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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Process for UT Austin Sustainability Master Plan

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Ability to describe key process points of a planning process for sustainability.

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Honored Members of the Sustainability Community

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Our student, faculty, and staff award winners! From left to right: Ivy Coble, Dara Middleton, Dr. Joy O'Keefe, and Dr. Jim Speer

These four people have worked so diligently ...

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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RMIT University Climate Risk Assessment

  • RMIT University

This report details the process and findings from the first climate risk assessment carried out for RMIT University, with a primary focus on the Melbourne City campus. The analysis considered ...

  • Posted April 24, 2017
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Repeat performance: CSU earns second STARS Platinum

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This news story from Colorado State University mentions highlights from the university that helped it achieve AASHE STARS Platinum rating for the second time, the only university thus far to ...

  • Posted April 21, 2017
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Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Member-Only Resources - Special Access for AASHE Members

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and the U.K.'s Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC), AASHE members can gain access to Member only resources on ...


Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Resource Center - Special Access for AASHE Members

  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (QLD)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), AASHE members can gain access to the Resources section of the ACTS website, which is typically ...


Opening up the Pandora's box of sustainability league tables of universities: a Kafkaesque perspective

The aim of this paper is to explore the institutional impact of sustainability league tables on current university agendas. It focuses on a narrative critique of one such league table ...

  • Posted April 12, 2017
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$100 discount on ISSP sustainability professional certification exams for AASHE members

  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (CT)

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE higher education institutions are eligible for a $100 discount off the regular non-member price on the International Society of Sustainability Professionals' Sustainability Professional Certification ...


STARS & Beyond: Adventures of an Embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office

  • University of Utah (UT)

Webinar [30 mins], presented by Amy Brunvand for the American Library Association Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) on 3/9/17. Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah ...

  • Posted March 15, 2017
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Getting Started with STARS 2.1

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Watch this webinar for an overview of STARS 2.1, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System launched Spring 2016. STARS 2.1 includes a number of new features ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability Resources

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Google doc with links to general resources, scholarly works, STARS data, and campus' websites for case studies on Campus as (Living, Learning) Lab for sustainability. Please feel free to suggest ...


Impact of a participatory analysis of a campus sustainability social network: A case study of Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

Social network analysis makes visible the invisible connections and flows that underlie complex social relationships. Applied organizational researchers have used social network analysis to assess and improve organizational and leadership ...

  • Posted March 2, 2017
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Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)
  • Chiba University
  • Kyoto University
  • Fukushima College

Released by the Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan), the booklet was created to share campus experiences in conducting environmental activities and efforts to find solutions to environmental problems ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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A fragility approach to campus sustainability – methodological explorations

Aim: Often, the approach towards entering a path of sustainable development is that intervention needs to take place. This may lead to unwanted side effects. This paper presents the basis ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2017
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Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Over the last few years, RMI has partnered with universities to develop aggressive carbon-reduction/neutrality plans and to share best practices associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy across organizations ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Defining sustainable universities following public opinion formation process

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to define the sustainable university in Turkey, by considering perspectives of various stakeholders such as experts, intellectual, public, political parties and media using ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Is Higher Education Economically Unsustainable? An Exploration of Factors that Undermine Sustainability Assessments of Higher Education

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technical University of Delft

As students continue to review the sustainability of higher education institutions, there is a growing need to understand the economic returns of degrees as a function of a sustainable institution ...


A grid approach to managing sustainability: evidence from a multiple Italian case study

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the coherence between sustainability conceptualization (the “what”) and its implementation (the “how”) in terms of implemented actions and stakeholders’ interactions. The ...


A methodological framework to analyze stakeholder preferences and propose strategic pathways for a sustainable university

Building sustainable universities calls for participative management and collaboration among stakeholders. Combining analytic hierarchy and network processes (AHP/ANP) with statistical analysis, this research proposes a framework that can be ...


SF State Submits Report for Sustainability Rating

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Office of Sustainability at SF State will submit a report February 1 to participate in a sustainability rating program that tracks and assesses efforts for maintaining a food and ...


The Construction of an Environmental Management Model Based on Sustainability Indicators on a Higher Education Institution in Mexico

Without depreciating the importance of environmental regulations directed to university environmental managements systems in this country, nowadays, the instruments of international importance like the Sustainable Development Goals or ONU’s ...


Assessment of carbon neutrality and sustainability in educational campuses (CaNSEC): A general framework

  • TERI University

This study presents the cross-institutional Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability in Educational Campuses (CaNSEC) framework. This framework estimates carbon footprints along with overall sustainability of the institution. The carbon footprint analysis ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a census of high-level sustainability initiatives at all accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada by documenting the institutions that have undertaken sustainability assessments, have ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Is it even espoused? An exploratory study of commitment to sustainability as evidenced in vision, mission, and graduate attribute statements in Australian universities

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

Since Agenda 21 and the United Nations' Decade for Education for Sustainable Development published, higher education institutions have been recognized as playing a critical role in shifting our society's ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Exploring a transformative orientation to sustainability in universities: a question of loose and tight framings

