New Resources

Net Zero on Campus: A Guide for Universities and Colleges to Accelerate Climate Action

A collaboration between Monash University (Australia), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Climateworks Centre, this guide outlines steps universities and colleges could take to decarbonize and accelerate climate action. An online toolkit accompanying the guide provides resources and case studies that are relevant for different types of institutions.
  • Posted May 2, 2023

The Chronicle of Higher Education DEI Legislation Tracker

The Chronicle of Higher Education's DEI Legislation Tracker compiles information on legislation that would prohibit colleges from having diversity, equity and inclusion offices or staff; ban mandatory diversity training; prohibit institutions from using diversity statements in hiring and promotion; or prohibit colleges from using race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in admissions or employment.
  • Posted May 2, 2023

Accountable Allies: The Undue Influence of Fossil Fuel Money in Academia

Compiled by Data for Progress, the Accountable Allies project provides a fossil fuel industry donation tracker for 27 U.S. universities, and a complementary publication providing tools and information to hold companies accountable. The publication includes a compilation of research funding donated by fossil fuel companies, polling from Data for Progress that demonstrates that these contributions decrease university favorability, and a policy memo to facilitate a deeper understanding of this complex issue and provide recommendations for universities, academics and advocates seeking to hold both fossil fuel companies and universities accountable.
  • Posted May 2, 2023

Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future

Part of the World Sustainability Series from Springer, this book focuses on educating sustainability leaders and gives special emphasis to the participation of future generations on sustainability efforts. The book also discusses examples of initiatives coordinated by universities involving civil society, and the private and public sectors.
  • Posted May 2, 2023

April AASHE Webinar Recording

April's webinar recording for The Interdisciplinary Turn: A New Model for Climate Crisis Awareness and Action in Higher Education is available in the Campus Sustainability Hub for AASHE members.
  • Posted May 1, 2023

The State of Renewable Energy In Higher Education

AASHE and Coho published an editable slide deck highlighting key trends related to the adoption of renewable energy in higher education. Based on an analysis of data from AASHE STARS reports and the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the slides are intended to be used to educate stakeholders and build campus support for renewable energy.
  • Posted May 1, 2023

Sustainability and Climate Change Journal: Earth Month Special Collection

In honor of Earth Month, the Environmental Engineering Science journal and Sustainability and Climate Change journal collaborated to publish research about community-based learning, wastewater treatment, and waste reuse, among others. Free access is available through April 30.
  • Posted Apr 18, 2023

Guides to Implementing the SDGs at the University and College Level

The four brief guides are intended to help universities and colleges get started with the process of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Posted Apr 4, 2023

Racial Justice Resources for Educators

The list of resources for teaching about and educating for racial justice was published by the School of Education at American University.
  • Posted Apr 4, 2023

Energy Star HEBI Summary Scorecard

The Energy Star Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative (HEBI) provides institutions with information on how their campus energy and water performance compares to peer institutions. The summary scorecard for 2023 summarizes performance trends by Carnegie Classification, climate zone, percent residential, and expected energy use based on property types/uses found on campus. It also provides information on the impacts of COVID-19 on campus operations.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2023

Fueling the Climate Crisis: Measuring T-20 Law School Participation in the Fossil Fuel Lawyer Pipeline

Released by Law Students for Climate Accountability, the new report indicates that the top-20 ranked law schools in the U.S. News and World Report Best Law Schools ranking have produced fossil fuel lawyers at over three times the rate of the average U.S. law school. Furthermore, the report indicates that nearly half of all fossil fuel lawyers attended a top-20 law school.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2023

White Paper: Assessing Climate Risk and Strengthening Resilience for UK Higher Education Institutions

This working paper from the U.K. Universities Climate Network aims to support higher education institutions to develop processes to assess current and future climate risks, put in place plans to adapt to these risks, and identify opportunities to strengthen resilience. Authored by 19 experts from across 13 institutions, the guidance is intended to be a resource to support decision makers, senior leaders, sustainability practitioners and risk experts within HEIs.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2023

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution

This new report from Student PIRGs is a review of open textbook grant programs across the U.S. and provides recommendations for campuses interested in starting their own programs to expedite adoption of open educational resources (OER).
  • Posted Feb 28, 2023

Survey Results on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development

The International Association of Universities released a report of the third global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD), which was conducted in 2022. In total, 464 valid responses from higher education institutions in 120 countries were collected. The findings show that higher education and partnerships are essential to address the global challenges identified in the U.N. Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Posted Feb 28, 2023

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