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Sustainability: A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How ...

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Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Transformation of Learning and Society

To help address the challenges of sustainable development, higher education institutions must transform themselves, bringing together best practice in quality management for tertiary education with best practice in education for ...

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Backing Away from the Cliff: A Theory of Education for Sustainability in the Postsecondary Classroom

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Despite growing efforts for Education for Sustainability (EfS), little empirical research documents EfS in the postsecondary classroom and the ways in which sustainability is defined in these classrooms. The purpose ...

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Campus Sustainability and Natural Area Stewardship: Student Involvement in Adaptive Comanagement

University campus sustainability initiatives have proliferated over the last decade. We contend that such initiatives benefit from applying conceptual frameworks to help understand and guide their activities and from a ...

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How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation

  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Developed in partnership with the Campus Green Funds Collaborative, the Guide outlines best practices and lessons learned in designing, managing, promoting, and evaluating campus green funds and their respective projects ...

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New Affordability Measures at Private, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities: Academic Year 2013-14

  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (DC)

The following examples of new affordability initiatives demonstrate the creative ways in which private, nonprofit colleges are working to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. They ...

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Sustainability within Collegiate Athletics: Recommendations For Sustainable Improvement

  • Clark University (MA)

This paper addresses the current day issue involving the lack of sustainable efforts occurring in collegiate athletic departments and their respective facilities. Based on the general nature of athletics, sustainability ...

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STARS 2013 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2013 Annual Review discusses the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), providing a look back at STARS and a glimpse at what is in store with the ...

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AASHE Interview Series: Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Last fall, AASHE partnered with the Green Products Roundtable (GPR) on a pilot project that examined the impacts associated with an average higher education institution's spending. One of the ...

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2012 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

Campus sustainability staff positions are growing fast on campuses, according to the latest Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report by AASHE. Sponsored by Aramark Higher Education ...

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The Potential of Community-based Sustainability Projects for Deep Learning Initiatives

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application ...

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Analysis of Student Behaviors Impacting Carbon Emissions Through Community Based Social Marketing Research

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Academic institutions cannot achieve climate neutrality through technology alone; members of the college community must also be engaged in creating a culture of sustainability. This research project employed a community-based ...

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Growth or Decline? The Form and Function of the Sustainability Agenda in Higher Education

  • University at Albany (NY)

Literature on organizational strategy in higher education suggests that colleges adapt to new circumstances based on differing motivations: some colleges are seeking new growth strategies while others are trying to ...

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Sustainable Laundry Operations at Sewanee: The University of the South

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The typical student runs an average of 3.7 cycles of laundry per week. This is almost one full cycle more than other students at universities whose costs are included ...

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Sustainability as a driving force in an evolving design profession

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Employment data shows that so-called green jobs and sustainability-related professions are on the rise in recent years. Both public and private firms and organizations are placing an increased emphasis on ...

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The University of Hawai'i System Heads Toward its First Sustainability Policy

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

This month AASHE was invited to give a keynote presentation and overview of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) at the first-ever Hawai’i Sustainability in Higher Education ...

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Helpful Support Increases Impact: Clarkson University Focus the Nation Chapter

  • Clarkson University (NY)

In my campus role as the Assoc. Director for Sustainability for Clarkson University (an AASHE & STARS Member Institution), I work with several different student groups every year to help ...

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Empowering Our Students to Lead the Revolution

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

We recently hosted a panel event on campus that probed the realms of morality, justice, capitalism and sustainability. Titled Good for Me – Good for Us? Self Interest, Community Values, and ...

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AASHE @ Clinton Global Initiative University

  • AASHE (PA)

President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts ...

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How-to Guide: Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

The campus landscape, like its buildings, can be seen as the physical embodiment of a college’s values. It is a vital part of the life of a campus, providing ...

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2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

This year’s Higher Education Sustainability Review highlights the achievements of more than 60 institutions across the globe. You’ll find inspiring examples of regional and global partnerships for sustainability ...

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The No Impact Jack Sustainable Living Certificate: A Program Evaluation

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Given the threats of climate change along with limited natural resources, colleges and universities are in a position to role model sustainable practices and provide opportunities for students to learn ...

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STARS Findings on Campus Infrastructure and Sustainable Development

  • AASHE (PA)

This article looks at infrastructure development among colleges and universities participating in STARS. Data related to building construction and maintenance, GHG emissions, and energy consumption can shed light on how ...

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Presidential Voices Interview Series: Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College

  • Spelman College (GA)

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College President since 2002, is our guest for this interview. Spelman is America's oldest historically Black college for women, and a leading liberal arts institution ...

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The Case for Investing in Campus Sustainability

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

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Presidential Voices Interview Series: Jo Ann M. Gora, Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

Jo Ann M. Gora, our guest for this interview, became President of Ball State University in 2004. She was one of 12 charter signatories to the American College & University ...

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The Beauty of Net-Zero Energy Infrastructure: Lessons from History, Actions Today, and Dreams for the Future

  • Second Nature (MA)

As we connect the dots from ancient history to the distant future, we envision and hope for a clean and safe future for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Sustainability professionals work ...

