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

2230
Total Resources
1015
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.

2230 resources

First-year student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development

  • Higher Education Academy (York)

This report on student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development describes the results of an online survey of 5,763 first-year higher education (HE) students, across all four UK ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey Report

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. The survey includes a question related to commitment to environmental issues:

"If ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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Sustainability Field Booms on Campus

This article describes fast growth in continuing education programs focused on sustainability.

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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Responsible Business: The Textbook for Management Learning, Competence and Innovation

  • Instituto Tecnolgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

As sustainable development becomes an increasingly important strategic issue for all organizations, there is a growing need for management and executive education to adapt to this new reality. This textbook ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory Into Practice

  • Nazareth College (NY)

The global community is looking towards business to play its role in creating a just and fair economy. This increases the urgency and relevance of new approaches to management education ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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University Students as Change agents? A Comparative Study of the Role of Students in Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Germany and Sweden

  • Uppsala University

To readjust the direction of social development and to enable sustainable learning for students at all levels, international policy emphasises the necessity to transform education systems based on a whole ...

  • Posted June 23, 2016
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Sustainable Happiness, Living Campus, and Wellbeing for All

  • Dawson College (QC)
  • Cape Breton University (NS)

There is a definite and heartening movement afoot in many education circles. The widespread recognition that formal education is destined for sweeping changes begins with redefining its very purpose. This ...

  • Posted June 21, 2016
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Looking through the “greenwashing glass cage” of the green league table towards the sustainability challenge for UK universities

Purpose – This paper aims to critically focus on the UK's People & Planet's “green league table” in order to explore to what extent such league tables contribute to ...

  • Posted June 21, 2016
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Identifying Strength and Weakness of Sustainable Higher Educational Assessment Approaches

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia

Sustainable Higher Education (SHE) is regarded as one of the most influential medium of facilitating sustainable development movement in the world. SHE assessment approaches are tools or frameworks which assesses ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Campus sustainability at the edges: Emotions, relations, and bio-cultural connections

  • Temple University (PA)

The university campus is often considered a key site for the development of environmental sustainability initiatives. At the same time, the concept and practice of sustainability has been critiqued for ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Pre-Service Teachers and Climate Change: A Stalemate?

  • James Cook University (Queensland)

Findings from the second phase of a study of pre-service teachers’ attitudes to environmental education and knowledge of climate change are reported in this paper. A sample of 87 pre-service ...

  • Posted June 20, 2016
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Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level

This book introduces readers to the latest research and findings from projects focusing on teaching education for sustainable development at universities. In particular, it describes practical experiences, outline courses, training ...

  • Posted June 16, 2016
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The Cinnamon Roll Challenge: Promoting Reductions in Energy Consumption Through Energy Dashboards and Behavioral Influence

  • Rice University (TX)

With an understanding of buildings as major sources of energy waste, our team set out to reduce student consumption in dorm rooms, the area that we have the most control ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Improving the High-Rise Life

  • Rice University (TX)

Our paper analyzed various "green" methods for a hypothetical future dorm on Rice University's campus in Houston, Texas. The cumulation of a semester's work, this project delved into ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainable development at the core of undergraduate engineering curriculum reform: a new introductory course in chemical engineering

  • University of Cape Town

Most efforts to reform engineering curricula to focus on sustainable development have to date been at the level of individual, senior, often elective, courses. Although sophisticated arguments have been mounted ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Developing a university-wide course on sustainability: a critical evaluation of planning and implementation

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Sustainability is an issue of increasing importance in today's world. Institutions of higher education are undergoing change towards incorporating sustainable development principles within their teaching, research, service, and community ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Teaching organisational change management for sustainability: designing and delivering a course at the University of Leeds to better prepare future sustainability change agents

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)
  • KU Leuven

A number of universities worldwide have created new courses and degrees or modified existing ones, as a response to the increasing interest by companies to hire sustainability literate graduates. However ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Fostering the incorporation of sustainable development in higher education. Lessons learned from a change management perspective

