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

1843
Total Resources
782
Organizations
54
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.

1843 resources

Cool Campuses?! The National Movement for Campus Climate Action Deserves High Grades But a Greater Effort is Needed to Address the Growing Climate Crisis

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY)
  • Ball State University (IN)

Who will lead this energy revolution? One hopeful possibility is higher education. As one example, many institutions of higher education are already involved through the American College & University Presidents ...

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STARS Quarterly Review: Spring 2012

  • AASHE (PA)

The Spring 2012 SQR: Framing Campus Sustainability, features stories that frame the evolving concept of sustainability in higher education. Included in this issue are a snapshot of ratings-to-date, a focus ...

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2012 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2012 Higher Education Sustainability Review outlines 2012 AASHE Bulletin trends in three areas: New Developments, Changing Dynamics, Areas of Prevalence. Highlights from over 40 institutions are included, summarizing innovative ...

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Natural Resources for the Public Good: A Student Campaign to End the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles and Fight Water Privatization at the University of California, Santa Cruz

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Student campaigns to end the sale of plastic water bottles have grown in popularity in the United States over the past five years. However, most campaigns rely on information dissemination ...

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Growth of Sustainability Research in Higher Ed

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Yale University (CT)

At AASHE 2011 last October, Julie Newman (Sustainability Director, Yale University) and Shana Weber (Sustainability Manager, Princeton University) hosted a workshop on “Framing a research agenda for campus sustainability”. For ...

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The Death of Campus Sustainability? I Don’t Think So!

  • AASHE (PA)

In a recent blog, Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, AASHE board member, and colleague began tolling the bell over the “Death ...

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The Death of Campus Sustainability

OK, starting with a title like “The Death of Campus Sustainability” could easily be seen as cheap, manipulative, sensational, or simply wrong. And yes, the implicit reference to Shellenberger and ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Permaculture Pioneers

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

As I look out onto the dormant January garden in front of Franklin Dining Commons at UMass, I can’t help but feel a sense of utter amazement at how ...

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STARS Facts and Best Practices: Affordability and Access

  • AASHE (PA)

With costs for higher education rising continuously, institutions’ affordability and access programs are rapidly becoming a major factor for student success during the college years and beyond. In order for ...

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AASHE's 'Higher Education Occupation' Project

  • AASHE (PA)

The connection between the Occupy Movement and the establishment of a just and sustainable society is sometimes clear and sometimes foggy. To better help us all understand the relationship, AASHE ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Gender and Sustainability, Part 2

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In my last post, I looked at how studying gender and environment can work together. In this post, I want to touch upon how gender matters and operates within my ...

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Guest Blogger: To Revolve or Not to Revolve?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

In the last few years, universities have emerged as a hotbed of investment in clean energy and efficiency (“cleantech”). An increasingly popular and innovative tactic for making these investments is ...

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AASHE Interview Series: John Robinson, Executive Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

John Robinson, the Executive Director of the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Initiative sat down with AASHE to discuss the recently opened Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Gender and Sustainability, Part 1

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

As a female student interested in all kinds of social justice and sustainability issues, I wanted to take the time here to talk about the particular ways in which gender ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Abuzz with Rooftop Bees

  • Harvard University (MA)

The novice beekeeping adventures of a group of Graduate School of Design (GSD) students at Harvard University are featured in this installment of the AASHE Bulletin Sustainability Student Diary series ...

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Student Sustainability Educators: A Guide to Creating and Maintaining an Eco-Rep Program

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Co-published by AASHE and National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program, this step-by-step guide takes readers through the design, implementation and evaluation stages of an Eco-Rep program. It includes case ...

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Greening the Bottom Line 2012

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2012 survey of 79 green revolving funds (GRFs) at 76 institutions ...

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The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders

While almost seven hundred chief executive officers have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, several thousand have yet to do so. This book identifies four of the ...

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Occupy Education: Living and Learning Sustainability

Occupy Education is motivated by the sustainability crisis and energized by the drive for social justice that inspired the Occupy movement. Situated within the struggle for sustainability taking place amid ...

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Measuring, Managing and Visualizing Building Energy Consumption & Carbon Emissions

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

How much energy do the buildings at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) consume? The answer to this question is of interest to those tracking energy efficiency and greenhouse gas ...

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University of Northern BC Renewable Energy Feasibility Study, with Primary Consideration to Wind Energy

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

This study examined the feasibility of UNBC's on-campus renewable energy opportunities with primary consideration to wind energy potential. Solar and hydro electrical energy opportunities, along with geoexchange, solar heating ...

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The Challenges of Sustainability Education

Sustainability has become a growing imperative in higher education in the United States of America (Calder & Dautremont-Smith, 2009). This paper examines sustainability education as it continues to emerge in ...

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Word Up: Algonquin College as a Sustainability Leader

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

"Word up" is a catch phrase that denotes agreement or enthusiasm about what another has said. A question central to this thesis was whether study participants thought that Algonquin College ...

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Operational Analysis: Green Grants Program

  • New York University (NY)

This Operational Analysis is an overall description of how New York University's Green Grants Program is functioning, including how well the program supports its stakeholders, grantees, staff and how ...

