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Party for Animals: Introducing Students to Democratic Representation of Nonhumans

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

This article aims to gauge students’ perceptions of the Dutch Party for Animals (PvdD) in order to reflect on the political representation of nonhumans (animals). The support for political representation ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Student perceptions and trust of sustainability information

  • James Cook University (Queensland)
  • University of Canberra

The purpose of this paper is to report student attitudes and beliefs towards climate change adaptation and sustainability-related behaviours.

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Implications of vertical policy integration for sustainable development implementation in higher education institutions

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

The United Nations together with various national and local actors have acknowledged the importance of sustainable development. However, sustainable development implementation is not straightforward and requires contribution by different actors ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Assessment of Sustainability Governance in Higher Education Institutions—A Systemic Tool Using a Governance Equalizer

  • University of Vechta
  • Freie Universität Berlin

The paper aims to add to the discussion on sustainability governance in higher education institutions by examining the role of sustainability assessment and introducing an assessment tool inspired by systemic ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Co-creating transdisciplinary global change research agendas in Finland

  • University of Helsinki

Co-creation principles have become prominent in the scientific disciplines that aim to respond to global sustainability challenges especially in the global south. This paper analyses a co-creation pilot of global ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Barriers, potentialities, and actions for implementation of sustainable energy procedures in Brazilian federal universities

  • Federal University of Santa Maria

Many universities around the world have served as active centers for research on climate change. However, there are several barriers to their activities, stemming from the nature of research, resources ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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The Effects of Energy Dashboards and Competition Programming on Cyclic Electricity Consumption on a College Campus

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This report examined issues pertaining to the efficacy and cost effectiveness of energy dashboards in the effort to influence electricity-related behavior change on college campuses. Given the increasing popularity of ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Comparing Levels Of Environmental Literacy Between Stars- and Non-Stars-Rated Universities

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is a program that measures university sustainability levels. STARS ranks university campuses based on the number of points received from individual specifications ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Weaving Change

  • OCAD University (ON)

The purpose of undertaking this research project was to evaluate the likelihood of success of a Coalition of Graduate Programs in tackling issues of Sustainability. 63 Graduate Programs in Canada ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Blueprint for a Green Campus: The Campus Earth Summit Initiatives for Higher Education

  • Yale University (CT)

The Campus Earth Summit brought together 450 faculty, staff, and student delegates from 22 countries, 6 continents, and all 50 states at Yale University on February 18-20, 1994 to craft ...

  • Posted April 15, 2020
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Improving the Campus Sustainability Assessment Process

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

This senior thesis provides an overview of the development and findings of the Campus Sustainability Assessment Review Project (CSARP), which aimed to identify “best practice” in campus sustainability assessment and ...

  • Posted April 15, 2020
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Equipping Students to Launch Green Teams at Work

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • AASHE (PA)

Through an online course on sustainability team management, working adult students recruited and launched green teams at their places of work. Despite having little authority and few resources, students in ...

  • Posted April 2, 2020
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Developing a Framework to Assess Renewable Energy Options for Higher Education Institutions: Values-Based Recommendations for Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

Voluntary renewable energy projects offer organizations like Portland State University (PSU) the opportunity to address climate action-related goals and address other environmental, economic, and social values. To achieve the goals ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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From Movements to Managers: Discourse, Jurisdictions, and Positions in the Field of Sustainability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

In three empirical chapters, this dissertation examines the field of sustainability over time, specifically uncovering the processes by which contentious interactions between movements and organizations can shift to the development ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Carbon Footprint Estimation in a University Campus: Evaluation and Insights

  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • Universidad de Talca

Background: The University of Talca (UT), since 2012, has been annually tracking the carbon footprint (CF) based on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol for all its five campuses. The purpose ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Sustainability disclosure in higher education: A comparative analysis of reports and websites of public and private universities in Turkey

  • Open University
  • MEF University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain the extent and content of the sustainability disclosure of public and foundation (private but not-for-profit) universities in Turkey.

