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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Climate Neutral Research Campuses: Center of Excellence Provides Resources to Achieve Climate Neutrality

  • Cornell University (NY)

A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with technical resource links and leading examples of implementation. Climate Neutral: Research Campuses has been ...

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Climate Action Research Teams: An Academic and Operational Partnership to Enhance Institutional Climate Action

  • Ithaca College (NY)

This presentation details an ongoing academic and operational partnership in which a select research group of students partner with an interdisciplinary and cross-functional team of faculty and operational leaders to ...

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Research on Energy Savings Opportunities in University Libraries

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

While HVAC equipment shutdowns have long been recognized as a strategic option for achieving energy savings, the particular requirements of preservation environments for university library collections make such strategies difficult ...

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Place-Based Sustainability Literacy: Using the Kanawha Model to Advance a University-wide Dialogue

  • Ohio University (OH)

As universities implement comprehensive sustainability plans and work to build institutional cultures of sustainability a major challenge is developing a collective understanding of sustainability throughout the university community. Sustainability literacy ...

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Assessment of Competency-based Sustainability Learning to Foster Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking

  • Michigan State University (MI)

A land-grant university launched a competency-based undergraduate sustainability program in fall 2010. The approach reflects an emphasis on fostering the learning paradigm that links the domains of learner, assessment, knowledge ...

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STARS: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

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Weaving Sustainability Education through the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Ohio Dominican University (OH)

As centers of education, research, and outreach, universities have the potential to become the catalyst in a change to more sustainable societies. The university provides a learning laboratory for combining ...

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Barriers and Opportunities for Communicating Sustainability on Campus

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) have progressively committed to become more sustainable in recent years. Despite this commitment, academic publications in the sustainability field describe that most IHEs have found ...

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Natures Coordinate System: Vertexia, Vector Equilibrium, C60 carbon molecule, explained using hands on modeling techniques.

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute (NY)

The basis of Natures Coordinate System comes from understanding the topological reasoning of R. Buckminster Fuller. He used the terminology "Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" as the subtitle to ...

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Beyond reduce, reuse, recycle: A competency framework for sustainability

  • Kent State University (OH)

This paper reports findings from a study of students' thinking about sustainability. More specifically, 500 undergraduate students residing on campus were administered a survey about sustainability initiatives in the residence ...

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The Green Book: The National Academy of Science Framework for Sustainability at EPA.

  • AASHE (PA)

In 2010 the US EPA asked the National Research Council's Science and Technology for Sustainability Program to convene a committee to provide an operational framework for integrating sustainability as ...

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Is Love of Nature Necessary for Sustainable Behaviors

  • Empire State College (NY)

Love of Nature or Biophilia is often assumed as fundamental for promotion of sustainable behaviors. This session will describe survey research into the connections between student concerns, student sustainability interests ...

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The Go Green Reporting Service and Gadget: Leveraging Technology for Sustainable Computing

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Driven by a desire to better understand the impact of personal computing on the environment, the GoGreen Gadget aims to change user behavior by showing participants how much electricity and ...

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Pathways to Transforming Society: I vs. We

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Making the change to a sustainable society requires perspective transformation at many levels: personal, social, cultural, organizational, institutional and governmental. Transformative learning (the theory of how perspective transformation occurs) was ...

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Get the Word Out: Writing the New Language of Sustainability

  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

The landscape of communication has changed: we live in information brevity, in the trenches of social media and alternative communications, where less is more. Now is the time to harness ...

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Environmental Challeges and Sustainable Solutions of Natural and Built Environments

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Success of integrating sustainable practices into curricula requires communication, collaboration, and coordination of education, research, university staff, and community partnerships. Princeton University Environmental Studies Program is implementing a "Real World ...

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Examining the 'Mental Models' of Business Undergraduates on Sustainability Issues

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

In his now classic book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge describes the attributes of learning organizations and the role of dynamism and change in individual, and corresponding organizational, 'mental models ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: Model for Collaborative Campus Sustainability Research

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Team (ART) program is part of the student-led Education for Sustainable Living Program, run on several UC campuses across California under the umbrella group the California ...

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Applying Integrated Assessment to Establish Campus Sustainability Priorities at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Some research is conducted solely to gain knowledge or understanding, while other research is conducted with a specific use in mind. Integrated Assessment begins with a structured dialog among scientists ...

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Sustainability as a Pedagogical Project

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability is a large and complex concept that integrates multiple domains of knowledge across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. (Kelly, 2009) Its focus lies at the intersection ...

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Campus Sustainability and Institutional Change: The Role of Public Interest Research Groups in Canada

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In the forty years that sustainability has become part of the environmental literature, the role of education has been an important issue. Numerous international declarations have identified institutions of higher ...

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Challenges when NOT Preaching to the Choir: Gaps in Faculty Salience towards Environmental Sustainability.

  • University of Southern Indiana (IN)

The foundation of catalyzing an awareness of environmental issues can be established in understanding the currently held beliefs and behaviors toward environmental sustainability within the campus population. Many university wide ...

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Moving Beyond Carbon: A Nitrogen Footprint Model for the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The human creation of reactive nitrogen by food and energy production has profound beneficial and detrimental impacts on people and the environment. Agricultural uses, including both food production and consumption ...

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Would You Like Crabs With That? A Complex Systems Simulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Over the past two years an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a major research university has designed and built a web-based multiplayer simulation game of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with ...

