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Embedding sacred ecology in sustainability solutions: The role of post-secondary environmental science programs

  • Central European University

There is increasing attention to the potential contribution of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to addressing an unprecedented crisis in social-ecological systems. Approaches to the bridging of scientific and indigenous knowledges ...


Teaching the “how” of transformation

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • University of Oslo

College and university students are eager to engage with transformative solutions to the climate crisis, but often struggle to see openings or possibilities where they can leverage their actions and ...


Adventuring into Complexity by Exploring Data: From Complicity to Sustainability

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Problems of sustainability are typically represented by major present-day challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental and social injustice. Framed this way, sustainable lives and societies depend on ...


Campuses as living labs for sustainability problem-solving: trends, triumphs, and traps

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Colleges and universities around the world are increasingly using their campuses as living laboratories for sustainability problem-solving and engagement. “Campus-as-lab” (CAL) projects emphasize experiential learning and campus sustainability through the ...


Learning to survive: Wicked problem education for the Anthropocene age

  • University of South Florida (FL)

This article addresses major lacunae in higher education from the standpoint of Anthropocenic survival. Wicked problems transcend national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Eco-survival, international migration, destabilized global markets, shifts in ...


Coping With Climate Change: Examining Emotional Effects and Searching for Solutions

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Inspired by experiences with college students and my own reckoning of the climate crisis, I sought to understand the indirect psychological impacts of climate change on UVM students and what ...


Student-Centered Learning and Sustainability: Solution or Problem?

  • The University of Chicago (IL)

While discussions surrounding education for sustainable development (ESD) are diverse, most scholars and policy makers view student-centered learning (SCL) as axiomatic. In contrast, we argue that promoting SCL potentially stymies ...

  • Posted April 23, 2021
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Student-led sustainability transformations: employing realist evaluation to open the black box of learning in a Challenge Lab curriculum

  • Chalmers University of Technology

While sustainability-oriented education is increasingly placing importance on engaging students in inter- and transdisciplinary learning processes with societal actors and authentic challenges in the centre, little research attends to how ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Transdisciplinary sustainability research in real-world labs: success factors and methods for change

  • ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research (Darmstadt)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • TELEINTERNETCAFE
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Universität Ulm
  • University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Concordia University (QC)
  • Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer
  • Wuppertal Institut
  • Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
  • Hochschule Heilbronn
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

The transdisciplinary research mode has gained prominence in the research on and for sustainability transformations. Yet, solution-oriented research addressing complex sustainability problems has become complex itself, with new transdisciplinary research ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Centre for Engineering in Society

  • Concordia University (QC)

The Engineering department at Concordia University is made up of a team of dynamic faculty members at the forefront of their fields who are creating new and exciting next-gen approaches ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Coming of Age at the End of the World: The Affective Arc of Undergraduate Environmental Studies Curricula

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Sarah Jaquette Ray writes about her experiences as an educator having to navigate the complex classroom emotions that arise in this age of imminent environmental collapse in this chapter on ...


Using a Solutions Lens to Engage Students on the UN Global Goals

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Babson College (MA)

Today more than ever, students need to learn not only how society is working to solve its most challenging problems, but also how to think critically and creatively about solutions ...

  • Posted May 14, 2020
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On 4.7.20, Focus Your Campus on Ambitious Climate Solutions

  • Bard College (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Solve Climate By 2030 is mobilizing US educators to engage over 100,000 students in dialog about ambitious stabilizing the climate over the next decade. It culminates on the evening ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2020
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The Design Thinking Process: User-Centered Solutions to Complex and Confounding Problems

  • University of Denver (CO)

After a great first year presenting this material at AASHE 2018, we found that a half-day just isn't long enough to give this topic justice! So we're back ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Collaboratory: Engaging Students to Solve Authentic Problems and Create Tangible Solutions

  • Pierce College (CA)

