AASHE Surveys

The following surveys have been published or sponsored by AASHE or produced in collaboration with another person or organization.

Campus Sustainability Staffing Surveys

AASHE periodically surveys campus sustainability officers about their salary and the nature of their position.


2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey
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AASHE has been conducting a survey of campus sustainability staff since 2008. This report presents the results of the 2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey. It examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, providing insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges and more. This report aims to increase our understanding of the continuously growing career field of sustainability professionals in higher education.

See press release (09/01/15)


2012 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey
Campus sustainability staff positions are growing fast on campuses, according to the latest Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report by AASHE. Sponsored by Aramark Higher Education, the publication outlines the 2012 results of AASHE’s biennial campus sustainability staffing survey.

See press release (07/09/13)


2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey (pdf)
Shows that despite national unemployment rates that hovered near 10 percent in 2010, those with positions in the higher education sustainability workforce report a sense of job security and feel satisfied with the work they are doing. With 433 completed surveys, the results offer a comprehensive look at the demographics, roles, salaries and positions of college and university sustainability-related staff in the U.S. and Canada.

2008 Survey

2008 Higher Education Sustainability Officer Position and Salary Survey (pdf)
Provides information about the roles, salaries, and positions of college and university sustainability officers. The report includes data about when and why sustainability officer positions were formed, primary job duties of sustainability officers, organizational structure and reporting, and funding sources.

2005 EFS-West Salary Survey of Sustainability and Environmental Coordinators (pdf)

Greening Collegiate Athletics Survey

Greening College Athletics

2009 Collegiate Athletic Department Sustainability Survey Report (pdf)
Shows that while sustainability efforts appear to be growing within collegiate athletics, commitment to sustainability is lower among athletic departments than compared to their institutions as a whole and to professional sports teams. The survey was distributed to the 119 athletic departments at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1A) universities. 97 institutions - 81.5 percent - responded to the survey.

See Press Release (7.30.09)