%-50% by 2030, 2025, or even 2020. At the same ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Getting to a Green Light: How to Build Organizational Buy-In for Large-Scale Renewable Energy

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This interactive and action-oriented session will provide insights and tools to update your understanding of renewable energy, map out critical stakeholders on campus, and translate the renewable energy opportunity into ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Linking Teaching Practices to Students' Pro-Sustainability Behaviors

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Broadly integrating sustainability throughout higher education curriculum is a common goal among instructors, scholars, and the AASHE community. But while sustainability knowledge is good in its own right, research has ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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ISSP Networking Session: Do You Have All It Takes to Be an Effective Sustainability Professional?

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (PA)

Calling all active and aspiring sustainability professionals: come learn about the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) community and earning ISSP's sustainability credentials. Meet with ISSP members and hear ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Every institution of higher education already has an academic library that can be a partner in campus sustainability. This program offers specific ideas for how faculty, sustainability staff and administrators ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability and engagement: strange bedfellows in the undergraduate textbook

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Pacific University (OR)

This paper aims to examine the textual coverage of the topic of public engagement in leading English language sustainability textbooks.

In this paper, the authors’ findings are based on a ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Clean Plates at State: Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Michigan State University is continually striving to build a sustainable culture on campus and in the Spartan community. Clean Plates at State helps students and members of our community understand ...


Trying to Increase Carpooling at a Major U.S. University: A Survey and an Intervention

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Many universities are attempting to reduce the CO2 emissions created by employee commuting. One way to do so is to encourage carpooling. A focus group and an online survey were ...


‘The Camels are Unsustainable’ Using Study Abroad as a Pedagogical Tool for Teaching Ethics and Sustainable Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Sustainable development (SD) has contested meanings, and perspectives vary within and across societies. Emphases can range dramatically from recycling advocacy to eradication of poverty. Assumptions and approaches to sustainable development ...

  • Posted April 16, 2018
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Putting “Reduce” to Work: Getting Rid of Plastic Bags on Michigan State University’s Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)

In order to mitigate the effects of plastic bags on the environment and to fulfill Michigan State University's commitment to sustainability, we pioneered a two part initiative to reduce ...

  • Posted March 19, 2018
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How do Green Buildings Communicate Green Design to Building Users? A Survey Study of a LEED-Certified Building

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Studies investigating the benefits of green buildings can be approached by the affordance theory—the perceived properties of a thing that determine how it could possibly be used. This study ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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13.5 MW Solar Carport System

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Michigan State University partnered with Inovateus Solar and Alterra Power Corp. to install a 13.5 MW solar carport system spread above 4,500 parking spaces in 5 locations around ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2018
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Conservatives who conserve: How to talk about sustainability outside of politics

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Climate change and environmentalism have both become seemingly inseparable from political ideology. We should attempt, if possible, to keep sustainability from falling into the same partisan divide. While combating climate ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Contemplative Practices to Cultivate Resilient Students and Social-Ecological Systems

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This joint session will offer two presentations on the uses of contemplative practices and mindfulness-based pedagogy for teaching about environmental sustainability. Topic 1 (Goralnik): If sustainability is the effort to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Longitudinal Sustainability Literacy and Culture Assessment for Students, Faculty, and Staff - Lessons Learned and Results

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

As more institutions increase their focus on sustainability both academically and operationally, the need for measurement increases. Currently, there is no common tool for measuring sustainability literacy, the culture of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting Traction with Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement: Finding Your Sweet-Spot and Effectively Communicating About It

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Technology cost reductions and favorable market economics make large-scale renewable energy an increasingly compelling choice for campuses to make step-change improvements in their GHG footprint while also reducing long-term cost ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy conservation attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors in science laboratories

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Energy use per square foot from science research labs is disproportionately higher than that of other rooms in buildings on campuses across the nation. This is partly due to labs ...

  • Posted June 19, 2017
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Funding Strategies for Non-Traditional University MS4 Stormwater Programs

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Stormwater programs have historically been stymied by lack of proper funding resources. Unlike drinking water and sanitary sewer utility services that long ago transitioned to enterprise funds, a stormwater utility ...


Arts and humanities inquiry in the Long-Term Ecological Research Network: empathy, relationships, and interdisciplinary collaborations

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collection of 25 National Science Foundation-funded sites committed to long-term, place-based investigation of the natural world. While activities primarily focus on ecological ...


LGBTQ Students on Campus: Issues and Opportunities for Higher Education Leaders

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The American Council on Education published a blog piece about LGBTQ issues on higher education campuses. The piece includes key issues for higher education leaders, suggestions for good practices that ...

  • Posted April 17, 2017
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Effects of Green Buildings on Employee Health and Productivity

  • Michigan State University (MI)

We investigated the effects of improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on perceived health and productivity in occupants who moved from conventional to green (according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
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Garnering input for recycling communication strategies at a Big Ten University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

With increasing environmental challenges confronting our planet, colleges and universities are trying different approaches for minimizing their adverse environmental impacts. Among the approaches being used to revitalize campus sustainability efforts ...


