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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Bringing the Circular Economy to Research

  • Rheaply, Inc (IL)

It is estimated that 2% of the world's global plastic waste is linked to laboratory waste- some 6 million tons of waste annually. Given the the existing tools available ...

  • Posted Dec. 6, 2019
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Annual SDGs Report 2018

  • National University of Sciences and Technology (Federal)

Realizing the importance of United Nations 17 SDGs, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) , Pakistan has adopted UN SDGs framework to monitor and improve the impact of contribution of ...


7th Workshop on Research for Sustainability: Investigating Mass Timber as Green Alternative

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Wood is an age-old construction material, first used around ten centuries ago in the building of Neolithic long houses with crude joints that barely held up a roof. Today wood ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Psychedelics and Sustainability - Tools for Worldview Remediation

  • Naropa University (CO)

This presentation will broach the subject of psychedelics as tools to assist in accomplishing the aims of sustainability. At the same time that worldviews are calcifying on both sides of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Climate Anxiety, Environmental Grief, and Pretraumatic Stress on Campus and in the College Classroom

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Emerging research in higher education shows that students carry an emotional response of fear, anger, frustration, and sadness. Campus environments and college personnel, including faculty, can learn strategies to acknowledge ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Closed-Loop Mechanical Recycling of Polylactic Acid Filament in 3D Printing Labs

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

3D Printing has furthered innovation at UC Berkeley by providing access to new research methods and tools. However, considering the benefits of 3D printing, the large amount of plastic waste ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Economy in Labs: I2SL's Landfill Diversion Working Group Pursues Upstream Dysfunction

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Researcher time is for research! Join us in calling for upstream innovations to build a circular economy and protect valuable scholar time! Achieving sustainability in laboratory settings with regard to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Benefits of Technology Platforms for Improving Alternative Transit Modeshare

  • University of Denver (CO)

Biking is one of the most efficient, environmentally-friendly, and economically sustainable ways to travel in an urban environment. Not only does it have huge financial and environmental benefits by eliminating ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Using Sustainability Principles to Impact Library Education: Information Literacy, Resources and Services

  • Sul Ross State University (TX)

Libraries are the ultimate hubs of sustainability on academic campuses. Libraries are built for everyone, provide services to everyone, and seek to house information - physically and digitally - on every topic ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Green Behaviors and Preferences Among College Students

  • Manhattan College (NY)

Our article contributes to the literature by investigating college students' environmental preferences and behavior by investigating their recycling attitudes and frequencies, their preference between tap versus bottled water, their willingness ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Questions that Need Answers: Resolving Data Gaps as an Opportunity for Communities and Universities

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

As research deepens around the sustainable economy, theoretical and analytical gaps in knowledge are becoming clearer. Universities can use this information, and their position as interdisciplinary institutions, to direct their ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Native Bee Conservation: Bridging the Gap Between Research, Sustainability, and Educating the Public

  • Central College (IA)

Approximately 85% of flowering plants depend on animals for pollination. Bees, one of the most important pollinator groups, not only enable reproduction of most wild flowering plants, but also play ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Best Worst Way to Pick a Sustainability Culture Instrument, and How to do Better Next Time

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Sustainability culture can't be measured using using meters or gauges, so community members and researchers need a different kind of instrument. The go-to instruments are surveys to support a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Research Findings from the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN)

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), an international research network, has spent the last six years examining the uptake of sustainability in higher education policy and practice across Canada ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Bees : How UTSA is Connecting Sustainability and Undergraduate Research Opportunities

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

The University of Texas at San Antonio's newly established Office of Sustainability awarded the department of Environmental Science and Ecology funding for a 3 year program to facilitate the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Menus of Change University Research Collaborative: Collaboration to Change the Food System

  • Boston College (MA)

The MCURC is a working group of scholars and campus dining leaders from invited colleges and universities interested in accelerating efforts to move American consumers-and college/university students, scholars, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Harvard University's Holistic Approach and Model for a Sustainable Food System

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) convened a multi-disciplinary committee of world-renowned faculty to translate their research into action on campus to create a more sustainable food system that contributes ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Pursuing Sustainability in Education Abroad: Tools & Techniques

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

Well-designed education abroad programs expose students to the many ways other cultures prioritize and pursue sustainability. Foreign approaches to sustainability, biodiversity, and social justice reveal to students abroad the culturally ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Faculty Sharing Success Stories of Teaching with Paul Hawken's Book DRAWDOWN

  • Fort Hays State University (KS)
  • Project Drawdown (CA)

CALLING ALL FACULTY: Have you taught with Paul Hawken's best-seller book 'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming'?? Bring your stories to share during this ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Curriculum for (re)Conceptualizing the University Campus as an Ecosystem

  • University of Utah (UT)

Can the planning and operations of a university campus be reconceptualized with an ecological and systems approach, viewing the campus environment as analogous to an ecosystem? If so, then an ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Learning to Change the Game: What Should Management Education for Sustainability Look Like?

