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

Gamification to Improve Participation in an Environmental Science Course: An Educator’s Reflection

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Reticence prevalent among East Asian students has prompted educators to attempt different methods to engage them. Gamification of courses has gained popularity as an avenue to encourage students’ participation, and ...

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Education for Sustainability: Understanding Processes of Change across Individual, Collective, and System Levels

  • Lund University
  • Karolinska Institutet

Researchers and practitioners increasingly emphasise the need to complement dominant external, technological approaches with an internal focus to support transformation toward sustainability. However, knowledge on how this internal human dimension ...

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Critical Analysis of the GreenMetric World University Ranking System: The Issue of Comparability

  • University of Trento (Trentino)
  • Università degli Studi dell'Insubria

The Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World Ranking is the most widely adopted system nowadays to rank worldwide universities’ sustainability. The number of participating universities has consistently increased throughout the last decade ...

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Where is Nature? Where is Nature in Nature and Outdoor Learning in Higher Education? An Analysis of Nature-Based Learning in Higher Education Using Multispecies Ethnography

  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

The multiple crises of the 21st century once again highlight the significant role of sustain-able education in all educational institutions. Particularly in higher education, the inclu-sion of nature and animals ...

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Which “sustainable university” are we actually talking about? A topic modelling-assisted discourse analysis of academic literature

  • Uppsala University

The remarkably growing body of academic literature on the university in relation to sustainability pivots around the idea that the university has an important role to play regarding this issue ...

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Teaching, learning and assessment methods for sustainability education on the land–sea interface

  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The Land–Sea Interface (LSI) is where land and sea meet, not only in physical terms, but also with regards to a large variety of ecological and societal aspects. The ...

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Teaching action-oriented knowledge on sustainability issues

  • Uppsala University
  • Ghent University

Knowledge about sustainability problems as it is typically taught does not per se lead to action for tackling these problems. Environmental and sustainability education researchers have argued for teaching more ...

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The evolving engineer; professional accreditation sustainability criteria and societal imperatives and norms

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

Professional accreditation criteria around sustainability are an important consideration in the delivery of accredited (chemical) engineering programmes. This paper looks at the sustainability related criteria required by a number of ...

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Unmasking the Action-Oriented ESD Approach to Acting Environmentally Friendly

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Huaibei Normal University

Since the United Nations’ declaration on education for sustainable development (ESD), countries and universities across the globe aim to enhance sustainability consciousness, knowingness, attitude, and behavior among learners. However, there ...

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What's to Eat and Drink on Campus? Public and Planetary Health, Public Higher Education, and the Public Good.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Public higher education institutions (PHEIs) have a unique and important role in responding to the public and planetary health crisis—they are centers of research on public and planetary health ...

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Justice in climate change education: a systematic review

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

Growing recognition of the multi-faceted injustices of climate change has resulted in shifting public and policy discourse around how to understand and address climate change, yet justice considerations are rarely ...

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Valuation of student-led agricultural activities at university: comparison of willingness to pay with inferred values

  • Ritsumeikan University

Agricultural fields in university campuses can improve urban nutrition security, increase greenery, and provide opportunities for students to grow crops and enhance self-management skills. We conducted student surveys among freshmen ...

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Climate justice in higher education: a proposed paradigm shift towards a transformative role for colleges and universities

  • Northeastern University (MA)

Moving beyond technocratic approaches to climate action, climate justice articulates a paradigm shift in how organizations think about their response to the climate crisis. This paper makes a conceptual contribution ...

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Intrapersonal capacities for sustainability: a change agent perspective on the ‘inner dimension’ of sustainability work

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

An ongoing discussion in education for sustainable development (ESD) research has focused on defining a list of agreed upon sustainability competencies required for the work of sustainability change agents. This ...

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Freire’s hope in radically changing times: a dialogue for curriculum integration from science education to face the climate crisis

  • Universidad de Chile (Region Metropolitana)
  • Escuela Básica Playas Negras in Coronel

This article advances a dialogue for understanding curriculum integration as a form of radical pedagogy, starting from science education in times of climate crisis. The paper weaves Paulo Freire’s ...

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Student Development in Higher Education in the Era of the Agenda 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Towards SDGs 2.0

  • Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Universities South Africa

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona was an occasion for the authors of this article to reflect on the UN Sustainable Development ...

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Active methodologies and curricular sustainability in teacher training

  • University of Jaén
  • Universidad de Granada

Purpose: Changes in society, the economy and health require a response from higher education regarding the training of professionals, specifically, future teachers. In this sense, active methodologies constitute, in line ...

