DANS advances sustainability education by:

  • Promoting the sustainability efforts of participating associations
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration among participating associations 
  • Implementing cross disciplinary projects on education for sustainability
  • Educating the public about sustainability
  • Advocating for policies that advance sustainability education
  • Providing professional development for participating associations

Our Programs

This free nonprofit website connects practitioners, students, faculty, and volunteers with projects to transform our world into a better place for all.
Created in partnership with the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), this initiative aims to empower students, educators, and the public to advocate for climate solutions.
Sulitest provides higher education institutions, companies and other organizations around the world with an internationally recognized and locally relevant tool to measure and improve sustainability literacy.
SISL is a collaborative project to increase student learning in undergraduate STEM courses and better prepare them for the ``Big Questions`` of the 21st century related to real-world issues such as energy, air and water quality, and climate change.
Much of the work of DANS is carried out by DANS Fellows. These leaders volunteer three to five hours each week to work on high impact projects that meet the strategic goals of HEASC and advance sustainability across the higher education sector. Fellows are selected on an ongoing basis from the constituencies of HEASC member associations.

Calls to Action

We call upon higher education administrators and their departments of Human Resources to infuse sustainability principles and practices into job descriptions and annual performance evaluations.

Programs We Support

In addition to coordinating the initiatives above, DANS lends its support to select programs and initiatives that it believes can make a significant contribution to sustainability education.

DAN’s sister network, HEASC, is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education.
Developed by AASHE, STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
Administered by Second Nature, the Climate Leadership Network is a diverse network of hundreds of colleges and universities that have made bold commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and/or develop community resilience.