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Welcome!
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One common methodology for conducting inventories of sustainability in academic courses or research publications is to search a database with a list of keywords. Unsurprisingly, the choice of keywords used can make a big difference in the resulting inventory, making comparisons between institution using different keyword lists difficult. To save institutions time in developing their own keyword lists and to encourage greater consistency among such inventories, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has created this list of suggested sustainability keywords. While this list is designed specifically to help institutions in conducting inventories of sustainability-oriented courses and research for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), we welcome its use in other applications.

The list is intended to be broad enough to support comprehensive inventories without being so broad as to make the process unmanageable. We have tried to use keywords that are likely to capture large numbers of relevant results with relatively few false positives (i.e., results that include a keyword but are not significantly connected to sustainability). However, there will inevitably still be a good number of false positives so it is essential to review each result and make sure it actually relates to sustainability. Full instructions for using this list are in next sheet.

If you'd like to suggest the addition of a new keyword, please add it to the suggested additions tab with an explanation. We will periodically review suggested changes and update the list accordingly.
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Acknowledgements

This list was developed by Julian Dautremont with assitance from Matt Griffin and members of AASHE's Advisory Council. In the course of developing the list, we reviewed existing keyword lists used by STARS participants as well as keyword lists generated by other entities (e.g.,
Compiled list of SDG keywords (spreadsheet) by Monash University and SDSN Australia/Pacific).
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