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

92
Total Resources
84
Organizations
7
Countries
23
U.S. States & Territories
4
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.

92 resources

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

  • 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 ...


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

  • University of London

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


Green Restaurant Certification for Dining Halls and Restaurants

  • 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 ...


Recycle Your Plastics

  • 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 ...


Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


Student Sustainability Advisory Committee Materials

  • 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 ...


NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports

  • 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 ...


Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • 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 ...


U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

  • 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 ...


Sustainability Culture Indicator

  • 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 ...


Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct Salary Database

  • 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 ...


Environmental Science and Environmental Law Degrees

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 ...


Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

  • 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 ...


Challenge the Label

  • 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 ...


Water Footprint Calculator

  • 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 ...


Seasonal Food Guide

  • 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 ...


Eat Well Guide

  • 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.


College Affordability and Transparency Center

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 ...


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 ...


RecycleMania

  • 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 ...


Waste Reduction Model (WARM)

  • 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 ...


Bicycle Friendly University Program

  • 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 ...


ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • 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 ...


Green Power Partnership

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


Scope 3 Evaluator

  • World Resources Institute (DC)
  • Quantis

To help facilitate the adoption of the Scope 3 Standard, GHG Protocol teamed up with Quantis to develop this free scope 3 screening tool. This tool provides users a simple ...


Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)

  • Conservation International
  • United Nations Environment Programme

IBAT for Research and Conservation Planning is an innovative tool designed to facilitate access to a range of global and national data layers, such as protected area boundaries, biological information ...


i-Tree: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests

  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)
  • USDA (IL)

i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to ...


AWS International Water Stewardship Standard

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) is an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship criteria and indicators for how water should be stewarded at ...


IPaC: Information for Planning and Conservation

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

IPaC is a project planning tool that allows the user to:

  • See if any threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds or other natural resources may be impacted by ...


Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

  • World Resources Institute (DC)

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The Atlas uses a robust ...


Food Recovery Verified

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Food Recovery Verified (FRV) is a program of Food Recovery Network that recognizes institutions, businesses and events for sending their surplus food to people, not landfills.


List of Universities with Bicycle Sharing Programs

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Editable Google Doc containing a list of universities with bike sharing programs, including funding information, year started, and additional notes. Feel free to add your campus bicycle sharing program to ...


Food Recovery Challenge

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials ...


Real Food Calculator

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Calculator is a tool for tracking institutional purchasing over time. College and University students in the U.S. use the Real Food Calculator as a platform for ...


Living Wage Calculator

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The Living Wage Calculator (U.S.) was first created in 2004 by Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The living wage model is an alternative measure ...


Campus Carbon Calculator

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The Campus Carbon Calculator (CCC) is a tool to help organizations determine how much they are contributing to global climate change, and how they can better manage their greenhouse gas ...


Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP)

  • University of Southampton

The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and ...


The Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest)

  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

The Sulitest is a tool for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. It assesses the level knowledge in economic ...