Measuring Sustainability Culture and Attitudes Among the Student Body: Why you Should Care

  • Central College (IA)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Quite often institutional decisions are data driven. Given that people's sustainability behaviors are influenced by their attitudes, having valid and reliable information about students' and employees' sustainability attitudes will ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Bailey Compost Initiative

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Students in dorm rooms generate organic waste on a daily basis. With 40% of organic matter wasted globally, this problem of waste diversion needs to be addressed. The Bailey Compost ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability behaviors among college students: an application of the VBN theory

  • Michigan State University (MI)

While Value-Belief-Norm (VBN) theory has been widely applied to various populations, it has seldom been tested on college students. This study extends VBN theory to examine what socio-psychological factors influence ...


The Roles of Social Media in Promoting Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

University sustainability leaders can strategically employ social media tools to encourage the adoption of sustainability behaviors among students, faculty members, and staff. Their effectiveness and reach, however, are constrained by ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Is sustainability knowledge half the battle?: An examination of sustainability knowledge, attitudes, norms, and efficacy to understand sustainable behaviours

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of sustainability knowledge to pro-environmental behaviour. A common misperception is that unsustainable behaviours are largely driven by a lack ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Spartan Treasure Hunt

  • Michigan State University (MI)

In these photos, Michigan State University facilities employees observe equipment while participating in a Spartan Treasure Hunt.


Greening the campus: a theoretical extension of the dialogic communication approach

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the strategic organization-public dialogic communication practices of universities in the USA. The authors used the dialogic model of communication to explore ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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The Big Ten Prospectus: Aligning Sustainability with Collective Mission Level Priorities

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Iowa (IA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

With higher education facing ongoing budget cuts, top to bottom reviews of programs and policies, and critical questions regarding the value of a college education, we—as sustainability professionals—must ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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On Advocacy by Environmental Scientists: What, Whether, Why, and How

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Debate about the nature and appropriateness of advocacy by environmental scientists is important - it represents understanding the role of these citizens in our society. Much has been written about advocacy ...


Development of a Year-round Student Organic Farm and Organic Farming Curriculum at Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

How do you teach community supported agriculture (CSA) principles, small-scale organic farming, and local food issues at a major land grant university and develop related small-scale farming research and outreach ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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PACES: A Physical Activity Campus Environmental Supports Audit on University Campuses

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • University of Rhode Island (RI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Purpose. This study evaluated the policy and built and recreation environmental supports for physical activity on 13 university campuses.

Design. Environmental audit survey.

Setting. Thirteen U.S. universities, 2009.

Subjects ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Evaluation of the Food Store Environment on and Near the Campus of 15 Postsecondary Institutions

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Tuskegee University (AL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose. This study evaluated the food stores on and near postsecondary campuses varying in institutional size.

Design. The design of the study is an environmental audit survey.

Setting. Fifteen U ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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The Need for Social Ethics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Programs: Results from a Nation-Wide Survey in the United States

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)

Professionals in environmental fields engage with complex problems that involve stakeholders with different values, different forms of knowledge, and contentious decisions. There is increasing recognition of the need to train ...

  • Posted April 3, 2016
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Michigan State University Sustainable Food Procurement Guide

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This guide will clarify to existing and potential new supply chain partners what is important

to MSU as we strive to make increasingly responsible choices in food service sourcing, and ...

  • Posted March 3, 2016
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Measuring Engagement of Student Population Through Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge: Behavior, Perceptions, and Attitudes

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Michigan State University Campus Sustainability commissioned a Sustainability Knowledge Assessment. This assessment represents an initial effort to quantify knowledge of the broad and abstract concept of sustainability. By identifying factors ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Spartan Treasure Hunt: Direct Engagement of Building Occupants in Energy Saving Opportunities

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The Spartan Treasure Hunt is an early step in the building commissioning process. It engages building occupants to help identify opportunities for energy savings and system improvements during a building ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Encouraging social norms when there are none: promoting unpopular sustainable behaviors

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Research has shown the importance that social norms hold in influencing a person's behavior. Our own research has found this positive influence specifically in regards to undergraduate students and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Getting it Done - Removing Roadblocks to Renewables

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This interactive, problem solving workshop will explore and highlight solutions to overcome bottlenecks to implementing large scale renewable projects for your university. We will delve into internal as well as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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How Sustainability Directors Can Bring Simple Innovations to Campus

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Staples Business Advantage (MA)
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

An interactive panel discussion on how Sustainability Directors can set SMART sustainability objectives and implement simple solutions across campuses to achieve their goals. From office furniture to paper towel selection ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Undergraduates in a Sustainability Semester: Agency and Structural Change for Sustainability

  • Goshen College (IN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Many Sustainability Education (SE) researchers are interested in understanding how our students envision the mechanisms of social change, and how to help them develop capacity to make the change they ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Engaging in Efficiency: Models for Campus – Led Energy Partnerships

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) is a partnership program engaging colleges, universities, and the commercial buildings sector to improve the efficiency of the nation ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Bike Culture from College Campus to Corporate Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Bikes Make Life Better (CA)
  • Meet your Bike (CA)

Building Bike Culture from College Campus to Corporate Campus Sustainable transportation strategies in all fifty states embrace the bicycle to meet their sustainability goals. But not all efforts are successful ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Sustainability Semester: From Individual to Community Action

  • Goshen College (IN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Each fall, students from various colleges and universities move to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College to participate in a Sustainability Semester. For the duration of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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