New Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Justice Toolkit

Developed in partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Justice Working Group, the toolkit aims to help colleges and universities center principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and justice (DEIAJ) into climate action plans.
  • Posted Feb 1, 2023

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The most recent issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education features research related to student sustainability perceptions, sustainability among leadership, sustainability knowledge assessment across different academic programs, and student behavior change.
  • Posted Jan 3, 2023

Sustainable Education Abroad: Striving for Change

This newly edited volume features scholars and practitioners from around the globe discussing the role global student mobility plays in climate impact and identifies practices that can be implemented to make change. This volume aims to help stakeholders of education abroad become familiar with sustainability challenges and take the necessary steps to do better.
  • Posted Dec 16, 2022

How to Teach Climate Change Towards Empowerment

Offered through the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), this collection of strategies and resources aims to help students process climate change-related emotions and inspire action.
  • Posted Dec 15, 2022

Higher Education and Climate Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act Guide

This resource, developed in partnership between The Aspen Institute’s This Is Planet Ed, Second Nature and MIT, outlines the potential ways the Inflation Reduction Act can support higher education’s activities to address climate change.
  • Posted Dec 6, 2022

November AASHE Webinar Recording

Accessible to AASHE members, Pollinators, Pesticides and People: Landscaping Certifications Explained is now available in the Campus Sustainability Hub.
  • Posted Dec 5, 2022

Youth Climate Lab Toolbox

The Youth Climate Lab Toolbox is an open access digital library of interactive resources to help youth leverage their lived experiences and take action on key climate issues. The tools and activities were created to demystify climate policy processes, increase knowledge of the intersections of climate justice, and build skills such as critical thinking, design, advocacy and effective communication.
  • Posted Dec 5, 2022

Introduction to Responsible Investing Academic Research

Produced by Principles for Responsible Investment, this guide features academic resources on responsible investment, evidence on environmental, social and governance indicators, and financial performance and academic tools.
  • Posted Nov 14, 2022

Campus Sustainability Month Promotional Toolkit

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. College and university campuses typically host events in October that increase awareness of institutional priorities, celebrate campus accomplishments and inspire sustainability. AASHE provides a toolkit to help promote Campus Sustainability Month activities on campus.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2022

September AASHE Webinar Recordings

The following webinar recordings in the Campus Sustainability Hub are now available to AASHE members:
  • Posted Oct 4, 2022

Waste Audit Manual

This 23-page manual contains best-practices, case studies and graphics about how to identify and assess data from waste streams on campus. It shows how to go beyond simply sorting trash to using waste audits as a powerful tool to advocate for lasting behavior change on campus.
  • Posted Sep 20, 2022

Campus Sustainability Month Promotional Toolkit

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. College and university campuses typically host events in October that increase awareness of institutional priorities, celebrate campus accomplishments and inspire sustainability. AASHE provides a toolkit to help promote Campus Sustainability Month activities on campus.
  • Posted Sep 20, 2022

Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections about 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. There are over 3,000 publications in the Hub representing 81 countries, including the following recently published journal articles:
  • Posted Sep 1, 2022

Responsible Food and Beverage Procurement: A Path Forward for Higher Educational Institutions

Released by the Fair Labor Association, this paper addresses sustainable food procurement at universities, focusing specifically on social issues. Two key findings are that university buyers must work beyond their direct relationships to upstream suppliers, and that pressure on universities to improve their social sustainability in food procurement is growing.

July AASHE Webinar Recordings

The following webinar recordings in the Campus Sustainability Hub are now available to AASHE members:
  • Posted Jul 27, 2022

Enacting Student Success: Critical and Alternative Perspectives for Practice

The latest volume is designed to aid institutional leaders, student affairs educators and others in addressing challenges related to racial and ethnic disparities. Specifically, the contributors in this volume direct attention to the various considerations, approaches and conditions necessary for enacting student success commitments, especially for racially/ethnically minoritized and institutionally marginalized groups.
  • Posted Jun 21, 2022

The Case for Living Wages

This report articulates how paying living wages throughout core operations and the value chain strengthens business performance, resilience and stability, while delivering measurable social impact and enabling businesses to more effectively deliver on human and labour rights obligations. The report is jointly published by Business Fights Poverty, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Shift, with support from Unilever.
  • Posted Jun 1, 2022

University Corporate Social Responsibility and University Governance

This book provides new and original research on the purpose and functions of universities from the perspective of corporate social responsibility. It addresses professional ethics questions that relate to universities as corporate citizens.
  • Posted May 31, 2022

Investment Strategies at the University of Illinois System Case Study Report

The study lays out a compelling approach for endowment leadership on mission aligned investing. It demonstrates that a primary focus on fiduciary duty can enable an ESG and impact investing strategy.
  • Posted May 20, 2022

Climate Anxiety Discussion Guide

This four-module discussion guide, designed by a group of young people trained in talking about climate anxiety, helps facilitate conversations about the climate crisis while safeguarding young people, navigating strong feelings, and fostering emotional resilience.
  • Posted May 20, 2022

'Against the Ecofascist Creep' Teaching Resource

"Against the Ecofascist Creep" is a web zine and teaching resource that explores six everyday ecofascist myths and offers researched essays that address the structural conditions of climate crisis and other environmental concerns.
  • Posted May 20, 2022

The Wiley Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education Learning and Teaching

With contributors from a variety of disciplines, this book offers a way for higher education institutions to implement sustainability goals in their curricula and provides guidance to educators, researchers and practitioners. The authors discuss recent developments in technological innovations, best practices, lessons learned, current challenges, and reflections. They also examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainability education.
  • Posted May 20, 2022

