Andrew J. Hoffman



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




By Andrew J. Hoffman and Jessica L. Axson, June 2017.





A research study conducted by the University of Michigan with financial support from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.





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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.


Media Coverage



"As U.S. abandons Paris, institutes of sustainability take action on campus," Campus Technology, June 7, 2017.



"Interdisciplinary systems promote sustainability in higher education," Education Dive, June 6, 2017.