Case Studies

Introduction

AASHE’s case study library contains hundreds of detailed case studies on a wide variety of higher education sustainability initiatives from faculty development programs to whole campus energy retrofits to community partnerships. All case studies are entered in the annual AASHE Awards Program.

At a Glance

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Total Resources
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Organizations
7
Countries
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U.S. States & Territories
7
Canadian Provinces

Bars in graphs can be clicked to view resources that align with a particular category. Because a resource may be listed under multiple topics and disciplines, graph data may include higher total counts than what is indicated in total resources above.

63 resources

Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Project and Campus As A Living Laboratory Digital Archive Membership Required

  • Ohio State University (OH)

Undergraduates in the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) major at The Ohio State University (OSU) complete a capstone course where student research teams analyze specific action priorities of the ...

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Students for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona’s Students for Sustainability program empowers students, builds leaders, and pursues institutionalized sustainability. The program embodies the University’s 100% student engagement model through its organizational ...

  • Posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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Point of Departure: Place Making and Identity Via Integrated, Didactic & Sustainable Transit Shelters Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The College of Design (CoD) & The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) saw an opportunity to advance the University of Kentucky’s sustainability agenda by developing real world projects ...

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Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program is a sustainability-focused, student professional development program at the University of South Carolina, . It was conceived and developed over the course of six years to ...

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Watershed UGA: Creating a University-wide Culture of Sustainability Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Thanks to funding and inspiration from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 the University of Georgia and its community partners have created a vision and framework for using campus ...

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Eagles, Education, and Engagement through Green Technology Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State College (ASC) School of Applied Technology and the United States National Arboretum (USNA) have collaborated for over eight years in an innovative partnership that has generated significant measurable ...

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The Shawneetown Gardens: a Sustainable Campus Community Garden Cultivated through Creation of Place Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Rooted in the revitalization of a community garden on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky, this project impacts a culturally diverse, multigenerational community through a multi-disciplinary effort led ...

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Empowering Students, Sustaining the University: The Southwestern Environmental Studies Capstone Experience Membership Required

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Southwestern University’s Environmental Studies department has created a unique curricular program for their capstone students that allows them to identify aspects of the university where the social, economic, and ...

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The Water Hub at Emory University Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

The WaterHub® is a decentralized, district-scale water reclamation and reuse system serving Emory University’s main campus in Atlanta, Georgia. As the first of its kind in the United States ...

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Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative (ESLI) Membership Required

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

I co-founded Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative (ESLI) (eslileaders.org) which is an after-school program where high school and college students teach elementary school students about the environment. There are six high ...

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Undergraduate Students Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

James Madison University (JMU) developed student learning outcomes and a corresponding assessment instrument to measure the change in undergraduate students’ environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge over time. In consultation with ...

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Cedar Valley College a Center of Excellence of Sustainability in South Dallas, TX.

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) consists of seven campuses enrolling 85,000 students from Dallas County and beyond. Cedar Valley College (CVC), one of the seven DCCCD campuses ...

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UTRGV Campus Tree Care Report: Proposal for sustaining a healthy and vibrant campus community forest Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

The benefits the forest will provide are myriad. Large trees give us a sense of place and belonging by ensuring landmarks for the future, and add aesthetic beauty to the ...

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Fully Online MA in Sustainable Design Program Membership Required

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

MCAD’s online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) program was developed for busy working professionals and offers small classes, peer-to-peer interaction and engagement with renowned faculty. The program ...

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Project Sin Fronteras Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Project Sin Fronteras is a project without borders, crossing institutional boundaries, and transforming sustainability concepts and practices into enriched curriculum and research. It provides a two-pronged approach to education for ...

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Bike Share Program Membership Required

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

In 2014 a student group researched transportation alternatives on campus and recommended a community bike share program. In 2015, another student group further developed the bike share option by conducting ...

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Social Impact Solar Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Poverty, inequality, and environmental sustainability are the biggest issues facing humanity today. Located in the richest state in the nation, with the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy programs, Cal ...

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Implementing Sustainability in the Classroom at Université Laval Membership Required

  • Universite Laval (QC)

Université Laval has embraced a global approach to sustainability education. Although sustainability has been addressed in the classroom by individuals in the past, it is now being articulated with a ...

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Assessing Student Sustainability Knowledge Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To improve sustainability knowledge of undergraduates, CSUN has added course offerings in sustainability in recent years. In order to assess the baseline knowledge of the general student population and the ...

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Sustainability Peer Educator Program - Simon Fraser University Membership Required

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Program Vision: Students are confident, informed, and active sustainability leaders who have the skills and experience to advance sustainability at and beyond SFU.

The Sustainability Peer Education program empowers students ...

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For the Planet Leadership Series: Building Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The “For the Planet Leadership Series” is a five-week professional development course planned, researched, and taught by Senior Alyssa Wolverton at the University of North Texas. Her goal was to ...

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One-Class-One-Project: Using service learning to engage students in sustainability Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

The University Colloquium is the sustainability capstone to the Florida Gulf Coast University experiences that utilizes service learning as a tool to engage students in experiential learning within the community ...

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American Chestnut Partnership Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Unity College has partnered with the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to help restore the iconic American Chestnut in Maine.

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Art meets sustainability in new mural at Sheridan College Membership Required

  • Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ON)

On April 27, 2016 Sheridan College unveiled ‘Woven Stories’, a colourful, two-storey public art mural, on the western façade of the Rob Turner Building at its Davis Campus in Brampton ...

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Student Sustainability Sculptures Contest Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Beginning in 2011, Johnson County Community College art faculty member Mark Cowardin assigned his Sculpture II students a project requiring the design, proposal, planning, and installation of a public art ...

