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

1144
Total Resources
518
Organizations
33
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.

1144 resources

Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan ...

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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016 Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)
  • Chiba University
  • Kyoto University
  • Fukushima College

Released by the Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan), the booklet was created to share campus experiences in conducting environmental activities and efforts to find solutions to environmental problems ...

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A fragility approach to campus sustainability – methodological explorations Membership Required

Aim: Often, the approach towards entering a path of sustainable development is that intervention needs to take place. This may lead to unwanted side effects. This paper presents the basis ...

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Towards a Real-world Laboratory: A Transdisciplinary Case Study from Lüneburg Membership Required

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Real-world laboratories have gained currency in transdisciplinary sustainability research. Establishing real-world laboratories by means of a transdisciplinary process offers promising prospects since it fosters trust among the participants and leads ...

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Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design Membership Required

This ‘case study’ of two jewellery workshops used outdoor learning spaces to explore both its impact on learning outcomes and to introduce some key principles of sustainable working methodologies and ...

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Making Sustainable Development Real Through Role-Play: “The Mekong Game” Example Membership Required

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This paper describes a role-playing, negotiation “game” based on the Xayaburi Dam in Laos. We have used this activity in our graduate programs as a tool for bringing to life ...

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Encouraging Revolving Door Usage in a Mixed-Use Building: The Influence of Visual Prompts and Descriptive Social Norms Membership Required

  • Lesley University (MA)

This field experiment investigated effects of a descriptive norms-based sign combined with five footprint sticker decal prompts directing individuals to help save energy by using a revolving door, as opposed ...

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Case Studies in Sustainable Social Work: MSW Students Explore Principles in Practice Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Portland (OR)

In 1999, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in the United States published a policy statement on the environment that acknowledged the social work profession’s apparent “lack of ...

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Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem-Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)

This case study describes a problem-based and service learning module in which undergraduate students participated in a community-based project. Students joined a group consisting of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public ...

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Energy and development: the role of academia in education, research, and technological cooperation for sustainability Membership Required

Over the last decades, the interest of the international community for the multiple interconnections among energy, environment, and society has widely increased. Today, the close link between energy and development ...


Universities’ intermediary role in the “design for sustainability” field: Case studies from the Netherlands and Turkey Membership Required

  • Technical University of Delft

Purpose - This paper aims to investigate the intermediary role of universities in spreading design for sustainability into industry.

Design/methodology/approach - Three case studies were undertaken on Delft University of ...


Integration of sustainability in engineering education: Why is PBL an answer? Membership Required

Purpose - Education for sustainable development (ESD) is one of the challenges engineering education currently faces. Engineering education needs to revise and change its curriculum to integrate ESD principles and knowledge ...


Environmental literacy of business students in Ghana Membership Required

Purpose - This study examines the multidimensionality of the environmental literacy concept among university business students in Ghana. The study also investigates the relationship between students’ interests in environmental issues and ...


Does Eco-labeling of Services Matter? Evidence from Higher Education Membership Required

  • Marquette University (WI)
  • University of Idaho (ID)

Eco-labeling of services has become increasingly common, yet little empirical evidence exists concerning its effectiveness. We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a highly visible eco-label, the American ...


Ethics in Higher Education: Values-driven Leaders for the Future Membership Required

The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence the leaders of the future, but outside the limelight of excelling education institutions there is a concerning violation of good practises ...

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Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses Membership Required

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Over the last few years, RMI has partnered with universities to develop aggressive carbon-reduction/neutrality plans and to share best practices associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy across organizations ...

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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.

What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?

The annual ...

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Content trends in sustainable business education: an analysis of introductory courses in the USA Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Purpose - This study aims to identify the content in introductory business sustainability courses in the USA to determine the most frequently assigned reading material and its sustainability orientation.

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The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour Membership Required

  • Cardiff University

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss a novel life cycle approach to education for sustainable development (ESD) where the students become “design thinkers”.

Design/methodology/approach - A ...

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Empowerment for sustainability in higher education through the EYE learning tool Membership Required

  • Wageningen University

Purpose - While empowerment for sustainability is considered a major objective within sustainability-oriented educational programs and policies, little is known about the actual process of empowering students for sustainability through higher ...

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Accounting for sustainability: an active learning assignment Membership Required

Purpose - Sustainability is one of the newer topics in the accounting courses taught in university teaching programs. The active learning assignment as described in this paper was developed for use ...

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Using module-based learning methods to introduce sustainable manufacturing in engineering curriculum Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Wayne State University (MI)

Purpose - Sustainable manufacturing may be defined as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for ...

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Defining sustainable universities following public opinion formation process Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to define the sustainable university in Turkey, by considering perspectives of various stakeholders such as experts, intellectual, public, political parties and media using ...

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Higher education for sustainable development at EARTH University Membership Required

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)
  • EARTH University

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to present the experience of a Central American university that has been successfully advancing an educational model focused on sustainability for over 25 ...

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What should every citizen know about ecology? Membership Required

  • Radford University (VA)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

The level of ecological literacy among the general population in the US and other countries is not known, although there is widespread concern that it is too low to enable ...

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The Use of LEED® Building Standards In the College and University Marketplace Membership Required

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

Leonardo Academy released a survey report about the use of the LEED® green building rating system among colleges and universities in the United States.

The data gathered from survey responses ...

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What do people know about key environmental issues? A review of environmental knowledge surveys Membership Required

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

This paper presents results from 15 little publicized state and national environmental surveys in the US that used similar questions. Our analysis reveals trends in adult understanding of environmental issues ...