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  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Reporting on sustainable development with student inclusion as a teaching method

  • Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden (Oberpfalz)

The paper is a mixed-method case study. First focus is to test which standard and indicators are suitable for universities reporting on sustainability. Therefore, reporting was on the agenda of ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Higher Education Institutions as a Transformation Platform under the Sustainable Development Goals Framework

  • Universidad de Murcia (Murcia)

Previous research has highlighted the critical role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in promoting sustainability. In this vein, HEI, as a driving force of change, should actively participate in the ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Online sustainability reporting at universities: the case of Hong Kong

  • University of Waikato
  • University of Canberra
  • Qingdao College (Shangdong)
  • Ocean University of China (Shandong)

Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of online sustainability reporting in the Hong Kong higher education sector from a variety of perspectives.

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  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Geographic versus institutional drivers of nitrogen footprints: A comparison of two urban universities

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

Excess reactive nitrogen (N) is linked to a myriad of environmental problems that carry large societal costs. Nitrogen footprint tools can help institutions understand how their direct and indirect activities ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Competences for Environmental Sustainability: A Systematic Review on the Impact of Absorptive Capacity and Capabilities

  • University of Manchester (Lancashire)

Responsible management competences are the skills of managers to deal with the triple bottom line, stakeholder value and moral dilemmas. In this paper, we analyse how managers develop responsible management ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Structural key factors of participatory sustainability reporting for universities

  • University of Hamburg
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen

The purpose of this paper is to answer the following research question: What are the key factors of the participatory process for establishing sustainability reporting in German universities?

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Assessing the materiality of university G4-sustainability reports

  • Johannes Kepler University Linz (Oberösterreich)

Purpose Materiality, as a content-selection principle, is an emerging trend in sustainability reporting for making sustainability reports (SRs) more relevant for stakeholders. The purpose of this paper is to investigate ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Weaving Equity and Sustainability into the Fabric of Higher Education: The University of Utah Experience

  • University of Utah (UT)

Sustainability is an idea that is celebrated, loathed, or deemed entirely useless given its many meanings and approaches. While scholars broadly agree it must include merging ecology, economy, and equity ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Cultures of sustainability governance in higher education institutions: A multi‐case study of dimensions and implications

  • University of Vechta
  • Freie Universität Berlin

Organisational culture is frequently mentioned in the context of sustainability governance in higher education institutions, but its substance and role for organisational development remain largely unclear. This paper argues that ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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UVM's Food Values Campaign

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The UVM Eco-Reps program consists of 20 students that are divided up into five community teams, with each team assigned to a specified residential area on campus. Each semester, Eco-Reps ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2020
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Bike Friendly University

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates university ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2020
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Institutionalizing Environmental Justice

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Over the past few years, the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has been working to institutionalize environmental justice operations, programs, and projects for ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2020
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Welcome and Unwelcome Surprises on the Path to Carbon-Neutrality

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

For many colleges and universities, the commitment to carbon-neutrality was initially a pledge based upon a leap of faith that was judged too important to delay until a clear path ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2020
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A review of empirical data of sustainability initiatives in university campus operations

  • University of Coimbra

Given the need to actively address the challenges of climate change, university leaders have a growing interest in reducing their campuses’ environmental impact. This article carries out a comprehensive literature ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2020
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A methodological framework for the implementation of circular economy thinking in higher education institutions: Towards sustainable campus management

  • University of Mondragon, Spain (Guipuzcoa)
  • University of Manchester (Lancashire)

Many higher education institutions have started to develop academic curricula, research capacity and outreach activities related to circular economy. However, little is known yet on how to apply circular economy ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2020
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Universities as the engine of transformational sustainability toward delivering the sustainable development goals: “Living labs” for sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)

Universities can do more to deliver against the sustainable development goals (SDGs), working with faculty, staff and students, as well as their wider stakeholder community and alumni body. They play ...


