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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

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

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

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

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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STARS Curriculum: Trends, Challenges and a Proposed Solution

  • East Tennessee State University (TN)

STARS Curriculum: Trends, Challenges and a Proposed Solution

M. Moin Uddin, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

STARS (The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) curriculum subcategory ...

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

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Recent statistics from The Princeton Review indicate that 69 percent of college applicants now cite an institution's level of commitment to environmental sustainability as a factor in their college ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Campus Landscape: Turning Site Problems into Green Infrastructure Solutions

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

In the fall of 2012 our faculty and student design team submitted a plan for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Rainworks Challenge. Teams were invited to create ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Harnessing Seawater: A Sustainable Solution for Thermal Comfort

  • Southern Maine Community College (ME)

The installation of an innovative sea water heat exchange system in Casco Bay is an example of sustainable technology recently implemented during the renovation of the Lighthouse Building at Southern ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing an Integrated MBA and MPA Curriculum to Spur Innovative and Collaborative Solutions for Sustainability

  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

Intractable social and environmental problems increasingly call for collaborative solutions across the public and private sectors. Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco has offered a Masters in Business Administration (MBA ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Solutions Generator: A Cocurricular Sustainability Leadership-Service Program

  • Portland State University (OR)

In the search for campus sustainability solutions, many institutions continue to seek ways to cultivate student engagement in ways that meet campus learning outcomes and prepare them as change agents ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Creating Sustainable Dining Options: Barriers and Hopeful Solutions for Feeding Hungry Students

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The presenters share their experience with analyzing the College of Charleston's (SC) current student dining options. Currently there is minimal institutional and contractural support for sustainable dining options, such ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Empowering Students to Build a Pipeline of Sustainable Solutions

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This session will examine successful strategies to meaningfully engage students that harnesses their youthful idealism in a pragmatic way, promotes campus and community sustainability goals, and develops the skills they ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Green Bridges: Sustainability Career Solutions

  • Green Training Associates LLC

The poster represents the approach taken by the Sustainability Career Paths Initiative of New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) headed by Pam Sammarco, Green Training Associates, LLC and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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