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

2002
Total Resources
856
Organizations
60
Countries
52
U.S. States & Territories
8
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.

2002 resources

Building a business case for implementation of a circular economy in higher education institutions

Various frameworks have been developed to guide organisations in embedding circular economy principles in their strategy and operational practice. However, there is a lack of studies analysing practical implementation of ...

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Sulitest®: A Mixed-Method, Pilot Study of Assessment Impacts on Undergraduate Sustainability-related Learning and Motivation

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

A United Nations international collaboration between the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) resulted in the creation of Sulitest® (aka Sustainability Literacy Test ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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A sustainable consumption teaching review: From building competencies to transformative learning

  • University of East Anglia

Sustainable consumption (SC) is a growing area of research, practice and policy-making that has been gaining momentum in teaching programs among higher education institutions. Understanding how, in what way, and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Does the knowledge economy advance the green economy? An evaluation of green jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the United States

  • Australian National University
  • Wageningen University

Institutions of higher education are significant economic engines and innovative places in local economies: they directly employ large numbers of people, often with well-paying jobs; they are magnets for businesses ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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The sustainability of international higher education: Student mobility and global climate change

Much literature discusses higher education as an agent for sustainable development, but the extent to which higher education contributes to unsustainable economic and social systems receives less attention. This paper ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Cognitive and behavioural environmental concern among university students in a Canadian city: Implications for institutional interventions

  • University of Regina (SK)

Informed by Stern and colleagues’ value-belief-norm theory and their earlier empirical work, we examined levels and predictors of cognitive and behavioural environmental concern (EC) of university students in a Canadian ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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University Contributions to the Circular Economy: Professing the Hidden Curriculum

  • Cranfield School of Management

In a world dominated by linear economic systems, the road to improving resource use is multi-faceted. Whilst public and private organisations are making progress in introducing sustainable practices, we ask ...

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Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using SDG- and CEL-Focused Inventories to Transform Curriculum at the University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

The Expanded Student Engagement Project (ESE) has developed three comprehensive inventories which aim to increase student knowledge of sustainability-related course content and increase student engagement in on- and off-campus, curricular ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Sustainability Education and Organizational Change: A Critical Case Study of Barriers and Change Drivers at a Higher Education Institution

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Integrating sustainability within institutions of higher education can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and the larger community. Sustainability efforts also experience many barriers to implementation within higher education ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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From contracts to culture: Exploring how to leverage local, sustainable food purchasing by institutions for food systems change

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (ON)

In recent years, certain hospitals, schools, and campuses across Canada have shown that they can transform their practices to serve more local and sustainable food. These changes have often been ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Self-operated vs. corporate contract: A study of food procurement at two universities in Manitoba

  • University of Manitoba (MB)
  • University of Waterloo (ON)

Public institutions are increasingly being pressured to demonstrate how they are meeting their responsibilities and obligations to sustainability. Yet there is little academic research on food procurement at universities in ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Evaluating a dialogue-based approach to teaching about values and policy in graduate transdisciplinary environmental science programs

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • University of Dayton (OH)

This article discusses a formal evaluation of new curricular materials and activities designed to foster understanding of three key issues–expertise, risk, and sociopolitical constraints–related to values and policy ...

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Educating for self‐interest or ‐transcendence? An empirical approach to investigating the role of moral competencies in opportunity recognition for sustainable development

  • Wageningen University

Entrepreneurship education with a focus on sustainable development primarily teaches students to develop a profit‐driven mentality. As sustainable development is a value‐oriented and normative concept, the role of ...

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Building actor-centric transformative capacity through city-university partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Cities worldwide are rising to the challenge of sustainable development, calling for large-scale and fast-paced transformations towards sustainability. Urban sustainability challenges are now being reframed as a lack of capacity ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Universities responding to the call for sustainability: A typology of sustainability centres

  • University of Helsinki

Universities worldwide are experiencing a growing trend to respond to the need for sustainability. Sustainability centres are one key aspect in the sustainability transitions of universities. Until currently, these centres ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm – Assessing effectiveness in the graduates’ workplaces

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • RMIT University

Over recent times concern about the physical environment has fluctuated. Even after the coverage of environment and sustainability issues in the education of many professions, a decline of community concern ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Higher Education for Professional and Civic Values: A Critical Review and Analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is generally thought to involve some degree of education for particular professional and civic values, attitudes and behaviours (leading to, as examples, being environmentally, socially ...

