Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
(2006; Philadelphia; 18 staff;

A professional higher education association working towards more sustainability in the campus community.  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.” Sustainability is defined as “encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.” Conducts 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 with ~2000 participants to empower higher education sustainability professionals.


Education and Events:

  • Conference & Expo – An annual event that with about ~2,000 participants to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.
  • Workshops – Provide hands-on training and skill-building for sustainability leaders in higher education.
  • Webinars – Allows AASHE members to learn about and share approaches for advancing sustainability in higher education covering everything from academics to campus operations.


Leadership: Meghan Fay Zahniser (Executive Director)
Budget: ~$2.3m (2017)

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