AASCU is committed to raising awareness about sustainability and sustainable development, and to promoting operational practices that enhance the sustainability of the Association and its member campuses. AASCU’s work in this area is directed by the Sustainable Development Committee and is enhanced
through a variety of partnerships with leading sustainability-oriented organizations.
The Sustainable Development Committee was established by the AASCU Board of Directors in July 2014. It is responsible for exploring educational and operational practices that raise awareness about sustainability and sustainable development, and for promoting implementation
choices for the Association and its member campuses.
The Committee is guided by three core commitments:
Chair: Ira K. Blake, president, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Please consider sharing your sustainability & sustainable development innovations on the
AASCU Innovations Exchange, an online forum that allows our member campuses to share information about successful new programs, policies and practices. Innovations in the area of Sustainability & Sustainable Development are organized into the following four subcategories:
Read what AASCU staff are doing for sustainability best practices (pdf)
ecoAmerica's Solution Generation
AASCU is a founding partner of Solution Generation, a coalition of higher education partners committed to leading by example on a path to a positive future for climate solutions. By joining Solution Generation, we have committed to working together to educate, engage, and inspire our students, campuses, communities,
and other higher education leaders on climate change solutions.
We urge AASCU member institutions to join the Solution Generation program at
www.SolutionGeneration.org. Members of the Solution Generation coalition have access to:
Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)
AASCU is a founding member of HEASC, which is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and within the entire system of higher education.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASCU is also a member of AASHE, whose mission is to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability
American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.