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Sustainability assessment tools for higher education: An empirical comparative analysis

  • European University of Madrid

Sustainability assessment tools are currently influencing sustainability strategies and activities in higher educational institutions. Thus, in this paper a short overview of sustainability in universities will be provided, which will ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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How to Assess Transformative Performance towards Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions

  • University of Graz

This article highlights the role of sustainability appraisal for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Traditional HEI appraisal systems lack a way to assess the integration of sustainability principles reflecting societal needs ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Sustainability Reporting in State Universities: An Investigation of Italian Pioneering Practices

  • Università di Bologna

Recent years have witnessed an increasing interest towards sustainability reporting from scholars all over the world, especially focusing on large corporations. Research has only recently been carried out regarding sustainability ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Gender Equality and UN Sustainable Development Goals: Priorities and Correlations in the Top Business Schools’ Communication and Legitimation Strategies

  • Universitat Ramon Llull

Gender equality is still an issue in business schools, since women in MBAs classrooms, in faculty and in management teams have low representation. Challenges caused by lack of financial aids ...


Sustainability on campus: knowledge creation through social and environmental reporting

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Heriot-Watt University

This study contributes to the debate on sustainability in higher education through a project conducted in a single Scottish university that incorporated sustainability into undergraduate accounting education through the application ...


Assessing sustainability on Chinese university campuses: Development of a campus sustainability evaluation system and its application with a case study

  • Zhejiang University
  • Tongji University

With the vigorous promotion of national policies and funds, green campus construction is booming in Chinese universities. It's in great need to develop an evaluation system, as a long-term ...


An analysis of university sustainability reports from the GRI database: an examination of influential variables

  • University of Cadiz

In the business context, many papers have examined whether certain variables can affect sustainability disclosure practices. However, research on universities has mainly been addressed to explore the extent of sustainability ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Comprehensive sustainability reporting in higher education institutions

  • Tarbiat Modares University
  • American University in Dubai

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the comprehensiveness of sustainability reporting in higher education institutions.

This study adopts a university sustainability rating framework and uses it to evaluate ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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The sustainability report as an essential tool for the holistic and strategic vision of higher education institutions

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Institutions of higher education have a significant role in promoting change to sustainable development models as centers of knowledge and innovation. In addition, they are currently facing their own change ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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Developing a sustainability reporting assessment tool for higher education institutions: The University of California

  • Tarbiat Modares University
  • South East European University

Businesses have integrated sustainability reporting into their corporate responsibility efforts. However, universities, as the hubs of sustainability awareness, have been struggling with reporting their sustainability practices. The purpose of this ...

  • Posted March 31, 2019
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The challenge of sustainability and integrated reporting at universities: A case study

  • University of Cadiz
  • University of Zaragoza

This study contributes to research on integrated and sustainability reporting at higher-education institutions in the context of voluntary reporting by focusing on an innovative Spanish university. It examines the developments ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success Really is Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

STARS, or Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, is a self-reporting system which scores itself on various categories, including academics, engagement, operations, planning & administration, and innovation & leadership. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Characteristics of UK higher education institutions that disclose sustainability reports

  • University of Hamburg

This study aims to focus on the following research question: Which institutional characteristics are associated with sustainability reporting by UK higher education institutions?

To answer the aforementioned research question, this ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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What does environmentally sustainable higher education institution mean?

  • Riga Technical University

Sustainable development, environmental protection and climate change definitions are increasingly emphasized globally. As analyses on global warming shows, all stakeholders in society must act to reduce their environmental impact. With ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Environmental performance of universities: Proposal for implementing campus urban morphology as an evaluation parameter in Green Metric

  • Università Roma Tre

Over the last years, various sustainability evaluation tools for universities have been developed and have gained a certain diffusion. This paper reviews the applications of the most widespread university ranking ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Mapping the Pathway to STARS Platinum

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is the leading North American green/sustainable campus rating system developed by colleges and universities for colleges and universities. STARS provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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AASHE STARS: Field Notes From New Adopters

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Gordian (SC)

The AASHE STARS program is invaluable. It provides higher education institutions a unified platform for assessing and reporting their contributions towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. However, obstacles ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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How to Design an Annual Report People Actually Read

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Have you struggled with keeping up with annual reporting for your sustainability program? Are you somebody who's on top of their annual reporting but feel like nobody reads your ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Recent trends in sustainability reporting by German universities

  • University of Hamburg

Voluntary sustainability reporting in the higher-education sector is still in its early stages. To better understand it, we looked at all 401 German universities to examine the specific contents of ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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University Mission Statements and Sustainability Performance

  • DePaul University (IL)

This paper examines the relationship between university mission statements and sustainability practices by institutions of higher education. We examine mission statement constructs and the degree to which higher educational institutions ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Exploring the applications of carbon footprinting towards sustainability at a UK university: reporting and decision making

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Campus greening is often the first step universities take towards sustainability. In order to infer the current level of environmental performance and the progress being made it is imperative that ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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University sustainability reporting: taking stock of transparency

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

This paper interrogates the case for improved and broadened public sustainability reporting by universities, and explores whether and how global performance measures capture the institutional attitudes and activities pertinent to ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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University Sustainability Reporting: A review of the literature and development of a model

  • University of Windsor (ON)

Many universities have made a commitment to improving the sustainability of their campuses however only a small number report to stakeholders on their sustainability performance to allow accountability and the ...

  • Posted June 26, 2018
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Initiating STARS at Soka University of America

  • Soka University of America (CA)

In the Spring of 2016, our group of four Sustainability Committee student representatives came together and decided that our primary goal was to succeed in getting our university’s first ...


