Research

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Speed dating for scientists: Converting research to action

  • Portland State University (OR)

University research is fostering innovation that can fuel the emerging sustainable economy and inform progress on thorny community problems, but the world of academia is too often disconnected from community ...

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The Cost of a Healthy Meal

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In our society, a lot has been said about the connection between the cost of food and the nutrition that it provides. This has been a topic for discussion in ...

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AASHE 2nd Annual Workshop on Research Methods in Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability is emerging as a legitimate field of scholarship within Academia. Higher education researchers and practitioners are engaged in active efforts to expand research methodologies in sustainability theory and practice ...

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Koch Campus: Compromising Academic Freedom

  • University of Kansas (KS)

Academic freedom in higher education ensures the ability to freely seek and disseminate the truth. Yet, as our universities become increasingly dependent on private funding, "academic freedom" is marginalized and ...

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The Implicit Nature of Holistic Sustainability Education: The Student Perspective at Green Mountain College

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Much has been written about the theoretical underpinnings of a holistic approach to sustainability education, including deep learning and systems theories. Though some studies discuss the need to implement such ...

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Parcel by Parcel Towards a More Refined Carbon Emissions Estimation for Livermore, CA

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Carbon accounting has become imperative in instituting regulations, developing major policies, and in expanding urban metabolism research. For years, city agencies have reported carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions across large ...

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Coding and Theorizing Syllabi for Sustainability Skills and Competencies

  • University of Florida (FL)

My doctoral research has involved collecting over 200 syllabi from sustainability programs all over the United States. I have been coding these syllabi for evidence of skills-based sustainability education. My ...

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Learning How to Apply Social Science Research by Solving Campus Sustainability Challenges

  • University of Michigan (MI)

“Social Sciences and Environmental Problems,” a 75-student class at taught annually at the University of Michigan (U-M), introduces six social sciences and how each can help understand and address environmental ...

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Nature-Based Therapeutic Service: Mutual Healing for Individuals and the Environment

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Educators, counselors, and sustainability advocates are all looking for ways to infuse purposeful and memorable experiences into their work All seek ways to create progress and lasting change in learning ...

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The Library and You: Sharing Our Vision

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Are you a faculty member frustrated with the lack of reliable information in your students’ papers and projects? Are you a librarian seeking ideas for integrating your expertise into the ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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Adapting Planning and Reporting for a Sustainable Future: A Case Study of the use of Ecological Footprinting to 40 Campuses.

  • Macquarie University (NSW)
  • The Footprint Company Pty Ltd (New South Wales)

A central mission of sustainability in the tertiary sector is equipping future generations with the understanding of the interdependencies between the environment, economy and society and to build the capability ...

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The Sustainability Research Collaborative: A Multi-Institutional Model for Applied Investigation

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Yale University (CT)

The higher education sustainability field recognizes the need to apply rigorous research to applied campus-based challenges, both operational and cultural. The active networks of sustainability offices across the country make ...

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Motivating People Toward Sustainability: Applying Psychological Science to Green Behavior

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Achieving sustainability on university campuses requires engaging and changing the behavior of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other members of the university community. New programs can suffer unexpected roadblocks if ...

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Embedding Ecological Footprinting into Curriculum as a Tool to Engage Students

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

The Department of Environment and Geography and the Sustainability Unit at Macquarie University, Sydney, collaborated to develop and investigate the effectiveness of environmental education pedagogy. A central sustainability goal in ...

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Research Methods

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Aligning with the themes of the conference, resiliency and adaptation, our team would like to facilitate a discussion around inquiry approaches relevant to making research in sustainability both resilient and ...

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Behavior Change for Energy Efficiency: A Literature Review

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The first Earth Day in 1970 spurred a heightened interest in environment-focused behavior change research among social scientists. Psychologists, in particular, enthusiastically rose to the challenge. Multiple review papers have ...

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Design and Construction of an Anaerobic Digestion Laboratory: An Addition to the Biofuels Education and Research Facility at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Biofuels Education and Research Facility (BERF) at Appalachian State University (ASU) originally funded by an EPA P3 grant in 2007 for the planning and construction of a closed cycle ...

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What Predicts Students’ Perceptions of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility?

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) continues to become increasingly important in management practice as the global business community is embracing CSR as an important link to positive corporate identity and reputation ...

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Shut Your Sash? Connecting Fume Hood Behavior Change Theories with the Real World

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Two prestigious think tanks and a multi-campus educational program collaborated over the past year in an effort to quantitatively answer the question: “Do fume hood campaigns save energy?” Though intuitively ...

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Personal Narrative as Research Pedagogy: Using Poetic Language and Personal Testament in the Research Writing Process

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Research scientists are often dismissed when their reports include personal ethical statements or persuasions—these individuals risk their objectivity in doing so and the result can be invalidation in the ...

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Modeling Urban Form: Expressions of the Operational State of Design-For-Sustainability

  • Ball State University (IN)

As a rule students do not have the opportunity to interact readily with those of other disciplines. And so they cannot bring to bear their respective disciplinary experience and knowledge ...

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Sustainability Competencies to Meet Market & Societal Demand

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Sustainability and sustainable practices are growing to include every sector of global society. Therefore there is a growing demand for professionals to have basic sustainability competence. At the same time ...

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Dissertations on Sustainability in Higher Education: A Meta-Study Analysis

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a means of examining emerging scholarship on sustainability in higher education (SHE), a bounded qualitative meta-study of SHE dissertations was undertaken in 2012 concurrent with the twentieth anniversary of ...

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Green Campus 2.0 in Korea

  • Korea National University of Education

Since the last 5 years after the establishment of the Green Campus movement in Korea, with a discussion related to the international environmental issues such as climate change, the recognition ...

