Understanding Sustainability

Sustainability References



  • To search the entire database by keyword, enter a term or terms in the "keywords" box and leave the "category" tab at the default setting of blank, then click the "search" button.
  • To search by keyword within a category, select a "category" from the drop-down menu, then enter terms in the "keywords" box, then click "search."
  • To browse within a single category, select the desired category, but leave the "keywords" box blank, then click "search."

Reference Search Results You searched for ecoreps

AASHE. 2009. Climate Action Planning Wiki: Cool Campus! A How-to Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Lexington, Kentucky.

AASHE. 2010. "Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action." Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Denver, Colorado. [PDF] [video of 2010 conference]

Abbott, J. Anthony and Kiryssa Kasprzyk. 2012. "Hot Air: University Climate Action Plans and Disarticulated Federalism." The Professional Geographer 64(4):572-585. [PDF]

Aber, John, Tom Kelly, and Bruce Mallory (eds.). 2009. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future. University of New Hampshire Press, Durham. [Chapter one by T. Kelly (PDF)]

Abercrombie, Steve. 2008. "Pesticide-Free Campuses." Pages 233-244 in W. Simpson (ed.), The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia. [PDF]

ACUPCC. 2009. Education for Climate Neutrality and Sustainability: Guidance for ACUPCC Institutions. Version 1.0, April 2009. American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Ahmed, Fahmida. 2008. "UC Berkeley's Climate Commitment." Pages 113-122 in W. Simpson (ed.), The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenges of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia.

Ahn, H.K., M.C. Smith, S.L. Kondrad, and J.W. White. 2010. "Evaluation of Biogas Production Potential by Dry Anaerobic Digestion of Switchgrass-Animal Manure Mixtures." Applied Biochemistry Biotechnology 160:965-975. [related paper by Ahn & Smith (PDF)] [abstract]

AWEA. 2013. "Annual Wind Industry Report, Year Ending 2013 - Executive Summary." American Wind Energy Association, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Ballesteros, Athena Ronquillo, John Coequyt, Marcelo Furtado, Jasper Inventor, Wolfram Krewitt, Daniel Mittler, Oliver Schäfer, Sonja Simon, Sven Teske, and Arthouros Zervos. 2007. Futu[r]e Investment: A Sustainable Investment Plan for the Power Sector to Save the Climate. Greenpeace International, European Renewable Energy Council, Stuttgart, Germany. [PDF]

Barlett, Peggy F. 2005b. "Reconnecting with place: Faculty and the Piedmont Project at Emory University." Pages 39-60 in Peggy F. Barlett (ed.), Urban Place: Reconnecting with the natural world. MIT Press, Cambridge. [PDF] [related short video]

Barlett, Peggy F. and Geoffrey W. Chase (eds.). 2004. Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change. MIT Press, Cambridge. [PDF]

Bartlett, Albert A. 2012. "The Meaning of Sustainability." Teachers Clearinghouse for Science Education Newsletter 31:1-14. [PDF] [related article (PDF)] [related video lecture by A. Bratlet on the exponential function]

Beddoe, Rachael, Robert Costanza, Joshua Farley, Eric Garza, Jennifer Kent, Ida Kubiszewski, Luz Martinez, Tracy McCowen, Kathleen Murphy, Norman Myers, Zach Ogden, Kevin Stapleton, and John Woodward. 2009. "Overcoming Systemic Roadblocks to Sustainability: The Evolutionary Redesign of Worldviews, Institutions, and Technologies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(8):2483-2489.

  • "Many governments worldwide have long-standing policies that promote growth in market goods at the expense of non-market public goods generated by healthy ecosystems. These include (i) over $2 trillion in annual subsidies for market activities and externalities that degrade the environment (i.e., perverse subsidies) (Myers and Kent 2001); (ii) reduced protection or privatization of the commons (Barnes 2006); and (iii) inadequate regulations and inadequate enforcement of existing regulations against environmental externalities (Brown 2007)." (p. 2486)
  • "Economies have weathered innumerable financial crises. However, the current financial crisis pales in comparison to the biophysical crisis. Yet these more critical crises are pushed off the front page by the financial crisis and the dominant worldview of continued economic growth and consumption. Not only do our current institutions and instruments fail to address the real crisis, they accomplish mutually reinforcing goals that move us in the wrong direction. No attention is given to the relationship between the biophysical crises and the market economy, although continuous economic growth in the wealthy countries is actually a major cause of the biophysical crises (Daly 2007)." (p. 2486)

