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

3623
Total Resources
1807
Organizations
98
Countries
58
U.S. States & Territories
12
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.

3623 resources

UC San Diego 2021 Sustainability Report

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

UC San Diego’s inaugural annual sustainability report provides an update on the progress that we have made towards our collective sustainability goals in ten key areas: Air and Climate ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Teaching Sustainability: The role of educators in building skills and knowledge for a sustainable future

  • Shift Insight

At COP26 in 2021, ambitious targets were set by world governments to tackle the Climate Emergency. However, many are sceptical that these will be met, particularly in the face of ...

  • Posted April 5, 2022
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GIS and Sustainability Engagement in Higher Education

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Does the use of an interactive GIS web map significantly influence the level of sustainability stakeholder engagement at institutions of higher education? With over 1,000 institutions of higher education ...

  • Posted March 18, 2022
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Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Investment Leaders: A Report on the State of the Field of Student-Managed Investment Funds

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

This report compiles information on the 40 sustainably invested student-managed investment funds engaged in the Intentional Endowment Network's Sustainable and Impact Investing Learning & Knowledge (SIILK) Network. It highlights ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Concept development and transformative agency in the forging of a Campus Sustainability Statement:Insights from a Change Laboratory research-intervention.

  • Lancaster University

With HEIs increasingly expected to provide leadership and guidance on the global challenges of climate change and sustainability, a body of literature has emerged concerned with embedding and implementing sustainability ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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The Role of Universities Towards a Sustainable Future: Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals

  • York University (ON)

We live in an era of unprecedented planetary and social challenges, including: the climate crisis, globalization of economic markets, social injustice, inequalities, poverty, food insecurity, biodiversity loss, migration, technological automation ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Sustainability on a small campus: A case study of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (NL)

Education has been identified as a key component in sustainable development and sustainability transitions, as exemplified by the UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2004-2015), thus, it is ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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How to make low-carbon academia fly? Reducing academic air travel beyond COVID-19

  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences

This article seeks to advance our understanding of the underlying reasons that sustain high levels of academic flying, and explores how a low carbon academia with less academic air travel ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Team PreciPITTation: Addressing Our Urban Campus Stormwater Needs

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Pittsburgh Oakland Campus (Pitt) offers a diverse urban terrain ideal for the planning and implementation of sustainable stormwater management practices. Without such planning our campus will continue ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Sustainable Development Among Four-Year Institutions in the United States: A Geographic and Anthropological Perspective

  • University of Southern Mississippi (MS)

This dissertation investigates the factors that contribute to the cultural characteristics of sustainability among higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States to shed light on how they represent themselves ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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A matter of connection: Competence development in teacher education for sustainable development

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

In response to the globally increasing environmental, social, and economic crises, we as humanity must leave the path of business as usual and learn new ways to know, think, and ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Investigating Sustainability Literacy at SIU Carbondale using the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) Scale

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This research investigates how the ASK (Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge) Scale, developed by Zwickle and Jones (2018), can be used to assess the current state of sustainability knowledge at Southern ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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‘Look to the young’- a study on climate change coping, emotion, and hope among emerging adults

  • Uppsala University

Climate change is already happening, but the long-term effects will be noticed by today’s young and future generations. Today’s young people will need to be part of mitigating ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Improving Holistic Sustainability through Complexity Leadership

  • Western University (ON)

This Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) outlines a planned change to improve decision-making spaces and processes-related sustainability. The OIP details a problem of practice examining how to incorporate holistic sustainability into ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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How to embed sustainability in the core of higher education institutions: drivers of, barriers to, and patterns behind the implementation processes of sustainability curricula

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This dissertation, entitled “How to Embed Sustainability in the Core of Higher Education Institutions: Drivers of, Barriers to, & Patterns behind the Implementation Processes of Sustainability Curricula – Insights from a ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Sustainability challenges and territorial impact: the role of Higher Education Institutions

  • Politecnico di Torino

Complex sustainability problems require an immediate action. Therefore, the involvement of multiple agents to face a concrete shift in the global system is necessary. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have the ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Toward Zero Waste – A Study In Reducing And Managing Lab Waste

  • University of Calgary (AB)

The linear waste management model (take-make-dispose) has led to consumption and production patterns that exceed Earth’s sustainable capacity. Zero Waste philosophies emphasize the reduction of raw material usage, retention ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions: Paradox or Pioneering?: A Case Study on the Universities of Goettingen and Uppsala

  • Uppsala University
  • University of Göttingen

Sustainable development (SD) as a concept and principle aims to find solutions to balance the needs of people worldwide with the resources and limits of the Earth’s ecosystems. Given ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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5 Year Report NC Collaboratory 2016-2021

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

In 2016 the NC General Assembly authorized the creation of the NC Policy Collaboratory headquartered at UNC Chapel Hill. In the five years since, the Collaboratory has funded more than ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2022
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Mapping sustainability initiatives in higher education institutions in Latin America

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Many higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world are involved in a variety of sustainability initiatives. These are acknowledged to be important elements in fostering the cause of sustainability in ...


