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The Green Labs Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin Membership Required

Best practices for implementing a Green Labs program into a university.

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Honored Members of the Sustainability Community Membership Required

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 ...

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University of California Climate Lab, Video Series Episode One: Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change Membership Required

This is the first 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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Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies Membership Required

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is described by UNESCO as enabling us to address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies by changing the way ...


Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda Membership Required

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Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities ...


Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future Membership Required

This book provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a ...


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

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 ...

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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local Membership Required

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

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Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability Resources Membership Required

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 ...

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

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 ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus Membership Required

BEE / HOUSE / LAB was an international design competition at the University of Manitoba that resulted in innovative bee houses built, installed around campus and used for research. The reasons for ...

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Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK Membership Required

This paper draws on a series of five ESRC-funded seminars held between 2006 and 2008 on 'Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK'. We sketch the background ...

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Towards a Real-world Laboratory: A Transdisciplinary Case Study from Lüneburg Membership Required

Real-world laboratories have gained currency in transdisciplinary sustainability research. Establishing real-world laboratories by means of a transdisciplinary process offers promising prospects since it fosters trust among the participants and leads ...

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Energy and development: the role of academia in education, research, and technological cooperation for sustainability Membership Required

Over the last decades, the interest of the international community for the multiple interconnections among energy, environment, and society has widely increased. Today, the close link between energy and development ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research Membership Required

Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research.

At the University of Michigan, a ...

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Ethics in Higher Education: Values-driven Leaders for the Future Membership Required

The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence the leaders of the future, but outside the limelight of excelling education institutions there is a concerning violation of good practises ...

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How to walk the talk? Developing actions for sustainability in academic research Membership Required

Sustainability in higher education is a growing field of reflection and practice, yet integrating sustainability and academic research (as a distinct pillar of academia – next to education, societal service and ...

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Evolution and structure of sustainability science Membership Required

The concepts of sustainable development have experienced extraordinary success since their advent in the 1980s. They are now an integral part of the agenda of governments and corporations, and their ...

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The Role of Transacademic Interface Managers in Transformational Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

Working towards sustainable solutions requires involving professionals and stakeholders from all sectors of society into research and teaching. This often presents a challenge to scholars at universities, as they lack ...

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Utilizing international networks for accelerating research and learning in transformational sustainability science Membership Required

A promising approach for addressing sustainability problems is to recognize the unique conditions of a particular place, such as problem features and solution capabilities, and adopt and adapt solutions developed ...

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Green Chemistry: The missing element in chemistry education Membership Required

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. John C. Warner Founder ...

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Success in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research Membership Required

The complexity of sustainable development and societal transitions require both analytical understandings of how coupled human-environment systems function and transdisciplinary science-to-practice approaches. The academic discourse has advanced in developing a ...

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Neoliberalism, new public management and the sustainable development agenda of higher education: history, contradictions and synergies Membership Required

This paper explores the ideological and the practical relationship between neoliberalism and New Public Management (NPM) and the sustainable development agenda of western higher education. Using the United Kingdom and ...

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Educating for Sustainability: 2017 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and GULF Universities Membership Required

This report, which was released in conjuction with the 2017 World Economic Forum, contains case studies on educating for sustainability provided by 30 members of the International Sustainable Campus Network ...

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Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research Membership Required

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

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An in-depth literature review of the evolving roles and contributions of universities to education for sustainable development Membership Required

Universities have been consistently considered significant contributors to the pursuit of regional sustainability initiatives for over two decades. The composite nature of sustainable development (SD) has appointed Universities to critical ...

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New Book: Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies Membership Required

Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. The essays in this collection examine the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in ...

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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign Membership Required

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This paper aims to investigate the impacts of a science-based environmental communication campaign at a university dining hall. The impacts are assessed in terms of student attitudes toward sustainability ...

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Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom: Approaches, Methods and Projects Membership Required

This book gathers inputs from a variety of researchers in the field of sustainable development across the UK, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment and media ...

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Sustainability at Central Oregon Community College Membership Required

The paper of "Sustainable Development at Central Oregon Community College" was written to influence board members, faculty, and students who were enrolled or employed at the college to consider small ...

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Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience Membership Required

Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience delivers applied research, consulting, education and training. The Center's approach is solutions-oriented, pragmatic, participatory, and inclusive, and based on best ...

