New Resources

State of Fossil Fuel Divestment in Post-secondary Institutions

This research brief, released by The Sustainability and Education Policy Network, outlines the state of the higher education fossil fuel divestment movement, with a particular focus on Canadian post-secondary institutions.
  • Posted Jan 5, 2015

A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication

A joint project between ecoAmerica, the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Earth Institute and Columbia University, Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication is a resource that includes research from a range of social science fields and is designed to be useful for experienced and novice communicators to engage the American public on climate change. Included in the guide are strategies to boost engagement, common mistakes to avoid, and best practices that organizations have used to meaningfully engage individuals and groups on climate change.
  • Posted Dec 15, 2014

Presidents United to Solve Hunger

Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is an initiative that unites universities in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. By signing the PUSH Presidents' Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, university leaders are agreeing to make food and nutrition security a priority. The website includes a comprehensive toolkit with a guide, student delegation registration, fliers and banners.
  • Posted Dec 15, 2014

SEPN Sustainability in Canadian Post-secondary Institutions

Research from the Sustainability Education and Policy Network analyzed and scored all 220 accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada on their uptake of four high-level sustainability initiatives. This research identifies strong linkages between the three sustainability initiatives of assessment, office and policy, suggesting that the uptake of one might encourage the uptake of others. In contrast, there was a weak relationship between signing a declaration and undertaking other sustainability initiatives.
  • Posted Dec 15, 2014

A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College

The American Association of Community Colleges Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center released the new report focuses on community colleges as a stakeholder in the quest to create climate change resiliency through local workforce development.
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014

Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs

This how-to guide explores best practices for establishing and managing highly effective Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs). It presents valuable information for individuals seeking guidance on creating new SIPs (Chapter 2), or for those looking to change or improve the ongoing management of existing SIPs (Chapter 3). This guide outlines a culmination of conversations with sustainability professionals currently working in internship programs at colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) a Canadian national network of researchers and organizations advancing sustainability in education policy and practice. SEPN's research examines the relationships between sustainability education policies and practices in post-secondary education in Canada with the goal of enabling educational change for a more sustainable future. Membership is free.
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014

Ecotech Institute's Solar and Wind Ebook

Ecotech Institute's free, career electronic books are guides to starting a wind or solar energy career and include articles, infographics and videos.
  • Posted Nov 24, 2014

International University & College Campus Sustainability Listserv

Inspired by the Making Universities Sustainable Conference in Copenhagen 2014, this list is for the international university community to discuss sustainability issues and solutions. The aim is to provide a global network for sharing best practices in the field of sustainability and its application to university operations.
  • Posted Nov 24, 2014

New Issue Sustainable Business Magazine

The latest issue, featuring a forward from AASHE's Executive Director Stephanie A. Herrera, spotlights the Houston University, Duke University, Central Connecticut State University, University of Prince Edward Island and University of the West Indies.
  • Posted Nov 17, 2014

2014 Campus Sustainability Day Keynote Broadcast [VIDEO]

The theme for this year's Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) was Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community. In this year's video, higher education sustainability leaders and partners discuss ways in which students can make a difference, be a part of sustainability solutions, and build a career in the sustainability field.
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014

Aramark's President Perspectives 'Sustainability: Then and Now'

Aramark's Presidential Perspectives 2013-2014 Series Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership Chapter 8, penned by president of Southern Maine, walks the reader through the sustainability movement beginning in 1970 with the birth of the environmental movement and its relationship to higher education.
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014

Campus Fair Trade Procurement Resources

Fair Trade Colleges and Universities recently released a set of resources and links that guide a campus through the process creating a fair trade policy, help with determining what could be sourced via fair trade, and support for campus procurement staff.
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014

Green Guide for Universities

Released at the international conference Making Universities Sustainable, the free guide, developed by the International Alliance of Research Universities and Sustainia, provides 23 case studies of environmental, financial and social successes to show universities how to become more sustainable.
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014

Net Impact's Business as UNusual Guide to Graduate Programs

With information compiled from a written questionnaire by Net Impact chapter leaders and a online student survey, the newly released 2014 Business as UNusual Guide for students by students highlights the social and environmental impact of graduate programs.
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014

Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly Publication

The most recent issue of the Council of Undergraduate Research's Quarterly publication is themed Undergraduate Research in Support of Sustainability and features articles about action research and campus learning laboratories.
  • Posted Oct 20, 2014

