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Engagement of Academic Libraries and Information Science Schools in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability: An Exploratory Study Membership Required

In 2010, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released, “Sustainability curriculum in higher education: A call to action,” encouraging infusion of sustainability topics into universities' teaching ...

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Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries Membership Required

Academic libraries must respond to the increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability. This edited ...

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Center for Religion and Environment Membership Required

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Center for Religion and Environment’s threefold mission is to help students and the broader community integrate religious belief with care for the environment, to prepare students across the ...

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Campus Sustainability Leadership Professional Certificate Program

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership

As we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, colleges, universities, and other institutions must play a critical role in developing innovative ...

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Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) is the coordinating hub for energy and climate research at UC Berkeley. BECI fosters collaboration between UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL ...

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Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center promotes economically efficient reductions in energy demand through research, education and dissemination of information. PEEC is an independent research lab that works with all seven ...

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Internal Carbon Accounting at a Small Liberal Arts College Membership Required

  • Vassar College (NY)

As colleges and universities pursue greenhouse gas reductions, it has become clear that some

approach is necessary for putting a price on carbon emissions and communicating that cost to energy ...

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The Impact of Environmental Science Research Membership Required

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the impact of research undertaken by UK universities for the first time. Universities submitted case studies to demonstrate their research impacts on “the ...

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One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship Membership Required

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

The One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and ...

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Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is a university-wide center for research, academic program enhancement, and engagement with industry and the energy policy community.

We work with faculty in many departments ...

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University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Global sustainability depends on a robust global economy, a healthy environment, clean energy services, and a stable climate. Yet these issues are major policy challenges on which progress has been ...

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Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Membership Required

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

The PCSE supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. It offers workshops and trainings, specialized counseling and networking services ...

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The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship — A Call to Action

  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) (DC)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), issued ...

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Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP)

  • University of Southampton

The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and ...

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Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges Membership Required

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Maastricht University
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Arizona State University (AZ)

There is emerging agreement that sustainability challenges require new ways of knowledge production and decision-making. One key aspect of sustainability science, therefore, is the involvement of actors from outside academia ...

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From the Porcupine Caribou to the San Francisco Peaks: Applied Holistic Sustainability in North America Membership Required

  • Sierra Nevada College (NV)

A framework of Holistic Sustainability sheds light on understanding past failures and informing present realities that pave the way for future opportunities. The current state of sustainable development is flawed ...

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Building Change Agent Competencies Through Community-Based Research Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Community-based research (CBR) is a powerful pedagogy that engages students with community partners in authentic research that benefits the community while supporting students' development of change agent competencies and dispositions ...

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Successes & challenges of a Community-University experiment in local food system development in Southeast Minnesota Membership Required

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Highlighting cohort experiences & research outcomes of the Southeast MN Foodshed Planning Initiative (SEFPI), our panel will engage participants in a broader discussion about effective practices for community-university partnerships that ...

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New Research About Bin Set-Up to Increase Recycling In Offices Membership Required

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This presentation will review a new study commissioned by Keep America Beautiful that shows how the arrangement recycling and trash bins in office settings can lead to a 20% increase ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: student-staff-faculty collaborative research on campus sustainability Membership Required

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

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

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Encouraging social norms when there are none: promoting unpopular sustainable behaviors Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Research has shown the importance that social norms hold in influencing a person's behavior. Our own research has found this positive influence specifically in regards to undergraduate students and ...

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Measuring and Reducing Campus Nitrogen Footprints Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Dickinson College (PA)

Humans have substantially altered the nitrogen cycle, releasing reactive nitrogen to the environment at an annual rate twice that of natural fluxes. Increased releases of reactive nitrogen have cascading adverse ...

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Campus Sustainability in Christian Higher Education: Symbolic Value Claims or Substantive Organizational Change? Membership Required

  • Carroll University (WI)

Environmental activism about climate change and sustainability-related issues is increasing on conservative Protestant campuses in the U.S. Highly religious Christian students are engaging their peers to increase sustainability awareness ...

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Teaching and Learning Sustainable Chemistry K-16: From Classroom Application and Analysis to Assessment and Refinement Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This presentation explores aspects of 'sustainable chemistry.' The research assesses the challenges of 'teaching sustainable chemistry' in K-16 classrooms through an experimental course, CHEM/EDUC580 at Colorado State University with ...

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Integrating Chemistry and Sustainability Using Guided Inquiry Learning and Project Based Labs Membership Required

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

With support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (TUES) grant and working with three colleagues from Stony Brook University's Sustainability ...

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The Institute for Green and Sustainable Science: An EPA model program in cross-disciplinary sustainability education Membership Required

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • Marian University (IN)

The Institute for Green and Sustainable Science (IGSS) is a research, education, and outreach center engaging in the study of sustainability issues, particularly in ecology, green chemistry, and energy science ...

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Integrating Environmental Issues Into Social Sciences, Business, And Humanities Courses Using Ecological Worldview Principles Membership Required

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Environmental problems are actually human behavior problems. Social sciences and humanities are important contributors for addressing environmental sustainability as they investigate and explain human behavior. Yet for faculty, integrating sustainability ...

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A Multiple Methods Approach to Exploring Conservation Decision Making on the Farm: From Theory to Application Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Balancing agricultural production and water resource protection is a major challenge across the U.S. In Minnesota, where both water and agriculture are fundamental to the state's heritage, modern ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Micro-Housing Alternatives Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

The 'Tiny House' movement is an architectural and social phenomenon that promotes simple living in small homes. Depending on the design, a Tiny House may offer a sustainable housing option ...

