Research

Introduction

Conducting research is a major function of many colleges and universities. By researching sustainability issues and refining theories and concepts, higher education institutions can continue to help the world understand sustainability challenges and develop new technologies, strategies, and approaches to address those challenges.

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Encouraging Sustainable Apparel Consumption among Undergraduate Students Membership Required

  • Kansas State University (KS)

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

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

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

  • Portland State University (OR)

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

  • Prescott College (AZ)

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

  • Prescott College (AZ)

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

  • Randolph College (VA)

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

  • Spokane Community College (WA)

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

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

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

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

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

  • University of Alberta (AB)

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

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

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

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

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

  • Kansas State University (KS)

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

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

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

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

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

  • Kansas State University (KS)

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

  • East Carolina University (NC)

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

  • East Carolina University (NC)

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

  • East Carolina University (NC)

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

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (WI)

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

  • BNIM Architects (MO)

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

  • Chatham University (PA)

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

  • Ball State University (IN)

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

  • Hadassah College Jerusalem

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

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

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 (NC)

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

  • Portland State University (OR)

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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Sustainability Science at a Land Grant Institution: Linking Community Visioning and Scientific Analysis Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The need for academic researchers to have meaningful co-learning experiences with leaders in the broader community has been highlighted in much of the literature on sustainability. Scientists and community leaders ...

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Progress along the Path of Transdisciplinary Action Research. Experiences and Challenges in the Integration of Engineering and Community Development to Address Water Quality Issues in rural Honduras. Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainable development presents complex, multidimensional issues that require approaches extend well beyond conventional academic disciplines. Bridging disciplinary boundaries is challenging, and sustainable development requires more than interdisciplinarity. It requires integrating ...

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Students Doing Research on Sustainability Reaching Out Beyond the Campus Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The concept of education for sustainable development has been acknowledged by institutions of higher education and underscored by the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. On the demand side ...

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Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Membership Required

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) within the College of Menominee Nation (Menominee Indian Reservation, WI) is spearheading the Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Research Project. Prompted by the success of the ...

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Hocking College Energy Institute Membership Required

  • Design Group (OH)

Construction of the Hocking College Energy Institute will commence in the summer of 2008. Hocking College was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for ...

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Agenda 21 at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil Membership Required

  • Federal University of Minas Gerais

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is the largest university in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, with more than 30.000 students, and 3000 professors. In the last two years it ...

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Economics and Sustainability: Using the Campus and Community as a Laboratory Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Economics is not always at the center of sustainability discussions, but it is an essential consideration as universities and communities transition from discussion to policy formation. The answers to questions ...

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Using IPCC DDC Scenarios and MAGICC-SCENGEN Model for Teaching Global Climate Change Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Global climate change is a very complex phenomenon: students need to understand the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences, and the adaptation and mitigation options to ...

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Center for Research and Sustainable Living, Yucatan, Mexico Membership Required

  • Millsaps College (MS)

The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve, located in Yucatan, Mexico ranks in the top third of privately held reserves by size in Latin America. The 1600 hectare tropical deciduous forest tract ...

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Bringing Biophilia to Life - Connecting Living Systems to the Built Environment Membership Required

  • Mithun (WA)

Originally crafted by German social psychologist Erich Fromm around 1965, the term Biophilia means "love of life or living systems." The philosophy of Biophilia pairs well with the current flurry ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Careers for Undergraduates through a Collaborative Experiential Learning and Research Program at Cornell University: The Sustainable Agriculture Scholars Program Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The number of undergraduate students majoring in agricultural fields is steadily declining, resulting in fewer trained agricultural professionals able to address complex problems concerning agricultural sustainability. We developed and piloted ...

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Developing Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach Programs in Sustainable Agriculture at NC State University: A Model for Land Grant Universities Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Land grant universities (LGUs) play a vital role in educating students and training extension agents in organic and sustainable agriculture. Incorporating research, education and extension outreach into their missions, LGUs ...

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Like, Why do I Need to Know my Watershed? Membership Required

  • Northern Illinois University (IL)

Progressive educators have promoted the concept of place-based education for more than 100 years. For example, John Dewy advocated: "Experience [outside the school] has its geographical aspect, its artistic and ...

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The Revitalization Institute Membership Required

  • Seneca College (ON)

Revitalization Institute (RI) is the academy and advocate for what Storm Cunningham (reWealth: 2008) calls the magic of restoration in which natural, built, and socio-economic assets are continuously enhanced rather ...

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Ecovillages and Campuses: The Potential of Collaboration for Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Universities are increasingly looked to as centers of research on and education about sustainable solutions to socio-environmental challenges. However, theoretical and experimental approaches to sustainability do not easily translate from ...

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Sustainability Assessment of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Sustainability Club of the University of British Columbia (UBC) has conducted a departmental sustainability assessment (DSA). The DSA was adapted at a departmental level ...

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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Social Sustainability in U.S. Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Sustainability Education and Vladimir Vernadsky's Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

After years of silence, the West finally started to discover and scientifically recognize a prominent Russian researcher, philosopher, and thinker - Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). Paradoxically, Vernadsky's name was not ...

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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

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Ecocritical Praxis: Re-establishing the "Principle of Relevance" Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

The term "ecocriticism" was coined by William Reuckert, who proposed, in 1976, that literary criticism shift its locus to "a principle of relevance": he suggested that critics "experiment with the ...

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The Learning Barge Initiative: Advancing Sustainability through Multi-disciplinary Research Service Learning Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Learning Barge Initiative is a unique example of university students and community partners collaborating on a project with wide-reaching social, educational and environmental benefits. The research, design and construction ...

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No Child Left Inside Membership Required

  • Utah State University (UT)

No Child Left Inside is a movement, both grassroots and political, with implications for sustainability, higher education, Public Land Management Agencies, and the environmental justice movement. This presentation begins by ...

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