Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Founding Year: 2006

Staff: 18

Budget: ~$2.3m (2017)

Meghan Fay Zahniser (Executive Director)

It seeks to “empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation” by enabling institutions “to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.”  They also conduct an annual Higher Education Sustainability Review highlighting achievements of >60 institutions worldwide, sponsors STARS (Sustainable Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) to measure sustainable performance, organizes the annual Sustainability Awards, and holds annual conferences.


Education and Events:

  • Conference & Expo – An annual event that with about ~2,000 participants to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions.
  • Workshops – Provide hands-on training and skill-building for sustainability leaders
  • Webinars – Allows AASHE members to learn about and share approaches for advancing sustainability.



Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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