HEASC’s membership includes many of the leading professional associations in higher education. These forward-thinking organizations share a commitment to collaborating to advance sustainability within their field and in higher education broadly.
Click on the associations’ names below to see their resources and more information.
Additionally, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, associations have compiled a list of Resources for the Higher Education Sustainability Community.
- American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)AASCU an association of public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their region’s economic progress and cultural development. Its Sustainable Development Committee works to raise awareness about sustainability to promote operational practices that enhance the sustainability of the association and its member campuses.
Contact: Miriam Hankins, Associate Vice President, Membership, AASCU
- APPA - Leadership in Educational FacilitiesAPPA is the professional association for more than 15,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions throughout North America. It covers sustainability topics regularly in its Facilities Manager magazine and offers an award for sustainability in facilities management.
Contact: Steve Glazner, Director of Knowledge Management, APPA
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.
Contact: Daita Serghi, Education Programs Manager, AASHE
- Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I)ACUHO-I’s membership includes thousands of campus housing professionals who believe in developing exceptional residential experiences. Its Sustainability Committee maintains a sustainability resource center, offers webinars, and encourages sustainability-themed presentations and events.
Contact: James Bridgeforth, Director of Housing, University of South Alabama
- Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)CSHEMA supports and educates campus-based EHS professionals to empower and to improve the EHS profession in campus environments. Its Environmental and Sustainability Community of Practice encourages the development and implementation of effective environmental and sustainability programs in all college and universities.
Contact: Star Scott, Green Labs Coordinator, University of Georgia.
- College Student Educators International (ACPA)
- Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)CCCU is an international association of intentionally Christian colleges and universities working to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education.
Contact: Morgan Feddes, Communication Specialist & Managing Editor, CCCU
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)HACU represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. Its Climate Change and Sustainability program focuses on fostering the involvement of HACU members in climate change and sustainability issues.Additionally, HACU has an Advocacy Center, developed by the HACU Government Relations team, to assist advocates and other stakeholders to make their voices be heard on the most important public policy issues impacting Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other HACU member colleges and universities.
Contact: David Ortiz, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, HACU
- International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is devoted to the principles of sustainable laboratories and related high-technology facilities, from design to engineering to operation. Through worldwide partnerships and the exchange of technical expertise, I2SL will encourage the development of high-tech facilities that address the rapid pace of science, medicine, research, and development in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.
Contact: Philip Wirdzek, Founding President and Executive Director, I2SL
- National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS)NACAS is a professional trade association that supports the non-academic segment of higher education responsible for generating business through a diverse array of campus services that students need and value – such as food services, bookstores, housing, and transportation.
Contact: Donna-Jo (DJ) Pepito, Director of Research, NACAS
- National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO)NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service and professional development activities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability, business practices and support for higher education institutions in fulfillment of their missions. The Sustainability Advisory Panel strategically guides to help institutions lead the way towards a more sustainable future.
Contact: Sally Grans-Korsh, Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy, NACUBO
- National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)NAEP is a professional association dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers in the U.S. and Canada. NAEP’s Director of Sustainable Leadership advises on content and strategy for NAEP’s green purchasing trainings, articles and case studies related to sustainability and NAEP annual Green Purchasing Survey.
Contact: Krista Ferrell, CEO, NAEP
- National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)Representing over 1,000 members and associations across the country, NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private, nonprofit higher education. Its “Going Green in the Ivy Halls” initiative documents sustainability activities at private colleges and universities.
Contact: Bo Newsome, Director of Outreach and State Relations, NAICU
- National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE)As an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), NCWE provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in workforce education and basic skills, as well as representatives of business, labor, military, and government, to affect and direct the future role of two-year and other post-secondary institutions in workforce education and economic development. Its SEED Center (Sustainability Education and Economic Development) is a national resource center for community colleges for sustainability and clean energy workforce development.
Contact: Darlene Miller, Executive Director, NCWE
- NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate RecreationNIRSA is a professional association advocating for the advancement of recreation, sport and wellness on campus. Its Sustainability in Collegiate Recreation provides resources for collegiate recreation to play a critical and active role in the efforts of ongoing campus sustainability initiative
Contact: Megan Krone, Assistant Director of Club Sports, Special Events, and Team Challenge, DePaul University, NIRSA Sustainability Community of Practice Convener, NIRSA
- Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)SCUP is a community of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them.
Contact: Mike Moss, President