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Campus Sustainability and Institutional Change: The Role of Public Interest Research Groups in Canada Membership Required

In the forty years that sustainability has become part of the environmental literature, the role of education has been an important issue. Numerous international declarations have identified institutions of higher ...

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Challenges when NOT Preaching to the Choir: Gaps in Faculty Salience towards Environmental Sustainability. Membership Required

The foundation of catalyzing an awareness of environmental issues can be established in understanding the currently held beliefs and behaviors toward environmental sustainability within the campus population. Many university wide ...

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Moving Beyond Carbon: A Nitrogen Footprint Model for the University of Virginia Membership Required

The human creation of reactive nitrogen by food and energy production has profound beneficial and detrimental impacts on people and the environment. Agricultural uses, including both food production and consumption ...

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Would You Like Crabs With That? A Complex Systems Simulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Membership Required

Over the past two years an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a major research university has designed and built a web-based multiplayer simulation game of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with ...

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Designing the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center: a Multi-University Collaboration Membership Required

Students developing sustainability literacy typically study science, technology, economics and social considerations, but art and culture are often excluded. The paper argues that they are essential for a comprehensive understanding ...

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Framing a research agenda for Campus Sustainability Membership Required

What kind of research is needed to advance sustainability on our campuses? What are the research opportunities that can bridge faculty expertise and campus sustainability efforts? How can we use ...

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Identifying Change Management Strategies for Sustainability: Building on lessons from Public Health, Ecology, and Business Management Membership Required

Efforts to improve sustainability at higher education institutions often require challenging shifts in organizational priorities, patterns of behavior, management strategies, and community expectations. In guiding these shifts, sustainability leaders must ...

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Sustainable Scientists: Integrating Lab Users into Sustainable Laboratory Solutions Membership Required

Research laboratories are typically the most energy-intensive spaces on university campuses. While energy usage is largely driven by ventilation needs, plug loads and user behavior are significant factors. Barriers to ...

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Sustainable Building Energy Systems: Independent Evaluation for Improved Decision-Making Membership Required

Southern Research Institute - an affiliate of UAB - operates the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Technology Center for the U.S. EPA. The GHG Center evaluates technologies that provide improved energy efficiency, GHG ...

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Building Global Bridges to Sustainability Research/Collaborations in Higher Education Membership Required

The institutional repository (IR) concept was designed and created by faculty and librarians to showcase scholarly activity at the academy. The Open Access (OA) model upon which IR's are ...

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Advancing Sustainability Education: Transformative Learning and Undergraduate Research Experiences Membership Required

Sustainable energy is a critical area of importance nationally and internationally in terms of education and workforce development. To address this need, K-State has implemented a National Science Foundation (NSF ...

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Room Temperature Biologial Sample Storage Programs at Stanford Membership Required

Researchers at Stanford University and the School of Medicine can make a direct contribution to energy and resource conservation targets by replacing aging biological sample storage freezers with more efficient ...

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Using Case Studies to Explore a More Just, Sustainable World Membership Required

What leadership role can higher education play to challenge what is unsustainable? Case studies represent one proven way to engage students in meaningful discussions about important and complex issues. Drawing ...

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Improved Methods for Measuring the Efficacy of Waste Diversion Programs Membership Required

Campus recycling and other waste diversion programs have been growing rapidly over the past several decades. However, surprisingly little empirical evidence exists for assessing the efficacy of these programs in ...

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Educating for Sustainability, Peace and Reconciliation Membership Required

Case studies can engage students in real, difficult, and complex issues (Timpson & Doe, 2008). Funded with a small grant from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado ...

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Addressing Sustainability, Diversity, Peace and Justice Membership Required

Case study research and development can be effective for addressing aspects of sustainability but learning does not just happen (Timpson & Doe, 2008). To serve as effective guides, instructors must ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: Model for Collaborative 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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Training the next generation of environmental problem solvers Membership Required

a) Background

The most critical issues facing the world stem from complex interactions between humans and the environment. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at CSU established 2008 is ...

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Sustainability in Christian Higher Education: A Look at Pepperdine University Membership Required

It has been assumed by many that Christian universities and colleges have little to offer discussions about sustainability because far too many Christians have disregarded the magnitude of environmental problems ...

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How Three Institutions Achieved Progressive Measures of Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use a comparative case study to examine how higher education institutions achieved progressive measures of environmental sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach: The study ...

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Vernadsky's biosphere and noosphere: A ready-to-use conceptual framework for teaching sustainability Membership Required

Although the world recognized the importance of education for a sustainable future and we now live through the sixth year of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

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Core Competencies in Learning for Sustainability 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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Climate Neutral Research Campuses Membership Required

Climate Neutral: Research Campuses

Center of Excellence Provides Resources to Achieve Climate Neutrality

Abstract

A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Apparel Consumption among Undergraduate Students Membership Required

The purpose of this two-part study is to examine relationships between knowledge of and attitudes towards sustainability in the apparel and textile (AT) industry and students' apparel purchasing behaviors.

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Why Sustainability Needs Aesthetics Membership Required

Sustainability is not value-neutral. It requires a recalibration of values in order to be able to correct our current unsustainable practices. The deposing of aesthetics--and in particular, of beauty--is part ...