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Factors encouraging sustainability integration into institutions of higher education Membership Required

In view of the mountainous evidence on destruction of environmental quality and societal well-being as a consequence of rapid economic development, sustainability has gained vast attention from the community and ...

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Student Research and Projects Conducted Through a Campus as a Living Lab Program Membership Required

This panel will reflect on best practices for undergraduate research and course-based projects designed to advance student learning while generating collaborations that benefit university academics and operations. Two case studies ...

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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking Membership Required

This networking meeting will focus on the development of carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. An advisory group formed after a networking session at last year's AASHE conference ...

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LEED Lab Live; Curricula in O+M Application Membership Required

A Market Need, A Curricular Solution: For the past few years, a laboratory course called LEED Lab, created at The Catholic University of America in partnership with USGBC, designed to ...

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Teaching sustainability as an interdisciplinary subject: An effective model Membership Required

Sustainability is not a scientific issue or an environmental issue. It presents enormous challenges to human and natural systems and entails political, economic, legal, and ethical dimensions. Instructors who teach ...

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Community-based teaching and research: Sustainability-focused case studies from Portland State University Membership Required

Portland State University's faculty and students routinely go beyond the campus and put into practice the University's motto, 'Let knowledge serve the city.' This panel examines case studies ...

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The Sustainability Literacy Test: Can universities & colleges be sure they are producing sustainability literate graduates? Membership Required

The Sustainability Literacy Test was created to help higher education institutions, companies and any organization around the world ensure that they are producing graduates or work with employees with awareness ...

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The Research - Climate Nexus: The Difficult Questions Facing Progressive Institutions Today. Membership Required

As universities are tackling climate commitments focused on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, they are facing difficult decisions on capital investments in existing and new building stock and infrastructure to ...

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Teacher preparation for Education for Sustainable Development: A participatory video research in Canada Membership Required

This presentation will discuss a study that examines prospective teachers' understanding of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and competencies in relation to teaching sustainability concepts in K-12 settings in Quebec ...

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The Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative - Creating and Supporting a Multi-Institution Course Community Membership Required

Creation or replication of multidisciplinary courses with real-world context is limited by technical and economic constraints at many institutions. Efforts that connect multiple institutions to multidisciplinary resources can enable success ...

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The Human Natural Resource Endowment: Measuring a Fundamental Human Right Membership Required

In this presentation, a new measure of the fundamental human right to an equitable portion of Earth's natural resources is defined. The Human Natural Resource Endowment (HNRE) is determined ...

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Fair Trade Recycling Operations Membership Required

While the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard has been criticized for its flexibility regarding exportation, our team has been able to connect with R2 certified operations that exemplify how the exportation ...

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Creating Resilient Communities: Climate Change and the Power of Public/University Research Service Learning Partnerships Membership Required

New research and bold actions are essential as climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal communities. According to NASA, 53% of the US population lives near the coast. How ...

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Transferrable Student-Led Procurement Research: Partnering with Office Depot to Create Change at Willamette University Membership Required

The presenters discuss a student-led research project at Willamette University, transferrable to other universities buying supplies from Office Depot or similarly large suppliers that likely provide comprehensive data on institutional ...

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The power of perception: evaluating sustainability contradictions as a tool for culture change Membership Required

For a variety of reasons, behind the scenes operational dimensions of sustainability are often prioritized on campuses above the more challenging social and cultural dimensions. But arguably the most important ...

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Sustainable Energy: Research and Innovation to Commercialization at the University of Missouri Membership Required

In addition to leading research and innovation in alternative energy, University of Missouri has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable energy by taking discoveries to applications in the real world. In ...

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Developing a Campus-wide Sustainability Assessment Membership Required

This presentation will describe a dissertation project from Colorado State University that examines individuals' knowledge of sustainability in relation to the concepts of the Triple Bottom Line; economic sustainability, environmental ...

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Making the Case for the Living, Learning Lab & Quantifying Ecosystem Services: IU Bloomington's Tree Inventory Membership Required

Indiana University Bloomington initiated a campus-wide geographic information systems tree inventory effort in the spring of 2015. The tree inventory data is housed through ArcGIS online and led primarily by ...

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Establishing a Sustainability Grant Fund to Promote Sustainability Related Research for Students and Faculty Membership Required

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) established the Sustainability Grant Fund (SGF) to promote and encourage sustainability-related research at TRU and within the broader community. The SGF provides up to $100,000 ...

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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

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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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.