The following links provide access to educational resources that may be useful to colleges and universities interested in green building and other sustainable practices. The resources are organized in the following categories:
- 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability by Timpson, Dunbar, Kimmel et al
- Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods by Lynne Elizabeth (Editor)
- A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Alexander et al
- Building Ecology: First Principles For A Sustainable Built Environment by Peter Graham
- Ecological Design by Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan
- Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century by Julian Keniry
- Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building by Marian Keeler and Bill Burke
- Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide by the US Green Building Council
- Morning Star, Homes for Our Future: American Indian Housing Initiative Pen State Solar Decathlon 2007 by David Riley, Cori Thatcher, Claudia Torres Arriaga and Greg Olsen.
- Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practices across Higher Education, edited by Paula Jones, David Selby, and Stephen Sterling
- The Builder's Guide to Cold Climates: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Cold-Climate Building Techniques by Joseph Lstiburek
- The Green Studio Handbook by Alison Krok and Walter Grondzik
- The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability by 7group and Bill Reed
- Urban Design for an Urban Century: placemaking for people by Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, and Oliver Gillham
- Higher Education's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate
An evaluation of how colleges and universities are prepraing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities. The report was developed by the Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee--covened by the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
- Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement
A document, developed by USGBC's Center for Green Schools, discusses how campus faculty and staff can involve students in green building projects and facilitate their contributions to the LEED certification process.
- Building Sector Must Change to Meet Global Energy Targets
A World Business Council for Sustainable Development study emphasizing the importance of changes in building techniques to help improve global energy efficiency targets.
- Energy Efficient Buildings
This report on Energy Efficient Buildings by Research and Markets examines the concepts of energy efficiency in both commercial and residential building designs.
- Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus
This report presents the business, educational, and moral arguments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campuses.
- Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future
This report includes the many different ways in which students are employing to create a sustainable future at colleges and universities.
- Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and a Green Workforce
This report examines the growing role of community colleges in a low-carbon, clean energy economy. It offers examples of innovative strategies and practices being used by community colleges to address climate change, environmental stewardship, and green workforce development. It also provides information on the fastest growing sectors and jobs in the clean energy/green economy that provide strategic opportunities for community colleges and their students.
- Green at Fifteen?
This environmental literacy study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the first comparative knowledge base on what students know about the environment and environment related problems.
- Green Buildings and Productivity
In this study of 154 green buildings, containing some 2,000 tenants, across the United States, researchers at the University of San Diego and CB Richard Ellis find that people who work in green buildings are more productive and call in sick less often than employees who work in conventional buildings.
- Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits
This Capital E Report by Gregory Kats examines the costs and benefits of using green technologies in the American educational system. This study was funded by the George Gund Foundation, the Kendall Foundation, and the US Green Building Council.
- Guide to Climate Action Planning: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus
This document was prepared by the Sustainability in Higher Education (SCUP) and the Campus Ecology Project.
- Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy (Version 2 of the Global Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve)
A McKinsey & Company study providing data to enable corporate leaders, academics, and policy makers decide how best to achieve emission reductions.
- Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action
Developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), this paper looks at activities that can increase the scale and scope of education for sustainability.
- The State College Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability: Policies, Programs and Practices
This higher education policy brief by the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) describes the important role of state colleges in advancing environmental sustainability.
- Thesaurus of Sustainability
This sustainability thesaurus was compiled by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Sustainable Cities seeks to clarify the language used to define sustainable tools and practices and provide an operational definition of sustainability.
- Grant Seekers Go Green
This article address the problem of how to subsidize educational investments into green jobs training, including staff and equipment, during these tough economic times.
- US Companies waste $2.8 billion annually to power idle PCs
An Alliance to Save Energy article detailing the cost of energy wasted on idle computers in offices.
|ACUPCC Academic Guidance Document|| |
The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment document identifies some of the best educational sustainability practices across higher education and provides resources to assist the ACUPCC signatories.
|DOE Tribal Energy Program: College Student Summer Internships|| |
Resource on summer student internships for academic and professional development in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability, provided by the Tribal Energy Program of the US Department of Energy.
|AASHE Educational Resources|| |
The green building educational resources provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
|Campus Environmental Resource Center|| |
The Campus ERC provides resources to staff, administrators or faculty who are looking to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs.
|The College Sustainability Report Card|| |
The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability and to provide accessible information for schools to learn from their peers, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.
|Society for Building Science Educators - Teaching Resources|| |
The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.
|AACC Education for Sustainable Development Collaboration|| |
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) have formed a partnership to promote activities about education for sustainable development among AACC member institutions and affiliated councils.
|Green Job Resources|| |
Economic Modeling Specialists Inc (EMSI) has published a few practical guides to green jobs with a common thread stressing the need for data-driven strategies on the local and regional level.
|Green College Directory|| |
This directory created by Our Earth and Duke University provides information on undergraduate, masters and PhD degree programs and includes links to campus carbon inventories and recycling opportunities, environmentally focused student clubs and organizations, and environmental opportunities in the local community.
|Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers|| |
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released this book as a practical guide for anyone working in a college or university setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campus. It explores the challenges, both real and perceived, to significant reductions, and provides successful examples, and resources necessary to address the challenges.
|BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®)|| |
BEEP is an innovative operational excellence program by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation to teach commercial real estate professionals how to reduce energy consumption and costs with proven no- and low-cost strategies for optimizing equipment, people and practices. BEEP’s six-course series provides the information, strategies, technologies, how-to guides and resources you need to reduce energy and costs - via web-assisted audio seminars.
|Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums|| |
AASHE's Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums are designed to generate discussions on 17 different topics related to campus sustainability. Participants can post and respond to questions in their area(s) of expertise.
|Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as Core Requirements: Success Stories and Models|| |
This article discusses models and strategies for including sustainability, environmental literacy and social responsibility in college and university curricula
|The Campus Sustainability Series|| |
A collection of strategies and case studies to help college administrators adapt the model of campus sustainability's best practices
|Sustainability Education & Economic Development Initiative (SEED)|| |
Created by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the initiative's goal is to provide strategic guidance and resources for community colleges to address campus sustainability issues while also preparing their students for the emerging green economy. Part of the initiative includes an online center of free resources to help colleges build green job training programs on campuses. This is also an opportunity for colleges to share their best practices and experience with one another.
|USGBC's Center for Green Schools|| |
Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, the Center for Green Schools serves to engage all K-12 schools as well as higher education institutions in creating sustainable learning environments for their students and apply solid research to inform leadership—from school boards to college presidents—about the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools.
|National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)’s Climate Change Education Program|| |
This NCSE program offers online teaching resources and technology for college and university curricula on climate science and solutions.
|AASHE Peer-to-peer Sustainability Outreach Campaigns|| |
This is a directory of student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach programs, also known as the Eco-Rep program. Join the listserv to learn and share initiatives/practices with other campuses on student engagement in campus sustainability issues.
|Greenforce Initiative|| |
The Greenforce Initiative is an effort by National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) to strengthen the capacity of community colleges in six regions of the U.S. to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs that: lead to postsecondary credentials and employment in family-sustaining green careers; are designed for lower-skilled adults/non-traditional students who cannot currently access such programs; and utilize campus sustainability or "greening" efforts as a "learning laboratory" for education and training activities.
|The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition|| |
Developed by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this is a comprehensive guidebook with profiles of 311 colleges and universities (in the U.S. and Canada) that demonstrate commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
|EERE - Energy Education and Workshop Development|| |
This portal, by the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program, connects to educational programs, competitions and internships.
|ENERGY STAR for Higher Education|| |
The ENERGY STAR resource portal provides information to higher education administrators and students about partnering with the program.
|National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Executive Energy Leadership Program|| |
A six-month leadership program gives executives from Colorado-based businesses, government entities, universities, and economic development and non-profit organizations an in-depth look at solar and wind power, biofuels and transportation, and energy efficient building technologies.
|MEEA Energy Efficiency Resource Center|| |
This links to energy efficiency resources provided by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
|PBS Independent Lens - Power Paths|| |
This film follows an intertribal coalition as they fight to transform their local economies by replacing coal mines and smog-belching power plants with renewable energy technologies.
|Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC)|| |
The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) is an independent, national nonprofit organization that assists communities, colleges and universities, state and local governments, businesses, utilities, schools, and others in making the most of their local energy resources.
|Fuels for Schools and Beyond|| |
The Fuels for Schools and Beyond partners and staff provide a great resource for implementing community biomass energy projects through technical and financial assistance.
|Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET)|| |
CERET offers technical training and education on renewable energy technologies.
|Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network|| |
This website provides educational resources to help your students understand the core ideas of climate and energy science.
|Using Renewable Energy Purchases to Achieve Institutional Carbon Goals: A Review of Current Practices and Considerations|| |
This paper published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory explores the role of green power and carbon offsets in carbon footprinting and the distinctions between the two products. It reviews how leading greenhouse gas reporting systems treat green power purchases and discusses key issues regarding how to account for the carbon benefits of renewable energy.
|BrightTALK Green Building Summit|| |
Builders, companies and consumers are increasingly looking to move into green building and improve the efficiency of existing structures to provide cost savings and create a more sustainable ecosystem of buildings. The webcasts in the April 22, 2010 summit cover the benefits of green building and will discuss technical, conceptual, and logistical issues emerging in design and construction. Previous summits were held on Jan 28, 2010 and April 22, 2009.
|Building E2 Newsletter (Building Energy Efficiency)|| |
This free quarterly online newsletter, created by U.S. DOE, provides updates on commercial/residential building activities, technologies, events, and more.
|EcoIQ Magazine - Green Design and Building portal|| |
EcoIQ Magazine has created a website for everyone interested in making smart choices about how to build structures and infrastructure that are both economically and ecologically intelligent.
|Green Building 101 Training Opportunities spreadsheet (with active links)|| |
Second Nature's Campus Green Building 101 Technical Assistance Grants Program has compiled a list of courses that give a primer in green building. These courses are open and available to the general public.
Green-Buildings.com is a free online real estate community where you can get advice and share your knowledge about any topic related to commercial green buildings and LEED. It's also a source for the latest news, products, and courses for LEED and green building.
|GreenBuilding Talk|| |
This is an active forum on green building topics (design & planning, energy efficiency, building & construction, building products, etc.).
|National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)|| |
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials and help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry. The organization’s mission is to build a safe, productive, and sustainable workforce of craft professionals.
|Retrofit Depot Online Suite|| |
This Rocky Mountain Institute initiative provides a suite of online resources, tools and information to guide users through the entire design and executive process for deep building retrofits.
|Sustainable Performance Institute|| |
An institute of the Green RoundTable (GRT), the Sustainable Performance Institute provides resources, training and a certification program that measures and recognizes the capability of architecture, engineering and construction firms to deliver consistent, high quality services.
|USGBC Educational Resources|| |
This is a portal to educational resources provided by the US Green Building Council, including courses, certifications and best practices.