New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

The most recent issue includes a commentary on the Clean Water Act, the voluntary carbon market, behavior change, and waste reduction and efficiency improvements.
  • Posted Oct 20, 2014

New Issue of Sustainable Business Magazine

The latest issue, featuring a forward from AASHE's Executive Director Stephanie A. Herrera, spotlights the American University, Portland State University, University of Calgary, University of California at San Francisco, University of Maryland, University of Northern British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan.
  • Posted Oct 20, 2014

STARS New Integrated Resources Tab

To better support STARS participants, the new Resources tab on each credit in the online Reporting Tool will provide shareable credit language in PDF format to help guide responsible parties with data collection, tools like template spreadsheets and calculators, and best practice reporting examples from other STARS participants. Log-in to the Reporting Tool https://stars.aashe.org/accounts/login/?next=/tool/ to check it out and suggest a new resource (or two)!
  • Posted Oct 13, 2014

Sustainability and Economics by NJ Arts News [VIDEO]

This recently released video features experts from the University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and discusses the intersection of economics and sustainability, its current impact on the higher education community, and living more in harmony with the planet.
  • Posted Oct 13, 2014

AASHE Member Discount: LittleFootprint Lighting

LittleFootprint Lighting manufactures the HeronLED Personal Task Light made in the U.S. from recycled electronic waste. AASHE members will receive an additional 10 percent off special web pricing and with each sale, donating 15 percent of proceeds to Fight for Light.
  • Posted Sep 2, 2014

Promoting Sustainable Landscapes - Making a Case for Campus Trees

This webinar is now available as a resource to AASHE members only.
  • Posted Sep 1, 2014

Stewardship News Now Published

The summer edition of Audubon International's publication features a partnership with AASHE with campus models for sustainability.
  • Posted Sep 1, 2014

SEI Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.0)

The Sustainable Endowments Institute recently released the 1.0 version of its energy and resource efficiency tracking system. GRITS is a web-based tool that can calculate project-level energy, financial and carbon data, access a project library with data from other schools, and create graphs and visuals. Any school can subscribe to GRITS through the GRITS Affiliates program, even those without a revolving fund. A 30-day free trial is available.
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014

New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

The latest issue features articles about the 2014 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit, understanding nature through literature, visually planning sustainability research and more.
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014

2014 Conference & Expo Full Schedule

Themed Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities, the 2014 Conference & Expo now offers its full schedule of workshops, sessions, expo hours and more to assist participants in creating their personalized plan.
  • Posted Aug 11, 2014

Green and Sustainability Jobs Poster

Presented by Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium fellows, the free downloadable posters can be used in office and career centers to promote sustainability jobs.
  • Posted Jul 28, 2014

2014 California Higher Ed Sustainability Conf Presentations

Presentations from the 13th Annual 2014 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference are now online. Hosted by the Associated Students of San Diego State University, attendees of the conference shared information about innovative best practices and policy achievements made in California in the past year. 750 faculty, staff, students and administrators were in attendance from 53 campuses, across four systems of higher education and included 222 speakers.
  • Posted Jul 21, 2014

Water Efficiency Toolkit by Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund and AT&T have developed a set of tools and resources that can help organizations build their own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings and save money in the process. Tools include an Excel-based water performance assessment and calculator, cooling system efficiency guide and videos, and sample water audit forms.
  • Posted Jul 21, 2014

AASHE Member Discount: SolGreen Solutions Outdoor Solar Seating

AASHE Members save an additional 15 percent on every SolGreen SmartTable purchase. The SmartTable is a battery-banked table and seating unit designed to provide power without being connected to the electric grid. Discount expires July 31, 2014.
  • Posted Jul 15, 2014

Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference Proceedings

In April, Second Nature and Hampshire College convened a group of high-level stakeholders to explore approaches to aligning higher education and foundation endowment investment portfolios with their institutional mission and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. This report from the Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference captures event outcomes and opportunities for moving forward.
  • Posted Jun 30, 2014

NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports Guide

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released the NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports guide, a free tool to promote sustainability in collegiate sports. Using the Greening Advisor, colleges and universities have the opportunity to identify the greening initiatives that can help advance institutional efforts to attain or improve a STARS rating.
  • Posted Jun 30, 2014

New Issue: Int’l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The newest issue includes articles about responsible consumption, transportation-related carbon dioxide, climate change, values-centered pedagogies and community responses to removal of bottled water.
  • Posted Jun 23, 2014

