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University Reputations and the Public: A Roadmap for Higher Education Leaders Membership Required

Edelman, a public relations firm, surveyed academics and the general public to understand how the U.S. public evaluates the reputations of higher education institutions, and how these reputational drivers ...

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Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector Membership Required

The guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights the role universities specifically in Australia, New Zealand ...

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Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective Membership Required

The International Association of Universities (IAU), a membership organization, which brings together about 650 higher education institutions and organizations from some 130 countries, launched its first Global Survey on the ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar – Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Indigenous educator Gregory Cajete articulates the motivations and questions that drive the presenter’s research. For Cajete, effective education entails ‘finding heart,’ an active process within and beyond the person ...

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Solar Energy Technology Licensed Membership Required

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

A new licensing deal between the University of California, Davis and Q1 NanoSystems has established terms for exclusive licensing of a package of jointly-owned intellectual property stemming from inventions both ...

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A review of transdisciplinary research in sustainability science Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Achieving the goal of sustainability requires understanding and management of unprecedented and interconnected challenges. A transdisciplinary approach is a key component of sustainability science. However, there are considerable barriers to ...

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Comparing different measures of affective attributes relating to sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Otago
  • Otago Polytechnic

A survey was developed to benchmark the affective sustainability characteristics of an incoming cohort of students in a Polytechnic in New Zealand, with the intention to monitor changes in these ...

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Natural Herbicides Project Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

First experiment (for Google Science Fair 2012). Weedy check (control plot in which no natural herbicides were applied) shown to left; treated areas shown to right.

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Asian deals for UNSW solar technology Membership Required

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)

This press release describes three new technology licensing agreements between and the University of New South Wales and solar cell manufacturers in Asia. The first, a $1.7million licensing agreement ...

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UNL technology powers Nebraska solar panel startup Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

This press release describes an exclusive licensing agreement between University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Rare Earth Solar, a Nebraska solar panel manufacturer. The technology licensed by the University replaces the typical ...

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Clean Energy Patent Growth Index - 2015 Year in Review Membership Required

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) tracks the growth of patents in the clean energy sector from 2002 to the present. Among other things, it includes a ranking of ...

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Key trends in IEA public energy technology research, development and demonstration (RD&D) budgets Membership Required

This analysis of public funding for energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in member countries of the International Energy Agency shows that the share of energy RD&D budgets spent on ...

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Setting a Sustainability Standard Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson takes leadership role in helping faculty across a wide-range of disciplines prepare students to tackle tomorrow's sustainability challenges.


The engaged university: providing a platform for research that transforms society Membership Required

Despite a growing recognition that the solutions to current environmental problems will be developed through collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, substantial challenges stifle such cooperation and slow the transfer of ...

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Strengthening Knowledge Co-Production Capacity: Examining Interest in Community-University Partnerships Membership Required

Building successful, enduring research partnerships is essential for improving links between knowledge and action to address sustainability challenges. Communication research can play a critical role in fostering more effective research ...

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Research on energy savings opportunities in university libraries Membership Required

Purpose – Mechanical systems in library environments are typically designed to run continuously in order to maintain the desired environmental conditions for preservation purposes, often resulting in a high cost in ...

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Essential Ecoliteracy, or “earth smarts”: Defining and validating a pragmatic educational construct based on quality of life. Membership Required

This study began with an attempt to find a definition of ecological literacy that was flexible enough to be useful in variety of contexts, but also included components that were ...

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Rethinking Thinking about Sustainability Curriculum Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

“You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.” Albert Einstein

If a snap of the fingers could reverse the environmental destruction of the past ...

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Climate Change Research at Universities: Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges Membership Required

This book provides a multidisciplinary review of current, climate-change research projects at universities around the globe, offering perspectives from all of the natural and social sciences.

Numerous universities worldwide pursue ...

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A persuasive feedback support system for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in campus residential buildings Membership Required

There is a need for energy conservation mechanisms, especially in university campuses, as students do not have any direct feedback on their energy consumptions, which leads to excess usages. There ...

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Personal authenticity and political subjectivity in student deliberation in environmental and sustainability education Membership Required

This study problematizes what is meant when one talks about classroom activities concerning environmental and sustainability issues as being authentic or not. It reports excerpts from three classroom discussions which ...

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The relationship between university students’ environmental identity, decision-making process, and behavior Membership Required

Environmental education scholars have argued for the need to focus on identity as a more predictive factor than attitude of individuals’ environmental behavior. We examine individuals’ decision-making as a mediating ...

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Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...

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University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Five: The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the fifth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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Modern Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

RECENT PROJECTS: Beach Cleanup Caddy (complete - STEM grant award pending - awaiting field testing) Assembled a cart system specifically designed for beach cleanups, outfitted with a detachable metal waste bin, wheel ...

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Designing a Photovoltaic Array for Smith College

  • Smith College (MA)

The development of distributed solar energy is an opportunity for individuals and institutions to support the growth of the clean energy economy, lower their carbon footprint, promote energy security, and ...

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Integration of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and research and urban sustainability Membership Required

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

This article explores the results of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 2012 census of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) baccalaureate and graduate degree programs and the ...

