Green Building Assessment Curriculum Toolkit
The USGBC toolkit provides higher education faculty with access to curated resources and processes, organized to aid in teaching about and engaging students in the concepts of sustainability, green building and LEED with a focus on the first two phases of a building’s life cycle – design and construction. The materials can be adapted and scaled to fit a variety of class topics, degree programs and student learning levels.
New Report: Mapping Sustainability Assessment and Reporting in the UK Tertiary Education
The Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges' (EAUC) new report helps sustainability professionals evaluate sustainability reporting and assessment tools in order to best determine the right tool for their institution. Released in tandem with the report is a dashboard that allows an institution to create a baseline map to identify gaps and further drive sustainability performance.
New Report: Assessing the Higher Education Sector’s Use of Renewable Energy
The report explores the extent to which U.S.-based institutions of higher education have engaged in voluntary purchases and production of renewable energy. The study, released by the University of New Hampshire and Edison Energy, utilized self-reported, publicly available data for a 10-year period from the nearly 500 colleges and universities participating in different national programs that collect information about campus energy use from participants.
New Book: Sustainability Practice and Education on University Campuses and Beyond
The book's case studies cover campus sustainability topics that include student-driven and college-driven environmental sustainability programs in undergraduate and graduate classes, issues in teaching environmental sustainability, the LEED certification of universities, issues of shrinking cities, and a comparison of sustainable military bases with college campuses.
New Book: University Campus Solid Waste Management
Using University of Malaya as a case study, the author assessed waste disposal, management and recycling techniques in order to understand how to reduce the environmental impact while retaining the maximum cost savings for the university. A method for analysis of solid waste composition is also proposed. The book can serve as a guide and blueprint for other universities that are taking steps toward sustainability through improved solid waste management.
Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community and Political Action
Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is an online course designed to help participants understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. Designed by students, faculty and learning specialists, the course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment.
New Issue: The International Journal of Management Education
The latest issue of The International Journal of Management Education is a special issue focused on the Principles for Responsible Management Education. Research articles address a wide variety of topics, including the role of business schools in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Sustainability Literacy Test, service learning, and pedagogy for responsible management education.
New Book: News From the Front of Sustainable University Campuses
New From the Front of Sustainable University Campuses attempts to untangle and test how universities can help the localities and societies in which they operate transition toward carbon neutrality, societal sustainability and resilience to climate change. Strategies highlighted include policies and action plans, management programs, new interdisciplinary and cross-cutting committees, bottom-up governance structures and green teams, and advanced IT systems for energy management.
Investor Blueprint to Incorporate ESG Factors Into Portfolios
In response to the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Intentional Endowments Network released a blueprint for investors to align with the Paris Climate Agreement by incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment portfolios.
New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The most recent issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record covers barriers to effectiveness of university sustainability offices, a case study about a campus sustainability social network, and an investigation about the importance of beliefs in environmental behaviors as they relate to pro-environmental behaviors.
Behavior Change for Sustainability: Northwest Earth Institute's Approach
The paper explains why behavior change research is important and what it offers, and how the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) uses behavior change theory in their programs. The paper includes both survey data and stories from participant’s experiences of behavior changes in NWEI Discussion Courses and the EcoChallenge.
New Series About Meeting the Needs of Underserved Students
Beyond the Margins: Meeting the Needs of Underserved Students is a new series from The American Council on Education about issues facing underserved student populations. Spotlighting deep-rooted issues that perpetuate division and inequity, the series currently has two pieces, the most recent of which is about food insecurity. The initial publication focused on LGBTQ student issues and opportunities.
Guide to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
Drawing from research on basic needs security at colleges around the nation, Wisconsin HOPE Lab produced this guide to support college and university efforts to assess food and housing security among students. This guide describes how to perform two types of studies: surveys to assess basic needs security, and opportunistic small scale experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of programs meant to address basic needs security.