STARS 2.2 Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2.2 Data Quality Boot Camp webinar will help you submit a high-quality STARS Version 2.2 report in time for the March 6, 2020, data sharing deadlines ...

  • Posted Feb. 3, 2020
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Accelerating the Circular Economy Through Commercial Deconstruction and Reuse

  • Google, Inc (CA)
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Google team up to explore how a circular economy approach can address the systemic challenges of reuse, particularly in the built environment.

Deconstruction presents a ...


Annual SDG Accord Report 2019: Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)

The Global Goals are a global blueprint that are designed to deliver progress, peace and prosperity for people and the planet. But to turn this plan into action, the UN ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2019
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Revisiting Global University Rankings and Their Indicators in the Age of Sustainable Development

  • University College London (London)

This article is an attempt to facilitate the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by encouraging adjustments in international university ranking systems as influential players in the field of higher ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2019
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Whole-Campus Behaviour Change: Lessons from a Decade of Green Impact

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability professionals know they need to engage their campus communities in sustainability but behavior change continues to be a challenge. Green Impact is a staff engagement and student development program ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Procurement: Considerations and Best Practices

  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

Strategic sustainable purchasing programs allow institutional purchasers, and colleges and universities in particular to advance the sustainable design of products and services they purchase while realizing environmental savings for their ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Leading with Circular Economy Concepts, Business Cases and Tools

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)
  • Interface Americas (GA)

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach (in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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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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State of the Association Address: AASHE Member Meeting

  • AASHE (PA)

Come join the AASHE Board and Staff while we present the AASHE 'state of the organization' address. You'll hear highlights from the member survey, programmatic priorities, and AASHE's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Navigating Employee Turnover: A Conversation with a Human Resources Director

  • Davidson College (NC)

Workforce trends such as low unemployment, high rates of staff turnover, and multiple generations in the workplace have significant implications for sustainability programs. The increased mobility of senior leadership, staff ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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A Proven Upstream Funding Model for Waste Management from the University of Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky funds several of its materials management programs by charging all university accounts a disposal fee each time they purchase materials and supplies. This system has been ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Planning for Zero Waste and Beyond

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Zero waste has been the ultimate goal for many campus recycling and sustainability departments for the last two decades. Stanford has made great strides towards this target, increasing its landfill ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Beyond Diversion: The New Zero Waste Roadmap Strategy - PLAN's Atlas Project

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Dynamics of Campus Interconnectivity: The Mobility-Energy-Productivity Metric

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Campuses are microcosms of emerging mobility advancement to connect people with opportunities, employment, goods, and services, and where modes such as bike and car shares, electric scooters, ride-sourcing, and ride-sharing ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Charging Ahead: Plan and Collaborate to Support Electric Vehicle Adoption by Commuters and Fleets

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Vehicle electrification is creating new demands on universities to provide electrical charging stations for commuters, visitors, and campus-owned vehicles. Rapidly increasing demand for these services is evidenced by the exponential ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Safer Streets: Applying the Volpe National Side Guard Standard for Large Trucks on a Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In February 2018, Harvard University announced a new initiative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by becoming the first higher education institution on the East Coast to install side guards ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Revolutionizing Transportation & Mobility Data Surveys with AI and Smart Phones: A pilot study

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)
  • B-Line Analytics (NS)

Data science, artificial intelligence and smart phones carry the potential to revolutionize transportation/mobility planning and scope 3 greenhouse house gas inventories. Traditional transportation surveys are conducted by hundreds of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Getting There from Here: Improving Data Collection and Reporting Related to Commuting Impacts

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

For more than a decade, tracking greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts of commuting has been one of the more crazy-making aspects of sustainability reporting and planning. In 2019, University ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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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

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Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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Coordination & Planning Partners

AMP Green Solutions, LLC

Washington, DC
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AMP Green Solutions exists to solve the critical sustainability and climate change issues facing our clients, both large and small. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change and achieve their vision.

Bound International

San Antonio, TX
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We navigate the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
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Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide