Coordination & Planning

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UMN Morris student recycling cardboard at campus recycling center

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

UMN Morris students staff the Recycling Center. The picture shows a UMN Morris student breaking down boxes before they are compressed and stored for future recycling.

UMN Morris community members celebrate the two new electric school buses at Morris Area School District

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

A UMN Morris student worked with the Morris Area School District to write a grant to get two fully-electric schoolbuses. These community members (in the air) are from the Muenster ...

University of Sydney Sustainability Team

  • University of Sydney (NSW)

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Class at the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm

  • Stanford University (CA)

Class at the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm

Climate Action Plan RFP Guidelines: an open-source collaboration

  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

Overview The purpose of this document is to support staff members tasked with writing an RFP for a: Climate Action Plan Carbon Mitigation Plan Climate Action and Resilience Plan Climate ...

Campus Garden to Bring New Opportunities for Self-Sustainability

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Cal State Fullerton recently broke ground on a new campus garden that will serve as a tool for hands-on student learning. The ceremony was part of Cal State Fullerton’s ...

Webinar: Cli Fi, Sci Fi, and the Culture of Sustainability

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

Climate fiction, or cli-fi, is a form of literature that features a changed/changing climate or global warming as a major plot device. Join this webinar for an overview of ...

  • Posted July 3, 2022
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Webinar: Strategic Planning and Pathway Development for Significantly Reducing GHG Emissions (Scopes 1 and 2)

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Meeting the urgent call to mitigate the impacts of climate change: Given the early success with meeting GHG reduction targets by 2025, the University of Chicago has developed more ambitious ...

  • Posted June 14, 2022
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Scope 3 Business-related air travel Greenhouse Gas emissions at Royal Roads University, Victoria BC

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

I completed an analysis of GHG emissions for all air travel during the 2019 calendar year at Royal Roads University; this analysis included travel emissions of the University Executive; its ...

  • Posted June 13, 2022
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Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Planning

  • University of Tasmania

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area planners. This course covers planning practice in government, private and community-based protected areas.

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Planning for Sustainable Communities Concentration

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

This concentration is designed for students who would like to follow a pre-professional curriculum in planning.

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Policy and Administration Emphasis

  • Boise State University (ID)

The program and services of Public Policy and Administration reflect the nature of the discipline of public administration, a mixture of theory and practice. The School offers a professional graduate ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Governance

  • Boise State University (ID)

Governance assists working professionals and students with additional training and coursework to further develop their expertise and skills within the context of the unique challenges that emerge for public, private ...

  • Posted June 10, 2022
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A greenway for sustainable transportation of the university campus: Diyala University as a case study

  • University of Baghdad
  • University of Diyala

Transportation is one of the aspects that enable us to achieve sustainability on a university campus, by taking environmental, social, and economic requirements. Walking is a green mode that can ...

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Water Plan

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Sustaining water quantity and quality for people and the environment is a growing challenge. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to working to ensure clean water ...

A holistic sustainability assessment of a university campus using life cycle approach

  • Abdullah Gül University

The sustainability performances of campuses are of importance as it could model the effective sustainable initiatives that could be then applied to campuses by decision-makers and designers. Studies have been ...

Renewing Universities in Our Climate Emergency: Stewarding System Change and Transformation

  • University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • University of York
  • Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) (Scotland)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • International Futures Forum (Scotland)
  • H3Uni (Scotland)
  • Susanne Moser Research and Consulting (MA)

This paper outlines climate emergencies facing universities and, by drawing on research on system transition, provides insights about how change to overcome the challenges might be stewarded. Climate change brings ...

Common features of sustainable higher education sector according to an international sustainability ranking data

  • Häme University of Applied Sciences
  • Universidade Feevale
  • National Defence University (Finland)

This case study utilized data from an international university ranking (GreenMetric World University Rankings). The data show that in 2015–17, campus greening activities were dominated by sustainable development (SD ...

