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Food as a Conduit: A Toolkit for Leading Institutional Change

  • Boston College (MA)

Change is hard. This interactive session will explore how non-academic campus services like dining, auxiliary and facilities can inspire a culture of sustainability and collaboration across campus and beyond. Boston ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Why Is It So Darn Hard to Change!

  • Winthrop University (SC)

On top of his or her academic studies, thousands of issues bombard students asking them to be concerned about every issue from social inequalities to environmental crisis to political and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Advancing University Sustainability via a Co-Creative Process of Assessing Barriers & Change Drivers

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Higher education institutions increasingly aim to integrate sustainability at all levels including students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. However, universities also face barriers to enacting change towards greater sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Scaling the Ladder: Engagement Programs as Tools for Sustainability

  • McGill University (QC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Using examples from McGill University, this webinar covers how practitioners can use the ladder of engagement can turn small changes into meaningful, collective action. While there is often a debate ...

  • Posted May 23, 2019
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Sustainability Education and Organizational Change: A Critical Case Study of Barriers and Change Drivers at a Higher Education Institution

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Integrating sustainability within institutions of higher education can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and the larger community. Sustainability efforts also experience many barriers to implementation within higher education ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Humans are at the center of global climate change: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are igniting sustainability with proactive, global, social goals, moving us away from the Brundtland ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Graduate Minor

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The graduate minor will instruct students in theories and methods that combine the physical and social sciences on human dimensions of global environmental change (HDGEC). The curriculum will familiarize students ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2018
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Local to Global - 5 Strategies for Leaders to Win Change Now and After Graduation

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills and teach ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Introduction to the Leading Deep Change in Higher Education Workshop

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)
  • AASHE (PA)

In response to member interest in higher level, leadership- and change-management focused programming AASHE has partnered with REFOCUS to offer a 1.5 day leadership development workshop in Summer 2018 ...

  • Posted May 15, 2018
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University ad Sustainable Urban Development Indicators for Analysis and Evaluation

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Carlos III University of Madrid

University is an institution with a high potential to promote changes that lead to better social outcomes in terms of sustainability and social responsibility. Therefore, it is seems highly necessary ...


Towards the integration of sustainability in Higher Eeducation Institutions: A review of drivers of and barriers to organisational change and their comparison against those found of companies

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)

In recent years, there have been a considerable number of efforts to integrate sustainability into Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); however, there are still challenges that need to be overcome. A ...


Towards integrated sustainability in higher education – Mapping the use of the Accelerator toolset in all dimensions of university practice

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Vert Energy Group
  • Uppsala University
  • Charles University

The role of individual change agents and the human dimension in general are increasingly being acknowledged as critical elements in sustainability integration at higher education institutions. Yet few studies focus ...


Maturation of sustainability in engineering faculties – From emerging issue to strategy?

  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels Region)
  • Universidad de Chile (Region Metropolitana)

Although higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have seen a blossoming of sustainability initiatives of various kinds in recent years, the variety of institutional and socio-economic contexts brings about an equally plural ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Ecoversity: the potential for sustainable development to reshape university culture and action

  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

This paper describes an institutional strategy (Ecoversity) to embed sustainable development across the full range of university activities and services and reflects on two different phases of Ecoversity providing illustrations ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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How to Build Strategic Power -- Seven Secrets for Leaders to Win Change On & Beyond Campus

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills and teach ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fundamentals of Project Management

  • Macalester College (MN)

The long-term success of sustainability heavily depends on an institution's ability to implement change. The difficult part of implementing these changes is they often extend beyond the reach and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Successful Sustainability in Trumplandia: None of This New Reality is New to Me

  • Baylor University (TX)

This presentation will seek to demonstrate the ways in which a sustainability program at a mid-sized private faith based university in Texas has not only sustained, but grown successfully, its ...

  • 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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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often understated skills of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small internal meeting with ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Campus Climate is Heating up!: A Case Study of Student Activism at a Liberal Arts University

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Campus communities are a particular type of environment, uniquely affected by the political state of the surrounding area. Just as a politician's constituents should determine her platform, students at ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Passing the Baton: Best Practices for Transitioning Into and Out of Sustainability Positions

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

As the sustainability profession grows, more of us will find ourselves changing institutions to progress in our careers. The transition requires quickly learning the ins and outs of a new ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Re-generation: Regenerate, Renew, and Refresh - Preparing Our Students to Lead

  • Montana State University (MT)

Our graduates, coined the Re-Generation, has the responsibility to lead the world to a economical and ecological balance. To do this, they will draw on their campus experience to help ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Flow State Organizations: Organizational Design for Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Our existing organization model has proven to be incapable of the pace, depth and breadth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. We need to co-create flow state organizations that ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World

Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone about political, social, or environmental issues who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go?

