Tools

Introduction

AASHE’s tools library showcases calculators, databases, recognition programs, and other tools that can help advance sustainability in higher education.

At a Glance

64
Total Resources
58
Organizations
8
Countries
21
U.S. States & Territories
1
Canadian Provinces

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64 resources

The Menus of Change Protein Flip Membership Required

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

The Protein Flip, an outcome of the Menus of Change initiative, is available as a resource for foodservice operators of all kinds. This material centers around the concept of “the ...

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Menus of Change Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus Membership Required

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

These principles are part of the Menus of Change initiative by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Sustainability Career Resources List

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This Google sheet lists job boards focused on sustainability as well as related resources.


Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability Resources Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Google doc with links to general resources, scholarly works, STARS data, and campus' websites for case studies on Campus as (Living, Learning) Lab for sustainability. Please feel free to suggest ...

  • Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago
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Waste Audit Training Materials Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Here are the training materials that we use for waste audits at Lehigh.

1) Blood Borne Pathogen Video Presentation - put together by our EH&S department 2) Waste Audit Logistics Powerpoint ...

  • Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago
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Real Food Assessment Tips Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (NC)

This document outlines helpful tips for identifying food and beverage products that meet the Real Food Standards, i.e. products that are fair, ecologically sound, humane, and/or local and ...

  • Posted 3 months, 1 week ago
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Real Food Standards 2.0 Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (NC)

The Real Food Standards are a comprehensive guide to socially and environmentally responsible food purchasing for universities, developed in deep collaboration with advisors and stakeholders - including 100+ farmers, ranchers, fishermen ...

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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...

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American Democracy Project Membership Required

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (DC)

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed ...


Sustainable Communities Program Membership Required

  • Audubon International (NY)

Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program is an international, science-based, third-party certification program that guides communities through a customized journey to become healthy and vibrant places in which to live ...


Safety Advancement Program Membership Required

  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)

CSHEMA’s Safety Advancement Program is designed to help colleges, universities, and other campus environments assess and address health and safety performance. At the core of the Safety Advancement Program ...


Greenhealth Cost of Ownership (GCO) Calculator Membership Required

  • Practice Greenhealth (VA)

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a way for purchasers to assess all the costs associated with a product over its lifetime - from initial purchase through its use, maintenance, and ...


EcoPaper Toolkit for Purchasers Membership Required

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

The EcoPaper Toolkit is a straightforward, comprehensive resource to make it easier to implement a cost-effective, responsible paper policy at any sized institution. It is based on consensus criteria of ...

  • Posted 6 months, 1 week ago
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Health Educators Climate Commitment Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Health Educators Climate Commitment is a pledge by 118 medical, public health, and nursing schools from 15 countries to train their students to address the health impacts of climate ...


Net Zero Water Planning Toolkit Membership Required

  • Brendle Group (CO)

The Net Zero Water (NZW) Planning Toolkit is intended to standardize and simplify water analysis and planning, while also maximizing economic returns and environmental benefits. The toolkit includes four phases ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Implementation Model: Water Hub Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • United States Department of Energy

Emory University’s Water Hub uses on-site, adaptive ecological technology to reclaim up to 400,000 gallons of campus wastewater daily. The system has cut potable water consumption by as ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • United States Department of Energy

UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of ...

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Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website Membership Required

  • American Council on Education (DC)

The Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website from the American Council on Education (ACE) showcases regularly updated featured content on the following campus diversity and inclusion topics:

  • Racial/ethnic minority ...
  • Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool Membership Required

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

The Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool is a free tool designed to enable community colleges to quickly gauge how well they are leading and integrating sustainability and green workforce development ...


Campus Environmental Resource Center (CampusERC) Membership Required

  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)

The Campus Environmental Resource Center - CampusERC - is a library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA and the EPA, the primary audience ...


Solar Market Pathways: Solar for Colleges and Universities Toolkit Membership Required

  • United States Department of Energy

This toolkit provides guidance and resources from Solar Market Pathways projects to inform the development and implementation of targeted solar programs and policies for higher education institutions. Specifically, these resources ...


Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Membership Required

  • Audubon International (NY)

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) is an education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. The “plan-do-check-act” approach of the ...

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The World's Most Sustainable University 2020 + 2050: Creating a Vision for Sustainable Universities Membership Required

  • University of London

A presentation using Prezi that envisions what the sustainability of a university could be in 2020 in comparison with 2050.

