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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

  • 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

  • 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)

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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)

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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 ...

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Water Conservation at the University of Houston

  • 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.

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The Contribution of Social Sciences to Sustainable Development at Universities Membership Required

This volume presents contemporary, state-of-the-art examples of how social science theories, models, and findings can advance all aspects of campus sustainability, an area that has so far been largely neglected ...

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Campus greenhouse for local and sustainable tropical food production and education at Bellairs Research Institute Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Bellairs facility is located at Folkestone, Barbados. It hosts many students and scientists from McGill and around the world for field courses, workshops and research projects. This project's ...

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Renewable Energy at Harvey Mudd: The Design, Construction and Life Cycle Analysis of a Solar-Powered ParaSOL Membership Required

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Colleges across the country are beginning to integrate renewable technologies on their campuses. Privately and publicly funded projects have brought large solar arrays to parking lots and rooftops, but have ...

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Study to Reduce Peak Electrical Demand Charges for the John C. Hodges Library Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The goal of this project is to design electrical and thermal storage systems that will reduce electrical consumption during periods of peak demand and thereby save the University money in ...

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Report on the Study Group on Climate Change Participatory Workshop Membership Required

  • Smith College (MA)

New England’s climate is projected to experience signifiant changes in the near future, including warmer temperatures, varied precipitation and extended periods of drought, with more extreme rainfall and snowfall ...

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The role of students in the co-creation of transformational knowledge and sustainability experiments: Experiences from Sweden, Japan and the USA Membership Required

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Tokyo
  • Lund University

Accompanying realizations that engagement of multiple societal sectors (academia, industry, government, citizenry) and disciplines are required for formulating effective responses to complex sustainability challenges, calls for new forms of knowledge ...

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Sustainability reporting in higher education: a comprehensive review of the recent literature and paths for further research Membership Required

Over the last decade, sustainability reporting (SR) has gained importance in both profit and non-profit environments. In spite of the slowly emerging trend of SR in higher education, it is ...

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Future sustainability scenarios for universities: moving beyond the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Membership Required

As achievements of the completed United Nations Decade (2005-2014) of Education for Sustainable Development are contemplated globally, along with potential steps forward for the future, Member States have urged that ...

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Netter Center for Community Partnerships Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve ...

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Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Membership Required

  • Sterling College (VT)

Recognizing that building a healthy and just food system is among the most critical challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food ...

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Center for Sustainable Business Practices Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Part of the Business Innovation Institute at the Lundquist College of Business and housed in one of the nation's most environmentally friendly business school facilities, the Center for Sustainable ...

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A Strategy for Energy Performance Analysis at the Early Design Stage: Predicted vs. Actual Building Energy Performance Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Developments in information technology are providing methods to improve current design practices, where uncertainties about various design elements can be simulated and studied from the design inception. Energy and thermal ...

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Center for Education on Social Responsibility Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The purpose of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) is to advance the Leeds School of Business’ commitment to preparing future leaders to confront social, environmental, economic, and ...

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Prairie Climate Atlas Membership Required

  • University of Winnipeg (MB)

The new Prairie Climate Atlas is an interactive, online tool that uses climate data, geovisualizations and multimedia to map the dramatic changes predicted for the Canadian Prairies. The Atlas is ...

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How We Came to Inhabit These Spaces: Reflections on the Role of Place in Our Individual and Collective Journeys as Emerging Sustainability Scholars Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper provides a descriptive analysis of the experience of four doctoral students engaged in a collective project of place exploration at a mid sized Canadian university. Under the methodological ...

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The methodology and results of using life cycle assessment to measure and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions footprint of Major Events at the University of Arizona Membership Required

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2012 and 2013, the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability conducted environmental life cycle assessments of two Homecoming events that drew 60,000 attendees each. Based on reviews ...

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An Economical Analysis of the USFSP Solar Parking Garage Membership Required

  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg (FL)

This undergraduate student paper was accepted without revision as an oral presentation at the ICES 2016: 18th International Conference on Energy held in Paris. The topic is an economical analysis ...

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A Statistical Analysis of the USFSP Solar Parking Garage Membership Required

  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg (FL)

This undergraduate student paper was accepted without revision as an oral presentation at the ICES 2016 : 18th International Conference on Energy held in Paris. The topic is a statistical analysis ...

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Monash Sustainability Institute Membership Required

  • Monash University (VIC)

The Monash Sustainability Institute tackles sustainability challenges head on with distinctive interdisciplinary approach. It pulls together scientists, lawyers, economists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, health professionals, training experts and more to develop ...

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Centre for Sustainability Management Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

The Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) conducts research, teaching and continuous education in the fields of entrepreneurial sustainability management, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social entrepreneurship. With a strong focus ...

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Academic Jet-Setting in a Time of Climate Destabilization: Ecological Privilege and Professional Geographic Travel Membership Required

  • Vassar College (NY)

This article analyzes the interrelationship among resource consumption, sociospatial justice, and what is popularly known as global warming by interrogating the ecological footprint of professional geographers, especially in terms of ...

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The Carbon Footprint of Conference Papers Membership Required

The action required to stem the environmental and social implications of climate change depends crucially on how humankind shapes technology, economy, lifestyle and policy. With transport CO2 emissions accounting for ...

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Sustainable Science? Reducing the Carbon Impact of Scientific Mega-Meetings Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of North Texas (TX)

Scientists across the globe recognize the importance of reducing carbon emissions to combat climate change. At the same time, we have increased our carbon footprint through air travel to the ...

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Responsible academia: optimizing conference locations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions Membership Required

  • Florida International University (FL)

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to many scientists, including ecologists and conservation biologists, are often much greater than those attributable to average non-scientists (Fox et al. 2009, Synolakis and ...

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Carbon footprint of science: More than flying Membership Required

  • University of Leuven

Previous efforts to evaluate the climate change impact of researchers have focused mainly on transport related impact of conference attendance, and infrastructure. Because these represent only a part of the ...

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Academic mobility in the Anthropocene era: a comparative study of university policy at three New Zealand institutions Membership Required

  • University of Otago
  • University of Auckland

Anthropogenic climate change is a wicked problem, requiring fundamental behavioural and technological responses now, in the Anthropocene, a term denoting the current era of human dominance of biological, chemical and ...

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