AASHE Member Discount: Free Solar Consultation
EcoMotion is offering AASHE members eight hours of free solar consultation services from its Solar Advisors. EcoMotion specializes in developing and advancing sustainability programs at colleges and universities. This offer expires January 1, 2014.
AASHE Member Discount: Green Mountain College Sustainable MBA
As a benefit of AASHE membership, eligible professionals can enroll in Green Mountain College's online Sustainable MBA program and receive 10 percent tuition reduction, a one-time $500 scholarship and no application fee. Discount offer expires January 1, 2014.
EAUC Releases Legislative Update on Environmental Issues
The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges released an updated edition outlining Acts of Parliament legislation that effect the higher education sector. AASHE members can access member-only resources of EAUC.
Divest Fossil Fuels National Student Network
The new student network, birthed from the recent Power Shift youth climate conference, is a national network devoted to coordination and collaboration between student fossil fuel divestment campaigns around the country.
Trends in College Pricing Report
The recently published Trends in College Pricing report provides information on changes over time in undergraduate tuition and fees, room and board, and other estimated expenses related to attending colleges and universities and includes data through 2013-14.
Campus Sustainability Day 2013 Photos & Keynote Broadcast
October 23, 2013 marked the 11th annual Campus Sustainability Day! Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities was the theme and AASHE captured nearly 90 events happening across the U.S. http://www.aashe.org/campus-sustainability-day Continue to share photos from your events on the Campus Sustainability Day Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CampusSustainabilityDay. Hosted by Second Nature, watch the keynote broadcast, http://youtu.be/uWdBBeYEhBo a discussion from higher education leaders on the role of campuses in adapting to a changing climate, innovations in climate resilience and mitigation, and advancing community partnerships and opportunities.
Sustainability Jobs Resource List
This new resource, housed by Community College Sustainability Collaborative, provides a listing of sites that feature sustainability-related jobs.
AASHE Listening Project Summit Materials
The discussion notes from the AASHE 2013 Listening Project Summit table breakout sessions are now available on the Listening Project web page. Also posted is the Powerpoint presentation shared during the Summit, a compilation of interviewee responses to date, and a preliminary analysis of the AASHE membership survey.
Rebels, Outlaws & Storytellers at AASHE 2013
This new AASHE blog captures the ways in which this year's presenters suggest defying convention to create real change toward climate resiliency and adaptation in campus communities.
New Report: The State of Solar on Campus
This newly released report from EcoMotion, Inc highlights relevant policies, global market conditions, the U.S. solar market, campus leadership with solar, lessons from the field, and resources to help campuses get started.
Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership by ARAMARK
A collection of 10 chapter essays by college and university presidents addresses how higher education can support environmental stewardship initiatives while incorporating sustainability into their curriculum. Beginning in September, one chapter essay will be released per month.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue, focusing on institutionalizing sustainability, offers articles on the state of the planet, communicating sustainability, experiential-based learning, “Teaching Sustainability 101” and an analysis of energy and water performance in LEED certified buildings.
CommonFund Institute White Paper on Responsible Investing
The recently released white paper, "From SRI to ESG: Changing the World of Responsible Investing," reviews the principal categories and history of responsible investing. It discusses why socially-responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance investing (ESG), mission-related investing and impact investing have grown in importance for institutional investors.
New AASHE blog: Getting Ready for STARS 2.0
AASHE is finalizing its release of STARS 2.0, the first major update to STARS since it was launched in January 2010. STARS 2.0 is meant to “facilitate more meaningful assessments of campus sustainability performance while remaining accessible and relevant to the diversity of higher education institutions.” This blog aims to provide the campus community with everything needed to take advantage of the new and improved version.
Collegiate Game Changers Report by NRDC
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released the second athletics greening report, which catalogs the sustainable initiatives taking place throughout North American college and university sports departments. Reported initiatives include energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, composting, water conservation, safer chemicals, ecologically preferable transportation, and green building practices.
Free E-waste Recycling for Colleges and Universities
The recently launched electronic waste recycling program, COLLECTED by FundingFactory, enables higher education institutions to exchange e-waste for cash or rewards, while preventing millions of pounds of harmful waste from reaching landfills.
New STARS Annual Review
Providing a look back and a look ahead at AASHE's STARS, this review covers notable achievements in the past year including the submission of the 300th STARS report, and a glimpse at what's in store with the upcoming release of the new and improved STARS 2.0.
Expanded Guide to Implementing & Managing Green Revolving Funds
This newly expanded publication from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, released in partnership with AASHE and other organizations, provides practical advice for designing, implementing and managing a green revolving fund at a college, university or other nonprofit institution.
New AASHE Annual Review of Higher Education Sustainability
Highlighting innovative and high-impact campus sustainability achievements at more than 40 institutions, this review looks at new developments, changing dynamics and areas of prevalence among AASHE Bulletin submissions in 2012. This bird's eye view of higher education sustainability reveals affordability and access and sustainable investment as key focus areas, as well as new evolutions in the areas of curriculum, research, funding and staffing.
New AASHE Guide: Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes
Released in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, this new publication is intended for anyone on campus who is interested in developing and delivering sustainable landscape programs to the public. The guide covers how to engage others, provide training, publicize projects, identify benefits and gain recognition for sustainable campus landscape initiatives.
