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

1780
Total Resources
764
Organizations
54
Countries
51
U.S. States & Territories
7
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.

1780 resources

2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

  • United States Department of Energy

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs

  • Environmental Defense Fund (NC)

This report examines the growth of sustainability jobs in the United States. Key findings include:

  • Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce across multiple ...
  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Going Green and Using Less Paper to Print Exams: Student Performance, Completion Time, and Preference

  • Providence College (RI)

Two studies measured the impact on student exam performance and exam completion time of strategies aimed to reduce the amount of paper used for printing multiple-choice course exams. Study 1 ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Integrating Sustainability Into Management Education: A Dean's Perspective

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The integration of sustainability and environmental ethics into management education has improved in the past decade. This is partly a response to external pressure, as societal concerns about sustainability grow ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Environmental education for the masses: lessons from a large, general enrollment environmental studies course

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

One critical tool for creating an environmentally literate citizenry is to reach students other than those in environmental-related majors in the form of the university-level large introductory environmental studies course ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Writing to learn ecology: a study of three populations of college students

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College (MN)

Being an ecologically literate citizen involves making decisions that are based on ecological knowledge and accepting responsibility for personal actions. Using writing-to-learn activities in college science courses, we asked students ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here?

  • University of Montana (MT)

Numerous scholars have argued that the terms environmental literacy, ecological literacy, and ecoliteracy have been used in so many different ways and/or are so all-encompassing that they have very ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Teaching with principles: Toward more effective pedagogy in ecology

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

Ecology is a complex and dynamic field and, as communicators of our discipline, faculty should be able to define a set of core principles that underpin and create ecological pattern ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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The role of field exercises in ecological learning and values education: action research on the use of campus wetlands

Providing undergraduate biology students with ecological knowledge and environmental awareness is critical for developing professionalism in sustainable development. In addition to the cognitive and psychomotor development, outdoor ecological exercises combining ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Solid waste characterization and recycling potential for a university campus

Integrated waste management systems are one of the greatest challenges for sustainable development. For these systems to be successful, the first step is to carry out waste characterization studies. In ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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Greening academia: Use and disposal of mobile phones among university students

  • University of Southampton

Mobile phones have relatively short lifecycles and are rapidly seen as obsolete by many users within little over a year. However, the reusability of these devices as well as their ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2017
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University Reputations and the Public: A Roadmap for Higher Education Leaders

Edelman, a public relations firm, surveyed academics and the general public to understand how the U.S. public evaluates the reputations of higher education institutions, and how these reputational drivers ...

  • Posted Sept. 18, 2017
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Developing strategies and leaders to succeed in a new era of sustainability: Findings and insights from the United Nations Global Compact‐Accenture CEO Study

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify leading CEOs’ views on sustainability and how they believe it is impacting the business environment, with a particular focus on the ...

  • Posted Sept. 18, 2017
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Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector

The guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights the role universities specifically in Australia, New Zealand ...

  • Posted Sept. 18, 2017
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Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective

The International Association of Universities (IAU), a membership organization, which brings together about 650 higher education institutions and organizations from some 130 countries, launched its first Global Survey on the ...

  • Posted Sept. 18, 2017
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Hospitality employers’ perceptions of technology for sustainable development: The implications for graduate employability

This paper investigates hospitality employers’ perspectives of two key interdisciplinary subjects, i.e. sustainable development and information technology in the context of hospitality education, particularly graduate employability. A qualitative approach ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Solar Training and Hiring Insights 2017

This report aims to increase understanding of U.S. solar training, hiring practices, and market trends to help the industry make better, more informed decisions. It aggregates and analyzes data ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Solar Energy Technology Licensed

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

A new licensing deal between the University of California, Davis and Q1 NanoSystems has established terms for exclusive licensing of a package of jointly-owned intellectual property stemming from inventions both ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Sustainability in the Higher Education System: An Opportunity to Improve Quality and Image

In view of the increasing importance attributed to social responsibility and stakeholder relationship management, more universities have expanded their research topics and their educational programs through the years. High attention ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2017
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Identifying the role of conservation biology for solving the environmental crisis

Humans are altering their living environment to an extent that could cause environmental collapse. Promoting change into environmental sustainability is therefore urgent. Despite a rapid expansion in conservation biology, appreciation ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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University community responses to on-campus resource recycling

  • Massey University

In order to gain a better understanding of the attitudes and behaviour of a campus community toward a university concourse-based recycling scheme, a survey of 1400 students and staff, at ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Study of Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies

  • Antioch University, Seattle (WA)

As evidence of the earth's limited capacity to sustain human life mounts, institutions of higher education are being looked to for leadership in the effort to educate students about ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Embedding sustainability in higher education through interaction with lecturers: Case studies from three European technical universities

  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Technical University of Delft
  • Chalmers University of Technology

In this paper, three universities compare their work on the integration of sustainable development into their educational programmes. The purpose is to show examples of how this can be done ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Evaluating education for sustainable development (ESD): using Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes toward the Sustainable Development (EAATSD) scale

With the emergence of education for sustainable development (ESD), robust literature on ethics and ESD has emerged; however, ecocentric perspective developed within environmental ethics is marginalized in current ESDebate. The ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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Affordability in Higher Education

The affordability of higher education is one of the most pressing challenges to college and university leaders and politicians. Meanwhile, students and parents face their own hurdles paying for college ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2017
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2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2017 staffing survey report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities, providing insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges and more. This year’s survey ...

