Publications

Introduction

AASHE’s publications library is the leading repository of reports, journal articles, books, and student research on sustainability in higher education. Certain publication types are entered in the annual AASHE Awards Program.

At a Glance

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Total Resources
474
Organizations
29
Countries
48
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.

1030 resources

Environmental awareness raising through universities – city authorities’ cooperation Membership Required

Purpose

This paper aims to the environmental awareness raising as a key issue of education for sustainable development. Youth Environmental Volunteers Movement in the area of coastal oil response operations ...

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Greening transportation and parking at University of Coimbra Membership Required

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the potential contribution of integrated traffic and parking management strategies to ensure more rational use of available parking spaces and to reduce fuel consumption ...

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Quest for a sustainable university: a review Membership Required

Purpose

The paper aims to deliver a general review of the methods used to pursue the concept of a “sustainable university”.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was Internet based, and ...

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Assessing the Infusion of Sustainability Principles into University Curricula Membership Required

  • The Hashemite University
  • Universita degli Studi di Padova

The current paper presents the assessment of the infusion of sustainability principles into university curricula at two Jordanian universities. The peer review process of revising the curricula infusing sustainability principles ...

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Future-oriented higher education: Which key competencies should be fostered through university teaching and learning? Membership Required

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Universities play an important role in shaping the future of the world society in terms of sustainable development by generating new knowledge as well as contributing to the development of ...

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Developing a Whole-of-University Approach to Educating for Sustainability: Linking Curriculum, Research and Sustainable Campus Operations Membership Required

  • Australian National University

Institutions of higher education are poised to play a significant role in the search for a more sustainable future. Most universities are tackling sustainability issues in a compartmentalised manner, sustainability ...

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An in-depth literature review of the evolving roles and contributions of universities to education for sustainable development Membership Required

Universities have been consistently considered significant contributors to the pursuit of regional sustainability initiatives for over two decades. The composite nature of sustainable development (SD) has appointed Universities to critical ...

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Higher Education and Sustainable Development: Paradox and Possibility Membership Required

Higher Education and Sustainable Development examines whether it is possible to mandate, plan, monitor and evaluate the higher education sector’s route to the production of educated, innovative, independent, self-determining ...

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Sustainable Behavior: Study Engagement and Happiness among University Students in South Korea Membership Required

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationships among sustainable behavior, study engagement, and happiness. The participants were 202 undergraduate students. The present study used structural equation ...

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Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions: Its Influence on the Pro-Sustainability Orientation of Mexican Students Membership Required

The role that higher education plays in the promotion of sustainable development is evident in a variety of declarations on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and is also a research ...

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New Book: Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies Membership Required

Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. The essays in this collection examine the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in ...

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Assessment tools’ indicators for sustainability in universities: an analytical overview Membership Required

  • Technical University of Delft
  • King Saud University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse 12 assessment tools of sustainability in universities and develop the structure and the contents of these tools to be more intelligible ...

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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the impacts of a science-based environmental communication campaign at a university dining hall. The impacts are assessed in terms of student attitudes toward sustainability ...

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Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom: Approaches, Methods and Projects Membership Required

This book gathers inputs from a variety of researchers in the field of sustainable development across the UK, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment and media ...

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Sustainability at Central Oregon Community College Membership Required

  • Central Oregon Community College (OR)

The paper of "Sustainable Development at Central Oregon Community College" was written to influence board members, faculty, and students who were enrolled or employed at the college to consider small ...

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Top-Performing Institutions for Sustainability, 2016 Membership Required

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or Aashe, recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability ...

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Colorado State University: A Midscale Market Solar Customer Case Study Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology experienced an unprecedented level of investment and deployment between 2005 and 2015. Driven by rapidly falling module costs, high consumer demand, and targeted state and local ...


UIC Aims for More Sustainable Campus Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

The University of Illinois at Chicago is launching an ambitious effort to drastically cut energy use, water consumption and waste on its Near West Side campus in hopes of helping ...


The Future of Sustainability Leadership Rests with Higher Education Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Higher education institutions are poised to be leaders on the sustainability front. Not only are they able to develop responsible environmental policies and procedures for their campuses, but they are ...


Sustainability in Higher Education: How Does the Process of Campus Greening Trigger Adaptive Social Learning Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The purpose of this dissertation was to answer the research question: Does the presence of a balance of social, economic, and ecological dimensions during an implementation of campus greening trigger ...

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Applied Sustainability Education with a Systems Science Emphasis at a STEM University Membership Required

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

In the southeastern U.S., the Sustainability Studies bachelors program at F.I.T. is one of the first of its type among STEM universities. A preliminary case study is ...

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Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the Business Case for Sustainability Professionals in the Workplace Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • McGraw-Hill (NY)

The report provides a preliminary exploration of the relationship between the fast-growing new job class of sustainability professionals and performance. The report uses original research and literature review to find ...


Towards a Sustainable University: The Ca’ Foscari Experience Membership Required

Towards a Sustainable University tackles the challenge of sustainability in universities. Universities are a working environment and an organization in which sustainability can be experienced. This book shows how a ...


A new taxonomy for examining the multi-role of campus sustainability assessments in organizational change Membership Required

  • University of Quebec Montreal (QC)

The role of higher education institutions in the transition to a more sustainable society has been highlighted for almost three decades and the role of environmental management accounting and control ...


Do sustainability projects stimulate organizational learning in universities? Membership Required

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the preparation of a sustainability report and a large‐scale energy‐saving campaign with regards to their role for organizational learning ...


