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Happy New Year! Below are the top ten most clicked Bulletin stories of 2017.

  1. AASHE Announces 2017 Sustainability Award Winners
  2. AASHE Announces Sustainability Award Finalists
  3. Princeton Review Releases 2018 Green Honor Roll
  4. GreenMetric Releases 2016 Ranking
  5. 2017 Sustainable Campus Index Lists Top Performers
  6. Sierra Magazine Releases Annual Cool Schools List
  7. 250 Institutions Commit to Climate Leadership
  8. AASHE Releases Value of Sustainability in Higher Education Publication
  9. 30 College Presidents Back Carbon Pricing Campaign
  10. AASHE Releases 2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey Report

As is customary at the beginning of the year, we take a look at news stories published in the Bulletin in the prior year to see which stories generated the most interest as measured by the amount of clicks.

For the third year in a row, the data indicates that recognition matters! We see the top two most clicked stories are about the winners and finalists in the AASHE Sustainability Awards program, which recognizes sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership.

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AASHE Sustainability Award winners, captured at the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo awards ceremony.

All of the major rankings are represented in the list too – the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, the GreenMetric, AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index, and Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools.

We Are Still InIn light of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, it’s perhaps not a surprise that advocacy for climate stability was also of importance to readers. Campus participation in the We Are Still In coalition and the Put a Price on It Campaign also appear in the top 10 most clicked stories.

Outside of the stories I’ve mentioned, I’m pleased to see two AASHE resources were also on the list. Over a year in the making and in collaboration with the AASHE community, Beyond the Right Thing To Do: The Value of Sustainability in Higher Education is a publication that articulates how sustainability is smart business for higher education and attempts to help higher education sustainability professionals more powerfully articulate the value of sustainability. Our biennial staffing report, which examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities, tells how campus sustainability positions continue to grow and evolve.

We thought it might be interesting to offer a visual representation of how many stories were published in 2017 across each category. The bar chart below shows how many stories were published where that category is the primary topic of the story.

2017 Bulletin Story Chart

As we move forward into 2018, I hope that you and others at your school or organization continue to hold the sustainability banner high and champion a cause that benefits the whole world. AASHE remains committed to this cause and will continue to release valuable resources and information to empower you and other change agents to be drivers of sustainability innovation. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments via the Bulletin throughout the new year.

Everyone at AASHE wishes you a happy new year and abundant sustainability wins.