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5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Second Nature’s “Sustainability Sit-Downs”

  • Second Nature (MA)

Second Nature, a Boston-based non-profit who’s programs include the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), started a new video series on January 21, 2015. The series—titled ...

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Integrating Project Evaluation into Funding Environmental Sustainability at Universities

Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on American higher education campuses have spurred a wide range of expenditures involving many diverse decision-makers, including new committees led by students serving in short-term ...

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Canadian STARS-Rated Campus Sustainability Plans: Priorities, Plan Creation and Design

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The use of integrated sustainability plans is an emerging trend in higher education institutions (HEIs) to set sustainability priorities and to create a work plan for action. This paper analyses ...

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Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This How-To Guide explores best practices for establishing and managing highly effective Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs). It presents information for individuals seeking guidance on creating new SIPs (Chapter 2), or ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Plucking High-Hanging Fruit

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

As sustainability professionals, we all have the same mission: Managing today’s resources for a more sustainable future. What better place to start than at Virginia Tech (VT), while pursuing ...

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The Unsuspected Teachers: Environmental Identity and Sustainability Education in the Anthropocene

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

People in higher education institutions are designing, advocating, and implementing curricular changes for sustainability and ecological literacy. This study sought to understand the environmental identities of sustainability education advocates working ...

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Clean Energy U: Colleges Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day

  • Chevrolet (OR)

Let’s clear the air. Beyond building efficient vehicles in a responsible way, Chevrolet is supporting the ingenious efforts of people across America helping lead the clean energy revolution. That ...

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STARS 2014 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2014 Annual Review highlights recent sustainability innovations and best practices from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide. The publication features 105 higher education institutions that earned a STARS ...

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Making Inroads for Learning to be Green: Audubon International Partners with AASHE

  • Audubon International (NY)

For over 25 years, Audubon International (AI) has worked with partners to make development more sustainable and to educate their patrons, staff and community members how to improve environmental quality ...

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Survey: Fans More Likely To Attend Games, Buy Hot Dogs if Stadium Composts Trash

Our latest national survey gives universities a new reason to go green: It’s smart business. Nearly a third of Americans said they’d be more likely to attend a ...

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Student-Involved Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives in Canada

  • York University (ON)

While considerable focus has been given to campus sustainability, there currently is a notable scarcity of academic literature and research on student-involved campus sustainability and social justice initiatives. The main ...

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2014 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

During its annual analysis of the higher education sustainability movement, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) found a significant increase in sustainability planning, campus living ...

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Sustainable Procurement Toolkit

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Ray C Anderson Foundation (GA)

With support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, AASHE is pleased to provide this sustainable purchasing toolkit which includes resources that support sustainable procurement at higher education institutions. Included in ...

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The Development of 'Learning for Sustainability' Core Competencies

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the last several years, there has been increased interest within communities, schools, and government to promote behavior that will yield a positive future impact on the world. The sustainability ...

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Evaluating Penn's Green Living Certification: Successes and Recommendations for Improvement

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

As Penn's first environmental certification program aimed at rewarding students' personal behaviors, the Green Living Certification program has the potential to affect behavior change and promote a culture of ...

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Guest Blog: The Road to a Campus Plastic Bag Ban

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

During the 2012-2013 school year we passed a Student Union Senate resolution calling for an end to the distribution of plastic bags in campus stores. The year ended with little ...

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Filling a Local Transportation Gap: Planning for a Cycling Future at York University

  • York University (ON)

PURPOSE: This multifaceted study set out to: a) assess the current state of York University's cycling infrastructure; b) determine of feasibility of a bike share at York University's ...

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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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