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Exciting and Effective Community – Higher Education Collaborations

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Universities are looking for new ways to benefit their local communities. Communities are looking for smart solutions to constantly changing problems. Both strive to become more resilient, sustainable, and attractive ...

  • Posted Aug. 15, 2019
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University of Pittsburgh Student Office of Sustainability

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The student office of sustainability was created in 2015, before the university of Pittsbugh had a campus wide sustainability office, which opened in 2018. Not only was the student office ...


Heartware as a driver for campus sustainability: Insights from an action-oriented exploratory case study

  • University of Malaya
  • Kyoto University

Literature on campus sustainability transitions is mainly focused on the hardware and software approaches, with less attention on the so-called ‘heartware’ approach. Heartware refers to the internal and voluntary motivation ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Examining the literature to reveal the nature of community EE/ESD programs and research

  • Denison University (OH)

Interest in community environmental education (EE) and community education for sustainable development (ESD) is increasing, as evidenced by the increase in studies examining community EE/ESD approaches and NAAEE’s ...


The High Touch Approach: Making Inclusivity and Social Sustainability Core to Mission

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

A pressing issue facing university campuses is concern about social community. Dartmouth College and its peers is being held accountable for high-risk behavior and a lack of inclusivity. How can ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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MUSC Earth Day 2017

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

Charleston, SC – In celebration of Earth Day, MUSC’s Sustainability Program hosted its 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration in the MUSC Horseshoe on April 12th, 2017 from 11am – 2pm.

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  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Bridging the Gap: Creating Partnerships to Support Off-Campus Housing Sustainability

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2013, the University of Arizona launched the Undergraduate Off-Campus Housing Sustainability Coordinator (OCHSC) position designed to bring sustainability into the homes of students living off-campus. The OCHSC consults with ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Carolina Survivors Initiative: Building Cultures of Inclusivity and Healing in South Carolina

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Launched in Fall 2015, the Carolina Survivors Initiative (CSI) serves the needs of recently resettled survivors of torture in Columbia, SC. With a goal of bringing global health to the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability Engagement Initiatives

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UNCG Collaborative Planning for Key Thoroughfare

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Model community engagement that resulted in a mixed use village-style development on a major municipal thoroughfare in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Ohio University Move-Out Sustainability Project

  • Ohio University (OH)

Each year during student Move Out week, Ohio University's Department of Recycling and Zero Waste partners with the City of Athens, Athens Hocking Recycling Center, local businesses, community non-profit ...


From in-vessel campus composting to sustainable urban farming: connecting science with education and community service

  • Kean University (NJ)

Kean University runs a food scrap composting program with a custom-designed in-vessel composter capable of composting up to 1000 pounds of food scraps per day. It diverts food scraps from ...


UNT Community Garden

  • University of North Texas (TX)

University of North Texas' first on-campus community garden is in the final stages of planning, with construction begining this fall, in a vacant lot next to the Legends hall, just ...


Solar Energy Justice in Portland

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Project Description We are two Environmental Studies majors pursuing a project to put solar panels on affordable housing in Portland. We are working with Central City Concern (CCC) to put ...


The Transition to Resilience: A Comparative Case Study of Two Communities

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)

This dissertation examines the question of how communities understand their risk related to global economic and environmental problems and how communities respond to those risks. Specifically, using comparative case study ...


SRU Earth Days 2016

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

“Earth Days 2016” was Slippery Rock University’s annual Earth Day celebration involving fun and educational events aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge regarding sustainability, climate change, and preserving resources ...


UMass New2U Reuse Collection and Tag Sale

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

New2U is a student-led program that is in its 3rd year of operation. New2U collects unwanted items from across campus each spring during move-out and resells these collected item each ...


Community Garden 2.0 – transcending silos on campus and in the community

  • Northern Kentucky University (KY)

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has joined forces with local stakeholders to create a network of community gardens on campus and within the surrounding community. The network is comprised of fifty ...


Calling the Question: Is Higher Education Ready to Commit to Community Engagement?

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

This document reflects the collaborative work of the assembled participants of the 2004 Wingspread conference: Institutionalizing University Engagement. It notes that, despite a decade of calls to action, engagement has ...


University of Toronto Community Connects With Nature

  • University of Toronto (ON)

Many people think that to explore nature you need to get in a car and drive for an hour. For U of T staff and students, it was a 15-minute ...


MA/MS in Sustainable Communities

  • Binghamton University (NY)

The master’s program in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University is one of the first sustainability-focused graduate degrees offered by the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Through this ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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Watershed UGA; A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service.

  • University of Georgia (GA)

This case study will introduce a new initiative at the University of Georgia, Watershed UGA, designed to engage the campus community in sustainability through campus watersheds. This transformative university-wide model ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Generating Hope and Agency in Education for Sustainability Through Communities of Praxis

  • Manhattanville College (NY)

Recently, the Journal for Sustainability Education has called for research on education practices that generate hope and agency in our students and work against hopelessness. Dr. Tina Evans reminds us ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Transformative Partnerships: Replacing Consumerism with Community

  • California Lutheran University (CA)
  • City of Thousand Oaks (CA)

Can disciplines traditionally anchored in consumerist perspectives–like marketing and advertising–help students engage with sustainability and provide opportunities to make positive change in their communities? This case study demonstrates ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teaching Systemic Sustainability through a Local Lens: A Minnesota Experience in Engaging Students with the Greater Community

  • Prescott College (AZ)

One critical component of sustainability education is to help students understand the interconnectedness of environmental and social justice issues. The intersection of sustainability education, service learning, and social justice offers ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Environmental Dashboard: Using real-time display of resource use & community voices to foster connections & empower stewardship

