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

2230
Total Resources
1015
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.

2230 resources

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 ...


Teaching with trash: archaeological insights on university waste management

  • 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 ...


Implementation of a zero waste program at a university campus

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

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 ...


The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban University Campus

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Factors encouraging sustainability integration into institutions of higher education

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 1

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

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 ...


Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 3

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)

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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Engaging Undergraduates in Soil Sustainability Decision-Making Through an InTeGrate Module

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Wittenberg University (OH)

Continued agricultural productivity hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. A 2-week undergraduate introductory-level module: A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources Through Local Decision Making was collaboratively developed through ...

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Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes

  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Southern Queensland (QLD)

This book examines the role of transdisciplinarity - a form of research and practice that synthesises knowledge from a range of academic disciplines and from the community - in the transformations needed ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2016
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Engaging Investment Managers on Proxy Voting & Other Forms of Shareholder Engagement

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's "Engaging Investment Managers on Proxy Voting & Other Forms of Shareholder Engagement" document outlines potential questions for investment managers on their proxy voting and other ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2016
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The Business Case for ESG Briefing Paper

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's "Business Case for ESG Briefing Paper" was developed to help endowment stakeholders understand what Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing is, how ESG investing and ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2016
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White Paper: Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

The Intentional Endowments Network's new report titled “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments” was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2016
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Obama, Bill Gates to lead major effort to spur spending on climate research

  • The Washington Post (DC)

This article describes the launch of two separate initiatives to invest billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. "Mission Innovation” is a commitment by countries - including United States ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

  • United Nations Environment Programme

This report tracks private and public investments in renewable energy, including research and development funding. Key findings in relation to R&D funding include:

  • Research and development spending on renewable energy ...
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Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education: Learning in an age of transformation

In a time of unprecedented transformation as society seeks to build a more sustainable future, education plays an increasingly central role in training key agents of change. This book asks ...

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Assessing sustainability in university curricula: exploring the influence of student numbers and course credits

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

As more universities become interested in, and engaged with, sustainability, there has been a growing need to assess how their curricula addresses sustainable development and its myriad issues. Different tools ...

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Effective change management, governance and policy for sustainability transformation in higher education

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Purpose

Numerous policy announcements and articles have been produced over the past 20 years calling for higher education institutions to give greater focus to social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability ...

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Education for sustainable development and global citizenship: An evaluation of the validity of the STAUNCH auditing tool

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test the validity of the curriculum auditing tool Sustainability Tool for Auditing University Curricula in Higher Education (STAUNCH©), which was designed to ...

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Organisational learning towards sustainability in higher education

  • University of Southampton

Purpose

Research on sustainability in higher education has focused on environmental management of the university campus, case studies and examples of good practice. Although the value and contribution of these ...

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Sustainable university research and development: inspecting sustainability in higher education research

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Sustainability in higher education is dominated by practical ‘greening the campus’ programs and initiatives. This paper examines sustainable university research and development projects as part of the ‘greening the campus ...

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The INDICARE-model – measuring and caring about participation in higher education's sustainability assessment

The implementation of sustainability in higher education has been advanced over at least the last two decades and brought sustainability assessment on the research agenda of Education for Sustainable Development ...

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‘The Biophilic University’: a de-familiarizing organizational metaphor for ecological sustainability?

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

A new primary, root metaphor the ‘Biophilic University’, is introduced here, underpinning a potential de-familiarizing human-nature narrative and heuristic to contest and break free of what is conceptualised as the ...

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Embodying Tao in the ‘Restorative University’

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Schumacher College

This paper proposes a new generative metaphor, the ‘Restorative University’ which embodies an associated Taoist human–nature narrative. It aims to counter what is contextualized here as the bio-cultural disconnection ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Participatory processes in sustainable universities – what to assess?

Purpose

This paper aims to connect participatory sustainability implementation with sustainability assessment, exploring learning theories, the principles of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) and respective indicators applied in the ...

