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

1440
Total Resources
599
Organizations
35
Countries
50
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.

1440 resources

Educating For Sustainability: Developing Critical Skills Membership Required

  • Massey University
  • University of Waikato

This article explores the contribution a pedagogical approach based in critical theory can make to education for sustainability in business schools. In addition to the regular business and environmental management ...

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The Relationship Between Academic Major and Environmentalism Among College Students: Is it Mediated by the Effects of Gender, Political Ideology and Financial Security? Membership Required

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Several studies have found a relationship between college students’ academic majors and their environmental attitudes and behaviors. Results from this study of incoming first-year students at a medium-sized public university ...

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Careers in Sustainability: Current Job Trends and Future Growth Membership Required

This report, based on interviews with 658 Canadian organizations, provides insight on key sustainability employment trends in Canada. It finds that over 50,000 professionals spend 50% or more of ...

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Careers in organic food production Membership Required

This article describes the workers who are involved in producing organic food, certifying it, and bringing it to consumers. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not ...

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2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report Membership Required

  • United States Department of Energy

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 ...

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Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs Membership Required

  • Environmental Defense Fund (NC)

This report examines the growth of sustainability jobs in the United States. Key findings include:

  • Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce across multiple ...
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Going Green and Using Less Paper to Print Exams: Student Performance, Completion Time, and Preference Membership Required

  • Providence College (RI)

Two studies measured the impact on student exam performance and exam completion time of strategies aimed to reduce the amount of paper used for printing multiple-choice course exams. Study 1 ...

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Integrating Sustainability Into Management Education: A Dean's Perspective Membership Required

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The integration of sustainability and environmental ethics into management education has improved in the past decade. This is partly a response to external pressure, as societal concerns about sustainability grow ...

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Environmental education for the masses: lessons from a large, general enrollment environmental studies course Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

One critical tool for creating an environmentally literate citizenry is to reach students other than those in environmental-related majors in the form of the university-level large introductory environmental studies course ...

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Writing to learn ecology: a study of three populations of college students Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College (MN)

Being an ecologically literate citizen involves making decisions that are based on ecological knowledge and accepting responsibility for personal actions. Using writing-to-learn activities in college science courses, we asked students ...

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Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here? Membership Required

  • University of Montana (MT)

Numerous scholars have argued that the terms environmental literacy, ecological literacy, and ecoliteracy have been used in so many different ways and/or are so all-encompassing that they have very ...

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Teaching with principles: Toward more effective pedagogy in ecology Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

Ecology is a complex and dynamic field and, as communicators of our discipline, faculty should be able to define a set of core principles that underpin and create ecological pattern ...

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The role of field exercises in ecological learning and values education: action research on the use of campus wetlands Membership Required

Providing undergraduate biology students with ecological knowledge and environmental awareness is critical for developing professionalism in sustainable development. In addition to the cognitive and psychomotor development, outdoor ecological exercises combining ...

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Solid waste characterization and recycling potential for a university campus Membership Required

Integrated waste management systems are one of the greatest challenges for sustainable development. For these systems to be successful, the first step is to carry out waste characterization studies. In ...

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Greening academia: Use and disposal of mobile phones among university students Membership Required

  • University of Southampton

Mobile phones have relatively short lifecycles and are rapidly seen as obsolete by many users within little over a year. However, the reusability of these devices as well as their ...

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University Reputations and the Public: A Roadmap for Higher Education Leaders Membership Required

Edelman, a public relations firm, surveyed academics and the general public to understand how the U.S. public evaluates the reputations of higher education institutions, and how these reputational drivers ...

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Developing strategies and leaders to succeed in a new era of sustainability: Findings and insights from the United Nations Global Compact‐Accenture CEO Study Membership Required

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify leading CEOs’ views on sustainability and how they believe it is impacting the business environment, with a particular focus on the ...

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Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector Membership Required

The guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights the role universities specifically in Australia, New Zealand ...

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Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective Membership Required

The International Association of Universities (IAU), a membership organization, which brings together about 650 higher education institutions and organizations from some 130 countries, launched its first Global Survey on the ...

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Hospitality employers’ perceptions of technology for sustainable development: The implications for graduate employability Membership Required

This paper investigates hospitality employers’ perspectives of two key interdisciplinary subjects, i.e. sustainable development and information technology in the context of hospitality education, particularly graduate employability. A qualitative approach ...

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Solar Training and Hiring Insights 2017 Membership Required

This report aims to increase understanding of U.S. solar training, hiring practices, and market trends to help the industry make better, more informed decisions. It aggregates and analyzes data ...

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Solar Energy Technology Licensed Membership Required

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

A new licensing deal between the University of California, Davis and Q1 NanoSystems has established terms for exclusive licensing of a package of jointly-owned intellectual property stemming from inventions both ...

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Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2017 Membership Required

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the ...

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Sustainability in the Higher Education System: An Opportunity to Improve Quality and Image Membership Required

In view of the increasing importance attributed to social responsibility and stakeholder relationship management, more universities have expanded their research topics and their educational programs through the years. High attention ...

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Identifying the role of conservation biology for solving the environmental crisis Membership Required

Humans are altering their living environment to an extent that could cause environmental collapse. Promoting change into environmental sustainability is therefore urgent. Despite a rapid expansion in conservation biology, appreciation ...

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University community responses to on-campus resource recycling Membership Required

  • Massey University

In order to gain a better understanding of the attitudes and behaviour of a campus community toward a university concourse-based recycling scheme, a survey of 1400 students and staff, at ...