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Towards Place-based Engagement in the University District of Portland Membership Required

The City of Portland's EcoDistrict Initiative is an emerging concept for modeling sustainable development within the Portland Metro region. The EcoDistricts Initiative is a multi-sectoral collaboration which seeks to ...

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Gaian Methodologies - An Emergent Confluence of Sustainability Research Innovation Membership Required

Gaian Methodologies flourish as a green and growing global research convergence. Sustainability extends beyond campus infrastructure; nature's design and organizing insights and patterns can inform research methods and guide ...

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The Journal of Sustainability Education Membership Required

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological ...

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Partnering with Local Government to Promote Sustainable Development Membership Required

Research partnerships between colleges and local government can be an effective way to promote sustainability at the community level. This project applied principles of conservation development to the analysis of ...

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Institutionalizing sustainability in community colleges: role of the college president Membership Required

The purpose of this completed doctoral research study was to describe and improve understanding of the meaning of institutionalized sustainability and the role that a college president plays in institutionalizing ...

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Scientific Laboratories Becoming More Efficient through Behavioral Changes & Equipment Solutions Membership Required

Laboratories at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) typically use 5-7 times more energy than classroom or office space. Like many universities, until recently, CU laboratories have not been a focal ...

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Strategies to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Lab Buildings on Academic Campuses Membership Required

Laboratory buildings, because of programmatic and safety requirements, remain one of the highest consumers of energy on academic campuses. As campuses develop and implement plans to achieve carbon neutrality commitments ...

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Evaluating Fieldwork for Undergraduate Sustainability Education Membership Required

Many undergraduate instructors consider fieldwork as central to courses in sustainability and environmental studies. Common goals of fieldwork include the development of general and subject-specific skills, opportunity for experiential and ...

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Innovative Programs from UNC's Center for Sustainable Enterprise Membership Required

UNC's Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business has developed two innovative sustainability programs: 1) CSE Consulting is a one of a kind, award-winning program that ...

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Operations and Academics Collaboration for Sustainability on Campus Membership Required

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is Canada's premier polytechnic institution. It operates out of five campuses in western Canada, and it is oriented towards meeting the needs ...

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Impacting Ecological Attitudes and Material Values through Practical Reasoning: Fostering Sustainability Learning in Professional Programs Membership Required

A singular focus on advancing sustainability through science and technology is inadequate to the enterprise of creating a sustainable society. To achieve sustainability, it will be necessary to transform culture ...

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Field Documentation and Survey of Bamboo Structures Membership Required

Development of sustainable construction materials is growing, with research and construction being initiated worldwide. Structural applications of indigenous material resources such as bamboo are an integral part of sustainable development ...

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NWF's Campus Environment 2008 National Survey Findings Membership Required

It has been seven years since NWF Campus Ecology's last national survey, and much has changed in the landscape of campus environmental programs and practices. In early 2008, the ...

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Multidisciplinary Education and Outreach: Partnerships in Sustainability Membership Required

The Urban Operations Laboratory (UOL), comprised of Kansas State University, M2 Technologies, and CABEM Technologies, performs environmental research, training, assessment, and product development. One of UOL's tasks is to ...

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Campus-wide Sustainability Principles for Planning, Design, and Operations Membership Required

This presentation is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. A post doctoral study on ECU campus sustainability principles was implemented. It has brought together ...

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Poster I - Sustainability on Campus: Higher Education and Leadership Role Membership Required

This poster is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. It was developed as part of a post doctoral study, focused on fostering campus-wide sustainability ...

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Poster II - Sustainability on Campus: What Others Do - Short, Medium, and Long Term Plans for Green Campus Initiatives Membership Required

This poster is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. It was developed as part of a post doctoral study, focused on fostering campus-wide sustainability ...

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A Field Report for the Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies Carbon Footprint Project Membership Required

This project examines the carbon footprint of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (NI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of the NI Carbon Footprint Project is to provide ...

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Sustainable Laboratory Design Case Study Membership Required

Laboratory buildings are usually thought of as being the inevitable energy hogs on campus. The Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, home of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine at ...

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The Price of Reduction: A Comparative Analysis of the Cost-Benefit Perceptions of Reduction Initiatives Membership Required

This research contrasts the perceived benefits and costs of implementing two reduction initiatives (plastic bottle ban, pesticide ban) as perceived by key constituencies (students, faculty, administration). The two initiatives provide ...

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Creating a Research Agenda in Sustainability for Emerging Research Institutions Membership Required

Many colleges and universities find creating on-campus sustainable initiatives, such as recycling and reducing energy usage, to be a good starting contribution to change how these institutions effect the environment ...

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Inclusion from Conception - A Presidential Perspective Membership Required

Embracing sustainability in every facet of higher education is to crystallize and practice it in every decision and motion made. At Hadassah College Jerusalem we conducted thorough research based on ...

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Experiential Learning: UNC's Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) Membership Required

The new Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) at the University of North Carolina provides an innovative experiential learning opportunity for students to work directly with sustainably-oriented businesses. BASE is ...

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Green Research for Incorporating Data into the Classroom (GRIDc) Membership Required

North Carolina State University (NCSU), NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, the North Carolina Solar Center, and Pitt Community College are working ...

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Portland State University: Let Knowledge Serve the City Membership Required

PSU's approach to sustainability seeks to integrate operations, research, education and community engagement. Our poster will draw on green building and watershed stewardship projects that demonstrate our strategy. 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).

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.