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.

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An analysis of building energy submetering and its uses for colleges and universities

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The intent of this report is to cover the topic of building energy submetering. Utilizing submeters to quantify building and sub-building energy usage can lead to reduced utility consumption, increased ...

Universities as Change Makers Sustainability Initiatives from Across the Globe

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

“Universities as Change Makers: Sustainability Initiatives from Across the Globe” is the result of a cooperative effort of two HEI-focused international projects based at Freie Universität Berlin: trAndeS – Postgraduate Program ...

Higher education's response to the Covid-19 pandemic - Building a more sustainable and democratic future

  • Council of Europe

Public health was the immediate concern when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Asia, then in Europe and other parts of the world. The response of our education systems is no ...

Mapping and Critical Synthesis of Current State-of-the-Art on Community Engagement in Higher Education

  • Global University Network for Innovation

This publication defines the concept of community engagement in higher education and its role in contemporary debates about the role of higher education in the 21st century and maps international ...

What are the motivations for and obstacles to disclosing voluntary sustainability information by U.S. universities in STARS reports?

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

This study investigates voluntary sustainability reporting by U.S. universities. Using a structural equation modeling approach and Poisson regression, this analysis explores the relevant motivations for and obstacles in disclosing ...

Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Rankings: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Internationally Comparable Indicators

  • University of Twente

As more higher education institutions strive to embed sustainable development principles in their teaching, it becomes increasingly important to identify indicators that can measure institutional contribution in a meaningful and ...

Education on the Sustainable Development Goals for nursing students: Is Freire the answer?

  • Curtin University
  • University of Wollongong (New South Wales)

Significant global events in recent years have had a substantial impact on the nursing profession. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and systemic racism are a few of the many complex ...

The Planetary Health Report Card: a student-led initiative to inspire planetary health in medical schools

  • University of California, San Francisco (CA)
  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)
  • University of Oxford

The warming of our planet and destruction of our ecosystems have created grave new threats to human health, such as food insecurity, physical and mental trauma from extreme weather events ...

Higher Education for Sustainability: A Bibliometric Approach—What, Where and Who Is Doing Research in This Subject?

  • University of Aveiro
  • University of Minho

Contextualization: From a very early age, assuming more prominence over the last decades, issues related to sustainability have been taking on a particular interest in the field of research. Although ...

Education for Sustainable Development in Foreign Language Learning

  • George Washington University (DC)

This books uses the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development framework to help educators integrate sustainability education in foreign language learning at the college level. The chapters are all written by ...

Are LEED campus buildings universally designed? Assessments at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)


As many of the next generation leaders are currently on college campuses, endorsing green buildings can foster environmental stewardship among the student body. However, marshalling in the social sphere ...

Art and higher education for environmental sustainability: a matter of emergence?

  • Aalborg Universitet

This study aims to contribute to the exploration of inter-disciplinary approaches in higher education for sustainability. It is a reflection on a case study linking students in the arts and ...

Defining a Pedagogical Framework for Integrating Buildings and Landscapes in Conjunction with Social Sustainability Discourse in the Architecture Graduate Design Studio

  • Girne American University
  • Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design

The primary objective of this research is to define a pedagogy framework for architecture Graduate Design Studio. The proposed pedagogy framework pursues the following three principal objectives: The first objective ...

Developing Ethical Future Managers Embracing Sustainability: Case Study of Budapest Business School

  • Budapest Business School

The paper describes and evaluates how a higher education institution (Budapest Business School - BBS), aspiring for AACSB accreditation, co-created innovative tools, based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and ...

Enhancing the accountability and comparability of different campuses’ energy profiles through an energy cluster approach

  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Politecnico di Torino

International sustainability ranking systems generally set criteria in order to monitor global achievement of universities in terms of sustainability. However, current sustainability ranking systems do not provide specific consumption thresholds ...

Do European quality assurance frameworks support integration of transformative learning for sustainable development in higher education?

  • University of Bern
  • Universitat de Girona (Girona)
  • Kaunas University of Technology (Kaunas sav.)
  • Universiteit Hasselt

A transition toward sustainable development requires engagement of university students in transformative learning. Therefore, quality frameworks and processes should support deep approaches to sustainable development in higher education. Research and ...

An Exploration of the Relationship between Sustainability-Related Involvement and Learning in Higher Education

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

Higher education institutions are charged with developing civically engaged leaders to address the pressing issues facing the country and the world. While existing literature suggests institutional practices, such as promoting ...

The Potential for Electricity-use Reduction in Grinnell College Residence Halls through Behavioral Manipulation

  • Grinnell College (IA)

I studied the potential for electricity-use reduction through behavioral change in on-campus residence halls. I used social comparisons to induce behavioral change in the residents. The results did not show ...

