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

Design principles for advancing higher education sustainability learning through transformative research

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin)

A growing number of transformative research practices that redefine the role of science in engaging with local–mostly urban–transformation processes have emerged in recent decades. However, while education is ...

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Using Competency Maps for Embedding and Assessing Sustainability in Engineering Degrees

  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • University of the Basque Country

This paper features a methodology for embedding and assessing a competency in an academic curriculum using competency maps. This methodology enables embedding and assessment of any competency in any curriculum ...

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An overview of the engagement of higher education institutions in the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals

  • University of São Paulo
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Higher education institutions provide valuable inputs toward implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, it is unclear how this engagement is taking place across the world. This study addresses ...

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Is sustainability an exhausted concept? Bridging the gap from environmental awareness to emotional proficiency in science education through integral sustainability

  • Universidad de Extremadura

Sustainability has recently become a common context for science teaching due to its potential in terms of learning the content and promoting such universal values as respect for human rights ...

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Participatory budgeting for public involvement in environmental sustainability at a Thai university

  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Participatory democracy where the public influences and feels involved in policy making is an ideal in democratic societies. In this paper, principles of participatory democracy are implemented at a Thai ...

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Cross-cultural transformative learning: Fostering sustainability mindsets among business school students

  • Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté

We are facing urgent sustainability challenges owing to climate change. Considering the social and environmental crisis resulting from it, higher education institutions are called upon prepare current and future generations ...

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An assessment of key sustainability competencies: a review of scales and propositions for validation

  • Umeå University

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to review and provide propositions about survey assessment tools of the key sustainability competencies (KSCs) of education for sustainability. UNESCO points out how ...

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Bottom-up approach: the participation of Fridays For Future in the climate emergency declaration in the University of Salamanca

  • Universidad de Salamanca

Purpose: This study aims to describe the process leading the climate emergency declaration (CED) at the University of Salamanca. In contrast to similar initiatives, this was achieved with the participation ...

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Climate change education in China: a pioneering case of its implementation in tertiary education and its effects on students’ beliefs and attitudes

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Purpose: In view of a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of climate change education (CCE) in China, this study aims to evaluate if a CCE course newly designed based ...

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Structural drivers and barriers to the strategic integration of sustainability in US B-schools

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore structural drivers and barriers that distinguish US business school Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatories from nonsignatory peer institutions, and ...

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Fostering students’ systems thinking competence for sustainability by using multiple real-world learning approaches

  • Wageningen University
  • Addis Ababa University

For a sustainable future, equipping sustainability change agents with relevant sustainability competencies is crucial. Among these competencies is system thinking competence – the understanding of complex interrelationships among the dimensions of ...

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An evidence-based roadmap to integrate planetary health education into the medical curriculum

  • Utrecht University
  • University of Amsterdam

The urgency for action on climate change is regarded as the defining issue of our time. Planetary health education prepares future healthcare professionals to promote the health of the planet ...

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Benefit-cost analysis of becoming certified pollinator friendly

  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Despite significant drop in pollinator abundance, no studies exist on the benefits and costs of pollinator conservation in the public domain. An in-person survey was conducted at three large, public ...

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Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Can Online Teaching Reduce the Carbon Footprint of the Internationalisation of UK Higher Education?

  • University of Sussex (Sussex)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a learning curve for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in devising and delivering teaching online. This transition has enabled HEIs to continue teaching students, especially international ...

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Emergentist education and the opportunities of radical futurity

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Uppsala University
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

Higher education has been criticised for its instrumental character, which constrains possibilities for meaningful change towards sustainability. Drawing on the concept of radical futurity, we develop a conception of education ...

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Auditing a case study: Enhancing case-based learning in education for sustainability

  • University of Worcester

Case-based learning is a long-standing pedagogic practice involving students undertaking a single dimensional, independent analysis of a text case study which feeds forward into a class discussion. However, this poses ...

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The role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in educating future leaders with social impact contributing to the sustainable development goals

  • University of Derby

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand how higher education institutions (HEIs) educate future leaders with social impact contributing to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). HEIs have an ...

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From Movements to Managers: Crossing Organizational Boundaries in the Field of Sustainability

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Bath

This study investigates a route to occupational activism whereby individuals with significant experience in a social movement enter organizational positions that have been established to address those same movement's ...