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European university-community partnership-based research on urban sustainability and resilience Membership Required

  • University of East London
  • University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin

The Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS) project is based on the partnership between decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academic institutions to develop and demonstrate transition ...

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Education for sustainability using a campus eco-garden as a learning environment Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to explore stakeholder perspectives of the role of a campus eco-garden in education for sustainability (EfS). It will combine the perspectives to highlight a powerful learning ...

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Greening academia: Developing sustainable waste management at Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • University of Southampton

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are often the size of small municipalities. Worldwide, the higher education (HE) sector has expanded phenomenally; for example, since the 1960s, the United Kingdom (UK) HE ...

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Global consciousness and pillars of sustainable development: A study on self-perceptions of the first-year university students Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to provide data on the self-perceived state of sustainability consciousness of first-year Hong Kong students.

Design/methodology/approach - Within a mixed-method research design framework, the authors ...

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Greening of a campus through waste management initiatives: Experience from a higher education institution in Thailand Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to describe the effects of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) waste management initiatives on a campus community. It ascertains the environmental attitudes and opinions of the ...

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Towards an engaged campus: Measuring and comparing definitive stakeholders’ perceptions of university social engagement in South Korea Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to measure and rigorously compare the perceptions of South Korean university social engagement between faculty and students, two definitive stakeholders identified by stakeholder theory – but considerably ...

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Wheels of change in higher education: A collaborative, multi-stakeholder project as a vehicle for sustainability education Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to profile the development of a bicycle parking hub at the University of Tasmania to illustrate how the Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program ...

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Beneath Our Eyes: An Exploration of the Relationship between Technology Enhanced Learning and Socio-Ecological Sustainability in Art and Design Higher Education Membership Required

This article uses published research to explore how Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) can help to sustain learning communities to engage in creative exploration and open investigation. It then draws on ...

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Is Higher Education Economically Unsustainable? An Exploration of Factors that Undermine Sustainability Assessments of Higher Education Membership Required

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technical University of Delft

As students continue to review the sustainability of higher education institutions, there is a growing need to understand the economic returns of degrees as a function of a sustainable institution ...

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Language Education for Sustainable Development Membership Required

Nowadays, education for sustainable development starts covering wider and wider spheres of interest and human activity. Out of the three main spheres of interest, such as environmental, economic, and socio-cultural ...

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Using Photovoice to Explore Environmental Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures Membership Required

  • Bellarmine University (KY)
  • Centre College (KY)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Though work in the area of photovoice (in which students take photos to structure a dialogue that can serve to advance social action as the community responds to the participants ...

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“I’m Just Going to Buy That!”: Confronting Consumerism in Teacher Education Membership Required

  • Nipissing University (ON)

As educators at a faculty of education, the authors found that teacher candidates (TCs) invariably purchased new materials whenever they had an assignment requiring some form of construction activity. They ...

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Higher Education Students’ Perceptions of Environmental Issues and Media Coverage Membership Required

  • University of Turku

This study aims to find higher education students’ perceptions about environmental issues and how the perceptions are related to perceptions of media coverage. This study investigates higher education students’ perceptions ...

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The Winds of Changes Shift: An Analysis of Recent Growth in Bargaining Units and Representation Efforts in Higher Education Membership Required

  • City University of New York, Hunter College (NY)

This article analyzes data accumulated during the first three quarters of 2016 regarding completed and pending questions of representation involving faculty and student employees in higher education. It is part ...

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A grid approach to managing sustainability: evidence from a multiple Italian case study Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the coherence between sustainability conceptualization (the “what”) and its implementation (the “how”) in terms of implemented actions and stakeholders’ interactions. The ...

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Education for sustainable development in Vietnam: lessons learned from teacher education Membership Required

  • Kyoto University

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify challenges in education for sustainable development (ESD) implementation in teacher education institutions (TEIs) in Vietnam and propose some appropriate solutions to ...

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An experience-based learning framework: Activities for the initial development of sustainability competencies Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Purpose - This paper aims to present an experience-based learning framework that provides a bottom-up, student-centered entrance point for the development of systems thinking, normative and collaborative competencies in sustainability.

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Creating sustainable cities through knowledge exchange: A case study of knowledge transfer partnerships Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of knowledge transfer partnership (KTP)as a means for universities to generate and exchange knowledge to foster sustainable cities ...

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A methodological framework to analyze stakeholder preferences and propose strategic pathways for a sustainable university Membership Required

Building sustainable universities calls for participative management and collaboration among stakeholders. Combining analytic hierarchy and network processes (AHP/ANP) with statistical analysis, this research proposes a framework that can be ...

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Barriers to adoption of campus green building policies Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose - The focus of this paper is on environmental protection, specifically within the context of green building at institutions of higher education (IHEs). One major reason why many IHEs are ...

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SF State Submits Report for Sustainability Rating Membership Required

  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The Office of Sustainability at SF State will submit a report February 1 to participate in a sustainability rating program that tracks and assesses efforts for maintaining a food and ...

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Strategy Textbooks and the Environment Construct: Are the Texts Enabling Strategists to Realize Sustainable Outcomes? Membership Required

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

A central claim within the sustainable development literature is that realizing sustainable outcomes requires a move away from a conceptualization of the environment as a separate, bounded, independently given entity ...

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How to walk the talk? Developing actions for sustainability in academic research Membership Required

  • Dalhousie University (NS)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels Region)

Sustainability in higher education is a growing field of reflection and practice, yet integrating sustainability and academic research (as a distinct pillar of academia – next to education, societal service and ...

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