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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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Emory University's Pollinator Protection Program

  • Emory University (GA)

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment, which includes ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Academic mobility in the Anthropocene era: a comparative study of university policy at three New Zealand institutions

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Auckland

Anthropogenic climate change is a wicked problem, requiring fundamental behavioural and technological responses now, in the Anthropocene, a term denoting the current era of human dominance of biological, chemical and ...


Campus sustainability governance in Canada: A content analysis of post-secondary institutions’ sustainability policies

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

Purpose

This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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New Energy for Campuses: Energy-Saving Policies for Colleges and Universities

  • Energy Action Coalition

New Energy for Campuses highlights more than 30 universities in 24 states that have implemented a range of programs including improving the energy efficiency of classrooms, putting solar panels on ...

  • Posted March 28, 2016
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Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing: Fair Trade Procurement Policies and Practices

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Over the last two years Fair Trade Colleges & Universities has developed and piloted policies to help institutions purchase sustainable and responsible goods. Leveraging the purchasing power of higher education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bottled Water Policy: The six-year journey

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Years of thoughtful research, consideration, and communication with other universities went into the creation of the Bottled Water Policy created by the Bemidji State University Student Senate in 2015. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Real Food, Real Communities: Mobilizing Students, Community Members and Staff to reform College Food Procurement Policies

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

Where our food comes from and how it is produced is question that is becoming extremely important to students and administrators alike. Carleton College has demonstrated a commitment to answering ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Analysis of Canadian STARS-rated Campus Sustainability Plans and Policies

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Sustainability governance, including the creation of campus sustainability policies and plans, can help institutionalize sustainability on campus. This study aims to deepen our understanding of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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LEED vs. Green Globes: An engaged scholarship approach to advancing campus green building policy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This study examines the value of student engagement in the advancement of green building policies by colleges and universities. The integration of sustainability practices into the design and construction of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Warren Wilson College Sustainable Dining Policy: A Strategic Partnership Case Study

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

This case study presentation will delve into the collective research and actions by Warren Wilson College (WWC) students, staff, and Sodexo employees to create a resilient and adaptable dining service ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Establishing a Campus Energy Use Policy for UC Berkeley

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley is adopting a campus energy policy this spring after almost 2 years of process. The policy is part of the campus’ groundbreaking UC Berkeley Energy Management Initiative and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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50 Shades of Green: An Examination of Sustainability Policy on Canadian Campuses

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

While there is an abundance of literature on sustainability in higher education emerging within academic journals, there has been a paucity of research examining the uptake and implementation of sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Building LEEDers in Higher Education: A Review of the Current Use of the LEED Rating System in the Green Building Policies of U.S. Universities

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This study serves as an update to the report entitled "The Role of the LEED Green Building Rating System in Higher Education: Recent Trends and Status," published in Fall 2010 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Paper Steps on Campus - 9 Steps to Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

Paper is changing the climate. Paper's impact is one of our planet's most significant environmental challenges. The industry uses vast amounts of fossil fuels and chemicals, prevents forests ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Policies to Practice: Moving Departments to the Digital Realm.

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In academic environments, unnecessary paper use has significant environmental and economic impacts. With advances in technology, there are growing opportunities for reducing printing in the future. Existing paper documentation, however ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Getting Specific with Sustainability Policies

  • Broward College (FL)

Broward College has recently completed a collaborative process to formulate sustainability policies specific to different divisions of the college. As a recommendation from the Collegewide Sustainability Committee and with strong ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

The RePaper Project, a project of the Environmental Paper Network, recently

released a new resource that complements the theme of conference. "Paper

Steps on Campus: Nine Steps to Protecting the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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State Policy Influence on ACUPCC Climate Action Plans

  • Stetson University (FL)

Climate change policy in the US has been highly variable, with little structure at the federal level and great variability among states. The lack of overarching national climate change policy ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability Participation and Policies by Operational Units

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The focus of this research is the impact of mid-level operational decision makers and research faculty (MLD-RF) on campus sustainability initiatives. MLD-RF have technical expertise and a leadership role in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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