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Low carbon futures: assessing the status of decarbonisation efforts at universities within a 2050 perspective

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Coimbra
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • Universidade Fernando Pessoa
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Background: The implementation of sustainability at universities means that they can also play a key role in the transition to a low carbon economy, and in assisting global efforts towards ...

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Is IoT monitoring key to improve building energy efficiency? Case study of a smart campus in Spain

  • University of Zaragoza

This work validates and demonstrates the potential of a methodology based on a continuous monitoring system with real time measurements, as a key support to make decisions on buildings energy ...

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Decolonising the design curriculum: making “sustainability” accessible, understandable and practicable to second-year undergraduate architecture students

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

Purpose: This paper describes the curriculum design of an architectural studio course aimed at making concepts of sustainability accessible, understandable and practicable to second-year undergraduate students. Architectural education and design ...

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The sustainable development goals in a Bachelor of Design course; current integration and benefits, constraints and opportunities for deeper integration

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Purpose: Universities’ unique position within society means they have an important role to contribute to sustainability and to help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which are one of the ...

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Reducing air travel emissions in academia: an exploration of universities’ manoeuvring room

  • University of Graz

Purpose: This paper aims to explore the manoeuvring room of higher education institutions to take action to reduce emissions from academic flying. In particular, this study investigates how university staff ...

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Campus sustainability plans: past, present and future

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Purpose: This study aims to describe the different elements included in campus sustainability plans (CSPs) in colleges and universities across the USA.

Design/methodology/approach: It examines the contents and ...

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An assessment of attitudes and perceptions of international university students on climate change

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Beira Interior
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Addis Ababa University

Universities have an unrivaled potential to educate students on climate change issues and to actively engage them in climate affairs, both as citizens and influencers of future professions. Despite this ...

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Ensuring sustainability in internationalisation efforts at higher education institutions

  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
  • University of Nottingham
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • National University of Sciences and Technology (Federal)
  • Università di Bologna
  • Universidade Fernando Pessoa

Purpose: Higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world are engaged in internationalisation efforts. Yet internationalisation per se is associated with significant pressures on the environment and environmental resources, which need ...

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Addressing the Challenges of Preparing Teachers to Teach about the Climate Crisis

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Teachers often lack adequate teacher preparation in knowledge and practices for engaging their students to address the climate crisis, suggesting the need for an increased focus on climate change in ...

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Universities confronting climate change: beyond sustainable development and solutionism

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This article reflects on recent calls for universities to deepen their commitments to sustainability in the face of climate change. It suggests that because climate change is a “wicked problem ...

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Changing the world one engineer at a time – unmaking the traditional engineering education when introducing sustainability subjects

  • Linkoping University

Purpose: The information technology (IT) sector has been seen as central to society's transformation to a more just and sustainable society, which underlines teachers’ responsibility to foster engineers who ...

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Preliminary Investigation of Sustainability Awareness and Activities among Academic Libraries in the United States

  • University of Southern California (CA)

This paper explores sustainability, sustainability awareness, and how it is measured in academic libraries in the United States, and considers how assessment tools or key performance indicators (KPIs) could enhance ...

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Systems thinking for systems leadership: promoting competency development for graduate students in sustainability studies

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose: This paper aims to offer a case study for teaching specific systems thinking competencies that promote leadership for systems change. It uses leadership as a novel way to identify ...

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Analyzing Green Behavior and the Rational Use of Water in Portuguese Higher Education Campuses

  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
  • Instituto Politécnico de Tomar
  • Politécnico de Lisboa
  • Instituto Politécnico de Beja

In the forthcoming years Portugal expects to be an increasingly hot and dry country dealing with the risk of water scarcity. According to the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere ...

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Undisciplining Environmental Communication Pedagogy: Toward Environmental and Epistemic Justice in the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Classroom

  • Allegheny College (PA)

This article moves beyond an understanding of environmental communication as merely the “translation” of scientific knowledge for the general public and advocates for environmental science and sustainability (ESS) educators to ...

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Creating Cultures of Health in the Academy: Bringing Together Top-Down and Ground-Up Approaches

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

This article reports on a 3-year longitudinal study focused on the impact of cross-sector, collective impact approaches to creating cultures of campus health. The study sought to understand the integration ...

