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

109
Total Resources
100
Organizations
7
Countries
27
U.S. States & Territories
4
Canadian Provinces

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109 resources

Waste Audit Training Materials

  • 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 ...


Real Food Assessment Tips

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

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 ...


Real Food Standards 2.0

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

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 ...


Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (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 ...


American Democracy Project

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


Health Educators Climate Commitment

  • 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

  • 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 ...


Implementation Model: Water Hub

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

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 ...


Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants

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

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 ...


Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website

  • 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 ...

Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool

  • 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)

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

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

  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

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

  • 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 ...