New Resources

Green Guy Podcast: Engaging 90,000 Students & Faculty at The Ohio State University

Graham Oberly, a program coordinator with The Ohio State University, talks about how the university implements sustainable practices for over 90,000 students and faculty, the modernization of 485 campus buildings and the university’s impact on the city of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Posted Aug 13, 2018

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting

This report offers 10 recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus conditions for political learning, discourse and agency during the election season and beyond. Released by Tufts University's Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Election Imperatives is a collaborative, practitioner-focused document drawn from research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institution.
  • Posted Aug 13, 2018

Raising & Mapping Awareness of the Global Goals

Raising & Mapping Awareness of the Global Goals is Sulitest’s second annual report to the U.N. High-Level Political Forum. The report highlights Sulitest’s currently available tools, research and initiatives in development or planned and summarizes global trends and indicators on awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

RFC Real Food Standards 2.1

Real Food Challenge's technical update to the Real Food Standards is in response to changes in certifications and in food policy. This technical update also captures deeper understandings of the food system to reflect emerging consensus amongst food justice and food industry organizations.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: Jessica Davis, Director of Sustainability at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

In Green Guy's College Sustainability Summit Series podcast, Eric Moncrief interviews director of Sustainability, Jessica Davis of IUPUI, to talk about the collaboration between Indiana University and Purdue University. The podcast series aims to help colleges and universities share their sustainability stories nationwide.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

Options for Endowment Investment in Solar Energy

Serving as a follow-up resource to the Clean Energy White Paper, this briefing paper from Intentional Endowments Network focuses on solar energy and how to most effectively enable endowments to make investments in solar projects, and the solar energy market as a whole. It provides guidance on three main approaches endowments can utilize to invest in solar: allocating capital across traditional asset classes in the investment portfolio, sponsoring a project by investing funds for its development, and allocating capital to a campus green revolving fund.

Energy Star Commercial Buildings College Course

The three-unit course offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explores energy efficiency, overcoming efficiency barriers, and benchmarking. Available at no cost, the content includes an overview document about the course, slide decks for each unit and descriptions of optional assignments. The main optional assignment is a project where students apply their learning by going out into their community to benchmark a building using Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
  • Posted Jul 16, 2018

Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene

The editors and contributors of this book explain that 'wild pedagogy' is a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in a more than human world, and relearning how to dwell in a place. It examines how 'wild pedagogy' can be relevant across disciplinary boundaries, offering six touchstones as working tools for educators.
  • Posted Jul 16, 2018

GSA Fan Engagement Playbook

The Green Sports Alliance Fan Engagement Playbook is a guide for sustainability and sports professionals describing how to ideate, design and manage fan engagement programs that develop effective, behavior-changing fan engagement programs around environmental sustainability.
  • Posted Jul 9, 2018

New Ashoka U Publication: Changemaker Institutions

Changemaker Institutions: How Higher Education Can Use Social Innovation to Better Prepare Students, Transform Campus Culture, and Lead Society toward a Better Future makes the case that social innovation can be used for institutions to meet the demands of the 21st century. It claims that social innovation can be used both as an educational framework and as an approach for institutional innovation.
  • Posted Jun 18, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Jun 1, 2018

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education is a book for higher education sustainability change makers that brings together the core constructs of leadership theory and sustainability, perspectives through which to view and value sustainability, successful activities and actions undertaken by sustainability leaders, and models and methods to successfully implement sustainability that are new to the sector. It also examines influencers on the sustainability agenda, and barriers to and enablers of success for leaders at individual, institutional and sector levels.
  • Posted May 28, 2018

New Book: Academic Social Responsibility: Sine Qua Non for Corporate Social Performance

The book makes the case that responsible management education is essential not only for academic stakeholders, but for the whole of society. Divided into three parts – “Towards the Socially Responsible University”, “Socially Responsible Education for Enterprise Development” and “Human Voice in Responsible Management Education” – it is a combination of theories, studies and experiences gained by authors from different countries and institutions who function in various institutional and cultural conditions.

