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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Like, Why do I Need to Know my Watershed? Membership Required

  • Northern Illinois University (IL)

Progressive educators have promoted the concept of place-based education for more than 100 years. For example, John Dewy advocated: "Experience [outside the school] has its geographical aspect, its artistic and ...

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The Revitalization Institute Membership Required

  • Seneca College (ON)

Revitalization Institute (RI) is the academy and advocate for what Storm Cunningham (reWealth: 2008) calls the magic of restoration in which natural, built, and socio-economic assets are continuously enhanced rather ...

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Ecovillages and Campuses: The Potential of Collaboration for Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Universities are increasingly looked to as centers of research on and education about sustainable solutions to socio-environmental challenges. However, theoretical and experimental approaches to sustainability do not easily translate from ...

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Sustainability Assessment of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Sustainability Club of the University of British Columbia (UBC) has conducted a departmental sustainability assessment (DSA). The DSA was adapted at a departmental level ...

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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Social Sustainability in U.S. Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Sustainability Education and Vladimir Vernadsky's Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

After years of silence, the West finally started to discover and scientifically recognize a prominent Russian researcher, philosopher, and thinker - Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). Paradoxically, Vernadsky's name was not ...

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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

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Ecocritical Praxis: Re-establishing the "Principle of Relevance" Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

The term "ecocriticism" was coined by William Reuckert, who proposed, in 1976, that literary criticism shift its locus to "a principle of relevance": he suggested that critics "experiment with the ...

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The Learning Barge Initiative: Advancing Sustainability through Multi-disciplinary Research Service Learning Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Learning Barge Initiative is a unique example of university students and community partners collaborating on a project with wide-reaching social, educational and environmental benefits. The research, design and construction ...

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No Child Left Inside Membership Required

  • Utah State University (UT)

No Child Left Inside is a movement, both grassroots and political, with implications for sustainability, higher education, Public Land Management Agencies, and the environmental justice movement. This presentation begins by ...

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Written in the STARS: Correlations Between Performance & Best Practices Membership Required

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The STARS assessment framework presents a very interesting and informative set of data that measures both environmental performance and adoption of best practices. Gathering both types of information allows for ...

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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

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Center For Sustainability Membership Required

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

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Center for Regional Food Systems Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

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Center for Environmental Farming Systems Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Membership Required

  • Tufts University (MA)

Working with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system. Programs include farmer training, food systems development, and a World Peas food hub.

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Agricultural Sustainability Institute Membership Required

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems ...

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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

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Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

ASAP’s current mission is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in ...

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Membership Required

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Center has been working for two decades to bring sustainable solutions to the citizens and agricultural industry of Washington State. Its faculty and affiliates are working on exciting projects ...

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Green Design Institute Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering ...

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Brooke Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by ...

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IITAC Research Center Membership Required

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)

The keynote of the IITAC Research Center is "Rethinking Metropolis," the architecture of the multiple, competing entities defining urban life in the new millennium. Urban migrations and the proliferation of ...

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Center for Sustainable Design Membership Required

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The center focuses on developing, systematizing, and promulgating methods that will allow growing populations to live in a sustainable manner.

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Institutes of Energy and the Environment Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The mission of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges.

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Engineering and Design Institute Membership Required

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Founded in 2000, the Engineering and Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and education. The Institute works on a variety of projects to ...

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Golisano Institute for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary academic unit at RIT whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable ...

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Design Center for Global Needs Membership Required

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Design Center for Global Needs has been the research and development component in the Department of Design & Industry (DAI). The Center promotes and fosters community, national and international ...

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Center for Sustainable Communities Membership Required

  • Temple University (PA)

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. The Center acts as a resource for government agencies ...

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College of Environmental Design Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

CED stands among the nation’s top environmental design schools. It is one of the world’s most distinguished laboratories for experimentation, research, and intellectual synergy. The first school to ...

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Powell Center for Construction and Environment Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment is primarily a research organization dedicated to the resolution of environmental problems associated with planning and architecture activities and the determination of optimum ...

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Center for Sustainable Cities at University of Kentucky Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The CSC Design Studio is a full service architecture and urban design firm with 30 years of award-winning solar and sustainability-driven design experience. Using advanced energy-efficient building standards and technologies ...

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Center for Urban and Community Design Membership Required

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Center offers exhibitions and symposiums, and local and international outreach events related to urban and community design and planning.

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Center for Sustainable Systems Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Center for Sustainable Systems advances concepts of sustainability through interdisciplinary research and education. CSS collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop and apply life cycle based models and sustainability metrics for ...

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)

The Center for Sustainable Building Research's mission is to lead and support—through research, outreach, and education—the transformation of the regional built environment to provide for the ecological ...

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Ecological Design Center Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Ecological Design Center (EDC) promotes a sustainable relationship between the built and natural worlds. The EDC educates University of Oregon design students with the awareness, sensitivity, and expertise necessary ...

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ecoMOD Project Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

ecoMOD / ecoREMOD is a research and educational project at the University of Virginia, striving to create sustainable modular and renovated housing units for affordable housing organizations

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Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives utilize the brightest minds in sustainability science to develop solutions to real-world problems throughout the globe. A program administered by Arizona State University's Global ...

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Center for Corporate Citizenship Membership Required

  • Boston College (MA)

Based in the Carroll School of Management, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1985, inspired by an early recognition that community expectations of companies were changing ...

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Fowler Center for Sustainable Value Membership Required

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise. It is allied with like-minded initiatives helping all institutions ...

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The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

All Columbia University graduates will be called upon to contribute to society at some point in their lives. The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise trains the next generation of leaders ...

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Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Established in 2003 through the generosity of Sam Johnson, Johnson’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative ...

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Center for Business & Society Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

The Center for Business & Society at Tuck aims to prepare Tuck students for leadership in this increasingly complex, interconnected world. A connected world, shifting ideologies, and the changing role ...

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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is an award-winning research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE’s mission is to ...

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Institute for Sustainable Enterprise Membership Required

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

A catalyst for sustainable enterprise in New Jersey and beyond for a decade, ISE is a thought leadership and research hub for current and future leaders who are interested in ...

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Environmental Sustainability Program of the George Washington Institute for Corporate Responsibility Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Institute for Corporate Responsibility officially received its charter from the George Washington University in October, 2006. The Institute is devoted to the development and dissemination of scholarship, including research ...

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Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM) Membership Required

  • Monash University (VIC)

The VCSCM was designed to foster closer ties between manufacturers and researchers through access to practical scientific outcomes and innovative solutions to key issues faced by the industries, hands-on outreach ...

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Center for the Sustainable Built Environment Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate's Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) was established in December 2009 with support from industry leaders and ...

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Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Membership Required

  • Queen's University (ON)

The mission for the Centre for Social Impact at Smith School of Business is to educate students and foster outreach and advocacy on issues of social impact. The Centre does ...

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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
Business Affiliate
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.