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Six critical questions for teaching justice-based environmental sustainability (JBES) in higher education

  • Beijing Normal University
  • Universidade Federal de Sergipe

In this short article, we pose six key questions that we argue as essential to critically problem-pose in achieving teaching for justice-based environmental sustainability (JBES) in higher education (HE). We ...

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Eco-critical language awareness for English language teaching (ELT): Promoting justice, wellbeing, and sustainability in the classroom

  • University of Alabama (AL)

Critical Language Awareness (CLA) seeks to promote social justice by explicitly calling attention to power issues in the context of literacy development and language instruction. In this article, we assert ...

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Higher education in turbulent times: navigating the transition from un-sustainability in a world dominated by technology

  • Atlantic Technological University (Co. Galway)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the implications for higher education of a rapidly changing global context, where technologies play a role in the propagation of ...

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Integrating sustainability themes for enhancing interdisciplinarity: a case study of a comprehensive research university in Japan

  • Tohoku University

Interdisciplinary education and education for sustainable development provide a complementary approach to enhancing learners’ interdisciplinary and sustainability competencies. An interdisciplinary approach is considered a crucial method for enhancing university students ...

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Light Green – A Case Study of Sustainability Decoupling in Hospitality Education

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Despite an increased commitment to sustainability, some argue that the hospitality industry and its supporting academic field remain “light green” as actual sustainability initiatives are shallow and decoupled from stated ...

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Research on sustainability leadership in higher education: a scoping review

  • Mahidol University (Bangkok)

Purpose: Despite the centrality of leadership to the successful transformation of universities toward sustainability, the literature on the role and practices of sustainability leadership in higher education remains poorly developed ...

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Connecting curricula and competence through student learning journeys

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This research examines the connection between higher education curricula for sustainable development and student development of key competencies for sustainability. The authors conducted a comparative case study that followed ten ...

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Sustainability as a purpose in life among Dutch higher education students

  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Given the prominence of sustainability in current global crises and the commitment of societies to the Sustainable Development Goals, this mixed methods study ascertains how Dutch higher education students (N ...

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Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Institutions: A systematic literature review

  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are important actors in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. As agents of ...

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Sustainable Academia: The Responsibilities of Academic Historians in a Climate-Impacted World

  • University of Western Australia
  • La Trobe University (Victoria)
  • University College London (London)
  • University of Tasmania (TAS)
  • King's College London

Environmental degradation is the most serious challenge of the twenty-first century. To date, academic historians, among many others, have failed to fully confront the climate and biodiversity crises, often engaging ...

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Science|Environment|Health, One Health, Planetary Health, Sustainability, and Education for Sustainable Development: How Do They Connect in Health Teaching?

  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern

In this paper, we explore Science|Environment|Health, One Health, Planetary Health, and Sustainability/Education for Sustainable Development in the context of the 2030 Agenda as four major frameworks that ...

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The Ecological Root Metaphor for Higher Education: Searching for Evidence of Conceptual Emergence within University Education Strategies

  • University of Surrey

Recent research has suggested that Higher Education would benefit from the adoption of institutional models that relinquish ties to industrial thinking and associated metaphors. This long-established, market-led managerial perspective has ...

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Leadership, support and organisation for academics’ participation in engineering education change for sustainable development

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology

This work spotlights the experiences from ten years of implementing sustainable development in all educational programs at a technical university. With a focus on the critical issue of involving more ...

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Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic: an opportunity to reflect on sustainability research

  • University of Bern
  • University of Basel (Basel-Stadt)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin)
  • Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development/Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Brandenburg)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt

The COVID-19 pandemic has jolted societies out of normality, possibly creating new conditions for sustainability transformations. What does this mean for sustainability research? Because of the scope of the crisis ...

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Planetary health pedagogy: Preparing health promoters for 21st-century environmental challenges

  • Deakin University

Issue addressed: Multiple interconnected drivers threaten the health and wellbeing of humans and the environment, including biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, rapid urbanisation and displacement. This requires enhanced literacy on ...

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Reporting University Performance through the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda: Lessons Learned from Italian Case Study

  • University of Rome Tor Vergata

The shift of sustainability paradigms within the academic context has prompted universities to develop additional accountability tools to respond to the resulting demand for information. However, in terms of social ...

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Cultivating students’ sustainability-oriented learning at the interface of science and society: a configuration of interrelated enablers

  • Wageningen University

Purpose: By envisioning the learning environment as an eco-social system, this study aims to map interrelated enablers of students’ sustainability-oriented learning (SoL) in the context of a university course at ...

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