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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Green Restaurant Certification for Dining Halls and Restaurants Membership Required

  • Green Restaurant Association (MA)

Search over 500 restaurants to view the thousands of green steps they have implemented. Review the Green Restaurant® Education Section. Use the standards as a guidelines to help you make ...

  • Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
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Recycle Your Plastics Membership Required

  • American Chemistry Council (DC)

RecycleYourPlastics.org is an easy to use resource on plastics recycling for recycling professionals. The site includes resources such as user-friendly tips and tools, best practices, ready access to experts ...

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Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State’s Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability is for sustainability education what the Peterson guides are for birds, trees, or wildflowers. We have designed it to help our faculty ...


Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education Membership Required

  • Campus Compact (MA)

The purpose of this statement is to articulate the commitment of all sectors of higher education, public and private, two- and four-year, to their civic purposes and to identify the ...


Prairie Climate Atlas Membership Required

  • University of Winnipeg (MB)

The new Prairie Climate Atlas is an interactive, online tool that uses climate data, geovisualizations and multimedia to map the dramatic changes predicted for the Canadian Prairies. The Atlas is ...

  • Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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Student Sustainability Advisory Committee Materials Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

A webform was created for an easily accessible application that allowed for extensive outreach. The application did not require any paper usage and allowed for easy organization. The application did ...

  • Posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago
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NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports Membership Required

  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

Welcome to the NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free guide to greening athletics and recreation. Below is some advice for how to navigate this guide and how to ...

  • Posted 11 months, 1 week ago
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Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire)
  • Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education (--None--)

This resource is an attempt to make connections between Education for Sustainability (EfS) and the practice of quality assurance and enhancement in the HE curriculum. It is based on a ...

  • Posted 11 months, 1 week ago
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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Membership Required

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (SC)

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site ...

  • Posted 11 months, 1 week ago
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Sustainability Culture Indicator Membership Required

  • Awake (Victoria)

Developed in 2011 and since used in dozens of organizations around the world, the Sustainability Culture Indicator (SCI) is an online survey which measures the extent to which sustainability is ...

  • Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago
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Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct Salary Database Membership Required

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

This interactive database gives you key data and insights on faculty, staff, and adjunct pay at more than 5,000 colleges and universities.

Explore Chronicle Data today and get industry-wide ...

  • Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago
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Environmental Science and Environmental Law Degrees Membership Required

A degree in Environmental Law is just that, it isn't a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD, it is a “doctor of Law”, or Juris Doctor (JD). You may ...

  • Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
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Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Membership Required

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

The Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Version is intended to help organizations improve the environmental, social, and economic performance within their supply chains—across the entirety of product and ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Challenge the Label Membership Required

  • ISEAL Alliance

Sustainability claims have become widespread in the modern marketplace, and with it greenwashing has expanded. The practice of making empty, unfounded or exaggerated sustainability claims risks alienating buyers committed to ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Water Footprint Calculator Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Learn about the water "hidden" in food, energy and the things you buy. The Water Footprint Calculator provides a snapshot of how your daily activities and routines impact your water ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Seasonal Food Guide Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Use our Seasonal Food Guide to learn when and where produce is at its peak: choose the state and time of year you’re interested in and click 'Go'. By ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Eat Well Guide Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food. Useful for college and university dining services, students, employees and community members.

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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College Affordability and Transparency Center Membership Required

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Choosing an LGBTQ-Friendly College

As a prospective student, it’s your job to find a college where you can thrive. This is particularly important for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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RecycleMania Membership Required

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

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Waste Reduction Model (WARM) Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The US EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM) calculates and totals GHG emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, and landfilling. The model calculates ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Bicycle Friendly University Program Membership Required

  • League of American Bicyclists (DC)

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. Specifically, it evaluates applicants’ efforts to ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the ...

  • Posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago
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Green Gigawatt Partnership Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Green Gigawatt Partnership (GGP) is an effort to catalyze at least one gigawatt of new green power in higher education by recognizing colleges and universities sourcing large-scale renewable energy and ...


Green Power Partnership Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Green Power Partnership is a free, voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the ...


Zero Waste Database Membership Required

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

The mission of this database is to create a useful, comprehensive resource for recycling and waste reduction advocates:

Baseline:  "What practices are out there?  Who and how many are doing ...


BuyingPoultry Membership Required

  • Farm Forward (OR)

BuyingPoultry is a free independent buying guide that cuts through labels and marketing claims and makes it easy to find the highest-welfare products near you.