Sustainability Advisory Committee

Welcome! The Sustainability Advisory Committee serves to facilitate the successful design, implementation and evaluation of the Triple Bottom Line (social justice, healthy environments and strong economies) to promote and support sustainability education, policies, and practices throughout ACPA.

Advisory Committee members review, assess, plan, and recommend sustainability educational programming and scholarship for ACPA membership to advance members knowledge, skills and awareness on sustainability and provide them with the tools necessary to make change on their campuses. In addition, the Sustainability Advisory Committee seeks to identify and advise ACPA regarding practices and policies to allow Association to function as a more sustainable organization.

Sustainability and ACPA Core Values

Sustainability Venndiagram

ACPA is one of several associations which co-founded the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEAC) in 2005 as part of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. ACPA plays a key role in the consortium by emphasizing the student development approach to teaching and learning with the national higher education community.

Among ACPA’s stated core values are the following:

  • Education and development of the total student;
  • Diversity, multicultural competence and human dignity; and
  • Free and open exchange of ideas in a context of mutual respect.

ACPA is committed to the advancement of healthy and sustainable communities throughout the world.


Committee Publications

Change Agent Abilities Required to Help Create a Sustainable Future (DOC)

Education for Sustainable Development Primer (PDF)

Envisioning a Student Affairs Division that Supports Sustainability (PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Materials Guidebook (PDF)

Tool Kit for a Better World: Ideas for Campus Activities that Support and Educate about Sustainable Living (PDF)

Toward A Sustainable Future: The Role of Student Affairs in Creating Healthy Environments, Social Justice, and Strong Economies (PDF)

Triple Bottom Line Quick Guide (PDF)

Committee Presentations

ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Sustainability (PPT) by Kathleen Gardner and Kathleen G. Kerr

Advanced Sustainability Techniques Institute-I: Moving from Rhetoric to Substance (PPT) by Kathleen Gardner, Susan Mendoza-Jones, and Jeanne Hart-Steffes

Advanced Sustainability Techniques Institute-II: Current Trends and Assessment (PPT) by Kathleen Gardner, Susan Mendoza-Jones, and Jeanne Hart-Steffes

Change Agent Abilities Required to Help Create a Sustainable Future (DOC) by ACPA and the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Higher Education and Student Affairs: Listening Tour (PDF) by ACPA Sustainability Advisory Committee on behalf of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium

Innovative Approaches to Promoting Sustainable Communities in Student Affairs (PDF) by Kaye Holman and Jim Tweedy

Integrating Sustainability into a Learning Community(PPT) by Kathleen Gardner, Kathleen Kerr, and Jeanne Hart-Steffes

A National Trend: Sustainability in Higher Education and ACPA’s Leadership Role (PPT) by Debra Rowe

Social Justice and Sustainable Development (PPT) by Keith E. Edwards and Kathleen G. Kerr

Sustainability Primer – Getting Started in Sustainability (PDF) by Jim Tweedy and Kaye Holman

Sustainable Student Affairs Preparation Programs: Visioning for Our Profession (PPT) by Susan D. Longerbeam,and. Boyd Yarbrough

Recommended Publications

Jaobs, B. A., & Kinzie, J. (Eds.). (2012). Enhancing sustainability campuswide: New directions for student services (Vol. 137). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Yousey-Elsener, K., Keith, D. R., & Ripkey, S. L. (2010). Assessment matters: What are students learning about sustainability? About Campus, 15(5), 22-26. doi: 10.1002/abc.20038

Web Resources

American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development