This review essay examines three new books on higher education and sustainability. It explores a number of the issues raised in the books, in particular, the meaning of a transformative ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Measuring the linkage between strategies on sustainability and institutional forces: an empirical study of Spanish universities

Policy documents are commonly identified as key outcomes that guide initiatives directed by senior university leaders towards sustainability through plans and policies. Many studies have called for a more integration ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Factors influencing the presence of sustainability initiatives in the strategic planning of Spanish universities

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions have attracted increasing levels of attention from both the public and policy-makers in recent decades. Many studies have called for greater integration of sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Towards a vision of a sustainable university

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Sustainable development is the biggest challenge to universities in the twenty‐first century. As many different definitions and interpretations of the concept exist, it is not surprising that the strategies ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Benchmarking presidents’ compensations in institutions of higher education relative to sustainability and other institutional practices

  • Rowan University (NJ)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the strategic effects of academic institutional factors including environmental, social, and economic sustainability indices on the compensation of the president of ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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A review of commitment and implementation of sustainable development in higher education: results from a worldwide survey

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Monterrey
  • Leuven University College
  • University of Leuven
  • Utrecht University

During the last two decades, many higher education institutions have become involved in embedding sustainable development into their academic systems. The research for this paper was built upon discussions on ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Corporate Identity of a Socially Responsible University – A Case from the Turkish Higher Education Sector

Facing increased competition, universities are driven to project a positive image to their internal and external stakeholders. Therefore some of these institutions have begun to develop and implement corporate identity ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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A conceptual synthesis of organisational transformation: How to diagnose, and navigate, pathways for sustainability at universities?

  • Maastricht University

Universities will play a profound role in a century in which society will be judged by its capacity for self-transformation in response to pandemic crises of climate change and capitalism ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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A Methodology for Sustainability Evaluation and Reporting in Higher Education Institutions

The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology that allows higher education institutions (HEIs) to promote, to evaluate and to report on sustainability. The ultimate goal of the ...

  • Posted Jan. 20, 2017
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Engaging sustainability good practice within the curriculum design and property portfolio in the Australian higher education sector

  • Deakin University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the extent to which universities’ strategic plans affect the level of incorporation of sustainability within the curriculum design and property portfolio ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Quest for a sustainable university: a review

Purpose

The paper aims to deliver a general review of the methods used to pursue the concept of a “sustainable university”.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was Internet based, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Assessing the Infusion of Sustainability Principles into University Curricula

  • The Hashemite University
  • Universita degli Studi di Padova

The current paper presents the assessment of the infusion of sustainability principles into university curricula at two Jordanian universities. The peer review process of revising the curricula infusing sustainability principles ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Developing a Whole-of-University Approach to Educating for Sustainability: Linking Curriculum, Research and Sustainable Campus Operations

  • Australian National University

Institutions of higher education are poised to play a significant role in the search for a more sustainable future. Most universities are tackling sustainability issues in a compartmentalised manner, sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions: Its Influence on the Pro-Sustainability Orientation of Mexican Students

The role that higher education plays in the promotion of sustainable development is evident in a variety of declarations on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and is also a research ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Assessment tools’ indicators for sustainability in universities: an analytical overview

  • Technical University of Delft
  • King Saud University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse 12 assessment tools of sustainability in universities and develop the structure and the contents of these tools to be more intelligible ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Video Library: Sustainability in Action

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Check out our growing library of films on Facilities Management sustainability.

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Top-Performing Institutions for Sustainability, 2016

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or Aashe, recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability ...


UIC Aims for More Sustainable Campus

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago is launching an ambitious effort to drastically cut energy use, water consumption and waste on its Near West Side campus in hopes of helping ...


The Future of Sustainability Leadership Rests with Higher Education

  • AASHE (PA)

Higher education institutions are poised to be leaders on the sustainability front. Not only are they able to develop responsible environmental policies and procedures for their campuses, but they are ...


Sustainability in Higher Education: How Does the Process of Campus Greening Trigger Adaptive Social Learning

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The purpose of this dissertation was to answer the research question: Does the presence of a balance of social, economic, and ecological dimensions during an implementation of campus greening trigger ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Applied Sustainability Education with a Systems Science Emphasis at a STEM University

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

In the southeastern U.S., the Sustainability Studies bachelors program at F.I.T. is one of the first of its type among STEM universities. A preliminary case study is ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the Business Case for Sustainability Professionals in the Workplace

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • McGraw-Hill (NY)

The report provides a preliminary exploration of the relationship between the fast-growing new job class of sustainability professionals and performance. The report uses original research and literature review to find ...

  • Posted Dec. 19, 2016
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Towards a Sustainable University: The Ca’ Foscari Experience

Towards a Sustainable University tackles the challenge of sustainability in universities. Universities are a working environment and an organization in which sustainability can be experienced. This book shows how a ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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A new taxonomy for examining the multi-role of campus sustainability assessments in organizational change

  • University of Quebec Montreal (QC)

The role of higher education institutions in the transition to a more sustainable society has been highlighted for almost three decades and the role of environmental management accounting and control ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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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
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

Textbooks for Change

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