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Tackling Plastic from Policy to Implementation

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Recent changes in the recycling markets have made it more important than ever to prevent waste from being generated before it needs to be managed at the end of life ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Looking ahead to 2030: Updating the University of California Sustainable Food Policy

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2009, the University of California (UC) developed a goal to meet 20% sustainable food by 2020, asking each UC campus to integrate sustainable food into their menus while remaining ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Protect the Roots: Promoting Sustainability with Policy and Planning that Prioritizes Campus Trees

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

As the popularity of programs like Tree Campus USA demonstrate, there is widespread agreement that trees provide tremendous value to our campuses across a broad spectrum of key campus metrics ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Policy on Sustainable Practices

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

The Sustainable Practices Policy (“Policy”) establishes goals in nine areas of sustainable practices: green building, clean energy, transportation, climate protection, sustainable operations, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable procurement, sustainable foodservice ...


Strengthening city–university partnerships to advance sustainability solutions: a study of research collaborations between the University of British Columbia and City of Vancouver

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Sustainability Solutions Group (QC)
  • City of Vancouver (BC)

This paper aims to investigate sustainability research collaborations between the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia (UBC), as a case study to better understand how to use ...


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 ...


A scoping review of policies promoting and supporting sustainable food systems in the university setting

  • University of Sydney (NSW)

Background Transitioning towards sustainable food systems for the health of the population and planet will require governments and institutions to develop effective governance to support the adoption of sustainable food ...

  • Posted April 22, 2021
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North Texas Food Policy Alliance

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

What are Food Policy Councils/Alliances? The first Food Policy Council started 30 years ago in the city of Knoxville. In the last decade Food Policy Councils (also called food ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Which Are the Main Factors Influencing Corporate Social Responsibility Information Disclosures on Universities’ Websites

  • Universidad de Granada

Universities are now becoming more active in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Nevertheless, they do not appear to be granting the same degree of importance to the dissemination ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Integrating climate and food policies in higher education: a case study of the University of California

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Most climate change mitigation policies, including those of higher education institutions, do not include food system greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). Yet the food system contributes ~30% of anthropogenic GHGE, mostly ...

  • Posted July 10, 2020
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Does higher education prepare students to bridge divides in today’s democracy?

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Recent political events serve as a reminder that American society comprises groups with divergent visions for the future and mutually incompatible ideas of how to achieve those futures. Despite this ...


Unveiling the path towards sustainability: scientific interest at HEIs from a scientometric approach in the period 2008-2017

  • Carlos III University of Madrid

Humanity has experienced the impact of an unsustainable economic model at all levels. This topic has crystallized in different summits and conferences during the 20th century. As a result of ...


Mapping of sustainability policies and initiatives in higher education institutes

  • University of Limerick

Higher Education Institutes are being called upon to integrate sustainable development into their organisation, driven by national and international events, policies and environmental targets. This paper maps sustainability policies and ...


In search of healthy policy ecologies for education in relation to sustainability: Beyond evidence-based policy and post-truth politics

  • Wageningen University
  • Mana College

There is a rational assumption built into some research projects that policy contexts are influenced by the quality of the evidence. This is, at best, only somewhat true some of ...


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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Research Findings from the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN)

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), an international research network, has spent the last six years examining the uptake of sustainability in higher education policy and practice across Canada ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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California State University Says Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University includes 23 campuses, 500,000 students and sustains more than 150,000 employees. A new system policy enacted in December establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Action in Campus Food: Developing a Framework to Measure Progress in Campus Foodscape Transformation

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

This presentation will share the results of a systematic review of 23 institutions' campus food policies and projects using a dataset derived from the STARS food and dining reporting category ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How 'Green' Can Green Cleaning Get? Strategies for Policy, Procurement, and Practice

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • WAXIE Sanitary Supply (CA)

Waxie Sanitary Supply, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Merced, are collaborating to build a more sustainable economy through green cleaning policies, procurement, and education. Implementing ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Taking stock of sustainability in higher education: a review of the policy literature

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

This paper provides a review of the current literature that examines the uptake of sustainability policies in higher education. Articles were retrieved from both ERIC and Scopus databases and then ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Education for Sustainability in Education: A Focus on Pedagogical Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Teaching and learning for sustainable development have become an important area of educational endeavour that educators are responsible for. Given the need to educate citizens about sustainable ways of living ...


Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development at a Swiss University: Navigating the Traps of Institutionalization

  • University of Bern

How far have higher education institutions progressed towards integrating sustainable development at an institutional level and are they responding to the societal need for transformation? Can the pace of transformation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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From contracts to culture: Exploring how to leverage local, sustainable food purchasing by institutions for food systems change

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (ON)

In recent years, certain hospitals, schools, and campuses across Canada have shown that they can transform their practices to serve more local and sustainable food. These changes have often been ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Towards a Definition of Environmental Sustainability Evaluation in Higher Education

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Universidad de Granada

Sustainability is increasing their presence at universities, so it is convenient to reflect on the impact and effectiveness that university sustainability actions are having. Several authors have recognized mature experiences ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Education for Sustainability Policies: Ramifications for Practice

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Deakin University

While it is well understood there is an urgent need to address global environmental problems, there is less understanding around how these problems can be addressed. At each level of ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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A Primer on Living Wage Policies and Just Employment

