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

2226
Total Resources
1013
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.

2226 resources

The Construction of an Environmental Management Model Based on Sustainability Indicators on a Higher Education Institution in Mexico

Without depreciating the importance of environmental regulations directed to university environmental managements systems in this country, nowadays, the instruments of international importance like the Sustainable Development Goals or ONU’s ...


Evaluation of teaching approach and student learning in a multidisciplinary sustainable engineering course

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Teaching sustainability concepts to multidisciplinary classes of engineering students is challenging due to their diverse background and discipline-specific skill set and the interdisciplinary nature of the sustainability issues at stake ...


The relationship between corporate social responsibility, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment: Case of Pakistani higher education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Despite significant economic and social importance, corporate social responsibility in Pakistan has not been examined extensively yet. Many universities in the globe have also incorporated this corporate concept into their ...


Review on integrating sustainability knowledge into architectural education: Practice in the UK and the USA

  • University of Malaya

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development steered by The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) since 2005 ended in 2014. It looked into the ...


Are we educating engineers for sustainability?: Comparison between obtained competences and Swedish industry's needs

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose – The aim of this study is to contribute to the quality improvement and long‐term strategic development of education for sustainable development (ESD) in engineering education curricula.

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A New Era of Sustainability: CEO reflections on progress to date, challenges ahead and the impact of the journey toward a sustainable economy.

This report describes the results of a survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact member CEOs. Findings include:

  • 93 percent of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s ...

Responding to environmental challenges: an initial assessment of higher education curricula needs by Australian planning professionals

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Environmental planning education has become crucial given the projected implications of climate change for human settlements and nature. However, despite the identified importance of educating planners with regards to sustainability ...


Education for Sustainability, Graduate Capabilities, Professional Employment: How They All Connect

  • RMIT University

Education for Sustainability (EfS) has an intimate relationship with professional employment as we seek to develop graduates who will take EfS values and understanding into their workplaces to build a ...


Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance

It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings tangible and useful outcomes in terms of understanding and skills, and also reinforces the ...


Connecting curriculum, capabilities and careers

  • RMIT University

Purpose

The reported research aims to examine the extent to which sustainability capabilities have been delivered by a specific example of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Education for Sustainable Development ...


Educating the Aware, Informed and Action-Oriented Sustainable Citizen

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The Introduction to Sustainability course at the University of Iowa seeks to educate the aware, informed and action-oriented sustainable citizen. A phenomenographic analysis and retrospective pretest were utilized to determine ...


Evolution and structure of sustainability science

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The concepts of sustainable development have experienced extraordinary success since their advent in the 1980s. They are now an integral part of the agenda of governments and corporations, and their ...


Profiling Sustainability Curriculum in AACSB Schools

  • University of Mary Washington (VA)

This article describes the landscape of Sustainability Curriculum being used across the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)–accredited schools in the United States on the basis of ...


Institutionalizing interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum at a large, research-intensive university: challenges and opportunities

  • University of Utah (UT)

As universities and colleges seek to integrate sustainability into a broad range of programs, degrees, and certificates, they must overcome traditional academic silos, disciplinary boundaries, and funding constraints. This requires ...


Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America

  • Berea College (KY)

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of ...


College and University Sustainability Officers' Experiences with Green Office Programs: A Qualitative Investigation

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The number of sustainability programs in higher education continues to increase. Green office programs have become a cornerstone of sustainability programming on college and university campuses across the country. This ...


2015 National Solar Jobs Census

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...


Pedagogy of Passion for Sustainability

  • Concordia University (QC)

Our current practices in teaching sustainable management are replete with scientific facts, analytical tools, optimization models, and management techniques. The key pedagogical goal is to help students intellectually understand and ...


Sustainability as a provocation to rethink management education: Building a progressive educative practice

  • University of Guelph (ON)
  • York University (ON)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

An important aim of critical management education is to stand in critique of mainstream educative practice, while engaging in ideas of new possibility and proposals for alternative action. Opportunities for ...


The Role of Transacademic Interface Managers in Transformational Sustainability Research and Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Working towards sustainable solutions requires involving professionals and stakeholders from all sectors of society into research and teaching. This often presents a challenge to scholars at universities, as they lack ...


Hard Times in Higher Education: The Closure of Subject Centres and the Implications for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Within many British Universities and, indeed, across higher education internationally, how best to provide education for sustainable development (ESD) has become an increasingly important issue. There is now a widespread ...


Utilizing international networks for accelerating research and learning in transformational sustainability science

  • University of Tokyo
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Lund University
  • Maastricht University
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Arizona State University (AZ)

A promising approach for addressing sustainability problems is to recognize the unique conditions of a particular place, such as problem features and solution capabilities, and adopt and adapt solutions developed ...