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Fostering Sustained Energy Behavior Change And Increasing Energy Literacy In A Student Housing Energy Challenge

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

We designed the Kukui Cup challenge to foster energy conservation and increase energy literacy. Based on a review of the literature, the challenge combined a variety of elements into an ...

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Envisioning the Carbon-Neutral Campus: Planning for Reduced Energy Consumption at St. Olaf College

  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Four practices impacting campus carbon neutrality are increasingly common at Colleges and Universities in the United States: faculty and students are engaging in hands-on sustainability curriculum, facilities personnel are analyzing ...

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Assessing Sustainability Knowledge of a Student Population: Developing a Tool to Measure Knowledge in the Environmental, Economic, and Social Domains

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to present a tool for assessing the sustainability knowledge of an undergraduate population.

Design/methodology/approach: Multiple-choice questions were developed through soliciting expert ...

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University of California, Santa Barbara Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The University of California, Office of the President, has required that UC campuses prepare a water action plan that defines a strategy for reducing potable water use 20% by 2020 ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 2

  • AASHE (PA)

In part 1 of this post, I examined current practices for identifying sustainability courses and found that definitions of sustainability-focused and -related courses tend to leave too much room for ...

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Presidential Voices Interview Series: Wim Wiewel, Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University, is our guest for this interview. Dr. Wiewel serves on the steering committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Under ...

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Divestment at Unity College

  • Unity College (ME)

We’ve gotten a lot of deserved attention for our recent fossil fuel divestment announcement. By now there are nearly three hundred (and climbing) divestment campaigns – mostly student-led – at colleges ...

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How Many Dots to Connect? Defining Sustainability in the Curriculum Pt. 1

  • AASHE (PA)

In an effort to track progress in sustainability education and promote sustainability courses, many colleges and universities have attempted to identify which courses they offer integrate sustainability concepts. As Alfred ...

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Presidential Voices Interview Series: James H. Mullen, Allegheny College

  • Allegheny College (PA)

With this interview, AASHE is pleased to launch our Presidential Voices interview series, featuring conversations with inspiring sustainability leaders who play unique roles as heads of higher education institutions or ...

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Ten Ways to Integrate Sustainability into the Curriculum

  • Towson University (MD)

Those of us in higher education who are concerned about the future of the planet realize that although cutting carbon emissions from campus operations is important, it is not enough ...

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AASHE Interview Series: Herb Sharpe, Corporate Director of Education and Health Care Solutions at Waste Management

  • Waste Management (TX)

Judy Walton, AASHE's Chief Publications Officer, recently interviewed Herb Sharpe, Corporate Director of Education and Health Care Solutions at Waste Management, an AASHE Business Leader Member. Herb is responsible ...

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Resilience vs. Campus Sustainability?

The transition from an exploitive business plan for the planet to a sustainable one has gone through a few iterations—and we are definitely not there yet—but we keep ...

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Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • ICF International (VA)

Co-published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) and AASHE, the Guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college or university. Based ...

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Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report

  • U.S. Global Change Research Program (DC)

The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released the Third National Climate Assessment. A 60-person Federal Advisory Committee (The "National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee" or NCADAC) oversaw ...

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Greening Universities Toolkit: Transforming universities into green and sustainable campuses

  • United Nations Environment Programme

The focus of this Toolkit is to provide University staff and students with a selection of strategies, tools and resources, gleaned from the literature, from global case studies and from ...

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Incentive Deserts: The Opportunities and Barriers to Solar PV Financing at UCLA

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Like the rest of Los Angeles, UCLA has plenty of buildings and gets plenty of sun. Given the University's interest in sustainability and innovation, you'd think all those ...

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STARS Quarterly Review: Winter 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Winter 2012 SQR: Recap & A Look Ahead, reviews recent developments related to the evolving concept of global campus sustainability and introduces changes that can be expected for STARS ...

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Promoting Lasting Ecological Citizenship Among College Students

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Declines in environmental literacy and civic and political activism among youth suggest the need for an increased focus on sustainability in schools and the advancement of ecological citizenship among students ...

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Who are we educating about sustainability?

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

This research quantitatively examines student of color and low-income student enrollment at postsecondary institutions in New York state (NYS) that have committed to becoming more sustainable. A three-part study, prepared ...

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Talking Trash for America Recycles Day

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

The purpose of America Recycles Day is to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and waste reduction in conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The 34 percent ...

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Can Higher Ed Lead Institutional Green Procurement into a New Era?

  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainable procurement work has never been more exciting. New data, science and processes are coming together with years of on-the-ground experience to create a new paradigm. A higher education pilot ...

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Five Fabulous Ways Schools Celebrated Campus Sustainability Day 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

I'm delighted to report that the 10th anniversary of Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 24 saw record participation from colleges. More than 150 institutions - triple the number from last year ...

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Assessing Sustainability Literacy: Challenges, Current Research, and Opportunities for Collaboration

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability literacy is a topic of increasing interest among a growing number of higher education sustainability staff and faculty. Formal education programs and courses that address sustainability are becoming increasingly ...

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