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Designing the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center: a Multi-University Collaboration

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Students developing sustainability literacy typically study science, technology, economics and social considerations, but art and culture are often excluded. The paper argues that they are essential for a comprehensive understanding ...

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Framing a research agenda for Campus Sustainability

  • Yale University (CT)

What kind of research is needed to advance sustainability on our campuses? What are the research opportunities that can bridge faculty expertise and campus sustainability efforts? How can we use ...

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Identifying Change Management Strategies for Sustainability: Building on lessons from Public Health, Ecology, and Business Management

  • Yale University (CT)

Efforts to improve sustainability at higher education institutions often require challenging shifts in organizational priorities, patterns of behavior, management strategies, and community expectations. In guiding these shifts, sustainability leaders must ...

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Sustainable Scientists: Integrating Lab Users into Sustainable Laboratory Solutions

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

Research laboratories are typically the most energy-intensive spaces on university campuses. While energy usage is largely driven by ventilation needs, plug loads and user behavior are significant factors. Barriers to ...

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Sustainable Building Energy Systems: Independent Evaluation for Improved Decision-Making

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  • Southern Research Institute (NC)

Southern Research Institute - an affiliate of UAB - operates the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Technology Center for the U.S. EPA. The GHG Center evaluates technologies that provide improved energy efficiency, GHG ...

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Building Global Bridges to Sustainability Research/Collaborations in Higher Education

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The institutional repository (IR) concept was designed and created by faculty and librarians to showcase scholarly activity at the academy. The Open Access (OA) model upon which IR's are ...

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Advancing Sustainability Education: Transformative Learning and Undergraduate Research Experiences

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Sustainable energy is a critical area of importance nationally and internationally in terms of education and workforce development. To address this need, K-State has implemented a National Science Foundation (NSF ...

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Room Temperature Biologial Sample Storage Programs at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Researchers at Stanford University and the School of Medicine can make a direct contribution to energy and resource conservation targets by replacing aging biological sample storage freezers with more efficient ...

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Using Case Studies to Explore a More Just, Sustainable World

  • Colorado State University (CO)

What leadership role can higher education play to challenge what is unsustainable? Case studies represent one proven way to engage students in meaningful discussions about important and complex issues. Drawing ...

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Improved Methods for Measuring the Efficacy of Waste Diversion Programs

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Campus recycling and other waste diversion programs have been growing rapidly over the past several decades. However, surprisingly little empirical evidence exists for assessing the efficacy of these programs in ...

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Educating for Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Case studies can engage students in real, difficult, and complex issues (Timpson & Doe, 2008). Funded with a small grant from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado ...

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Addressing Sustainability, Diversity, Peace and Justice

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Case study research and development can be effective for addressing aspects of sustainability but learning does not just happen (Timpson & Doe, 2008). To serve as effective guides, instructors must ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: Model for Collaborative Sustainability Research

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Team (ART) program is part of the student-led Education for Sustainable Living Program, run on several UC campuses across California under the umbrella group the California ...

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Training the next generation of environmental problem solvers

  • Colorado State University (CO)

a) Background

The most critical issues facing the world stem from complex interactions between humans and the environment. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at CSU established 2008 is ...

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Sustainability in Christian Higher Education: A Look at Pepperdine University

  • Pepperdine University (CA)

It has been assumed by many that Christian universities and colleges have little to offer discussions about sustainability because far too many Christians have disregarded the magnitude of environmental problems ...

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How Three Institutions Achieved Progressive Measures of Environmental Sustainability

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use a comparative case study to examine how higher education institutions achieved progressive measures of environmental sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach: The study ...

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Vernadsky's biosphere and noosphere: A ready-to-use conceptual framework for teaching sustainability

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Although the world recognized the importance of education for a sustainable future and we now live through the sixth year of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

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Core Competencies in Learning for Sustainability

  • 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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Climate Neutral Research Campuses

  • Alliance for Sustainable Energy (CO)

Climate Neutral: Research Campuses

Center of Excellence Provides Resources to Achieve Climate Neutrality

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A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Apparel Consumption among Undergraduate Students

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The purpose of this two-part study is to examine relationships between knowledge of and attitudes towards sustainability in the apparel and textile (AT) industry and students' apparel purchasing behaviors.

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Why Sustainability Needs Aesthetics

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Sustainability is not value-neutral. It requires a recalibration of values in order to be able to correct our current unsustainable practices. The deposing of aesthetics--and in particular, of beauty--is part ...

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Towards Place-based Engagement in the University District of Portland

  • Portland State University (OR)

The City of Portland's EcoDistrict Initiative is an emerging concept for modeling sustainable development within the Portland Metro region. The EcoDistricts Initiative is a multi-sectoral collaboration which seeks to ...

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Gaian Methodologies - An Emergent Confluence of Sustainability Research Innovation

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Gaian Methodologies flourish as a green and growing global research convergence. Sustainability extends beyond campus infrastructure; nature's design and organizing insights and patterns can inform research methods and guide ...

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The Journal of Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological ...

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Partnering with Local Government to Promote Sustainable Development

  • Randolph College (VA)

Research partnerships between colleges and local government can be an effective way to promote sustainability at the community level. This project applied principles of conservation development to the analysis of ...

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Institutionalizing sustainability in community colleges: role of the college president

  • Spokane Community College (WA)

The purpose of this completed doctoral research study was to describe and improve understanding of the meaning of institutionalized sustainability and the role that a college president plays in institutionalizing ...

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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).

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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.