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Creating Tree Ambassadors: Fostering a campus culture of sustainbility through urban trees Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Urban trees contribute substantially to ecological, economic, and social sustainability, but are often overlooked both as a method to achieve greater sustainability and as a vehicle for engagement in sustainability ...

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Implementing sustainability education with undergraduate business courses, A case study Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

The purpose of this submission is to discuss experiential learning related to strategic management and environmental sustainability. The paper outlines one case of implementing project-based sustainability education within the BUAD ...

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Zygmunt, the electric car Membership Required

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico, and there is about 2 million cars. This amount of vehicles creates traffic jams, pollute the air and chaos. According to the ...

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Infusing Sustainability into High-Impact Learning Practices at NC State University Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Research has shown that high-impact educational experiences complement classroom learning, increase student retention and engagement, and maximize the collegiate experience. NC State ...

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The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability, or PALS, is an innovative program at the University of Maryland that pairs faculty expertise and student ingenuity to tackle sustainability challenges facing ...

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Climate@Emory: an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative to advance climate change scholarship, teaching, partnership, and engagement at Emory and beyond Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Climate@Emory is a university-wide initiative at Emory University with the mission of advancing climate change scholarship and teaching. This interdisciplinary initiative involves more than 50 faculty from 20 departments ...

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The Sage Project at San Diego State University Membership Required

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The Sage Project is a partnership between San Diego State University (SDSU) and a local government in the San Diego region, connecting students and faculty with high-priority, high-need community projects ...

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Ucalgarycares Sustainable Cities Service Learning Program Membership Required

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Sustainable Cities launched in 2014-2015 as an addition to a suite of "ucalgarycares" service-learning programs focusing on social justice issues. This program aims for students to become engaged with urban ...

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Hayward Promise Neighborhood Service Learning Solutions Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Hayward Project Neighborhood (HPN) is a place-based initiative lead by California State University East Bay (CSUEB). The purpose of HPN is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of ...

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Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Over the past 15 years, the SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program has created partnerships between students, faculty and staff to enable hundreds of innovative and impactful sustainability ...

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UBC Sustainability Scholars Program Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Offered in collaboration with both on and off-campus sustainability partners, the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is designed to provide UBC graduate level students - regardless of their academic discipline - practical sustainability ...

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RecycleMania as a Campus as a Living Lab Project Membership Required

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)

Can college faculty help to reduce waste, increase recycling, and introduce sustainability concepts, all while sticking to their course learning outcomes? At Central New Mexico Community College, we found a ...

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Developing Sustainability Literacy Among the Next Generation of Educators Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Sustainability Science Education Project at Arizona State University aims to develop sustainability literacy among future educators. An innovative course, Sustainability Science for Teachers (SSFT), leverages the power of digital ...

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Instituting a sustainability general education requirement at San Francisco State University Membership Required

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

A group of San Francisco State faculty believed all SF State graduates in the 21st century should have a basic understanding of sustainability. We campaigned for a sustainability requirement to ...

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Innovations in Sustainability Curriculum: Teaching Full Cost Analysis through Student-Produced Documentaries Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University sought to increase teaching of full cost analysis as a suite of tools that can be used as a framework ...

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Watershed UGA Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

With funding from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the University of Georgia (UGA) is leveraging a current town/gown campus stream restoration initiative to create a transformative experience in sustainability ...

  • Posted 1 year, 9 months ago
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Aquaponic food production as an integrating context for campus sustainability Membership Required

  • Allegheny College (PA)

The Food for Sustainability project at Allegheny College utilizes aquaponic systems for indoor, year round tilapia and lettuce production. The products are sold to Parkhurst Dining Services and are incorporated ...

  • Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
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Sustainability Now and Powerful (SNAP!) International Program to Restore Landscapes, Recharge Educators, and Replenish Learning Systems Membership Required

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Students in Prescott College's Doctoral Program in Sustainability Education developed a program to honor and share the stories of outstanding programs across the planet in sustainability education. The program ...

  • Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
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A Unique Hawaiian Learning Approach to Sustainable Living, Island-wide Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

A three prong approach to providing students with campus and community-wide learning at the UH Kauai Community College encompasses and concurrently implements:

1) Curriculum review ongoing, applying the General Electric ...

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Creating a Living & Learning Laboratory for Applied Sustainability and Campus Farm Through Collaboration and Student Engagement Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Through a collaborative effort among the campus and local community, Southern Oregon University created a living and learning laboratory for applied research and projects in sustainability, The SOU Center for ...

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Green Leadership Program Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable Carolina's Green Leadership Program allows students to graduate with Leadership Distinction in "Professional and Civic Engagement." This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program broadens students' understanding of leadership and sustainability. During ...

  • Posted 2 years, 11 months ago
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Students for Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The project is a student lead initiative aimed at improving culinary sustainability education and practices among students in both universities and k-12 institutions. The project has three primary focuses on ...

  • Posted 2 years, 11 months ago
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Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability: Transforming a campus for sustainability education Membership Required

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Over the past five years, Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability has developed and implemented an innovative model for sustainability education, which transforms university education to ensure all graduates have ...

  • Posted 3 years, 9 months ago
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Solar power, horticulture and culinary arts integration project Membership Required

  • Metropolitan Community College (NE)

Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., is committed to being a center of sustainable education. MCC's approach to sustainability is comprehensive: we work on campus, in classrooms and in ...

  • Posted 3 years, 9 months ago
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Planning and launch of campus-wide, undergraduate major in sustainability Membership Required

  • Ohio State University (OH)

A campus-wide, undergraduate sustainability major was launched in Autumn semester 2012. Since then it has become one of the fastest growing majors on campus having enrolled over 70 students. A ...

  • Posted 3 years, 9 months ago
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