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Zero-Waste Planning at Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study of Western Kentucky University

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Over the past two decades, the number of universities that pursue zero-waste strategies has steadily increased. However, more study is required on several interrelated factors, policy barriers, and infrastructural fundamentals ...


Climate Action at Lehigh: An Interview with Dave Pryor

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Office of Sustainability of Office of Communications and Public Affairs come together to discuss how to bring more students and staff into the conversation of sustainability and spread awareness ...

  • Posted May 26, 2021
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sustainability on campus

  • University of Twente

Climate change is an omnipresent topic nowadays, and for very good reason. So, what's the University of Twente doing about it within its premises? To find out, we talk ...

  • Posted May 26, 2021
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Incorporating Social Equity and Climate Justice into Climate Action Planning in Higher Education

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Portland Community College’s 2021 Climate Action Plan: Resiliency, Equity and Education for a Just Transition (the CAP) centers people at the heart of creating benefits and solutions to the ...


Auraria Campus Sustainable Development Handbook

  • Auraria Higher Education Center (CO)

Auraria Campus Sustainable Development Handbook Maintenance, Design, & Construction Guidelines for Campus Operations & Planning

The Sustainable Development Handbook for Auraria Campus synthesizes the existing sustainability goals of Auraria Campus ...


MIT Climate Resiliency Initiative

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

MIT’s Climate Resiliency initiative was launched in 2016 as a multifaceted, collaborative effort centered on preparing the campus community in collaboration with the City of Cambridge for the impacts ...


Campus Sustainability Plans: A Descriptive Analysis of Sustainability Plans from Institutions of Higher Education in the United States

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

As the sustainability movement gains traction around the globe, institutions of higher education are increasingly being looked to for leadership. One established method of improving a campus’s environmental, economic ...


Impact of a University Environmental Sustainability Strategy on Employees

  • University of Waterloo (ON)

The ever-growing trend of campus sustainability, coupled with pressure from external stakeholders (competitor actions, government regulations, etc.) induces organizations to adopt sustainability and its triple bottom line framework to enhance ...


Mapping the (mis)alignment of HEIs with sustainability

  • AASHE (PA)

This event is part of the AASHE Award Winner Webinar Series, featuring a presentation of the Campus Sustainability Research Award winning project.

Science, technology, and innovation have been recognized as ...

  • Posted March 18, 2021
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Higher Education Institutions: a strategy towards sustainability

  • University of Lisbon

The purpose of this paper is to guide higher education institutions (HEIs) in accomplishing sustainability goals while strengthening their associated systems and processes. Pursuing this goal, this study proposes a ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Mapping sustainability efforts at the Claremont colleges

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

The purpose of this study is to map and analyze sustainability activities and relationships at the seven Claremont Colleges and graduate institutions using social network analysis (SNA) to inform sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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An empirical assessment of administration and planning activity and their impact on the realization of sustainability-related initiatives and programs in higher education

  • Bucknell University (PA)

Administrators in higher-education settings routinely create planning documents that help steer the organization in mission-centric ways. In the area of sustainability planning, strategic plans, sustainability plans and climate action plans ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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The role of planning in implementing sustainable development in a higher education context

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universität Bonn (Köln)
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Amirkabir University of Technology
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The implementation of sustainable development in higher education is an important goal, and one which requires much planning. The many recurring problems and barriers that hinder the attainment of sustainable ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2020
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Greenspace Sustainability Design Town Halls and Make-A-Thon: A model for empowering campus communities to lead the design of sustainable spaces and places

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

A team of students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) (Orlando, Florida) led a partnership between UCF Student Government, the UCF Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and UCF Landscaping and ...


The Concept of Sustainability in the Romanian Top Universities’ Strategic Plans

  • Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara

The concept of sustainability has been given more and more attention lately as the effects of climate change drastically impact society and threaten the wellbeing of future generations. In this ...


COVID-19 & Sustainability Discussion: Recap & Reflection

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • The New School (NY)
  • Emory University (GA)

During the month of April, AASHE will be leading a discussion series for our community to engage with one another to talk through opportunities and challenges related to COVID-19 and ...

  • Posted May 18, 2020
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The participatory process of planning social and environmental responsibility at a Brazilian university

  • University of Passo Fundo

Universities have an important role in articulation of the transformation of society, in the formation of individuals capable of acting in the processes that enable sustainable development goals (SDGs), in ...


UVM's Roadmap to Zero Waste

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This senior thesis seeks to provide effective strategies for enhancing Zero Waste management goals at the University of Vermont by incorporating the needs of campus stakeholders. As the global garbage ...


The role of planning in implementing sustainable development in a higher education context

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universität Bonn (Köln)
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Amirkabir University of Technology
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The implementation of sustainable development in higher education is an important goal, and one which requires much planning. The many recurring problems and barriers that hinder the attainment of sustainable ...


What Sustainability? Higher Education Institutions Pathways to Reach the Agenda 2030 Goals

  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have the mandate of promoting sustainability through addressing the Agenda 2030. However, how this is being understood and framed in both discourse and practice by HEIs ...


