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Students, sustainability and education: Results from a survey of students in higher education around the world

  • Students Organising For Sustainability (SOS-UK)

Between April and October 2020, SOS International invited higher education institutions and student-facing organisations to send out a survey designed to gather insight into student experiences of sustainability and education ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Sustainability in Higher Education: What More Can Universities Do?

  • QS Quacquarelli Symonds

This report details the key findings from the QS Environmental Concerns Survey conducted in August 2019. The survey - which was completed by more than 3,700 prospective international students looking ...


Additional Benefits to Sustainability in Higher Education? The Effect of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment on Undergraduate Admissions Outcomes

  • Colgate University (NY)

Hart assesses the possible impact that signing a campus climate commitment, specifically the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), has on college attractiveness, which is measured in terms ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Community Outreach on Steroids: Impacting People in 8 Counties While Recruiting Great Students

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

In June 2017, Slippery Rock University's Office of Sustainability launched the 'Healthy Planet, Healthy People Environmental Summer Camp and Community Project Incubator'. The focus of this program was to ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Future Leaders Survey 2006/7

This report presents the results of a survey distributed to UK residents aged 21 and under who applied to universities and colleges in 2006. Key findings include:

  • 46% say that ...
  • Posted March 6, 2017
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Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

This paper draws on a series of five ESRC-funded seminars held between 2006 and 2008 on 'Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK'. We sketch the background ...

  • Posted March 1, 2017
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Does Eco-labeling of Services Matter? Evidence from Higher Education

  • Marquette University (WI)
  • University of Idaho (ID)

Eco-labeling of services has become increasingly common, yet little empirical evidence exists concerning its effectiveness. We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a highly visible eco-label, the American ...

  • Posted Feb. 17, 2017
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Student Interest for Environment/Sustainability Undergraduate Programmes: Recent Australian Experience

  • RMIT University

Increasingly, employers are seeing the need to have employees who have capabilities in sustainability. The hope is that there will be a sufficient number of appropriately educated people to enter ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Nursing students’ attitudes towards sustainability and health care

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

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To evaluate attitudes towards embedding sustainability and climate change in nursing curricula among nursing students, some of whom had participated in a sustainability and health skills session, and determine ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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Bitten by the Green Design Bug

According to U.S. News & World Report, "sustainability sensibility is sweeping through and transforming the curricula in America's colleges of engineering, as more educators emphasize the importance of ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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College hopefuls look for green universities

  • USA TODAY (VA)

USA Today reports that "the nation's college-bound students are increasingly looking for green - and no, that doesn't mean just money."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Do students really choose colleges based on how green they are?

A Princeton Review survey finds that incoming freshmen would weigh information about environmental issues into their college decisions, but average students say it’s not on their radar

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students

The Guardian reports that "students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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College Hopes & Worries Survey Reports

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys thousands of college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. For many years, this survey has included a question related ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Sustainability, meet Doug Flutie

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

This post reviews the available research on how campus sustainability impacts student recruitment, including surveys of incoming students by many individual institutions. It makes the case that campus sustainability is ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2008

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This survey of entering students at four-year institutions in the US finds significant support for green initiatives among incoming students. Almost a third of entering freshmen (29.5 percent) reported ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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A Big Hairy Audacious Goal: Marketing University Sustainability Credentials

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)
  • St. Lawrence University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)
  • Northland College (WI)
  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire)

This paper explores the potential recruitment and retention benefits arising from the marketing of University of Plymouth’s sustainability credentials. It attempts this by:

  • reviewing academic and professional literature on ...
  • Posted June 27, 2016
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More colleges using green as selling tool

  • USA TODAY (VA)

USA Today reports that "universities and colleges across the country are increasingly putting on the green to attract students who are serious about environmental issues."

  • Posted June 27, 2016
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As colleges add green majors and minors, classes fill up

  • USA TODAY (VA)

Colleges are rapidly adding new majors and minors in green studies, and students are filling them fast.

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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First-year student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development

  • Higher Education Academy (York)

This report on student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development describes the results of an online survey of 5,763 first-year higher education (HE) students, across all four UK ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey Report

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. The survey includes a question related to commitment to environmental issues:

"If ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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Sustainability Field Booms on Campus

This article describes fast growth in continuing education programs focused on sustainability.

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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College students are flocking to sustainability degrees, careers

  • USA TODAY (VA)

With an increased interest in the environment and growth in the "green collar" job sector, colleges and universities are beginning to incorporate sustainability into their programs. From MBAs in sustainable-business ...


Green, Greener, Greenest

Green is good for the planet, but also for a college’s public image. In a Princeton Review survey this year of 10,300 college applicants, 63 percent said that ...


At students' behest, colleges add efforts to address climate change

  • USA TODAY (VA)

More and more, prospective students want to know what universities are doing about climate change - from reducing their own carbon footprint to preparing students for the environmental challenges ahead.


Higher Education: Features, Trends and Needs in Relation to Sustainability

  • Technische Universiteit Delft

The progress of sustainability within higher education has steadily increased in focus over the last decade and has increasingly become a topic of academic research. With various scholars, journals and ...


Undergrad Perspectives: The Business of Changing the World

  • Net Impact (CA)

Net Impact surveyed 1,650 undergraduate students on their beliefs about the current state of business, the role they see themselves playing in improving the world through their careers, and ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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A business case for developing transformative sustainable education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and Universities have obvious financial incentives to invest in sustainability objectives that reduce the costs of campus operation. Similarly, investments in research infrastructure in topics of energy and sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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