Sustainability in higher education: a systematic review with focus on management education

Paola Schmitt Figueiró; Emmanuel Rauffle (2015). “Sustainability in higher education: a systematic review with focus on management education.”  Journal of Cleaner Production 106(1), 22–33.

Abstract: Sustainability has received increasing attention in management education over the past ten years. This article reviews a decade’s worth of research in a systematic analysis of 63 articles published in international higher education and management education journals between 2003 and 2013. The purpose of this article is to map and review the publications based on the analysis according to the following four categories: (1) Types of papers, (2) Challenges, (3) Teaching techniques, and (4) Curriculum orientation. The scientific value of this article focuses on three main contributions to management education. First, while most articles are descriptive, focusing on specific, unique experiences in a given institution or with a particular teaching method or tool, few situate themselves within the broader philosophy and design of management education. The second contribution is an evaluation of the status of sustainability in management education as a field of study. This systematic review highlights the lack of consistency in the concepts used: no stable categories emerge from these articles and very few studies integrate the three levels of educational philosophy – teaching, program design, and learning. Third, this review highlights future directions for sustainability in management education institution-wide. While all articles highlight the need for curriculum change, very few specify how this change could and would be achieved by course design or explicit educational paradigms.

Webinar archive for Do You Want a Receipt With That? BPA and BPS in Thermal Receipt Papers

If you missed today’s webinar on BPA and BPS in thermal receipt paper, you can watch the recording, download the slides, and learn more at

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has developed a retailer toolkit available at If you work in a restaurant or retail outlet that uses thermal paper, or know someone who does, you should definitely check this out.

Webinar: Data Center Efficiency 101: What Sustainability Managers Should Know

Tue, Aug 11, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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This non-technical presentation on data center energy efficiency will: 1) Explain savings opportunities in an easy-to-understand manner; 2) Empower anyone to spot ways to reduce energy costs in a data center or server room; and 3) Describe free resources you can tap for further assistance.

Recommended attendees: school administrators, energy managers, facilities managers, energy efficiency advocates, sustainability professionals, and IT managers. This webinar is sponsored by ENERGY STAR and hosted by Second Nature and AlterAction, a US EPA ENERGY STAR Technical Support Contractor.

National Library of Medicine guide to web resources in laboratory safety

Laboratories can be dangerous.

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a guide to web resources in laboratory safety with links to information for clinical, academic and school labs. It includes resources for handling chemical, biological, and nanotechnology safely.

The guide also links to repositories of health and safety videos and includes pre-formulated searches of NLM resources.

Check it out at

White House, EPA Honor Environmental Education Award Winners

On Friday, July 17, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will recognize the winners and honorable mentions for the annual President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The 44 students and 27 teachers from across the country will be honored at a ceremony at the White House for outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship.

The event will be live streamed at

In addition, EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation will announce the winner of NEEF’s 2015 Bartlett Award. The Bartlett Award is given to an outstanding PIAEE winner for demonstrating creative integration of environmental education across subject areas, engaging others in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges, and increasing student achievement within and beyond the classroom.

“To solve our future environmental challenges, young people need to understand the science behind the natural world — and create a personal connection to the outdoors,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These teachers and students are demonstrating the important role of environmental education, and showing how individual actions can help address climate change, protect the air we breathe, and safeguard the water we drink.”

The PIAEE awards are given to environmental educators who use innovative, hands-on, experiential approaches. Winning teachers led unique programs such as conserving nearby aquatic ecosystems, building a hydrogen fuel-cell powered Model T car, and developing outdoor laboratories and classrooms.

PIAEE Winners:

  • Ross McCurdy, North Scituate, RI
  • Minnuette Rodríguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sven Strnad, Plainsboro, NJ
  • Liam McGranaghan, Purcellville, VA
  • Anne Moore, Goochland, VA
  • Robert Hodgdon, Richmond Hill, GA
  • Jenna Mobley, Atlanta, GA
  • Lisa Bircher, East Palestine, OH
  • Jolie Hobbs, Van Buren, AR
  • Michael Hotz, Kansas City, KS
  • Sara Forness, West Fargo, ND
  • Sarah Lord, Billings, MT
  • James Powell, Atherton, CA
  • Ryan Monger, Sultan, WA
  • Robert Shepard, Edmonds, WA

