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.

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At a Glance

884
Total Resources
433
Organizations
27
Countries
47
U.S. States & Territories
7
Canadian Provinces

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884 resources

Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement Membership Required

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

As college and university leaders from across the United States work to green their campuses, students can and should play a critical role. Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement explains ...

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Athletics Department Awareness and Action Regarding the Environment: A Study of NCAA Athletics Department Sustainability Practices Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ohio University (OH)

The relationship of sport to sustainability management is relatively unknown. Despite the increasing recognition of the growing role of athletics in regard to environmental sustainability, it remains unclear what role ...

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Intercollegiate Sport and the Environment: Examining Fan Engagement Based on Athletics Department Sustainability Efforts Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Ohio University (OH)

The purpose of this study was to examine how environmental education efforts at a sporting event related to environmental behavioral intentions, in the context of a promotional green game, based ...

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Integrating sustainability across the university curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Purpose Colleges and universities increasingly have the mandate and motivation to integrate sustainability into their curricula. The purpose of this paper is to share the strategy used at the University ...

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Classroom as Cinema: Using Film to Teach Sustainability Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Western New England University (MA)

While the advent of movies in the classroom does not quite date to the invention of the motion-picture camera itself in 1889, given its near-universal power to draw students' attention ...

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A collaborative programme in sustainability and social responsibility Membership Required

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to collect methodological strategies used in the training of future teachers to develop competences in sustainability and social responsibility (SSR). The proposal in ...

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Assessing sustainability teaching and learning in geography education Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Purpose

This study aims to understand if geographers, who teach in a new sustainability program, are conveying new knowledge, understanding, skills and competence about the integrated and holistic concept of ...

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A proposal for measuring sustainability in universities: a case study of Spain Membership Required

Purpose

Numerous sustainability assessment tools are being created and applied in the higher education sector. In light of such diversity, there is a need to provide a common guideline for ...

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Integrating sustainability across the university curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Purpose

Colleges and universities increasingly have the mandate and motivation to integrate sustainability into their curricula. The purpose of this paper is to share the strategy used at the University ...

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Higher education for sustainable development: a systematic review Membership Required

Purpose

This study aims to provide a complete understanding of academic research into higher education for sustainable development (HESD).

Design/methodology/approach

This study utilizes a systematic review of four ...

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Is sustainability knowledge half the battle?: An examination of sustainability knowledge, attitudes, norms, and efficacy to understand sustainable behaviours Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of sustainability knowledge to pro-environmental behaviour. A common misperception is that unsustainable behaviours are largely driven by a lack ...

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Sustainable facility development: perceived benefits and challenges Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

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The purpose of this paper is to assess the perceived benefits and challenges of implementing sustainable initiatives in collegiate recreational sports facilities. Additionally, this paper intends to contribute to ...

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Incorporating sustainability content and pedagogy through faculty development Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

Purpose

Key elements of a curriculum are presented for a faculty development program that integrated sustainability content with effective course design methodology across a variety of disciplines. The study aims ...

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Writing Solar Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Lessons from NREL’s University PV Implementation Assistance Program Membership Required

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

With funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot program, NREL is assisting higher education institutions with solar PV procurement. Universities issue RFPs as a way to get competitive bids ...

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Supporting Solar Energy through a Student-Financed Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The "Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development" case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Public College Foundation Investment in Solar Membership Required

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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Third-Party, Supporter-Financed Campus Solar: An Approach and a Partnership that Works Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

The “Solar University Network: Innovation in Solar Energy Finance & Development” case study series highlights higher education investment in solar energy projects. The purpose of these case studies is to ...

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The comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments Membership Required

  • Davidson College (NC)

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been increasingly communicating their sustainability commitments to the ...

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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

This publication offers guidelines for higher education institutions in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the organization and then leading their global adoption.

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Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits Membership Required

  • Monash University (VIC)

Purpose

This article aims to provide a perspective on sustainability reporting and performance management in the university sector making a case for increased accountability, improved (management of) performance and greater ...

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Universities and Sustainable Food Practices: An International Comparison Along the Pacific Coast of North America Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

My research project examined sustainable practices in relation to food sources at three universities located along the Pacific Coast of North America. The academic institutions were the University of Alaska ...

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A Mixed Methods Assessment of the Development, Use, and Educational Effectiveness of University Campus Sustainability Tours Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Campus sustainability tours are available at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. These tours are considered a vital tool in interpreting the environmental and sustainable aspects of ...

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Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Since its inception in 2008, the WKU Office of Sustainability has struggled with general program and initiative awareness as well as student engagement in university sponsored sustainability activities. Attempts to ...

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CSR Reporting and the University Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

There is currently no mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting standards for institutions of higher learning (universities) in the U.S. There is also no established governing or regulatory body ...

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Gaps in sustainability education: The impact of higher education coursework on perceptions of sustainability Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Presbyterian College (SC)

Purpose

This paper aims to examine how both the amount and type of coursework impact students’ conceptualizations of sustainability. Previous research demonstrates that academic coursework influences students’ environmental attitudes, yet ...

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Solar Energy on Campus - Part I: Renewable Energy Usage Claims Membership Required

  • Center for Resource Solutions (CA)

This report describes renewable energy certificates (RECs), why they are important, and what kinds of statements can be made depending on who owns them.


Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability Membership Required

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Corcaigh)

Demonstrating how a university can, in a very practical and pragmatic way, be re-envisioned through a transdisciplinary informed frame, this book shows how through an open and collegiate spirit of ...


How Much do U.S. University Students Know, and Want to Know About Sustainability and Green Building? The Findings of a Survey, and Possible Implications for General Elective Curriculum Membership Required

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Using the survey approach, this investigation examined the attitudes and interest of college students at two universities in different geographic locations within the United States. Approximately 24,000 students from ...


Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

In this article, the author reflects on her experiences the founding director of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative. She describes how the campus sustainability movement has evolved from an ...


Raising environmental awareness through education Membership Required

This paper presents a method for involving learners in awareness-raising and real changes in consumption. The described method is a teaching assignment comprising a self-audit of household chemicals' consumption, system ...


Sustainability teaching in higher education institutions of Kazakhstan Membership Required

Sustainability teaching is challenging due to problems of the economic development, as well as of overcoming a post-communist mentality in countries with economies in transition. This is particularly relevant for ...


Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education: Embedding Sustainability into Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This book will enable teachers and managers in the post-compulsory sector to consider a range of approaches to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in their practice in the post-compulsory ...


Nursing students’ attitudes towards sustainability and health care Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Aim

To evaluate attitudes towards embedding sustainability and climate change in nursing curricula among nursing students, some of whom had participated in a sustainability and health skills session, and determine ...

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Making Sustainable Behaviors the Norm at the University of Minnesota Duluth Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Interviews with undergraduate students were conducted as part of a follow-up to a survey soliciting information about student engagement in sustainability at a small upper Great Lakes public university. The ...

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Bitten by the Green Design Bug Membership Required

According to U.S. News & World Report, "sustainability sensibility is sweeping through and transforming the curricula in America's colleges of engineering, as more educators emphasize the importance of ...

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College hopefuls look for green universities Membership Required

  • USA TODAY (VA)

USA Today reports that "the nation's college-bound students are increasingly looking for green - and no, that doesn't mean just money."

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Do students really choose colleges based on how green they are? Membership Required

A Princeton Review survey finds that incoming freshmen would weigh information about environmental issues into their college decisions, but average students say it’s not on their radar

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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students Membership Required

The Guardian reports that "students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus."

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Framing Sustainability for the Free, Frugal, and Fit & Fabulous Membership Required

  • Utah State University (UT)

Selling Utah State University students on a new ‘Blue Goes Green’ fee to fund sustainability projects on campus has involved connecting sustainability with the students’ desires for freedom, saving money ...

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The I3E model for embedding education for sustainability within higher education institutions Membership Required

  • University of Southampton

This paper presents an evidence-based model (the I3E model) for embedding education for sustainability (EfS) within a higher education institution. This model emerged from a doctoral research that examined organizational ...

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The mercury game: evaluating a negotiation simulation that teaches students about science-policy interactions Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Environmental negotiations and policy decisions take place at the science-policy interface. While this is well known within academic literature, it is often difficult to convey how science and policy interact ...

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Toxic Release! The role of educational games in teaching and learning about hazardous pollution Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The compounding elements of toxic releases make teaching and learning about them difficult. For example, toxic releases have multifarious source/sink dynamics, high-stakes risk profiles, complex timelines, and passionate stakeholders ...

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Preparation of environmental studies and sciences students to participate in the environmental risk dialogue Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Environmental exposure to chemicals associated with modern industrial and agricultural practices is a major societal concern. Evaluating and managing risk from these chemicals requires knowledge based on both the natural ...

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Integrating geoscience into undergraduate education about environment, society, and sustainability using place-based learning: three examples Membership Required

  • Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Utah State University (UT)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

From water to energy, and from climate change to natural hazards, the geosciences (marine, Earth, and atmospheric science) have an important role to play in addressing a wide range of ...

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Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices? Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same ...

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Supporting the Integration of Sustainability into Higher Education Curricula—A Case Study from Switzerland Membership Required

From the perspective of different stakeholders, education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education is highly desirable. In practice, however, this may present challenges, as it involves systemic and cultural ...

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A Comparative Study on Sustainability in Architectural Education in Asia—With a Focus on Professional Degree Curricula Membership Required

  • Korea University

Architectural education is a key factor in the re-thinking of the whole industry toward a system of more sustainable buildings and cities. Asia is the continent with the highest population ...

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College Hopes & Worries Survey Reports Membership Required

  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Every year, The Princeton Review surveys thousands of college applicants and their parents about their perspective on the admissions process. For many years, this survey has included a question related ...

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Water bottle ban a success; bottled beverage sales have plummeted Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Sales of bottled beverages at Washington University in St. Louis have plummeted 39 percent since 2009, when the university became the first in the nation to ban the sale of ...

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Not All Are Created Equal: An Analysis of the Environmental Programs/Departments in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education From 1900 Until March 2014 Membership Required

  • City University of New York, Baruch College (NY)

Environmental academic programs in U.S. institutions of higher education have traditionally lacked definition of their nature and unifying principles. In order to ascertain how these programs are presently constituted ...

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