New Resources

SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee Meeting Report

The new report summarizes the Feb. 28 through March 2, 2018, meeting in Paris on the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education. It defines positions and recommendations by the SDG-Education 2030 steering committee on key strategic areas, discusses the critical role of regional engagement, provides broad strategic policy guidance, and proposes a global advocacy, communication and outreach strategy.
  • Posted Jan 7, 2019

The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy

The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy is a report from Real Food Challenge that is based on research focused on vendors who sell to colleges and universities that have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment. The report identifies patterns in farm/vendor-to-institutional relationships that have a positive effect on the food supply chain.
  • Posted Dec 18, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: Auburn University's Awards Program

Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability at Auburn University, joined the College Sustainability Summit Series to talk about the university's Spirit of Sustainability Awards that recognize individual students, groups, faculty, staff and/or alumni that exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions towards sustainability on campus.
  • Posted Dec 14, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue includes research articles examining sustainability assessment in higher education, engaging students in energy savings initiatives, climate adaptation in higher education, and competency-oriented education.
  • Posted Dec 9, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in 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. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Dec 3, 2018

IEN Case Study: Sustainable Investing at Arizona State University

This case study, produced and published by Intentional Endowments Network, discusses the university's move toward sustainable investing, specifically how analysis of sustainable investing strategies allow the foundation to fulfill its fiduciary duty while aligning with the university’s values and sustainability leadership.
  • Posted Nov 19, 2018

New Issue: Sustainability: The Journal of Record

Reporting on the implementation of sustainability programs, initiatives and practices in higher education and industry, the most recent issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record focuses on China and includes a Michigan Sustainability Case. Michigan Sustainability Cases is an initiative of the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability that produces case studies for sustainability education. This case explores the largest hydroelectric power station in the world, the Three Gorges Dam in China.
  • Posted Nov 15, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: University of Carolina Charlotte Campus & Community Engagement

University of North Carolina Charlotte's sustainability officer, Mike Lizotte, joined the College Sustainability Summit Series to talk about the award-winning sustainability programs on campus, student engagement, collaborations with the business community and the city of Charlotte.
  • Posted Nov 13, 2018

Projects That Matter

Projects That Matter is a free nonprofit website connecting practitioners, students, faculty and volunteers with real world sustainable development projects. Researchers and practitioners can register their projects, and students and volunteers can search the database for course projects, independent study, thesis, capstone, and alternative assignments and activities. The platform is an initiative of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development in collaboration with Changing the Present.
  • Posted Nov 13, 2018

AASHE 2018 Conference Presentations & Materials

Conference presentations and materials from the 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo are available in the Campus Sustainability Hub. There are 519 presentation uploads. Additional AASHE 2018 files may be uploaded to the Hub upon request by emailing and including the presentation name and file attachment.
  • Posted Nov 6, 2018

Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

This publication examines aspects of reducing the ecological footprint in libraries’ operations and the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. Also discussed are the theoretical background and practical applications of contributions made by worldwide libraries to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Posted Nov 5, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: University of Notre Dame's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy

The university's senior program director of Sustainability, Allison Mihalich, discusses UND's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for campus and the impact of student engagement on the South Bend community.
  • Posted Nov 2, 2018

Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education

This book proposes concrete pedagogical approaches to the study of environmental issues outside of the humanities and aims at inspiring and motivating both educators and students to become actively engaged in the pursuit of ecological preservation.
  • Posted Oct 29, 2018

The Role of Business in Education and Training for Sustainable Development

This new report demonstrates how business can help people gain the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development, navigate the future of work and create a more prosperous society. The report also shares insights and recommendations for business to promote education and training for sustainable development. The project was led by Business Fights Poverty, Pearson, Arizona State University and PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.
  • Posted Oct 29, 2018

Sustainability: Key to Long-Term Institutional Success

This report gives guidance and examples of how universities that embed sustainability in their vision, mission and values can realize a host of business benefits across four key pillars of institutional success: financial resilience; student outcomes; research and innovation, and societal impact. The publication was developed by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and University of Edinburgh.
  • Posted Oct 26, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: The Environmental Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Dave Newport, director of the Environmental Center at CU Boulder, joins the College Sustainability Summit Series to discuss the student-led center's accomplishments and service to the campus and surrounding community.
  • Posted Oct 26, 2018

New Book: Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

This open access book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools and communities to achieve the twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being in the face of volatility and uncertainty caused by digitalization, globalization and climate change. Using case studies drawn from Finland and the U.S., chapter authors explore various aspects of learning and education system design through the lenses of sustainability and human well-being to evaluate how our understanding and practice of education must transform.
  • Posted Oct 15, 2018