The Collaboratory at Los Angeles Pierce College is an interdisciplinary hub where faculty, students and community stakeholders work together to develop tangible solutions to authentic problems. Environmental sustainability is the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The future of sustainability science: a solutions-oriented research agenda

  • Lund University
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

Over the last decade, sustainability science has been at the leading edge of widespread efforts from the social and natural sciences to produce use-inspired research. Yet, how knowledge generated by ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Learning Economics and Attitudes to Market Solutions to Environmental Problems

  • Stockholm University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Birmingham

Climate change challenges governments to reduce emissions, and to gain support for such actions from their citizens. This can be in the form of taxation or legislation, or other forms ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Actions speak louder than words: designing transdisciplinary approaches to enact solutions

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability science uses a transdisciplinary research process in which academic and non-academic partners collaborate to identify a common problem and co-produce knowledge to develop more sustainable solutions. Sustainability scientists have ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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High Impact Pedagogical Practices for High Impact Sustainability Learning

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

In the face of a rapidly-changing planet, sustainability is one of the most promising solutions to address social, economic, and environmental problems. Through IUPUI's Themed Learning Community (TLC), 'Sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University - Interdisciplinary Focus on Real World Issues

  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Sustainability Exchange, founded in 2014 by Bill Lowry and Liz Kramer, brings together students from across the academic spectrum to focus on and seek solutions to real world issues ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Design Thinking Process: User-Centered Solutions to Complex and Confounding Problems

  • University of Denver (CO)

Coming out of Stanford's Institute of Design, the Design Thinking (DT) framework has taken the Architecture, and now the business world, by storm. However, this solution- and user-focused design ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Breaking Down 'Drawdown' - Explaining Global Sustainability Solutions at the Community Level

  • University of Virginia (VA)

There's a new framework for climate action in town - Project Drawdown is self-described as a comprehensive efforts to 'identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to the Implementation of Sustainable Development at Universities

  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • Universidade Aberta
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Aveiro

Although there have been proven and successful developments in the field of Higher Education for Sustainable Development over the past 15 years or so, there are still numerous challenges to ...

  • Posted April 24, 2018
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Avoid, Control, Succumb, or Balance: Engineering Students’ Approaches to a Wicked Sustainability Problem

  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • University of Gothenburg

Wicked sustainability problems (WSPs) are an important and particularly challenging type of problem. Science and engineering education can play an important role in preparing students to deal with such problems ...

  • Posted Feb. 12, 2018
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Promoting Sustainability & Sustainable Behaviors: Real-World Challenges

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Sustainability professionals are usually tasked with creating pro-environmental behavior change, but come to this work with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge on how to make that happen on our ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Rethinking Thinking about Sustainability Curriculum

  • AASHE (PA)

“You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.” Albert Einstein

If a snap of the fingers could reverse the environmental destruction of the past ...

  • Posted June 9, 2017
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NC State University Creates Make-a-thon To Inspire Sustainability Ideas

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Imagine. It's a Saturday night and dozens of students are packed in your school's library. They're crowded around 3D printers, circuit boards and laptops translating 3D AutoCAD ...


What the bleep?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This year's conference focuses on solutions in surrounding communities and the world. This assumes that 'higher education (HE) institutions have been modeling sustainable solutions on their campuses for many ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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DC Climathon at GW: University Partners With City to Innovate on Climate Solutions

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • District of Columbia Government (DC)

DC Climathon cultivates social start-ups and provides experiential and collaborative learning to self-identified students, social entrepreneurs, and pioneering professionals to provide climate change solutions for their cities. As part of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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How Resource Innovation and Solutions Pioneered on the ASU Campus is Growing a Worldwide Network

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This is the story of how Arizona State University, through a systems approach to public engagement and a unique collaboration with the city of Phoenix, created the Resource Innovation and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engage, Steward, Discover: Aligning Global Sustainability Curriculum with Strategic Student-Led On-Campus Projects

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's interdisciplinary Global Sustainability course prepares students to understand, innovate and lead efforts to confront challenging sustainability issues. The course provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Illustrating the 'Criterion Problem': How Starting With the End in Mind Gets us There

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Virtually every sustainability problem begins with human thinking and behavior. While this may seem obvious, psychologists are rarely involved in the conception, development, delivery, or evaluation of real world attempts ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Project and Campus As A Living Laboratory Digital Archive

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Undergraduates in the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University (OSU) complete a capstone course where student research teams analyze specific action priorities of the ...

