Research

Introduction

Conducting research is a major function of many colleges and universities. By researching sustainability issues and refining theories and concepts, higher education institutions can continue to help the world understand sustainability challenges and develop new technologies, strategies, and approaches to address those challenges.

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Planet Texas 2050

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Planet Texas 2050 researchers are committed to developing programs and policy recommendations that will improve Texas’ adaptability and build its resilience. To do that, their work will focus on understanding ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Mineta Transportation Institute

  • San Jose State University (CA)

MTI provides the highest-quality support for surface transportation researchers, planners, managers, educators, and elected officials, all filtered through the lens of our urban academic home in the heart of Silicon ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Center for Environmental Policy (CEP)

  • Bard College (NY)

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was created in 1999 to promote education, research, and public service on critical issues relating to both natural and human-made environments. Its primary goal ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Image Permanence Institute

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a university-based research center in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia

The Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability (IRIS) is an Inter-University Centre constituted by the University of Turin (Department of Animal and Human Biology and Department of Economics "Cognetti de Martiis ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Sustainable Fashion

  • London College of Fashion

Working with students from undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programmes, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion creates symbiotic relationships, where all are able to contribute to learning and evolve graduates equipped ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

  • University of Cambridge

The Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability applies physics to meet the growing demand on our natural resources.

The research programme explores basic science which can generate the new ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability (CAOS)

  • University College London (London)

The Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability (CAOS) is a research centre that draws together the wide range of work of international excellence on questions related to the notion of ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Cooperatives

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives seeks to increase understanding and encourage critical thinking about cooperatives by fostering scholarship and mutual learning among academics, the cooperative community, policy makers ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • University of Regina (SK)

The Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CCSC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Established in 1984, the CCSC is supported ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives

  • North Dakota State University (ND)

The idea of an NDSU center to benefit members of North Dakota cooperatives originated within the cooperatives themselves, and in October 1988, the Joint Cooperative Education Committee endorsed the concept ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Co-operative Studies

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The mission of the Centre for Co-operative Studies is to promote, through its research, consultancy and educational activities, the continued growth of the co-operative movement, as an effective, locally-owned and ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center (ACCC) in the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics was established on June 11, 1984 by an agreement between Kansas State University and the Kansas Cooperative ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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The Institute for Environmental Modeling

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The purpose of TIEM is to do basic research on significant environmental problems that impact the State of Tennessee and have national and international implications. The focus of the Institute ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Digital Construction

  • Swinburne University of Technology

Civil infrastructure research at Swinburne is undertaken within the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Digital Construction (CSI). Infrastructure is critical to the economic wellbeing of Australia with some $30 billion ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems

  • Concordia University (QC)

The Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS) trains students to be at the forefront of sustainable development practices. It promotes research into new systems, technologies and solutions ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies

  • Concordia University (QC)

The mission of the CZEBS is to reduce the environmental impact of buildings while enhancing their safety and comfort. This is accomplished by advancing knowledge through research and the building ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Engineering in Society

  • Concordia University (QC)

The Engineering department at Concordia University is made up of a team of dynamic faculty members at the forefront of their fields who are creating new and exciting next-gen approaches ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Mahamana Center of Excellence in Climate Change Research

  • Banaras Hindu University (Uttar Pradesh)

DST - Mahamana Centre of Excellence in Climate Change Research (MCECCR) is an initiative taken at BHU under Prime Minister's National Action Plan on Climate Change. The centre started in ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard Chan-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center for Environmental Health is a coordinated set of resources and facilities supporting environmental health research and training activities throughout the ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Institute at Brown for Environment & Society

  • Brown University (RI)

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society tackles urgent environmental challenges by harnessing academic excellence from many disciplines; climatology and sociology, ecology and international relations; finance and artistic expression ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability

  • The Education University of Hong Kong

The vision of the Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability is to further develop environmental education and sustainability studies in Hong Kong through the formation of research and knowledge transfer ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Center for Nature & Place

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The Prescott College Center for Nature and Place was established to support and expand training for early childhood educators, pre-service teachers, administrators, and program directors in developmentally appropriate nature and ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Global Change & Sustainability Center

  • University of Utah (UT)

The Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC) facilitates interactions among scientists, creative researchers, engineers, and policymakers who are interested in understanding the complex challenges and dynamics in both natural and ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development (CCL)

  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

The Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development (CCL) is a research and learning centre based at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. The Centre holds the UNESCO Chair on ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Institute for Sustainable Development

  • Seoul National University

The three major functions of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) are to lead collaborative interdisciplinary research and policy development, launch Green Leadership programs for sustainable development, and cultivate the ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

  • Northeastern University (MA)

The Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) is an interdisciplinary research center that produces publications and trains graduate and post-doc students to build connections between environmental health disciplines like ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Exploration of Creation Care and Sustainability Among Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Members

  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (DC)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This exploration highlights Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) members who are creatively contributing to the common good and building a just, thriving world for all via environmental stewardship ...

  • Posted June 23, 2020
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Curriculum, Sustainability and Success: Your Curriculum Needs a Reality Check

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

This webinar is part of the joint SCC — AASHE series of webinars on sustainability in the curriculum

"Your Curriculum Needs a Reality Check" Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:00 pm ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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Engaging Students in Citizen Science: Guiding Inquiry to Action

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

The webinar series -- Thinking Global, Educating Local -- is intended to serve as professional development for educators who are interested in reducing the ecological footprint of their school and enhancing their ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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Sustainable Engineering Cognitive Outcomes: Examining Different Approaches for Curriculum Integration

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)
  • The Citadel (SC)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

As continued globalization of the world’s economic, environmental, and societal interactions strains the planet to meet anthropogenic demands, universities are striving to integrate sustainability education into engineering curricula intended ...