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools now use real-time 'dashboards' that provide feedback on electricity use in campus buildings to encourage conservation behavior. This presentation will engage audience members in an exploration of 'Environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Experiential, Community-based Learning and Sustainability Assessment: A Field Skills Course for Professional Degree Students

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

In 2014, the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, launched a week-long field course for its professional Master of Sustainable Environmental Management program. Previously separate ecological and social ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Change Agent Competencies Through Community-Based Research

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Community-based research (CBR) is a powerful pedagogy that engages students with community partners in authentic research that benefits the community while supporting students' development of change agent competencies and dispositions ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Successes & challenges of a Community-University experiment in local food system development in Southeast Minnesota

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Highlighting cohort experiences & research outcomes of the Southeast MN Foodshed Planning Initiative (SEFPI), our panel will engage participants in a broader discussion about effective practices for community-university partnerships that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Capacity Through Regional Climate Action: A case study of cross-sectorial partnerships

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Laurier has a unique relationship with local nonprofit Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR), a group that works to further environmental and economic resiliency in local organizations. SWR was initiated through a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Undergraduate Community Engagement in the Service of Sustainability: Connecting the ACTC Consortium with the City of St. Paul

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

In this session we will describe our experience leveraging the strengths of multiple institutions and engaging undergraduate students in project-based learning to improve the environmental sustainability of our city. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Wandering Out of the [Food] Desert: a Campus/Community Farmers Market Collaboration

  • Wells College (NY)

One of the surprising things discovered by the new Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College was that – despite the college's location within an upstate New York ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Engaging Your Campus Community in Sustainability Planning

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The University of Alberta's first institution-wide sustainability plan is due to expire in January 2016. To prepare for a new plan, the Office of Sustainability coordinated and facilitated a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Boundaries in Oberlin, Ohio: College and Community Collaboration for Developing Sustainable and Resilient Energy Systems

  • Oberlin College (OH)

What does it mean to be a leader and create transformational change in a community and beyond? This is the profound experiment happening in Oberlin, Ohio. Here, we are daring ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Integrating community-based learning into the sustainability classroom: A practical, collaborative approach

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Experiential learning is critical in sustainability because these hands-on, interactive experiences are often the most transformative of a student's formal education. Engaging students outside of the classroom can foster ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Scaling applied learning across campus and into the community

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)

This workshop will start by outlining the national context of applied and experiential learning sustainability programs – identifying where universities and colleges are expanding the offerings provided to students and accelerating ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Driving Energy Efficiency through Higher Education Collaboration

  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)
  • APTIM (IL)

Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Ed (ARCH) brings together higher education institutions in the Chicago area to share best practices and lessons learned around expanding efficiency in existing buildings and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Urban Farming: A Community Engaged Program

  • Delta College (MI)

As we sought a source for our campus food waste, we realized the impetus for a new learning series. Delta College was a natural fit for a start-up food hub ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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When School and Community Dance Together: Lessons learned from University and Government collaboration

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Nova Southeastern University (FL)

Inspired by a 2014 AASHE presentation, the W. Huizenga Business School of Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University contacted 4-STAR rated Broward County to explore ways to connect the sustainability goals ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Experiential Learning: A Win-Win-Win for Higher Education, Communities, and Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • City of Saint Anthony Village (MN)

This panel discussion provides an inspiring and informative overview of how the University of Minnesota's capstone course in its sustainability minor program has successfully built an ongoing and collaborative ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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HydroCats: Water Harvesting and Community Connections in Tucson

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Like an infant born from Tucson's sustainable communities, the University of Arizona's HydroCats project has developed in less than a year from the glimmer of an idea to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Outdoor Education Space Design Challenge: A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Design on Campus

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In 2014, the Office for Sustainability at Western Michigan University conducted a multidisciplinary design competition for the design of an Outdoor Education Space at the Gibbs House. The Design Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Spearfish Local: Improving Community Health Through Collaboration

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values our local food economy and other aspects of healthy communities. Located in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stories of Ivy Road: Roles for Public Art in Sustainability Planning & Community Engagement

  • University of Virginia (VA)

As student enrollment increases and campuses expand, it is crucial to plan in a truly sustainable way within local communities. This case study examines a recent public art project that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Growing Community: University of Louisville Eco-Reps and Blackacre Nature Preserve

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville's Eco-Reps is a sustainability training and networking group offering certifications, hosting monthly lunches, local speakers, and field trips, and organizing volunteer projects. Blackacre State Nature ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Making meaningful curricular connections to campus operations and community initiatives

  • Carleton College (MN)

Using the campus or the local community as a living lab is a powerful approach to teaching sustainability, providing students the opportunity to better understand environmental issues in their real-world ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stormwater Management Approaches on Campus Connect Community to Local Waterways Through Water Innovations Walking Tour

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Our proposed poster will showcase a novel approach to community partnerships and out-of-classroom learning experiences. As an official event of Canada Water Week 2015, Laurier partnered with REEP Green Solutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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835 People - 1 Day - 1 Community - A Service Learning Story

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

All faculty, staff and administrators at Moraine Valley Community College stood behind the 'community' in the college's name to set an example in the MVUnity day by joining forces ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Geodesign as a collaborative framework for campus-centered sustainability modeling, education and community engagement

  • Colorado College (CO)

Geodesign, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based framework, offers the means to assemble multiple place-based perspectives that are foundational to sustainability across the curriculum. We offer the example of an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Food Recovery Network on college campuses: How to reduce food waste while addressing hunger within the local community

  • Carleton College (MN)

Today, 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. In Rice County alone, there are 1.14 million missed meals per year. But despite high rates of food insecurity throughout the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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