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

2199
Total Resources
991
Organizations
67
Countries
53
U.S. States & Territories
9
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.

2199 resources

Potential of Carpooling among Unfamiliar Users: Case of Undergraduate Students at Istanbul Technical University

This paper analyzes the passenger-carpooling potential among undergraduate students using a model for estimating choice based on combined revealed and stated preference data. The data are obtained from a survey ...

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Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Cycling has a range of health, environmental and economic benefits compared with motorised forms of transport. There is a need to encourage more cycling, yet previous evaluations of cycling promotion ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Sustainable transport challenges in a suburban university: The case of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

This paper provides detailed accounts of the transport patterns at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), including its motivations, barriers and user preferences, and explores the main transport challenges faced ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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The Roles of Social Media in Promoting Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

University sustainability leaders can strategically employ social media tools to encourage the adoption of sustainability behaviors among students, faculty members, and staff. Their effectiveness and reach, however, are constrained by ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)

Cities generate environmental impacts that have focused the global interest of scientists and authorities on the search for environment-friendly alternatives. The ‘Ecocity’ concept provides an innovative and sustainable vision of ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Food Insecurity Among University of California Employees

Executive Summary The University of California (UC) is the third largest employer in the State of California. It comprises ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national laboratories, all of ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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Prophetic Nomadism: An Art School Sustainability-Oriented Educational Aim?

This discursive article proposes that the learning and teaching regimes provided within art school are uniquely placed within higher education to foster nomads. It suggests, however, that nomadism is not ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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Georgetown University Professor’s Ferguson Syllabus Growing Nationwide

Two summers ago, shortly after the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s sadness deepened when she ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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2016 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In response ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2016
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Report: Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035

  • Cornell University (NY)

Created by the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group at Cornell University to better inform decision-making on reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. The report focuses on cost-benefit analysis of solutions to ...

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2016
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The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Democracy Collaborative (DC)

Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital or relationships to customers, employees and vendors. This study seeks ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

Climate change is an enormous and increasingly urgent issue. This important book highlights how humanities disciplines can mobilize the creative and critical power of students, teachers, and communities to confront ...

  • Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students

  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)
  • Student Government Resource Center (MA)
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) (MI)

This report, based on a survey of nearly 3,800 college students in United States, finds that nearly half of the students surveyed were food insecure and 22% qualified as ...

  • Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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The Relationship of Social Justice Beliefs to Environmental Attitudes among Students at a Private University

  • University of St. Thomas Houston (TX)

The goal of the present study was to examine the relationship of social justice beliefs, gender, religiousness, and ethnicity on environmental attitudes among college students at a private university. Participants ...

  • Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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Sustainability and Built Environment: The role of Higher Education in Architecture and Building Engineering

The sustainability paradigm implies a cultural shift in order to really change the world and society. Education, and specifically higher education, plays the crucial role of preparing students to be ...

  • Posted Oct. 13, 2016
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A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing sustainability outcomes on campus and in the community

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This guide provides a step-by-step framework for how a new or existing applied learning for sustainability program can be systematically designed, built and scaled around two interconnected goals:

  1. Providing students ...

Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Performance and Energy Use Tests

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

During fall 2015 and winter 2016, staff and students from the University of California , Riverside Office of Sustainability evaluated three energy efficient Ultra Low Temperature Freezers. This study tested the ...


Learning and Skills for Sustainable Development: Developing a sustainability literate society

The purpose of this publication is to help higher education institutions to integrate sustainability literacy into the curriculum of their learning programmes.The approach and tools suggested in this guide ...


Employer attitudes towards, and skills for, sustainable development

  • National Union of Students
  • Higher Education Academy (York)

This report describes the results of an online survey of employers in the U.K. about sustainable development. Overall, employers believed the range of skills for sustainability to be important ...


Leadership Skills for a Sustainable Economy

Based on a survey of sustainability staff at member companies of The Prince of Wales’s Mayday Network on Climate Change and also member companies of Business in the Community ...


Sustainability Matters in the Battle for Talent

This Harvard Business Review article describes a survey conducted by Bain & Company showing that "sustainability is an increasingly important factor in attracting and managing talent." Roughly two-thirds of 750 ...


Cultivating an Academy We Can Live With: The Humanities and Education for Sustainability

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Many facets of the university system in North America are fundamentally unsustainable, developing and perpetuating knowledge practices that not only do not sustain the biospheric conditions in which our species ...


Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education's Greater Purposes

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

The newest release from Bringing Theory to Practice, Well-Being and Higher Education, explores the multiple connections of well-being to higher education and why those connections matter—for the individual lives ...


Student perceptions and definitions of sustainability

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The term sustainability encompasses a variety of concepts and therefore many disparities and misconceptions exist. As the University of Illinois and many other higher education institutions begin prioritizing sustainability, understanding ...