Learning and Teaching Through the Online Environmental Justice Atlas: From Empowering Activists to Motivating Students

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona)

The chapter analyzes how the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas.org), an online interactive platform developed to visualize and study struggles against environmental injustices worldwide, is used in higher education curricula ...


University living learning labs: An integrative and transformative approach

  • La Trobe University (Victoria)
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • International Islamic University Malaysia

Having the global movement of the University’s third mission of co-creation for sustainability, the living lab has mentioned as one of innovative and transformative approach for university response to ...


The Role of Universities in a Sustainable Society. Why Value-Free Research is Neither Possible nor Desirable

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Oberbayern)

The current climate crisis confronts us with a deep discrepancy between knowledge and action. Therefore, this article is looking for a readjustment of the relationship between science and society. The ...


Office of Sustainability Living Lab Case Study

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Gonzaga Sustainable Energy (WA)

The Gonzaga University Office of Sustainability is the living lab for testing renewable energy technologies on Gonzaga’s campus. The purpose of this student initiative is to push for renewable ...


Swarthmore President's Sustainability Research Fellowship - Increasing Opportunities for Involvement with the Office of Sustainability

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Purpose: To increase engagement with sustainability on campus by thinking about ways to improve existing internships, imagining new ways for students and student groups to get involved, and utilizing our ...


Toxic Art: Sustainable Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage for Pigment Production

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Rural Action (OH)

This exemplary sustainability project utilizes an Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)-to-Paint Pigment treatment technology developed by Guy Riefler and John Sabraw at Ohio University to simultaneously benefit the environment, the ...


Putting sustainability research into practice on the university campus: An example from a Caribbean small island state

  • University of Zurich
  • University of Aruba

Despite increasing efforts to incorporate sustainability in curricula and practices of institutions of higher education, effective implementation remains challenging. The purpose of this study is to present an approach to ...


Enhancing Growth in Rooftop Gardens with CO2 from Human Respiration Inside Buildings

  • Boston University (MA)

Cities are essential areas for human society. They face many environmental challenges while providing opportunities for integrating human infrastructure with the surrounding environment. This study proposes a system whereby carbon ...


A Machine Learning Based Tool for the Assessment of Energy Consumption in K-12 Schools

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

Energy costs are the second highest operational expense for K-12 schools in the United States. Improving energy efficiency and moving towards sustainable school buildings not only result in substantial cost ...


Learning to be an interdisciplinary researcher: incorporating training about dispositional and epistemological differences into graduate student environmental science teams

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Vincent Evaluation Consulting (OK)

The interdisciplinary research (IR) that is necessary for the creation of innovative solutions for the many complex environmental challenges facing society requires collaboration and the sharing and integration of knowledge ...


Learning to collaborate while collaborating: advancing interdisciplinary sustainability research

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Interdisciplinary collaboration has become mainstream practice for sustainability researchers. However, interdisciplinary research teams encounter numerous challenges for which they may find themselves under-prepared. In this article, we challenge the often-held ...


Using Vertically Integrated Projects to embed research-based education for sustainable development in undergraduate curricula

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • University of Strathclyde

Purpose This paper aims to share the University of Strathclyde’s experience of embedding research-based education for sustainable development (RBESD) within its undergraduate curricula through the use of an innovative ...


An Examination of Higher Education Institutional Level Learning Outcomes

  • University of Louisville (KY)

In light of the rapid growth of the movement for educating students about sustainability, this study sought to understand the content and context of sustainability-related learning outcomes in higher education ...


The contribution of Regional Centers of Expertise for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universität Bonn (Köln)
  • Université de Bretagne Sud/University of South Brittany (Vannes)

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals requires a fully integrated approach between sectors, disciplines, countries, and actors. On ...


The Development of Higher Education for Sustainable Development Model (HESD): Critical Success Factors, Benefits, and Challenges

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Selangor)
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Perak Darul Ridzuan)

The Malaysian government has placed greater emphasis on the sustainable development of higher education institutions during the last decade. Higher education is beginning to include sustainable development concepts in their ...


Societal effects of transdisciplinary sustainability research—How can they be strengthened during the research process?

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research (Darmstadt)
  • Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) (Darmstadt)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin)

Transdisciplinary sustainability research aims to mitigate or to solve complex societal problems and advance the production of scientific knowledge. Reflexive approaches to transdisciplinary research processes are outlined to systematically strengthen ...


Project-Based Learning in a Transinstitutional Research Setting: Case Study on the Development of Sustainable Food Products

  • University of Graz
  • FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences (Steiermark)

Project-based learning (PBL) has been thoroughly integrated in university sustainable development curricula, but has not been well-established in curricula used at pre-university educational levels. Integrating real-world settings into the teaching ...


Green Chemistry and Environmental Management Systems: Relationships, Synergies, Advantages and Barriers of Joint Implementation at Universities

  • Universidad San Jorge

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) based on international standard ISO 14001 are recognized as a tool to improve the environment and the sustainability of organizations. Green Chemistry (GC) seeks to reduce ...


Green entrepreneurship inclination among the younger generation: An avenue towards a green economy

  • Shah Abdul Latif University (Khairpur Mirs)
  • Al Yamamah University
  • University of Sindh (Sindh)

The current study sought to predict the inclination toward green entrepreneurship among the younger generation. The study employed a deductive approach by collecting cross‐sectional data. Bachelor and Master's ...

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