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

In research and literature about integration of sustainable development in higher education, particular attention is given towards barriers for change and critical success factors, mainly with a focus on organisational ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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What lies beneath the surface? The hidden complexities of organizational change for sustainability in higher education

  • University of Brighton

Higher education institutions have an important role to play in the transition towards a more sustainable global society. In this context, many universities have embarked on a journey towards ‘sustainability ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Process framework for identifying sustainability aspects in university curricula and integrating education for sustainable development

  • University of Turku

Sustainability aspects in higher education must be enhanced with more concrete actions. Universities are globally required to have quality assurance to secure and improve teaching and learning, and they use ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Integrated management systems for enhancing education for sustainable development in universities: a memetic approach

  • University of Turku

There is a need for new approaches for enhancing education for sustainable development in universities. Memetics, which is about effective pathways of communication, could be such a new, promising approach ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Diffusion of sustainability reporting in universities: current situation and future perspectives

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)

Universities play a key role in the development of society, and their involvement in sustainable development will be crucial in changing current practices in society towards sustainable development. Thus, information ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Roles for university researchers in urban sustainability initiatives: the UK Newcastle Low Carbon Neighbourhoods project

  • Kingston University London

There is considerable debate regarding the contribution to be made by higher education institutions and the researchers they employ in realising environmentally sustainable urban spaces, and the relationship between academic ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon management at universities: a reality check

  • University of Southampton

Carbon dioxide emissions from the higher education sector are globally significant. This study compares the performance of 20 institutions in English research-intensive universities to their self-set targets, using three key ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Carbon footprint analysis of student behavior for a sustainable university campus in China

  • Drexel University (PA)

Sustainable urban design, systems-level organizational planning, and human behavior have all been recognized for their potentially important roles in helping to reduce energy costs and associated environmental impacts, including greenhouse ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Academic staff engagement in education for sustainable development

  • University of Southampton

The research presented in this paper emerged from the need to identify the factors influencing academic staff members when engaging in Education for Sustainable Development in real practice. The aims ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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The role(s) of universities in dealing with global wicked problems through multi-stakeholder initiatives

  • Wageningen University
  • University of Cape Town

Multi-stakeholder initiatives have emerged as collaborative partnerships to deal with wicked problems, particularly in the global food system. This article analyzes the role that academics play in these initiatives at ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Encouraging sustainability in the workplace: a survey on the pro-environmental behaviour of university employees

  • Wageningen University

In order to enhance more sustainable behaviour in households, recent research focuses on the identification of factors that have an impact on sustainable or pro-environmental behaviour. The aim of this ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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An approach to the implementation of sustainability practices in Spanish universities

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions have attracted increasing levels of attention from both the public and policy makers in recent decades. A number of previous studies have called for ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainability in higher education: a systematic review with focus on management education

  • HEC Montréal (QC)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Sustainability has received increasing attention in management education over the past ten years. This article reviews a decade's worth of research in a systematic analysis of 63 articles published ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainable universities – a study of critical success factors for participatory approaches

Participatory approaches can be seen as a requirement, but also as a benefit to the overall paradigm change towards sustainable development and contribute towards the integration of sustainability concept into ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Changing Norms by Changing Behavior: The Princeton Drink Local Program

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Unprecedented levels of global bottled water consumption present a major challenge for the environment and water conservation initiatives. Educational institutions are in a unique position to promote conservation behavior by ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Implementation of sustainability in universities as perceived by faculty and staff – a model from a Swedish university

Education for sustainable development creates new challenges for universities where faculty and staff are expected to prepare students to meet complexities in society and take responsibility for sustainability, which scientists ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Comparing Sustainable Universities between the United States and China: Cases of Indiana University and Tsinghua University

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Temple University (PA)