New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education features literature reviews, research papers and case studies on campus sustainability topics, like social media use for environmental sustainability, assessing undergraduates' environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge, energy use in residence halls, and sustainability perceptions among different stakeholder groups.
AAUP 2016-17 Faculty Compensation Survey Report
Compiled and published by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the 2016-17 report analyzes compensation data for full-time ranked and part-time faculty members. For the first time, the AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey collected separate data on part-time faculty members teaching on a per-section basis.
Universities and the Sustainable Development Future: Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda
This new book, Universities and the Sustainable Development Future, offers institutions of higher learning an inclusive evaluation framework to produce credible evidence regarding the outcome and impact of their teaching, research and transnational-partnering activities in environment and sustainable development. The book is also a resource for students, scholars and policy makers with an interest in sustainable development, climate change and evaluation challenges.
New Book: Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future
This book provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a prelude to reconstruction, this critique leads to discussions about how education can be remade, and respond to the educational imperatives of the time, particularly as they relate to ecological crises and human-nature relationships.
Campus Dining 101: A Benchmark Study on Farm to College in New England
A report from Farm to Institution New England is the second report in a new series designed to help food system stakeholders understand the impact of institutional markets on New England's food system. The report presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-based recommendations for institutions of higher education as well as government officials, funders and institutions.
Hungry and Homeless in College: Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
A new report by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab provides insight into food insecurity, homelessness and housing insecurity among today’s college students. The report is based on the results of a survey distributed by Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees to 70 community colleges in 24 states. It also provides policy recommendations for community colleges, state and federal policymakers, and researchers on ways in which each can support these students and help provide the services they need.
The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World
The book covers three different stages, from envisioning the "glocal" curriculum and its design to implementing and evaluating the "glocal" curriculum and program, to designing the "glocal" teaching-learning environment. It provides guidance for curriculum and program developers, quality managers, as well as teachers and instructors. "Glocal" is defined in this book as integrating both local and global considerations when addressing the pressing real-world sustainability problems.
Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives
This publication is designed as a guide for education professionals on the use of education for sustainable development in learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The guide identifies indicative learning objectives and suggests topics and learning activities for each SDG. It also presents implementation methods at different levels, from course design to national strategies.
New Report: Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus
A report released by Environment America Research & Policy Center indicates a shift to clean, renewable energy is the best way for colleges and universities to achieve their carbon reduction goals. The report highlights schools across the country that are taking measures to make the transition to renewable energy.
A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects
The guide is a step-by-step framework for how a new or existing applied learning for sustainability program can be systematically designed, built and scaled to provide students with exceptional learning experiences and contribute to tangible sustainability solutions. Bringing together lessons from on-the-ground management of applied learning for sustainability programs across the U.S. and Canada, the publication includes literature related to sustainability science, sustainability pedagogy, change management and partnership development. The guide was a joint collaboration between AASHE, Arizona State University and Portland State University.
Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In Toolkit
With this toolkit, students will be able to organize an environmental teach-in on campus. The teach-in toolkit is designed bring students together to discuss local environmental issues and promote civic engagement techniques necessary to take action. The goal of an Earth Day 2017 teach-in is to educate community members about global environmental issues, how these issues impact the local area, and empower and mobilize the community to take informed civic action to protect the environment.
Race & Ethnicity as a Barrier to Opportunity: A Blueprint for Higher Education Equity
Young Invincibles released Race & Ethnicity as a Barrier to Opportunity: A Blueprint for Higher Education Equity, a report that takes an in-depth look at the disproportionate challenges students of color face to achieving higher education attainment. The findings show that while overall attainment has increased for Black and Latino students, the attainment gaps between these groups and their white peers have actually widened in the last thirty years.
New Report: USGBC LEED in Colleges & Universities
Released by the Leonardo Academy, the report includes survey data regarding the level of LEED participation compared to other available programs, driving factors for pursuing LEED and its specific applications, such as LEED for New Construction, and level of importance to key stakeholders.