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Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)
  • Australian National University

Higher Education around the world is at a cross-road as a wide range of change forces bear down upon it. These include a complex, interlocked and rapidly unfolding set of ...


Contemplative Practices in Higher Education for Sustainable Development: An exploration of their role for moving society towards sustainability

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

In order for future sustainability leaders to stand a chance at tackling the sustainability challenge, they need to be skilled and capable enough to cope with them. Higher education for ...


Educational contexts and designs for cultivating leaders capable of addressing the wicked issues of sustainability transitions.

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

The ongoing sustainability crisis offer numerous, multifaced societal challenges as a result of the ongoing degradation of socio-ecological systems by human activity causing massive ecological damage and human suffering. Overcoming ...


Conference spaces as emotional sites for becoming campus sustainability leaders

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This paper applies a feminist political ecology approach to ask: How do sustainability in higher education (SHE) conference events co-produce the subjectivities and expertise of campus sustainability professionals (CSPs) emotionally ...


A Resource-Efficient Modular Course Design for Co-Teaching Integrated Sustainability in Higher Education: Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Leaders

  • Babson College (MA)

Society faces mounting pressures related to economic growth, social injustice, and environmental degradation. Building upon scholarly consensus regarding the necessity of multidisciplinary approaches to address such complex problems, the entrepreneurship ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2021
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The Power Game: Developing Influence and Negotiation Skills for Sustainable Development

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This paper describes the outcomes of a game designed to teach advanced leadership skills, specifically influence and negotiation strategies, to current and aspiring sustainability professionals at Virginia Tech’s Center ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2021
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The Use of Reflective Pedagogies in Sustainability Leadership Education—A Case Study

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

This study aims to examine the use of reflective pedagogies in sustainability leadership education by investigating two specific pedagogical tools—the Portfolio and Pod—employed by the Master’s in ...


Teaching Climate Leadership: Promoting Integrative Learning in Courses on Strong Sustainability

  • Northeastern University (MA)

This article describes how the theory of integrative learning frames student learning in a course on climate leadership. The course is grounded in the theory of strong sustainability, which is ...


Education for sustainable healthcare: Leadership to get from here to there

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (BC)
  • Dalarna University
  • Swansea University
  • University of North Dakota (ND)
  • International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

The current global crises, including climate, COVID-19, and environmental change, requires global collective action at all scales. These broad socio-ecological challenges require the engagement of diverse perspectives and ways of ...


Rethinking health professions’ education leadership: Developing ‘eco-ethical’ leaders for a more sustainable world and future

  • Bond University (Queensland)
  • Swansea University

In this commentary, we discuss health professions’ education (HPE) leadership in relation to planetary health emergencies, suggesting that an ‘eco-ethical leadership’ approach is highly relevant. Building on both traditional and ...


Implementing AACN's Recommendations for Environmental Sustainability in Colleges of Nursing: From Concept to Impact

  • Washington State University, Spokane (WA)

In 2011, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) released a guidance report titled Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Academic Enterprise: An AACN Guide for Nursing Education. The report was ...


Decarbonising academia: confronting our climate hypocrisy

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Surrey

Academia is generally carbon intensive. Many academics are highly aeromobile to an extent that is now being framed as a form of ‘climate hypocrisy’. Technological advances are not enough to ...


Higher education leadership : professionalism in Finnish higher education in departmental level

  • University of Jyvaskyla (PO Box 35)

Achieving a highly quality educational system without taking the issue of leadership into consideration would be unattainable. Academic leadership has gained more attention during the past few decades and considered ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Environmental Leadership Certificate

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Students in the fully online Environmental Leadership certificate program will develop leadership skills in advocating for a values-driven, sustainable culture, staying current with ever-changing, but absolutely critical local, regional, national ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Including SDGs in the education of globally responsible leaders

  • ISAE Brazilian Business School, Higher Institute of Administration and Economics

Purpose This paper aims to contribute to the discussion of the role of education in developing a new mindset for sustainability leadership by analyzing a project of a Brazilian business ...


Graduate ability to show workplace sustainability leadership: demonstration of an assessment tool

  • RMIT University

Information associated with the assessment of graduate attributes, in the workplace, is limited. Yet if the many environmental and social problems that confront communities are to be managed, we need ...


Building Leadership Competencies for the SDGs through Community/University Experiential Learning

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • The Strongest Oak Foundation (AB)

This research provides a case study of how experiential learning opportunities provided by a Master of Science program in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) helped to achieve four Sustainable Development Goals ...


Learning for Transdisciplinary Leadership: Why Skilled Scholars Coming Together Is Not Enough

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Transdisciplinary research is an emerging new normal for many scientists in applied research fields, including One Health, planetary health, and sustainability. However, simply bringing highly skilled students (and faculty members ...


Student Sustainability Leadership Development at Portland State University: Developing Holistic Sustainability Leaders

  • Portland State University (OR)

In order to address the myriad of social, economic, and environmental challenges the world is facing, we need to be able to engage in leadership that fosters collective action towards ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Sensemaking of a sustainability transition by higher education institution leaders

  • University of Hamburg
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

The understanding of meaning-creation processes according to sensemaking theory and its role in conceptualising sustainability in higher education institutions is limited. The idea of sustainability obliges organisations and people to ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Training Future Food System Leaders Using Campus Food Economies

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This session is guided by two principle questions: 1. What are all the aspects of a campus food economy and how are students engaged? 2. What structures are in place ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Teaching Sustainability Education through the Lens of Leadership Education

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Sustainability education is a broad topic that crosses many disciplines. While some institutions offer sustainability-specific degree programs others have placed focus on implementing sustainability education within their current programs. Since ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Mobilizing higher education to respond to the climate crisis - Part 2

