The United Nations defines sustainability as "... development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
The AASHE's mission is "to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation."
Its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) ranks universities and colleges on their self-reported sustainability efforts. The rankings show how member institutions compare, but more importantly, provide emulatable best practices and generate new ideas.
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD and UNITAR, was created in 2012.
Through its association with the United Nations, HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policymaking.
Learn more about the HESI report on 2019 Global Event: "Green Jobs & Green Minds: How can Education Rewire the Future of the Planet?" (PDF)
Find your place in one or more of UHCL's 107 student groups, many of which align with sustainability goals. Some of those groups are listed below. For the full list, visit GetInvolved.
- EnSci (Environmental Science)
- Environmental Justice Association
- Green Hawks
Promoting Social Justice
- Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society
- Alpha Phi Sigma crime and social justice issues
- Hawks 4 Community
- Social Work Student Organization