ProjectsThatMatter.org connects students, faculty, and volunteers with real world projects for sustainable development. It is an initiative of four nonprofits:

  • US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
  • Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability
  • Changing The Present

The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development consists of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD). With more than 400 partner organizations, it acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator working across all sectors of American society.

USP has been recognized by both the US State Department and the United Nations as a lead organization during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Its President has made more than 100 keynote speeches nationally and internationally on education and actions for sustainable development.


The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education. HEASC currently consists of 13 member organizations including ACUHO-I. View the HEASC website. AASHE serves as the coordinating body for HEASC. Please see the HEASC website.  


The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) is an informal network of more than forty academic professional associations working on:

  • Educating the public about how to help create environmental health, economic health, and social well-being. These are the three components of sustainable development.
  • Curricula, standards and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability
  • Legislative briefings on what higher education can bring to sustainability related policies
  • Cross disciplinary projects on education for sustainability
  • Professional development for association members

Changing The Present uses the full gamut of modern business practices—including the internet and digital tools—to effect social change. It works with more than 350 nonprofit organizations.

One of our initiatives is a nonprofit website, which the New York Times called "an Amazon.com of the nonprofit world.“ ChangingThePresent.org channels to environmental and other nonprofits some of the $450 billion Americans spend each year on birthday, wedding, and holiday presents.  


We are grateful for the support of our Board of Advisors.