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Sustainability Resources

Quick links to resources from HEASC Member Associations

  • AACC - American Association of Community Colleges
  • AASCU - American Association of State Colleges & Universities
  • AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • ACPA - College Student  Educators International
  • ACUHO-I - Association of College and University Housing Officers - International
  • APPA - Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers 
  • CCCU - Council of Christian Colleges & Universities
  • NACUBO - National  Association of College & University Business Officers
  • NAEP - National Association of Educational Procurement
  • NAICU - National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
  • NIRSA - National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
  • SCUP - Society for  College & University Planning

Quick links to other Resources

AACC - American Association of Community Colleges

AASCU - American Association of State Colleges & Universities

  • AASCU Names Sustainability One of Top 10 State Policy Issues for Higher Education in 2009  (PDF)
  • The State College Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability: Policies, Programs and Practices  (PDF)
    The American higher education enterprise has the capacity and fortitude to confront many of the country’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Many institutions and state college systems are using campus resources to carry out grassroots environmental initiatives. These activities have yielded important environmental, educational, and economic dividends. Continued campus efforts will be most successful to the extent that policymakers provide leadership and support to advance common environmental agendas.
  • Funding Sustainability Projects  - guide prepared by AASCU's Grants Resource Center
    The 'greening' of the campus, involving energy efficient and environmentally responsible development, is at the top of every agenda; over time, the importance and ramifications of this movement are going to increase. Colleges and universities have been quick to vocalize their ambition to support sustainable and renewable energy practices, leading to a greatly increased demand for external financial support for such projects.

AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

ACPA - College Student Educators-International


  • ACPA Institute on Sustainability
    The goal of the institute is to provide individuals and institution teams with a wealth of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members.

ACUHO-I - Assoc. of College & University Housing Officers-International

  • Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) - created in 2008, the SAC reports to the President and works closely with the Director of Sustainability to provide the Association with recommendations on sustainable initiatives and to provide the membership with educational, social, and economic sustainability education and information.
  • Higher Education Sustainability Fellows - two selected in 2008.
  • 21st Century Project  - a multi-phased initiative leading to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art residential facility. The project will assist colleges and universities in designing new buildings that reflect the ever-changing roles residences play in the collegiate experience. Innovative solutions in the areas of sustainability, flexibility, community, and technology will make these residence halls of the future a reality.

APPA - leadership in educational facilties

CCCU - Council of Christian Colleges & Universities

NACUBO - National Association of College & University Business Officers



NAEP - National Association of Educational Procurement

NAICU -  National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities

NIRSA -  National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association

SCUP - Society for College & University Planning


Sustainable Event Resources

These resources were collected to assist HEASC member associations in making their meetings and conferences greener.

Meeting Planning Support

Other Resources

  • HEASC Sustainable Meetings and Conferences Report (PDF) (October 2007)
    This report was written to help HEASC members understand the trends that are occurring in the green meeting industry and to provide the best resources for helping members implement sustainable practices in their own meetings and conferences.
  • Sustainable Meetings and Conferences Questionnaire (Doc) (June 2007)
    This document was created for ACUHO-I as a list of criteria that could be included in an RFP when seeking venues for meetings and conferences. It was assembled from several sources including the Convention Industry Council's "Green Meetings Report", CERES' "Green Hotels Resource Guide", and the National Recycling Coalition's "Green Meetings Policy."  Feel free to download this document and use in your own RFPs. It is divided into functional sections so you can use the portions that are applicable to your event and modify as needed.

Sustainable Conference Products

  • Enviro-Tote®, Inc. makes environmentally friendly promotional tote bags that can be used for meetings or conferences. They offer various types of bags made from unbleached and colored cotton, certified organic cotton, and The Bottle Bag™, a material made from 100% recycled soda bottles. Bags can be imprinted with your logo and a custom message.
  • offers many eco-friendly items for campus and conference events.
  • MayaWorks offers fairly traded, fabric products hand-made by Guatemalan artisans including conference items.
  • Rivanna Natural Designs creates environmentally and socially responsible recognition awards and gifts. These include gifts and plaques created from FSC-certified wood and from recycled materials. Rivanna is a small, woman-owned business based in Charlottesville, VA.  You can download their catalog (PDF).
  • Rebadge - recycled badge holder. Rebadge is a clear PLA (poly lactic acid) badge holder made from plants, not plastic, and is certified compostable by ASTM D6400 and DIN EN13432 standards.

