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

2173
Total Resources
985
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.

2173 resources

Organizing Residence Hall Conservation Competitions: A Guide for Students

  • Furman University (SC)

Since as early as 1990, colleges and universities have been holding competitions to encourage energy and water conservation and waste reduction in college residences. These competitions reward on-campus residents for ...

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SOGreen: An environmental undertaking for the School of Government

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

In January of 2008, four Masters of Public Administration students launched the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's (SOG) initiative towards more sustainable facilities and operations: "SOGreen." The School of ...

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The Role of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Empire State College (NY)

Colleges and universities are often thought of as the places where young people pursue their educations, graduate and then enter the work force, but they are much more. With populations ...

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Going Beyond Green: Integrating Sustainability into the Marketing Curriculum

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

Teaching sustainable marketing practices requires that curricula advocate a “triple bottom line” approach to personal and marketing decision making, emphasizing requirements for a sustainable lifestyle, company, economy, and society. These ...

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On-Campus Solar Photovoltaic: A Best Practices Guide

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sunlight is an abundant source of energy that will be around for years to come. While non-renewable fuels, for the time being, are far cheaper, and burn relatively efficiently, their ...

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Policy and Behaviour: Exploring Energy Use by Computers in the Marion McCain Building

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Our research explores the overnight energy consumption of computers in one Dalhousie computer lab, room 2019 in the Marion McCain building. Our research had three objectives. The first was to ...

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Wood Pellets for UBC Boilers Replacing Natural Gas

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This report studies the feasibility of replacing natural gas with wood pellets for UBC boilers. A gasification system is proposed to be installed in the UBC boiler house to convert ...

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Designing a Social Online Network: Decreasing Fragmentation in the UBC Student Led Sustainability Movement

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia has recognized sustainability as being a prominent issue over the past decade, and has become a leader in advocating sustainable practices. Although the University has ...

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Towards regenerative development: A methodology for university campuses to become more sustainable, with a focus on the University of South Florida

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The administrations of several universities have developed strategies to reduce the negative environmental effects created by their institutions. Because no single, comprehensive methodology to guide institutions to sustainability exists, these ...

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Environmental Ethics and the Culture of Sustainability at Santa Clara University

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Though Santa Clara University has made a strong commitment to sustainability—one that impacts University spending, building, and planning—little information exists on to what extent and in what forms ...

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Feasibility of Green Building at WPI

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

College campuses, with significant numbers of older facilities, have the opportunity to lead the green building movement while reaping economic, health, environmental, educational, and marketing benefits. This project assessed the ...

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Strategies for Carbon Neutrality

More than 400 colleges and universities have committed to addressing climate change in a meaningful way, including exploring strategies for becoming climate neutral. Since there is no blueprint for achieving ...

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AASHE Digest 2008

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 1,350 stories that illustrate the continued expansion of sustainability practices into every sector of campus. Initiatives from nearly 700 institutions are organized into 28 chapters, spanning education ...

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The Impact of Carbon Sequestration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

Sequestration Project Focus: As part of our requirements for the course RS 599: Methods and Applications in Regenerative Systems, our group was charged with researching carbon sequestration on campus. This ...

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A university's responsibility to campus sustainability: An analysis of the social and fiduciary responsibilities associated with sustainable building

  • Florida State University (FL)

This study deals with a university's responsibility to adopt sustainable practices in both education and building. The study places emphasis on both the social and fiduciary responsibilities that affect ...

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Sustainable Transportation Policy at Cal Poly Pomona: An Alternative Outlook

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

This report documents an initiative to create a sustainable transportation policy that would reduce the amounts of students who travel to campus alone by private vehicle at California Polytechnic University ...

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Carbon Neutral U

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)

In the age of global warming, the greening of the American college campus is a largely grassroots effort driven by students, faculty, and in-house staff dedicated to sustainable thinking.

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Interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on Federal Support for Campus Sustainability

  • AASHE (PA)

In late December, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law. The Act included language introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) that authorizes $250 million annually ...

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The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability

This sustainability anthology explores the meaning of genuine environmental sustainability—in global and local terms—while profiling excellent campus environmental programs. The book offers guidance and inspiration to campus leaders ...

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University Reform in an Era of Global Warming

In order to address global warming and other environmental issues in higher education, there must be a change in the role of the university. Many of the cultural assumptions and ...

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Green Campus Success in 30 Minutes or Less!

Ways to teach your students about every area of sustainability in which they can make a difference on campus. Use email/text message tips as way to get to students ...

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Simulating energy efficiency in laboratory buildings

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Today's laboratory buildings are large consumers of energy. The ventilation requirements of these buildings mandate that large quantities of outside air be brought into the building. The advent of ...

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2008 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

Provides information about the roles, salaries, and positions of college and university sustainability officers. The report includes data about when and why sustainability officer positions were formed, primary job duties ...

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Organizing an Effective Campus Energy Program: Lessons from the University at Buffalo

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The first step a campus should take to become green is to reinforce, reinvigorate, and expand its energy conservation program. Energy consumption produces the most significant environmental impacts associated with ...

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Striving for Climate Neutrality on Campus: 7 Steps to Writing a Climate Action Plan for a Reduced Carbon Footprint

  • Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (MA)

A climate action plan (CAP) is a university-sanctioned strategic infrastructure planning document that provides a roadmap for achieving a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target. It provides the decision-making framework to ...

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Higher Education in a Warming World - The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This richly detailed guide to climate action at colleges and universities focuses on the numbers -- with examples showing how schools cut emissions, saved money and made a difference. It gives ...

