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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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

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (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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Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability Membership Required

  • Seattle University (WA)

Housed in the Bullitt Center, the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) will inspire and prepare a generation of leaders to meet the unprecedented ethical challenge facing humankind in ...

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Center for Social Innovation Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Center for Social Innovation's mission is to bring social and environmental change to the world. Through research, education, and experiential learning, the Center strengthens the capacity of individuals ...

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Center for Responsible Business Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Building upon over a decade of research, teaching, and industry engagement, the Center for Responsible Business (CRB) brings students, company leaders and faculty together to: Learn a new way of ...

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Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Erb Institute is committed to creating a socially and environmentally sustainable society through the power of business. Building on nearly two decades of research, teaching, and direct engagement, the ...

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Center for Sustainable Enterprise Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Through education, research and outreach, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) empowers business leaders to build shareholder value while exercising environmental stewardship and promoting societal well being. CSE provides students ...

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Centre for Business and Sustainability Membership Required

  • Claire Bennett (ON)

The P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability is a Presenting Sponsor of Sustainable Waterloo Region's 2015-2016 event series.

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The Earth Institute Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and ...

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Center for Sustainable Development Membership Required

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

The Center for Sustainable Development supports and inspires research, education, and applied projects in sustainable development by the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Many of ...

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Center for Sustainable Suburban Development Membership Required

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Established in 2003, CSSD conducts and disseminates research on issues of suburban growth and the impact of this growth on social, environmental, and transport systems.

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Economics and Environment Network Membership Required

  • Australian National University

The Economics and Environment Network (EEN) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra was established in 2002 by the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies (CRES), now part of ...

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Institute of Strategic Economic Studies Membership Required

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) is led by Professor Bruce Rasmussen, and incorporates the Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS). CoPS will continue to operate in a semi-autonomous ...

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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.