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

2227
Total Resources
1014
Organizations
67
Countries
53
U.S. States & Territories
9
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.

2227 resources

Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Students' Perspectives on an Innovative Approach to Educational Change

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Problem statement: With Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) being an innovative approach to educational change, its principal objective is students’ development of transformation competencies. However, HESD evaluations hardly consider ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Corporate Identity of a Socially Responsible University – A Case from the Turkish Higher Education Sector

  • Istanbul Bilgi University

Facing increased competition, universities are driven to project a positive image to their internal and external stakeholders. Therefore some of these institutions have begun to develop and implement corporate identity ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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A conceptual synthesis of organisational transformation: How to diagnose, and navigate, pathways for sustainability at universities?

  • Maastricht University

Universities will play a profound role in a century in which society will be judged by its capacity for self-transformation in response to pandemic crises of climate change and capitalism ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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A Methodology for Sustainability Evaluation and Reporting in Higher Education Institutions

The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology that allows higher education institutions (HEIs) to promote, to evaluate and to report on sustainability. The ultimate goal of the ...

  • Posted Jan. 20, 2017
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Engaging sustainability good practice within the curriculum design and property portfolio in the Australian higher education sector

  • Deakin University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the extent to which universities’ strategic plans affect the level of incorporation of sustainability within the curriculum design and property portfolio ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Sustainable imaginaries: a case study of a large suburban Canadian university

  • York University (ON)

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the concept of sustainability imaginaries – unifying core assumptions on what sustainability entails held by stakeholders – set within a large suburban Canadian university. The study ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Energy challenges: isolating results due to behavior change

  • Allegheny College (PA)

Purpose

Approximately 700 colleges and universities have committed to climate neutrality, which will require significant reductions in energy consumption. This paper aims to explore the effectiveness of an Annual Energy ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Transdisciplinary learning and teaching as answers to urban sustainability challenges

Purpose

This paper aims to explain the relevance of science-society interfaces and their potential for higher education institutions to engage stakeholders in supporting sustainable change in cities, via the transdisciplinary ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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University’s multi-scale initiatives for redefining city development

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the varied roles played by the University of Lódz (UL) in maintaining and restoring the natural capital of a city as ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Environmental awareness raising through universities – city authorities’ cooperation

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Greening transportation and parking at University of Coimbra

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Quest for a sustainable university: a review

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Assessing the Infusion of Sustainability Principles into University Curricula

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Future-oriented higher education: Which key competencies should be fostered through university teaching and learning?

  • Leuphana University of 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Developing a Whole-of-University Approach to Educating for Sustainability: Linking Curriculum, Research and Sustainable Campus Operations

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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An in-depth literature review of the evolving roles and contributions of universities to education for sustainable development

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Higher Education and Sustainable Development: Paradox and Possibility

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Sustainable Behavior: Study Engagement and Happiness among University Students in South Korea

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutions: Its Influence on the Pro-Sustainability Orientation of Mexican Students

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies

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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Assessment tools’ indicators for sustainability in universities: an analytical overview

  • Technische Universiteit 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom: Approaches, Methods and Projects

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 ...


Sustainability at Central Oregon Community College

  • 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 ...


Top-Performing Institutions for Sustainability, 2016

  • 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 ...


Colorado State University: A Midscale Market Solar Customer Case Study

  • 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

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Applied Sustainability Education with a Systems Science Emphasis at a STEM University

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the Business Case for Sustainability Professionals in the Workplace

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 19, 2016
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Towards a Sustainable University: The Ca’ Foscari Experience

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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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A new taxonomy for examining the multi-role of campus sustainability assessments in organizational change

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Do sustainability projects stimulate organizational learning in universities?

  • Leuphana University of 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Systemic Structural Constellations and Sustainability in Academia: A New Method for Sustainable Higher Education

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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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A Green Purchasing Policy Roadmap

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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2013 NAEP Green Purchasing Study

  • 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 ...
  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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Curricular Innovation for Sustainability: The Piedmont/ Ponderosa Model of Faculty Development

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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Greener Cleaning Playbook: A guide to help sports venue operators develop a greener cleaning program

  • 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 ...


Integration of Business Sustainability Education into the Business Curriculum

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Realization of a Low Emission University Campus Through the Implementation of a Climate Action Plan

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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Garnering input for recycling communication strategies at a Big Ten University

  • 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 ...