AASHE Releases '2010 Campus Sustainability Review'

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AASHE Releases ‘2010 Campus Sustainability Review’

Publication kicks off AASHE e-book offerings

DENVER, Colo. (August 2, 2011)— The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is ushering its publications into a new era of mobility and accessibility with its "2010 Campus Sustainability Review," the first of AASHE’s e-book offerings. The publication, available to AASHE members on the association’s website, is also now accessible through Amazon Kindle to members and non-members.

“E-books are a significant part of how the public is gaining information and distributing the '2010 Campus Sustainability Review' through Kindle will provide a larger population with access to our work,” said Paul Rowland, AASHE Executive Director. “Our review of 2010 indicates that higher education continues to increase its activities to create a more sustainable society through education and operational practices. We received more stories from more institutions indicating continued growth in campus sustainability. ”

Revealing new ways of thinking about and incorporating sustainability into campus operations, planning and curriculum, the "2010 Campus Sustainability Review" takes a look at the higher education sustainability movement through AASHE Bulletin statistics, stories focused on notable practices and interviews with campus sustainability champions including Oberlin College’s Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David Orr.

A few notable findings from an analysis of 2010 AASHE Bulletin stories include:

• 1,488 individual stories; a 6 percent increase from 2009, which published 1,391 individual stories

• 274 job opportunities specifically focused on improving sustainability on higher education. While there was a dip in sustainability faculty opportunities from 2009 (28 percent), there was a healthy rise in sustainability staff opportunities in 2010 (33 percent).

• 80 new campus sustainability resources

• 560 higher education institutions represented; 105 of which appeared for the first time in 2010

• 146 new sustainability-focused academic programs; a 29 percent increase from 2009, which captured 113 programs

• 84 new campus solar installations

• 29 completed or planned campus energy overhauls with an estimated savings of up to $50 million each over 10 years

• 180 environmentally friendly higher education structures; a nearly 10 percent increase from 2009, which reported 166 structures

The inaugural Campus Sustainability Review is a move away from the past AASHE Digest format. The AASHE Bulletin Interactive Archive, which debuted in October 2010, does most of the work of the Digests, eliminating the need for a comprehensive list of stories each year. Now, every published AASHE Bulletin story, event, opportunity and job listing is available in one searchable interface. The database can be used to search for specific AASHE Bulletin items or to browse all published AASHE Bulletin items from 2008 to present. Users can find stories by AASHE Bulletin issue date, story topic or date range.

About AASHE: AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the businesses that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.