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Stewardship Science: Connecting undergraduate-led sustainability research with community service Membership Required

Growing environmental challenges make sustainability science training a pressing educational goal. Given the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems, strategies are needed to recruit students with diverse skills to ...

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GIS Field Collection to Support a Tree Inventory for Campus Sustainability Membership Required

To promote sustainability on the University of West Georgia campus a GIS-based field collection application was developed. It is being utilized to collect and maintain characteristics of trees on campus ...

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Measuring Attitudes of and Engagement with Sustainability on a Conservative Campus Membership Required

Having worked within sustainability offices at Utah State University (USU), we have learned the necessity of a knowledge-based approach to encouraging a new environmental ethic. We plan to bring such ...

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NEXUS: Demonstration site for biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource-limited farmers. Membership Required

Appalachian farmers struggle to maintain profitability with limited acreage, low profit margins, small markets and short growing seasons. To extend growing seasons, farmers dedicate some of their acreage to greenhouse ...

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Developing a Model for a Residential Curbside Organics Collection System in Charleston, SC using the Business Model Canvas Membership Required

The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a brainstorming and innovation tool used by businesses to map and design many different business models and ideas. While initially developed as a tool ...

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Data Visualization and Benchmarking Tools for Predictive Sustainable Decision-Making at Georgia Tech Membership Required

Like many universities, we have a lot of data, but decision-makers do not always know how to interpret it or how to use it to set campus priorities. We also ...

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From Pollution to Possibility: A Sustainable Solution to Biodiesel Production Wastewater Membership Required

Biodiesel is often seen as a potential solution to our energy crisis because of its ability to take waste products and convert them into fuel. In Loyola's biodiesel lab ...

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Regional Sustainability as Social Innovation Membership Required

This case study will present research on the connections between sustainability and the growing fields of social innovation and collective impact. How do organizations and communities best address complex social ...

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Putting Biomimicry Thinking into Practice: Lessons learned through an online sustainable design thesis project Membership Required

Biomimicry, the practice of emulating models and strategies in nature, enables designers to see and learn from nature in new ways (Biomimicry Institute). This paper describes the primary learning outcomes ...

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Creative Assessment Strategies for Learning Outcomes Membership Required

Setting learning outcomes for student programs is easy, but figuring out how to measure what they learn has been a challenge for us at Ohio State. Come hear how we ...

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Integrating Research, Learning, and Community: A Curriculum Model for Sustainability Science in Higher Education Membership Required

Are you interested in developing an interdisciplinary course with a research component around an important sustainability issue (i.e. water, energy, food security)? This session provides a working model that ...

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The Case Study Based Research in the Education of Sustainable Architecture Membership Required

Among the variety of employed methodologies, case study based research has been a commonly utilized approach in law, medicine, and business administration. As with these disciplines, case studies are also ...

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The Mass Balance of Humanity: Attempting A Global Inventory Membership Required

The non-renewable resource base on which human technological society depends is finite. While this is quite well-understood, estimating the total mass of those non-renewable resources presents a daunting challenge. In ...

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UC Berkeley Plastic Disclosure Project Membership Required

The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) at UC Berkeley discloses the campus' plastic footprint, making it the first University to publicly reveal this information. The objectives of PDP is to measure ...

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The UC Global Food Initiative; Leveraging University Research and Best Practices to Achieve Ambitious Global Goals Membership Required

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano challenged the University of California system to leverage the innovative research and best practices that we have developed through our operations and curriculum ...

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Sustainability doesn't mean everything to everybody.' A foundational vocabulary for courses in urban sustainability Membership Required

There is growing consensus on learning outcomes in sustainability education, including systems thinking, interdisciplinarity, ethical growth, team problem-solving, and more. This paper explores the knowledge and learning outcomes students should ...

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Design, Installation and Evaluation of Sustainable Concrete Sidewalks on UMD Campus for Research and Learning Membership Required

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material on the planet; however, the production of cement, the binder that holds concrete together, is responsible for 5-8% of global anthropogenic CO2 ...

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Sustainable polymers in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory Membership Required

The topic of plastics and their negative effect on the environment and human health is a relevant and important topic appropriate for the diverse population of students enrolled in a ...

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Collective Action and Sustainability Membership Required

Sustainability problems including climate change, hyper-consumption, water stress, deforestation, etc. are all wicked problems. A few underlying elements are pervasive in these sustainability issues. Each problem is at a scale ...

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Examining Environmental Justice Locally: A Case for Student Engagement and Integrated Curricular Content Membership Required

Environmental justice is often perceived as primarily an international issue. This case study uses social worker experiences to demonstrate the scope of environmental injustice in our own backyards. Social workers ...

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Environmental Literacy and it's Implications for Effective Public Policy Formation Membership Required

Environmental literacy is a measure of a person's knowledge about the interactions of humans and their environments, environmental issues, and the various connections in ecological systems. Recent studies have ...

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Researching the Researchers: Developing a Sustainability Research Inventory Membership Required

Developing a sustainability research inventory at a tier-one research university can prove challenging. Thousands of research faculty, inconsistencies in reporting, limited direct access to faculty and staff, and ambiguous data ...

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What’s Hope Got to Do With It? A Research Collaborative Membership Required

Sustainability educators often hear they must be careful not to share too much distressing information with their students and colleagues because they risk sending them into a passive, shut-down mode ...

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The Campus Farm Movement: A Survey of Campus Agriculture in N. American Membership Required

David Orr wrote in 1991, "It might have been different had agriculture evolved instead within the liberal arts colleges.” Orr was lamenting the specialization of agricultural education within land grant ...

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University Research in Support of Local Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

In this poster presentation, faculty researchers from Portland State University will share examples of meaningful partnerships with the local community and demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between research and practice. During ...

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Making Greener Labs Programs a Value Add Membership Required

Research and teaching laboratories have a special set of circumstances that impact sustainability intervention efforts. Labs are high-impact both in terms of resource use and in terms of student learning ...

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Resolving real world sustainability problems through undergraduate research in chemistry Membership Required

Involving two-year college students in sustainability research has several inherent challenges. Students have a short window of opportunity to engage in research, students do not have as much educational background ...

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Speed dating for scientists: Converting research to action Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

“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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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. Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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? Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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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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.