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

This session provides an introduction to living wage policies and just employment principles, applicable not only in higher education, but in any form of organization. Intended for attendees seeking an ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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This Justice In: Updated Results From the Living Wage Policy Study

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

This session will provide the most recent results from the Living Wage Policy Study, a five-year multi-phase research project exploring the prevalence and nature and living wage policies in American ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Thinking Outside of the Trash: Waste Policy Implementation and Education at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University consulted with Cascadia and Burns & McDonnell during 2016-2017 to assess Emory's materials management program and make recommendations for innovative and programmatic strategies to help Emory achieve ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Evolving Pennsylvania State University's Sustainability Policy Within a Regenerative Paradigm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State University (PSU) is a public research university serving Pennsylvania and the global community with a vision to integrate sustainability throughout its campuses and to prepare students to be ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Emory University adopted a Pollinator Protection Policy in 2014

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University adopted a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Policy in 2014, a first of its kind policy at U.S. colleges and universities that bans neonicotinoid application, plants pre-treated with neonicotinoids ...


Portland State University Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council award for Viking Pavilion Miller Paint work

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University’s design standards and sustainable procurement policy commit PSU to using sustainable products, with a preference for materials with low embodied emissions. In response to PSU's ...


Public Policy Analysis (MS)

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Graduate study in Public Policy Analysis prepares students to evaluate the role of government in a market economy. This would include food and agricultural policy, various regulatory policies (e.g ...

  • Posted July 5, 2018
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Portland State University: Driving Rigorous Sustainability through Top-Level Policies

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University (PSU), situated in the University District of downtown Portland, Oregon, is the only public urban university in the state located in a major metropolitan city. A recognized ...


Campus-wide Zero Landfill Waste Policy Implementation & Outreach Program - Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

In January 2018, Emory University implemented a completely redesigned waste policy as a leap toward the goal of zero landfill waste (defined nationally as diverting 95% of waste from municipal ...


Climate Change and the Canadian Higher Education System: An Institutional Policy Analysis

  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Climate change is a pressing concern. Higher education can address the challenge, but systematic analyses of climate change in education policy are sparse. This paper addresses this gap in the ...


Meat Consumption as a Wicked Problem: Evidence from Data and Policies

  • University of Turku

Sustainable food production and consumption is fundamental to the achievement of the worldwide UN Sustainable Development Goals. For a food system to be sustainable, it needs to provide adequate nutrition ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Duke University Carbon Policy on the Road to 2024: Policy Proposals

  • Duke University (NC)

The goal of our Bass Connections in Energy Team (henceforth “the Team”) was to research ways to measure and influence both individual and institutional change to reduce Duke University’s ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Socially Sustainable: Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Social sustainability is in the news every day, yet, our research on living wage policies in American higher education reveals that the vast majority of institutions do not have living ...

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2018
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Energy use assessment of educational buildings: Toward a campus-wide sustainable energy policy

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Queensland University of Technology

The purpose of this article is to assess the viability of blanket sustainability policies, such as Building Rating Systems in achieving energy efficiency in university campus buildings. We analyzed the ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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Sustainable Food Policy Creation - University of Denver

  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)

The University of Denver (DU) has been a Real Food Challenge Signatory since May 2015. As DU's food service provider, Denver Dining by Sodexo has performed extensive research within ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Policy: Sustainable Catering at an Institutional Level

  • Emory University (GA)
  • America To Go (NY)

How many sustainable catering policies, goals, and guidelines are hard-fought and won, but face the challenge of ubiquitous adoption across the institution? Goals for landfill diversion, waste reduction, and sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Change and the Canadian Higher Education System: An Institutional Policy Analysis

  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Climate change is a pressing concern. Higher education can address the challenge, but systematic analyses of climate change in education policy are sparse. This paper addresses this gap in the ...


Portland State University - All Gender Restroom Policy

  • Portland State University (OR)

In late 2015 Portland State University (PSU) administration officially adopted an all gender restroom policy (also sometimes referred to as gender-neutral, unisex, or universal) for the PSU campus. The all ...


Promoting Sustainable Transportation with Campus Car Policies and Public Outreach

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

In fall of 2016 at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), the Environmental Studies undergraduate program began offering its first group-based capstone course that was based on its first Projects ...


Embracing Sustainability at Alamo Colleges

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges serving San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. As a signatory in one of Second Nature's three Climate Leadership Commitments, Alamo ...

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Using Model-Based Reasoning and Experiential Learning to Understand and Improve Sustainability in a Campus Food System

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The webinar describes an introductory sustainability course at Warren Wilson College that explores the campus food system. Warren Wilson College has a sustainable dining policy and has adopted the Real ...

  • Posted April 7, 2017
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Barriers to adoption of campus green building policies

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose - The focus of this paper is on environmental protection, specifically within the context of green building at institutions of higher education (IHEs). One major reason why many IHEs are ...


Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a census of high-level sustainability initiatives at all accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada by documenting the institutions that have undertaken sustainability assessments, have ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)

Cities generate environmental impacts that have focused the global interest of scientists and authorities on the search for environment-friendly alternatives. The ‘Ecocity’ concept provides an innovative and sustainable vision of ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Evaluating Institutional Green Building Policies: A Mixed-Methods Approach

  • McMaster University (ON)

Sustainable or green building practices have been adopted recently by many higher education institutions for their new campus buildings and major renovations. To date, no formal study has been conducted ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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