Sustainability organizations

Sustainability Organizations:

American Society for Engineering Education (which has an Environmental Engineering Research division). See Project #2 associated with the ASEE NSF Kaleidoscope project: You need to be an ASEE member, though you do not need to be American (even though it is funded by the National Science Foundation).

APPrO, Association of Power Producers of Ontario, is a non-profit organization representing over 100 companies involved in electricity generation in Ontario, including generators and suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, AASHE, is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future – the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration

Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability  (ACTS) – a non-profit member based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand. Website includes a newsletter and information on its conference

Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) – advocates for Environmental Education and promotes best practice. It contributes to skills development among educators across the country and internationally.

BC Sustainable Energy Association – Offers free resources for classroom use in B.C. as well as online resources for further inspiration.

Canadian Professional Sustainability Institute is an organization focused on increasing  awareness of sustainability in the Canadian business community in order for it to become mainstream in society. Their vision is to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to embrace sustainable practices.

Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a student-run and faculty-directed organization providing a web-based clearinghouse of information for consumers, business people, non-profit organizations, students, and governmental agencies interested in sustainable practices.

Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles. The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.
Read the Charter at

eatART (Energy Awareness through Art) is an art collective based in Vancouver, BC. The mandate is to foster large-scale technically-sophisticated art that raises questions about the social and environmental impact of energy use

Education for Sustainability Action Group – through the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), this group was formed in 2013 after two EDC conference sessions about sustainability education, to share ideas, information and opportunities related to education for sustainability and its support at the educational developer, instructor, curriculum, institutional and national levels.

In March, 2014, we started the Education for Sustainabilty (EfS) listerv.  Copy and paste this URL into your browser:

If you would like to also join the Action Group (by having your name and institution added to the team list above), please email Alice Cassidy. You can be in the Action Group, the listserv, or both. We started this listserv to help bring together people in the action group, folks who have come to conference sessions we have led and others interested in sustainability education and leadership at the post-secondary level. We welcome everyone and anyone. The goals of the listserv are:

Share:  examples of your work and resources

Help:  by providing guidance to each other

Network:  to meet like-minded colleagues for possible project, conference, paper or other collaborations

We feel that sustainability education and leadership are central to the work of all educational developers as sustainability pedagogy is important to any discipline or level. For example, experiential learning, flexible learning, learning innovation, linking class activities and assignments to learning outcomes (a large-scale initiative at some of our institutions), as well as complex, real-world, hands-on learning, and other aspects of good pedagogy.

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 300 universities and colleges, supporting sustainability within the UK tertiary education sector. Presents the Green Gown award.

Global University Network for Innovation,; also GUNI Toolbox – Recommended Bibliography

GreenHeartEducation: Resources to get started or add to your curriculum, course or program:

GreenLearning Canada – Their mission is to create innovative teaching resources and other rich educational experiences that empower Canadians to create positive environmental and social change in their own lives, schools, and communities.

Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) See also a popularized version of the fourth assessment report.

Learning for a Sustainable Future, LSF, was founded in 1991 by a diverse group of youth, educators, business leaders, government and community members in order to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s education system.

Natural Recourses Canada’s CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology department. CanmetENERGY promotes the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians.

Natural Step is an international organization that provides a framework for sustainable thinking and a network for conscious leaders.

OSEA, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, is a respected advocate, facilitator and business catalyst bringing the public, commercial and community sustainability energy sector and their supporters together to address emerging trends.

People and Plant Green League – “Student action on world poverty and the environment’, gives out awards and has an interactive table ranking UK universities by environmental and ethical performance

Pembina Institute is a Canadian non-profit organization that advances sustainable energy solutions through research, education, consulting and advocacy. The institute envisions a world in which all immediate and future needs are met in a manner that protects the earth’s ecosystems; ensures clean air, land and water; prevents dangerous climate change; and provides for a safe and just global community.

Resources for Rethinking – Their mission is to promote the resources, knowledge, skills and practices, through education, essential for a sustainable future.

Sea to Sky Outdoor School provides educational programs centered towards the individual needs of elementary and high school groups pushing for a shift towards a sustainable path.

Second Nature promotes education for sustainability by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

Sierra Club BC- Started in 1998 in response to teacher requests for environmental education materials. Their goal is to educate the population so that it is aware of, concerned about, and connected with the environment.

Sierra Club Canada, originally part of the U.S. based Sierra Club has been active in Canada since 1963. Their mission is to empower people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. Today there are five chapters across Canada located in British Columbia, the prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and along the Atlantic. There are also dozens of local and community based groups spanning from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island.

Sierra Youth Coalition, SYC, is an organization run by youth for youth, acting as the youth arm of the Sierra Club Canada.

Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick an organization developed in response to The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development, of which Canada is a signatory and The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development whose goal is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.

Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone (SENSE) is a group of organizations, businesses and individuals dedicated to the promotion of ideas and practices which will help Nova Scotia become sustainable.

Sustainable Cities International is an organization that has led the way in the creation of knowledge about urban sustainability. Their projects are designed to demonstrate how towns, cities, and regions can be more sustainable.

UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), for which UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues we face in the 21st century.

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future – US-based secretariat for the Talloires Declaration on sustainability in higher education.

US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development


3 Responses to Sustainability organizations

  1. GreenHearted says:

    Here’s another resource on sustainability education at the postsecondary level:

  2. Pingback: Join the Education for Sustainability listserv | Alice Cassidy's In View Education and Professional Development

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