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

2208
Total Resources
998
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.

2208 resources

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)

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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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Solar Energy on Campus - Part I: Renewable Energy Usage Claims

  • Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e (CA)

This report describes renewable energy certificates (RECs), why they are important, and what kinds of statements can be made depending on who owns them.

  • Posted Sept. 1, 2016
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Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability

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

Demonstrating how a university can, in a very practical and pragmatic way, be re-envisioned through a transdisciplinary informed frame, this book shows how through an open and collegiate spirit of ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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How Much do U.S. University Students Know, and Want to Know About Sustainability and Green Building? The Findings of a Survey, and Possible Implications for General Elective Curriculum

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Using the survey approach, this investigation examined the attitudes and interest of college students at two universities in different geographic locations within the United States. Approximately 24,000 students from ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In this article, the author reflects on her experiences the founding director of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative. She describes how the campus sustainability movement has evolved from an ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Raising environmental awareness through education

This paper presents a method for involving learners in awareness-raising and real changes in consumption. The described method is a teaching assignment comprising a self-audit of household chemicals' consumption, system ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Sustainability teaching in higher education institutions of Kazakhstan

Sustainability teaching is challenging due to problems of the economic development, as well as of overcoming a post-communist mentality in countries with economies in transition. This is particularly relevant for ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This book will enable teachers and managers in the post-compulsory sector to consider a range of approaches to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in their practice in the post-compulsory ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Nursing students’ attitudes towards sustainability and health care

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Aim

To evaluate attitudes towards embedding sustainability and climate change in nursing curricula among nursing students, some of whom had participated in a sustainability and health skills session, and determine ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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Making Sustainable Behaviors the Norm at the University of Minnesota Duluth

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Interviews with undergraduate students were conducted as part of a follow-up to a survey soliciting information about student engagement in sustainability at a small upper Great Lakes public university. The ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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Bitten by the Green Design Bug

According to U.S. News & World Report, "sustainability sensibility is sweeping through and transforming the curricula in America's colleges of engineering, as more educators emphasize the importance of ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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College hopefuls look for green universities

  • USA TODAY (VA)

USA Today reports that "the nation's college-bound students are increasingly looking for green - and no, that doesn't mean just money."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Do students really choose colleges based on how green they are?

A Princeton Review survey finds that incoming freshmen would weigh information about environmental issues into their college decisions, but average students say it’s not on their radar

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students

The Guardian reports that "students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus."

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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Framing Sustainability for the Free, Frugal, and Fit & Fabulous

  • Utah State University (UT)

Selling Utah State University students on a new ‘Blue Goes Green’ fee to fund sustainability projects on campus has involved connecting sustainability with the students’ desires for freedom, saving money ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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The I3E model for embedding education for sustainability within higher education institutions

  • University of Southampton

This paper presents an evidence-based model (the I3E model) for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) within a higher education institution. This model emerged from a doctoral research that examined organizational ...

  • Posted Aug. 23, 2016
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The mercury game: evaluating a negotiation simulation that teaches students about science-policy interactions

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Environmental negotiations and policy decisions take place at the science-policy interface. While this is well known within academic literature, it is often difficult to convey how science and policy interact ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Toxic Release! The role of educational games in teaching and learning about hazardous pollution

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The compounding elements of toxic releases make teaching and learning about them difficult. For example, toxic releases have multifarious source/sink dynamics, high-stakes risk profiles, complex timelines, and passionate stakeholders ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Preparation of environmental studies and sciences students to participate in the environmental risk dialogue

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Environmental exposure to chemicals associated with modern industrial and agricultural practices is a major societal concern. Evaluating and managing risk from these chemicals requires knowledge based on both the natural ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Integrating geoscience into undergraduate education about environment, society, and sustainability using place-based learning: three examples

  • Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Utah State University (UT)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

From water to energy, and from climate change to natural hazards, the geosciences (marine, Earth, and atmospheric science) have an important role to play in addressing a wide range of ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices?

