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

1970
Total Resources
842
Organizations
61
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.

1970 resources

Education for Wonder

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)

This article argues that rejuvenating a sense of wonder towards nature is essential to ecocentric education and to finding a sustainable future. It examines the barriers that block education for ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Prioritising performance indicators for sustainable construction and development of university campuses using an integrated assessment approach

  • Deakin University

Sustainability assessment tools are considered to play a vital role in strategies to reorient universities towards sustainability in a systematic way. However, strategic selections of the main existing assessment tools ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Sustainability in Management Education: Contributions from Critical Reflection and Transformative Learning

  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

This theoretical paper discusses how the assumptions of critical reflection (CR) and transforming learning (TL) can help develop reflexive professionals in sustainability within management. The central argument is that a ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Organizing reflection to address collective dilemmas: Engaging students and professors with sustainable development in higher education

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)
  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Critical reflection and transformative learning theories generally place emphasis on individual change, giving little consideration to the organizational and societal aspects. Consequently, it is individual and not collective dilemmas that ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Student team integrating aspects of sustainability in practical design education

  • Chiba University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the first experiences (activities, attitudes and inclinations) of an undergraduate student team with eco-design activities.

Design/methodology/approach Undergraduate ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Master Plan to Robus Practice: The Evolution of Sustainable Landscape Practices at Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Universities across the globe are recognizing the need to implement sustainable landscaping practices in order to support wildlife, improve water quality and positively impact human health and wellbeing. Georgia Institute ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Teaching decision-making for sustainable infrastructure: a wind energy case study module

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose This paper aims to introduce a case-based module teaching sustainable engineering, linking the Envision rating system with behavioral decision science. Three complete modules are publicly available in a repository ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Green Infrastructure Planning on Campus: Case Studies from University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

College campuses pride themselves in being leaders in promoting innovation in both technical and theoretical aspects of all fields of study, including sustainability. The drive for sustainability in higher education ...


Using Community‐Based Learning to Teach Environmental Sustainability Engineering: Notes from the Classroom

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

In line with University of Wisconsin tradition, community-based learning was integrated into a course on sustainability as an opportunity for students to apply the tools learned in the course to ...


Sustainability segmentation of business students: Toward self-regulated development of critical and interpretational competences in a post-truth era

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp

This article adds insights in students' attitudes toward sustainability, with specific focus on students in business management/marketing. It builds upon a number of conceptual interpretations and barriers for change ...


University Buildings: The Push and Pull for Sustainability

  • RMIT University

Universities are a key stakeholder in our built environment with buildings in many major cities around Australia and the world. Due to their primarily urban locations, size and number of ...


Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The commitment to participate in ecological protection has grown considerably and, in the academic world, it has been tackled primarily by the Social Sciences. The Humanities has followed suit and ...


The Role of Business in Education and Training for Sustainable Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Education is at the heart of human progress and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It enables people to build better lives and equips business and society to address our ...


Enhancing student engagement in business sustainability through games

  • University of Worcester

This paper aims to explore the value students place on the sustainable strategies game (SSG) which seeks to improve student engagement in business sustainability through enhanced game-based learning. This game ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Recent trends in sustainability reporting by German universities

  • University of Hamburg

Voluntary sustainability reporting in the higher-education sector is still in its early stages. To better understand it, we looked at all 401 German universities to examine the specific contents of ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Drama in higher education for sustainability: work-based learning through fiction?

  • Stockholm University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the use of drama in the context of professional learning for sustainability, and specifically, a drama workshop on sustainability for in-service ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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University Mission Statements and Sustainability Performance

  • DePaul University (IL)

This paper examines the relationship between university mission statements and sustainability practices by institutions of higher education. We examine mission statement constructs and the degree to which higher educational institutions ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Meeting the food waste challenge in higher education

  • Montana State University (MT)

Food waste represents a major sustainability challenge with environmental, economic, social and health implications. Institutions of higher education contribute to generating food waste while serving as models in championing sustainability ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Sustainability and engagement: strange bedfellows in the undergraduate textbook

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Pacific University (OR)

This paper aims to examine the textual coverage of the topic of public engagement in leading English language sustainability textbooks.

In this paper, the authors’ findings are based on a ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Pedagogy and Evaluation of an Envision Case Study Module Bridging Sustainable Engineering and Behavioral Science

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Designing for sustainability demands systems thinking and problem-based learning focused on the types of ill-structured problems found in the real world. The approach detailed in this paper uses the Envision ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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The green economy learning assessment South Africa: Lessons for higher education, skills and work-based learning

  • Rhodes University

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to share and analyse the methodology and findings of the 2016 Green Economy Learning Assessment South Africa, including learning needs identified with reference ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Vocation for planetary citizenship: Lutheran liberal arts education in the Anthropocene

  • Concordia College - Moorhead (MN)

The focus question of this article is, “In what ways should Lutheran higher education's teaching on vocation be revised to include the fact that we are living in a ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • University of Helsinki

This open access book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Climate adaptation planning in the higher education sector

  • RMIT University

Purpose There is a growing interest in climate change action in the higher education sector. Higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role as property owners, employers, education and research ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Campus Food Pantries: Insights From a National Survey

  • Temple University (PA)
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) (MI)

Food insecurity is widespread on American college campuses. Students do not have enough food to feed themselves and sometimes their families as well. We created the College and University Food ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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UCC becomes first university outside the US to win top Green award

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

The University College Cork is the first institution in Ireland to earn a STARS Gold rating.