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Social Marketing as a Means to Influence Student Behavior Towards Energy Conservation

  • University of Mary Washington (VA)

Social marketing is one of many approaches to changing behavioral patterns. In this paper, the specific behavior is electricity conservation and the social marketing is provided by NORESCO, one of ...

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Best Practices Guide for Purchasing Green Power

  • Energy Action Coalition

Many colleges and universities are searching for ways to improve their sustainability performance. One popular method to demonstrate commitment to the sustainability is green power purchasing. Purchasing green power is ...

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Sustainable SCU: An Analysis of Santa Clara University's Current and Future Energy Usage

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The goal of this project was to assess the effectiveness of Santa Clara University's Sustainability Program in conserving energy and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). The study found ...

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Organizational networks as catalysts for strategic sustainable development

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

In an increasingly connected and interdependent world, the global sustainability challenge needs to be addressed by organizational networks from a whole-systems perspective. This study explores organizations through the lens of ...

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Alternative Class Scheduling

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona has the ability of reducing their 2010 emissions by 5% of the class set baseline by using a bottom up multi-faceted strategic approach. A combination ...

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Signaling Change: Studying the effect of price signals on disposable hot beverage cup consumption

  • Tufts University (MA)

Every year, American food service businesses give away over 52 billion disposable paper coffee cups. Interestingly enough, the monetary and environmental costs of the production, purchase, and disposal of these ...

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Food and Fuel: Biogas Potential at Broward Dining Hall

  • University of Florida (FL)

Biogas, a sustainable natural gas equivalent, can be produced from food waste using anaerobic digestion. Large amounts of food waste are produced at campus dining halls. The goals of the ...

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Developing a Climate Action Plan for UNH: Analysis, Collaboration and Implementation

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Under its American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment obligation, the University of New Hampshire is developing a climate action plan to address the threat of global climate change by ...

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Benefits of Compact Fluorescent Lights in Residence Life Housing at Arkansas State University: Students Take Action

  • Arkansas State University (AR)

The technology of electricity production has liberated man from darkness (i.e. usage of the candles, and the lanterns), but some repercussions accompany this technology. According to the Department of ...

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Tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions on College Campuses in the U.S.

  • Harvard University (MA)

This paper discusses the methodology behind reporting an institution (or regional) greenhouse gas inventory; explaining the scope of emissions included in GHG inventories, standards and variations in reporting GHG inventories ...

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An optimal investment tool for "greening the campus"

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Buildings consume about 40% of total global energy production, and their greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste generation constitute a major part of global environmental impacts. Current "greening the built ...

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Earth Day as a Catalyst for Campus Environmental Leadership

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This paper explores the impact of Earth Day on the development of campus environmental leadership. Personal narratives on the significance of Earth Day are presented in a series of interviews ...

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U.S. higher education and global climate change: An exploration of institutional factors that affect greenhouse gas emissions

  • Tufts University (MA)

In this study, I explored the differences between greenhouse gas emissions of different colleges and universities in the U.S.A. and analyzed some of the factors that might explain ...

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Going Green on Campus: Sustainability in Offices at Santa Clara University

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

A group of students enrolled in Santa Clara University's Applied Sociology course Fall 2007 conducted both a survey and individual interviews with office administrators to collect data on what ...

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A Commitment to Climate Neutrality at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: Environmental urgency and financial prudence

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

In the past year, the ambitious goal of climate neutrality has exploded out of the higher education sustainability movement, with over 450 schools, including the entire University of Massachusetts system ...

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Conserving Energy in Existing Buildings: A Case Study of Purdue University's Residence Halls

  • Purdue University (IN)

Residence halls are a good example of potential for energy savings in large buildings with varied and complex usage like hotels, youth hostels, and apartment complexes. In such settings, motivating ...

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Calvin College Carbon Neutrality Project

  • Calvin College (MI)

In Fall 2007, students in two capstone courses at Calvin College were challenged with the question "What would it take to make Calvin College carbon neutral?" Twenty-four Engineering and Biology ...

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From principle to product: Exploring process through the Solar Decathlon

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The premise of this thesis is to examine the process and development of the evolution of words into built form. The abstract principle followed through the design process is the ...

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Sustainability of Western Kentucky University: An examination of environmental policy, performance, and potential for change

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Institutions of higher learning are in a pivotal position to address the environmental problems that global society faces now, but response to this challenge requires transformation in priorities and practices ...

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The Politics and Economics of Parking on Campus

Universities have tried almost every possible way to deal with the shortage of campus parking: lotteries, hunting licenses, first-come-first-served, waiting lists, seniority, and need-based systems. As another way to eliminate ...

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A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Food Alliance (OR)
  • Health Care Without Harm (VA)
  • Institute for Agricultural Trade and Policy (DC)
  • Portland State University (OR)

This guide is intended to help universities, colleges, hospitals, and other institutions - as well as those advocating for food system change - create, promote and implement practical sustainable food purchasing policies ...

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Environmental management accounting within universities: current state and future potential

  • RMIT University

Environmental management accounting (EMA) is attracting increased recognition as a management tool that assists in improving financial and environmental performance through enhanced environmental accountability. Various industries have been included in ...

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report 1995-2005

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

This report summarizes Cal Poly Pomona’s anthropogenic green house gas emissions for fiscal years 1995-2005. The inventory process is a first step towards quantifying the environmental impact of the ...

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Carbon Neutrality Makes the Grade

Business schools are enlisting students' help in developing their own carbon-neutral schemes, and they may develop leaders of tomorrow's sustainable economies.

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