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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Outlooks for a More Sustainable Building Stock Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Despite all progress made in this domain, the building stock is still at its infancy when it comes to achieving zero environmental impact and zero fossil fuels utilization. The harnessing ...

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Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes Membership Required

  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Southern Queensland (QLD)

This book examines the role of transdisciplinarity - a form of research and practice that synthesises knowledge from a range of academic disciplines and from the community - in the transformations needed ...

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Obama, Bill Gates to lead major effort to spur spending on climate research Membership Required

  • The Washington Post (DC)

This article describes the launch of two separate initiatives to invest billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. "Mission Innovation” is a commitment by countries - including United States ...

  • Posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 Membership Required

  • United Nations Environment Programme

This report tracks private and public investments in renewable energy, including research and development funding. Key findings in relation to R&D funding include:

  • Research and development spending on renewable energy ...
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Sustainable university research and development: inspecting sustainability in higher education research Membership Required

  • Leuphana University L├╝neburg

Sustainability in higher education is dominated by practical ‘greening the campus’ programs and initiatives. This paper examines sustainable university research and development projects as part of the ‘greening the campus ...

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Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape Membership Required

This report describes a bibliometric analysis of the sustainability science research landscape between 2009 and 2013. Key findings include:

  1. Research on sustainability has grown almost twice as fast as research ...
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Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

The $5 million, 16,000-square-foot facility will help the college continue to produce more job-ready graduates for manufacturers who want to find well-trained workers. Within the SAMC, which is located ...

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The interrelations between competences for sustainable development and research competences Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore how competences for sustainable development and research interrelate within a context of competence-based higher education. Specific focus is oriented towards strengthening ...

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Urban & Environmental Policy Institute Membership Required

  • Occidental College (CA)

The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is a research, policy, and advocacy, organization at Occidental College committed to bringing about social change and a more just, livable and green ...

  • Posted 7 months ago
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Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Performance and Energy Use Tests Membership Required

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

During fall 2015 and winter 2016, staff and students from the University of California , Riverside Office of Sustainability evaluated three energy efficient Ultra Low Temperature Freezers. This study tested the ...

  • Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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Stanford Photos for Top Performer Categories Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Below are some photos that capture sustainability on Stanford's campus in the four categories in Research, Buildings, Water, and Diversity & Affordability.

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability and research photos Membership Required

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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ESF Sustainability Membership Required

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

  • Posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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UConn Reserach Gathers Critical Information Needed in Fight to Save Wildlife Membership Required

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

An international group of top biologists led by UConn ecologist Mark Urban is calling for a coordinated effort to gather important species information that is urgently needed to improve predictions ...

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Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Ocean Research Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

The World Surf League is investing $1.5 million in first-year funding for ocean science at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as part of an innovative new philanthropy called ...

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Columbia University: Tree-Ring Extraction Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

Williams and the others set to work extracting tree rings, by which they can gauge how various species have reacted to past swings in precipitation and temperature. The basic tool ...

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Renewable Energy Projects at UC Santa Cruz Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, a cross-disciplinary group of engineering undergraduates--the "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project" team--shows off its senior capstone design project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy ...

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Climate Ready BU - Assessing the Campus for the Impacts of Climate Change Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Much of the Boston University campuses are located less than five feet above today's high tide. With projections for sea level rise a cause for concern this century, the ...

  • Posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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Energy Initiatives at Mohawk College Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Applied wind and solar energy projects at the Fennell Campus of Mohawk College support teaching, learning and research on campus.

PV Solar panels on the roof of the David Braley ...

  • Posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Learning Exchange Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

The Learning Exchange is LEED® Gold Certified, incorporating technologies that reduce the building’s overall energy consumption. Building systems are exposed to create a living lab for Engineering Technology students ...

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Mohawk Energy Research Centre Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

An Engineering Technology student monitors a solar panel as part of the Mohawk Energy Research Centre (MERC).

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Higher education for sustainable development: a systematic review Membership Required

Purpose

This study aims to provide a complete understanding of academic research into higher education for sustainable development (HESD).

Design/methodology/approach

This study utilizes a systematic review of four ...

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RDI Event Oct 2015 Membership Required

  • Selkirk College (BC)

Dr. Terri MacDonald presenting at the Applied Research & Innovation Centre-Rural Development Institute and Association of Kooteny Boundary Local Governments-AgingAging Kootenays Event - Oct2015

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UCR Green Lab in Action Membership Required

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

UCR is implementing a Green Lab Program to engage researchers on the Sustainability. An energy efficient Ultra-Low Temperature freezer is loan to encourage the defrost of their ULT, allowing to ...

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New Student Sustainability Fee Impacts Buildings, Research, and Student Activities Membership Required

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

A part of the newly implemented Student Sustainability Fee was allocated to competitive grants open to students, faculty and staff. In the first round of competition, the fee was able ...

  • Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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Event organized by Institut EDDEC Membership Required

  • Polytechnique Montreal (QC)

This photo was taken during the "Transition towards a circular economy: opportunities and challenges for Quebec and Canada" event organized by the EDDEC Institute in May 2016 in Montreal.

  • Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) Membership Required

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University, Los Angeles Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) opened on May 7, 2014. The station is capable of producing hydrogen onsite from 100% renewable energy ...

  • Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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Water Conservation at the University of Houston Membership Required

  • University of Houston (TX)

A group of University of Houston students enrolled in Energy & Sustainability with similar interests in water conservation investigated a potential water-saving solution for the University of Houston.

Their research ...

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University of Manitoba BEE / HOUSE / LAB Open International Design Competition Membership Required

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

BEE / HOUSE / LAB is an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers in the field of environmental design, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial ...


Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences Membership Required

Subscription journals have been converting or “flipping” to open access (OA) for about as long as OA has been an option. For just as long, OA proponents have been writing ...

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Sustainability Science: Field Methods and Exercises Membership Required

Describes the theory and practice of field methods in Sustainability Science, a program at a growing number of universities. This book builds up on the experience and lessons learned by ...

  • Posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago
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Co-designing research on transgressive learning in times of climate change Membership Required

  • Wageningen University

This paper reflects on the epistemological context for the co-design of a research programme on transformative, transgressive learning emerging at the nexus of climate change, water and food security, energy ...

  • Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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Sustainability Programming is an Ethical Obligation for Higher Education in the Environmental Century Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Development of a sustainable relationship with our natural resources is an imperative for any meaningful quality of life as climate change poses the ultimate test of our adaptability as a ...

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Ethical internationalisation in higher education: interfaces with international development and sustainability Membership Required

This analysis is situated within a larger project focusing on ethics and internationalization in higher education. Internationalization is occurring at a fast pace and encompasses overlapping and contradictory aims largely ...

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Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education: islands of progress in a sea of dysfunction Membership Required

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Unity College (ME)

This essay describes the inequity faced by most interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) degree programs and the impact of that inequity on student and faculty experiences. Despite the urgent need ...

  • Posted 11 months ago
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Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Membership Required

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography exists to promote a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in the education of future leaders in marine biodiversity and conservation ...

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Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Membership Required

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

Climate change is in motion. If societies do not respond, their populations face water and food shortages and severe economic disruptions. Countless plant and animal species will be at risk ...

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Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Project and Campus As A Living Laboratory Digital Archive Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Undergraduates in the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University (OSU) complete a capstone course where student research teams analyze specific action priorities of the ...

  • Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago
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First Student Sustainability Symposium Membership Required

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
  • New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJ)

Innovation of Sustainable Communities was a unique symposium organized by students who are passionate about sustainability. Anyone who shares the same passion with them, was welcome to attend! The symposium ...

  • Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
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Roles for university researchers in urban sustainability initiatives: the UK Newcastle Low Carbon Neighbourhoods project Membership Required

  • Kingston University London

There is considerable debate regarding the contribution to be made by higher education institutions and the researchers they employ in realising environmentally sustainable urban spaces, and the relationship between academic ...

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UTRGV Campus Tree Care Report: Proposal for sustaining a healthy and vibrant campus community forest Membership Required

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

The benefits the forest will provide are myriad. Large trees give us a sense of place and belonging by ensuring landmarks for the future, and add aesthetic beauty to the ...

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Project Sin Fronteras Membership Required

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Project Sin Fronteras is a project without borders, crossing institutional boundaries, and transforming sustainability concepts and practices into enriched curriculum and research. It provides a two-pronged approach to education for ...

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Student participation in the co-creation of knowledge and social experiments for advancing sustainability: experiences from the University of Tokyo Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)
  • University of Tokyo
  • University College London (London)

Universities around the world are increasingly engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations for the co-creation of knowledge, tools and experiments with social and technical systems for advancing societal sustainability. With much of ...

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Encouraging a Culture of Laboratory Sustainability: A Case Study from the University of Texas at Austin Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Labs comprise about 20% of the floor area at the University of Texas at Austin but account for an estimated 30% of the campus energy consumption. Furthermore, they generate large ...

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Quantifying the components of the mass and energy balance of a black soldier fly (BSF) food waste composting system Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Project Description:

An academic institution represents a constrained system that generates a consistent amount of waste. Bioconversion of organic food waste with Black solider fly (Hermetia illucens;Diptera: Stratiomyidae) larave ...

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Developing and Validating the Just Sustainability Inventory Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Assessment and evaluation of programs are core components of ethical professional practice for student affairs administrators in higher education. This paper reports on the author’s dissertation research designing and ...

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For the Planet Leadership Series: Building Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The “For the Planet Leadership Series” is a five-week professional development course planned, researched, and taught by Senior Alyssa Wolverton at the University of North Texas. Her goal was to ...

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Map More, Waste Less: A Study in How GIS Helps Texas A&M Prevent Waste Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Introduction:

During the Spring of 2016, the Texas A&M Geography Society, a student organization that performs undergraduate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research, set out to help SSC Services for Education ...

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PhD Thesis: Sustainability reporting as a tool for management control and organisational change in higher education Membership Required

The pursuit for a sustainable society has received increased attention over the last decades, due to global problems the world has been confronted with, such as population growth, climate change ...

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Seeking learning outcomes appropriate for ‘education for sustainable development’ and for higher education Membership Required

  • University of Otago

This article shares and extends research-based developments at the University of Otago, New Zealand, that seek to explore how students’ worldviews change as they experience higher education with us. We ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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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.