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Sustainability requires business to radically reimagine how to keep the lights on, put food on the table, and provide housing, transportation, and education for a population that is headed for ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How to Measure Success of Sustainability Initiatives Without Traditional Data Sources

  • Barnard College (NY)

Have you ever avoided or been turned away from a project because you cannot quantify the results? Or have you implemented initiatives but have no way of determining if they ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Surfacing Unheard Voices: Expressive Invitations for Encouraging Diversity and Creativity in Circles of Innovation

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Social incubators, writing circles, and college sustainability curricula all benefit from vibrant diversity for greater innovative power. What are effective ways to invite and liberate expressive diversities? Experience a set ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Power of Small Steps: Making Psychology Accessible to Practitioners Through Small Experiments

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Campus sustainability offices are often expected to create sustainable, durable cultural change without inconveniencing the students, faculty, or staff at the universities and colleges at which they work. This task ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Collecting Actionable Data Using the Sustainability/Climate Change Survey

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

To better understand the campus community's perspectives on climate change, sustainability, and resilience issues, the sustainability office, and the institutional research office administered the first Earth Day Survey in ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Role of Higher Education in the Transition to a Circular Economy

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The transition to a circular economy requires us to transform the way we create products, services and systems and this is necessarily dependent on how individuals, teams and organisations learn ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How Sustainable & Integrated Design Supports the Vital Mission of the Knight Cancer Institute

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OR)
  • SRG Partnership, Inc (WA)
  • Brightworks Sustainability (OR)

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is one of the only universities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating medical and public health professionals. The ambitious mission of their ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Slow Conferencing: A Recipe for Connection in Troubled Times

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The international conference comes at a cost in terms of our carbon footprint, but it also comes at a cost in terms of building broad communities of interest - particularly for ...


The environmental footprint of academic and student mobility in a large research-oriented university

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

Academic mobility for field work, research dissemination and global outreach is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to the overall environmental footprint of research institutions. Student mobility, while less studied ...


MCURC: Universities Scaling Up Sustainability Together

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) is a working group of scholars and campus dining leaders from colleges and universities interested in accelerating efforts to move American consumers ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2019
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Identifying effective climate change education strategies: a systematic review of the research

  • University of Florida (FL)

Increased interest in climate change education and the growing recognition of the challenges inherent to addressing this issue create an opportunity to conduct a systematic review to understand what research ...


Mapping Your Waste Stream and What to Do With It

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Part of the College and University Recycling Coalition's free webinar series designed to share technical knowledge between program managers, student interns and others involved with promoting waste reduction on ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2019
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Research & Innovation to Improve Small Wind Turbines

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Ducted Wind Turbine Research - A Clarkson University aeronautical engineering professor, Ken Visser, received assistance from students and the entire campus community to develop and commercialize a ducted wind turbine. The ...


The future of sustainability science: a solutions-oriented research agenda

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Lund University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

Over the last decade, sustainability science has been at the leading edge of widespread efforts from the social and natural sciences to produce use-inspired research. Yet, how knowledge generated by ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Humanities for the Environment—A Manifesto for Research and Action

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sydney
  • Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin)
  • National Sun Yat-sen University
  • National Taiwan University

Human preferences, practices and actions are the main drivers of global environmental change in the 21st century. It is crucial, therefore, to promote pro-environmental behavior. In order to accomplish this ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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Center for Environmental Futures (CEF)

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Center for Environmental Futures (CEF) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students that reflects a longstanding investment in environmentalism and social justice at the University of Oregon and ...

  • Posted June 5, 2019
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The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

  • Yale University (CT)

The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale is an international multireligious project. With its conferences, publications, and website, it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Institute for Sustainable Communities

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Communities serves as a focal point of interdisciplinary sustainable community research, engagement, and high-impact service learning. The Institute is the go-to place for Texas ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Sustainability Research Center (artec) at University of Bremen

  • Universität Bremen

Sustainability Research Center (artec) at the University of Bremen is an interdisciplinary center for scientific research on sustainability issues. Researchers come from many different disciplines including Social Sciences, Production Engineering ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The ASU Wrigley Institute advances research, education and business practices for an ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides with Elizabeth Long

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This video provides valuable information about the significance of pollinators, the threats they face, and how individuals may assist in protecting these species. The video discusses the economic value of ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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CU Boulder Animal Bedding Compost

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Animal vivariums on college campuses generate a significant amount of animal bedding waste every day. CU Boulder houses only small animal vivariums (mice, rats, etc.). The animal bedding generated at ...


Rheaply AxM: Making Assets Happy Again

  • Rheaply, Inc (IL)

A one minute video depicting the state of resource management in academia, and how circular thinking can be applied to asset management with Rheaply's AxM.

Rheaply’s Asset Exchange ...

  • Posted May 20, 2019
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A Six Mile-Long Living Laboratory: Publishable Student Research to Foster Sustainability and Resilience in Austin’s Waller Creek

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Over the past decade, a comprehensive approach to research in Waller Creek—the urban stream that bisects The University of Texas at Austin—was developed by faculty in the College ...


The Fear of Not Flying: Achieving Sustainable Academic Plane Travel in Higher Education Based on Insights from South Australia

  • The University of Adelaide (SA)

Universities are both disseminators and producers of the climate knowledge needed to institute the social and cultural change required for climate adaptation and mitigation to occur. They also have the ...


Mobilizing transdisciplinary collaborations: collective reflections on decentering academia in knowledge production

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Massey University
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)

Global sustainability challenges and their impact on society have been well-documented in recent years, such as more intense extreme weather events, environmental degradation, as well as ecosystem and biodiversity loss ...


Sustainability Demonstration House Project

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The goal of the Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) project is to retrofit the former president’s residence, built in 1953, titled the Kettle-Gundlach Building, into a sustainability demonstration house. The ...


Sul Ross State University Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium - Earth Day 2019

  • Sul Ross State University (TX)

Sul Ross State University's second annual undergraduate and graduate research symposium was held on Earth Day, April 22, 2019, with special recognition awarded to those presenting on sustainability-related topics ...


The Biomimicry Institute

  • Biomimicry Institute (MT)

The Biomimicry Institute utilizes sustainable models from nature to develop creative solutions to modern sustainability issues. The institute offers educational resources to educators, organizations, and individuals. The Institute offers aims ...

  • Posted May 5, 2019
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PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies supports transdisciplinary research and community projects that grow more resilient communities worldwide. From climate change research in New Jersey, to energy studies in Vietnam ...

  • Posted May 5, 2019
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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

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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.