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The Role of Environmental Management Performance in Higher Education Institutions

  • United Nations University
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are influential social institutions which educate future decision-makers and shape society as a whole. Motivated by new public management, the proliferation of business tools, and a ...


Spanish Universities’ Sustainability Performance and Sustainability-Related R&D+I

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

For its scope and the breadth of its available resources, the university system is one of the keys to implementing and propagating policies, with sustainability policies being among them. Building ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Revisiting Global University Rankings and Their Indicators in the Age of Sustainable Development

  • University College London (London)

This article is an attempt to facilitate the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by encouraging adjustments in international university ranking systems as influential players in the field of higher ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2019
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Leading with Circular Economy Concepts, Business Cases and Tools

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)
  • Interface Americas (GA)

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach (in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Energizing a Growing Urban Campus: Taking Data to Implement Energy Savings & Sustainability at UW Tacoma

  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)
  • McKinstry (WA)

How do you take conventional building system surveys, upgrades and sub-metering data to the next level: comprehensive energy savings and genuine campus sustainability? How can you empower meaningful sustainability stewardship ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How to Measure Success of Sustainability Initiatives Without Traditional Data Sources

  • Barnard College (NY)

Have you ever avoided or been turned away from a project because you cannot quantify the results? Or have you implemented initiatives but have no way of determining if they ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Institutions and Campus Success Metrics: Useful Narratives for Appealing to Stakeholders

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The relationships between investment in campus sustainability and success metrics that are not typically associated with sustainability is poorly understood. We are interested in exploring the relationship between institutions with ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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True Green and Sustainable University Campuses? Toward a Clusters Approach

  • Gran Sasso Science Institute

Campus greening is often the first step universities take towards sustainability. However, the diffusion of sustainability reporting methodologies and rankings is still at an early stage, and is biased in ...


Indicator-Based Analysis of the Process Towards a University in Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the University of Tübingen

  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

In order to contribute to sustainable development (SD), complex and heterogeneous institutions such as universities need instruments to define SD goals as well as to assess and to communicate their ...


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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Engaging Students with University Sustainability Indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The webinar will explore ways of engaging students and faculty with university sustainability indicators and assessments, such as AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), suggesting that asking ...

  • Posted June 13, 2019
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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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Prioritising performance indicators for sustainable construction and development of university campuses using an integrated assessment approach

  • Deakin University

Sustainability assessment tools are considered to play a vital role in strategies to reorient universities towards sustainability in a systematic way. However, strategic selections of the main existing assessment tools ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Demonstrating Impact Through SDG Cases - Creating Common Language and Shared Purpose Across Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Danish Energy Management

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exist as a Global platform for taking action to achieve sustainable development. The SDGs recognize that staying within our planetary boundaries and achieving sustainable ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Key Facilities Metrics to Advance Sustainability - Survey Could be 'Gateway Drug' to STARS

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Most participants know that STARS is a holistic value laden intensive survey that has produced fantastic results and encouraged sustainability success from campuses. Overall, by reviewing and implementing the AASHE ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Recapturing the Learning Opportunities of University Sustainability Indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

In the 1990s students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step towards improving university environmental practices and creating sustainability programs. These audits, often conducted as ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 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 ...


Recapturing the learning opportunities of university sustainability indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

Reconfiguring student involvement in university sustainability assessments and reporting can create important learning opportunities. In the 1990s, students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Achieving Sustainability in the City of Winona, Minnesota (USA): A Case-Study

  • Winona State University (MN)

The City of Winona is a small urban center (27,000 people) in southeastern Minnesota. Located along the Mississippi River, the city is nestled below steep bluffs that limit further ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Key Performance Indicators to optimize the environmental performance of Higher Education Institutions with environmental management system – A case study of Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

Key Performance Indicators are typically a component of economic and financial decision-making. Defining Key Performance Indicators for relevant environmental aspects of an institution can be seen as a step toward ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Managing for Triple-Bottom-Line Sustainability from the C-Suite to the Front Line Management Team

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Waste Management (TX)
  • Butte County Air Quality Management District (CA)

Attendees of this networking session will have the opportunity to interact with peers in all areas of sustainability through the lens of management, or 'Sustainability Management.' After a round of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using indicators to profile energy consumption and to inform energy policy in a university—A case study in Ireland

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The services sector has the least amount of energy end use data available, which poses significant challenges to companies within the sector attempting to benchmark their energy performance and inform ...