Towards Climate Sustainability of the Academic System in Europe and Beyond

This report delves into academia’s negative impact on the climate through its own operations from the perspective of various stakeholders that play a key role in shaping the academic system. It also makes a series of tailored recommendations to mitigate detrimental effects of the academic system.
  • Posted May 16, 2022

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The most recent volume of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education includes articles on the Sustainable Development Goals, social responsibility, engaged teaching, sustainability action archetypes, and circularity and sustainability within waste management.
  • Posted May 4, 2022

Contemplative Practices and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies for Higher Education: Bridging the Disciplines

This book explores mindfulness and other contemplative approaches as strategic tools for cultivating anti-oppressive pedagogies in higher education.
  • Posted Apr 27, 2022

Re-Purposing Universities for Sustainable Human Progress

This collection of 24 articles focuses on the transformational role of academic institutions by breaking disciplinary silos and bridging theory and practice through purpose-driven organizations to make societies more sustainable.
  • Posted Apr 19, 2022

The State of Ecological Campus Land Management Across the US

Released by Herbicide-Free Campus, The State of Ecological Campus Land Management Across the US details the current status of collegiate land care practices, as well as the costs and benefits of transitioning from conventional land care rooted in synthetic pesticides to organic land care. Based on interviews and survey data, this report shows that transitioning to organic land care can save water and money, and highlights the best practices currently employed by colleges across the country who are spearheading the movement to organic land care.

The Future of Academic Research on Climate Solutions

Released by Second Nature, the report evaluates the current climate research landscape supported by the U.S. federal government and highlights key levers to improve the effectiveness of academic research for climate solutions. Researchers compiled and analyzed a dataset of over 1,800 recently awarded federal climate solution grants to universities and colleges, totaling $1.42 billion dollars, and performed stakeholder interviews to produce five recommendations.
  • Posted Apr 7, 2022

Procurement Guidance for Sustainable Research Laboratory Supplies

Published by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, the document provides a systems-level approach to guide the purchase of more sustainable laboratory supplies and services. The guidance includes targeted strategies and supporting resources to address specific impacts within the laboratory goods and services sector. Additionally, it provides systems-level approaches to integrating these strategies into procurement processes such as RFPs, supplier sustainability performance tracking, and more.
  • Posted Apr 4, 2022

Sustainability and Climate Change Journal: Sustainability Speaker Series

The Sustainability Speaker Series is a podcast series that features authors, pioneers and practitioners of sustainability and climate change research.
  • Posted Mar 30, 2022

2021 Canadian National Student Food Insecurity Report

Meal Exchange’s 2021 National Student Food Insecurity Report highlights the experiences and demographics of students in Canada facing food insecurity and outlines key barriers that prevent students from accessing affordable, diverse and healthy food.
  • Posted Mar 29, 2022

Leading With Justice: Net Zero Investing & Conversations on Climate Justice

Released by the Intentional Endowments Network, this paper explores climate justice and aims to do three things: provide a background and working definition of climate justice; argue that climate justice is central to reaching net-zero goals; and provide practical methods to implementing climate justice.
  • Posted Mar 29, 2022

Count Us In Climate Action Platform

The platform outlines meaningful ways people can contribute to a more sustainable planet, self-organize with others, influence how financial institutions use money and more. The platform organizers also released a multilingual toolkit to help students and faculty talk about why collective action on climate matters and empower action. This climate action platform is a collaboration by Count Us In and the film Don't Look Up.
  • Posted Mar 21, 2022

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is a special issue assessing the contribution of higher education institutions to sustainable development.
  • Posted Feb 25, 2022

Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research & Practice

Racial Equity on College Campuses highlights the expertise of 19 scholars and practitioners to translate research-based findings into actionable recommendations in three key areas: university leadership, teaching and learning, and student and campus life.
  • Posted Feb 22, 2022

Competences in Education for Sustainable Development: Critical Perspectives

This book highlights and explores the different ways in which Education for Sustainable Development competences have been conceptualized and implemented.
  • Posted Feb 8, 2022

The Knowledge Sector: The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing Global Environmental Challenges

This publication showcases how we can and should rely on universities to research, teach and garner action for transformative change. It is comprised of 78 final student reports and next steps on the potential of higher education institutions to serve as a knowledge sector.
  • Posted Jan 24, 2022

Toward a More Equitable Future for Postsecondary Access

This new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) seeks to reimagine college admissions and financial aid through an equity lens. The report recommends a series of actions for admission and financial aid practitioners, educational institutions and policymakers.
  • Posted Jan 24, 2022

December AASHE Webinar Recording

The recording of Summarizing Your STARS Report for Senior Leadership is now available in the Campus Sustainability Hub.
  • Posted Jan 18, 2022

Planetary Health Education Framework

The Planetary Health Education Framework aims to guide the education of global citizens, practitioners and professionals able and willing to address the complex planetary health challenges of the world today. The framework considers five foundational domains–interconnection within Nature, the Anthropocene and health, equity and social justice, movement building and systems change, and systems thinking and complexity. To ground the framework in action, each domain includes suggested process outcomes and key planetary health themes and concepts.
  • Posted Jan 11, 2022

2021 Survey of Sustainability in Education Abroad Results

The results of the 2021 Survey of Sustainability in Education Abroad illustrate sustainability performance across four dimensions and several indicators. The survey was conducted by Bound International, LLC, in partnership with Earth Deeds.