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

2226
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1013
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.

2226 resources

Can Urban University Expansion and Sustainable Development Co-Exist?: A Case Study in Progress on Columbia University

  • Albany Law School of Union University (NY)
  • Columbia University (NY)

This article uses the expansion of Columbia University as a case study to demonstrate the difficulty in labeling projects as "sustainable" or "unsustainable" when key stakeholders view the process and ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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Columbia Announces Deal on Its 17-Acre Expansion Plan

  • Columbia University (NY)

This article describes an agreement relating to the Columbia University's plans to expand its campus in Harlem. Among other things, the university committed to contribute $20 million to start ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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Bringing Responsible Investment to Campus: A Handbook for Committees on Investor Responsibiity

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

This toolkit is intended to be a guide to the creation, organization, and operation of Committees on Investor Responsibility that function effectively. Many schools have adopted the model of the ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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An international Master's program in green ICT as a contribution to sustainable development

Various principles of sustainable development are currently being integrated into national policies and programs. Such principles relate to a range of aspects of human activities requiring urgent attention, including heating ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2016
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Promoting energy efficiency in a South African university

  • University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Electricity supply issues have resulted in widespread blackouts and increased utility costs in South Africa. This is placing financial pressure on universities as they have limited means of increasing their ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Comparative Analysis of Ecological Footprint on Ecological Campus of an Urban University in China

  • Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

The componential method of ecological footprint is applied to estimate the ecological footprint of the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT) in 2011. An EF value for the ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Making the invisible visible: how students make use of carbon footprint calculator in environmental education

  • University of Gothenburg

Problems concerning carbon dioxide emissions and other climate change-related issues are on the global political agenda and constantly debated in media. Such issues are important for individuals to enable active ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Use of Life Cycle Assessment methodology in the analysis of Ecological Footprint Assessment results to evaluate the environmental performance of universities

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

The assessment of the environmental performance of an organization is an essential part of the decision-making process of an Environmental Management System. Having robust indicators enables a reliable assessment. The ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Application of the componential method for ecological footprint calculation of a Chinese university campus

The componential method of ecological footprint is applied to estimate the ecological footprint of Northeastern University (NEU) in 2003. The components considered in this study include energy (coal, natural gas ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Development of a hands-on toolkit to support integration of ecodesign in engineering programmes

In recent years, the integration of sustainable development in higher education has received a growing amount of attention. During the last decade, initiatives have aimed at integrating sustainable development at ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Composite indicators for a sustainable campus—Design rationale and methodology: The case of the Catholic Institute of Lille

Having first appeared in the mid-1990s, policy actions for improving how sustainable development principles are put into practice on university campuses have been growing more and more. This has taken ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Using ecological footprint analysis in higher education: Campus operations, policy development and educational purposes

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • KU Leuven

Ecological footprint analysis has been used worldwide in a variety of organizations (enterprise, public authorities, non-governmental organizations, (higher) educational institutions) and at different levels (personal level, (parts of) organizations, cities ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Framework for the inter-comparison of ecological footprint of universities

The ecological footprint (EF) method represents the suitability of a given population on the carrying capacity of the total system. It was developed in order to measure the relationship between ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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An urban university’s ecological footprint and the effect of climate change

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Ecological footprint analysis (EFA) has been used since the early 1990s as a measure of sustainability for geographical regions, products, and activities. EFA is used as a measure of land ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper & Practical Guide

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This document was created to help stage nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conferences based on a model first implemented at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in May of 2016. Compared to fly-in conferences ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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The impact of transportation demand management policies on commuting to college facilities: A case study at the University of Trieste, Italy

Universities, like other types of public and private institutions, when located in a city, have both positive and negative impacts on the area where they are situated. On the one ...

  • Posted Oct. 27, 2016
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Travel, transport and energy implications of university-related student travel: A case study approach

  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

This study highlighted significant cultural differences and complexity in travel behaviour associated with travel to university across the UK and Ireland. This paper examines university travel behaviours and the implications ...

  • Posted Oct. 27, 2016
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Struggling to Serve at the Nation’s Richest University

  • Harvard University (MA)

A New York Times article about the 2016 university dining hall workers' strike at Harvard University. Employees were dissatisfied with a health insurance increase in the face of low wages ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Proactive sustainable university transportation: Marginal effects, intrinsic values, and university students' mode choice

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

In the United States, millions of university students drive alone to school. Therefore, decreasing driving alone and related car dependence among university students is as important as doing that among ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Non-motorized transport and university populations: an analysis of connectivity and network perceptions

  • University of Alabama (AL)

This research examines local bicycle and pedestrian networks in the vicinity of the University of Alabama campus to assess the utility of these networks for travel to the university by ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Travel behavior of university students who live on campus: A case study of a rural university in Asia

With their irregular class schedules and considerable freedom in the campus environment, university students are an example of a social group that tends to have complex and unique travel behavior ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Mode choice of university students commuting to school and the role of active travel

  • McMaster University (ON)

In recent years, interest in the travel behavior of students in institutions of higher education has grown. It has been noted that students tend to use a variety of transportation ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Invisible commuters: assessing a university’s eco-friendly transportation policies and commuting behaviours

  • Alabama State University (AL)
  • Tulane University (LA)
  • The University of New Mexico (NM)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

To assess the efficacy of a private university’s environmentally friendly transportation policies, we administered a transportation and energy-use phone survey to a random sample of faculty, non-professional staff, and ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Measuring the potential for bicycling and walking at a metropolitan commuter university