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Living labs in the context of the UN sustainable development goals: state of the art

  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina)
  • University of Coimbra
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universidade Fernando Pessoa
  • Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi

This paper reports on a comprehensive study, which has investigated the approaches, methods and tools being deployed in implementing living labs among higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world. Two ...

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Co-producing an ecosystem services-based plan for sustainable university campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes

In the context of global change, social-ecological perspectives for organisations and territorial planning schemes are key to facilitate a transition towards sustainability. Consequently, Ecosystem Services (ES) assessment and mapping are ...

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Physical education teacher educators’ subjective theories about sustainability and education for sustainable development

  • University of Vechta
  • University of Augsburg (Schwaben)

Purpose: Physical education (PE) and PE teacher education have great potential to target goals that are important from an education for sustainable development (ESD) perspective. However, ESD has not been ...

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Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Sustainability Aspects among Higher Education Students in Qatar

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Makkah)

Sustainable development necessitates that societies design activities to meet human needs while protecting the planet’s life-support systems in consideration of depleting natural resources and concern for the state of ...

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Development of education for sustainable fashion design using a challenge-based learning approach

  • Hongik University

This study proposes a model for sustainable education in fashion design through the development, implementation, and assessment of a specific curriculum. It employed the challenge-based learning (CBL) approach to facilitate ...

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Experiential Learning for Sustainability in Supply Chain Management Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Nuevo Leon)
  • Aston University

This work is about sustainability-related learning experiences for the discipline of supply chain management (SCM) in Higher Education. It arises from the need to motivate students with relevant and interesting ...

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Training students in inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability education: nurturing cross-faculty staff commitment and continuous community collaboration

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

To properly address complex sustainability issues, higher education institutes (HEIs), such as universities, need to implement innovative educational programmes that adhere to transdisciplinary principles. This study aims to contribute to ...

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Applied engineering education for soft skills in the context of sustainability and mobility

  • Halmstad University

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to address the need to rethink the traditional approach to education in the university engineering curriculum. The paper examines two engineering projects led ...

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Relationships Between Institutional Agents and Student Activists

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of West Georgia (GA)

Researchers studying college student activism have learned much about those students’ motivations, tactics, and educational outcomes. Less is known about the relationships between activists and key institutional agents. For student ...

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Using Strategies Elites Understand: Divestment as an Approach to Social Change

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

Over the past 50 years, student activists and community organizers on college campuses have advocated for divestment as a strategy to enact necessary change. These activists and organizers are often ...

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Perceptions and concerns about sustainable healthcare of nursing students trained in sustainability and health: A cohort study

  • University of Jaén

Aim: To describe nursing students' perceptions of sustainable health education in the nursing curriculum and their concerns about sustainable healthcare and the impact of climate change on nursing. Background: Sustainable ...

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Integrating a sustainability education model into STEM courses at a tribal college

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Indigenous scholars have been historically excluded from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and are currently underrepresented in STEM degree programs and jobs. Having a population with STEM skills is ...

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Some Reflections on the Role of the Eco-Schools Program in the Promotion of Sustainable HEIs: A Case Study in Portugal

  • Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (Coimbra)

Currently, the Eco-Schools program plays a key role in the application of the concepts of environmental education and management in the daily life of schools. This program is considered the ...

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Reaching the Rest: Embedding Sustainability in Undergraduate Student Learning

  • University of Toronto (ON)

There exists a substantial literature on sustainability pedagogy. Much of it addresses individual courses, sustainability programs, or the learning competencies that are encouraged. The implicit focus is on students who ...

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Teaching sustainability within the context of everyday life: Steps toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the EUSTEPs Module

  • Global Footprint Network (CA)
  • Universidade Aberta
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Aveiro
  • University of Siena
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Kentriki Makedonia)

In a world characterized by Ecological Overshoot, where humanity demands more from natural ecosystems than they can sustainably renew, education can nurture sustainability-minded citizens and future leaders to help accelerate ...

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When students write comedy scripts: humor as an experiential learning method in environmental education

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

Humor has received increasing attention in environmental educational research in recent years as it can have a variety of positive effects on learning atmosphere, outcomes, and student-educator relationships. In most ...