Development of the University Food Environment Assessment (Uni-Food) Tool and Process to Benchmark the Healthiness, Equity, and Environmental Sustainability of University Food Environments

  • University of Tasmania
  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Deakin University
  • Flinders University
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)
  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)

Globally, there is increasing interest in monitoring actions to create healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable food environments. Currently, there is a lack of detailed tools for monitoring and benchmarking university ...

Mapping Concordia’s Sustainability Ecosystem, a system mapping experiment

  • Concordia University (QC)

Tristan Harris, the founder of the Center for humane Technology, once said: "Our ability to meet the world's challenges depends on us making sense & coordinating together." It means ...

How to Repurpose the University: A Resilience Lens on Sustainability Governance

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Keele University

Universities have an important role in moving society towards a more sustainable future. However, this will require us to repurpose universities, reorienting and refocusing the different university domains (education, research ...

Universities as Change Makers Sustainability Initiatives from Across the Globe

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

“Universities as Change Makers: Sustainability Initiatives from Across the Globe” is the result of a cooperative effort of two HEI-focused international projects based at Freie Universität Berlin: trAndeS – Postgraduate Program ...

Higher education's response to the Covid-19 pandemic - Building a more sustainable and democratic future

  • Council of Europe

Public health was the immediate concern when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Asia, then in Europe and other parts of the world. The response of our education systems is no ...

Mapping and Critical Synthesis of Current State-of-the-Art on Community Engagement in Higher Education

  • Global University Network for Innovation

This publication defines the concept of community engagement in higher education and its role in contemporary debates about the role of higher education in the 21st century and maps international ...

What are the motivations for and obstacles to disclosing voluntary sustainability information by U.S. universities in STARS reports?

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

This study investigates voluntary sustainability reporting by U.S. universities. Using a structural equation modeling approach and Poisson regression, this analysis explores the relevant motivations for and obstacles in disclosing ...

Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Rankings: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Internationally Comparable Indicators

  • University of Twente

As more higher education institutions strive to embed sustainable development principles in their teaching, it becomes increasingly important to identify indicators that can measure institutional contribution in a meaningful and ...

SIMAP and Second Nature Reporting Webinar April 2021

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature

SIMAP and Second Nature Reporting Webinar April 2021

  • Posted May 20, 2022
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Climate Action Commitment Roadshow Series

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech recently approved a revised version of the Climate Action Commitment. To educate the campus community about it, our Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy (CASE) Office went on a ...

A Student-led Approach to Campus Sustainability: Environmental Sustainability Report

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The Environmental Sustainability Report (Fall 2021) was established using a bottom-up approach led by students and involved collaboration between multiple stakeholders, on- and off-campus. This Report was driven by a ...

The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education

  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • University of Essex
  • Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
  • École d'économie de Paris
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on ...

A framework for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in university programmes

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Aveiro
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
  • University of Wroclaw/Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Wrocław)
  • University of Belgrade
  • Universidade Positivo
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria

There is a perceived need to develop approaches, methods and tools that may help higher education institutions to systematically introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into research and teaching as ...

Sustainability as an Emerging Paradigm in Universities

  • University of Valladolid
  • Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz
  • Universitat Carlemany
  • Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores
  • Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado
  • Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica Antonio José de Sucre

This article aims to review the perspective of sustainability adoption in universities through two dimensions: firstly, from the educational and research process, and second, from their global positioning in terms ...

Healthy Settings: Barriers and Facilitators to a Healthy Campus Community

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • McMaster University (ON)
  • St. Francis Xavier University (NS)

This paper provides a synopsis of findings from the first two phases of a larger campus-based participatory action research study, which examines the factors that contribute to health within a ...

Diversity without Race: How University Internationalization Strategies Discuss International Students

  • University of Toronto (ON)

This article examines how a sample of 62 higher education institutions in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom discuss international students in their official institutionalization strategies, focusing on ...

Teamwork makes the net-work: participant-governed networks and athletics sustainability collaboration

  • Frostburg State University (MD)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Temple University (PA)

Athletic departments play an important role in sustainability-based collaborative processes due to their boundary spanning connections with both internal and external university stakeholders. As a result, athletic department representatives have ...

