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Sustainability Organizations

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


  • Acronym: AASHE
  • Category: International
  • Description: AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.
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American College and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment


  • Acronym: ACUPCC
  • Category: International
  • Description: The American College & University Presidents' Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universties that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.
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University Leaders for a Sustainable Future


  • Acronym: ULSF
  • Category: International
  • Description: The mission of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is to support sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide through publications, research, and assessment.ULSF also serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan committing institutions to sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching and practice. Over 350 university presidents and chancellors in more than 40 countries have signed the Declaration.
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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium


  • Acronym: NECSC
  • Category: Regional
  • Description: The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Organized around the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the NECSC members have committed to an annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the area's vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community. The NECSC represents more than forty institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces.
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New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling


  • Acronym: NYSAR3
  • Category: State
  • Description: This group's mission is to provide statewide leadership on waste reduction, reuse and recycling issues and practices to improve the environment. The College Council section of this organization is designed to provide a forum through which college students, environmental staff, and faculty can share information about common environmental problems and best practices that have been developed to overcome those problems.
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Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities


  • Category: Regional
  • Description: The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities is an intercollegiate collaboration established to more fully engage its members in the regional environment. The mission of the Consortium is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education, and research. The Consortium facilitates intensive cooperation among its regional colleges and universities, and organizes inter-institutional collaboration among faculty. By channeling this extraordinary bank of intellect, talent and activism into innovative education and public service, the Consortium advances knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River Valley and beyond.
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