Coordination & Planning

Introduction

Staff and other resources help an institution organize, implement, and publicize sustainability initiatives. These resources provide the infrastructure that fosters sustainability within an institution. Sustainability planning affords an institution the opportunity to clarify its vision of a sustainable future, establish priorities and help guide budgeting and decision making.

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Towards integrated sustainability in higher education – Mapping the use of the Accelerator toolset in all dimensions of university practice

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Vert Energy Group
  • Uppsala University
  • Charles University

The role of individual change agents and the human dimension in general are increasingly being acknowledged as critical elements in sustainability integration at higher education institutions. Yet few studies focus ...


Towards a universal carbon footprint standard: A case study of carbon management at universities

  • University of Southampton

Organisations of all types are significant contributors to international greenhouse gas emissions. The business case for supporting low-carbon practices is gathering pace, alongside the regulatory demands imposed through carbon emission ...


Towards a sustainability reporting guideline in higher education

  • University of Hamburg

So far, sustainability reporting in higher education is in a very early stage – partly, because of the lack of an established and widely recognized sustainability reporting framework for higher education ...


First Application of UN-Toolkit to a Collegiate Climate Action Plan

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The United Nations Guiding Principles for Climate Action Planning Toolkit: City-Level Reviews was re-engineered to allow for the applicability and utilization towards university-level climate action plans. Through tailoring the eight ...


The Role of Eco-campus Assessment Management System in the Sustainable Development of British Universities

  • Nottingham Trent University

The university is a key driver of sustainable development. In the UK, environmental management systems (EMSs) are increasingly being used by organizations to improve environmental performance. Environmental management systems bring ...


Pedestrian Planning on College Campuses

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

College campuses provide an ideal setting to promote walking, and on-campus pedestrian planning efforts can provide leadership for the wider community as well.


Developing Boundary-Spanning Capacity for Regional Sustainability Transitions—A Comparative Case Study of the Universities of Augsburg (Germany) and Linz (Austria)

  • University of Marburg

The potential of universities to become ‘change agents’ for sustainability has increasingly been highlighted in the literature. Some largely open questions are how universities get involved in regional sustainability transitions ...


Strategic Planning to Advance Equity on Campus: A Case Study at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

Propelled by many factors, including a newly appointed Board of Trustees responsible for governance of our university, resource shortages, and enrollment swings, Portland State University embarked on a strategic planning ...


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 ...


Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

The book Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Programs seeks to analyze trends and best practices in across higher education institutions, focusing on positive aspects of sustainability. The book seeks ...


Fashion Institute of Technology Energy Master Plan

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
  • NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability (NY)

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a leading art and design school in New York City, has made impressive strides to reduce its energy and carbon footprints. By implementing an ...


Penn State Green Team

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Penn State Green Team hosted an earth day jeopardy competition with the College of the Liberal Arts department and the help of the Sustainability Institute every one enjoyed Earth ...


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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Texas A&M University Earth Day

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Texas A&M University | Sports & Recreation Texas A&M University Office of Sustainability - Kelly Wellman, Director & Ben Kalscheur, Sustainability Operations Coordinator Texas A&M University Earth Day Event Aggie participating in ...

  • Posted April 24, 2018
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2018 Earth Week at Wake Forest

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to remove leaf litter and tree limbs from the Wake Forest cross-country trails on Friday, March 23, as part of ...

  • Posted April 19, 2018
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The FIU Nature Preserve: Achieving Biological Conservation Through Diversification of Stakeholders

  • Florida International University (FL)

Many institutions of higher education have sustainability initiatives; however, not all consider the importance of proximity to nature in the psychological well-being of their associated human community. Florida International University ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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Sustainability Reporting by Australian Universities

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

There is continuing debate about the consequences of climate change and an increasing emphasis placed on the disclosure of social and environmental indicators by organisations. Universities have been traditionally known ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Integration of Sustainability into Architectural Education at Accredited Korean Universities

  • Hongik University
  • Korea University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Chungbuk National University
  • University of Seoul
  • Seoul National University

This paper examines the integration of sustainability principles into architectural education programs at South Korean Universities that have been accredited by the Korea Architectural Accrediting Board (KAAB). Accreditation requires the ...