Leveraging Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions—A Multidimensional Research Agenda

  • University of Hildesheim

Sustainability has become increasingly important to research and practice. In order to determine impacts, identify improvement potential and to disclose efforts towards sustainability, an organization needs appropriate reporting. Thus, sustainability ...


Voluntary disclosure of sustainability reports by Canadian universities

  • University of Hamburg

In contrast to corporate firms, voluntary sustainability reporting by universities is still in its infancy. Against this background, we have investigated which Canadian universities report their sustainability performance and what ...


Towards a sustainability reporting guideline in higher education

  • University of Hamburg

So far, sustainability reporting in higher education is in a very early stage – partly, because of the lack of an established and widely recognized sustainability reporting framework for higher education ...


Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

The book Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Programs seeks to analyze trends and best practices in across higher education institutions, focusing on positive aspects of sustainability. The book seeks ...


Sustainability Reporting by Australian Universities

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

There is continuing debate about the consequences of climate change and an increasing emphasis placed on the disclosure of social and environmental indicators by organisations. Universities have been traditionally known ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Benchmarking Sustainability between Higher Education Institutes

  • Ghent University

As our population keeps rising and the boundaries of our ecosystem become more and more transgressed, a clear call for a transition towards sustainable development is heard. Higher education institutions ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Sustainability is Central-Volume III 2012-2015

Biennial report of the comprehensive, campus-wide sustainability program at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. This report summarizes all sustainability actions on campus and provides quantitative data on carbon footprint ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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An aggregated and dynamic analysis of innovations in campus sustainability

  • Smith College (MA)

Purpose: This paper aims to compose a systematic understanding of campus sustainability innovations and unpack the complex drivers behind the elaboration of specific innovations. More precisely, the authors ask two ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Reporting for Sustainability: Guidance for Higher Education Institutions

  • Forum for the Future

Universities and colleges are already under scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders, from prospective students to staff and government agencies. They are also being pressed to report on how ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Assessing sustainability reports of US universities

  • University of Hamburg

The purpose of this study is to assess sustainability reports of US universities to provide findings on the relative importance of disclosure topics. The authors conducted content analysis by using ...


Significant Role of Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World University Rankings on Supporting Sustainable Campus

  • University of Indonesia

The GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia (UI) to promote sustainability at universities, including education for sustainability, and relevant policies and programmes for behaviour change. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus All-STARS: a model for streamlining reporting, improving performance, and creating synergies to advance sustainability

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a globally recognized leader in sustainability. That leadership is only possible through the dedication and work of our many and diverse campus partners ranging from ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success REALLY IS Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has become a vital tool for Texas A&M University. Over time, we have learned how to better leverage STARS to improve sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Institutional Boundaries: Creating Clarity in a Time of Complex Third-Party Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

When was the last time you thought about your 'institutional boundaries' - the first credit in AASHE STARS? As higher education institutions continue to expand and evolve through innovative third-party partnerships ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Sustainability Reporting and WikiRate

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Worcester

The University of Michigan (US) and the University of Worcester (UK) are using their sustainability data (STARS and HESA [UK Higher Education Statistics Agency]) to create and test a common ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability across the Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities: Nationwide Trends & Practical Tools for Improvement

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Gordian (SC)

We will highlight key findings from the second annual 'State of Sustainability' report from Sightlines and University of New Hampshire. This report examines publically available data across each stage of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action Data: New Tools & Metrics

  • Second Nature (MA)

Carbon and resilience reporting can be a moving target with the protocols, tools, and data inputs constantly changing! Stay on top of recent changes and new tools in this session ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Assessment Report for Philadelphia University by using AASHE STARS Credit System

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

This project is a thesis research on sustainability at Philadelphia University. The University is known regionally for its sustainability initiatives and education. The university has won several awards and recognitions ...


A Methodology for Sustainability Evaluation and Reporting in Higher Education Institutions

The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology that allows higher education institutions (HEIs) to promote, to evaluate and to report on sustainability. The ultimate goal of the ...

  • Posted Jan. 20, 2017
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Do sustainability projects stimulate organizational learning in universities?

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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The purpose of this paper is to analyze the preparation of a sustainability report and a large‐scale energy‐saving campaign with regards to their role for organizational learning ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Sustainability Programs: Examining Why Typical Approaches Have Little Impact and a Transformational New Model for Making Change

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Reporting standards like the GRI, STARS and Carbon Disclosure Project are valued for being comprehensive, attracting participation and pushing the sustainability agenda forward. We will examine the benefit and limitations ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability Reporting Built on Stakeholder Engagement

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Sustainability reports span the spectrum from powerful education and engagement tools to promotional 'greenwash'. What differentiates the good, the bad and the ugly? In this case study we will look ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Seeing STARS: Institutionalizing Sustainability Data Collection & Reporting

  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Campus Labs (NY)

Recognizing the challenges of centralizing sustainability data collection and reporting, the University of South Carolina piloted two collection systems in 2015-16. Drawing on the deployment system and existing relationships of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability in Higher Education: A Model for Nonprofit Organizations?

  • North Cascades Institute (WA)

How can the work toward sustainability in higher education inform the sustainability work of educational nonprofits? This session will explore how one education-oriented nonprofit, North Cascades Institute, has utilized STARS ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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STAR Certified Communities: A Case Study of Reading, PA

  • Albright College (PA)

The STAR Community Rating System was released in October 2012 to address the needs of U.S. cities, towns and counties seeking a common framework for sustainability.The rating system ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria

  • Duke University (NC)

A great deal of current effort is focused on developing and aligning sustainability performance criteria. We will explore together what is happening with GRI, SASB, etc. in institutionalizing clear metrics ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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