Welcome, and thank you for making time to take this survey!

Launched every 2-3 years, the Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey survey is an important vehicle for increasing our understanding of the continuously growing career field of sustainability professional in higher education and other positions that support higher education sustainability.

To qualify for the survey, you must be in a PAID higher education sustainability position anywhere in the world. This includes typical ‘sustainability officer’ positions with varied responsibilities in sustainability, as well as those that focus on a particular area of sustainability (e.g. energy, recycling, curriculum, communications). Faculty/staff members or contractors with an ongoing administrative role in higher education sustainability are encouraged to take this survey. To qualify, at least 25% of your work must be dedicated to sustainability.

The survey will enable comparisons of factors such as salary, scope of work, engagement, supervision, and structure by variables such as position type, institutional characteristics and region.

AASHE will once again publish a follow-up report outlining survey results. The findings will be useful to:
  • Administrators interested in establishing new positions;
  • Sustainability staff wishing to compare against peers;
  • Media and researchers interested in analyzing industry data;
  • Anyone looking to gain knowledge about the career field.

  1. The survey is for PAID sustainability-focused and related positions at higher education institutions or system offices worldwide.
  2. We recommend having the following information ready:
    • Your 2019 salary information, as presented on W2 or related tax documents, in U.S. dollars.
    • Information about your employee benefits, if applicable.
    • If you supervise paid staff, the full-time equivalency (FTE) of paid, NON-student and student staff that you supervise DIRECTLY.
    • If you control a budget, the size of your most recent budgets, in U.S. dollars.
    • Designation of a single, main point-person (one per institution). If unsure whether you're the main point-person, check with others at your institution to decide who should be designated.
  • LENGTH: The survey has at most 50 questions, depending on how many are relevant to you, and should take about 20-25 minutes to complete.
  • ANONYMITY: Results will be reported only in aggregate and identifiable responses will not be shared beyond AASHE staff who are conducting data analysis. No public results will be identified with individuals or institutions. A REDACTED version of the survey data will be made available. Exact job titles will be omitted and other redactions will be made to ensure that individual responses cannot be easily identified. 
  • SAVE & RETURN: Responses will be saved so you may exit the survey and return to it later. Once you hit "done" you will no longer be able to make edits.
  • CHANGE ANSWERS: Use the "Prev" and "Next" buttons to page back and forth. Avoid using the back & forward arrows in your browser.
As in years past, the follow-up report will be filtered by position type. As a result, we encourage broad participation so we can provide detailed findings on as many types of positions as possible. Please take this survey and forward it to your colleagues and staff to help ensure wide participation. Thank you! 

Questions? Contact Monika Urbanski, AASHE Data & Resources Manager (resources@aashe.org).
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