CAFF. 2008. "Building Local Food Programs On College Campus: Tips for Dining Administrators, Family Farmers & Student Advocates." Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Davis, California. [PDF] [CAFF website]

Cavoukian, Raffi. 2011. "The Right to a Future: Urgent Need for a New Lens and Lexicon for Conveying Climate Collapse." Truthout 28 January. [related TED talk]

Christensen, T., M. Godskesen, K. Gram-Hanssen, M.-B. Quitzau, and I. Røpke. 2007. "Greening the Danes? Experience with consumption and environment policies." Journal of Consumer Policy 30(2):91-116. [PDF]

Clark, Susan G., Murray B. Rutherford, Matthew R. Auer, David N. Cherney, Richard L. Wallace, David J. Mattson, Douglas A. Clark, Lee Foote, Naomi Krogman, Peter Wilshusen, and Toddi Steelman. 2011. "College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 1): Integrating Knowledge, Education, and Action for a Better World?" Environmental Management 47(5):701-715. [part 2 (PDF)]

Clay, Sean. 2005. "Increasing University Recycling: Factors Influencing Recycling Behavior among Students at Leeds University." Earth & E-nvironment 1:186-228. [PDF]

Cockerill, Kristan and Jana Carp. 2009. "Leveraging Opportunities for Campus Sustainability: A Case Study of Water Resources." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 5(2):28-37.

Combes, Bernard P.Y. 2005. "The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014): Learning to Live Together Sustainably." Applied Environmental Education and Communication 4(3):215-219. [PDF]

Cook, John. 2010. The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism. SkepticalScience.org. [PDF] [related video]

Cortese, Anthony D. 2001. "Education for Sustainability: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability Through Higher Education." Second Nature, Boston. [PDF] [related video]

Cortese, Anthony D. 2003. "The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future. Higher education can serve as a model of sustainability by fully integrating all aspects of campus life." Planning for Higher Education March-May:15-22. [PDF] [related video]

Cortese, Anthony D. and Amy Seif Hattan. 2010. "Education for Sustainability as the Mission of Higher Education." Sustainability: The Journal of Record 3(1):48-52. [PDF

Darby, S. 2010. "Smart metering: what potential for householder engagement?" Building Research and Information 38(5):442-457. [PDF]

Eric Hendey. 2013. "Does Divestment Work?" Harvard University Institute of Politics. 

Fischer, C. 2008. "Feedback on household electricity consumption: a tool for saving energy?" Energy Efficiency 1(1):79-104. [PDF]

Goffma, Ethan. 2013. "Divestment May Make Us Feel Good, But Does It Work?" SSPP Blog, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 13 August.  

Gram-Hanssen, Kirsten and Toke Haunstrup Christensen. 2012. Carbon calculators as a tool for a low-carbon everyday lifeSustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 8(2):19-30.

Greyson, James. 2007. "An economic instrument for zero waste, economic growth and sustainability." Journal of Cleaner Production 15(13):1382-1390. [PDF] [related article (PDF)] [TED video

Hignite, Karla and Kevin Lyons. 2008. "Waste NOT: A Discussion about Green Purchasing with Rutgers University's Kevin Lyons." Pages 173-180 in W. Simpson (ed.), The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia. [related pdf]

Hignite, Karla. 2009. Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint. Center for Facilities Research, APPA, Alexandria. [PDF]

Johnston, Andy. 2007. Higher education for Sustainable Development: Final Report of International Action Research Project. Forum for the Future, CELE-OECD, IMHE. [PDF]

Kermath, Brian M. 2008. "Why Go Native? Landscaping for Biodiversity and Sustainability Education." Pages 221-231 in W. Simpson (ed.), The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability, APPA, Alexandria. (Published in 2007 in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 8(2):210-223.)

  • "One way is to alter key elements of the human landscape in strategic places, because they are physical expressions of our cultures. How we procure food, recreate, and manage our urban areas, for example, all have landscape expressions that reveal our worldviews, values, and past judgments. When biodiversity and natural heritage matter more deeply to us, we will see our urban landscapes with more ecologically complex assemblages of native plants that are more wildlife friendly and reliant on natural processes than the ecologically simple, capital intensive, and environmentally toxic industrial landscapes we consume everywhere today. The landscape aesthetic too will shift, so that it is no longer determined by the physical end-product alone, but also by weighing in the environmental costs of production and management. When this happens, a truer sense-of-place that is deeply rooted in a genuine respect and appreciation for Earth's life-giving processes will sprout literally from our yards. The 'garden of the month' award will no longer go to the mere prettiest garden in the community, but rather to the prettiest garden that best maintains ecological integrity."
  • "...most colleges have not been as connected to the solutions as they could be, which is not surprising considering that a majority of campus administrators have been shown to lack an adequate understanding of sustainability. On the curricular side, campus environmental roles historically have been to train technicians in the maintenance of the status quo and to appease well-intentioned environmentalists with activities that fall short of what is needed. On the management side, their roles largely have been to comply with regulations. Of course, we need technicians to fix and improve existing systems and we should comply with regulations, but it is also important to challenge and move beyond conventional thought and practices. True progress does not come about without challenging the orthodoxy and exploring the options. Such advice routinely rings from campus halls everywhere. It is past time to add substance to the rhetoric." (pp. 228-229)