New Website: Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education
Developed with the involvement of more than 30 international and national higher education associations, agencies and students groups, the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education launched in June 2012 and now has more than 80 signatories. This new website provides information about the treaty process, recent developments and commitments made by signatories.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue, focused on art and sustainability, includes an editorial about art, local food and urban gardening, a "Sustainability and Art Making" commentary, program profile "Arts and Sustainability in the Berea College New Deep Green Student Residence," and "Sustainable Art and Human Systems" research.
New Issue: Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue features research papers titled "Communicating sustainability: a content analysis of website communications in the United States" and "Is 'Being Green' a determinant of participation in University sustainability initiatives?" as well as case studies from the University of the Aegean and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
New Issue: Journal of Sustainability Education
The two-part, spring 2013 issue focused on experiential education includes "Supporting STEM in Learning Gardens in Low-Income Schools" and "The Climate and Development Lab: An Experiment in Engaged Education for Global Just Sustainability" case studies, as well as a look at outdoor adventure and watershed-based education.
AASHE 2013 Conference Program
This year's program is featured in a new grid format, allowing visitors to search by session type, speakers and delivery models. AASHE 2013: Resiliency & Adaptation will feature more than 550 presentations including workshops, panel discussions, case studies, films, and networking opportunities by topic interest.
New Book: 'The Sustainable University: Progress and Prospects'
Examining the experience of 10 higher education institutions in the U.K., the latest in the Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development series maps out new directions and lines of research that address the integrative whole institutional response to sustainability including governance and leadership, research, learning and teaching, campus operations, community relations, well being, student experience, and organizational learning and change. The book also provides a critical analysis of barriers, achievements, strategies and potential for the higher education sustainability community.
New USGBC Campus Implementation Workbook
This U.S. Green Building Council workbook is designed to assist higher education campus teams with creating a green existing buildings program, implementing the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system at the campus and building level, and establishing a culture of performance.
Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index
This new index from the Ecotech Institute allows users to search by state to find green jobs, alternative fueling stations, LEED projects and total energy consumption. This infographic of key findings from the index reveals 749,197 clean jobs in the U.S. between January 1-March 31, 2013.
'Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success'
This report by the American Association of University Women looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. Recommendations to strengthen community colleges for all students are included.
Archived AASHE Webinar: Implementation Strategies for Campus GRFs
The webinar offers an overview of a new publication by SEI and AASHE - Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management - and a road map and tips on starting and managing such funds, with examples from Agnes Scott College and the University of New Hampshire. AASHE, in partnership with SEI, has made a recording of this webinar and the PPT slides available to the public.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record features “Asia Pulp & Paper Aims for Higher Standards of Sustainability with a Zero Deforestation Policy,” an editorial by Ian Lifshitz; “Connecticut’s Lead By Example Green Campus Initiative” by Ted Mero; and “Lessons on the Landscape: Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College” Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, among other articles.
Princeton Review Releases 2013 Guide to Green Schools
The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, has released its annual guide to the greenest institutions in North America. The resource profiles 320 higher education institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The free publication includes statistics and facts on each institution's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs, availability of environmental studies programs and green jobs career guidance.
AASHE Guest Blog: Helpful Support Increases Impact
This latest guest blog features Susan Powers, director of sustainability for Clarkson University. She shares the university’s experience of participating in Focus the Nation’s Forums-to-Action framework and the support it provided to help develop students’ leadership skills.
AASHE Debuts Academic Programs Database
AASHE has transformed the various lists of academic programs related to sustainability into an interactive database. AASHE's Academic Program database currently contains 1335 sustainability-focused and related academic programs at 450 campuses in 62 states and provinces with the ability for new submissions and updates from website visitors. The database allows browsing by degree type and discipline along with advanced search features.
UC Berkeley Publishes Greek Energy Savings Competition Guide
The university's PowerSave Campus program and The Green Initiative Fund have published a guide to direct student groups through the process of creating and running energy-savings competitions within college or university Greek systems. The guide is based on Green Cup, a Greek energy-savings competition at the university.
Clean Air-Cool Planet, Sightlines Debut Campus Carbon Calculator
Clean Air-Cool Planet and Sightlines have launched Carbon Map, the new web-based Campus Carbon Calculator. The Carbon Management and Analysis Platform enables campuses to create a greenhouse gas baseline, benchmark performance, set goals and analyze progress.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record features “Redefining Sustainability—or Practicing What We Preach,” an editorial by Fedele Bauccio; “The Living Landscape: Georgia Institute of Technology Transforms Its Campus into a Learning Laboratory of Sustainability” by Ted Mero; and “Building the Future: The Solar Decathlon as Education for Future Sustainability Leadership” by Maruja Torres-Antonini, among other articles.
AASHE Debuts Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds Database
AASHE with support from the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has released a new Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds database. The database reveals higher education as a leading sector for energy efficiency investments with revolving loan-funded energy efficiency improvements totaling over $117 million at nearly 80 institutions. The database provides detailed information about successful funds and allows for contributions from visitors. To learn more and contribute to this resource, visit the database.
Platform for Sustainability Performance in Education
The Platform for Sustainability Performance in Education brings together AASHE alongside six additional international organizations which have created sustainability assessment tools designed to support universities and colleges around the world. The purpose of this platform is to promote sustainability assessment in education.