  • University of Michigan-Flint (MI)

An attitudinal survey was disseminated to faculty, staff, and students at a metropolitan commuter university with the objective to ascertain what travel demand management (TDM) strategies will increase bicycling and ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Using parking pricing as a travel demand management tool at a university campus: an example for Istanbul Technical University

This study investigates the potential effects of parking pricing on the private vehicle use of residents of the campuses of large compounds such as universities. For this purpose, a parking ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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The Paradox of Public Transport Peak Spreading: Universities and Travel Demand Management

  • University of Sydney

The characteristics which make public transport attractive and contribute to high public transport use by specific market segments create the paradox in which encouragement of peak spreading of public transport ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Commuting to college: The effectiveness and social efficiency of transportation demand management policies

Commuting is the single largest impact a University has on the environment and represents a noticeable share of urban traffic, when the University is located within a city. There is ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Factors associated with students' parking-pass purchase decisions: Evidence from an American University

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The primary objective of this research is to provide an in-depth understanding about factors affecting university students' parking-pass purchase decisions by integrating concepts and variables developed in various disciplines. A ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Potential of Carpooling among Unfamiliar Users: Case of Undergraduate Students at Istanbul Technical University

This paper analyzes the passenger-carpooling potential among undergraduate students using a model for estimating choice based on combined revealed and stated preference data. The data are obtained from a survey ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Cycling has a range of health, environmental and economic benefits compared with motorised forms of transport. There is a need to encourage more cycling, yet previous evaluations of cycling promotion ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Sustainable transport challenges in a suburban university: The case of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

This paper provides detailed accounts of the transport patterns at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), including its motivations, barriers and user preferences, and explores the main transport challenges faced ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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The Roles of Social Media in Promoting Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

University sustainability leaders can strategically employ social media tools to encourage the adoption of sustainability behaviors among students, faculty members, and staff. Their effectiveness and reach, however, are constrained by ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)

Cities generate environmental impacts that have focused the global interest of scientists and authorities on the search for environment-friendly alternatives. The ‘Ecocity’ concept provides an innovative and sustainable vision of ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Food Insecurity Among University of California Employees

Executive Summary The University of California (UC) is the third largest employer in the State of California. It comprises ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national laboratories, all of ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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Prophetic Nomadism: An Art School Sustainability-Oriented Educational Aim?

This discursive article proposes that the learning and teaching regimes provided within art school are uniquely placed within higher education to foster nomads. It suggests, however, that nomadism is not ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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Georgetown University Professor’s Ferguson Syllabus Growing Nationwide

Two summers ago, shortly after the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s sadness deepened when she ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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2016 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In response ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2016
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Report: Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035

  • Cornell University (NY)

Created by the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group at Cornell University to better inform decision-making on reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. The report focuses on cost-benefit analysis of solutions to ...

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2016
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The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Democracy Collaborative (DC)

Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital or relationships to customers, employees and vendors. This study seeks ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

Climate change is an enormous and increasingly urgent issue. This important book highlights how humanities disciplines can mobilize the creative and critical power of students, teachers, and communities to confront ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students

  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)
  • Student Government Resource Center (MA)
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) (MI)

This report, based on a survey of nearly 3,800 college students in United States, finds that nearly half of the students surveyed were food insecure and 22% qualified as ...

  • Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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The Relationship of Social Justice Beliefs to Environmental Attitudes among Students at a Private University

  • University of St. Thomas Houston (TX)

The goal of the present study was to examine the relationship of social justice beliefs, gender, religiousness, and ethnicity on environmental attitudes among college students at a private university. Participants ...

  • Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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Sustainability and Built Environment: The role of Higher Education in Architecture and Building Engineering

The sustainability paradigm implies a cultural shift in order to really change the world and society. Education, and specifically higher education, plays the crucial role of preparing students to be ...

  • Posted Oct. 13, 2016
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A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing sustainability outcomes on campus and in the community

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This guide provides a step-by-step framework for how a new or existing applied learning for sustainability program can be systematically designed, built and scaled around two interconnected goals:

  1. Providing students ...

Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Performance and Energy Use Tests

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

During fall 2015 and winter 2016, staff and students from the University of California , Riverside Office of Sustainability evaluated three energy efficient Ultra Low Temperature Freezers. This study tested the ...


Learning and Skills for Sustainable Development: Developing a sustainability literate society

The purpose of this publication is to help higher education institutions to integrate sustainability literacy into the curriculum of their learning programmes.The approach and tools suggested in this guide ...


Employer attitudes towards, and skills for, sustainable development

  • National Union of Students
  • Higher Education Academy (York)

This report describes the results of an online survey of employers in the U.K. about sustainable development. Overall, employers believed the range of skills for sustainability to be important ...


Leadership Skills for a Sustainable Economy

Based on a survey of sustainability staff at member companies of The Prince of Wales’s Mayday Network on Climate Change and also member companies of Business in the Community ...


Sustainability Matters in the Battle for Talent

This Harvard Business Review article describes a survey conducted by Bain & Company showing that "sustainability is an increasingly important factor in attracting and managing talent." Roughly two-thirds of 750 ...


Cultivating an Academy We Can Live With: The Humanities and Education for Sustainability

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Many facets of the university system in North America are fundamentally unsustainable, developing and perpetuating knowledge practices that not only do not sustain the biospheric conditions in which our species ...