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

3948
Total Resources
1903
Organizations
99
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.

3948 resources

Global indicators of progress on climate change education: Non-state actor data collaboration for SDG 4

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Despite their limitations as proxy measures, indicators can serve as leverage points in encouraging policy change. Facing the global urgency of climate change and increasingly recognizing the role of education ...


KAUST SDG Highlight Report 2023

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Makkah)

KAUST proudly presents its latest SDG Highlight Report, offering a snapshot of the institution's targeted efforts and successes over 2023 in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


A Comparison of Single-Use and Reusable Drinkware A Life Cycle Assessment

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Sponsored by Sussex Injection Molding from Sussex, WI, the OneTumbler Sustainability team in the Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise aims to encourage sustainability on Michigan Technological University’s campus through promoting ...

  • Posted April 16, 2024
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Sustainability: Learning and Teaching in the Business Education Context

  • Mahidol University (Bangkok)

Business schools worldwide are integrating sustainability into their curricula, yet a gap persists in understanding students' perspectives on these courses' effectiveness in preparing for sustainability challenges. This study investigates undergraduate ...

  • Posted April 10, 2024
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Penn Sustainability FY23 Annual Report

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Penn Sustainability Office has released the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 FY23 Annual Report, based on data and metrics for fiscal year 2023 gathered from across many ...

  • Posted April 3, 2024
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New Campus-wide Composting System Launched at Lafayette College

  • Lafayette College (PA)

January, 2024

Easton, Pennsylvania – Lafayette College launched a new campus-wide food waste composting program this fall, using an odor-controlled In Vessel composting system that automatically processes food waste into compost ...

  • Posted March 19, 2024
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The HBCU Climate Action Blueprint

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

Released at the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, “The HBCU Climate Action Blueprint: Sustainable Campuses, Empowered Communities” explores the current activities and future aspirations of Historically Black Colleges and ...

  • Posted March 19, 2024
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Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education Leveraging Human Behavior in Organizations Home Book

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Sustainability is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. Changing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is crucial to overcoming that challenge because of their roles providing cutting edge knowledge and ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2024
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Ground Truths: Community-Engaged Research for Environmental Justice

  • Occidental College (CA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)

This open-access book is the first volume devoted entirely to summarizing the body of community-engaged research on environmental justice, how we can conduct more of it, and how we can ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2024
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Sustainability Strategy 2023-2030

  • Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin)

Key targets of the strategy include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2040 across all categories of emissions.


Sustainability at Stanford: 2022-23 Year in Review

  • Stanford University (CA)

This publication is a year in review for Stanford University.


Introduction to Sustainability

  • MacEwan University (AB)

An open educational resource developed as an introduction to sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book includes an introduction to sustainability, systems thinking, economic, environmental, social, and cultural components of ...

  • Posted Nov. 22, 2023
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Teaching social business to Thai students: A case of LGBTIQ+ social business

  • Mahidol University (Bangkok)

This paper examined the learning experiences of a group of undergraduate business students from a Thai business school in a social business course. The key point to examine in this ...

  • Posted Nov. 20, 2023
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Sustainability training in business education in Thailand

  • Mahidol University (Bangkok)

While the majority of universities teach all students essential knowledge areas related to sustainability theories and practices, we are still unaware of the sustainable skills our students will need in ...


Moving Money: A reinvestment toolkit for college climate activists

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • Whitman College (WA)

This toolkit, written by college students in the US and Canada, outlines key steps in the process of launching a reinvestment campaign.


Comparison of carbon management and emissions of universities that did and did not adopt voluntary carbon offsets

  • Imperial College London

ABSTRACT The urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, remove carbon from the atmosphere and stabilize natural carbon sinks has led to the development of many carbon management measures, increasingly ...