Sustainability university rankings: a comparative analysis of UI green metric and the times higher education world university rankings

  • University of São Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (PR)

This study aims to answer the research question: How to evaluate the structure of global university sustainability rankings according to the Berlin Principles (BP) framework.

Designing a model to estimate the level of university social responsibility based on rough sets

  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Tehran
  • Yonsei University
  • Shanghai Maritime University
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH)

The social responsibility of universities is conceived as an ethical and integral administration model that promotes a mutual benefit for both universities and societies. Despite the scholars and decision-makers acknowledging ...

University Social Responsibility: The Case of Italy

  • Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale
  • Libera Università Carlo Cattaneo, LIUC

Increasing attention is now being paid to the concept of sustainability as a crucial element of our life at all levels. The awareness that attention must be paid not only ...

How community colleges and other TVET institutions contribute to the united nations sustainable development goals

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Jiangsu Vocational Institute of Architectural Technology
  • Universidad Autónoma de Chile
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (ON)

Even though the importance of technical and vocational education is acknowledged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the university sector has dominated the ...

Students’ learning sustainability – implicit, explicit or non-existent: a case study approach on students’ key competencies addressing the SDGs in HEI program

  • Kristianstad University

This study aims to understand better the student awareness and knowledge on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are used in higher education institutions (HEIs) to motivate students’ learning on ...

Lean management and sustainable practices in Higher Education Institutions of Brazil and Portugal: A cross country perspective

  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • University of Minho

The objective of this paper is to evaluate the perception of Lean management practices and its influence on sustainability practices in Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The theoretical background was supported ...

Corporate Social Responsibility through SDGs: Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study in Italian Universities

  • Università del Salento

Background: In the broad scientific debate on the integration of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the strategic planning of universities and on the use of monitoring the results of the ...

Green campus governance for promoting sustainable development in institutions of higher learning-evidence from a theoretical analysis

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Universiti Malaysia Pahang

This study examines the current green practice implementation in institutions of higher learning (IHL) towards attaining sustainable development. Accordingly, a theoretical analysis was conducted based on primary data from green ...

Barriers to sustainability at Pakistan public universities and the way forward

  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Islamia University of Bahawalpur
  • University of Malakand

Sustainability has globally become a mantra to address complex and unprecedented survival, social, political and peace issues. Higher education institutions bear responsibility to address them. This paper aims to explore ...

Smart practices in HEIs and the contribution to the SDGs: implementation in Brazilian university

  • University of Passo Fundo

Smart campuses can be seen as the future of higher education efforts, especially for their contributions to sustainability and to encourage innovation. This paper aims to present the benefits of ...

Happy Sustainability: A Future Quest for More Sustainable Universities

  • Universidad de Sonora (Sonora)
  • University of Glasgow

For decades, sustainability researchers have tenaciously insisted on transforming higher education institutions into more sustainable and inclusive campuses. Yet, as the 2030 agenda seems unlikely to be achieved, universities are ...

How do higher education institutions promote sustainable development? A literature review

  • Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a fundamental role in transforming societies aimed at a more sustainable future. Through knowledge creation and dissemination, research, education and outreach, institutions of higher education ...

Determinant Factors of SDG Disclosure in the University Context

  • Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"

Universities are expected to have a leading role in the advancement, promotion, and achievement of the 2030 UN Agenda, embedding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across their four dimensions ...

The Contribution of Higher Education Institutions to the SDGs—An Evaluation of Sustainability Reporting Practices

  • Università del Salento

The introduction of Agenda 2030 has impacted the public and private sectors. Agenda 2030 is a document that aims to promote collaboration and partnership between countries and the population for ...

Organizational Change Management for Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions: A Systematic Quantitative Literature Review

  • University of Surrey

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been urged to integrate sustainability across all their structural and organizational dimensions. A promising area of research and practice that can help to deliver this ...

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).


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

Coordination & Planning Partners