Sustainable Purchasing Toolkit

With support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, AASHE is pleased to provide a toolkit highlighting AASHE's sustainable purchasing resources.
  • Posted Jun 16, 2014

AASHE & Members Highlighted in Sustainable Business Magazine

The magazine's first issue highlights latest trends in campus sustainability and gives a nod to AASHE's future.
  • Posted Jun 9, 2014

Second Nature's Alliance for Resilient Campuses

Founded by Second Nature and closely partnered with the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC) is an initiative that will evaluate risk and vulnerability of climate change, offer tools for collaborative assessment and implementation, and evaluate progress and fill research and knowledge gaps.
  • Posted Jun 9, 2014

Green Energy Survey Toolkit

This new resource allows students to conduct a one to three hour green energy audit with local organizations and then make recommendations for change, offering students valuable sustainability consulting experience and a valuable skills-based learning opportunity.
  • Posted May 26, 2014

Tradepal Now Available in All U.S. Colleges

Founded in 2009, Tradepal, a university and college marketplace to barter, buy and sell items, is now available to all college students nationwide with a simplified signup process to propel collaboration. With each transaction, the marketplace quantifies the environmental impact from reuse through a carbon savings score for both students and networks.
  • Posted May 26, 2014

ACUPCC On Air Series Archive

The four archived discussions held in April on behalf of the ACUPCC are An Interview with Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, author of The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus; Reflection on the 2014 Intentionally Designed Endowment Conference; New Directions for Clean Air-Cool Planet and University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute; and Accounting for Campus Forest in Carbon Calculations.
  • Posted May 19, 2014

Intentionally Designed Endowment

This newly released document from Hampshire College and Second Nature was a primer to a stakeholder engagement event in April that was organized to begin a conversation among educational institutions about aligning their investments with their missions. The document provides a background and overview of integrating sustainability factors, higher education trends in investment for sustainability, and a sampling of reports, resources and organizations pertaining to sustainability investing.
  • Posted May 19, 2014

International Sustainability Literacy Test Pilot

Brought to the higher education community by AASHE, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), the International Sustainability Literacy Test is a free, online multiple choice question assessment, with customized versions for different countries and regions of the world. It attempts to assess a student’s basic level of knowledge about sustainability, including social and environmental responsibility, and can be administered in any college-level course, undergraduate or graduate.
  • Posted May 12, 2014

Track and Manage Energy Investments Application

On April 22, the Sustainable Endowments Institute launched the new Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) 1.0, an online tool that offers a bridge between management and performance reporting of energy and resource efficiency investments. GRITS is a space for institutions to track, analyze and share data on specific sustainability projects or groups of projects, offering more capabilities than traditional spreadsheet tracking.
  • Posted May 12, 2014

Rocky Mountain Institute Launches New Climate Change Video

RMI just launched a new video campaign about what an important role building efficiency plays in mitigating climate change.
  • Posted May 5, 2014

Stories of Sustainability: Engaging Students and Removing Silos

The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium's recent webinar is now available online, both the slides and the audio.
  • Posted May 5, 2014

Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership by ARAMARK

Released this month, the last of 10 chapter essays by David Hales, president of Second Nature, discusses the role and responsibility of presidential leadership in higher education to promote and integrate sustainability across the curriculum using a variety of measures.
  • Posted Apr 28, 2014

SEI Case Study: Denison University: Green Hill Fund

Published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the recently released case study is on Denison University's Green Hill Fund, which was created in the summer of 2011. The $1 million dollar fund posts an average return on investment for projects of 17.7 percent and to date has saved the campus 3,346 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.
  • Posted Apr 28, 2014

Educational Series: Years of Living Dangerously

National Wildlife Federation is the education partner for the new series, Years of Living Dangerously (YEARS). The NWF YEARS website provides free access to the first episode of the YEARS series, and provides tools and resources to support the episode for campuses to take action on their campus to address climate change.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014

Incorporating Sustainability into Campus Strategic Planning

The newly archived webinar discusses Spelman College's integration of sustainability in strategic planning and all campus operations, a focus on personal impact and accountability on the environment and the pursuit of a LEED Gold Standard for all new construction and renovation projects.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014

New Book: A Power Plant Primer for District Energy Systems

Written for central power plant operators, university professionals working in this setting will learn how to bring efficiency to the system.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014

Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, has released its fifth annual guide to the greenest institutions in North America. The resource profiles 332 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.
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014