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Sustainable Campus Development: Campuses Go Green: Colleges and universities take environmentally responsible design to new levels

  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Three projects profiled here exemplify that next level: a new campus designed for sustainability from first principles, an academic building now proving itself under the Living Building Challenge, and a ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Developing the concept of sustainability in nursing

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Sustainability, and the related concept of climate change, is an emerging domain within nursing and nurse education. Climate change has been posited as a serious global health threat requiring action ...

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The disappearance of cooperatives from economics textbooks

Discussion of cooperatives abounded in early twentieth century economics textbooks, but is virtually absent from their modern counterparts. In this paper, I assemble a dataset of economics textbooks used at ...


Curricular Cop-Out on Co-ops: Business schools ignore a key form of enterprise

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

This article highlights the dearth of academic training related to cooperative enterprises at U.S. business schools.


Key competencies to action: Transdisciplinary learning of key competencies for sustainability

  • Lund University

Purpose: According to literature there is a set of six key competencies that distinguish sustainability professionals, including researchers, from professionals and researchers in other fields, making them “systemic problem solvers ...


The Piedmont Project: Fostering Faculty Development Toward Sustainability

  • Emory University (GA)

Many universities recognize urgent environmental dilemmas and embrace efforts to move campus operations and university culture toward sustainability. However, the broader academic mission across departments and programs is often slower ...


Long-Term Impacts of Faculty Development Programs: The Experience of Teli and Piedmont

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Tufts University (MA)

A long-term study of two faculty development programs on sustainability and the environment reveals enduring changes in teaching, research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and engaged action. Participants in cohorts of Tufts University ...


Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape

This report describes a bibliometric analysis of the sustainability science research landscape between 2009 and 2013. Key findings include:

  1. Research on sustainability has grown almost twice as fast as research ...

Assessment matters: What are students learning about sustainability?

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

This article provides a model to integrate sustainability efforts, student learning, and assessment into one coherent process.


Enhancing Sustainability Campuswide: New Directions for Student Services

This sourcebook provides a primer on how to best organize specific programs and services as well as overall campus operations to address the critical challenge of sustainability. Presenting research, operational ...


Sustainability behaviors among college students: an application of the VBN theory

  • Michigan State University (MI)

While Value-Belief-Norm (VBN) theory has been widely applied to various populations, it has seldom been tested on college students. This study extends VBN theory to examine what socio-psychological factors influence ...


Trans-Disciplinary Education for Sustainable Marine and Coastal Management: A Case Study in Taiwan

The present study aims to investigate the effect of a trans-disciplinary design of curricula, deemed a powerful tool for teaching and research on complex environmental problems, with a goal to ...


Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies For Colleges and Universities

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

This publication provides an overview of smart growth strategies and the better outcomes that these strategies have yielded when adopted by colleges and universities and communities across the country. It ...


Validating the Need to Include the Economic Returns of Graduates as a Metric of a Higher Education Institutions Level of Sustainability

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

Higher education institutions play an important role in sustainability, in their own management and operation, in research and education, and in the undergraduate and graduate degrees they deliver. Often ignored ...


Stakeholders Perceptions of a Universal Sustainability Assessment in Higher Education - A Review of Empirical Evidence

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

The progress of sustainability within higher education has steadily increased in focus over the last decade and has increasingly become a topic of academic research. As institutions investigate, implement and ...


UCSB and Campus Sustainability Group Come to Agreement

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This article describes an agreement regarding University of California, Santa Barbara's Long Range Development Plan between the University and Sustainable University Now (SUN), a coalition of community organizations). The ...


Harvard to limit greenhouse gas emissions in new Allston construction

  • Harvard University (MA)

This article describes Harvard University's agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings constructed on its Allston campus. The agreement between the University and the Executive Office of ...


Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education: Theory and Practice

How do we foster in college students the cognitive complexity, ethical development, and personal resolve that are required for living in this "sustainability century"? Tackling these complex and highly interdependent ...


When the informal is the formal, the implicit is the explicit: Holistic sustainability education at Green Mountain College

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Purpose - The purpose of this project is to provide an account of the student experience at a higher education institution known for its holistic approach to sustainability education.

Design/methodology ...