Kermath, Brian. 1997 [2013]. "Frequently Asked Questions about Native and Exotic Plant Species and Sustainable Native Landscaping." Unpublished.

Lissy, Mary. 2012. "Carbon Footprint of an Educational Institution as a Technique for Sustainable Development." The International Journal of Engineering and Science 1(2):196-200. [PDF]

Lu, Xi, Michael B. McElroy, and Juha Kiviluoma. 2009. "Global Potential for Wind-generated Electricity." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(27):10933-10938. [PDF] [news story]  

Lund, Henrik and Poul Alberg Østergaard. 2009. "Sustainable Towns: The Case of Frederikshavn Aiming at 100 % Renewable Energy." Pages 155-168 in Woodrow (Woody) W. Clark (ed.), Sustainable Communities. Springer, Dordrecht. [pre-publication draft (PDF)

McFarlane, Donovan A. and Agueda G. Ogazon. 2011. "The challenges of sustainability education." Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 3(3):81-107. 

McNally, Jess. 2010. "Massive North Atlantic Garbage Patch Mapped." Wired Science 19 August. [related article(PDF)]

Mooney, Chris. 2011. "The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science. How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link." Mother Jones 18 April.

NCSE. 2003. Recommendations for Education for a Sustainable and Secure Future. A Report of the 3rd Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), 30-31 January, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

NWEI. 2013. "Higher Education Introductory Packet." Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI). [related video]

Orr, David W. 2002b. "Four Challenges of Sustainability." Conservation Biology 16:1457-1460. (Revised for the "Spring Seminar Series - Ecological Economics," School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, 2003.) [PDF] [related video]

Oskamp, Stuart. 2000b. "Psychological Contributions to Achieving an Ecologically Sustainable Future for Humanity." Journal of Social Issues 56(3):373-390. [PDF]

Peters, Jason. 2008. "Destined For Failure." Orion November/December.

Rees, William E. 2010b. "What’s Blocking Sustainability? Human Nature, Cognition, and Denial." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):13-25. 

Riley, Patrick. 2001. "Email’s Contribution to Total Paper Consumption on the UC Berkeley Campus: An Investigation of the Printing Behavior of both Students and Staff." Berkeley. [PDF]

Robinson, Brett H. 2009. "E-waste: an assessment of global production and environmental impacts." Science of the Total Environment 408(2):183-191.

Robson, Andrew. "Becoming a Sustainable Campus: An Experience with the Earth Charter Community Summits." University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, United States. [PDF]

Roy, Robin, Stephen Potter, and Karen Yarrow. 2008. "Designing low carbon higher education sys- tems: Environmental impacts of campus and distance learning systems." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 9(2):116-130. 

Royte, Elizabeth. 2006. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. Back Bay Books, New York. [short video] [interview podcast from NPR] [excerpt] [review by Neil Genzlinger] [review by William Grimes] [brief excerpts (PDF)]

Scott, Rowena H. 2013. "Sustainable curriculum, sustainable university." eCULTURE 2(1): 15. [PDF]

Sharp, Leith. 2009. "Higher Education: The Quest for the Sustainable Campus." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 5(1):1-8. 

Simpson, Walter (ed.). 2008. The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia.

Simpson, Walter. 2008. "A Reflection on Green Campuses." Pages 3-12 in W. Simpson (ed.), Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia.

Simpson, Walter. 2008. "Organizing an Effective Campus Energy Program: Lessons from the University at Buffalo" Pages 67-88 in W. Simpson (ed.), Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability. APPA, Alexandria, Virginia.

Toor, Will, and Spenser Havlick. 2004. Transportation and sustainable campus communities: Issues, examples, solutions. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 

York, R. 2006. "Ecological Paradoxes: William Stanley Jevons and the Paperless Office." Human Ecology Review 13:143-147. [PDF] [related video]

Log In