Educational Institutions


Inspiring higher education to lead the sustainability transformation


Philadelphia, PA


AASHE's mission is to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation.

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Executive Director

Meghan Fay Zahniser

Main Address

2401 Walnut St, Ste 102

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA


sustainability, campus, college, university, environment, conservation, energy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Professional Societies & Associations (C03)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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We are the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. We serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE has over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries. Our strategic goals are: -Empower members to be transformational leaders for sustainability by providing indispensable resources and outstanding professional development -Catalyze sustainability action and innovation through STARS -Accelerate higher education’s contributions to global sustainability through increased outreach, communications and advocacy -Enhance organizational capacity & resilience

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Our Mission: To inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation.

Our Vision: AASHE will lead higher education to be a foundation for a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world.

Goal 1: Grow AASHE's membership to include at least 1,200 actively engaged colleges and universities, NGOs, government partners and businesses

Goal 2: Empower members with indispensable resources to advance higher education sustainability

Goal 3: Catalyze sustainability leadership in higher education through increased visibility and recognition

Goal 4: Connect campus stakeholders with the training and professional development they need to be leaders for sustainability

Goal 5: Strengthen AASHE's organizational capacity

With a staff of 19, AASHE provides a number of programs and services to benefit our members and advance our mission including: STARS - The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Annual Conference & Expo Weekly Bulletin Campus Sustainability Hub -- A one-stop shop for toolkits & resources for sustainability in higher education. Professional Development - Workshops & webinars empowering higher education to advance sustainability. Partners & Strategic Allies - Key partners include: AASHE’s Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum, AASHE Affiliates, and HEASC. Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education. AASHE serves as the coordinating body for HEASC.

AASHE has key metrics included in our strategic plan and tracks the accomplishment of each action item tied to a strategic plan goal and objective. We’ve been able to make significant progress over the past several years in increasing member value, according to our annual member survey. Our membership retention is 89%. Our programs continue to generate interest and positive responses from our members. Our conference is the largest event related to sustainability in higher education in the world. The number of STARS participants has increased throughout the world, with institutions from 33 different countries participating. In addition, with the new version of STARS slated for release later this year, it will align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are also striving to create an impact report so that it becomes clearer how higher education is actively contributing to the advancement of sustainability throughout, and how AASHE has acted as a catalyst and convener.

Our annual reports detail our evolution over the past decade with many accomplishments as an organization as well as the catalyst for change within our community. Our conference is cited to be the motivation that keeps sustainability change agents going throughout the year. Our members have shared how STARS completely changed how their institution viewed and strategized about sustainability. We’ve also provided the connections, acting as a convener to help bring people together to learn from each other. We are proud of the work we’ve done and continue to do at AASHE. Despite our many successes, the challenges our world is facing continue to grow and, as such, our work is more important now than ever before. AASHE’s current strategic plan will carry us through 2020 where we’ll see an increased emphasis on strategic partnerships, more programming around diversity, equity & inclusion, and more resources to help our community reach their sustainability goals.

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