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Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

We characterize rates of intergenerational income mobility at each college in the United States using administrative data for over 30 million college students from 1999-2013. We document four results. First ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Assessment of carbon neutrality and sustainability in educational campuses (CaNSEC): A general framework

  • TERI School of Advanced Studies

This study presents the cross-institutional Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability in Educational Campuses (CaNSEC) framework. This framework estimates carbon footprints along with overall sustainability of the institution. The carbon footprint analysis ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Success in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

  • University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

The complexity of sustainable development and societal transitions require both analytical understandings of how coupled human-environment systems function and transdisciplinary science-to-practice approaches. The academic discourse has advanced in developing a ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Neoliberalism, new public management and the sustainable development agenda of higher education: history, contradictions and synergies

This paper explores the ideological and the practical relationship between neoliberalism and New Public Management (NPM) and the sustainable development agenda of western higher education. Using the United Kingdom and ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a census of high-level sustainability initiatives at all accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada by documenting the institutions that have undertaken sustainability assessments, have ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Learning for resilience, or the resilient learner? Towards a necessary reconciliation in a paradigm of sustainable education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This explorative paper works across discourses to suggest the possibility and potential of an integrative paradigm for sustainability education that reconciles instrumental and intrinsic educational traditions, informed and infused by ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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"Environmental awareness" and rock climbing: changing pedagogies to enhance pro-environmental graduate attributes

Geography has long been seen as having a central role in education for sustainable development, and yet the degree to which a geographical education translates to personal capacities for action ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Is it even espoused? An exploratory study of commitment to sustainability as evidenced in vision, mission, and graduate attribute statements in Australian universities

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

Since Agenda 21 and the United Nations' Decade for Education for Sustainable Development published, higher education institutions have been recognized as playing a critical role in shifting our society's ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Framing for sustainability: the impact of language choice on educational outcomes

  • University of Utah (UT)

Because what people do is not based entirely on what they know, the way educators frame sustainability concepts is critical. Framing influences recognized antecedents of pro-environmental behavior such as attitudes ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Language Fouls in Teaching Ecology: Why Traditional Metaphors Undermine Conservation Literacy

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Utah State University (UT)

We believe that the language commonly used in teaching actually hinders the creation of conservation literacy. We examined four frequently used ecology and environmental studies textbooks and considered the ways ...

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Disrupting neoliberal discourse in critical sustainability education: a qualitative analysis of intentional language framing

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • University of Utah (UT)

While education for sustainability is a critical task that is gaining ground in a plethora of educational contexts, it is frequently rendered ineffective in the face of neoliberal practice and ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Exploring a transformative orientation to sustainability in universities: a question of loose and tight framings

This review essay examines three new books on higher education and sustainability. It explores a number of the issues raised in the books, in particular, the meaning of a transformative ...

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Measuring the linkage between strategies on sustainability and institutional forces: an empirical study of Spanish universities

Policy documents are commonly identified as key outcomes that guide initiatives directed by senior university leaders towards sustainability through plans and policies. Many studies have called for a more integration ...

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Factors influencing the presence of sustainability initiatives in the strategic planning of Spanish universities

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions have attracted increasing levels of attention from both the public and policy-makers in recent decades. Many studies have called for greater integration of sustainability ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

How do we equip learners with the values, knowledge, skills, and motivation to help achieve economic, social and ecological well-being? How can universities make a major contribution towards a more ...

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Energy Efficiency Jobs in America

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues Into Institutional Investment: A Handbook for Colleges and Universities

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • Amnesty International

The purpose of this handbook is to assist colleges and universities in implementing investment policies that consider environmental, social, and governance issues. Each section of the handbook supports the development ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Student Interest for Environment/Sustainability Undergraduate Programmes: Recent Australian Experience

  • RMIT University

Increasingly, employers are seeing the need to have employees who have capabilities in sustainability. The hope is that there will be a sufficient number of appropriately educated people to enter ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Educating for Sustainability: 2017 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and GULF Universities

  • International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) (MA)

This report, which was released in conjuction with the 2017 World Economic Forum, contains case studies on educating for sustainability provided by 30 members of the International Sustainable Campus Network ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Business sustainability and undergraduate management education: an Australian study

The academic literature arguing that there is an urgent requirement for businesses to become more sustainable is rapidly expanding. There is also a demonstrated need for managers to develop a ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Towards a vision of a sustainable university

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Sustainable development is the biggest challenge to universities in the twenty‐first century. As many different definitions and interpretations of the concept exist, it is not surprising that the strategies ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Benchmarking presidents’ compensations in institutions of higher education relative to sustainability and other institutional practices

  • Rowan University (NJ)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the strategic effects of academic institutional factors including environmental, social, and economic sustainability indices on the compensation of the president of ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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A review of commitment and implementation of sustainable development in higher education: results from a worldwide survey

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Monterrey
  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • KU Leuven
  • Utrecht University

During the last two decades, many higher education institutions have become involved in embedding sustainable development into their academic systems. The research for this paper was built upon discussions on ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Students' Perspectives on an Innovative Approach to Educational Change

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Problem statement: With Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) being an innovative approach to educational change, its principal objective is students’ development of transformation competencies. However, HESD evaluations hardly consider ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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