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Big Schools, Big Headaches: Completing STARS and Catalyzing Change at Large Universities

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Large universities can pose large and unique challenges to completing a STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) report and using the results to drive change. From siloed departments to ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Bull's Cycle Challenge

  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg (FL)
  • University of South Florida (FL)

April is here and it is time to enjoy the amazing Florida weather on a BIKE!!

The Office of sustainability, Student Government and The Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF), at ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Bridging Research‐Practice Tensions: Exploring Day‐to‐Day Engaged Scholarship Investigating Sustainable Development Challenges

  • Abilene Christian University (TX)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • University of Toulouse

This paper adds to literature on engaged scholarship by exploring how previous experience, study expectations, and multiple identities are key factors that shape how management researchers perceive and experience the ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2021
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ASHRAE Guidelines & Solutions for University Energy Programs Going Forward

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • DLR Group (WA)

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing university energy and sustainability teams to overcome new challenges in managing energy costs and reaching reduction goals. All three course delivery formats, in-person, remote, and ...

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2020
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On-Campus Composting: How to Start, Evolve, and Overcome Challenges

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • St. John's University, New York (NY)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Colorado State University (CO)

Is your campus considering starting an on-site composting program, but doesn’t know where to start or which system to choose? Or does your campus want to grow its program ...

  • Posted July 16, 2020
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Teaching sustainability: complexity and compromises

  • Universidad Icesi
  • Universidad EAFIT (Antioquia)
  • University of New England (Australia)
  • Polizeiakademie Niedersachsen/Police Academy Lower Saxon (Braunschweig)
  • Ewha Womans University (Seoul)
  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

Purpose Sustainability is one of the leading challenges of our age, and higher education plays a vital role in supporting the implementation of sustainability initiatives. There has been substantial progress ...


(Dis)agreement over what? The challenge of quantifying environmental worldviews

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Ever since environmentalism emerged as a social movement, researchers have been trying to quantify the attitudes underlying environmental concern. From the 1970s through the early 2000s, the practice of measuring ...


Factors Impeding the Integration of Sustainability Elements in Built Environment Academic Curricula

  • University of Uyo (Akwa Ibom State)

Development within the construction industry shows that higher education is critical in the sector’s skills improvement. However, research findings are also explicit about absent and shadow integration of core ...


The Development of Critical Success Factors, Benefits and Challenges for Higher Education for Sustainable Development Model (HESD) in Malaysian Public Higher Institutions

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Selangor)
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Perak Darul Ridzuan)

Sustainable development as well as effective practices is important in higher education. Higher education institutions are facing challenges specifically in sustainability. Thus, the objective of this study is to identify ...


Learning to collaborate while collaborating: advancing interdisciplinary sustainability research

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Interdisciplinary collaboration has become mainstream practice for sustainability researchers. However, interdisciplinary research teams encounter numerous challenges for which they may find themselves under-prepared. In this article, we challenge the often-held ...


Transgressing Boundaries between Community Learning and Higher Education: Levers and Barriers

  • Wageningen University
  • Corporación Nuh Jay
  • Aldeafeliz ecoaldea (Cundinamarca)
  • Alianzas para la Abundancia
  • Fundación Mentes en Transición

In times of global systemic dysfunction, there is an increasing need to bridge higher education with community-based learning environments so as to generate locally relevant responses towards sustainability challenges. This ...


An ISM Approach for the Barrier Analysis in Implementing Green Campus Operations: Towards Higher Education Sustainability

  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Lithuanian Sports University/Lietuvos Sporto Universitetas (Kaunas sav.)

Although various initiatives have been undertaken by the universities worldwide to ensure that their campus operates sustainably, there are emergent barriers that pose serious challenges to the practitioners and subsequently ...


Sustainability Practices of Higher Education Institutions in Hong Kong: A Case Study of a Sustainable Campus Consortium

  • Lingnan University (New Territories)

Eight University Grant Committee (UGC)-funded public universities in Hong Kong positively and successfully responded to the global call for sustainability efforts in higher education institutions (HEIs). Various initiatives are ...


The Development of Higher Education for Sustainable Development Model (HESD): Critical Success Factors, Benefits, and Challenges

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Selangor)
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Perak Darul Ridzuan)

The Malaysian government has placed greater emphasis on the sustainable development of higher education institutions during the last decade. Higher education is beginning to include sustainable development concepts in their ...


Challenges for education for sustainability in business courses: A multicase study in Brazilian higher education institutions

  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (PR)

Purpose This paper aims to analyze the main challenges faced by two business schools and a higher education institution when implementing education for sustainability (EfS). Also, it seeks to identify ...


Sustainability and procurement practices in higher education institutions: Barriers and drivers

  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Winchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

A review of the literature reveals the scant research on sustainable procurement in the public sector, and in particular higher education institutions (HEIs). In this context, this paper aims to ...


Universities speak up regarding the implementation of sustainable development challenges: The case of Portugal

  • Universidade Aberta
  • University of Aveiro

Purpose This study aims to expand knowledge and provide further insights on how education for sustainable development (ESD) has been integrated into programmes at higher education institutions (HEIs) in Portugal ...