  • University of Michigan (MI)

College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland

From the perspective of different stakeholders, education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education is highly desirable. In practice, however, this may present challenges, as it involves systemic and cultural ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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A Comparative Study on Sustainability in Architectural Education in Asia—With a Focus on Professional Degree Curricula

  • Korea University

Architectural education is a key factor in the re-thinking of the whole industry toward a system of more sustainable buildings and cities. Asia is the continent with the highest population ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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College Hopes & Worries Survey Reports

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys thousands of college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. For many years, this survey has included a question related ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Water bottle ban a success; bottled beverage sales have plummeted

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Sales of bottled beverages at Washington University in St. Louis have plummeted 39 percent since 2009, when the university became the first in the nation to ban the sale of ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Not All Are Created Equal: An Analysis of the Environmental Programs/Departments in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education From 1900 Until March 2014

  • City University of New York, Baruch College (NY)

Environmental academic programs in U.S. institutions of higher education have traditionally lacked definition of their nature and unifying principles. In order to ascertain how these programs are presently constituted ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 2): Strategies for Improvement

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

Environmental studies and environmental sciences programs in American and Canadian colleges and universities seek to ameliorate environmental problems through empirical enquiry and analytic judgment. In a companion article (Part 1 ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Environmental Attitudes and Information Sources Among African American College Students

  • Texas Southern University (TX)

The author examined the environmental attitudes of African American college students by using the 15-item New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) Scale. The author also attempted to determine their everyday environmental behaviors ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Commitment to the environment and student support for “green” campus initiatives

  • Haverford College (PA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Past research has demonstrated that commitment to the environment strongly predicts global pro-environmental intentions. This research is the first to examine whether the commitment to the environment model predicts college ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 1): Integrating Knowledge, Education, and Action for a Better World?

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

The environmental sciences/studies movement, with more than 1000 programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, is unified by a common interest - ameliorating environmental problems through ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Sustainability, meet Doug Flutie

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

This post reviews the available research on how campus sustainability impacts student recruitment, including surveys of incoming students by many individual institutions. It makes the case that campus sustainability is ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector: HEASC 2008 Annual Report

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This report describes the collective and individual activities of each of the members of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of higher education associations working together to ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2008

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This survey of entering students at four-year institutions in the US finds significant support for green initiatives among incoming students. Almost a third of entering freshmen (29.5 percent) reported ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Understanding the Management of Sustainability on One Public Midwestern College Campus

  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)

Environmental sustainability is a substantial issue within our world today that is on the forefront of policy makers' minds. Implementation of sustainability initiatives on a college campus comes in many ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Solutions: University–Community Partnerships

  • Portland State University (OR)

What is the role of the university? Current systems may stress research output, but Wortham-Galvin, Allen and Sherman seek to reestablish the importance of teaching and service in the work ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland, Oregon is making a name for itself as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. Whether you’ve heard about the farmers’ markets, the cycle-friendly streets or ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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From theory to practice : an analysis of transformative social innovation at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education institutions are striving to become both models and leaders in innovation for sustainable development, as sustainability is becoming a growing priority around the world. The approaches adopted by ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustaining Undergraduate Sustainability Education

  • United States Coast Guard Academy (CT)

The importance of educating future generations of engineers with respect to sustainability is becoming increasingly obvious. At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CGA), the engineering faculty recognize the need ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Incorporating Geo-Sustainability Concepts in Shrinking Geotechnical Curricula and the New FE Requirements

  • Saint Louis University (MO)
  • University of North Florida (FL)

Introducing sustainability concepts into geotechnical education makes good sense since civil engineering projects are energy intensive and geotechnical engineers are involved early in civil engineering projects. There are two major ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Attitudes of Incoming Civil Engineering Students toward Sustainability as an Engineering Ethic

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This study presents the results of a survey of new civil engineering students at a large, conservative, land-grant university. Students were asked a set of questions about engineering ethics and ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Food insecure student clients of a university-based food bank have compromised health, dietary intake and academic quality

  • University of Alberta (AB)

University and college students in wealthy countries may be vulnerable to financial food insecurity. If food insecure students have suboptimal health, their ability to learn and excel in their education ...

  • Posted Aug. 14, 2016
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