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

1135
Total Resources
512
Organizations
33
Countries
48
U.S. States & Territories
7
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.

1135 resources

Review on integrating sustainability knowledge into architectural education: Practice in the UK and the USA Membership Required

  • University of Malaya

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development steered by The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) since 2005 ended in 2014. It looked into the ...

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Are we educating engineers for sustainability?: Comparison between obtained competences and Swedish industry's needs Membership Required

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose – The aim of this study is to contribute to the quality improvement and long‐term strategic development of education for sustainable development (ESD) in engineering education curricula.

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A New Era of Sustainability: CEO reflections on progress to date, challenges ahead and the impact of the journey toward a sustainable economy. Membership Required

This report describes the results of a survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact member CEOs. Findings include:

  • 93 percent of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s ...
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Responding to environmental challenges: an initial assessment of higher education curricula needs by Australian planning professionals Membership Required

  • University of Melbourne

Environmental planning education has become crucial given the projected implications of climate change for human settlements and nature. However, despite the identified importance of educating planners with regards to sustainability ...

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Education for Sustainability, Graduate Capabilities, Professional Employment: How They All Connect Membership Required

  • RMIT University

Education for Sustainability (EfS) has an intimate relationship with professional employment as we seek to develop graduates who will take EfS values and understanding into their workplaces to build a ...

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Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance Membership Required

It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings tangible and useful outcomes in terms of understanding and skills, and also reinforces the ...

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Connecting curriculum, capabilities and careers Membership Required

  • RMIT University

Purpose

The reported research aims to examine the extent to which sustainability capabilities have been delivered by a specific example of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Education for Sustainable Development ...

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Educating the Aware, Informed and Action-Oriented Sustainable Citizen Membership Required

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The Introduction to Sustainability course at the University of Iowa seeks to educate the aware, informed and action-oriented sustainable citizen. A phenomenographic analysis and retrospective pretest were utilized to determine ...

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Evolution and structure of sustainability science Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The concepts of sustainable development have experienced extraordinary success since their advent in the 1980s. They are now an integral part of the agenda of governments and corporations, and their ...

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Profiling Sustainability Curriculum in AACSB Schools Membership Required

  • University of Mary Washington (VA)

This article describes the landscape of Sustainability Curriculum being used across the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)–accredited schools in the United States on the basis of ...

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Institutionalizing interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum at a large, research-intensive university: challenges and opportunities Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

As universities and colleges seek to integrate sustainability into a broad range of programs, degrees, and certificates, they must overcome traditional academic silos, disciplinary boundaries, and funding constraints. This requires ...

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Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of ...

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College and University Sustainability Officers' Experiences with Green Office Programs: A Qualitative Investigation Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The number of sustainability programs in higher education continues to increase. Green office programs have become a cornerstone of sustainability programming on college and university campuses across the country. This ...

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2015 National Solar Jobs Census Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...

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Pedagogy of Passion for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Concordia University (QC)

Our current practices in teaching sustainable management are replete with scientific facts, analytical tools, optimization models, and management techniques. The key pedagogical goal is to help students intellectually understand and ...

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Sustainability as a provocation to rethink management education: Building a progressive educative practice Membership Required

  • University of Guelph (ON)
  • York University (ON)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

An important aim of critical management education is to stand in critique of mainstream educative practice, while engaging in ideas of new possibility and proposals for alternative action. Opportunities for ...

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The Role of Transacademic Interface Managers in Transformational Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Working towards sustainable solutions requires involving professionals and stakeholders from all sectors of society into research and teaching. This often presents a challenge to scholars at universities, as they lack ...

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Hard Times in Higher Education: The Closure of Subject Centres and the Implications for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Within many British Universities and, indeed, across higher education internationally, how best to provide education for sustainable development (ESD) has become an increasingly important issue. There is now a widespread ...

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Utilizing international networks for accelerating research and learning in transformational sustainability science Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Tokyo
  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Maastricht University
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Lund University

A promising approach for addressing sustainability problems is to recognize the unique conditions of a particular place, such as problem features and solution capabilities, and adopt and adapt solutions developed ...

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Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility Membership Required

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

We characterize rates of intergenerational income mobility at each college in the United States using administrative data for over 30 million college students from 1999-2013. We document four results. First ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education Membership Required

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

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Assessment of carbon neutrality and sustainability in educational campuses (CaNSEC): A general framework Membership Required

  • TERI University

This study presents the cross-institutional Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability in Educational Campuses (CaNSEC) framework. This framework estimates carbon footprints along with overall sustainability of the institution. The carbon footprint analysis ...

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Success in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research Membership Required

  • University of Applied Sciences; Northwestern Switzerland

The complexity of sustainable development and societal transitions require both analytical understandings of how coupled human-environment systems function and transdisciplinary science-to-practice approaches. The academic discourse has advanced in developing a ...

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Neoliberalism, new public management and the sustainable development agenda of higher education: history, contradictions and synergies Membership Required

This paper explores the ideological and the practical relationship between neoliberalism and New Public Management (NPM) and the sustainable development agenda of western higher education. Using the United Kingdom and ...

