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

The Green Passport Program: Proposing A Study Abroad Program to Encourage Sustainable Behavior and Offset Emissions

  • University of Richmond (VA)

The University of Richmond has a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and in order to do this, carbon offsets are likely a necessary component to implement in lieu ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Who will save the world if the profit is too low?: A single case study on a Swedish business school, investigating their work toward responsible management education

  • Jönköping University

Background: Business schools are one of society’s most influential institutions as they contribute to transforming and influencing the way the business world works. Hence, business schools bear responsibility for ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Preparing Business Students to be Sustainable Business Leaders in the 21st Century

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The necessity and importance of sustainability has been discussed increasingly often and urgently as material business considerations, notably by Larry Fink, the CEO of Blackrock (Fink 2021a). Further, research over ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Scoring Water Stewardship at Academic Institutions: A Water Resources Management Scoring Framework for Future Sustainability, Resilience and Innovation

  • Oregon State University (OR)

In the face of the global climate crisis, paired with current and future risks over water resources, the importance of effective water resources management cannot be overstated. However, there is ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Sustainability certificates in higher education

  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences

The thesis researched the usage of sustainability certificates in higher education, in Finland and in Europe. The objective was to suggest which certificates were suitable for Jamk University of Applied ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Perspective Transformation Regarding Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

This study examined transformative sustainability learning (TSL) by determining the occurrence of perspective transformation (PT) regarding sustainability in sustainability-focused courses offered at a public university. 131 students in two upper-division ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning in Midwestern Higher Education Institutions

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an innovative approach to stormwater management that has the potential to provide a variety of operational, environmental, and human benefits beyond those offered by more ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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CUB Plastic Shipping Bag Recycling Program

  • Gettysburg College (PA)

We implemented a plastic shipping bag recycling program at Gettysburg College. Recycling bags contribute towards contamination within the college's single-stream recycling or end up directly in the landfill via ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Sustainable entrepreneurial intentions: Exploration of a model based on the theory of planned behaviour among university students in north-east Colombia

  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander

Entrepreneurship is considered the basis of economies, in which finding ways to stimulate it is a constant object of research. With the increasing awareness of social and environmental sustainability, sustainable ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Understanding the impact of state-level financial incentives on the deployment of renewable energy at colleges and universities

  • Georgia State University (GA)

Over 400 colleges and universities have signed carbon reduction pledges through Second Nature. Nonetheless, a review of their greenhouse gas inventories shows that many universities continue to show limited or ...

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Planetary health education in medical curricula in the Republic of Ireland

  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
  • Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • University Hospital Galway
  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

The World Health Organization considers climate change an urgent global health challenge requiring prioritised action. A recent global survey reported that only 15% of medical schools have incorporated climate change ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Teaching sustainable development: an approach to rapidly introducing the UN sustainable development goals into an undergraduate business curriculum

  • Dominican University (IL)

The purpose of this study is to determine whether an undergraduate business program that rapidly introduced sustainable development into its curriculum, without an overall curriculum revision, was effective in terms ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Incentives and penalties tied to sales volume in contracts between beverage companies and public universities in the United States

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD)
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC)

To assess whether and how beverage companies incentivize universities to maximize sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) sales through pouring rights contracts. Cross-sectional study of contracts between beverage companies and public U.S ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Integrating sustainability into scientific research

  • My Green Lab (CA)

Laboratories have a large environmental impact, with high levels of resource consumption and waste generation. In this article, I discuss some of the actionable strategies that can bring real and ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Using Modified Delphi Study to Develop Instrument for ESG Implementation: A Case Study at an Indonesian Higher Education Institution

  • Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya (South Jakarta)

Most research states that implementing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) has positive impacts. However, fewer studies have discussed ESG implementation in higher education. This study aimed to develop instruments to ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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A framework to enable sustainability-oriented transition activities in HEIs: Learnings from two case studies in Germany and Switzerland

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can significantly contribute to sustainability transitions, as they facilitate research, education and knowledge transfer. The integration of sustainability in research touches many scientific disciplines and beyond ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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A model of behavioral climate change education for higher educational institutions

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This paper puts forth a novel model of Climate Change Education (CCE) targeting to bridge the attitude-behavior gap in students’ climate action, called the behavioral CCE. It refers to relevant ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Narcissism as a global barrier to education for sustainable development

  • Troy University (AL)
  • Berjaya University College

Narcissism, extreme self-interest, refers to a set of personality characteristics including arrogance, self-centeredness, need for admiration, sense of entitlement, grandiosity, lack of empathy, and interpersonal exploitation, which can range from ...