It is widely accepted that universities can play critical roles in promoting sustainability. In the United States and China, many universities have initiated sustainability programs. Employing Indiana University, Bloomington, the ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Participatory Development of Key Sustainability Concepts for Dialogue and Curricula at The Ohio State University

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

The Ohio State University (OSU) is one of the many universities committed to sustainability within its operations, traditions, and university framework. The university continues to evolve in relation to its ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education: Interconnecting the Reporting Process and Organisational Change Management for Sustainability

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Utrecht University
  • KU Leuven

Although there has been a considerable increase in the publication of sustainability reports in the corporate world in the last decade, sustainability reporting in higher education institutions is still in ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Learning about Sustainability—What Influences Students’ Self-Perceived Sustainability Actions after Undergraduate Education?

Changing societies’ minds about sustainability requires knowledge about the situation, awareness of what needs to be done and actions to change today’s unsustainable behaviors. Universities are challenged to develop ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Commuting Behavior and Transportation Preferences of the CSUN Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In 2010 California State University, Northridge (CSUN) conducted its first complete survey of the commuting habits of its staff, faculty and students. Here we report on the results of our ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Development of a Novel Food Waste Collection Kiosk and Waste-to-Energy Business Model

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The US generates more than 37 million metric tons of food waste each year and over 95% of it is disposed of at US landfills. This paper describes the development ...


Doubling Energy Efficiency at the University of Michigan by 2030

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

Approximately 84 million Americans spend their days in colleges, universities, and public or private primary and secondary schools. The commercial building sector, which includes educational institutions, accounts for 18.44 ...


Permaculture in higher education: Opportunities and challenges

  • University of Victoria (BC)

There is growing agreement that integrative “whole person” approaches promoting transformative learning are important aspects of sustainability education. Increasingly, universities are using permaculture in teaching sustainability. Permaculture is an ecological ...


Bringing KTH’s Environmental Performance to an Internationally Leading Level

  • Royal Institute of Technology

This report analyses the types of international ratings/rankings available for universities to measure their sustainability performance. Sustainability has become an increasing topic of interest for universities to attract students ...


The EcoRep Program at the University of South Carolina: How to Engage Students in On-Campus Environmental Activities

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This senior thesis focused on determining how much the undergraduate student population is aware about current environmental problems, their impression of them, and how they act accordingly. In addition, through ...


Framing a Turkish Campus Sustainability Assessment System

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainable campus design and planning in Higher Education requires an entire action plan and coordination of physical, educational, and social systems. Many institutions in the world are defining their sustainable ...


Campus sustainability efforts: A study of the long-term impact of college and university sustainability programs

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The topic of this study is a new approach to understanding the effectiveness of campus sustainability efforts at American colleges and universities. A series of national sustainability organizations rate effectiveness ...


Making a difference by marking the difference: constituting in-between spaces for sustainability learning

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Transdisciplinarity as a mode of addressing sustainability challenges was a guiding principle in establishing Germany's first Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in 2010. The different study ...


Student participation in the co-creation of knowledge and social experiments for advancing sustainability: experiences from the University of Tokyo

  • Clark University (MA)
  • University of Tokyo
  • University College London (London)

Universities around the world are increasingly engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations for the co-creation of knowledge, tools and experiments with social and technical systems for advancing societal sustainability. With much of ...


Living labs and co-production: university campuses as platforms for sustainability science

Living labs and co-production are increasingly popular strategies for universities to address sustainability challenges and yet the links between them remain largely implicit. This paper discusses the potential of living ...


Embedding sustainability learning pathways across the university

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia's (UBC) long-term vision is to embed sustainability in all of its undergraduate teaching programs. The University has described four student sustainability attributes — Holistic Systems ...


Love Food, Hate Waste: Analyzing Food Waste and Reduction at Rice University

  • Rice University (TX)

It is known that about 30% of food produced worldwide is ultimately wasted (Gunders 2012). Rice University is not immune to this phenomenon, and past research has shown that Rice ...