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Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

In the education industry there are days when it seems that there are 10 sustainability functionaries for every 1 person actually doing something to lower the cost of education in the United States. It is difficult to draw a straight line between attending sustainability meetings and lower costs. Admittedly, the interdisciplinary nature of the sustainability zietgeist makes it vulnerable to such skepticism but the rise and rise of Chief Sustainability Officers in the private sector is proof that the sustainability zietgeist is here until it is replaced by another zietgeist. The SASB suite of documents, taking inspiration from the financial discipline of public equity markets, is accelerating the development of a vocabulary for sustainability accounting that could inform the frequently divergent interest of the academic and business cultures of the education industry.


Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

March 13, 2019
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“Columbus Circle” | Colin Campbell Cooper (1909)

Time for a look at the sustainability concept stream developing at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) — one of the first names in organizations that have a due process platform for leading practice discovery and promulgation of sustainability concepts for the private sector.

We classify the SASB suite as an consortia standards suite similar to the standards setting bodies administered by the Financial Services Accounting Board.  Since the education industry has both a private and public revenue character, we follow SASB standards development and participate in proposal and commenting opportunities whenever possible.

Last year we selected six sector-specific SASB standards that, in our judgment, could lower #TotalCostofOwnership with improved management of sustainability advancement activity (See list below).   We downloaded these standards, looked them over for actionable-specifics, but we did not submit comments of our own because of organizational changes we explain in our ABOUT and also because we could not find an individual institution or education industry trade association interested in collaborating with us on actionable specifics.  We will try again this year.

At the moment two developments at the SASB are meaningful for sustainability professionals in both the private and public sector:

Summary of Public Comments on the Exposure Draft Standards

SASB Calendar of Standards Setting Activities

The SASB standards setting committees met at Fordham University School of Law last week and will be releasing responses to public comment in March 2019 

We encourage technical and business subject matter experts in the education industry to attend.   CLICK HERE for registration information.  We are happy, of course, to discuss the SASB suite and/or other open-source, consortia standards any day at 11 AM Eastern time.  We also walk through all finance and administration standards every month.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference; open to everyone.   Use the login information at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [Various]

Category: Administration & Management, Facility Asset Management, Finance, Informatics, Public Policy

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben


What are “open source” and/or consortia standards?

Download Current SASB Standards | Credentials required


Posted October 4, 2017

The Centre for Interactive Research in Sustainability | University of British Columbia, Vancouver


The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has released its Exposure Draft Standards for a 90-day public comment period – the last before codification of its standards. The Exposure Draft Standards for sectors that overlap with the education industry are listed below.

  • Health Care (6 Industries)
  • Financials (7 Industries)
  • Technology & Communications (6 Industries)
  • Services (10 Industries)
  • Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy (6 Industries)
  • Infrastructure (8 Industries)

These documents are open for feedback — from corporate professionals, market participants, and public interest and intermediary stakeholders — from October 2 through December 31, 2017  Stakeholders who wish to comment on these documents are required to register with the SASB.  (Click here)

We will place these documents as standing agenda items on our weekly Open Door teleconferences that are hosted every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.   Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

You can also dial in using your phone. United States : +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-914-669


Moving the Market: SASB Symposium


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