New Resources

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

NWEI Course Book: Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability

This new Northwest Earth Institute discussion course book addresses the need for a holistic approach to the planet's challenges through global context and the influence of human daily actions. Each course book includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.
  • Posted Apr 14, 2014

2014 AASHE Webinar Schedule

The 2014 AASHE Webinar schedule will provide the higher education sustainability community with tools and support in the areas of energy, social equity, purchasing, behavior change, certification and much more. New this year, AASHE webinars are free for AASHE members and $50 for non-AASHE members.
  • Posted Apr 7, 2014

ACUPCC Progress Report Video

As part of its ACUPCC 101 Video Series, the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment recently released a video on creating and submitting your institution's Climate Action Plan progress report, which details the progression of carbon neutrality.
  • Posted Mar 31, 2014

National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

Center for Green Schools, together with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, released a National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, a call for action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students across the United States. The plan outlines a robust goal for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy by 2040. While this resource focuses on K-12, there are chapters that have a relationship with higher education including Collaboration, Economic Drivers, Pre-Service Teacher Preparation and Research.
  • Posted Mar 31, 2014

NRDC Guide to Composting at Sports Venues

The newly released guide by the Natural Resources Defense Council has been produced to assist stadiums and arenas in increasing their diversion of food and yard wastes for beneficial use.
  • Posted Mar 31, 2014

2013 EAUC Green Gown Awards Case Studies

In an effort to promote dissemination of good practice, the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Sustainability Exchange now houses a brochure of case studies from all the 2013 Green Gown winners, highly commended entries and finalists.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2014

Education for Sustainability Listserv

The new listserv is available to anyone interested in sustainability in teaching and learning in tertiary education. This new communication forum has been organized by the Action Group for Education for Sustainability, which is part of the Educational Developers Caucus.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2014

Southeastern EcoReps Conference Presentations

After the recent eco-reps conference held by the University of South Carolina, the school has made all the presentations available from the 2014 conference as well as the 2013 and 2012 events. Presentations from 2014 include communicating sustainability, bike sharing, investments, eco-reps training and waste diversion.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2014

USGBC 2013 Report Card

The recently released infographic from the U.S. Green Building Council provides a snapshot of green building involvement from the higher education community. It catalogs the number of students who attend institutions with green building policies and the amount of people-hours dedicated in support of green building.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2014

AASHE Member Discount: Springboard Biodiesel Processor

Springboard Biodiesel is offering $1,000 off the regular MSRP sales price of any BioPro™ 190 or 380 processor purchased. Offer ends March 31.
  • Posted Mar 18, 2014

CURC Zero Waste Campus Toolkit

Recently released by the College and University Recycling Coalition and University of Oregon, the toolkit provides information about business principles, how to start a campus zero waste program, and policy and implementation strategies.
  • Posted Mar 17, 2014

Full 2014 AASHE Workshop Line-Up

We are pleased to offer the full schedule of 2014 AASHE Workshops, allowing you to plan ahead by viewing the full list of workshops for the year. The 2014 Workshops were chosen from those submitted on behalf of the AASHE Professional Development request for proposals. This year's event topics include campus-as-living-lab, behavior change, sustainability curriculum and sustainability on community colleges.
  • Posted Feb 24, 2014

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

The latest issue includes articles about attitudes toward climate change, electronic textbooks, community sustainability, U.S. campus sustainability plans, and student perceptions of Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Posted Feb 24, 2014

Toolkit for Academic Libraries: Educating for Sustainability

Recently released by Library Juice Press, this edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.
  • Posted Feb 10, 2014

HEASC Paper: Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education

A recently released paper entitled What Are We Advancing from the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium examines the shifting role of the university and college development office in a national trend toward advancing sustainability in higher education. The paper presents a range of ideas in support of a more whole-system approach to the conservation, alignment and development of resources in support of more sustainable institutions.
  • Posted Feb 4, 2014

Composting Strategies for Colleges and Universities

This recently archived webinar discusses how the campus community can work to reduce and eliminate food waste from traditional campus sources, and by reducing the waste stream save money and reduce its environmental impact.
  • Posted Feb 3, 2014

Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy Funding Resource Guide

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released the Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment as a resource guide that lists the various federal financing programs for which energy efficiency and clean energy qualify.
  • Posted Feb 3, 2014

New AASHE Guide: Campus Green Funds How-to Guide

AASHE’s newest resources aim to help colleges and universities finance campus sustainability projects. Developed in partnership with the Campus Green Funds Collaborative, the Campus Green Funds How-to Guide outlines best practices and lessons learned in designing, managing, promoting, and evaluating campus green funds and their respective projects. AASHE is debuting the Campus Sustainability Green Funds Database in tandem with the publication, providing information on funds at over 130 higher education institutions.
  • Posted Jan 28, 2014

EAUC Communities of Practice Resource

(U.K.): To encourage more specialized learning and information sharing, the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges offers a member exchange of ideas, skills and experience within the following groups: Fair Trade, information technology, attitudes and behaviors, carbon intensive research and travel planning professionals. AASHE members can gain access to the member-only content of EAUC by logging into and viewing this page.
  • Posted Jan 27, 2014

Green and Sustainability Jobs and Career Resources

This resource includes both U.S. job boards and U.S. career pathway resources that can help students explore which careers they are interested in, what competencies are desired for different paths, and what jobs are presently available, made possible by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability and the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Posted Jan 21, 2014

Drilling for Natural Gas at Case Western Reserve U Case Study

Researchers at the university analyzed the process by which a college or university would go about making the decision to drill for natural gas on its property, including financial and non-financial factors. The paper was recently published in Planning for Higher Education Journal.
  • Posted Jan 13, 2014

Princeton U 2013 Single-Stream Pilot Results

The downloadable PDF offers the results and conclusions from the recently completed single-stream recycling pilot program.
  • Posted Jan 13, 2014

SEED Center 'Campus as a Living Laboratory' Guide

The recently published guide highlights eight essential elements to building effective living labs to revitalize college education.
  • Posted Jan 13, 2014

New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record

The latest issue features articles about sustainable consumption, curriculum, international sustainability advancement, shared governance and distributed leadership among others.
  • Posted Dec 17, 2013

AASHE Member Discount: Sustainability: The Journal of Record

A voice in the sustainability community, the publication documents the implementation of sustainability programs in higher education and business. When AASHE members subscribe today they will save up to 40 percent! Just enter Group Code "AASHE" when subscribing. Discount offer expires January 1, 2014.
  • Posted Dec 10, 2013

Managing Organizational Sustainability: The Business Case

The newly released report from the Center for Green Schools and McGraw Hill Global Institute presents the business case for sustainability professionals in the workplace.
  • Posted Dec 10, 2013