Dissonance in students' perceptions of sustainable development and sustainability: Implications for curriculum change

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Purpose – An online questionnaire survey was conducted to explore University of Plymouth students' perceptions and understandings of, and attitudes towards, sustainable development and related concepts and issues. In general, student ...


Student Perceptions of Sustainability Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

For sustainable engineering to contribute to sustainability, curricular reforms are needed to train sustainability-conscious engineers. Examining student perceptions of sustainability education can provide insights for benchmarking the current quality of ...


College Students’ Perceptions of Sustainability: A Regional Survey

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)
  • Old Dominion University (VA)

Understanding college students’ perception of sustainability is paramount as today’s students will soon be driving our economy and taking on the responsibility of maintaining a sustainable society. This study ...


Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

As college and university leaders from across the United States work to green their campuses, students can and should play a critical role. Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement explains ...

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2016
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Athletics Department Awareness and Action Regarding the Environment: A Study of NCAA Athletics Department Sustainability Practices

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ohio University (OH)

The relationship of sport to sustainability management is relatively unknown. Despite the increasing recognition of the growing role of athletics in regard to environmental sustainability, it remains unclear what role ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2016
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Intercollegiate Sport and the Environment: Examining Fan Engagement Based on Athletics Department Sustainability Efforts

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ohio University (OH)

The purpose of this study was to examine how environmental education efforts at a sporting event related to environmental behavioral intentions, in the context of a promotional green game, based ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2016
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Classroom as Cinema: Using Film to Teach Sustainability

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Western New England University (MA)

While the advent of movies in the classroom does not quite date to the invention of the motion-picture camera itself in 1889, given its near-universal power to draw students' attention ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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A collaborative programme in sustainability and social responsibility

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to collect methodological strategies used in the training of future teachers to develop competences in sustainability and social responsibility (SSR). The proposal in ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Assessing sustainability teaching and learning in geography education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Purpose

This study aims to understand if geographers, who teach in a new sustainability program, are conveying new knowledge, understanding, skills and competence about the integrated and holistic concept of ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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A proposal for measuring sustainability in universities: a case study of Spain

Purpose

Numerous sustainability assessment tools are being created and applied in the higher education sector. In light of such diversity, there is a need to provide a common guideline for ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Integrating sustainability across the university curriculum

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Purpose

Colleges and universities increasingly have the mandate and motivation to integrate sustainability into their curricula. The purpose of this paper is to share the strategy used at the University ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Higher education for sustainable development: a systematic review

Purpose

This study aims to provide a complete understanding of academic research into higher education for sustainable development (HESD).

Design/methodology/approach

This study utilizes a systematic review of four ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Is sustainability knowledge half the battle?: An examination of sustainability knowledge, attitudes, norms, and efficacy to understand sustainable behaviours

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of sustainability knowledge to pro-environmental behaviour. A common misperception is that unsustainable behaviours are largely driven by a lack ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Sustainable facility development: perceived benefits and challenges

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the perceived benefits and challenges of implementing sustainable initiatives in collegiate recreational sports facilities. Additionally, this paper intends to contribute to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Writing Solar Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Lessons from NREL’s University PV Implementation Assistance Program

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

With funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot program, NREL is assisting higher education institutions with solar PV procurement. Universities issue RFPs as a way to get competitive bids ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The "Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development" case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Public College Foundation Investment in Solar

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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The comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments

  • Davidson College (NC)

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been increasingly communicating their sustainability commitments to the ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions

This publication offers guidelines for higher education institutions in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the organization and then leading their global adoption.

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits

  • Monash University (VIC)

Purpose

This article aims to provide a perspective on sustainability reporting and performance management in the university sector making a case for increased accountability, improved (management of) performance and greater ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Universities and Sustainable Food Practices: An International Comparison Along the Pacific Coast of North America

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

My research project examined sustainable practices in relation to food sources at three universities located along the Pacific Coast of North America. The academic institutions were the University of Alaska ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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A Mixed Methods Assessment of the Development, Use, and Educational Effectiveness of University Campus Sustainability Tours

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Campus sustainability tours are available at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. These tours are considered a vital tool in interpreting the environmental and sustainable aspects of ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Since its inception in 2008, the WKU Office of Sustainability has struggled with general program and initiative awareness as well as student engagement in university sponsored sustainability activities. Attempts to ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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CSR Reporting and the University

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

There is currently no mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting standards for institutions of higher learning (universities) in the U.S. There is also no established governing or regulatory body ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Gaps in sustainability education: The impact of higher education coursework on perceptions of sustainability

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Presbyterian College (SC)

Purpose

This paper aims to examine how both the amount and type of coursework impact students’ conceptualizations of sustainability. Previous research demonstrates that academic coursework influences students’ environmental attitudes, yet ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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