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The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has released a publication that documents the continued growth in campus sustainability efforts across the United States and Canada.
AASHE Digest 2007 offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability efforts from 2007. The 230-page report includes more than 800 stories about sustainability efforts at higher education institutions. AASHE has organized the digest into 24 chapters, including campus operations, education, research, administration, and finance.
The digest offers ample evidence of broadening and deepening campus sustainability efforts as more institutions of all types get involved. Campuses also are undertaking more significant measures than ever to improve sustainability performance. Throughout 2007, 452 presidents and chancellors committed to climate neutrality by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and at least 35 other colleges and universities announced their own climate commitments and energy-conservation plans
Digest stories also document the emergence of ranking and rating systems that compare campuses on sustainability criteria. There were at least six attempts to evaluate campus sustainability performance in 2007, ranging from the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card to AASHE’s first draft of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
To download a copy of the digest, visit the AASHE Web site.