Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

May 2017

This is a study of the distinctive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the University and, to do so, reports to upper administration (Provost or Vice President.) Among research universities within the Association of American Universities (AAU), 19 are identified and 18 agreed to participate in this study. Directors were sent a 71-question survey in January 2017 that covered issues of Governance, Research, Education, Engagement, Campus Operations and Best Practices.