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

2203
Total Resources
993
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.

2203 resources

Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) play a central role in global efforts toward environmental sustainability. With 23 campuses, the California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in ...


Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations

  • AASHE (PA)

Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations, posted to the AASHE Discussion Forums on July 19, 2010 (FAQs included). Original signatories are indicated in the PDF, and the ...


Economic feasibility of campus-wide photovoltaic systems in New England

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Compared to the national average residential retail electricity price, Connecticut (CT) had the 4th highest electricity price in the country with 19.23 cents/kWh in September 2015, nearly 50 ...


Northern Arizona University Energy Mentor Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This is a how-to guide for higher education institutions who wish to carry out behavior based energy conservation programs. The guide is based on a program that has been implemented ...


HBCU Green Report 2014

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

The 2014 HBCU Green Report, which is based on a survey of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), indicates that there is significant activity underway on HBCU campuses to promote ...


Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report: 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report shares the results of a 2010 survey of minority-serving institutions administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the Sustainable ...


The place of content and pedagogy in shaping sustainability learning outcomes in higher education

  • University of Haifa

This research investigates the ways in which undergraduate courses dealing with the environment address sustainable development (SD), and contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes (SLO). The participants in ...


Exploring Nursing's role within the sustainability movement

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Aim: This paper aimed to explore the evolution of the concept of sustainability to facilitate further knowledge development in the discipline of nursing.

Background: The concept of ‘sustainability’ emerged in ...


The impact of globalization and environmental change on health: challenges for nurse education

The environment is an established domain of nursing knowledge, but some authors argue that the traditional perspective is too narrowly focused on the immediate environment to appreciate the relevance of ...


The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

The scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change has been established with increasing precision and there are widespread concerns about its potential to undermine the public health gains of the past ...


The ‘sustainability lens’: A framework for nurse education that is ‘fit for the future’

  • University of Nottingham

In this paper we describe and justify a framework for curriculum development that uses the concept of a sustainability lens. This is based on an understanding that we construct our ...


The need for a ‘sustainability curriculum’ in nurse education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper addresses the imperative to address sustainability and climate change in nurse education. This will be done by outlining the socio-political and policy context and a discussion of a ...


Sustainability in nursing: a concept analysis

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe, explore and explain the concept of sustainability in nursing.

Background: Although researchers in nursing and medicine have emphasised the issue of ...


Beyond problem solving: Engineering and the public good in the 21st century

  • University of Sydney

Problem solving is upheld as a defining feature of engineering identity, and the ability to solve problems is built into engineering curricula as a learning outcome and a graduate attribute ...


Building Community Investment at New York University

  • New York University (NY)

Anchor institutions – large non-profit organizations like colleges, universities, or hospitals that are tied to a place by infrastructure and mission – should be harnessed to positively affect the growth of the ...


The Power of Purchasing: Using University of Michigan Procurement to Promote Social Change

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan, as a public university, has an inherent responsibility to serve the interests of the community it represents. The institution purchases more than $1 billion of goods ...


Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • American University (DC)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives ...


Guidelines for College-Level Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This guide is the product of a summer research project performing a GHG emissions inventory for Lewis & Clark College and a full school year refining the method. It includes ...


Achieving Carbon Neutrality at UCSB by 2025: A Critical Analysis of Technological and Financial Strategies

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2013, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano established the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI), a commitment to eliminate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025. As one ...

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Communicating Sustainability Online: An Examination of Corporate, Nonprofit, and University Websites

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainability, here defined as environmental quality and well-being, has emerged as a core business strategy and a focal area of investigation among communication scholars. This study analyzed sustainability landing pages ...

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Educating for Sustainable Fashion: Using Clothing Acquisition Abstinence to Explore Sustainable Consumption and Life Beyond Growth

  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

This paper reports outcomes from a research study whereby fashion-oriented students experienced life where the ability to acquire new clothing was removed. Students volunteered to participate in this experiential learning ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Incorporating Prerecorded Environmental Lifecycle Assessment Modules in a Classroom Setting

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Addition of sustainability-related material is becoming a point of emphasis in engineering education. Freely available modular lessons are one way to quickly effect this incorporation. This research examines the effectiveness ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Using Concept Maps to Explore the Impacts of a Learning-Cycle-Based Sustainability Module Implemented in Two Institutional Contexts

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • The Citadel (SC)

Because engineers are responsible for the design phase of projects where decisions impacting sustainability are most effectively made, it is important to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Message in a bottle: what shapes university students’ understanding of sustainability?

Our research question concerned how life stories shape university students’ understanding of the sustainable use of natural resources. We searched for an answer for this question by listening to the ...

  • Posted July 25, 2016
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AASHE Launches Version 2.1 for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System

  • International Facility Management Association (TX)

AASHE recently launched the latest version of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) that features data auto-population, exemplary practice options and more.

  • Posted July 22, 2016
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A Qualitative Study of Motivation and Influences for Academic Green Building Developments in Australian Universities

  • Macquarie University (NSW)
  • La Trobe University (Victoria)

Green building projects have been adopted by many universities in Australia as part of their renovation and expansion. In order to investigate the motivations of academic decision makers to invest ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Energy Performance of Campus LEED Buildings: Implications for Green Building and Energy Policy

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Many university campuses in the United States are working toward their sustainable goals by adopting energy or green building policies, which require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Critical Issues in Facilities Management: Energy Efficiencies

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)

Energy Efficiencies is an anthology of 15 chapters and an extensive resource list on topics related to campus energy management and conservation.

