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AASHE Member Discount Expires Soon: E-Book Conservation for Cities From Island Press

During the month of August, buy the e-book Conservation for Cities by Robert McDonald for only $3.99 and learn how to better connect cities with the benefits of nature. Discount URL is listed here.
  • Posted Aug 24, 2015

Undergraduate Understanding of Climate Change from The Journal of Environmental Education

A survey administered to U.S. undergraduate students covering the scientific and social aspects of climate change finds that students frequently confuse climate change with other environmental issues, and that a substantial majority of students do not have an understanding of climate change that closely matches the scientific model. Environmental group membership is shown to be a greater determinant of climate change knowledge than enrollment in a science major.
  • Posted Aug 17, 2015

Second Nature 2014 Annual Report

The new interactive, web-based and fully digital report offers an overview of Second Nature's achievements and changes during the 2014 year, as well as a glimpse of things to come.
  • Posted Aug 3, 2015

Environmental Literacy in the United States: An Agenda for Leadership in the 21st Century

This new report from the National Environmental Education Foundation, made possible by the USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Program, helps readers understand their relationship to the environment, teaches people how to be environmentally responsible, and motivates people to act on this knowledge.
  • Posted Aug 3, 2015

ISCN 2015 Conference Presentations

Conference presentations from the International Sustainable Campus Network 2015 conference, themed Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World, held in Hong Kong are now available, including the pre-conference session. Topics include challenges and approaches of campus sustainability, dialogue between universities and cities, regional perspectives, and corporate and university engagement.
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015

Benchmarking of Campus Sustainability Newsletters

Rice University published results from analyzing the design and content of over 30 campus sustainability newsletters, narrowing the list down to 10. Those 10 newsletters were benchmarked based on the frequency, reach, target audience, content, means of distribution, preparation time and measure of performance of sustainability office newsletters.
  • Posted Jul 1, 2015

Second Nature Free Climate Action Planning Software Pilot Program

Second Nature has partnered with Confluenc, Inc. to offer the opportunity to pilot Fovea: CAP. Fovea: CAP is a tool for modeling, planning and visualizing energy and carbon management strategies resulting in an acceleration to solutions. Confluenc is now enrolling 15 institutions in this pilot program. The pilot program will provide an introduction to CAP Basic and 90-day access to the platform. Pilot participation is offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Posted Jun 23, 2015

Presentations from NECSC Conference: Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact

Some presentations from the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium's (NECSC) campus sustainability 2015 conference at University of Massachusetts Amherst are now available. Presentation topics range from procuring renewable energy to collaborating with the marketing office to food processing to finding green jobs.
  • Posted Jun 22, 2015

New Research: Advertising Energy Saving Programs: The Potential Environmental Cost of Emphasizing Monetary Savings

Presented by the American Psychological Association Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, the paper examines how consumers’ willingness and reasons to enroll in energy-savings programs are affected by whether advertisements emphasize monetary benefits, environmental benefits, or both. The results provide practical guidance regarding the positioning of energy-saving programs.
  • Posted Jun 18, 2015

Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination Webinar

This newly released HEASC (Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium) webinar explains principles and helps to identify resources for sustainable purchasing and sustainable events, and provides success stories from student affairs.
  • Posted Jun 18, 2015

New Paper: Reframing the Game: The Transition to a New Sustainable Economy

This free, special issue of Building Sustainable Legacies brings together key voices in business and academia to expound on the role that business in society, responsible education, leadership techniques, and legal reform will have in shaping the new sustainable economy, featuring authors from University of Technology, Sydney; University of Oslo; University of Exeter, U.K.; and Pinchot University.
  • Posted Jun 18, 2015

Last Chance: eCollections on Sustainability from Greenleaf Publishing

Greenleaf Publishing is offering a 10 percent discount on the Greenleaf Online Library for AASHE members for all order placed before July 2015. The Greenleaf Online Library eCollection contains more than 4,000 individually searchable chapters, case studies and journal papers drawn from 300+ book and journal volumes, published by Greenleaf Publishing and partners including the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact and the Geneva Association. The Sustainable Organization Library contains the full Greenleaf Online Library collection plus material from respected partners including OXFAM, the International Labour Organization, the EFMD, AASHE and AMACOM. The Sustainable Organization Library contains almost 10,000 articles and is the world’s leading collection in its field.
  • Posted Jun 12, 2015