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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AASHE 2018 Sustainability Award Winners Announced

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2018 AASHE Sustainability Award Winners, selected from more than 300 submissions, were recently announced.

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Greening the Lab (and Beyond!) A Guide to Applying Green Chemistry to Practical Settings and Creating Displays to Spread the Word

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Not all chemistry laboratories are created equal. Broken fume hoods, confusing waste beakers, and distillations that have been running (as far as anyone can tell) since the lab bench was ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society 2nd Edition

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Forewords by David Orr and by AASHE's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Anthony “Tony” Cortese in recognition for his tremendous impact in advancing sustainability in higher education.

While ...

  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

The goal of Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) education is to prepare students to facilitate social learning in communities that builds knowledge of, capacity for, and commitment to sustainability ...

  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

  • Dominican University of California (CA)
  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

Given the urgency of environmental problems, how we communicate about our ecological relations is crucial. Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice is concerned with ways to help learners effectively navigate and ...

  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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In planting campus gardens, university students root themselves in the larger world

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • The Washington Post (DC)

Campus gardens allow students an opportunity to tackle food deserts and take action on climate concerns they may have.

  • Posted Sept. 7, 2018
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Sustainability and the Humanities

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

This book explores the strong links between sustainability and the humanities, which go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the ...

  • Posted Sept. 7, 2018
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California State University East Bay Climate Action Plan 2018

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Cal State East Bay made a commitment to climate neutrality when President Morishita signed the Carbon Commitment (formerly the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment) in January 2015. Once ...

  • Posted Aug. 30, 2018
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New designation accelerates development of UH sustainability curriculum

  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability has been designated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as one of only 13 Centers for Sustainability ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

  • Tufts University (MA)

Drawing from our research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institutions, this report offers ten recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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Engagement Experiments for the CMC Sustainability Action Plan

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley campus conducted a couple experiments in the "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" class of Fall 2017. This included an action team, survey team, and an ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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UW-Madison has long list of sustainability efforts. So why isn't it a 'green college'?

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

UW-Madison explores why they have not submitted an AASHE STARS report and why it is one of thee Big 10 schools not to make The Princeton Review's list. With ...

  • Posted Aug. 21, 2018
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Meeting the food waste challenge in higher education

  • Montana State University (MT)

Purpose: Food waste represents a major sustainability challenge with environmental, economic, social and health implications. Institutions of higher education contribute to generating food waste while serving as models in championing ...

  • Posted Aug. 10, 2018
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Transforming Sustainability Education at the Creative Edge of the Mainstream

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Schumacher College

Mainstream westernised educational policy and practice continue to be firmly rooted in ontological and epistemological traditions that reflect what Gregory Bateson referred to as the illusion of our separation from ...


Pathways to carbon neutral energy systems at the University of California, Davis

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

To achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 the University of California, Davis (UCD) seeks to eliminate its dependence on fossil energy sources. This study outlines a methodology to identify optimal equipment ...


Campus bottled water bans, not always the solution

  • Allegheny College (PA)

The purpose of this study was to identify how to reduce bottled water use on our campus, given that the majority of students were bringing it onto campus from outside ...


No food for thought: Food insecurity is related to poor mental health and lower academic performance among students in California’s public university system

  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

This study examined the relationships between food insecurity, mental health, and academic performance among college students in a California public university system (N = 8705). Structural equation modeling was performed to ...


Strategic leadership for sustainability by higher education: the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

  • Greenland Enterprises (MA)

Higher education has a strong influence in shaping the mental models of many of society's professionals and leaders and is a critical leverage point in creating a sustainable society ...


Campus sustainability in the US: Environmental management and social change since 1970

  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Massachusettes Institute of Technology (CT)

In the US, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have occupied a distinct role in the social contract: they have been predisposed to be at the forefront of social change and to ...


Creating a water-saver self-identity reduces water use in residence halls

  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Water scarcity is a pressing social problem. Attempts to increase conservation that focus on education or attitudes produce limited success. Installing efficient appliances reduces water use, but can be costly ...


Transforming the fashion and apparel curriculum to incorporate sustainability

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

The issue of sustainability is unprecedented in both magnitude and complexity. It presents one of the major challenges faced by modern society. Fashion and apparel educators have an opportunity to ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Towards the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Universidad de Guadalajara

The focus of this article is to examine how higher education institutions in Mexico are preparing for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. Specifically, we have developed a ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Corporate social responsibility and sustainability education: A trans-Atlantic comparison

  • Penn State Altoona (PA)
  • University of Nottingham

Using a sample of 72 European and 22 North American educational institutions, we examine the extent to which business schools in North America and Europe are driving educational programs and ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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Adaptable model for assessing sustainability in higher education

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Many universities have started to measure sustainability, and many tools have been developed to assist them in this process. For universities at an early stage of sustainability implementation, choosing a ...

  • Posted July 25, 2018
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