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.

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Energy conservation attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors in science laboratories

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Energy use per square foot from science research labs is disproportionately higher than that of other rooms in buildings on campuses across the nation. This is partly due to labs ...

  • Posted June 19, 2017
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Employers Expectations of Graduates of Environmental Programs: An Australian Experience

The graduates of Australian tertiary environmental programs have been finding employment, yet there is little information about whether their tertiary experiences were related to the actual needs of their employers ...

  • Posted June 19, 2017
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Education for sustainability in university studies: A model for reorienting the curriculum

A decisive factor for achieving a culture of sustainability is university training for future professionals. The aim of this article is to bring new elements to the process of reorienting ...

  • Posted June 19, 2017
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Curriculum Change in Universities: Conditions that Facilitate Education for Sustainable Development

Many universities have begun to introduce curriculum innovation and change to facilitate the curricular integration of generic skills underlying education for sustainable development (ESD). However, the literature and research in ...

  • Posted June 19, 2017
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Creation of an Innovative Sustainability Science Undergraduate Degree Program: A 10-Step Process

  • Kean University (NJ)

This publication explains the process used at Kean University (New Jersey) to create an innovative undergraduate degree program in sustainability science. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the strong science ...

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Climate Change Research at Universities: Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges

This book provides a multidisciplinary review of current, climate-change research projects at universities around the globe, offering perspectives from all of the natural and social sciences.

Numerous universities worldwide pursue ...

Analyzing Barriers to Energy Conservation in Residences and Offices: The Rewire Program at the University of Toronto

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • University of Toronto (ON)

Conducting a barriers analysis is an important first step when designing proenvironmental behavior change interventions. Yet, detailed information on common barriers to energy conservation campaigns remains unavailable. Using a pair ...

An Introduction to Sustainability Service-Learning Course for the Creation of Sustainable Citizens to Engage Wicked Problems

The current era of American discourse and dialogue is increasingly characterized as becoming less civilized. This lack of civility, whether real or perceived, negatively impacts our ability as a society ...

A persuasive feedback support system for energy conservation and carbon emission reduction in campus residential buildings

There is a need for energy conservation mechanisms, especially in university campuses, as students do not have any direct feedback on their energy consumptions, which leads to excess usages. There ...

A history of the future of higher education for sustainable development

Thirty years of academic dialogue and reinvention about environmental and sustainability education conceals the consistency of rhetoric that literature holds. This paper argues that higher education for sustainable development does ...

What elements in a sustainability course contribute to paradigm change and action competence? A study at Lincoln University, New Zealand

  • Lincoln University, New Zealand

A significant shift in the dominant paradigm governing the relationship of humans with nature and society is crucial in order to change the current unsustainable practices. This article describes a ...

Personal authenticity and political subjectivity in student deliberation in environmental and sustainability education

This study problematizes what is meant when one talks about classroom activities concerning environmental and sustainability issues as being authentic or not. It reports excerpts from three classroom discussions which ...

The relationship between university students’ environmental identity, decision-making process, and behavior

Environmental education scholars have argued for the need to focus on identity as a more predictive factor than attitude of individuals’ environmental behavior. We examine individuals’ decision-making as a mediating ...

Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...

4 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Colleges

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

The average U.S. college student produces 142 pounds of food waste per year, adding up to hundreds of thousands of pounds wasted at each school. According to Julian Dautremont-Smith ...

Curricula for Sustainability in Higher Education

This book presents the curricula necessary for sustainability in higher education. It shows how the learning process is transforming in order to promote sustainability. It prepares administrators, teachers and students ...

Challenges in Higher Education for Sustainability

This book presents the latest advances on the incorporation of sustainability in higher education. Different aspects such as the environmental, economic and social are here discussed. Several examples illustrating how ...

The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a Changing World

  • University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire)

In this book, leading sustainability educators are joined by permaculturists, literary critics, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians and philosophers in a deep reflection on the skills that people need to ...

Teaching for EcoJustice: Curriculum and Lessons for Secondary and College Classrooms

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Teaching for EcoJustice is a resource for exploring the social roots of environmental problems in humanities-based educational settings and a curriculum guidebook for putting EcoJustice Education into practice. It provides ...

Teaching as if Life Matters: The Promise of a New Education Culture

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

What would it be like to teach as if life matters? To move beyond the typical regimen of classroom exercises, homework, and standardized tests and to guide students through life ...

Guide to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

Is every student on your college campus ready to learn? High school grades and/or standardized test scores are often used to answer that question, but those numbers do not ...

Reducing Carbon Emissions in a Third Level Educational Institution in Sub-Sahara Africa

  • Strathmore University

The effort to reduce carbon emissions as the arguably most prevalent cause of global warming has been a positive trend in most African countries. One of the most successful strategies ...

Sustainability on the Other Side of the Stacks An embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office

Sustainability on the Other Side of the Stacks: An embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office By Amy Brunvand, American Libraries, The Scoop [blog], May 22, 2017 (online, part of a ...

Using classroom schedule data to reduce energy consumption

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Most Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC) are designed to provide a ventilation based on the assumption that the rooms are fully occupied, when real occupancy is most often ...

Designing a Photovoltaic Array for Smith College

  • Smith College (MA)

The development of distributed solar energy is an opportunity for individuals and institutions to support the growth of the clean energy economy, lower their carbon footprint, promote energy security, and ...

Reducing the Nitrogen Footprint of a Small Residential College

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The release of reactive nitrogen contributes to its accumulation in the environment, causing a variety of harmful effects. To measure Dickinson College’s contribution to nitrogen pollution, and quantify the ...