  • Posted Sept. 1, 2017
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Education for Sustainable Development: An Empirical Study of the Tensions and Challenges Faced by Geography Student Teachers

  • University of Oxford

This is a qualitative study of the challenges identified by geography student teachers in their learning to teach about education for sustainable development in English secondary schools. The student teachers ...

  • Posted Aug. 31, 2017
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A review of transdisciplinary research in sustainability science

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Achieving the goal of sustainability requires understanding and management of unprecedented and interconnected challenges. A transdisciplinary approach is a key component of sustainability science. However, there are considerable barriers to ...

  • Posted Aug. 31, 2017
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The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know

Taken from the Aug. 10, 2017 press release (linked at the bottom):

An old and familiar poison is being spread on college campuses these days: the idea that America should ...

  • Posted Aug. 31, 2017
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Walking the Eco-Talk Movement Higher Education Institutions as Sustainability Incubators

  • Edgewood College (WI)

Management scholars can have a major impact on advancing environmental sustainability by focusing on their own home institutions. A “four-type” sustainability action model is presented to foster thinking about how ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Globalization and environmental education: looking beyond sustainable development

This study contends that environmental education is being significantly altered by globalizing forces, witnessing the effort to convert environmental education into education for sustainable development. This internationally propagated conversion can ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Fear Appeals and College Students’ Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Toward Global Warming

This study used Witte's extended parallel process model to examine the relationships between the use of fear appeals and college students’ attitudes and behavioral intentions toward global warming. A ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Sustainability and Higher Education: From arborescent to rhizomatic thinking

  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)

Currently, global society is delicately poised on a civilisational threshold similar to that of the feudal era. This is a time when outmoded institutions, values, and systems of thought and ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Sustainability: A Touchstone Concept for University Operations, Education, and Research

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Many, both within and outside the university, argue that we need a new paradigm to guide society in the 21st century--a paradigm organized around the principle of "sustainability." Although there ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Community responses to the removal of bottled water on a university campus

Purpose

This paper aimed to examine the impact of the removal of bottled water on the campus community. This paper presents the findings of a survey conducted at the first ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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From Talloires to Turin: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Declarations for Sustainability in Higher Education

Declarations for sustainability in higher education are often seen as a set of guiding principles that aid institutions of higher learning to incorporate the concept of sustainability into their various ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Comparing different measures of affective attributes relating to sustainability

  • University of Otago
  • Otago Polytechnic

A survey was developed to benchmark the affective sustainability characteristics of an incoming cohort of students in a Polytechnic in New Zealand, with the intention to monitor changes in these ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Processes, strategies and practices for turning the University of Crete into a sustainable university

In this paper, we look at the University of Crete experience to integrate the concept of sustainable development across all its operations. Through a review of current sustainability practices of ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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The Students’ Survey of Education for Sustainable Development Competencies: A Comparison Among Faculties

  • Universita degli Studi di Padova

The paper reports research employing a quantitative approach to investigating the competences of university students about educating for sustainable development (ESD). Participants were 467 bachelor students of the following five ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Global perspectives: aligning agendas?

  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • University of London

In recent years there has been a growth in interest amongst a number of universities in the UK and elsewhere in the world on reflecting upon the contribution of higher ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Assessing the Higher Education Sector’s Use of Renewable Energy

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

This article explores the extent to which U.S.-based institutions of higher education have engaged in voluntary purchases and production of renewable energy. Understanding these efforts is important in ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Mapping Sustainability Assessment and Reporting in the UK Tertiary Education: A Whole-institution Perspective on Sustainability Assessment and Reporting Tools

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A plethora of assessment and reporting ‘tools’1 has become available for the improvement of sustainability performance in Further and Higher Education(FHE). As the profile of sustainability ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Assessing sustainability in higher education curricula: A critical reflection on validity issues

While curricular assessments can give insight as to the extent sustainability is integrated into higher education study programs, issues remain regarding how assessments are conducted. Previous research has identified and ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A practical guide for institutions

  • UNESCO

This Guide is designed to help leaders and practitioners of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in improving their understanding and implementation of education for sustainable development (ESD) using ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Opportunity and Obligation: A Role for Outdoor Educators in the Sustainability Revolution

A primary educational challenge of the 21st century is to inspire students to become socially and ecologically conscientious citizens who are empowered, responsible members of the larger world. Outdoor educators ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Impact of a Wilderness Orientation Program on College Student's Life Effectiveness

Wilderness based outdoor orientation programs have been offered at colleges and universities to incoming freshmen since the 1930s. Although these programs appear to impact students in a positive way (e ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Tracking the Carbon Footprint of Outdoor Recreation Programs: A Case Study of Texas Tech University's Outdoor Pursuits Center

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Outdoor leaders are already sensitive to the ethics of immediate actions related to use and care of wilderness areas. Considering the impact of our activities on global climate, however, requires ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Effects of a College Course About Food and Society on Students' Eating Behaviors

  • Stanford University (CA)

This paper aims to examine whether an innovative educational course focused on societal-level issues related to food and food production (Food and Society) would promote healthful eating among college students.

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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