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Management Education and Earth System Science: Transformation as if Planetary Boundaries Mattered

  • Stockholm University
  • Jönköping University
  • Berlin School of Creative Leadership

Earth system science (ESS) has identified worrying trends in the human impact on fundamental planetary systems. In this conceptual article, we discuss the implications of this research for business schools ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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How to Measure Procedural Knowledge for Solving Biodiversity and Climate Change Challenges

  • University of Göttingen

To cope with biodiversity and climate change challenges, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) needs to emphasize knowledge that considers multiple perspectives. Optimizing teacher education requires knowledge about the prerequisites of ...

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Towards a Definition of Environmental Sustainability Evaluation in Higher Education

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Universidad de Granada

Sustainability is increasing their presence at universities, so it is convenient to reflect on the impact and effectiveness that university sustainability actions are having. Several authors have recognized mature experiences ...

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Driving factors for having visibility of sustainability contents in university degree titles

  • Universitat de València

Given the increasing concern about sustainability issues in society, graduates and postgraduates going into the labour market benefit from the inclusion of sustainability contents in university studies. Visibility of these ...

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Competing priorities: lessons in engaging students to achieve energy savings in universities

  • De Montfort University
  • Imperial College London
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

This paper aims to present findings from an EU-funded international student-led energy saving competition (SAVES) on a scale previously unseen. There are multiple accounts of short-term projects and energy saving ...

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Changes in Pre-Service Teachers’ Values, Sense of Agency, Motivation and Consumption Practices: A Case Study of an Education for Sustainability Course

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Teacher education has a critical role to play as people around the world strive to reach the Sustainable Development goals. Education for sustainability (EfS) aims to motivate and prepare educators ...

  • Posted March 1, 2019
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Seeking sustainability competence and capability in the ESD and HESD literature: an international philosophical hermeneutic analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Vechta
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Education for sustainable development (ESD) and higher education for sustainable development (HESD) are complex, multidisciplinary fields of enquiry, drawing on concepts and terms from different disciplines and languages. Although the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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Integrating sustainability philosophy into business curriculum

  • St. Thomas University (FL)
  • Westcliff University (CA)

Abstract This paper examines the status of sustainability integration in business schools and colleges as part of business education and training - curriculum. The authors argue that there is a need ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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The Challenges of Sustainability Education

  • St. Thomas University (FL)

Abstract: Sustainability has become a growing imperative in higher education in the United States of America (Calder [HTML_REMOVED] Dautremont-Smith, 2009). This paper examines sustainability education as it continues to emerge ...

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Changing evangelical minds on climate change

  • Dallas Baptist University (TX)
  • Houghton College (NY)
  • Tyndale University College & Seminary (ON)

One quarter of Americans self-identify as evangelical and a strong majority of these reject human-induced climate change. Can one lecture on climate science from a Christian perspective change their minds ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Sulitest: A collaborative initiative to support and assess sustainability literacy in higher education

  • Kingston University London
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

This paper highlights the contribution of the Sulitest (the Sustainability Literacy Test) to the global agenda of integrating sustainability into higher education. The Sustainability Literacy Test is an open online ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Creating an academic landscape of sustainability science: an analysis of the citation network

  • University of Tokyo

Sustainability is an important concept for society, economics, and the environment, with thousands of research papers published on the subject annually. As sustainability science becomes a distinctive research field, it ...

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Sustainability literacy: the future paradigm for construction education?

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Purpose This paper seeks to analyse the hypothesis that sustainability is destined to become the operating paradigm for construction education in the UK.

Design/methodology/approach An international literature review ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Buddhist Economics

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic economic approach, where the economy delivers a high quality of life in a sustainable world ...

