Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)


Institutional postal address: 
1536 Wynkoop Street Denver CO 80129
North America
United States
Denver (Colorado)

Mission / Vision

AASHE's mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.


Extending its role as a thought leader for higher education sustainability, AASHE will:

  1. Deliver services that increase its value to a growing and diverse membership and will increase its impact on sustainability in higher education;
  2. Convene experts and collect, evaluate, and disseminate information and tools to increase the understanding of sustainability and its relevance to higher education stakeholders;
  3. Support and enable higher education to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of global climate disruption;
  4. Lead the transformation of educational practices (including the curriculum) to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet sustainability challenges;
  5. Lead the assessment and reporting of metrics of sustainability in higher education for the purpose of driving improvements in sustainable practices and education through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).

Main activities

Provide professional development opportunities including an annual conference.

maintain an online center for higher education sustainability.

Publish a weekly online newsletter.

Create other publications.

Create and maintain the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). 


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government