How to Start and Run a Student-Managed Socially-Responsible Investment Fund

This toolkit from Intentional Endowments Network is designed to aid in the creation of new student-managed funds, expand current student-managed funds, and increase the number of funds that include socially-responsible investment (SRI) strategies in the investment process. It highlights the different ways student-managed funds can be designed, as well as the growing interest in how new and existing funds address sustainability factors in the investment process.
  • Posted May 13, 2018

Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to inspire action at all levels that will move the needle from risk to resilience.
  • Posted May 7, 2018

Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

A new practical and hands-on guide will be released in August that seeks to integrate the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies and social justice into academic disciplines. The book presents a method for designing units that give educators the tools to bring sustainability and social justice into experiential, project-based instructional approaches, and comes with a free facilitator's guide.
  • Posted May 7, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest journal issue features articles ranging in topics from sustainability leadership and eco-health communities of practice to academic air travel at Australian universities to zero-energy goals and sustainability literacy.
  • Posted May 7, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Apr 26, 2018

How Colleges are Tackling Affordability

The news articles in this compilation from Inside Higher Ed explore college affordability in public and private higher education. It covers state actions to make higher education more affordable, online learning, promoting a three-year graduation timeline, and emphasizes how students' decisions about selecting a school can impact their debt. A webinar on May 15 will cover the themes of this resource.
  • Posted Apr 23, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Apr 16, 2018

Still Hungry and Homeless in College: Results From an Annual National Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education Survey

A new report out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Wisconsin HOPE Lab summarizes survey results from a survey of 43,000 students at 66 institutions in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The report finds that 36 percent of university students and 42 percent of community college students were food insecure in the last 30 days. In the past year, 36 percent of university students and 46 percent of community college students were housing insecure, and 9 percent of university students and 12 percent of community college students were homeless. It also shows that basic needs insecurities disproportionately affect marginalized students. The report provides recommendations for what students, campuses and policymakers can do to ensure basic needs insecurities are addressed.
  • Posted Apr 9, 2018

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate Solutions

Created by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), this resource offers teachers and students simple steps to participate in American democracy and encourages energy policies to reduce climate instability. It can be used as a supplement to finish any course or activity on climate change.
  • Posted Apr 3, 2018

APPA Facilities Manager Magazine Featuring 36 Campus Sustainability Best Practices

APPA's March/April issue of Facilities Manager magazine includes a compilation of 36 campus best practices in sustainability, and environmental stewardship and education. These short case studies show a variety of innovation, collaboration and success from institutions large and small throughout North America.
  • Posted Apr 2, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Apr 2, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Mar 22, 2018

Towards Green Campus Operations: Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development Initiatives at Universities

With contributions from researchers and practitioners in campus sustainability, this book seeks to introduce methodological approaches and projects that integrate sustainable development into campus design and operations by promoting information, ideas and experiences from execution of research, teaching and projects on campus greening and design.
  • Posted Mar 15, 2018

Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peace-Building and Resistance

Using case studies from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, this book considers institutional responses, academic responses and student responses to situations of conflict, peace-building and resistance.
  • Posted Mar 5, 2018

Earth Day 2018 MobilizeU Toolkit

The Earth Day 2018 toolkit from Earth Day Network's higher education campaign, MobilizeU, is a teach-in guide that aims to support institutions and individuals in taking personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. The resources also includes a plastic pollution primer and action toolkit.
  • Posted Mar 5, 2018

State Of Sustainability In Higher Education 2017: Trends In Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation

The report, from Sightlines and The Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, explores how investments in sustainability have helped campuses to mitigate and adapt to climate change and provides a series of forward-looking recommendations across four widely-adopted strategies: fuel switching, energy efficiency, space management, and mechanical upgrades.
  • Posted Feb 28, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue contains articles about implementing sustainable development at the university level, measuring student performance on learning outcomes, a case study on mainstreaming sustainability into campus life, and three separate articles related to engineering students and sustainability.
  • Posted Feb 26, 2018

Case Study on the Benefits of Shared Equipment in Collaborative Research Space

Using the Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility (BCCF), a shared scientific resource utilized by 16 labs from three departments at the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers studied the comparative costs to build and operate a BCCF shared-space versus a hypothetical scenario where 16 labs are built to conduct cell culture in individualized spaces. This case study demonstrates that a shared cell culture facility can provide qualitative benefits and significant avoided costs to scientists and their academic institutions, as well as a reduction in the environmental footprint.
  • Posted Feb 19, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Feb 12, 2018

Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments

Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments is a book that seeks to confront the contexts that make environmental pedagogies difficult, the challenges to the well-being of the teacher-scholar, and the corrosive academic structures that compartmentalize knowledge and people. The collection simultaneously offers models for working through and within these challenges to advance understandings and ways of being on local, global and personal levels.
  • Posted Feb 5, 2018