Marine Debris & Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities

Recently released by Product Stewardship Institute after being piloted at three University of California campuses, the toolkit was designed to be replicable and easily implemented by other colleges and universities around the country. Its goal is to take four specific steps to reduce the amount of plastic waste through source reduction. The four steps are determining the plastic footprint, creating a reduction plan, changing procurement practices, and establishing a source reduction policy.
  • Posted Jun 12, 2015

New Research Paper: Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education

Published in the Environmental Education Research journal, this paper presents one part of a larger study that sought the views of approximately 6 percent of the entire university teaching workforce of Australia. The findings suggest that academics are supportive of education for sustainability (EfS) for all university students. Support, perceived relevance and reported difficulties with EfS are discipline specific; academics would respond positively to EfS framed within their disciplinary world views.
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015

Inside Higher Ed Booklet on Diversity in the Student Body

Inside Higher Ed recently released Diversity in the Student Body, a print-on-demand booklet. Articles focus on demographic and legal issues and the strategies used by different institutions. This print-on-demand booklet is free to download.
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015

Customized Course Books Through Northwest Earth Institute

Northwest Earth Institute now offers customized NWEI course books drawing on existing curriculum. Faculty can pick and choose from different NWEI course book sessions and will assemble a custom course reader for classes. Longer course books spanning broader topic areas is also feasible.
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015

NWEI New Course Book Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions

Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a brand new five-session course book on climate disruption and how to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Presented in an interactive ebook, this new course book integrates video, audio and printed content with action planning ideas. Sessions address the climate of denial, tackling climate disruption from a systems perspective, the local-global movement, and examples of positive changes underway.
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015

2015 Green Transitions Scoreboard Report: Breakdowns Driving Breakthroughs

The new report tracks renewable energy, energy efficiency, green construction, life systems and corporate green research and development, representing broad areas of investment in green technologies. Each sector covers an area of substantial capital investment in technologies that are contributing to the growing green economy.
  • Posted May 28, 2015

Impact of Environmental Policy Consistency on Other Sustainable Behaviors

The working paper from the University College London published by Language, Action and Brain Lab evaluates the likelihood of students and staff to engage in pro-environmental behaviors in relation to the school's consistency with its environmental policy statement. These results imply that perceived inconsistencies between environmental policy and actions could be leading university staff and students to engage in fewer pro-environmental behaviors. Interpretation of interactions further suggest that when individual attitudes are not strong, university community members, especially students, reference the university's inconsistency and decide to perform fewer pro-environmental behaviors than they might otherwise. Given increasing global awareness of environmental problems, this interpretation leads to the suggestion that the university should either consider adding caveats to its environmental policy statement or bring its actions in line with that policy (e.g. divest from fossil fuels).
  • Posted May 28, 2015

Tradepal App: Increase Student Engagement on Campus

The Tradepal App now allows sustainability coordinators to list all volunteer opportunities, zero-waste challenges, fundraising initiatives in the Events/Activities category in less than 30 seconds and connect directly with students on their smartphones.
  • Posted May 20, 2015

AASHE Member Discount: Creative Change Educational Solutions

AASHE members receive a 15 percent discount on curriculum licensing and professional development programs to integrate sustainability into the curriculum.
  • Posted May 18, 2015

AASHE Research in Sustainability Webinar Series

Our urgent sustainability challenges require integrated, cross-disciplinary thinking. By researching sustainability issues and refining theories and concepts, higher education institutions can lead the transition to a sustainable future and continue help the world understand sustainability challenges while developing new technologies, strategies and approaches to address those challenges. Through the Research in Sustainability Webinar Series, AASHE invites you to explore the current models of research in sustainability, the future of engaged sustainability education, and how to institutionalize research in sustainability.
  • Posted May 18, 2015