Sustainable Purchasing Resources

  • Whistler 2020 Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines
    Developed by the Resort Community of Whistler (BC).  "Sustainable purchasing is about including social, environmental, financial and performance factors in a systematic way. It involves thinking about the reasons for using the product (the service) and assessing how these services could be best met. If a product is needed, sustainable purchasing involves considering how products are made, what they are made of, where they come from and how they will be used and disposed of."   Offers a glossary, tools, purchasing assessments for key product classes, and worksheets for assessing unique or infrequently purchased items.
  • AASHE Resources on Sustainable Purchasing
  • Responsible Purchasing Network
  • Lead story of ACCED-I's e-Communique on sustainability in the context of on-campus meetings. The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International's (ACCED-I) first installment of a two-part article on campus sustainability as it relates to greening conferences and events held on college and university campuses. Part one of Environmental Sustainability in Conference & Event Services, by Scott D. Doyle, residential and event services at Cornell University, appears in the April/May 2006 of ACCED-I's member publication e-Communique.

The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

Support the ACUPCC  (checklist) provides examples of how your organization can promote the ACUPCC to your constituents

ACUPCC webcasts sponsored by HEASC Members

  • Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory – What Does it Take? (NACUBO)
    This informational webcast explains the general principles of conducting a GHG inventory, while providing contrasting examples from two campuses that have used different methods. Includes experts from Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) and AASHE, and stories from the University of California, Berkeley and Unity College (Maine) on how they conducted their GHG inventories.
  • Commit to Change: Leading Your Campus Towards Climate Neutrality (NACUBO)
    Three CFO’s and a facilities director speak about the strategies they have employed to lead their campus team toward climate neutrality. They also provide an ACUPCC overview and implementation refresher, discuss the far reaching impact of the Commitment, and approaches for financing sustainability on your campus.
  • Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Achieving Climate Neutrality (APPA)
    Describes the organizational ingredients necessary for building a successful campus energy program, emphasizing energy conservation, green building design, green power purchasing, and renewable energy generation -- strategies central to any campus effort designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or achieve climate neutrality. Other topics covered include energy policies, green computing, energy awareness, working with ESCOs, obtaining top level support, the key role of facilities managers, and developing climate action plans.

Professional Development


Sustainability: The Journal of Record cover higher education sustainability.

Webinars, Conferences, Workshops, Presentatations

These presentations may be useful in making your own presentations about sustainability.

  • Education for a Sustainable Future: What You Need to Know (PDF)
    Learn from national experts Debra Rowe (US Partnership), Judy Walton (AASHE) and Terry Calhoun (SCUP) about sustainability education in curriculum, facilities, purchasing, student life and more. Share this one-hour teleconference with your staff and association members.
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (PPT) by Brian Yeoman
  • Sustainability in Higher Education (PPT) by Tony Cortese
  • HEASC Sustainability Workshop - held for ACUHO-I staff, April 2007.  Contains links to resources as well as comprehensive lists created by the ACUHO-I staff as a result of examining ways that their respective functional groups can apply sustainability principles to their practices and operations.
  • Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard- The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
  • Sustaining God's Creation: The Role of Higher Education (PDF) by Tony Cortese
  • Sustainability 101 (1-hour) & Sustainability: Step by Natural Step (3-hour)
    Fresh and innovative e-learning experiences developed by The Natural Step that provide practical sustainability education to a broad base of business, government, and community organizations that are serious about moving towards more sustainable operations
  • Greg Craven, high school science teacher from Monmouth, Oregon, has created clever and informative presentations around the complex issue of climate disruption. Check out and share his wisdom by clicking here.

Reports, Articles, Case Studies

Listserves and Blogs

  • Green Schools (GRNSCH-L) - the primary listserve for activities relating to sustainability on higher education campuses. Ask questions, post events, publications, etc..  To subscribe Email: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU with subject heading “SUBscribe GRNSCH-L” also put “SUBscribe GRNSCH-L” in the body of the text (delete all other text from the body, including your signature. Only “SUBscribe GRNSCH-L” should be in the email.
  • Inside Higher Ed: "Getting to Green" a blog by G. Rendell - an administrator pushes, on a shoestring budget, to move his university and the world toward a more sustainable equilibrium. Sign up for this daily blog
  • HEASC Website Guidelines for Sustainability Pages (PDF) - A short guide that can help get you started!
  • News Digests Archives - updates on HEASC activities, 2006-2009


HEASC Legislative Actions

Letter to Boxer and Inhofe, 2009
"We, the undersigned leaders of higher education associations, write to urge you to recognize the vital role of education, at all levels, in preparing the American people to participate fully in a clean energy economy..."