Co-creating transdisciplinary global change research agendas in Finland

  • University of Helsinki

Co-creation principles have become prominent in the scientific disciplines that aim to respond to global sustainability challenges especially in the global south. This paper analyses a co-creation pilot of global ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Measures to facilitate the scale-up of education for sustainable development in higher education

  • Middlesex University Dubai

This theoretical study reviews the literature on barriers faced by organisations in recruiting graduates educated to incorporate sustainability practices, followed by an assessment of institutional approaches by universities to address ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Purchasing With Your Values

  • Bow Valley College (AB)

Public institutions have to be conscious stewards of public funds when making purchasing decisions. Passing Sustainable Purchasing Policies or Procedures can help empower employees of schools to be creative and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Green in a Red State: Working in Conservative Environments

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

This networking session is meant to continue the conversation started at AASHE 2018 wherein attendees can share ideas, collaborate on solutions, and problem solve together about effective ways to pursue ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Experiential Learning Lab: Coproduction Through Campus Staff/Faculty/Community Partnerships

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Challenges in implementing and sustaining on- and off-campus experiential learning projects continue to deter staff, faculty and community partners from engaging in them. Persistent challenges include: student schedules and time ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The State of Sustainability in Higher Ed: Managing to Make a Difference

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Managing a college or university sustainability program is a tough job under normal circumstances. But in the current era of political divisiveness and ideological extremes, sustainability issues and goals can ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Growing a Tree: Sustaining a Student Organization and Overcoming Barriers on Campus

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

We are all on this mission to create more sustainable campuses, but we often overlook the importance of making sure our organizations are sustainable in themselves. This session will open ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Book of Fails - Learning from our mistakes through pictures and storytelling (and a few laughs)

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Working in campus sustainability can put you into all kinds of strange situations. From learning that powdered cheese doesn't mix well into wet food scraps in the compost mixer ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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What's the New Deal with Building 'Green' on Campus?

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Catalyst Partners (MI)

Many schools are leaning away from LEED and perhaps for good reason. Why? What are the challenges and are there alternatives to better suit campus strategies around green building. As ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Mobilizing transdisciplinary collaborations: collective reflections on decentering academia in knowledge production

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Massey University
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)

Global sustainability challenges and their impact on society have been well-documented in recent years, such as more intense extreme weather events, environmental degradation, as well as ecosystem and biodiversity loss ...


How to Measure Procedural Knowledge for Solving Biodiversity and Climate Change Challenges

  • University of Göttingen

To cope with biodiversity and climate change challenges, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) needs to emphasize knowledge that considers multiple perspectives. Optimizing teacher education requires knowledge about the prerequisites of ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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The Challenges of Sustainability Education

  • St. Thomas University (FL)

Abstract: Sustainability has become a growing imperative in higher education in the United States of America (Calder [HTML_REMOVED] Dautremont-Smith, 2009). This paper examines sustainability education as it continues to emerge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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How to Overcome Challenges at Large, Urban Campuses

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This will provide a space for large urban campuses to discuss challenges and accomplishments of working on sustainability on Urban campuses. AASHE has lacked the spaces for these types of ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development: An Empirical Study of the Tensions and Challenges Faced by Geography Student Teachers

  • University of Oxford

This is a qualitative study of the challenges identified by geography student teachers in their learning to teach about education for sustainable development in English secondary schools. The student teachers ...

  • Posted Aug. 31, 2017
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Challenges in Higher Education for Sustainability

This book presents the latest advances on the incorporation of sustainability in higher education. Different aspects such as the environmental, economic and social are here discussed. Several examples illustrating how ...


Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Four Success Stories and One Big Challenge on the Frontline of Zero Waste Implementation

  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

Since our college rolled out the Zero Waste program across all four campuses two years ago, we have made significant progress in our waste diversion and reduction. In this session ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The impact of globalization and environmental change on health: challenges for nurse education

The environment is an established domain of nursing knowledge, but some authors argue that the traditional perspective is too narrowly focused on the immediate environment to appreciate the relevance of ...


Education for sustainability-challenges and opportunities: The case of RCEs

  • London South Bank University

This article will focus on the challenges of leadership and management of a key initiative of the 2005-2014 UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), namely the Regional Centres ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Tracking Sustainable Food Purchasing: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)
  • ENGIE (CA)

In 2007, Emory University set an aggressive goal to procure 75% of food products from locally or sustainability grown sources by 2015. As most institutions have found, tracking sustainable food ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Students Leading the Campus Climate Movement: Tackling Challenges and Engaging Possibilities

  • Second Nature (MA)

Students aren't just organizing events or acting as sustainability interns in the campus sustainability movement - they are leading the climate leadership revolution through regional organizing, collaboration with faculty, staff ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Institutionalizing student involvement: how one not-profit focuses and develops the leadership capacity of students in the campus sustainability movement.

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

One of the most important factors in achieving campus sustainability is the engagement of the student population. For many staff and faculty, and even students, this can be a challenging ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability and student engagement: how to institutionalize and grow student engagement in the campus sustainability movement; and why we must.

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Achieving campus sustainability is a complicated objective, and it involves major shifts in the traditional framework within which these institutions are set. One of the most important factors in achieving ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS Facts: Strengths and Challenges for Two Year Institutions

  • AASHE (PA)

Gearing up for the launch of STARS 2.0 in 2013, the STARS team is developing and refining ideas for STARS that will raise the bar for advancing sustainability in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders

While almost seven hundred chief executive officers have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, several thousand have yet to do so. This book identifies four of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Challenges of Sustainability Education

Sustainability has become a growing imperative in higher education in the United States of America (Calder & Dautremont-Smith, 2009). This paper examines sustainability education as it continues to emerge in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Campus Climate Neutrality -- Yes We Can! It's a Big Challenge, But Here's How to Do it

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)

As the challenges sink in, those charged with achieving climate neutrality maybe wondering how to achieve it. The author provides and in depth, step-by-step plan on how to get there.

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Designing a Social Online Network: Decreasing Fragmentation in the UBC Student Led Sustainability Movement

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia has recognized sustainability as being a prominent issue over the past decade, and has become a leader in advocating sustainable practices. Although the University has ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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