The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Principles of Responsible Management Education Report

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business became signatories of the Principles of Responsible Management Education. As part of that commitment, the college reports on progress every two years.

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2022
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A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus

  • National Assocation of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (FL)

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers at institutions of higher education throughout the country and around the world ...


Ditching Desktop Printers: A Behavior Change Guide to Cutting Paper Use, Energy Consumption, and Costs

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Root Solutions (CA)

Replacing individual desktop printers with a shared office or department ‘multi-function’ printer (MFP) is one of the most impactful ways campuses can reduce paper use. It also generates a suite ...


Our Changing Menu: Climate change and the foods we love and need

  • Cornell University (NY)

We tell the climate change story through something we encounter and communicate about every day. It is imbedded in our cultures and family histories, and we love and need it ...

  • Posted Nov. 29, 2021
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University of Michigan Carbon Neutral Power and Heat Infrastructure Study: Summary Report

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Integral Group, an external firm selected ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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The University of Michigan Building Efficiency Studies

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 and 2020 - 2021 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by SmithGroup Inc., an external ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Biosequestration at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Biosequestration Internal Analysis Team. The Biosequestration ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Building Standards at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Building Standards Internal Analysis Team. The Building ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Campus Culture and Communication at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Campus Culture and Communication Internal Analysis Team ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Commuting at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Commuting Internal Analysis Team. Through its ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Energy Consumption Policies at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Energy Consumption Policies Internal Analysis Team ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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External Collaboration at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the External Collaboration Internal Analysis Team. Through ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Food at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Food Internal Analysis Team. Through its ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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University-Sponsored Travel at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the University-Sponsored Travel Internal Analysis Team. The ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Mobility Electrification at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Mobility Electrification Subgroup. Through its work ...

  • Posted Nov. 16, 2021
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Final Report and Recommendations, U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, charged with recommending scalable, transferable, and financially responsible strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, recently submitted its final report and recommendations to ...

  • Posted Nov. 16, 2021
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#GCSHE 2021 Cookbook

  • AASHE (PA)

Do some cooking in the kitchen with AASHE’s first-ever, community-curated cookbook. Be careful, you may get hungry looking through all the great recipes. Happy cooking!


2021 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating ...


No Sustainability Without Justice, Volume II

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • Trinity College (CT) (CT)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • Winthrop University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Volume II of No Sustainability Without Justice: An Anthology on Racial Equity and Social Justice shares perspectives from 14 authors on how racial equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion are ...

  • Posted Oct. 29, 2021
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No Sustainability Without Justice, Volume I

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE’s advisory committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion conceived of No Sustainability without Justice: An Anthology on Racial Equity and Social Justice as a way to share guidance around ...

  • Posted Oct. 29, 2021
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2021-26 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)

The plan has four areas of focus:

  • Transportation
  • Buildings and energy
  • Grounds and water management
  • Materials and resource management

Each focus area has a schedule of specific initiatives to foster ...

  • Posted Oct. 29, 2021
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What Motivates Students to Be Sustainability Change Agents in the Face of Adversity?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The world faces significant challenges that require transformative changes facilitated by Sustainability Change Agents (SCAs). Universities around the world have explicitly taken up the responsibility of developing in students the ...

  • Posted Oct. 29, 2021
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Comparison of Single-Use and Reusable Food Packaging Using a Life Cycle Assessment Approach

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

This report was prepared by students at Michigan Technological University as part of the Consumer Product Manufacturing and Green Campus Enterprises to illustrate life cycle and sustabnibility by comparing single-use ...

  • Posted Oct. 22, 2021
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Campus Sustainability Progress Report - Fiscal Years 2019 & 2020

  • Tufts University (MA)

This progress report is a summary of Tufts University's progress on sustainability over two school years: 2018 - 2019 and 2019-2020. It includes qualitative and quantitative data on Academics & ...


Higher Education Telework and Flexible Work Survey

  • George Mason University (VA)

The “Higher Education Telework and Flexible Work Survey" was designed to address a general lack of understanding about how higher education institutions are approaching telework and flexible work as a ...


Sustainability Annual Report 2020

  • University of Sharjah

The Sustainability Office has announced the year of 2020 as the sustainability year, under the slogan of “Sustainability 2020”, in order to enhance and promote the concept of sustainability among ...


Sustainability Strategic Plan

  • Missouri State University (MO)

As a higher education institution, Missouri State is in a unique position to adopt and model sustainable actions to the surrounding community and to educate students in lifelong strategies for ...


Seattle Colleges Sustainability Plan

  • Seattle Colleges - District Office (WA)

The purpose of this plan is to outline the specific sustainability goals that the Colleges has committed to over the next five years. These goals represent ambitious, yet achievable, targets ...


Sustainability Vision

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

Sustainability was a powerful theme throughout consultation for the development of the BCIT Strategic Plan 2019–2022 (Relevance. Reach. Renewal.). Building on this energy, we embarked on an intensive process ...


Climate Action Plan

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

In order of magnitude, UCF's main sources of emissions are: buildings, transportation, waste, and natural resources management. The long-term plan to lessen the university's environmental footprint focuses of ...