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Building on the conversations in Part 1 of this session, this session will introduce participants to innovative work taking place at several institutions (Clark University, University of Hawaii, Swarthmore College ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How to Mobilize 1,000 Leaders in 13 Months -- 5 Simple Steps for Leaders to Win Massive Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)
  • Sunrise Movement (DC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi. Led by a nationally-renown former elected official, this dynamic, interactive workshop will ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Using Complexity Leadership Theory to Achieve Sustainability Goals

  • Chapman University (CA)

This proposal explores how utilizing complexity leadership theory, which is a combination of adaptive, enabling, and administrative leadership, to further campus sustainability goals and initiatives. This presentation will focus on ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Mobilizing higher education to respond to the climate crisis - Part 1

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This special, experiential session is for faculty, staff, and students who are ready to call on higher education to face the realities of climate disruption and to prepare our communities ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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What is Carbon Neutrality for? A Framework for Sustainability Leadership Beyond Offsets

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)

The most important number in climate policy is zero - we need to achieve carbon neutrality as quickly as possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Academic institutions have ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Evaluating a collaborative governance regime in renewable energy: Wind power and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

  • Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

Abstract The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) illustrates the leverage that the collaborative governance regime (CGR) brings to start-up renewable energy ventures. Called Icebreaker, the effort to build the ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2019
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A Framework for Leadership for Sustainability Education at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

In response to the hitherto unchallenged assumptions supporting a globalized economy, the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program, formerly Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning, was developed as part of ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Management perspectives on campus sustainability in Hong Kong

  • University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

This study explores administrative managers’ understanding of sustainability issues and perceptions of stakeholder salience in relation to campus environmental initiatives in the publicly-funded universities of Hong Kong. Universities in Hong ...


Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership Certificate of Advanced Study

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Infrastructure Management and Leadership is geared toward midcareer professionals interested in building upon their body of experience, expanding his or her skills and ...

  • Posted May 5, 2019
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Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their knowledge, skills, awareness, and attitudes that contribute to environmental sustainability competency – from projects, to artwork, to ...

  • Posted May 5, 2019
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Leadership of Heart and Mind: Examining the Mind and Skill Sets of Student Sustainability Leadership

  • University of New England (ME)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

The purpose of this comparative case study was to deepen the understanding of post-secondary student sustainability leaders’ motivations and identify the skills they have employed in order to inform the ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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AIM2Flourish: An Experiential SDGs-Assignment for Students

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The UN SDGs are the world’s must-do list by 2030, and we need every student, everywhere to identify themselves as Global Goals leaders. Now in its third year, the ...

  • Posted Feb. 14, 2019
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RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

In October 2012, Dalhousie's College of Sustainability launched an innovative new program—the RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate (SLC).

During the program, participating students attend three weekend seminars and take ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2019
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Canadian Student Leaders’ Conceptualizations of Sustainability and Sustainable Universities

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

There are a growing number of university sustainability efforts, but the literature provides limited information to help universities decide if they are focused on sustainability aspects important to their stakeholders ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Leadership Education and Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Updating the Curriculum

  • Bishop's University (QC)

The sustainable business movement is likely the most important environmental movement in the world today. Therefore, universities must create an education system that does not destroy the biosphere. More specifically ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Wicked Leadership Competencies for Sustainability Professionals: Definition, Pedagogy, and Assessment

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability professionals need specialized leadership competencies to effectively influence the complex, uncertain, conflicted, and dynamic (i.e., wicked) sustainability challenges of our time. Higher education programs can teach these leadership ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Stretching Your Sustainability Leadership Career: Future Business/Facilities Officer

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

Many sustainability directors possess the requisite skills to position themselves for future leadership at a campus. Additionally, that stretch in their career path to more senior leadership positions could significantly ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability in the C-Suite: Preliminary Study Results

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Koya Leadership Partners (DC)

Sustainability can be a strategic driver when the function is included at the highest level of an organization. What are the most innovative leaders in higher education, business, and government ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Course Presentation: BSBA 590-033: Carolina Sustainability Consulting

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

This semester-long course, Carolina Sustainability Consulting, will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to put theory into practice by devising strategies and crafting implementation plans to advance UNC’s sustainability goals ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2018
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Syllabus: BUSI590-033: Carolina Sustainability Consulting

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

This semester-long course, Carolina Sustainability Consulting, will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to put theory into practice by devising strategies and crafting implementation plans to advance UNC’s sustainability goals ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2018
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Strategic leadership for sustainability by higher education: the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

  • Greenland Enterprises (MA)

Higher education has a strong influence in shaping the mental models of many of society's professionals and leaders and is a critical leverage point in creating a sustainable society ...


Emphasis in Sustainability Leaders for the Future (SLF)

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

This area of emphasis prepares students to play a leading role in solving environmental problems and developing sustainable practices in a wide range of contexts.

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership (CARL)

  • AACSB International (FL)

The Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership (CARL) is a simple, free on-line assessment which builds a profile around 5 competency dimensions (Stakeholder relations; Ethics and values; Self-awareness; Systems thinking; and ...


Sustainability leadership programs in higher education: alumni outcomes and impacts

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • North Cascades Institute (WA)

The diverse set of college and university sustainability leadership programs, which represent a growing trend in higher education, share a common goal: building skills and knowledge for aspiring environmental and ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Intergenerational learning and transformative leadership for sustainable futures

  • Wageningen University

In this book, 82 authors from 26 countries across 6 continents seek answers in 32 essays to the many questions related to the intergenerational collaboration that holds promise for creating ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Sustainability is a complex concept, and the challenge of understanding it and applying it to a diverse, multi-agent, organizational setting with its potentially conflicting priorities cannot be underestimated. Leadership for ...


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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