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

2199
Total Resources
992
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.

2199 resources

Embracing Social Sustainability in Design Education: A Reflection on a Case Study in Haiti

Sustainable design issues are complex and multi-faceted and need integration in the education of young designers. Current research recommends a holistic view based on problem-solving and inter-disciplinary work, yet few ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Higher Education in a Sustainable Society: A Case for Mutual Competence Building

This book addresses the following question: What is a sustainable society, and how can higher education help us to develop toward it? The core argument put forward is that the ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Sustainability Education in the Interior Design Curriculum

  • Western Carolina University (NC)

Interior design education is by nature as transdisciplinary as sustainability education. Design students learn about environment-human behavior relationships through holistic, systems-based means, encompassing the fundamental components of sustainability. A model ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future

  • World Resources Institute (DC)

Installment 11 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that for people who consume high amounts of meat and dairy, shifting to diets with a greater share of plant-based foods ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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How not what: teaching sustainability as process

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Ever since the word “sustainability” entered public discourse, the concept has escaped definition. The United Nations has christened the years 2005–2014 “The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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The Class of 2000 Report: Environmental Education, Practices and Activism on Campus

The aims of this report are twofold: to provide basic information and ideas which will enhance the understanding of environmental education, practices and activism on campus; and to develop action ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Greening the Campus: Institutional Environmental Change at Tulane University

  • Tulane University (LA)

This study explores the barriers to institutional change at Tulane University and attempts to develop ways to overcome them. The central conclusion is that the inability for Tulane to make ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Taking the University to Task: For many colleges and universities, environmental studies are no longer just academic

  • Worldwatch Institute

This article provides an overview of the campus sustainability movement in 1998, with a focus on student activism and engagement.

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide

  • FOR Solutions, LLC (NJ)

In "Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide", you will learn:

  • How to select the proper technology for composting on your campus.

  • How to implement that technology ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Food Scraps Composting Laboratory

  • Kean University (NJ)

Kean University in New Jersey installed a rotary drum composter to process pre and postconsumer food waste from campus dining facilities.

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Spires, plateaus and the infertile landscape of Education for Sustainable Development: re-invigorating the university through integrating community, campus and curriculum

  • Queen's University Belfast

Education for and research on sustainable development are currently not well served by the modern university, particularly in the UK. While there is rhetoric about supporting more interdisciplinary research and ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Educating for sustainability: A double-edged sword?

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Evidence from three sections of an undergraduate Business, Government and Society (BG&S) core course suggests that heightened awareness of corporate and executive wrong-doing vis-a-vis the natural environment, and/or emphasis ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Missing links: gender and education for sustainable development

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Focusing on the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this paper argues for a gender-sociologically, and ecologically sensitive approach to the complex range of issues raised by environmental concerns. The ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Whose emergencies and who decides? Insights from emergency education for a more anticipatory Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Education in humanitarian crises (i.e., emergency education) plays an increasingly important role not only given ongoing crises, but also potential future crises which could be triggered by climate change ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Understanding the connections between double bind thinking and the ecological crises: implications for educational reform

This paper examines several reasons most professors of education are unable to recognise that the ecological crises require more than technologies that have a smaller ecological footprint. First, there is ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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As the heating happens: Education for Sustainable Development or Education for Sustainable Contraction?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

There is widespread consensus within the international scientific community that global warming is happening and that its causes are primarily anthropogenic. Future histories anticipate massive environmental and social upheaval unless ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Incorporating education for sustainability into management education: how can we do this?

  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

The area of sustainability has begun to receive increasing attention in management education. New ways of including the topic of sustainability in higher education are being discussed. Nonetheless, the question ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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The university as a site for transformation around sustainability

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

Universities are increasingly being seen as key sites for transformation around sustainability. However, much of the literature in this area uses the terms transformation and transformative learning rather uncritically. Moreover ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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University food gardens: a unifying place for higher education sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This research describes the key characteristics of campus food gardens and investigates their contribution to overall campus sustainability. An email-survey of 52 campus garden managers in North America provided quantitative ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Higher education’s sustainability imperative: how to practically respond?

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe four phases for how universities have addressed a sustainability agenda and offer specific lessons for how and where experiences on one ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Towards a praxis of sustainability education in universities

  • RMIT University

Sustainability education has been advocated as an alternative to traditional approaches in the delivery of education in a university context. Scholars in higher education are aware that a whole-of-sector recalibration ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Successes and snags of a sustainability course in higher education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

By means of an action-research methodological approach, this paper analyses the accomplishments and challenges of a university-wide course that offers sustainability theory and practice to help students adopt pro-sustainability behaviours ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Using Power Purchase Agreements for Solar Deployment at Universities

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This fact sheet may be useful to colleges and universities interested in using PPAs for solar deployment. Page four includes a figure drawing from AASHE's Campus Solar PV database ...

  • Posted April 22, 2016
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An MBA’s Guide to the Triple Bottom Line

  • University of Scranton (PA)

The “Sustainability and the MBA: The Triple Bottom Line” guide helps you discover how to build stronger and more sustainable relationships between organizations, stakeholders, and the community.