  • Posted Oct. 18, 2023
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University of Virginia Sustainability: 2022-2023 Annual Report

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This is the university's sustainability annual report spanning 2022-2023

  • Posted Oct. 18, 2023
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2023 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (MA)

The 2023 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities by country, institution type, and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2023
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A GCSE Proposal Statement on Key Competencies in Sustainability

  • Global Council for Science and the Environment (MD)

The rapid evolution of sustainability degree programs raises important questions for administrators, faculty, current and prospective students, and other stakeholders in the field of sustainability education in higher education. These ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2023
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Key Competencies - Practical Approaches to Teaching Sustainability

  • AASHE (MA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

In response to intensifying and overlapping social and ecological crises, instructors are increasingly called upon to prepare students with competencies necessary to develop and implement solutions.

This important publication - a ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2023
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2023 Higher Education Sustainability Professionals Survey & Report

  • AASHE (MA)

This report presents the results of the 2023 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey. It examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2023
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Closing the Sustainability Skills Gap: Helping businesses move from pledges to progress

  • Microsoft (WA)

This report helps make the case for greater curricular integration of sustainability. Here are some key quotes:

  • “We cannot address climate change at the scale and speed required without developing ...
  • Posted Aug. 18, 2023
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Greening the Bottom Line: Advancing Institutional Sustainability Goals With Green Revolving Funds

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Greening the Bottom Line: Advancing Institutional Sustainability Goals with Green Revolving Funds tracks the latest trends and highlights best practices to enable more institutions and communities to learn about and ...

  • Posted Aug. 17, 2023
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Higher Ed and Climate Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Aspen Institute (NY)
  • Second Nature

With $369 billion in climate and energy provisions, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) signifies the largest climate investment in US history and has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by ...


Rx Racial Healing: A Guide to Embracing Our Humanity

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

Framed by a personal narrative detailing Dr. Gail C. Christopher's commitment to help our nation to jettison the false belief in a racial hierarchy, Rx Racial Healing: A Guide ...

  • Posted June 28, 2023
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A case study of sustainable hospitality education relating to food waste from the perspective of transformative learning theory

  • Shih Chien University

This study applies a critical tourism approach and transformative learning theory to examine the factors influencing students to take a food design course and the relationships among students' learning intentions ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Rethinking education for SDG 7: A framework for embedding gender and critical skills in energy access masters programmes in Africa

  • University of Cape Town

To address the complex energy access challenges on the African continent a local skilled workforce is needed. Considering the crucial role distributed and renewable energy (DRE) is expected to play ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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The intellectual structure of the literature on sustainability leadership in higher education: an author co-citation analysis

  • Mahidol University (Bangkok)

This review aims to identify the intellectual structure or key theoretical themes that comprise the emerging field of sustainability leadership in higher education. The Scopus index was used to identify ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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The implementation of the SDGs in universities: a systematic review

  • Universidad de Sevilla

Currently, in the field of Sustainable Development (SD), one of the most significant debates is the necessary incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in education and, specifically, in higher ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Sustainability courses in hospitality and tourism higher education: Perspectives from industry practitioners and students

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

In hospitality and tourism (H&T) context, interaction between stakeholders is vital to cultivate the learning sustainability. This study investigates the perceptions of sustainable issues among stakeholders (industry practitioners and students ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Ecosystem guidance for the incorporation of renewable utilities in a multi-use campus network

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Configuring the network connections in industrial, power, and water networks to mimic the structural patterns of ecological food webs has been shown to improve the resilience of human networks. This ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Politicizing the learning of Sustainable Development Goals through drama performances and agonistic debates: a teacher training experience from the perspective of radical democracy

  • Universitat de València

Based on empirical evidence, this research aimed to offer a methodical approach to politicizing the apprenticeship of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through drama performances and agonistic debates from the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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“When I act consciously, I can see a brighter world around me”: preservice teacher readiness to support transformative sustainability learning

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Northern State University (SD)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Teacher education is pivotal to advancing pedagogies, practices, and content knowledge that promote sustainability literacy in formal education settings. To explore preservice teachers’ (PST) readiness to implement transformative sustainability learning ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Incentives and penalties tied to sales volume in contracts between beverage companies and public universities in the United States

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD)
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC)

To assess whether and how beverage companies incentivize universities to maximize sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) sales through pouring rights contracts. Cross-sectional study of contracts between beverage companies and public U.S ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Development of teachers’ practices in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD): a discursive community of interdisciplinary practices focusing on the theme of chocolate

  • Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

The aim of this article is to present a case study in the field of ESD for in-service teachers training conducted in a Swiss primary school. A Discursive Community of ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Agents for sustainable futures? The (unfulfilled) promise of sustainability at leading business schools

  • Budapest Business University
  • Eötvös Loránd University

Present and future business leaders might be amongst the most important actors in initiating and managing a transition towards a sustainable economy and society in general. Preparing them for such ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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An Imaginary of Radical Hope: Developing Brave Space for Class Discussion

  • Marywood University (PA)
  • Pacific University (OR)

Many students feel despair when addressing systemic issues of ethical significance, such as climate change, and student despair has been exacerbated by the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. This creates ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Reducing students’ ecological footprints through self-developed interventions

  • Nelson Mandela University (Eastern Cape)
  • University of Pretoria

An increasing emphasis on taking personal responsibility for making changes to address climate change and support sustainable development is hindered by the limited tools and guidance available that enable the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Techno Futurist, sustained inequalities and Eco-utopia: Speculative imaginaries of Business Education in 2050

  • Fundação Getulio Vargas

The legitimacy of business education and its impact on society have been debated in the context of the economic and climate crises, with curricula, learning spaces and pedagogy being the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Informative initiatives as a useful tool to raise awareness of food waste. An application to higher education

  • University of Zaragoza

Purpose: Because food waste is a serious problem today, society is currently aiming for more responsible consumption to minimize it, as defined in the 12th goal of the United Nations ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Embedding sustainability in university work experience placements: a De Montfort University model

  • De Montfort University

Purpose: The paper looks at the feasibility of university placements supporting small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) to operate in a sustainable manner. Due to size and resource constraints, many SMEs ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Implementing sustainability via organizational learning: case study of a French business school

  • Fundação Getulio Vargas

Purpose: This study aims to clarify how higher educational institutions (HEI now onwards) can engage in organizational learning process to implementing sustainability initiatives. Through the case study of business school ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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The Contribution of Higher Education to Sustainability: The Development and Assessment of Sustainability Competences in a University Case Study

  • Imperial College London

Universities can make a significant contribution to sustainability, and the development of sustainability competences in their graduates should be a key outcome of their courses. We propose an assessment framework ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Recent developments on research in sustainability in higher education management and accounting areas

  • Polytechnic Institute of Leiria
  • Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná

The purpose of this study is to investigate recent developments in sustainability in higher education, seeking to understand what is happening in the areas of Management and Accounting. This study ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Increasing the commitment of students toward corporate social responsibility through higher education instruction

  • Universidad de Granada

The corporate social responsibility strategies that companies will incorporate depend on the commitments and decisions that future generations will make. Under the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, universities must ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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The Interdisciplinary Responsible Management Competence Framework: An Integrative Review of Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability Competences

  • Western University (ON)
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)
  • University of Manchester (Lancashire)

At the centre of responsible management (RM) learning is the development of managerial competence for ethics, responsibility, and sustainability (ERS). Important contributions have been made from each: the ethics, responsibility ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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The impact of teaching interventions in education for sustainable development – an experimental case study

  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • University of Wroclaw/Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Wrocław)

Questionnaire research can be used as a teaching instrument and to measure the impacts of education for sustainable development. This paper presents a case study of a teaching intervention regarding ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Decolonizing Sustainability through Indigenization in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Sustainability discourse indicates a need to reconsider our approaches to social, economic, and environmental issues because, without deep transformation, global human survival is in jeopardy. At the same time, post-secondary ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Empowering students to confront environmental injustice: Dialogue, theory, empathy, and partnership

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Many students find environmental justice to be emotionally overwhelming and/or politically alienating, and there is currently little work that provides instructors with effective techniques for addressing these types of ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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At the moment of disposal: how messaging techniques at university public outdoor waste receptacles can improve the solid waste stream

  • University of Florida (FL)

Purpose: This study aims to test how waste disposal behaviors can be changed such as higher recycling diversion and lower contamination rates using signage and messaging techniques at public outdoor ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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