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Reducing Dickinson's Carbon Footprint

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Findings from an evaluation of Dickinson College's Climate Action Plan and recommendations are presented. The evaluation was conducted by students in the spring 2011 course Practicum in Sustainability: Reducing ...

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Comparative Analysis of Campus Greening Grant Programs at U.S. Post-Secondary Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

This document compares New York University's Green Grants program with twelve similar campus sustainability granting programs within the United States. It has been prepared as part of an internal ...

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A Plan for the Restoration and Revitalization of East Campus Creek

  • James Madison University (VA)

James Madison University's East Campus Creek, an intermittent tributary of Blacks Run and part of the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed, has become degraded as a result of channel reconstruction ...

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NYU LEED NC Pre-Certification Strategies: Opportunities for Streamlining the Green Building Certification Process

  • New York University (NY)

A Student Technical Assistance Team of NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate' Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) was engaged to evaluate four current NYU LEED for New Construction ...

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A Sustainability Fund at Rensselaer: A Policy Analysis and Guide for the Future

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

The sustainability fund, also known as a green fund, has been introduced at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in the past two decades as a methodology ...

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Changes in Student Values and Behaviors: An Outcomes-Based Program Review of the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)

The dual purpose of this research study was to evaluate the sustainability and leadership values and behaviors of current and former students of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership ...

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STARS 2010: A Year in Review

  • AASHE (PA)

This report details the sustainability efforts found in the inaugural submissions to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, Rating & System (STARS), such as sustainability research opportunities, sustainable dining efforts, and campus-wide ...

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Steam Loss in Miami University's Piping System

  • Miami University (OH)

The Physical Facilities department at Miami University has observed a monthly loss of 12-15 million pounds of steam, which translates into a $65,000 loss per month, in the 7 ...

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A Study of the Implementation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

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Key competencies in sustainability: a reference framework for academic program development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The emerging academic field focused on sustainability has been engaged in a rich and converging debate to define what key competencies are considered critical for graduating students to possess. For ...

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2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

Looking through the lens of AASHE Bulletin stories in 2011, this year's review reveals an increased focus on higher education access, affordability, and success; more green building efforts than ...

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Where Meaning Lies: Student Attitudes and Behaviors related to Sustainability in College

  • New York University (NY)

While sustainability is a national priority, an intriguing gap seems to exist between peoples' perceptions of sustainability as an issue and their levels of actual engagement. This study aimed to ...

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2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

Shows that despite national unemployment rates that hovered near 10 percent in 2010, those with positions in the higher education sustainability workforce report a sense of job security and feel ...

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Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

  • Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (DC)

Eight U.S. Catholic organizations published this toolkit in partnership with AASHE. It is designed for Catholic colleges and universities to strengthen Catholic mission and sustainability on campus and publicly ...

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Starting from Scratch: Greening Your Game Day

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)
  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Supported by AASHE, Keep America Beautiful, and the College and University Recycling Coalition, this toolkit provides a guide for institutions of higher education across the country to implement or improve ...

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Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and 10 other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2010 survey of green revolving funds that included 52 institutions ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Taylor University

  • Taylor University (IN)

This is a master's thesis project for the Department of Environmental Science at Taylor University in Upland, IN. It is focused on sustainability which requires considering the social, economic ...

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Student Green Fund Implementation in U.S. Colleges and Universities from 1973-2010

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. The campus sustainability movement, an outgrowth of the ...

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Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action

  • AASHE (PA)

This report is a culmination of the ideas presented during AASHE’s Summit on Sustainability in the Curriculum to address how higher education institutions can further infuse sustainability topics into ...

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Proposal for University of Georgia Energy Reform

  • University of Georgia (GA)

University of Georgia Students for Environmental Action (SEA) created this proposal for presentation to our senior administration as a part of SEA's "UGA Beyond Coal" campaign to replace UGA ...

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UCLA Campus Recycling Action Research Team

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Teams (ART) program gives students the opportunity to form research teams of 5-7 students that tackle issues of campus sustainability such as energy efficiency, transportation, waste ...

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Perception and Organizational Outcomes in Higher Education Sustainability Inquiry

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

The concept of sustainability has become a topic of prime consideration for government and business alike in the 21st century, both in terms of its conceptual definition and practical application ...

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Cross-Border Carbon Footprints: University Study Abroad and Carbon Offsetting Programs

  • American University (DC)

The progress made in the past decade in incorporating higher education institutions into the carbon emissions reduction equation is remarkable. Organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in ...

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H204U: The Culture of Water Consumption at New York University

  • New York University (NY)

While an abundance of information about the negative environmental impacts of bottled water exists, there are few, if any, bottom-up studies of why and how people choose and understand the ...

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Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability: from classroom into the real world

Academic sustainability programs aim to develop key competencies in sustainability, including problem-solving skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with experts and stakeholders. These key competencies may be most fully ...

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Best Practices for Starting Sustainable Food Cooperatives in University Communities

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This study makes recommendations for starting new student-run food co-ops (grocery stores, cafes, delis and other eateries), based on the findings of an investigation on seven co-ops in university communities ...

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