Systemic Structural Constellations and Sustainability in Academia: A New Method for Sustainable Higher Education Membership Required

This book argues that to create truly sustainable universities, we require new methods of visualising and interpreting them holistically as institutions built on complex relationships and systems, rather than as ...


A Green Purchasing Policy Roadmap Membership Required

  • National Association of Educational Procurement (MD)

This document describes the results of a decision-making exercise conducted by attendees at NAEP's first Sustainability Institute in 2007. Groups of participants were asked to formulate a plan to ...


2013 NAEP Green Purchasing Study Membership Required

  • National Association of Educational Procurement (MD)

This report describes the results of a 2013 survey of members of the National Association of Educational Procurement on green purchasing. Findings include:

  • 47% of respondents have a formal a ...

Curricular Innovation for Sustainability: The Piedmont/ Ponderosa Model of Faculty Development Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Curricular innovation is at the center of the challenges many colleges and universities face as they seek to help students address more successfully than previous generations the complex, multi-faceted, systemic ...


Greener Cleaning Playbook: A guide to help sports venue operators develop a greener cleaning program Membership Required

  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

This Playbook is designed to help sports facilities reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning sports venues. Beyond protecting health, the cleaning industry uses significant quantities of chemicals ...

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Integration of Business Sustainability Education into the Business Curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Memphis (TN)

Business sustainability in all dimensions of economic, governance, social, ethical, and environmental (EGSEE) performance is gaining acceptance as many global stock exchanges either encourage or require their listed companies to ...

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A geographic approach to facilitating local climate governance: From emissions inventories to mitigation planning Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

It is increasingly recognized that municipal and regional scale governments play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. While universities possess many resources that ...

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Municipal collaboration for carbon footprinting: Syracuse, New York case study Membership Required

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Purpose

The City of Syracuse, New York, has undertaken energy conservation measures over the past decade. In 2011, the city completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that serves as the ...

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Universities and Climate Change Mitigation: Advancing Grassroots Climate Policy in the US Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)

While US climate change mitigation policy has stalled at the national level, local and regional actors are increasingly taking progressive steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Universities are poised ...

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Does the Gown Help the Town? Examining Town–Gown Relationship Influence on Local Environmental Sustainability in the United States Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

A US municipality environmental sustainability index, the OSSPI (Opp-Saunders Sustainability Practices Index), found an overwhelming percentage of top-ranked sustainable cities were home to higher education institutions. While this may be ...

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Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...

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Realization of a Low Emission University Campus Trough the Implementation of a Climate Action Plan Membership Required

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) experience started a few years ago with the aim to manage carbon and energy more efficiently. CAP is a roadmap to get Universities to the ...

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The Green Eating Project: web-based intervention to promote environmentally conscious eating behaviours in US university students Membership Required

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

To investigate the effectiveness of an online, interactive intervention, referred to as the Green Eating (GE) Project, to motivate university students to adopt GE behaviours.

The study was quasi-experimental and ...

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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

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Written Messages Improve Edible Food Waste Behaviors in a University Dining Facility Membership Required

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Background

Sustainability and going green have become popular trends among foodservice organizations. Despite this interest, foodservice operations still produce large amounts of edible food waste and contribute significantly to waste ...

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Garnering input for recycling communication strategies at a Big Ten University Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

With increasing environmental challenges confronting our planet, colleges and universities are trying different approaches for minimizing their adverse environmental impacts. Among the approaches being used to revitalize campus sustainability efforts ...

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Teaching with trash: archaeological insights on university waste management Membership Required

  • University of Idaho (ID)

The archaeological study of modern trash on an American university campus can yield valuable insight into how both human and environmental processes contribute to the accumulation and distribution of litter ...

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Implementation of a zero waste program at a university campus Membership Required

  • Massey University

A zero waste program was established at a university campus in response to grassroots student concern over environmental management issues. The implementation procedure consisted of initial discussions with academic and ...

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Reducing solid waste in higher education: The first step towards ‘greening’ a university campus Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Comprehensive solid waste management programs are one of the greatest challenges to achieving campus sustainability. Conducting a waste characterization study is a critical first step in successful waste management planning ...

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An Economic Analysis of a University Educational Cafeteria Composting Program—Bobcat Blend Membership Required

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

At Texas State University, a cafeteria-composting pilot program was established in which students source-separated their organic waste at one of the food courts while the program educated students on the ...

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An overview of life cycle assessment (LCA) and research-based teaching in renewable and sustainable energy education Membership Required

Engineers working as designers, managers and policy-makers play a key role in decision-making got sustainable energy solutions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a key decision-making and benchmarking tool used for ...

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The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban University Campus Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The University of Pennsylvania is situated on a rapidly growing and highly urbanized campus that, as of the summer of 2015, contained over 6,000 trees. Trees play an important ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education: An Assessment of Washington State Colleges and Universities, 2005-2016 Membership Required

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The purpose of this research project was to assess the integration of sustainability in Washington State higher education from 2005 to 2016. Both the extent of integration and the focus ...

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Factors encouraging sustainability integration into institutions of higher education Membership Required

  • University of Malaya

In view of the mountainous evidence on destruction of environmental quality and societal well-being as a consequence of rapid economic development, sustainability has gained vast attention from the community and ...

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Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 2 Membership Required

  • RMIT University

This Handbook offers an overview of what universities around the world are doing to implement sustainable development (e.g., via curriculum innovation, research, activities, or practical projects) and how their ...

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