Golden Door Scholarship Program

Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit that provides large college scholarships to high-performing DACA students. This year the program will award up to 50 scholarships to DACA students across the country who are starting or continuing college in fall 2019. Eligible students may be currently enrolled in college pursuing an undergraduate degree, high school seniors or recent high school graduates. The deadline to apply is Oct. 25.
  • Posted Oct 15, 2018

Divest Ed Program

Divest Ed is a new training and strategy hub for the national coordination of campus divestment campaigns. The program will provide leadership development and resources to divestment campaigns across the U.S.
  • Posted Oct 15, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue of Volume 19 includes a study on university residence hall plastics recycling, a study concluding that teaching about public engagement in the classroom is critical, research on reducing food waste in buffet-style university dining halls, and a literature review on student-led action for sustainability in higher education.
  • Posted Oct 9, 2018

A Global Snapshot of Circular Economy Learning Offerings in Higher Education

Research from Tim Forslund, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Research Analyst, captures current circular economy learning offerings from 136 higher education institutions, taught in the languages of English, Dutch, Finnish and Chinese. The work shows that most of the learning offerings are found in the space of more traditional sustainability-related studies, engineering, business and design.
  • Posted Oct 8, 2018

Campus Food Pantries: Insights From a National Survey

This report demonstrates that significant financial, physical and personnel resources are being invested in campus pantries. The College and University Food Bank Alliance members who participated in this survey helped to shed light on the work involved in operating pantries and offered valuable insight into how to improve them. The College and University Food Bank Alliance provides support, training and resources to campus-based food banks and pantries and other food-insecurity initiatives that primarily serve students.

New Website: People of Color in Environmental and Climate Justice

The People of Color (POC) Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Resource Persons Database is a repository for potential speakers, advisory board members, fellowship recipients, technical assistance providers and staff members. The site also allows for people to sign up to be added to the databases–environmental and climate justice professionals, graphic notetakers, and anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion professionals.
  • Posted Oct 8, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: Achieving STARS Platinum

The co-chair of Colorado State University's President’s Sustainability Commission, Tonie Miaymoto, talks about how CSU was the first higher education institution to achieve the Platinum rating in STARS.
  • Posted Sep 26, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: UCLA's Living Laboratory for Climate Change Research

University of California Los Angeles' Chief Sustainability Officer Nurit Katz and Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer Bonny Bentzin share why UCLA is called a “Living Laboratory” for climate change research, what is the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge and how sustainability on campus impacts the city of Los Angeles.
  • Posted Sep 21, 2018

Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice

Educators can use this book as a guide to prepare students to facilitate social learning in communities that builds knowledge of, capacity for, and commitment to sustainability to facilitate the emergence of sustainable societies.
  • Posted Sep 17, 2018

Envisioning Public Scholarship for Our Time: Models for Higher Education Researchers

This book proposes a new paradigm of public scholarship that supports a diverse democracy and promotes equity and social justice. It demonstrates how public scholarship in higher education can increase its impact on practice and policy and argues that public scholarship should be recognized as normative practice for all scholars and integrated into the curriculum of graduate courses.
  • Posted Sep 17, 2018

Sustainability Case Studies: Best Practices in Campus Life

This is a collection of short case studies highlighting a range of best practices that enhance environmental stewardship, improve cost and energy efficiencies, and provide for greater collaborations among students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities. Compiled by APPA, this book includes 123 best practices from 92 separate colleges, universities or schools.
  • Posted Sep 10, 2018

2018 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the most recent calendar year.
  • Posted Sep 7, 2018

Sustainability and the Humanities

This book explores the links between sustainability and the humanities, which attempts to go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development. The book reiterates the need to promote integrated approaches to sustainable development.
  • Posted Sep 3, 2018

The Landscape of Student Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

This report highlights findings regarding the scope of student housing insecurity within the Campus Compact network. The findings are based on data from Campus Compact's Student Housing Insecurity Mapping Tool and represent a variety of institution types: rural and urban, public and private, and two-year and four-year.
  • Posted Aug 27, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue of the journal includes articles on using games to teach business sustainability, student transport mode choices, campus bottled water bans, and teaching sustainable tourism, among other things.
  • Posted Aug 17, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: Engaging 90,000 Students & Faculty at The Ohio State University

Graham Oberly, a program coordinator with The Ohio State University, talks about how the university implements sustainable practices for over 90,000 students and faculty, the modernization of 485 campus buildings and the university’s impact on the city of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Posted Aug 13, 2018