Adding a Nitrogen Footprint to Colorado State University’s Sustainability Plan

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a large land grant university with more than 32,000 students, Colorado State University (CSU) has both on-campus non-agricultural and agricultural sources of nitrogen (N) released to the environment ...

Incorporating Sustainability Content and Pedagogy Through Faculty Development

  • James Madison University (VA)

The new Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum increase the availability of faculty development opportunities related to sustainability. Faculty and administrators considering professional development and subsequently design/redesign of courses ...

Comparing Institution Nitrogen Footprints: Metrics for Assessing and Tracking Environmental Impact

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

When multiple institutions with strong sustainability initiatives use a new environmental impact assessment tool, there is an impulse to compare. The first seven institutions to calculate nitrogen footprints using the ...

Assessing the Social and Environmental Costs of Institution Nitrogen Footprints

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

This article estimates the damage costs associated with the institutional nitrogen (N) footprint and explores how this information could be used to create more sustainable institutions. Potential damages associated with ...

Climate Change and the Canadian Higher Education System: An Institutional Policy Analysis

  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Climate change is a pressing concern. Higher education can address the challenge, but systematic analyses of climate change in education policy are sparse. This paper addresses this gap in the ...

Implementing Sustainability Co-Creation between Universities and Society: A Typology-Based Understanding

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

Universities are under mounting pressure to partner with societal stakeholders and organizations to collaboratively create and implement sustainability-advancing knowledge, tools, and societal transformations. Simultaneously, an increasing number of societal organizations ...

Environmental and Economic Perspectives in the Analysis of Two Options for Hand Drying At an University Campus

Environmental criteria can be part of global energy policies for the establishment of support and development actions for different technologies. Minimization of greenhouse gas emissions is a benefit to all ...

Integrated traditional and applied education in a public US university: exploring sustainable cities and regions in classrooms and communities

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Montevallo (AL)

The most effective and promising models for teaching sustainability sciences and studies in a university setting are a topic of vigorous debate. This paper discusses an integrated sustainability curriculum at ...

Integration of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education and research and urban sustainability

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

This article explores the results of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 2012 census of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) baccalaureate and graduate degree programs and the ...

Enhancing climate change adaptation: strategies for community engagement and university-community partnerships

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This paper discusses current opportunities for universities to partner with local governments and NGOs to support local level adaptation to climate change and a proposed ten-stage model which delineates the ...

Work-based learning as a catalyst for sustainability: a review and prospects

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the continuing dearth of scholarship about the role of work-based learning in education for sustainable development, and particularly the urgent demands ...

Critical attributes of Sustainability in Higher Education: a categorisation from literature review

  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina)

Sustainability in Higher Education has been investigated mainly through examining institutional approaches, curricula content, or students' and teachers' perceptions of sustainability in practice. However, a deep characterisation of the foundations ...

Relocating Education for Sustainability: From the campus to the community

  • Kent State University (OH)

For 25 years, higher education has been challenged to provide a path toward sustainability. This challenge is both lofty and necessary. During this time, higher education has yet to make ...

Funding Strategies for Non-Traditional University MS4 Stormwater Programs

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Stormwater programs have historically been stymied by lack of proper funding resources. Unlike drinking water and sanitary sewer utility services that long ago transitioned to enterprise funds, a stormwater utility ...

The University of Virginia as a Living Lab for Solar Energy

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Over the next five years, The University of Virginia hopes to install 1-2 megawatts of solar PV on grounds. To help prioritize projects, UVA turned to the School of Engineering ...

Does Social Justice Knowledge Matter in Sustainable Business Education?

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

There is a growing social justice movement in the United States in response to perceptions of increasing inequality, as illustrated by recent minimum wage protests and the Occupy Wall Street ...

Wind Power Feasibility Study for Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

Based on two years of site-specific wind speed measurements and actual power curve performance estimates of five commercial wind turbines, a feasibility study of wind-power potential near Ball State University ...

Applying a transportation rating system to advance sustainability evaluation, planning and partnership

  • James Madison University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe a pilot application of the Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System (STARS), and highlight how a sustainability rating system can be ...

Using role-playing games to broaden engineering education

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose: In today’s complex society, there is an increasing demand to include a wider set of skills in engineering curricula, especially skills related to policy, society and sustainable development ...

Transition communities and the glass ceiling of environmental sustainability policies at three universities

  • University of Edinburgh

Purpose: This paper deals with the experiences of three European universities that have implemented transition initiatives, using the Transition Network’s methodology to promote their sustainability plans. The Transition Communities ...

An auto-photographic study of undergraduate students’ conceptions of ocean sustainability

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate students’ understandings of ocean sustainability and the pedagogical influence of higher education on those conceptions.

Design/methodology/approach: The conceptions of ...

Stakeholders’ perception of sustainability orientation within a major Romanian University

Purpose: The research attempts to aim to evaluate the perception that different stakeholder groups have of one of the largest and most important Romanian university with respect to its sustainability ...

Greening the campus intentions: a study of the University of the Aegean non-academic staff

Purpose: This study aims to focus on the University of Aegean’s non-academic staff’s environmental sustainability attitudes and behavior both at work and at home, their perceptions for sustainability ...

A comparative study of the efficacy of intervention strategies on student electricity use in campus residence halls

  • Radford University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether, and how, electricity consumption by students in university residence halls were impacted through three intervention strategies.

Design/methodology/approach: The ...