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EffSET: a Self-Evaluation Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Bari Aldo Moro

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) plays a prominent part in the process of building the ethical, responsible, and sustainable consciousness of future generations and in addressing the sustainability challenge that ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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On sustainability and higher education: Towards an affirmative ethics

  • North-West University (North West)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sustainable development has been the dominant focus in sustainability discourses over the past three decades. In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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How to Assess the Carbon Footprint of a Large University? The Case Study of University of Bologna’s Multicampus Organization

  • Università di Bologna

University campuses represent a heterogeneous ecosystem as to social, economic, energetic, and personal travel planning with a huge impact on hosting cities and territories. Sustainable policies are thus fundamental to ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Internationalisation of Higher Education and Climate Change: A Cognitive Dissonance Perspective

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Ghent University
  • Eastern Institute of Technology

This article applies cognitive dissonance theory to the internationalisation of higher education sector to comment on tensions experienced by practitioners associated with their work's climate impact. The existing literature ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Quantifying universities’ direct and indirect carbon emissions – the case of Delft University of Technology

  • Technische Universiteit Delft

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a comprehensive analysis of the carbon footprint of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), including direct and indirect emissions from ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Embedding sustainable development goals (SDGs) in an undergraduate business capstone subject using an experiential learning approach: A qualitative analysis

  • Monash University (VIC)

Universities have an important role in ensuring that business school graduates can address issues regarding sustainable development and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. While ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Advancing Sustainability Education through a Cross-Disciplinary Online Course: Sustainability and Human Rights in the Business World

  • Florida State University (FL)

Abstract: The increasing threats of climate change, resource depletion, and human rights crises have led us to realize the impendent need for advancing sustainable development education and to reevaluate the ...


Sustainable New Product Development for Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair-Trade Social Enterprise: Empowering Women and Economic Development through Problem-Based Service Learning

  • Florida State University (FL)

Abstract – Universities have an important role in advancing sustainable development by educating future professionals. As an effective approach to scaling sustainability education, the author implemented a problem-based service-learning (PBSL) project ...


Campus Zero Waste Program: Toward a Better Understanding of Zero Waste Program Success

  • University of Florida (FL)

This research is a part of my dissertation and I have used AASHE Data to look into Zero Waste programs in HEIs


Campus foodscapes as sites of transformation: mapping policy and projects in US universities envisioning just, sustainable and healthy food systems

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Globally universities have expanded their mission beyond teaching and research: recognising their broader responsibilities to their students, communities and civic neighbours, and to sustainable operations and infrastructure. This research considers ...


Differential Vulnerability to Extreme Heat Events Among the UC Campuses: A quantitative analysis of social vulnerability to extreme heat in communities surrounding UC Campuses

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, intense, and longer as a result of global climate change. Individual characteristics and conditions amplify exposure and impact of extreme heat events. I ...


KAUST SDG Highlight Report 2021/2022

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Makkah)

The KAUST SDG Highlight Report 2021 & 2022 features major projects, programs, and initiatives that have been set up or have been continuously running at KAUST across three broad categories ...


Keep CUP the good work! Is sustainable consumption a promise or all talk?

  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Starbucks (WA)

Plastic waste has now spread to every corner of the globe. To avoid wreaking additional havoc on our world, wholesale change is needed. Collaboration, creative rewards, forward-thinking businesses, and consumer ...