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting

This report offers 10 recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus conditions for political learning, discourse and agency during the election season and beyond. Released by Tufts University's Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Election Imperatives is a collaborative, practitioner-focused document drawn from research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institution.
  • Posted Aug 13, 2018

Raising & Mapping Awareness of the Global Goals

Raising & Mapping Awareness of the Global Goals is Sulitest’s second annual report to the U.N. High-Level Political Forum. The report highlights Sulitest’s currently available tools, research and initiatives in development or planned and summarizes global trends and indicators on awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

RFC Real Food Standards 2.1

Real Food Challenge's technical update to the Real Food Standards is in response to changes in certifications and in food policy. This technical update also captures deeper understandings of the food system to reflect emerging consensus amongst food justice and food industry organizations.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: Jessica Davis, Director of Sustainability at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

In Green Guy's College Sustainability Summit Series podcast, Eric Moncrief interviews director of Sustainability, Jessica Davis of IUPUI, to talk about the collaboration between Indiana University and Purdue University. The podcast series aims to help colleges and universities share their sustainability stories nationwide.
  • Posted Aug 6, 2018

Options for Endowment Investment in Solar Energy

Serving as a follow-up resource to the Clean Energy White Paper, this briefing paper from Intentional Endowments Network focuses on solar energy and how to most effectively enable endowments to make investments in solar projects, and the solar energy market as a whole. It provides guidance on three main approaches endowments can utilize to invest in solar: allocating capital across traditional asset classes in the investment portfolio, sponsoring a project by investing funds for its development, and allocating capital to a campus green revolving fund.

Energy Star Commercial Buildings College Course

The three-unit course offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explores energy efficiency, overcoming efficiency barriers, and benchmarking. Available at no cost, the content includes an overview document about the course, slide decks for each unit and descriptions of optional assignments. The main optional assignment is a project where students apply their learning by going out into their community to benchmark a building using Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
  • Posted Jul 16, 2018

Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene

The editors and contributors of this book explain that 'wild pedagogy' is a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in a more than human world, and relearning how to dwell in a place. It examines how 'wild pedagogy' can be relevant across disciplinary boundaries, offering six touchstones as working tools for educators.
  • Posted Jul 16, 2018

GSA Fan Engagement Playbook

The Green Sports Alliance Fan Engagement Playbook is a guide for sustainability and sports professionals describing how to ideate, design and manage fan engagement programs that develop effective, behavior-changing fan engagement programs around environmental sustainability.
  • Posted Jul 9, 2018

New Ashoka U Publication: Changemaker Institutions

Changemaker Institutions: How Higher Education Can Use Social Innovation to Better Prepare Students, Transform Campus Culture, and Lead Society toward a Better Future makes the case that social innovation can be used for institutions to meet the demands of the 21st century. It claims that social innovation can be used both as an educational framework and as an approach for institutional innovation.
  • Posted Jun 18, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in 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. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Posted Jun 1, 2018

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education is a book for higher education sustainability change makers that brings together the core constructs of leadership theory and sustainability, perspectives through which to view and value sustainability, successful activities and actions undertaken by sustainability leaders, and models and methods to successfully implement sustainability that are new to the sector. It also examines influencers on the sustainability agenda, and barriers to and enablers of success for leaders at individual, institutional and sector levels.
  • Posted May 28, 2018

New Book: Academic Social Responsibility: Sine Qua Non for Corporate Social Performance

The book makes the case that responsible management education is essential not only for academic stakeholders, but for the whole of society. Divided into three parts – “Towards the Socially Responsible University”, “Socially Responsible Education for Enterprise Development” and “Human Voice in Responsible Management Education” – it is a combination of theories, studies and experiences gained by authors from different countries and institutions who function in various institutional and cultural conditions.

How to Start and Run a Student-Managed Socially-Responsible Investment Fund

This toolkit from Intentional Endowments Network is designed to aid in the creation of new student-managed funds, expand current student-managed funds, and increase the number of funds that include socially-responsible investment (SRI) strategies in the investment process. It highlights the different ways student-managed funds can be designed, as well as the growing interest in how new and existing funds address sustainability factors in the investment process.
  • Posted May 13, 2018

Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to inspire action at all levels that will move the needle from risk to resilience.
  • Posted May 7, 2018

Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

A new practical and hands-on guide will be released in August that seeks to integrate the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies and social justice into academic disciplines. The book presents a method for designing units that give educators the tools to bring sustainability and social justice into experiential, project-based instructional approaches, and comes with a free facilitator's guide.
  • Posted May 7, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest journal issue features articles ranging in topics from sustainability leadership and eco-health communities of practice to academic air travel at Australian universities to zero-energy goals and sustainability literacy.
  • Posted May 7, 2018