With so many reports, guides, and websites, it can be a challenge to know where to get started. Included below are brief lists of
-related resources and links to other organizations.
Report Card Resources
Enables you to see where all 322 schools in the
are located. Overall grades and all nine category grades are available through the map as well as direct links to each institution's full profile.
Features key findings and statistics about the latest trends in higher education.
Leading By Example
Outlines best practices and specific initiatives at schools receiving "A" grades in each of the nine categories.
Explains the research process, including how schools are selected and evaluated.
Displays the 52 indicators used in the
as well as the weighting of each.
Makes available 1,100 surveys completed by more than 300 schools for the
Included below are links to organizations, networks, and tools:
American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
More than 650 presidents have signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment pledging to eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions over time.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AASHE has numerous campus sustainability resources. While many of the resources are publicly accessible, students and employees at an
AASHE member institution
can use their institutional email addresses to create an
in order to get access to member-only resources.
Campus Climate Challenge
The Campus Climate Challenge is the largest climate-related network of student groups on 600+ campuses across the United States and Canada.
Carbon Emissions Inventory
Clean Air-Cool Planet provides free access to a comprehensive campus carbon calculator.
EPA: Energy Star Program
The EPA evaluates
for energy efficiency and conservation. Many schools have committed to purchase only Energy Star-rated electronics and appliances for their campuses, and some have constructed buildings to meet Energy Star standards.
EPA: Green Power Partnership
The EPA provides in-depth information on renewable energy purchasing options, including a list of the top 10 largest university buyers of green power.
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
A project of the
Green Electronics Council
, EPEAT is an evaluation system that purchasers can use to compare the environmental merits of different electronic products.
Fair Trade Certified Label
The Fair Trade Certified label signifies that agricultural products, such as coffee, were produced by economic, social and environmentally sustainable means.
Forest Stewardship Council: Paper Certification
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies paper producers for the use of sustainably harvested materials in production. In addition to the purchase of post-consumer recycled paper, some schools make the commitment to buy only FSC-certified paper products.
Green Cleaning Products:
A commitment to the purchase of biorenewable cleaning products is often a part of institutions’ green purchasing policies. Two credible and widely recognized certification programs are Green Seal and Ecologo (formally referred to as “Environmental Choice”).
National Wildlife Federation: Campus Ecology Program
The Campus Ecology Program has many resources, including a
Guide to Climate Action Planning
and a guide to
The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Marine Stewardship Council
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and the Marine Stewardship Council both provide guidelines for purchasing seafood from sustainable sources to prevent problems such as overfishing and bycatch.
The Talloires Declaration was the first official commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education for university administrators. Internationally, more than 350 university presidents and chancellors are signatories of the declaration.
U.S. Green Building Council: LEED Program
This site includes comprehensive information about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, as well as information about the different levels of LEED certification and access to a database of LEED-registered and -certified projects in the United States.
The interactive map enables you to see where all 322 schools in the