Students’ knowledge and expectations about sustainable food systems in higher education

  • University of Gastronomic Sciences (Piedmont)
  • ISARA Agro School for Life
  • Eesti Maaülikool, EMÜ
  • FH Münster
  • Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego (Warsaw)
  • University of Kassel
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

To clarify needs and requests of the young generation to the contemporary and future education on food systems, this paper aims to examine the following issues: students’ background knowledge, students ...

Handling climate change education at universities: an overview

  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Romanian Academy
  • Hiroshima University
  • UNSW Sydney (NSW)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Kwara State University
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Campinas
  • Universidad Católica del Norte
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • University of Education, Winneba
  • Universidade Fernando Pessoa
  • University of Latvia
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Indian Institute of Management (Jharkhand)
  • University of Colombo

This paper reports on a study which aimed at identifying the extent to which matters related to climate change are addressed within the teaching and research practices at universities, with ...

COVID-19: the impact of a global crisis on sustainable development teaching

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Chester
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • University of Aveiro
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Universidade Aberta
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • North-West University
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • College of Charleston (SC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global crisis, one which also influences the ways sustainability is being taught at universities. This paper undertakes an analysis of the extent to which ...

Adopting sustainability competence-based education in academic disciplines: Insights from 13 higher education institutions

  • Gävle University College
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of A Coruña (a Coruña)
  • Università degli Studi di Parma
  • Universidad de las Américas Puebla
  • University of Nyíregyháza
  • Universidade Aberta
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Griffith University (Queensland)
  • European University of Lefke
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Zaragoza
  • Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales
  • Central University of Technology
  • Warsaw University of Technology

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been incorporating sustainability into education and curricula, where recent research has focussed on sustainability competences, pedagogical approaches, and how to connect them, generally on a ...

The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education

  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • University of Essex
  • Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
  • École d'économie de Paris
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on ...

Training wicked scientists for a world of wicked problems

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Humanity faces a number of wicked problems, from global climate change and the coronavirus pandemic to systemic racism and widening economic inequality. Since such complex and dynamic problems are plagued ...

A framework for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in university programmes

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Aveiro
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
  • University of Wroclaw/Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Wrocław)
  • University of Belgrade
  • Universidade Positivo
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria

There is a perceived need to develop approaches, methods and tools that may help higher education institutions to systematically introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into research and teaching as ...

Research on low-carbon campus based on ecological footprint evaluation and machine learning: A case study in China

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Perugia
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Universities, the important locations for scientific research and education, have the responsibility to lead ecological civilization and low carbon transition. Ecological footprint evaluation (EFE) is usually used to measure sustainability ...

Sustainability practices at higher education institutions in Asia

  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universidade Fernando Pessoa
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) (Perak Darul Ridzuan)
  • Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • University of Waterloo (ON)
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Hiroshima University
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Beaconhouse National University
  • Khulna University of Engineering & Technology
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina)

It is still unclear how Asian universities incorporate the theory or practice of sustainable development (SD) in their research and education programmes. To address this gap, the purpose of this ...

Walking the Walk: Democratizing Change in Teacher Education

  • University of Tasmania

In this essay, as a group of teacher educators, we discuss our experience of “walking the walk” of teacher education transformation at a time of urgent change. We reflect upon ...

Introducing the Nitrogen Footprint in SIMAP: A Review of Improvements in Nitrogen Footprint Methodology for Institutions

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (MA)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • Brown University (RI)

Nitrogen (N) footprint assessments have served as tools for sustainability, research, and education at institutions of higher learning by connecting institutional activities and resource consumption with environmental impacts through the ...

Greening of the syllabus in faculties of education sciences through sustainable development goals: the case of public Andalusian universities (Spain)

  • University of Cadiz
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • University of Malaga (Malaga)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the presence of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) proposed by the UN (2015) in university degrees within the fields of education, humanities ...

Mapping sustainability initiatives in higher education institutions in Latin America

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Universidad Galileo
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Universidad EAFIT (Antioquia)
  • Universidad de Sonora (Sonora)
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

Many higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world are involved in a variety of sustainability initiatives. These are acknowledged to be important elements in fostering the cause of sustainability in ...

Ecologized Collaborative Online International Learning: Tackling Wicked Sustainability Problems Through Education for Sustainable Development

  • Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Keele University
  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Coventry University

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is increasingly embedded in higher education(HE) due to the current emphasis on tackling the environmental crisis. Similarly, CivicSociety Organisations are expanding their mobilization and ...

Assessment of the Ecological Footprint of Eskisehir Technical University–Iki Eylul Campus

  • Eskişehir Technical University
  • Kastamonu Universitesi

Sustainable development is a concept that has started gaining importance in recent years. It helps reduce the environmental impacts of cities with dense human populations. On a smaller scale, social ...

The six dimensions of collective leadership that advance sustainability objectives: rethinking what it means to be an academic leader

  • Salisbury University (MD)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (BC)
  • Northeastern University (MA)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • TREE Foundation (FL)
  • National Geographic Society (DC)
  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Solutions to our most pressing environmental problems demand the development and application of leadership skills that are not typically fostered in traditional academic programs: skills that advance new transdisciplinary approaches ...