  • Posted June 22, 2017
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Green Buildings and Health

  • Harvard University (MA)

Green building design is becoming broadly adopted, with one green building standard reporting over 3.5 billion square feet certified to date. By definition, green buildings focus on minimizing impacts ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
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The Construction of an Environmental Management Model Based on Sustainability Indicators on a Higher Education Institution in Mexico

Without depreciating the importance of environmental regulations directed to university environmental managements systems in this country, nowadays, the instruments of international importance like the Sustainable Development Goals or ONU’s ...


Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...


Apples to Apples: Standard Measures Yield the Benefits of Benchmarking

  • T2Systems (IN)

Big data isn't the wave of the future-it's the reality of the present. And benchmarking connects the dots to turn the abundance of data a parking organization produces ...

  • 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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The INDICARE-model – measuring and caring about participation in higher education's sustainability assessment

The implementation of sustainability in higher education has been advanced over at least the last two decades and brought sustainability assessment on the research agenda of Education for Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Campus prosociality as a sustainability indicator

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose - Prosociality may in part determine sustainability behavior. Prior research indicates that pro-environmental behavior correlates with prosocial attitudes, and separately, that prosociality correlates with social support in homes and communities ...


Use of Life Cycle Assessment methodology in the analysis of Ecological Footprint Assessment results to evaluate the environmental performance of universities

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

The assessment of the environmental performance of an organization is an essential part of the decision-making process of an Environmental Management System. Having robust indicators enables a reliable assessment. The ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Composite indicators for a sustainable campus—Design rationale and methodology: The case of the Catholic Institute of Lille

Having first appeared in the mid-1990s, policy actions for improving how sustainable development principles are put into practice on university campuses have been growing more and more. This has taken ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Carbon management at universities: a reality check

  • University of Southampton

Carbon dioxide emissions from the higher education sector are globally significant. This study compares the performance of 20 institutions in English research-intensive universities to their self-set targets, using three key ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Framing a Turkish Campus Sustainability Assessment System

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainable campus design and planning in Higher Education requires an entire action plan and coordination of physical, educational, and social systems. Many institutions in the world are defining their sustainable ...


Evaluating Campus Green Funds: Student Review of Campus Impacts

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Motivated by the work of the Campus Green Fund Collaborative and its AASHE publication, How-To Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation, the Office of Sustainability at the University of Texas at ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Tools for Sustainability Master Plans: Key Performance Indicators & Campus Investments

  • Kirksey Architecture (TX)

A rapid growth of STARS in last decade has established Sustainability Master Plans (SMPs) at over 300 universities nationwide. SMPs are using metrics like 'Energy Use Intensity', '% total expenditures' and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Organizational Resilience through Sustainability Performance Indicators

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Approaches to sustainability implementation focus largely on campus sustainability, and most do so through a distinct office or department that directs sustainability efforts. Research and case studies highlight a wide ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Measuring Success

  • Yale University (CT)

This presentation will focus on how to capture, disclose and manage sustainability performance metrics. The presentation will focus on how to develop and institutionalize sustainability performance metrics that lead to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Community partner indicators of engagement: An action research study on campus-community partnership

  • Antioch University (OH)

The central purpose of this research study was to develop common indicators of engagement for civic initiatives between institutions of higher education and their community organization partners. The unique aspect ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Recycling, Reuse, and Composting Program: Phase 1

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Until 2008, a formal recycling program did not exist at our University. In order to establish a sustainability program that would expand and thrive, Support Operations implemented Phase 1 of ...


Embedding Sustainability into Institutional Governance and Planning

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This brief describes a process for embedding sustainability as a core value and accountability within institutional governance and planning. The context is the University of Calgary, a research intensive institution ...

  • Posted June 17, 2011
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