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Transforming Higher Education: A Practical Plan for Integrating Sustainability Education into the Student Experience

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

This paper introduces a comprehensive plan for integrating sustainability education into the practices of nearly any college or university. Best practices in sustainability education including green orientation, first year education ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Green Chemistry and Sustainability: An Undergraduate Course for Science and Nonscience Majors

  • Creighton University (NE)

An undergraduate lecture course in Green Chemistry and Sustainability has been developed and taught to a “multidisciplinary” group of science and nonscience majors. The course introduced students to the topics ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Design of a Dynamic Undergraduate Green Chemistry Course

  • Westminster College - Pennsylvania (PA)

The green chemistry course taught at Westminster College (PA) incorporates nontraditional teaching techniques and texts to educate future chemists about the importance of using green chemistry principles. The course is ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Infusing the Chemistry Curriculum with Green Chemistry Using Real-World Examples, Web Modules, and Atom Economy in Organic Chemistry Courses

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Green chemistry principles and practices have been infused in the chemistry curriculum at the University of Scranton, including courses in general, organic, and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental, polymer, industrial, and ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, Volume II

Introduce your students to green chemistry principles with these examples of ten projects that have received or been nominated for the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. These cases are ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Toward Sustainable Chemistry

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

This essay argues that: "When chemists teach their students about the compositions, outcomes, mechanisms, controlling forces, and economic value of chemical processes, the attendant dangers to human health and to ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Green Chemistry Education: Changing the Course of Chemistry

This American Chemical Society Symposium Series Book collects the current research and advances in the field of green chemistry, with an emphasis on providing educators with the knowledge and tools ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Education for Sustainability in Universities: Challenges and Opportunities for Change

  • RMIT University

Education for sustainability (EfS) is widely supported and researched; however, the broad and deep implementation of EfS in universities that is needed lags behind the goals of change agents. This ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Educating for sustainability: environmental pledges as part of tertiary pedagogical practice in science teacher education

Educating for sustainability has been a key principle underpinning the primary/middle undergraduate teacher education programme at an Australian University for the past decade. Educating for sustainability seeks to provide ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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The contribution of sustainability assessment to policy development in higher education

This article builds upon the experiences and results of the application of sustainability assessment instruments in higher education. First, a short overview of existing sustainability assessment tools will be provided ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Getting an empirical hold of the sustainable university: a comparative analysis of evaluation frameworks across 12 contemporary sustainability assessment tools

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Although it is increasingly recognised that higher education institutions have to play a critical role in the progression towards a sustainable development, the question of what fields and issues universities ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Campus sustainability governance in Canada: A content analysis of post-secondary institutions’ sustainability policies

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

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This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Transformative Learning for a Sustainable Future: An Exploration of Pedagogies for Change at an Alternative College

  • Schumacher College

Educators and policy makers have long recognised the central role that education can play in creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Yet some question whether current processes across mainstream ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Do We Teach What We Preach? An International Comparison of Problem- and Project-Based Learning Courses in Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Problem- and project-based learning (PPBL) courses in sustainability address real-world sustainability problems. They are considered powerful educational settings for building students’ sustainability expertise. In practice, however, these courses often fail ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Co-creating sustainability: cross-sector university collaborations for driving sustainable urban transformations

  • University of Tokyo

This paper attempts to ‘connect the dots’ between several cases and provide a comprehensive global analysis of the trend of universities reaching across campus boundaries to form partnerships with government ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Students as change agents in a town-wide sustainability transformation: the Oberlin Project at Oberlin College

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)

An increasing number of colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in driving societal transformations and creating the physical and social conditions for accelerating progress towards sustainability. The potential ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Establishing sustainability science in higher education institutions: towards an integration of academic development, institutionalization, and stakeholder collaborations

  • University of Tokyo
  • University of Zurich
  • Lund University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

The field of sustainability science aims to understand the complex and dynamic interactions between natural and human systems in order to transform and develop these in a sustainable manner. As ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Teaching and learning sustainability: An assessment of the curriculum content and structure of sustainability degree programs in higher education

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Lund University

Sustainability degree programs in higher education have proliferated with the emergence of sustainability as a recognized academic field. This study evaluated the curricula of English-language programs granting degrees in sustainability ...

  • Posted April 17, 2016
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Making Textbooks Affordable: Student Government Toolkit

The Making Textbooks Affordable toolkit explains how to expand the use of open textbooks on your campus. These free, high-quality, open-source books can save students on your campus millions of ...

  • Posted April 16, 2016
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Running a Campus Food Pantry: Student Government Toolkit

The Running a Campus Food Pantry toolkit explains how to create and manage a campus food pantry. As food insecurity becomes more common among college students, starting a food pantry ...

  • Posted April 16, 2016
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Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Education and Research: Institutes and Centers at Research Universities

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) academic and research programs have an

important and unique role in higher education. IES programs study the interfaces and interactions

of coupled social-nature systems using ...

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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Job Market Sees Growing Demand For Sustainability Managers

Way back before the turn of the century (when we partied like it was 1999), I could count the number of real "sustainability managers" on my fingers and toes and ...

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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Are Employers Seeking Sustainability Literate Graduates?

  • Higher Education Academy (York)

Using structured questionnaires and follow-­up semi‐structured telephone interviews, this study seeks to establish to what extent adoption of the sustainability agenda within higher education and built environment organisations ...

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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Higher Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Otago (Otago)

This book asks how higher education should approach the task of educating for sustainability and then sets to answering it. It provides a guide for those who advocate for sustainability ...

  • Posted April 14, 2016
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Engineering Education for Sustainable Development

Produced by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations's Committee on Education In Engineering, this publication includes contributions from a variety of engineering educators about the role of engineering education ...

  • Posted April 14, 2016
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LEED Certification of Campus Buildings - A Cost-Benefit Approach

This is the first comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings certified within the higher education sector. 16 institutions of higher education (IHEs) were surveyed ...

  • Posted April 14, 2016
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