National and International Programs and Organizations for Advancing Campus Sustainability
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE is a professional, membership-based association of colleges and universities whose mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies serve as AASHE partners. The association provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators and other practitioners. Founded in 2005, AASHE's goal is to to leverage the efforts of the growing campus sustainability community, uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities, including workshops, trainings and conferences.
Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)
ULSF works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to make sustainability and environmental literacy a major focus of teaching, research, service, and operations. ULSF is the secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration. Founded in 1992, ULSF pursues its mission through research, resource development, assessment, membership support, and international partnerships to advance education for sustainability. It is housed in the Center for Respect of Life & Environment, which is an affiliate of the Humane Society of America.
Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) - Australia and New Zealand
ACTS is a non-profit member based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand. ACTS aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector. ACTS seeks to build community and business partnerships at the local, regional and international level, in order to bring together a network of people for positive engagement, capacity building and change.
Campus Ecology Program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Campus Ecology supports and promotes positive and practical conservation projects on campus and beyond to protect wildlife by restoring habitat and slowing global warming. Since its founding in 1989, Campus Ecology has been helping transform the nation's college and university campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society, and training a new generation of environmental leaders.
College and University Recycling Council (CURC) of the National Recycling Coalition
CURC is a network of campus-based recycling professionals who face similar challenges and opportunities in managing college and university programs. It was formed in 1992 and became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995. It's mission is to organize and support environmental program leaders at institutions of higher education in managing resource, recycling, and waste issues.
COPERNICUS Alliance - Europe
The COPERNICUS Alliance is the European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development. The vision of the COPERNICUS Alliance is to promote the role of Sustainable Development in European Higher Education to improve education and research for sustainability in partnership with society.
Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS)
The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) is an informal network of professional associations. Among other activities, they are working on professional development around sustainability as well as changing curricula, standards, and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability. DANS members are committed to supporting sustainability within the disciplines, across the disciplines, and beyond the academy. Educating the public and promoting sustainability-related legislation are among their goals.
The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) - United Kingdom
The EAUC is the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. Run by members, for its members, the EAUC seeks to work with members and partners to drive sustainability to the heart of further and higher education.
Higher Education Associations for Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)
HEASC is an informal network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing education for a sustainable future, both within their constituencies and within the system of higher education itself. HEASC was formed in 2006 with the purpose of creating a forum for member HEA's to support each other's sustainability programming by meeting on a regular basis to share information and exchange ideas, and engaging in joint projects as appropriate to each organization's mission. AASHE coordinates the network, and the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) serves as fiscal agent.
International Alliance of Research Universities Campus Sustainability Initiative (IARU)
The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009, with the aim of promoting collaboration between member institutions and developing best practices strategies in environmental management. The initiative was formally launched at the Climate Congress, University of Copenhagen in March 2009.
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.
Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative (KAGCI) - Korea
Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative (KAGCI) was founded for the purpose of promoting sustainable education and research, taking the initiative in preserving campus environment and energy conservation, and contributing to the promotion of green culture through cooperation with local communities so that universities can participate through practical means in sustainable development and low carbon green growth.
Second Nature (SN)
Since 1993, Second Nature (SN) has worked with over 4,000 faculty and administrators at more than 500 colleges and universities to help make the principles of sustainability the foundation of all learning, practice, and collaboration with local communities. Led by SN's founder and President, Dr. Anthony Cortese, SN has conducted hundreds of consultations on various aspects of education for sustainability, as well as over fifty workshops on topics such as institutionalizing sustainability education and practice, faculty and curriculum development, sustainable planning, operations, and design, and sustainable purchasing. In addition to advisory services, SN initiates, advises, and supports select high-leverage national and regional education for sustainability (EFS) activities for which there is a clear need and committed support.
United Nations University: Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) - Asia and Pacific Islands
The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and research programmes in sustainable development and related fields.
Higher Education Sector Team of the US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (USPDESD)
The US Partnership consists of individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development. The partnership was formed to support implementation of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in the United States. The primary goal of the Partnership is to bring about a new cultural norm in which Americans are more "literate" about sustainability challenges and have both the skills and attitudes to participate in solutions. The Higher Education Sector Team has engaged over 14 U.S. higher education associations - including some of the largest and most prominent - in formal partnerships, project collaborations, and national initiatives to promote education for sustainable development.