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Dissertations on Sustainability in Higher Education: A Meta-Study Analysis Membership Required

As a means of examining emerging scholarship on sustainability in higher education (SHE), a bounded qualitative meta-study of SHE dissertations was undertaken in 2012 concurrent with the twentieth anniversary of ...

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Green Campus 2.0 in Korea Membership Required

Since the last 5 years after the establishment of the Green Campus movement in Korea, with a discussion related to the international environmental issues such as climate change, the recognition ...

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Sustainability Scholars Roundtable: Stimulating Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research Membership Required

Learn about how one university has stimulated transdisciplinary research collaboration in sustainability and resilience, despite four major obstacles. First, sustainability can mean different things in different disciplines, preventing common understandings ...

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An Innovative Way to Adapt to a Changing Education Medium: Using Interactive Multimedia-based Information Graphics in the Sustainability Curriculum. Membership Required

265 first-year students at a small Northeast Ohio liberal arts university were asked 14 questions to measure their knowledge of issues relating to sustainability. The questions and answers provided the ...

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Monasteries :"What Campus Sustainability Programs Can Learn From Their Antecedents" Membership Required

This presentation reports on historical influences of rural monasticism and culture on current sustainability practices in higher education. Although not conceived or defined as sustainability, western European monasteries functioned to ...

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An Historian's Critique of the Sustainability Triangle Membership Required

This paper examines the traditional sustainability triangle—economy, environment and society—from an historical perspective. I argue that the sustainability triangle and its attendant well-used concept of sustainable development arose ...

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Collaborative Approach to Understanding Faculty Research and Course Offerings Membership Required

As part of Appalachian State University's commitment to sustainability, a faculty inventory was conducted to determine the nature and extent of research, scholarly activity, and creative production that are ...

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Hope and Sustainability Education: Initiating a Research Collaborative Membership Required

Generating and maintaining hope among students is recognized as a challenge for sustainability educators, but what do we really know about course content and experiences that generate hope rather than ...

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Sustainability: Perspectives of Students as Stakeholders in the Curriculum Membership Required

Using a single case study approach, this doctoral dissertation explores sustainability curricula in a community college setting. Forty students were interviewed using a focus group methodology to discern group norms ...

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The Pedagogy of Sustainability: Applying Transformative Learning Theory Membership Required

Most faculty members are not taught to be teachers. While much of sustainability education research focuses on appropriate teaching methods, faculty looking to integrate sustainability into their classrooms tend to ...

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University of Virginia Collaboration with Private Sector Generates Funding and Research Membership Required

Buildings account for 40 percent of the United States' energy consumption. The University of Virginia Engineering School's Rice Hall Information Technology Engineering Building is facilitating research that can help ...

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Transformation, sustainability and HE. What's really going on? Membership Required

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is an agenda of growing significance in UK Higher Education (HE) and internationally. To date, the focus in HE has been on content rather than process ...

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Making an Orderly Transition to Safer Chemicals, Materials and Products Membership Required

Emerging market opportunities driven by consumer demand and changing regulations in the U.S. and abroad are compelling businesses and organizations up and down the supply chain to ask their ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: A Model for Collaborative Student-Staff-Faculty Research to Improve Campus Sustainability Membership Required

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

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Academic Libraries and Sustainable Scholarly Content Membership Required

This presentation discusses the role of libraries in promoting sustainable practices by creating and utilizing a scholarly model of highlighting intellectual content and communication in academia. University community members aspire ...

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Launching a Sustainability Research Collaborative Membership Required

The purpose of the Sustainability Research Collaborative is to bridge sustainability research with emerging operational questions among partner institutions. We believe that the pace of transformative sustainability will accelerate within ...

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Egyptian Sustainable Urbanism (ESU): An Experimental Study of the Academic Role towards Glocal Challenges Membership Required

This research is about an experiment of creating a stimulating laboratory of innovative concepts and thorough studies based on the national sustainable urban perspective of Egypt. It demonstrates an overview ...

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Infusing and Integrating Sustainability Across Research and Teaching Membership Required

A public university that is learner-centered and research oriented needs support in its mission and sustainability commitments. Since 2008, our University has made major strides toward building a campus culture ...

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Less Un-Sustainable or Creating a Path Toward Sustainability? An Inquiry Into Second-Order Change Management for Higher Education Membership Required

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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No Campus Is An Island: College Sustainability As Interdependence vs. Self-Sufficiency Membership Required

Definitions of sustainability at institutions of higher education often hearken back to the 1987 Brundtland Commission report, Our Common Future, yet many fail to capture its global scope, resulting in ...

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Lost in Translation: The transfer of Climate Change knowledge into sustainable behaviour among the students at the University of Auckland Membership Required

Behaviour change has been identified broadly as a function of how people perceive particular issues based on their interests, values and norms. As such, the notion of framing issues has ...

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SustaiNAITability Membership Required

As members of a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management capstone applied research team, we were able to establish NAIT as the first member of Polytechnics Canada to receive a ...

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UBC Solar: An Example of Student Directed Faculty-Student Research Partnerships Membership Required

The research interests of faculty members direct most of the academic output in university environments. While there are opportunities for students to suggest research topics, these are largely limited to ...

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University of Northern BC Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, with Primary Consideration to Wind Energy Membership Required

This project performed through the University of Northern BC and funded by the UNBC Green Fund. The primary objective of the study was to examine the wind energy potential for ...

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Campus Citizenship Behavior: A Motivational Analysis for Change Membership Required

All intentional behavior is a function of motivational forces within the individual to engage in certain actions while forgoing other actions. Classic theories of motivation such as expectancy theory, equity ...

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Engaging Communities in Planning for Sustainability: Lessons from Community-University Partnerships in the Twin Cities Membership Required

The Community Growth Planning Assistance Center (CGPAC), housed at a university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, provides land-use planning assistance to local communities on the developing edge of the ...

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Developing Sustainability Leaders: Applying a Transformative Leadership Framework at the University of Michigan Membership Required

Leading institutions of higher education are increasingly utilizing the campus as a laboratory not only for implementing "green projects" but also for developing the skill set in students to lead ...

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Optimism and Inspiration in Sustainability Education Membership Required

With all the depressing news on various local, national, and global problems how can we connect with students, as well as others on campus, around these issues without turning them ...

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Where do I start? Resources available for the academic study of sustainablity in higher education Membership Required

For the student of higher education, entering the world of sustainability can be quite overwhelming. This presentation provides a review of academic resources available for the student of sustainability in ...

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Finding Funding Resources in Sustainability Membership Required

Many colleges and universities find creating a strong research agenda utilizing external funding in areas of sustainability a difficult challenge. This briefing will review trends in sustainability funding at the ...

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

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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. Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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. Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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 Membership Required

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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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

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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.