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

2637
Total Resources
1285
Organizations
75
Countries
58
U.S. States & Territories
10
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.

2637 resources

College hopefuls look for green universities

  • USA TODAY (VA)

USA Today reports that "the nation's college-bound students are increasingly looking for green - and no, that doesn't mean just money."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Do students really choose colleges based on how green they are?

A Princeton Review survey finds that incoming freshmen would weigh information about environmental issues into their college decisions, but average students say it’s not on their radar

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students

The Guardian reports that "students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Framing Sustainability for the Free, Frugal, and Fit & Fabulous

  • Utah State University (UT)

Selling Utah State University students on a new ‘Blue Goes Green’ fee to fund sustainability projects on campus has involved connecting sustainability with the students’ desires for freedom, saving money ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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The I3E model for embedding education for sustainability within higher education institutions

  • University of Southampton

This paper presents an evidence-based model (the I3E model) for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) within a higher education institution. This model emerged from a doctoral research that examined organizational ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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The mercury game: evaluating a negotiation simulation that teaches students about science-policy interactions

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Environmental negotiations and policy decisions take place at the science-policy interface. While this is well known within academic literature, it is often difficult to convey how science and policy interact ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Toxic Release! The role of educational games in teaching and learning about hazardous pollution

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The compounding elements of toxic releases make teaching and learning about them difficult. For example, toxic releases have multifarious source/sink dynamics, high-stakes risk profiles, complex timelines, and passionate stakeholders ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Preparation of environmental studies and sciences students to participate in the environmental risk dialogue

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Environmental exposure to chemicals associated with modern industrial and agricultural practices is a major societal concern. Evaluating and managing risk from these chemicals requires knowledge based on both the natural ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Integrating geoscience into undergraduate education about environment, society, and sustainability using place-based learning: three examples

  • Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Utah State University (UT)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

From water to energy, and from climate change to natural hazards, the geosciences (marine, Earth, and atmospheric science) have an important role to play in addressing a wide range of ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices?

  • University of Michigan (MI)

College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland

From the perspective of different stakeholders, education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education is highly desirable. In practice, however, this may present challenges, as it involves systemic and cultural ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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A Comparative Study on Sustainability in Architectural Education in Asia—With a Focus on Professional Degree Curricula

  • Korea University

Architectural education is a key factor in the re-thinking of the whole industry toward a system of more sustainable buildings and cities. Asia is the continent with the highest population ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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College Hopes & Worries Survey Reports

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys thousands of college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. For many years, this survey has included a question related ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Water bottle ban a success; bottled beverage sales have plummeted

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Sales of bottled beverages at Washington University in St. Louis have plummeted 39 percent since 2009, when the university became the first in the nation to ban the sale of ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Not All Are Created Equal: An Analysis of the Environmental Programs/Departments in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education From 1900 Until March 2014

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

Environmental academic programs in U.S. institutions of higher education have traditionally lacked definition of their nature and unifying principles. In order to ascertain how these programs are presently constituted ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 2): Strategies for Improvement

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

Environmental studies and environmental sciences programs in American and Canadian colleges and universities seek to ameliorate environmental problems through empirical enquiry and analytic judgment. In a companion article (Part 1 ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Environmental Attitudes and Information Sources Among African American College Students

  • Texas Southern University (TX)

The author examined the environmental attitudes of African American college students by using the 15-item New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) Scale. The author also attempted to determine their everyday environmental behaviors ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Commitment to the environment and student support for “green” campus initiatives

  • Haverford College (PA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Past research has demonstrated that commitment to the environment strongly predicts global pro-environmental intentions. This research is the first to examine whether the commitment to the environment model predicts college ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 1): Integrating Knowledge, Education, and Action for a Better World?

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

The environmental sciences/studies movement, with more than 1000 programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, is unified by a common interest - ameliorating environmental problems through ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Sustainability, meet Doug Flutie

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

This post reviews the available research on how campus sustainability impacts student recruitment, including surveys of incoming students by many individual institutions. It makes the case that campus sustainability is ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector: HEASC 2008 Annual Report

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This report describes the collective and individual activities of each of the members of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of higher education associations working together to ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2008

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This survey of entering students at four-year institutions in the US finds significant support for green initiatives among incoming students. Almost a third of entering freshmen (29.5 percent) reported ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Understanding the Management of Sustainability on One Public Midwestern College Campus

  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)

Environmental sustainability is a substantial issue within our world today that is on the forefront of policy makers' minds. Implementation of sustainability initiatives on a college campus comes in many ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Solutions: University–Community Partnerships

  • Portland State University (OR)

What is the role of the university? Current systems may stress research output, but Wortham-Galvin, Allen and Sherman seek to reestablish the importance of teaching and service in the work ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland, Oregon is making a name for itself as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. Whether you’ve heard about the farmers’ markets, the cycle-friendly streets or ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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From theory to practice : an analysis of transformative social innovation at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education institutions are striving to become both models and leaders in innovation for sustainable development, as sustainability is becoming a growing priority around the world. The approaches adopted by ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustaining Undergraduate Sustainability Education