'Sustainability Improves Student Learning' Teaching Resources

The Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL) initiative is a select group of academic associations and disciplinary societies working together to increase students' learning in undergraduate courses, and better prepare students for 21st-century questions that relate to real-world challenges such as energy, air and water quality, and climate change. The teaching resources include a beginner's toolkit, classroom activities, and interdisciplinary resources.
  • Posted May 14, 2015

Equity Atlas Toolkit

The Coalition for a Livable Future has recently launched the toolkit to support communities across the U.S. in creating their own equity atlases to support research, coalition-building, and policy change. Equity atlases are tools that use high-quality maps and data to show where different demographic groups live, how well they are able to access key resources such as transit, quality education, affordable housing, jobs, food, and parks, and how these patterns affect their health and well-being.
  • Posted May 8, 2015

New Issue Sustainable Business Magazine

The new issue features academic and operational focus at McMaster University, quality and innovation at Mohawk College, renewable energy and energy efficiency at University of Texas at Austin, University of Vermont's sustainable entrepreneurship MBA program, and campus sustainability at University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Posted May 5, 2015

Case Study: STARS for Sustainability Planning at the Dominican U California

The aim of the approach proposed in this study is to help universities prioritize credits, while using the STARS framework, when pursuing their sustainability goals in the short, medium and long-term. We used the assessment data from Dominican University of California (DUofC), as our case study. Two criteria were developed to classify credits in the STARS framework into six groups from lowest to highest level of difficulty – the number of possible points available and overall priority. Credit-selecting models based on how many points were available per credit, partial or full amount, were also established to produce short, medium and long-term plans. The results show that DUofC can reach the Silver level in three years by working on 25 credits. Dr. Yu-Ti Huang, Postdoctoral Researcher/ Instructor, and Vania Coelho, Associate Professor are major persons who are responsible for this research.
  • Posted May 1, 2015

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

The free, massive open online course examines the science of climate science denial, the most common climate myths, and techniques used to distort climate science. Out of this course, you'll learn how to debunk climate misinformation.
  • Posted Apr 27, 2015

New AASHE Bulletin Website

The Bulletin now features a complementary website. Intended to be a catchall resource that mirrors higher education sustainability, the website is updated on a regular basis with contributions from the higher education sustainability community. The Bulletin website is a go-to resource for all of the latest news and information. Submit items from your campus by visiting http://bulletin.aashe.org/posts/submit/.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2015

2014 Higher Education Sustainability Review

The latest review is a big picture look at the trends captured in the nearly 1,350 stories published in AASHE's weekly newsletter, the AASHE Bulletin, throughout 2014. The review highlights campus sustainability success stories and implementation tips from colleges and universities in Canada, Denmark, Singapore and the U.S. Eleven colleges and universities are highlighted, including two associate colleges. This year's annual analysis of the higher education sustainability movement discovered a significant increase in sustainability planning, campus living learning laboratory initiatives, and regional drought response efforts in 2014.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2015

AASHE 2014 Listening Project Report

The latest Listening Project report is an action and status update that captures plans organized around top Listening Project themes. The focus of this report is on actions already taken and future initiatives. Planned initiatives are highlighted in bold throughout the report to help readers identify what they can expect from AASHE moving forward to address priorities related to Listening Project themes.
  • Posted Apr 20, 2015

The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

The journal provides current and archived issues of academically reviewed papers on sustainable real estate. The site also includes links, case studies and resources that will prove useful to industry professionals, academics and anyone interested in learning more about sustainability.
  • Posted Apr 17, 2015

New AASHE Bulletin Website

The Bulletin now features a complementary website. Intended to be a catchall resource that mirrors higher education sustainability, the website is updated on a regular basis with contributions from the higher education sustainability community. The Bulletin website is a go-to resource for all of the latest news and information. Submit items from your campus by visiting http://bulletin.aashe.org/posts/submit/.
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