The State of Renewable Energy In Higher Education

  • AASHE (MA)
  • Coho Climate Advisors (MD)

This slide deck identifies and summarizes important renewable energy trends in higher education so that campuses can learn from each other as they transition to renewable energy. It is based ...


2018-22 Progress Report on the Pitt Sustainability Plan

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Pittsburgh’s sustainability journey dates back to 1990, with commitments, activities, and engagement deepening and increasing over the past three decades. In 2018, the Pitt Sustainability Plan ...

  • Posted April 18, 2023
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Students leading students: a qualitative study exploring a student-led model for engagement with the sustainable development goals

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Purpose Higher education institutions (HEI) play a critical role in developing student leaders equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to mobilize societal changes that the United Nations Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted April 13, 2023
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Implementing Sustainability in Library Instruction: The Journey to Creating a Crowdsourced Mission Statement Informed by Positionalities and Core Values

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

This chapter shares the process and rationale behind a library workshop with the Reference and Research Services Department and Archives and Special Collections Department at the New Mexico State University ...

  • Posted April 13, 2023
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Shifting Instruction for Sustainability: Lessons from COVID

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

The COVID-19 pandemic irrevocably changed the ways that libraries function. Libraries had to shift and our skills as librarians and educators were put to the test in new ways. As ...

  • Posted April 13, 2023
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Obstacles to Environmental Progress: A US Perspective

  • Austin College (TX)

Open-access (free) book from University College London Press. The primary intended audiences are undergraduate and graduate students in environmental studies, sustainability, and related fields. The book focuses on predictable, practical ...

  • Posted March 6, 2023
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Campus Physical Master Plan

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

CSUF's Campus Physical Master Plan is our blueprint for providing a safe, sustainable, welcoming and cohesive learning environment that supports student success into the future.

The Campus Master Plan ...

  • Posted March 6, 2023
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Bucknell 10-Years Sustainability Plan

  • Bucknell University (PA)

January 18th 2023, President John Bravman formally announced the release of the 10-year Sustainability Plan for Bucknell University. According to President Brvaman,

"Caring for the environment and reducing waste remains ...


Sustainable Move Out Donation Program

  • Bentley University (MA)

Give ‘N Go Move Out Program at Bentley University Fall 2022 Update

Summary: Give ‘N Go is the Bentley program to support students during move out with the opportunity to ...


Zero Waste Master Plan

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

In September 2015, Vanderbilt embarked on a strategic planning process FutureVU to create a holistic and sustainable long-term vision for the physical development of the campus over 20 to 30 ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2022
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Sustainability Policies and Plans in Higher Education: Recommendations for Florida State University

  • Florida State University (FL)

This capstone project examines how higher education institutions (HEIs) use policies and plans to institutionalize their commitments to sustainability and the key success factors that influence their implementation. A systematic ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2022
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Climate Action Plan

  • Bennington College (VT)

This plan highlights Bennington's accelerated goals to progress toward climate neutrality.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Strategic Plan

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

This Strategic Plan highlights institution initiatives that address on-site renewable energy generation, energy efficiency projects, and zero waste principles, as well as the integration of a community-wide collaboration on next ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Strategic Plan

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)

This Strategic Plan includes several actions items related to environmental stewardship.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Campus Master Plan

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW- Madison's Campus Master Plan interweaves conservation, preservation, and sustainability through major transportation, landscape, green infrastructure, and other institution initiatives.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Campus Master Plan

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The Master Plan provides a framework for sustainability planning and goal setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Water Action Plan

  • Weber State University (UT)

This plan focuses on key facilities upgrades, efficiency measures, and improved stormwater management. It also calls for increased metrics to improve water planning and management.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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Energy and Sustainability Investment Plan

  • Weber State University (UT)

WSU's Energy and Sustainability Investment Plan's provides a road map for converting all of the University's buildings over to all electric buildings powered by renewable energy.

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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The Path to 2040: Climate Action Plan

  • Radford University (VA)

The Path to 2040 establishes a pathway for the university to fulfill the obligations of the Carbon Commitment through five pillars and focal areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2022
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