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Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

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This paper aims to report on a census of high-level sustainability initiatives at all accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada by documenting the institutions that have undertaken sustainability assessments, have ...

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Learning for resilience, or the resilient learner? Towards a necessary reconciliation in a paradigm of sustainable education Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This explorative paper works across discourses to suggest the possibility and potential of an integrative paradigm for sustainability education that reconciles instrumental and intrinsic educational traditions, informed and infused by ...

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"Environmental awareness" and rock climbing: changing pedagogies to enhance pro-environmental graduate attributes Membership Required

Geography has long been seen as having a central role in education for sustainable development, and yet the degree to which a geographical education translates to personal capacities for action ...

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Is it even espoused? An exploratory study of commitment to sustainability as evidenced in vision, mission, and graduate attribute statements in Australian universities Membership Required

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

Since Agenda 21 and the United Nations' Decade for Education for Sustainable Development published, higher education institutions have been recognized as playing a critical role in shifting our society's ...

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Framing for sustainability: the impact of language choice on educational outcomes Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

Because what people do is not based entirely on what they know, the way educators frame sustainability concepts is critical. Framing influences recognized antecedents of pro-environmental behavior such as attitudes ...

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Language Fouls in Teaching Ecology: Why Traditional Metaphors Undermine Conservation Literacy Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Utah State University (UT)

We believe that the language commonly used in teaching actually hinders the creation of conservation literacy. We examined four frequently used ecology and environmental studies textbooks and considered the ways ...

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Disrupting neoliberal discourse in critical sustainability education: a qualitative analysis of intentional language framing Membership Required

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • University of Utah (UT)

While education for sustainability is a critical task that is gaining ground in a plethora of educational contexts, it is frequently rendered ineffective in the face of neoliberal practice and ...

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Exploring a transformative orientation to sustainability in universities: a question of loose and tight framings Membership Required

This review essay examines three new books on higher education and sustainability. It explores a number of the issues raised in the books, in particular, the meaning of a transformative ...

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Measuring the linkage between strategies on sustainability and institutional forces: an empirical study of Spanish universities Membership Required

Policy documents are commonly identified as key outcomes that guide initiatives directed by senior university leaders towards sustainability through plans and policies. Many studies have called for a more integration ...

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Factors influencing the presence of sustainability initiatives in the strategic planning of Spanish universities Membership Required

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions have attracted increasing levels of attention from both the public and policy-makers in recent decades. Many studies have called for greater integration of sustainability ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education Membership Required

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

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Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

How do we equip learners with the values, knowledge, skills, and motivation to help achieve economic, social and ecological well-being? How can universities make a major contribution towards a more ...

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Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Membership Required

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America Membership Required

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America Membership Required

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

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Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues Into Institutional Investment: A Handbook for Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • Amnesty International

The purpose of this handbook is to assist colleges and universities in implementing investment policies that consider environmental, social, and governance issues. Each section of the handbook supports the development ...

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Student Interest for Environment/Sustainability Undergraduate Programmes: Recent Australian Experience Membership Required

  • RMIT University

Increasingly, employers are seeing the need to have employees who have capabilities in sustainability. The hope is that there will be a sufficient number of appropriately educated people to enter ...

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Educating for Sustainability: 2017 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and GULF Universities Membership Required

  • International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN) (MA)

This report, which was released in conjuction with the 2017 World Economic Forum, contains case studies on educating for sustainability provided by 30 members of the International Sustainable Campus Network ...

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Business sustainability and undergraduate management education: an Australian study Membership Required

The academic literature arguing that there is an urgent requirement for businesses to become more sustainable is rapidly expanding. There is also a demonstrated need for managers to develop a ...

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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

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Towards a vision of a sustainable university Membership Required

  • University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Sustainable development is the biggest challenge to universities in the twenty‐first century. As many different definitions and interpretations of the concept exist, it is not surprising that the strategies ...

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Benchmarking presidents’ compensations in institutions of higher education relative to sustainability and other institutional practices Membership Required

  • Rowan University (NJ)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the strategic effects of academic institutional factors including environmental, social, and economic sustainability indices on the compensation of the president of ...

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A review of commitment and implementation of sustainable development in higher education: results from a worldwide survey Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Leuven University College
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Utrecht University
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Monterrey
  • University of Leuven

During the last two decades, many higher education institutions have become involved in embedding sustainable development into their academic systems. The research for this paper was built upon discussions on ...

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Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Students' Perspectives on an Innovative Approach to Educational Change Membership Required

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Problem statement: With Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) being an innovative approach to educational change, its principal objective is students’ development of transformation competencies. However, HESD evaluations hardly consider ...

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Corporate Identity of a Socially Responsible University – A Case from the Turkish Higher Education Sector Membership Required

Facing increased competition, universities are driven to project a positive image to their internal and external stakeholders. Therefore some of these institutions have begun to develop and implement corporate identity ...

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A conceptual synthesis of organisational transformation: How to diagnose, and navigate, pathways for sustainability at universities? Membership Required

  • Maastricht University

Universities will play a profound role in a century in which society will be judged by its capacity for self-transformation in response to pandemic crises of climate change and capitalism ...

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