Contents:

  • Financing the Future: How Green Revolving Funds ...
  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide for Colleges and Universities

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)

This second edition of Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide for Colleges and Universities updates the key environmental rules and regulations affecting physical surroundings of our campuses. Facilities and campus safety professional ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Evaluating Institutional Green Building Policies: A Mixed-Methods Approach

  • McMaster University (ON)

Sustainable or green building practices have been adopted recently by many higher education institutions for their new campus buildings and major renovations. To date, no formal study has been conducted ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Growing numbers of colleges and universities are making the leap to renewable energy. And some are not only saving money - they’re making money on their renewable energy purchases. This ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Integration of Sustainability Reporting at an Academic Institution

  • Walden University (MN)

Leaders at nonprofit academic institutions are following the global business trend of embracing sustainability initiatives for positive social change; however, there has been slow growth in sustainability reporting among academic ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Co-designing research on transgressive learning in times of climate change

  • Wageningen University

This paper reflects on the epistemological context for the co-design of a research programme on transformative, transgressive learning emerging at the nexus of climate change, water and food security, energy ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Reshaping the Education of Energy Managers

Newly educated Energy managers will play a key role in the unfolding global transition to renewable energy and sustainability. We describe a new approach to energy management education via a ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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A comparative review of policy and practice for education for sustainable development/education for global citizenship (ESD/GC) in teacher education across the four nations of the UK

The early 21st century has seen a period of extreme turbulence in education at all levels in the UK. Although education policy was administrated on a territorial basis before 1999 ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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An integrated leadership model for leading education for sustainability in higher education and the vital role of students as change agents

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper explores the leadership of education for sustainability (EfS) in higher education, focusing specifically on the key role students can play as internal catalysts for change. It presents a ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Education for sustainability-challenges and opportunities: The case of RCEs

  • London South Bank University

This article will focus on the challenges of leadership and management of a key initiative of the 2005-2014 UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), namely the Regional Centres ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Boldly Sustainable: Hope & Opportunity for Higher Education in the age of Climate Change

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Sustainability is a powerful strategy for higher education to achieve renewal, reformation, and relevance in the 21st century. Boldly Sustainable examines how colleges and universities can leverage their commitment to ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Toward a Sustainable Future: The Role of Student Affairs in Creating Healthy Environments, Social Justice, and Strong Economies

  • ACPA - College Student Educators International (DC)

Toward a Sustainable Future: The Role of Student Affairs in Creating Healthy Environments, Social Justice, and Strong Economies is a call to action for college student educators, articulating the crucial ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Quantitatively Assessing the Role of Higher Education in Global Sustainability

  • University of Toronto (ON)

Three analytical methods are used to examine three primary questions to address an observed scarcity of literature that quantitatively and empirically assesses the role of higher education in global sustainability ...

  • Posted July 19, 2016
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Sustainable Mobility for the Future: Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Transportation Planning Course

  • Bucknell University (PA)

The field of transportation engineering has become more sustainable as challenges of the twenty-first century continue. Sustainable mobility topics such as pedestrian and cycling travel, smart growth development, and transit-oriented ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Collective action competence: an asset to campus sustainability

  • Duke University (NC)

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to operationalize theories of social learning and collective action for campus sustainability practitioners at higher education instititions (IHEs) to enhance their work, and ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Enhancing sustainability curricula through faculty learning communities

  • University of Vermont (VT)

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Although the number of higher education institutions adopting sustainability-focused faculty learning communities (FLCs) has grown, very few of these programs have published evaluation research. This paper aims to report ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Greening the campus: a theoretical extension of the dialogic communication approach

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the strategic organization-public dialogic communication practices of universities in the USA. The authors used the dialogic model of communication to explore ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Rationale of early adopters of fossil fuel divestment

  • Lake Forest College (IL)

Purpose This research uses the social science perspectives of institutions, ecological modernization and social movements to analyze the rationale used by the early-adopting universities of fossil fuel divestment in the ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Recycling as a result of “cultural greening”?

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • The College of New Jersey (NJ)

Purpose This study aims to test whether faculty and students who have developed the most pro-environmental values and concerns are also the most likely to reduce the on-campus waste stream ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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The value of adding ambient energy feedback to conservation tips and goal-setting in a dormitory

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Purpose The majority of research on energy feedback has been conducted in residential households; in this study, the authors aim to examine the effectiveness of similar initiatives in a college ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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What goes on behind closed doors?: How college dormitory residents change to save energy during a competition-based energy reduction intervention

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Purpose The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the impact of a competition-based intervention combining high-resolution electricity feedback, incentives, information and prompts on college dormitory residents’ energy consumption and ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Materials Guidebook

  • ACPA - College Student Educators International (DC)

ACPA’s Sustainability Task Force partnered with the Commission on Assessment and Evaluation with the goal of creating assessment tools to help ACPA members effectively measure student learning around sustainability ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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The State College Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability: Policies, Programs and Practices

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (DC)

The American higher education enterprise has the capacity and fortitude to confront many of the country’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Many institutions and state college systems are ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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