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Wind Power Feasibility Study for Ball State University Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Based on two years of site-specific wind speed measurements and actual power curve performance estimates of five commercial wind turbines, a feasibility study of wind-power potential near Ball State University ...

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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute is an institute underneath Oregon State’s Advancing the Science of Earth’s Ecosystems center. The institution was created by the Oregon Legislature and ...

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Florida Gulf Coast University Emerging Technologies Institute Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

The FGCU Emerging Technologies institute is an off campus institute designed to facilitate projects and research in regards to sustainable technology. Projects will be geared towards environmental sustainability and renewable ...

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Biofuels and Bioproducts Research Lab Membership Required

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The focus of research at the Biofuels and Bioproducts research lab includes studying the chemical makeup of algae and the economic and physical feasibility of optimizing it as an alternative ...

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Center for Integrative Conservation Research Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Established in 2007 after several years of planning and funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the CICR seeks to bring together conservation experts from across disciplines ...

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Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology (NUCRET) Membership Required

  • Northeastern University (MA)

NUCRET leads the national and worldwide effort in developing the fuel cells of the future based on the platinum free catalysts, as well as novel chemistries for advanced rechargeable batteries ...

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Content trends in sustainable business education: an analysis of introductory courses in the USA Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Purpose - This study aims to identify the content in introductory business sustainability courses in the USA to determine the most frequently assigned reading material and its sustainability orientation.

Design/methodology ...

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The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) Project Membership Required

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • Fullerton College (CA)
  • Santa Ana College (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In Orange County, 36% of low-income households experience hunger at least once a day and well over 1/3 are children. Engaging students in experiential learning that addresses sustainability in ...

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Arts and humanities inquiry in the Long-Term Ecological Research Network: empathy, relationships, and interdisciplinary collaborations Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collection of 25 National Science Foundation-funded sites committed to long-term, place-based investigation of the natural world. While activities primarily focus on ecological ...

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Enhancing and promoting interdisciplinarity in higher education Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

Interdisciplinarity represents an effort to achieve integrative knowledge in an age of increasing academic specialization. It is an intrinsic feature of the environmental sciences and the emerging field of sustainability ...

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Distinguishing collaboration from contribution in environmental research Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

In this paper, we distinguish contributory from collaborative approaches to interdisciplinary environmental research. A characteristic feature of the collaborative approach is that emphasis is placed on the process of collaborative ...

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Shared place and space: a comparison of two interdisciplinary graduate programs Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Interdisciplinary training has an important role to play in environmental research, but what aspects of interdisciplinary training are most helpful for graduate students as they seek to define themselves as ...

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A framework for collaborative climate change research Membership Required

  • Colgate University (NY)

There is a growing understanding in the scientific community that the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of indigenous peoples and other local communities is both different from data collected by scientists ...

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Scholarly motivations to conduct interdisciplinary climate change research Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Idaho State University (ID)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Whitman College (WA)

Understanding and responding to today’s complex environmental problems requires collaboration that bridges disciplinary boundaries. As the barriers to interdisciplinary research are formidable, promoting interdisciplinary environmental research requires understanding what ...

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Greening Federal Grants: Why there is a need to connect efficiency to federal funding for research at universities Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This webinar will includes two parts: PART 1: The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide an overview of the DOE Smart Labs Accelerator Program which was launched at the 2016 ...

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Re-imagining environmental science and policy graduate education for the twenty-first century using an integrative frame Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)

To meet society’s need to better understand and respond to ever-more complex, interwoven problems of environment, development, and society - including environmental health risks, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development ...

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Teaching Social Research Methods on an International, Collaborative Environment & Sustainability Degree Programme: Exploring plagiarism, group work, and formative feedback Membership Required

International collaboration is central to the Sustainable Development agenda given environmental challenges that span national boundaries. Education for Sustainability therefore needs to account for international/intercultural understandings, such as though ...

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Sustainable knowledge transformation in and through higher education: A case for transdisciplinary leadership Membership Required

  • National University of Ireland, Galway

This article explores inter- and transdisciplinarity, given the need for more complex, relevant, and transformative knowledge to shift society towards more sustainable futures. It connects practical questions about economic, societal ...

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Higher Education in the Environmental Century Membership Required

The environmental crisis that threatens the future of our species is unprecedented as we begin the “environmental century.” Natural conditions that were favorable for the development of civilization have been ...

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UAlbany's Annual Family Earth Day Membership Required

  • University at Albany (NY)

The University’s 5th Annual UAlbany Family Earth Day, organized by the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), Atmospheric Science Research Center, Office of Sustainability and UAlbany Students for ...

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Humble Bee App Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Doctoral student Casey Franklin demonstrates the Humble Bee app, which rewards students for sustainable behaviors.She tabled her app at Springfest, which is a celebration of Earth day.

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University of California Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Two: Going green shouldn't be this hard Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the second episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

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The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Humans release reactive nitrogen into the environment at a rate that is 4 to 5 times as large as from natural terrestrial processes. They do this by producing and applying ...

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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.

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).

Research Partners

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RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.