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Natural Organizational Design for Sustainability: A New Role for Sustainability Change Agents

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The organization model underpinning patterns of resource allocation & decision-making across higher education, is incapable of the pace & depth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. All around us ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Oh no, my president is leaving! (aka Institutionalizing Sustainability for Long-term Impact)

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Senior Leadership transitions can cause significant challenges for maintaining the work of staff responsible for carrying out climate action plans. When a president leaves, this can result in past efforts ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Bridging the gap: The Next-Generation of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The sustainability movement in higher education has helped to establish our role as sustainability professionals and over the years significant gains have been made. Pioneering efforts have led to the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Framework for Implementing Change

  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

Business schools seeking to integrate sustainability into business education can benefit from the same change management framework leveraged in corporate transformations. 'Change management' is to business education change what LEED ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Year 1: Building a Sustainability Program and Culture

  • Saint Mary's College (IN)

Is your school starting or contemplating a sustainability program? Have challenges such as budget, staffing, capacity, or leadership stifled your initial progress? Managing change often involves navigating inertia and building ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Models of engagement, integration and transparency at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Change and transformation at an institutional level cannot happen overnight and requires active management. Universities are increasingly responding to pressures for efficiency, increasing enrollment, recruiting the best faculty and students ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Effective change management, governance and policy for sustainability transformation in higher education

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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Numerous policy announcements and articles have been produced over the past 20 years calling for higher education institutions to give greater focus to social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In this article, the author reflects on her experiences the founding director of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative. She describes how the campus sustainability movement has evolved from an ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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The I3E model for embedding education for sustainability within higher education institutions

  • University of Southampton

This paper presents an evidence-based model (the I3E model) for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) within a higher education institution. This model emerged from a doctoral research that examined organizational ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Teaching organisational change management for sustainability: designing and delivering a course at the University of Leeds to better prepare future sustainability change agents

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)
  • KU Leuven

A number of universities worldwide have created new courses and degrees or modified existing ones, as a response to the increasing interest by companies to hire sustainability literate graduates. However ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Fostering the incorporation of sustainable development in higher education. Lessons learned from a change management perspective

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

In research and literature about integration of sustainable development in higher education, particular attention is given towards barriers for change and critical success factors, mainly with a focus on organisational ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education: Interconnecting the Reporting Process and Organisational Change Management for Sustainability

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Utrecht University
  • KU Leuven

Although there has been a considerable increase in the publication of sustainability reports in the corporate world in the last decade, sustainability reporting in higher education institutions is still in ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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For the Planet Leadership Series: Building Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The “For the Planet Leadership Series” is a five-week professional development course planned, researched, and taught by Senior Alyssa Wolverton at the University of North Texas. Her goal was to ...


PhD Thesis: Sustainability reporting as a tool for management control and organisational change in higher education

The pursuit for a sustainable society has received increased attention over the last decades, due to global problems the world has been confronted with, such as population growth, climate change ...


You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change

  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Dundee
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (CO)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Oslo
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

This paper considers the changes in education and capacity building that are needed in response to environmental and social challenges of the 21st Century. We argue that such changes will ...


Greening the Campus: Institutional Environmental Change at Tulane University

  • Tulane University (LA)

This study explores the barriers to institutional change at Tulane University and attempts to develop ways to overcome them. The central conclusion is that the inability for Tulane to make ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Education for Sustainability in Universities: Challenges and Opportunities for Change

  • RMIT University

Education for sustainability (EfS) is widely supported and researched; however, the broad and deep implementation of EfS in universities that is needed lags behind the goals of change agents. This ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Building Change Agent Competencies Through Community-Based Research

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Community-based research (CBR) is a powerful pedagogy that engages students with community partners in authentic research that benefits the community while supporting students' development of change agent competencies and dispositions ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UBC Sustainability Scholars Program: Sustainability Internships as Drivers of Change

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Offered in collaboration with both on- and off-campus sustainability partners, the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is designed to provide UBC graduate level students - regardless of their academic discipline - practical sustainability ...

  • 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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From Atrophy to Agility: Disruptive Organizational Design To Accelerate Change

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This program introduces sustainability practitioners to a new conceptual framework designed to enable organizations to undertake deep transformation by positioning sustainability as the problem that can solve their organization's ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using Student Research to Motivate Institutional Change

  • Grinnell College (IA)

We recently took six students on a research trip to Germany to investigate sustainability practices there, with the aim of understanding why Germany is so far ahead of the U ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Give them hope: How PSU's partnership with the Port of Portland is preparing students to be agents of change in their community

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University's motto, 'Let Knowledge Serve the City' is strongly embodied in the 12 year community partnership between PSU's Community Environmental Services and The Port of Portland ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Lessons from Germany to the US 1: Change

  • Grinnell College (IA)

To think about how we can institute sustainability efforts at Grinnell College, we visited Germany to ask how institutions there have achieved such great success, hoping to bring successful ideas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Living Principles: A catalyst for driving positive change

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

The Living Principles' (LP) is a systems thinking framework, created by sustainability practitioners, as a catalyst for driving positive change both institutionally and culturally. LP distills the four streams of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mind Mapping: A Systems Thinking Application for Change Management

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Environmental Leadership Program (MD)

A growing number of students, faculty, and staff are increasingly concerned about their environmental impacts and demand immediate action to be taken. Despite good intentions, these same people can act ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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