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Using Green Chemistry to Introduce and Promote Sustainability in the Chemistry Curriculum and Profession Membership Required

  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NY)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum (MN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Through its guiding principles, green chemistry provides a means for introducing topics of sustainability, ethics, and human health and safety into chemistry and related STEM curricula. It is the science ...

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Thinking Outside the Box: Evidence-based Data Collection for Sustainability Reporting Membership Required

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Sustrana LLC (PA)

This session will cover innovative and practical ways to gather meaningful data through real-world, applied scenarios. Specifically, the presenters will share methods for developing accurate heuristics for sustainability reporting in ...

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A Doctoral Program in Sustainability Education: the Student Experience Membership Required

  • University of Mount Union (OH)
  • Prescott College (AZ)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Four recent graduates and a current student will describe their individualized approached to the PhD program in sustainability education. This panel discussion will include graduate experiences, descriptions of their individualized ...

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Developing Energy Management Programs for a More Sustainable Campus Membership Required

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills (CA)
  • Enlighted Inc. (CA)

In 2012, California State University Dominguez Hills' Central Plant Manager, Kenny Seeton, was tasked with finding a way to limit energy expenditures on campus in order to meet the university ...

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Aligning sustainability education with the needs of business Membership Required

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (OR)

How is higher education preparing students to be sustainability professionals? What sustainability skills do businesses look for? How can professional certification help businesses, academics and most importantly, the students themselves ...

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Undergraduates in a Sustainability Semester: Agency and Structural Change for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Goshen College (IN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Many Sustainability Education (SE) researchers are interested in understanding how our students envision the mechanisms of social change, and how to help them develop capacity to make the change they ...

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Why students should shower with their phones: The call for shorter showers Membership Required

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)
  • NORESCO (NC)

Do students know how long they are in the shower? Are students able to mentally time their shower? How can we encourage students to decrease their time in the shower ...

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The Healthy Green Campus: Using Evidence Based Approaches to Integrate Health and Well-being into Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Silent Spring Institute (MA)

The latest research in sustainable development is focused on human health and well-being as a driving force of holistic sustainability efforts, and Harvard University sees this as a critical topic ...

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The Real Food Calculator: Real Metrics, Transparency, & Accountability for Tracking Sustainable Food Procurement Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What is just or sustainable food? How do we thoroughly and appropriately assess it in our cafeterias? Dig into the complexities of labels, certifications, and standards for 'real food' as ...

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Embedding undergraduate-led ecology experiments into temporary public art to transition vacant urban spaces Membership Required

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Public Art Saint Paul (MN)

Over 50% of the global population currently lives in urban areas, and 3.2 billion more urban residents are predicted by 2050. Urbanized areas already produce most human-associated carbon emissions ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Project at Univ of MN Duluth: A Site-Based Land Lab for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

This proposal presents multiple perspectives on the creation and use of the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP). Founded in 2009, the SAP Farm is a site based laboratory for sustainability with ...

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Bridging the Gap: Building High Performing K-12 Schools That Ready Students for Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Healthy school environments are an important part of maintaining the safety, health and well-being of students in their everyday lives in both K-12 and higher education. Higher education institutions have ...

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Assessing Sustainability Attitudes: A New Multi-Dimensional Measure Membership Required

  • Central College (IA)

The rise of sustainability curricula in higher education has coincided with increasing calls for academic assessment, and a variety of tools have been developed to measure sustainability literacy and attitudes ...

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The effect of Infiltration basins and raingardens to clean snowmelt: An integrative learning project in sustainability Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Infiltration basins and raingardens have growing popularity for their effectiveness as well as being aesthetically pleasing. In 2012, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN put in an infiltration basin in an ...

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Using Student Research to Motivate Institutional Change Membership Required

  • Grinnell College (IA)

We recently took six students on a research trip to Germany to investigate sustainability practices there, with the aim of understanding why Germany is so far ahead of the U ...

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Post Occupancy Evaluation: A Classic Detective Game Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

Buildings everywhere are underperforming relative to the goals they were designed to meet. Post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) are an effective method to uncover performance problems through assessments of energy use, indoor ...

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Caloric Output of Global Agriculture 1961-2012 Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

It is conventionally suggested that world food production must double to feed world population by mid-century. To evaluate this claim, an inventory of global agricultural production from 1961 to 2012 ...

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A Multi-Decadal Appraisal of the Demotechnic Index: 1980-2012 Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

The Demotechnic Index (D-Index) is a metric of energy efficiency calculated by summing technological energy use and metabolic energy requirements of a population then dividing by the metabolic energy requirement ...

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Student Perceptions of the Temporal Domain of Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability is 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. The temporal domain of 'future generations' and thus ...

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Third Annual AASHE Workshop on Research Methods for Sustainability - Focus on Assessment Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

AASHE 3rd WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH METHODS FOR SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS ON ASSESSEMENT Building on the success of previous workshops, this year, we have chosen to address methods and techniques that support ...

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MinuteEarth: Sustainability Science Education through Online Videos Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We propose to discuss the diversity of approaches to sustainability science education. As one example, we will share some of our MinuteEarth videos (https://www.youtube.com/minuteearth) with the ...

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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.