AASHE Mission, Vision and Goals

Our Mission

AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.

Our Vision

AASHE envisions a prosperous, equitable, and ecologically healthy world. In such a world, higher education plays a vital role in ensuring that people have an understanding of the interdependencies between environmental, social, and economic forces and the skills and abilities to meet sustainability challenges.

Our Goals (Adopted June 4, 2011 as Goals for 2015)

Extending its role as a thought leader for higher education sustainability*, AASHE will:

  1. Deliver services that increase its value to a growing and diverse membership and will increase its impact on sustainability in higher education;

  2. Convene experts and collect, evaluate, and disseminate information and tools to increase the understanding of sustainability and its relevance to higher education stakeholders;

  3. Support and enable higher education to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of global climate disruption;

  4. Lead the transformation of educational practices (including the curriculum) to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet sustainability challenges;

  5. Lead the assessment and reporting of metrics of sustainably in higher education for the purpose of driving improvements in sustainable practices and education through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

*AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.