PIAEE Honorable Mentions:

  • Morgan Cuthbert, Yarmouth, ME
  • Kim Preshoff, Williamsville, NY
  • Jessica McAtamney, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kevin Willis, Carmichaels, PA
  • Kathleen King, Stockbridge, GA
  • Carrie Settles, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Joseph Brady, New Philadelphia, OH
  • Lesley Zylstra, Milwaukee, WI
  • Josh Armstrong, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Jackie Lacey, San Bernadino, CA
  • Barbara Bromley, Silverdale, WA
  • Sarah Gotschall, JBER, AK

The PEYA awards celebrate student leadership in service projects to protect the environment and build a livable, sustainable global community.

PEYA-winning projects:

  • “Operation Ban the Bottle,” Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Sudbury, MA. Team Name: Lincoln-Sudbury High School Environmental Club
  • “It’s a Pressing Matter,” Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Team Name: Pinelands Eco Scienteers.
  • “Conversion of Plant Waste Materials into Useful Fuel Blocks for Combustion,” Fairfax, VA. Individual Project Lead: Eugene Jeong
  • “A Green and Novel Technology for Recovering Copper and Wood from Treated Wood Waste—Part 1,” Durham, NC. Individual Project Lead: Sharon Chen
  • “EcoErek,” Curtice, OH. Individual Project Lead: Erek Hansen
  • “Arsenic: It’s What’s for Dinner,” Whiteface, TX. Team Name: Arsenic Arresters
  • “South Boulder Creek Flood Restoration,” Boulder, CO. Individual Project Lead: Seth Blum
  • “Don’t Be a Nurdle, Help the Sea Turtle” Watsonville, CA. Team Name: Mount Madonna School
  • “Creating an Efficient and Novel Method for Remediation of Marine Oil Spills through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Principles,” Portland, OR. Individual Project Lead: Sahil Veeramoney

Today, EPA is also announcing a new interagency agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support both research and on-the-ground work that will help foster the student-nature connection through environmental education, stewardship and conservation. The agreement will help advance the Hands On the Land (HOL) program, a national network of partnerships between federal agencies and local schools that creates opportunities for students to learn in America’s largest classrooms – national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments, and other federally-owned public lands. Formed in 1999, HOL now has more than 150 partnerships around the country. This agreement will support development of 20 new school partnerships. The agreement will also support environmental education research, including a review of citizen science and experiential outdoor youth education programs. This research effort will seek to improve the understanding and recognition of the role of environmental education in achieving environmental and conservation goals, helping students develop lifelong learning skills, and fostering a greater sense of respect and responsibility for the environment among communities.

USGS Multimedia Gallery

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) seeks to “serve the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth.” While the agency provides numerous resources of interest to Scout readers, the USGS Multimedia Gallery may be particularly handy for educators looking to use audio and visual aids to galvanize lesson plans and classroom activities. The site is organized into three categories: Photography & Images, Videos & Animations, and Audio and Podcasts. Each category features hundreds of multimedia resources. For instance, selecting “View All… Collections” under Photography & Images navigates to a page where readers may choose among subcategories such as Geography, Native American and Tribal Activities, Satellite Images, and many others. Additionally, the Public Lecture Series, a collection within Videos and Animations, features a number of webinars on such topics as the Resilience Potential of Coral Reefs in the Mariana Islands and Climate Change Effects on Fisheries in the Great Lakes. [CNH]

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Green Lunchroom Challenge to Assist IL Schools with Food Waste Prevention, Reduction

Read the full post on the ISTC Blog.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) announces an exciting new project that addresses the challenge of food waste. In order to identify sources of food waste in K-12 schools and facilitate its prevention and reduction, ISTC, in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), UI Extension, and Beyond Green Partners, Inc., is launching the Green Lunchroom Challenge this fall. Funded by US EPA Region 5, the program is open for participation from K-12 schools throughout the state. However, marketing of the program will be targeted toward underserved regions of southern Illinois, including Pulaski, Alexander, Marion, White, and Fayette counties. According to data from the ISBE, over 70 percent of K-12 students in those counties are eligible for assistance through the National School Lunch Program. By preventing and reducing food waste in these areas particularly, and throughout the state, the Challenge will not only achieve environmental benefits, but also stretch federal and state assistance and resources through increased efficiency.