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EfS-UC Researchers named as 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award Finalist

12 november, 2020

The individuals and higher education institutions that are inspiring continued progress toward environmental, social and economic health

DATELINE – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) announced Ana Rita Amaral, Eugénio Rodrigues, Adélio Rodrigues Gaspar and Álvaro Gomes as a finalist for a 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award in the Campus Sustainability Research category, recognizing outstanding scholarship in higher education sustainability.

The AASHE Sustainability Awards provide global recognition to the individuals and organizations leading the higher education sustainability movement. With the help of volunteer judges from the community, the awards program raises the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research, and student leadership, helping to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward environmental, social and economic health.

Winners will be announced and celebrated during an awards ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from noon to 1:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. The outstanding individuals and institutions recognized as finalists were selected based on overall impact, innovation, stakeholder involvement, clarity and other criteria specific to each award category.

“The higher education sustainability community continues to stay focused on work that contributes toward a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world. This is most evident through the entries received for the AASHE Sustainability Awards,” said Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “I am happy that we can recognize the innovation and leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.”

To learn more about AASHE’s Sustainability Awards programs, please visit

About the paper


A review of empirical data of sustainability initiatives in university campus operations


  • Sustainability initiatives implemented in university campus operations were reviewed.
  • Initiatives were organized according to eight key areas on operations dimension.
  • The largest share of initiatives is addressed by Energy (29%) and Buildings (28%).
  • Association between initiatives and national context indicators was not verified.
  • The shortage of empirical data from programs and actions is notable.


Amaral, A. R., Rodrigues, E., Gaspar, A. R., & Gomes, Á. (2020). A review of empirical data of sustainability initiatives in university campus operations. Journal of Cleaner Production, 250, 119558.

About EfS-UC

The Energy for Sustainability Initiative (EfS-UC) brings together professors and researchers from more than a dozen of R&D Units of the University of Coimbra, with long experience in teaching and research, namely in the areas of energy and sustainable development. This Initiative aims at transferring knowledge to society keeping a close connection to companies and other organizations. Within the EfS initiative, the University of Coimbra offers advanced educational programs, which include a Doctoral degree in association with the MIT Portugal Program, as well as a Masters degree and a Specialization course offered within the University. For more information, visit


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