  • United States Coast Guard Academy (CT)

The importance of educating future generations of engineers with respect to sustainability is becoming increasingly obvious. At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CGA), the engineering faculty recognize the need ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Incorporating Geo-Sustainability Concepts in Shrinking Geotechnical Curricula and the New FE Requirements

  • Saint Louis University (MO)
  • University of North Florida (FL)

Introducing sustainability concepts into geotechnical education makes good sense since civil engineering projects are energy intensive and geotechnical engineers are involved early in civil engineering projects. There are two major ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Attitudes of Incoming Civil Engineering Students toward Sustainability as an Engineering Ethic

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This study presents the results of a survey of new civil engineering students at a large, conservative, land-grant university. Students were asked a set of questions about engineering ethics and ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Food insecure student clients of a university-based food bank have compromised health, dietary intake and academic quality

  • University of Alberta (AB)

University and college students in wealthy countries may be vulnerable to financial food insecurity. If food insecure students have suboptimal health, their ability to learn and excel in their education ...

  • Posted Aug. 14, 2016
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Sustainability Assessment of Higher Education Institutions in Saudi Arabia

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Universities are paramount change drivers in bringing about a culture of sustainability in society by setting themselves up as models and nurseries for sustainable development. Thus, assessment of sustainability integration ...

  • Posted Aug. 12, 2016
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Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences

Subscription journals have been converting or “flipping” to open access (OA) for about as long as OA has been an option. For just as long, OA proponents have been writing ...

  • Posted Aug. 10, 2016
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Sustainability Science: Field Methods and Exercises

Describes the theory and practice of field methods in Sustainability Science, a program at a growing number of universities. This book builds up on the experience and lessons learned by ...


Smart Partnerships: How Higher Education Institutions Can Enhance the Capacity of the UN to Govern the Global Commons

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This dissertation explores how partnerships between UN agencies and higher education institutions (HEIs) can enhance governance of the global commons. Unique attributes that HEIs have to offer in this regard ...


Learning sustainability leadership: An action research study of a graduate leadership course

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study used action research methodology to examine the development of sustainability leadership in a graduate leadership course. The research investigated the impact of this leadership course, which was designed ...


Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) play a central role in global efforts toward environmental sustainability. With 23 campuses, the California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in ...


Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations

  • AASHE (PA)

Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations, posted to the AASHE Discussion Forums on July 19, 2010 (FAQs included). Original signatories are indicated in the PDF, and the ...


Economic feasibility of campus-wide photovoltaic systems in New England

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Compared to the national average residential retail electricity price, Connecticut (CT) had the 4th highest electricity price in the country with 19.23 cents/kWh in September 2015, nearly 50 ...


Northern Arizona University Energy Mentor Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This is a how-to guide for higher education institutions who wish to carry out behavior based energy conservation programs. The guide is based on a program that has been implemented ...


HBCU Green Report 2014

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

The 2014 HBCU Green Report, which is based on a survey of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), indicates that there is significant activity underway on HBCU campuses to promote ...


Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report: 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report shares the results of a 2010 survey of minority-serving institutions administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the Sustainable ...


The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...


Exploring Nursing's role within the sustainability movement

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Aim: This paper aimed to explore the evolution of the concept of sustainability to facilitate further knowledge development in the discipline of nursing.

Background: The concept of ‘sustainability’ emerged in ...


The impact of globalization and environmental change on health: challenges for nurse education

The environment is an established domain of nursing knowledge, but some authors argue that the traditional perspective is too narrowly focused on the immediate environment to appreciate the relevance of ...


The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

The scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change has been established with increasing precision and there are widespread concerns about its potential to undermine the public health gains of the past ...


The ‘sustainability lens’: A framework for nurse education that is ‘fit for the future’

  • University of Nottingham

In this paper we describe and justify a framework for curriculum development that uses the concept of a sustainability lens. This is based on an understanding that we construct our ...


The need for a ‘sustainability curriculum’ in nurse education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper addresses the imperative to address sustainability and climate change in nurse education. This will be done by outlining the socio-political and policy context and a discussion of a ...


Sustainability in nursing: a concept analysis

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe, explore and explain the concept of sustainability in nursing.

Background: Although researchers in nursing and medicine have emphasised the issue of ...


Beyond problem solving: Engineering and the public good in the 21st century

  • University of Sydney (NSW)

Problem solving is upheld as a defining feature of engineering identity, and the ability to solve problems is built into engineering curricula as a learning outcome and a graduate attribute ...


Building Community Investment at New York University

  • New York University (NY)

Anchor institutions – large non-profit organizations like colleges, universities, or hospitals that are tied to a place by infrastructure and mission – should be harnessed to positively affect the growth of the ...