Nursing students' attitudes towards climate change and sustainability: A cross-sectional multisite study

  • University of Jaén
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart/University of Applied Sciences (HFT) (Stuttgart)
  • Dalarna University
  • University of Brighton

This study aimed to: i) investigate nursing students' attitudes towards and awareness of climate change and sustainability issues and its inclusion in nurse education, ii) explore differences across a range ...

Which are the best practices for MSc programmes in sustainable agriculture?

  • Universidade do Porto
  • Universidade de Évora
  • Agricultural University of Athens
  • Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Programmes of education for sustainable development are important to reformulate and revise educational programmes in Sustainable Agriculture. Higher education institutes emerge as learning places to integrate sustainable development into the ...

Potential for urban agriculture to support accessible and impactful undergraduate biology education

  • Rollins College (FL)
  • Salish Kootenai College (MT)
  • Tulane University (LA)
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • University of San Diego (CA)

Active learning in STEM education is essential for engaging the diverse pool of scholars needed to address pressing environmental and social challenges. However, active learning formats are difficult to scale ...

Green Campus Initiatives as sustainable development dissemination at higher education institutions: Students’ perceptions

  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina)
  • Université de l'État de Santa Catarina
  • Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
  • University of Vale do Itajaí
  • Unoesc Joaçaba

Students are future leaders who will be expected to make decisions aimed at achieving sustainability as they take up key roles in education in the area of sustainable development. In ...

Preparing engineering students for the challenges of the SDGs: what competences are required?

  • Technological University Dublin (Dublin)
  • Aalborg Universitet
  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • ENSTA Bretagne

Despite the emerging discussions about the growing role of engineers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a lack of agreement on which competences should be prioritised to ...

Sustainability as an Emerging Paradigm in Universities

  • University of Valladolid
  • Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz
  • Universitat Carlemany
  • Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores
  • Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado
  • Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica Antonio José de Sucre

This article aims to review the perspective of sustainability adoption in universities through two dimensions: firstly, from the educational and research process, and second, from their global positioning in terms ...

Trends in scientific publishing on sustainability in higher education

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
  • Universidade Positivo
  • University of Chester
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz

It is widely acknowledged that research and publications in peer reviewed journals offer important metrics in describing the academic outputs of higher education institutions on one hand, and their societal ...

Supporting the role of universities in leading individual and societal transformation through education for sustainable development

  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of St Andrews (Scotland)
  • Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education (--None--)
  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Advance HE
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • University of Bristol

There is growing recognition of the value of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for all learners, and of the unique role that universities play in the transformation of individuals, institutions ...

Teaching and learning for change: analysis of a post-graduate One Health program

  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels Region)
  • Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi
  • Université de Namur
  • Université de Liège
  • Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire
  • Université de Montpellier

As problematized through the One Health concept, global health issues are defeating conventional disciplinary approaches since they unfold across various scientific domains and across all levels of society. Calling for ...

Differentiated Impact of Politics- and Science-Oriented Education on Pro-Environmental Behavior: A Case Study of Chinese University Students

  • China University of Geosciences

The purpose of this study is to understand the differentiated impact of politics- and science-oriented education on pro-environmental behavior among university students. A questionnaire was designed and sent to more ...

Towards Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education Institutions: Case of Two Private Universities in Colombia

  • Universidad EAN
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

This paper addresses the path followed by two private higher education institutions (HEI) in Colombia towards achieving carbon neutrality. The methodology followed by these universities to achieve a carbon-neutral certification ...

Measuring professional action competence in education for sustainable development (PACesd)

  • KU Leuven
  • University of Antwerp

Based on the concept of action competence, the current study introduces an integrated framework of Professional Action Competence in Education for Sustainable Development (PACesd) described by three defining features: willingness ...

Transforming science and society? Methodological lessons from and for transformation research

  • Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Ecologic Institute
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)

Transformation research has in the past years emerged as a shared lens to study and support radical societal change towards sustainability. Given the nascent and exploratory—yet highly normative and ...

Reflections on developing a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to embedding education for sustainable development into higher education curricula

  • University of Strathclyde
  • Robert Gordon University

As higher education institutions (HEIs) have increasingly turned to consider sustainability over the last decade, education for sustainable development (ESD) has emerged as a way of imbuing students with the ...

The Perceived Importance and Intended Purchasing Patterns of Sustainable Foods in Australian University Students

  • Western Sydney University (NSW)
  • University of Tasmania

Although there has been considerable research on consumers’ opinions about sustainable foods and purchasing behaviors, the experience of university students remains unclear. This study aims to characterize university students’ perceptions ...

Measuring the Transformation of University Students’ Self-Construal for Greater Environmental Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Kyoto University
  • National Taiwan University

University campus sustainability projects frequently aim to promote ecological behavior of their community members. However, these projects rarely consider the level of students’ self-construal, the view of self held by ...