The final Sustainability Sit-Downs video is out. This week’s video features Gabriela Boscio, Communications and Education Manager at Second Nature, discussing her organization, the greatest sustainability challenges we are facing, and her hopes for the future. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability professionals in higher education and partner organizations.
  • Posted Apr 8, 2015

EAUC 2015 Conference Presentations: Sustainability Exchange

(U.K.): The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges' Sustainability Exchange now catalogs and hosts all presentations via a searchable listing.
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015

Student Leadership for Local Food on Ontario's Campuses 2013-2015 Report

This report overviews Meal Exchange’s work to support student leadership for local food on Ontario’s campuses between July 2013 and February 2015.
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

Second Nature's Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series features Wendell Brase, administrative vice chancellor at University of California, Irvine, discussing the true costs of inaction in the face of climate change. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations.
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015

U Michigan Releases Progress Report

University of Michigan students, faculty and staff are addressing sustainability challenges on campus and around the world. The report highlights the impact of recent student engagement, research and campus operations projects.
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

Second Nature's Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series features Jacqueline Johnson, chancellor of University of Minnesota, Morris and former AASHE board chair, discussing sustainability challenges for higher education, specifically facilities, and higher education's role in shaping the course of the country and world. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations.
  • Posted Mar 30, 2015

EAUC Annual Report 2014

Released by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the new report is framed around the its 2013-15 overarching strategies comprising member value, member impact, member innovation, member voice, and member transparency. The EAUC is a nonprofit member-based charity supporting sustainability in tertiary education across the U.K. AASHE members have shared access to EAUC resources.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Report

The report, developed as part of a three-year project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD), funded by the European Commission and led by the University of Gloucestershire (U.K.), captures recent efforts to support the development of education for sustainable development (ESD) competences of university educators. The aim is to draw on best practices, new initiatives, and usable tools for professional development in ESD for university educators.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

Environmental Education Research Journal

The special issue of the journal focuses on environmental education in a neoliberal climate. The issue covers topics relating to ecotourism, urban environmental education, and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

New Issue Sustainable Business Magazine

The latest issue, featuring a forward from AASHE's Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser, highlights how environmental considerations have shaped infrastructure at University of Pennsylvania and University of Oregon, and Niagara College's efforts to use its campus as a laboratory.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

Second Nature's Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series features Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University, discussing town-and-gown partnerships and higher education’s sustainability leadership role. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology Course

The free massive open online course, Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology, offered by Cornell University, explores why and how people come together to care for nature and cultivate community in places marked by disaster, war, poverty and environmental degradation.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015

AASHE Member Discount: Creative Change Educational Solutions

AASHE members receive a 15 percent discount on curriculum licensing and professional development programs to integrate sustainability into the curriculum.
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015

EnvironmentalScience.Org Environmental Science Schools

The website environmentalscience.org sorted, in order of the highest percentage of total students graduating with an environmental science degree, 50 environmental schools in the U.S. based on information, statistics and data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015

myActions 2014 Student Actions Awards

One hundred schools were recognized in the 2014 student-led program that supports student engagement through an array of existing programs, classes, events and student organizations focused on sustainability, compassion and well being.
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

Second Nature's Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series features Richard Cook, president emeritus of Allegheny College and Second Nature board chair. He discusses trans-disciplinary sustainability education and our effects as humans on the environment. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations.
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video

Second Nature's Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series recently featured Rebecca Edler from College of Menominee Nation, who spoke about the unviersity's long history of sustainability and her hopes for our collective future. The Sustainability Sit-Downs Video series, consisting of 12 interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, and non-profit and private sector organizations.
  • Posted Mar 9, 2015

AASHE Member Discount: 20% Off The MIT Press Environmental Titles

The MIT Press is pleased to offer a 20% book discount exclusively to AASHE members on its entire list of environment and sustainability studies titles, including Mitchell Thomashow's recently published book, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus. To redeem this discount, click on the title link for the discount code to use at checkout when purchasing books through the MIT Press website. Please note that this code can be applied to single or multiple purchases, and is valid for use on the MIT Press website only.
  • Posted Mar 2, 2015