AASHE: Salaries and Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Since 2008, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has been conducting a biennial survey of higher education sustainability positions. These surveys collect data from sustainability officers as well as a number of more focused sustainability positions such as recycling/waste staff and sustainable energy staff. This report presents the results of the 2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey and serves as an update to our 2015 report. It examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and other countries, providing insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges and more. The report aims to increase our understanding of the continuously growing career field of higher education sustainability professionals.

This year’s survey and report include several improvements in comparison to previous years:
• The survey was open to respondents outside of the United States and Canada for the first time
• Report includes graphical data comparisons between this year and the previous report year (2015) rather than current year data alone.
• An infographic summarizing key results has been released to accompany the report.