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Bottled vs tap water perceptions, choices and recommendations in a US Midwest university community

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

Purpose:This study aims to determine preference and concerns regarding tap vs bottled water and recommendations to increase tap water use in a US Midwest university. The authors propose interventions ...

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Threshold concepts and ESG performance: teaching accounting students reconceptualized fundamentals to drive future ESG advocacy

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Whether corporations voluntarily reduce their negative impacts on the environment and society depends upon management advocacy. As future corporate leaders, accounting students will have a critical advocacy role, but they ...

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Environmental and Climate Impact Perceptions in University Students: Sustainability Motivations and Perceptions Correspond with Lower Red Meat Intake

  • Merrimack College (MA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD)

Background: Red meat production is a leading contributor to food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Decreasing red meat intake can mitigate climate change and lower risk of diet-related diseases. Objective: The goal ...

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Teaching management in the context of Grand Challenges: A pragmatist approach

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

This article builds on the pragmatist approach of Grand Challenges to derive pedagogical strategies for management education, especially for courses that aim to prepare students to face the unprecedented context ...

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Sustainability training at Spanish public faculties of education: a virtual ethnography

  • Universidad de Oviedo (Asturias)
  • University of Malaga (Malaga)

Various institutional statements and official documents refer to the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability training. This should imply a university education in these values, considering that those who are going ...

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Community relationships and sustainable university food procurement

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Many universities are working toward more sustainable campus dining food systems. Third-party standards that offer definitions of sustainable food and outline procurement goals are one tool universities can use to ...

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Incorporating collaborative learning in teacher education to foster self-efficacy to implement environmental citizenship: an action research

  • Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts (Tel Aviv District)

Purpose: Engaging students in environmental citizenship to promote education for sustainability (EfS) as an explicit goal of academic courses is not common, notwithstanding wide consensus on its importance. Collaborative learning ...

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Understanding urban sustainability from Mode 2 Science and transdisciplinary education: how Master Thesis Ateliers of the Ghent Stadsacademie tackle wicked issues

  • Ghent University

The wicked sustainability problems that we are increasingly facing not only require new ways of knowledge production, but also challenge our traditional educational system. More and more importance is attached ...

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Examining undergraduate students’ systems thinking competency through a problem scenario in the context of climate change education

  • National Sun Yat-sen University

Higher education plays an important role in preparing future citizens and leaders with the capacity to address systemic issues behind complex problems such as climate change. There have however been ...

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Learning regenerative cultures: Indigenous nations in higher education renewal in Australia

  • Edith Cowan University
  • Deakin University
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia (WA)

What is regenerative learning in Australian higher education? This paper addresses the intersecting crises of climate, species loss and injustice; often called a conceptual emergency. We tackle the problem of ...

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Backcasting for sustainability – An approach to education for sustainable development in management

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

“Utopia dynamizes action,” said Mathieu Régnier, curator of the MTL + exhibition at the Biosphere, Environment Museum in Montreal, to students of a sustainable development and management graduate course. The exhibition ...

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Understanding sustainability as a cyclical process: insights from social innovation and the adaptive cycle

  • University of Portland (OR)

Purpose: This paper aims to understand why higher education institutions (HEIs) struggle to become sustainable institutions themselves despite providing relevant teaching and research on sustainability. Design/methodology/approach: Using 17 ...

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Life purposes: Comparing higher education students in four institutions in the Netherlands and Finland

  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Universiteit voor Humanistiek

Universities worldwide are beginning to counter the prevailing neo-liberal ideology by paying renewed attention to the moral development of students and fostering their life purposes. This mixed methods study investigates ...

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A Cross-Cultural Genre Analysis of Leadership Statements in Italian and American University Sustainability Reports

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University

Background: Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue in higher education (HE). Leadership statements in university sustainability reports (LSUSR) represent a unique genre for university leaders to communicate sustainability. This ...

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Using normative case studies to examine ethical dilemmas for educators in an ecological crisis

  • The University of Newcastle (NSW)

Environmental and sustainability initiatives seek to respond to the challenges of ecological crises and ongoing environmental degradation by supporting students to develop knowledge and dispositions to respond to the challenges ...

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Social sustainability reporting in European business schools

  • Universitat Ramon Llull

Purpose: This study aims to explore the social sustainability reporting (SR) of top European business schools to illustrate and discuss their practices and the associated challenges. Design/methodology/approach: For ...

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