  • Posted April 16, 2018
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Benchmarking Sustainability between Higher Education Institutes

  • Ghent University

As our population keeps rising and the boundaries of our ecosystem become more and more transgressed, a clear call for a transition towards sustainable development is heard. Higher education institutions ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Developing Campus Sustainability Plans in a Capstone Course

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability education high impact practices emphasize the importance of project-based, applied learning experiences as well as collaborative learning. Higher education professionals also emphasize the importance of capstone signature experiences. Students ...

  • Posted April 5, 2018
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The Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP) is a multi-year effort designed to measure and track the culture of sustainability at the University of Michigan (U-M). It is intended to inform ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Incorporating Sustainability into Campus Strategic Planning

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Waste Management (TX)

This webinar is designed to assist school officials who are in the strategic planning process incorporate sustainability into their goals. Presented by Waste Management and Spelman College on April 2 ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Everything You Need to Know About STARS 2.0

  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

Tune in to learn about the new and improved STARS 2.0, which made its debut in the fall of 2013. Led by AASHE staff and the STARS Steering Committee ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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Strategies for a sustainable campus in Osaka University

  • Osaka University

This paper reports strategies toward achieving a sustainable campus at Osaka University, Japan. We advance a daily energy-use schedule for each building type to provide effective energy-saving strategies. We classify ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Strategic alignment between sustainability and information systems: A case analysis in Malaysian public Higher Education Institutions

  • National University of Malaysia
  • Islamic Azad University
  • Brno University of Technology

Higher Education Institutions have embedded sustainability initiatives into their core activities of curriculum, research, community, and operational to respond the global transformation towards a sustainable future. Numerous studies have been ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Recapturing the learning opportunities of university sustainability indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

Reconfiguring student involvement in university sustainability assessments and reporting can create important learning opportunities. In the 1990s, students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Sustainability is Central-Volume III 2012-2015

Biennial report of the comprehensive, campus-wide sustainability program at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. This report summarizes all sustainability actions on campus and provides quantitative data on carbon footprint ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Overcoming Barriers: Organizational Effectiveness of College Sustainability Offices

This study assesses the organizational effectiveness of six small colleges that have demonstrated a commitment to campus sustainability practices. Given the complex structures and competing demands within a small college ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Achieving Sustainability in the City of Winona, Minnesota (USA): A Case-Study

  • Winona State University (MN)

The City of Winona is a small urban center (27,000 people) in southeastern Minnesota. Located along the Mississippi River, the city is nestled below steep bluffs that limit further ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Making the Most of AASHE's New Campus Sustainability Hub

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE is excited to announce the release of the Campus Sustainability Hub, an online resource library that allows AASHE members to connect, share and learn about sustainability in higher education ...

  • Posted March 27, 2018
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Engaging Across Boundaries: The Power of Civic Engagement in Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Campus Compact (MA)

Speakers will offer an introduction to the broader concept of civic engagement and will share experiences, best practices, models and frameworks:

  • in setting up a a multiple semester student engagement ...

  • Posted March 27, 2018
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Educating for Sustainability Webinar Series - Strategies for Institutionalizing Sustainability in the Curriculum

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar provides a broad and diverse perspective on the topic from a panel which includes: Krista Hiser & Bob Franco - Kapiolani Community College and Lindsey Lyons - Dickinson College. They ...

  • Posted March 20, 2018
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Educating for Sustainability Webinar Series - Introduction to Sustainability in the Curriculum and STARS (It's more than science)

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

This webinar offers participants resources and tools on how to develop a framing of sustainability that moves beyond science to address its economic and social equity dimensions. Participants will identify ...