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Applying the ESD approach in textile and apparel education

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Purpose The purpose of this study was to provide more information about the effectiveness of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approach in textiles and apparel by applying it to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Experiential approaches to sustainability education: towards learning landscapes

  • Cardiff University
  • KU Leuven

Purpose This paper aims to critically reflect the current specialist discourse on experiential approaches to higher education for sustainable development (HESD). Limitations to the current discourse are identified, and as ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Offsets and RECs: What's the Difference?

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

In encouraging organizations to choose green power for their electricity, the Green Power Partnership frequently explains renewable energy certificates (RECs) - what they are, why they are needed for green power ...

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About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of Turin
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Humans are at the center of global climate change: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are igniting sustainability with proactive, global, social goals, moving us away from the Brundtland ...

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Business School Rankings for the 21st Century

  • United Nations Global Compact (NY)

This paper addresses the question of how business schools, and the courses they offer, are evaluated and ranked. The existing benchmarking systems, many of which are administered by well-respected media ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers

  • University of the West of England, Bristol

Economics is a critical subject for the integration of sustainable development into curriculum given the discipline's influence in shaping social metabolism of societies, inequality, environmental impacts and wellbeing. There ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Teaching Methods in Biology Promoting Biodiversity Education

  • University of Turku
  • University of Oulu

The aim of this qualitative survey was to investigate what kind of teaching methods have been used in biology to promote biodiversity education (BDE) and how the methods support biodiversity ...

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A New Alliance for Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Cultivating Citizens with an Ecocentric Vision of Justice

  • Wingate University (NC)

A core conviction that should inform service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) courses is that we cannot have thriving human communities, robust democratic citizenship, and authentic community/civic engagement when the ...

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Stakeholder Perceptions of Campus Sustainability Efforts: Lessons from Vermont

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Universities have begun to officially recognize advancing sustainability as an institutional goal. This paper reports on research on students’ awareness, attitudes, and behaviors at the University of Vermont as a ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Sustainability in the Chemistry Curriculum: A Call for Action

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainable development and sustainability are two widely used umbrella concepts, both “brilliantly ambiguous.” Many fields of study, including engineering, business, the humanities, and the sciences offer opportunities for instructors to ...

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An alternative university sustainability rating framework with a structured criteria tree

  • City University of Hong Kong

University sustainability assessment frameworks are gaining popularity with an increasing number of universities demonstrating leadership on combating climate change and pursuing sustainability. Nonetheless, international university sustainability ranking systems remain controversial ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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The nitrogen footprint for an Australian university: Institutional change for corporate sustainability

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)
  • Zhejiang University

Reactive nitrogen (Nr; all species of nitrogen other than N2 gas) is a major cause of air and water pollution, with worldwide costs of billions in human health and ecosystem ...

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Heartware as a driver for campus sustainability: Insights from an action-oriented exploratory case study

  • University of Malaya
  • Kyoto University

Literature on campus sustainability transitions is mainly focused on the hardware and software approaches, with less attention on the so-called ‘heartware’ approach. Heartware refers to the internal and voluntary motivation ...

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Actions speak louder than words: designing transdisciplinary approaches to enact solutions

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability science uses a transdisciplinary research process in which academic and non-academic partners collaborate to identify a common problem and co-produce knowledge to develop more sustainable solutions. Sustainability scientists have ...

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Assessment of sustainable development in technical higher education institutes of India

  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

This paper assesses the sustainability related performance of Indian Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) based on the parameters and indicators listed under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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The impacts of higher education institutions on sustainable development: A review and conceptualization

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

Purpose This paper aims to conceptualize impacts of higher education institutions (HEIs) on sustainable development (SD), complementing previous literature reviews by broadening the perspective from what HEIs do in pursuit ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Assessing Air Quality through a Sustainable Educational Model

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The purpose of this paper is to describe the application of a sustainable learning framework through a community-based project in the Southern California region. The Sage Project is a partnership ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Sustainability Knowledge Assessment at a Large, Regional, Minority-Serving Institution

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • City of Thousand Oaks (CA)

To assess the sustainability literacy of students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), we administered a modified version of the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) to 2,993 students in ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Looking for Sustainable Systems on Campus

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)

Higher education campuses play an important role in developing visionary models of sustainability that integrate campus facilities, student learning, and research. We reflect on a series of visits to campuses ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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