Report and Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks

Open 101: An Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks is a report that investigates high textbook prices for common courses at U.S. higher education institutions. It contains recommendations that could save students a lot of money on the materials they buy for general education classes.
  • Posted Jan 29, 2018

University Sustainable Development Best Practice Report

At the World Economic Forum in January 2018, the International Sustainable Campus Network in collaboration with the Global University Leaders Forum released Sustainable Development: Educating with Purpose, a report that includes 42 campus sustainability case studies provided by universities across the globe focused on sustainable development. The report is separated by the following chapters: Living Lab Approach, Equality and Wellbeing for All, Sustainability on Campus, Education as a Catalyst.
  • Posted Jan 29, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The new issue includes several articles covering assessment and reporting of sustainability in higher education. Other articles cover participation of students as authors of sustainability reports, analysis of innovations in campus sustainability, and an investigation into bolstering sustainability in food on a campus.
  • Posted Jan 19, 2018

New Issue: Sustainability: Journal of Record

The most recent issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record includes a special feature on the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Award Winners, and the articles “Giving Up Hope Won’t Save the Planet - Ending Poverty Might” by Jane Goodall and “Shines! University Engineering Students Advancing Duluth's Sustainable Development”, which articulates project‐based learning and subsequent collaborations between the University of Minnesota Duluth and a nonprofit, local utilities, and area businesses.
  • Posted Jan 12, 2018

2018 Edition: Choices for Sustainable Living Course Book

The Northwest Earth Institute's 2018 edition of Choices for Sustainable Living course book includes a new session on water and has also been designed to complement the EcoChallenge, an online friendly challenge that helps participants discover new ways to make sustainable change more possible.

AASHE STARS Review Template

As part of AASHE's efforts to continuously improve STARS data quality and the reporting process, AASHE has released a STARS Review Template. The template highlights common issues that AASHE staff have identified during standard post-submission reviews. Conducting an independent or internal review using the review template can earn the institution bonus points.
  • Posted Jan 8, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The most recent issue includes articles about post-degree graduate sustainability capability, sustainability attitudes and behavioral motivations of college students, workplace energy conservation, and a case study about a carbon neutral university in Germany.
  • Posted Jan 1, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added publications include:
  • Posted Dec 11, 2017

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added publications include:
  • Posted Nov 20, 2017

Making College Affordable: Providing Low-Income Students With the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for College

The report examines the numerous barriers preventing low-income students from enrolling and persisting in college, including concerns over high tuition and fees, lack of clarity on award amounts and duration, and a limited understanding of how financial aid works. It also offers institutions 11 best practices to help students pay for college and stay in school.
  • Posted Nov 13, 2017

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

This issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education includes articles about the extent to which campus efforts address regional sustainability needs, nutrition students’ self-reported learning about and understanding of sustainable food systems and dietary practices, an examination of the diverse definitions of sustainability in higher education, and an assessment of the effectiveness of higher education institutions as a sustainability communication channel.
  • Posted Nov 13, 2017

AASHE 2017 Sustainable Campus Index

The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the 12 months prior to July 1, 2017.
  • Posted Nov 10, 2017

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Nov 7, 2017

Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use

The Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, describes best practices for appropriately explaining and characterizing solar power activities and the fundamental importance of renewable energy certificates for solar power use claims. This guidance is primarily focused on claims associated with on-site projects but is also relevant for off-site owned projects.

Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level

This book discusses the role of stakeholders engaged in education for sustainable development at university level. It describes practical experiences, partnerships, networks and training schemes for increasing the capacity of education for sustainable development.
  • Posted Oct 30, 2017

Guidelines for Universities Engaging in Social Responsibility

The new report aims to help universities successfully incorporate university social responsibility, defined as all aspects of a universities’ impact on society, in their strategies and everyday activities.
  • Posted Oct 30, 2017

Carbon Markets & Offsets Guidance

The document was developed by Second Nature as a resource for higher education institutions implementing one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. It outlines the concept of carbon offsets, how offsetting can be used, and what constitutes a quality carbon offset project. It is meant to provide guidance to help signatories understand the best practices for incorporating carbon offsets into their greenhouse gas mitigation plans while aligning with institution-specific goals.
  • Posted Oct 24, 2017