  • Posted March 20, 2018
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AASHE Award Winner Webinar Series: The Form and Function of the Sustainability Agenda in Higher Education Institutions - Hawaii Approach to Sustainable Living On and Off-campus

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Kauai Community College (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Colleges adapt to new circumstances based on differing motivations: some are seeking new growth strategies while others are trying to avoid decline. Sustainability initiatives provide an opportunity to analyze how ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Becoming a Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Watch this webinar to gain an understanding of what proficiencies are expected as a certified sustainable resource management professional. This webinar will explore opportunities for certification in sustainable resource management ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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From "To Do" to "Done": Project Management for the Sustainability Professional

  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • AASHE (PA)

Making sustainability happen on your campus requires a wide variety of skills. You may know all of the current best practices for conservation and efficiency, but – especially if you’re ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Key Performance Indicators to optimize the environmental performance of Higher Education Institutions with environmental management system – A case study of Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

Key Performance Indicators are typically a component of economic and financial decision-making. Defining Key Performance Indicators for relevant environmental aspects of an institution can be seen as a step toward ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Higher Education Institutions in the United States: Commitment and coherency to sustainability vis-à-vis dimensions of the institutional environment

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

This work proposes a cohesive approach to assess the degree of commitment and institutional coherence of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United States to address the challenges posed by ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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2017 Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact

  • Net Impact (CA)

The information in the 2017 Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact (formerly Business as UNusual) was compiled from an online survey completed by almost 2,000 students ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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Universities and Conflict The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance

This book uses a series of case studies to examine the roles played by universities during situations of conflict, peacebuilding and resistance.

While a body of work dealing with the ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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Environmental sustainability practices in South Asian university campuses: an exploratory study on Bangladeshi universities

  • University of Waterloo (ON)
  • University of Chittagong

Environmental sustainability practices in universities can play an important role in helping society form a sustainable future. In this study, the roles that Bangladeshi universities play in terms of sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Environmental sustainability of universities: critical analysis of a green ranking

  • University of Trento (Trentino)

Today, the principles of sustainability and sustainable development represent key points in policy development and activities of the Higher Education Institutions, both for their impact on the environment and the ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Climate Resilience Planning and Organizational Learning on Campuses and Beyond: A Comparative Study of Three Higher Education Institutions

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

Higher education institutions around the world are confronting challenges associated with climate change, and many are trying to model practices that support climate change mitigation and resilience. This work initiates ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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An aggregated and dynamic analysis of innovations in campus sustainability

  • Smith College (MA)

Purpose: This paper aims to compose a systematic understanding of campus sustainability innovations and unpack the complex drivers behind the elaboration of specific innovations. More precisely, the authors ask two ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Beacons, Not Towers: How Higher Education Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

  • United Nations University

Higher education is often idealized as a tool for implementing sustainable development. Yet the structures of higher education institutions (HEIs) often inhibit the types of problem solving and pedagogical design ...

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2018
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Environmental justice frameworks in student affairs assessment practice

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Assessment and evaluation of programs are core components of ethical professional practice for student affairs administrators in higher education. This paper reviews three environmental frameworks and applies the Just sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Enhancing environmental management in universities through participation: the case of the University of Córdoba

  • University of Córdoba

This article illustrates the methodology for a participatory process that encourages the campus community to help improve the environmental management of their institution, as an example of the effective integration ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Reporting for Sustainability: Guidance for Higher Education Institutions

  • Forum for the Future

Universities and colleges are already under scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders, from prospective students to staff and government agencies. They are also being pressed to report on how ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Critical success factors for embedding carbon management in organizations: lessons from the UK higher education sector

  • De Montfort University
  • Nottingham Trent University

Organizations are under increasing pressure from governments and stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations for climate change mitigation. Universities are not exempt from this challenge and are ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Leveraging Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions— A Multidimensional Research Agenda

  • University of Hildesheim

Sustainability has become increasingly important to research and practice. In order to determine impacts, identify improvement potential and to disclose efforts towards sustainability, an organization needs appropriate reporting. Thus, sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Coordination & Planning Partners

Coalesce

Boston, MA
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Coalesce designs solutions to meet campus specific needs, equipping the community with core competencies will empower stakeholders to adopt sustainability as an organizing principle.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

Sustrana LLC

Devon, PA
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Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
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Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.