Weaving Change

  • OCAD University (ON)

The purpose of undertaking this research project was to evaluate the likelihood of success of a Coalition of Graduate Programs in tackling issues of Sustainability. 63 Graduate Programs in Canada ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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State of the Association Address: AASHE Member Meeting

  • AASHE (PA)

Come join the AASHE Board and Staff while we present the AASHE 'state of the organization' address. You'll hear highlights from the member survey, programmatic priorities, and AASHE's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Planning for Zero Waste and Beyond

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Zero waste has been the ultimate goal for many campus recycling and sustainability departments for the last two decades. Stanford has made great strides towards this target, increasing its landfill ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Beyond Diversion: The New Zero Waste Roadmap Strategy - PLAN's Atlas Project

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability and Inclusion at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

  • Playback Sports (WA)
  • Elysium Events LLC

This bright, colorful presentation and discussion will cover the value and importance of a cross-functional team and holistic sustainability strategy for large-scale events. We will share the story of how ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Engaging Community Partners in Resilience Planning: Catalyzing Action Beyond the College/University

  • Concordia College (NY)

A relatively new part of the Climate Commitment (run by the organization Second Nature) is the mandate to engage in resilience planning. Signatories to the commitment pledge to engage with ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Strategic Planning of Energy Retrofits That Drive Cutting Edge Projects in GHG Reductions

  • Humber College (ON)

In 2014, Humber College (Toronto, Canada) faced a challenge familiar to many institutions. Despite years of incremental energy efficiency gains, large reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions remained ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Transition Campuses: Can Transition Towns Offer a Replicable Model?

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This presentation provides an overview of the recent Transition Town/Transition Movement (TM), both in the US and globally, and then reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of this model ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Easier Said Than Done: Developing a Replicable Framework for Implementing CAP's in Higher Ed

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

When beginning to execute a Climate Action Plan it becomes apparent that there isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' solution or a readily available replicable framework. Having to create your own tools ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability AFTER the Sh*t Hits the Fan

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The purpose of this session is to engage the AASHE audience in a thought experiment aimed at identifying alternative strategic priorities for higher education sustainability programs. The starting point for ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Utilizing Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Techniques to Maximize Sustainability

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Charting the Course for Sustainability at a New Campus: Utilizing Strategic Planning

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Co-Creating: More Than Just a Plan

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Instead of another long Climate Action Plan that no one typically reads (as we experienced with our 2010 and 2015 Climate Action Plans), when the time came to update our ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How to Develop a Comprehensive Communication Plan for Sustainability Offices in Higher Education

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Your sustainability office might be doing exceptional work, but how do you manage your promotional efforts throughout campus and the community to tell your story? We will provide a guide ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Connecting our Community with a Plan for our Environment

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

This poster discusses the unique challenges the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) faced when incorporating sustainability on campus and the innovative solutions that have led to success. Medical centers ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Shaping The Future Environmentally Sustainable Campus: What's Planning Got To Do With It?

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

As universities embark on large-scale planning efforts to consider new and renovated sites, buildings, and landscape; upgrade large infrastructure systems and utilities; design with new partnerships and ways to finance ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Next Generation Sustainability Planning

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Like many peer institutions, Duke, Cornell, Princeton and Penn jumped on board the higher education sustainability train as early developers of ambitious campus climate and sustainability plans more than a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Advancing Sustainability in Conservative Climates: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches

  • Sul Ross State University (TX)
  • Wingate University (NC)

This panel will examine the approach to sustainability in higher education at two campuses, one public and one private, situated within challenging political and socio-economic contexts: Sul Ross State University ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Webinar: Sustainability Master Planning from All Perspectives

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Using Texas A&M University as a case study, staff will introduce integrated sustainability master planning from all perspectives: social, environmental, and economic. Both a campus level and department level plan ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2019
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Climate adaptation planning in the higher education sector

  • RMIT University

Purpose There is a growing interest in climate change action in the higher education sector. Higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role as property owners, employers, education and research ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Resource and Environmental Planning (MRM)

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

The Resource and Environmental Planning Program is a professional certified planning program accredited by the Planning Standards Board for the Planning Profession of Canada and the Planning Institute of B ...

  • Posted June 14, 2019
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DiLoreto Initiative: Sustainability Decision Support System at Villanova

  • Villanova University (PA)

Colleges and universities throughout the world are not only significant consumers of energy and natural resources but also have the social, economic and political impacts of small cities. How can ...


Sustainability at SIT: a Look at the Past, a Plan for the Future

  • SIT Graduate Institute (VT)

Climate change threatens our world and way of life. Intelligent development and investment could mitigate the worst threats of climate change, while simultaneously providing continuous growth for the global economy ...


Environmental Policy & Planning (BA/BS)

  • University of Iowa (IA)

Environmental Policy and Planning is an interdisciplinary major that draws courses from Geography, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and other disciplines. Work for this major includes introductory courses, methods courses, intermediate ...

  • Posted May 13, 2019
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Universities, industries and sustainable development: Outcomes of the 2017 G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting

  • Università di Bologna

During the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting under the Italian Presidency which took place in Bologna, Italy, 11–12 June 2017, representatives from Universities and Research Institutes and from the major ...


Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan)

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

The Master’s Degree in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan) is an internationally-recognised, professionally-accredited master’s course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighbourhoods ...

  • Posted May 5, 2019
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Do Codes of Ethics Reveal a University’s Commitment to Sustainable Development? Evidence from Italy

  • Università di Verona

Higher education institutions, such as universities, formulate strategies and undertake initiatives to support sustainable development (SD). Scholars draw up and examine sustainability reports as the main institutional documents to assess ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Building Capacity as Anchor Institutions: Infrastructure, Structure, and Strategy

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

As campuses embrace their role as anchor institutions, considerations should be given to the role of infrastructure, structure, and strategy. This article differentiates between infrastructure and organizational structure then identifies ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Developing a Resilience Tool For Higher Education Institutions: A Must-Have in Campus Master Planning

  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Hanbury (VA)

Resilience has become a prominent topic in the planning and design industry over the past several years. States, cities and entire regions face an ever-growing threat of environmental and societal ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Towards a social sustainability in higher education: Enhancing students’ solidarity and togetherness through collaborative projects in racially diverse learning environments

  • University of the Free State

One key goal in the mission and vision statement of the University of the Free State is to recruit the best and most diverse students who work in solidarity and ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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