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Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Study of Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies Membership Required

  • Antioch University, Seattle (WA)

As evidence of the earth's limited capacity to sustain human life mounts, institutions of higher education are being looked to for leadership in the effort to educate students about ...

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Embedding sustainability in higher education through interaction with lecturers: Case studies from three European technical universities Membership Required

  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Technical University of Delft
  • Chalmers University of Technology

In this paper, three universities compare their work on the integration of sustainable development into their educational programmes. The purpose is to show examples of how this can be done ...

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Evaluating education for sustainable development (ESD): using Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes toward the Sustainable Development (EAATSD) scale Membership Required

With the emergence of education for sustainable development (ESD), robust literature on ethics and ESD has emerged; however, ecocentric perspective developed within environmental ethics is marginalized in current ESDebate. The ...

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Affordability in Higher Education Membership Required

The affordability of higher education is one of the most pressing challenges to college and university leaders and politicians. Meanwhile, students and parents face their own hurdles paying for college ...

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Education for Sustainable Development: An Empirical Study of the Tensions and Challenges Faced by Geography Student Teachers Membership Required

  • University of Oxford

This is a qualitative study of the challenges identified by geography student teachers in their learning to teach about education for sustainable development in English secondary schools. The student teachers ...

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A review of transdisciplinary research in sustainability science Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Achieving the goal of sustainability requires understanding and management of unprecedented and interconnected challenges. A transdisciplinary approach is a key component of sustainability science. However, there are considerable barriers to ...

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The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know Membership Required

Taken from the Aug. 10, 2017 press release (linked at the bottom):

An old and familiar poison is being spread on college campuses these days: the idea that America should ...

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Walking the Eco-Talk Movement Higher Education Institutions as Sustainability Incubators Membership Required

  • Edgewood College (WI)

Management scholars can have a major impact on advancing environmental sustainability by focusing on their own home institutions. A “four-type” sustainability action model is presented to foster thinking about how ...

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Globalization and environmental education: looking beyond sustainable development Membership Required

This study contends that environmental education is being significantly altered by globalizing forces, witnessing the effort to convert environmental education into education for sustainable development. This internationally propagated conversion can ...

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Fear Appeals and College Students’ Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Toward Global Warming Membership Required

This study used Witte's extended parallel process model to examine the relationships between the use of fear appeals and college students’ attitudes and behavioral intentions toward global warming. A ...

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Sustainability and Higher Education: From arborescent to rhizomatic thinking Membership Required

  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)

Currently, global society is delicately poised on a civilisational threshold similar to that of the feudal era. This is a time when outmoded institutions, values, and systems of thought and ...

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Sustainability: A Touchstone Concept for University Operations, Education, and Research Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Many, both within and outside the university, argue that we need a new paradigm to guide society in the 21st century--a paradigm organized around the principle of "sustainability." Although there ...

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Community responses to the removal of bottled water on a university campus Membership Required

This paper aimed to examine the impact of the removal of bottled water on the campus community. This paper presents the findings of a survey conducted at the first Australian ...

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From Talloires to Turin: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Declarations for Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

Declarations for sustainability in higher education are often seen as a set of guiding principles that aid institutions of higher learning to incorporate the concept of sustainability into their various ...

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Comparing different measures of affective attributes relating to sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Otago
  • Otago Polytechnic

A survey was developed to benchmark the affective sustainability characteristics of an incoming cohort of students in a Polytechnic in New Zealand, with the intention to monitor changes in these ...

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Processes, strategies and practices for turning the University of Crete into a sustainable university Membership Required

In this paper, we look at the University of Crete experience to integrate the concept of sustainable development across all its operations. Through a review of current sustainability practices of ...

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The Students’ Survey of Education for Sustainable Development Competencies: A Comparison Among Faculties Membership Required

  • Universita degli Studi di Padova

The paper reports research employing a quantitative approach to investigating the competences of university students about educating for sustainable development (ESD). Participants were 467 bachelor students of the following five ...

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Global perspectives: aligning agendas? Membership Required

  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • University of London

In recent years there has been a growth in interest amongst a number of universities in the UK and elsewhere in the world on reflecting upon the contribution of higher ...

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Sustainability, Green IT and Education Strategies in the Twenty-first Century Membership Required

  • Curtin University - Australia

This work presents and discusses the latest approaches and strategies for implementing Sustainability and Green IT into higher education and business environments. Following the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 ...

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Assessing the Higher Education Sector’s Use of Renewable Energy Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

This article explores the extent to which U.S.-based institutions of higher education have engaged in voluntary purchases and production of renewable energy. Understanding these efforts is important in ...

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Mapping Sustainability Assessment and Reporting in the UK Tertiary Education: A Whole-institution Perspective on Sustainability Assessment and Reporting Tools Membership Required

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A plethora of assessment and reporting ‘tools’1 has become available for the improvement of sustainability performance in Further and Higher Education(FHE). As the profile of sustainability ...

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Assessing sustainability in higher education curricula: A critical reflection on validity issues Membership Required

While curricular assessments can give insight as to the extent sustainability is integrated into higher education study programs, issues remain regarding how assessments are conducted. Previous research has identified and ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education Membership Required

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

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Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A practical guide for institutions Membership Required

  • UNESCO

This Guide is designed to help leaders and practitioners of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in improving their understanding and implementation of education for sustainable development (ESD) using ...

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