  • Posted June 16, 2016
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Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program is a sustainability-focused, student professional development program at the University of South Carolina, . It was conceived and developed over the course of six years to ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Learning while transforming: solution-oriented learning for urban sustainability in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Conventional educational settings struggle with enabling students to acquire competence in collectively solving sustainability problems. Such competence is best conveyed in real-world learning settings. Solution-oriented sustainability learning (SOSL) programs create ...


Monash Sustainable Development Institute

  • Monash University (VIC)

The Monash Sustainable Development Institute tackles sustainability challenges head on with distinctive interdisciplinary approach. It pulls together scientists, lawyers, economists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, health professionals, training experts and more to ...

  • Posted May 13, 2016
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Strengthening the role of universities in addressing sustainability challenges: the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions as an institutional experiment

  • University of Maine (ME)

As the magnitude, complexity, and urgency of many sustainability problems increase, there is a growing need for universities to contribute more effectively to problem solving. Drawing upon prior research on ...


Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

  • University of Maine (ME)

Producing knowledge and linking it to actions that meet human needs while preserving the planet’s life-support systems is emerging as one of the most fundamental and difficult challenges for ...

  • Posted May 2, 2016
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Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Leaders from a half-dozen U.S. academic institutions with dedicated sustainability programs share five recommendations, distilled from their own experiences, for universities seeking to improve their ability to both create ...


Solve, Educate, Engage: The Role of the University in Sustainability Solutions

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Using case histories from the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU, we'll explore how universities can engage government entities, business and academic communities, non profit organizations and the public ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Designing for Scalability: How to take campus solutions to scale for maximum impact around the globe

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Campus sustainability has the unique potential to bring new knowledge and innovative solutions to bear on the world's greatest climate challenges. Campuses serve as ideal incubators – test beds – for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS Sourcing, Data Collection and Reporting Technology Solutions and Tools

  • Aramark (PA)
  • FarmLogix, LLC (IL)

The panel would represent several Aramark universities' (Boston University, American University, Loyola University for example) uses of online aggregation technology to both source locally grown and produced foods, and to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Food Tracking: Identifying Problems and Solutions to Reach the Most Accurate Report for Your Campus

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

This session will assist university students and staff working on tracking sustainability progress in dining. Many universities currently use multiple tracking tools and processes to synthesize data for STARS, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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MomentUs: Building a Movement on Campus for Climate Solutions

  • Millersville University (PA)
  • ecoAmerica (DC)

Empowered by collective action on our campuses and throughout our communities, we can build momentum to align the myriad of climate change solutions and exponentially increase our effectiveness. Together, we ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Finding Solutions through Cycles of Hope

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Knowledge is a powerful thing but it also can be debilitating, leading to cynicism and apathy. This is especially the case when we teach about topics like environmental crises and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing a Campus Living Lab: Community College and University Solutions

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

As community colleges and universities redesign and retrofit their campuses in more sustainable ways, institutions should use these projects as experiential learning opportunities for students and research opportunities for faculty ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Educating for Sustainability: A Solution to Student Retention?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In the current climate of increased governmental oversight of higher education and fiscal downturns, increased scrutiny is being paid to retention and graduation rates as markers of an institution’s ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Solutions Learning at ASU’s School of Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Why Solutions Learning? How we implement SL: Curriculum; Program Learning Objectives; workshops; applied projects. Sustainability Solutions Studios (highlighting Croatia Summer 2014). Sustainability Solutions Service and graduate Solutions Assistants (SAs). Global ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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