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Sustainability Scholars Roundtable: Stimulating Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Learn about how one university has stimulated transdisciplinary research collaboration in sustainability and resilience, despite four major obstacles. First, sustainability can mean different things in different disciplines, preventing common understandings ...

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An Innovative Way to Adapt to a Changing Education Medium: Using Interactive Multimedia-based Information Graphics in the Sustainability Curriculum.

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

265 first-year students at a small Northeast Ohio liberal arts university were asked 14 questions to measure their knowledge of issues relating to sustainability. The questions and answers provided the ...

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Monasteries :"What Campus Sustainability Programs Can Learn From Their Antecedents"

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

This presentation reports on historical influences of rural monasticism and culture on current sustainability practices in higher education. Although not conceived or defined as sustainability, western European monasteries functioned to ...

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An Historian's Critique of the Sustainability Triangle

  • Xavier University (OH)

This paper examines the traditional sustainability triangle—economy, environment and society—from an historical perspective. I argue that the sustainability triangle and its attendant well-used concept of sustainable development arose ...

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Collaborative Approach to Understanding Faculty Research and Course Offerings

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

As part of Appalachian State University's commitment to sustainability, a faculty inventory was conducted to determine the nature and extent of research, scholarly activity, and creative production that are ...

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Hope and Sustainability Education: Initiating a Research Collaborative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Generating and maintaining hope among students is recognized as a challenge for sustainability educators, but what do we really know about course content and experiences that generate hope rather than ...

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Sustainability: Perspectives of Students as Stakeholders in the Curriculum

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)

Using a single case study approach, this doctoral dissertation explores sustainability curricula in a community college setting. Forty students were interviewed using a focus group methodology to discern group norms ...

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The Pedagogy of Sustainability: Applying Transformative Learning Theory

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Most faculty members are not taught to be teachers. While much of sustainability education research focuses on appropriate teaching methods, faculty looking to integrate sustainability into their classrooms tend to ...

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University of Virginia Collaboration with Private Sector Generates Funding and Research

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Trane (TX)

Buildings account for 40 percent of the United States' energy consumption. The University of Virginia Engineering School's Rice Hall Information Technology Engineering Building is facilitating research that can help ...

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Transformation, sustainability and HE. What's really going on?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is an agenda of growing significance in UK Higher Education (HE) and internationally. To date, the focus in HE has been on content rather than process ...

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Making an Orderly Transition to Safer Chemicals, Materials and Products

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Staples Business Advantage (MA)

Emerging market opportunities driven by consumer demand and changing regulations in the U.S. and abroad are compelling businesses and organizations up and down the supply chain to ask their ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: A Model for Collaborative Student-Staff-Faculty Research to Improve Campus Sustainability

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Team (ART) program is part of the student-led Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) offered for credit through the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The ...

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Academic Libraries and Sustainable Scholarly Content

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This presentation discusses the role of libraries in promoting sustainable practices by creating and utilizing a scholarly model of highlighting intellectual content and communication in academia. University community members aspire ...

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Launching a Sustainability Research Collaborative

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Yale University (CT)

The purpose of the Sustainability Research Collaborative is to bridge sustainability research with emerging operational questions among partner institutions. We believe that the pace of transformative sustainability will accelerate within ...

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Egyptian Sustainable Urbanism (ESU): An Experimental Study of the Academic Role towards Glocal Challenges

  • Mansoura University

This research is about an experiment of creating a stimulating laboratory of innovative concepts and thorough studies based on the national sustainable urban perspective of Egypt. It demonstrates an overview ...

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Infusing and Integrating Sustainability Across Research and Teaching

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

A public university that is learner-centered and research oriented needs support in its mission and sustainability commitments. Since 2008, our University has made major strides toward building a campus culture ...

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Less Un-Sustainable or Creating a Path Toward Sustainability? An Inquiry Into Second-Order Change Management for Higher Education

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Successful implementation of sustainability declarations and commitments such as the ACUPCC (particularly 1.c.iii: "Actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational ...

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No Campus Is An Island: College Sustainability As Interdependence vs. Self-Sufficiency

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Definitions of sustainability at institutions of higher education often hearken back to the 1987 Brundtland Commission report, Our Common Future, yet many fail to capture its global scope, resulting in ...

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Lost in Translation: The transfer of Climate Change knowledge into sustainable behaviour among the students at the University of Auckland

  • Monash University (VIC)

Behaviour change has been identified broadly as a function of how people perceive particular issues based on their interests, values and norms. As such, the notion of framing issues has ...

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SustaiNAITability

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

As members of a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management capstone applied research team, we were able to establish NAIT as the first member of Polytechnics Canada to receive a ...

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UBC Solar: An Example of Student Directed Faculty-Student Research Partnerships

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The research interests of faculty members direct most of the academic output in university environments. While there are opportunities for students to suggest research topics, these are largely limited to ...

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University of Northern BC Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, with Primary Consideration to Wind Energy

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

This project performed through the University of Northern BC and funded by the UNBC Green Fund. The primary objective of the study was to examine the wind energy potential for ...

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Campus Citizenship Behavior: A Motivational Analysis for Change

  • Chatham University (PA)

All intentional behavior is a function of motivational forces within the individual to engage in certain actions while forgoing other actions. Classic theories of motivation such as expectancy theory, equity ...

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Engaging Communities in Planning for Sustainability: Lessons from Community-University Partnerships in the Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Community Growth Planning Assistance Center (CGPAC), housed at a university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, provides land-use planning assistance to local communities on the developing edge of the ...

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Developing Sustainability Leaders: Applying a Transformative Leadership Framework at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Leading institutions of higher education are increasingly utilizing the campus as a laboratory not only for implementing "green projects" but also for developing the skill set in students to lead ...

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