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Housing Sustainability Assistants - Compost Pilot

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Carnegie Mellon University’s Housing Sustainability Assistants team supported a 4-week composting pilot within on-campus housing to ensure successful composting implementation in the future. The student team was tasked with ...


Herbicide-Free Campus: UCSB

  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

This project sought to reduce synthetic herbicide use on the UC Santa Barbara Campus. There were three main aspects of this project: meeting with groundskeepers, passing resolutions in the student ...


The James Madison University Student Assessment Initiative

  • James Madison University (VA)

Between 2009 and 2020, JMU implemented a comprehensive collection of student assessments and used the results to significantly advance sustainability efforts. Three question sets were, and continue to be, administered ...


How to Start a Green Greeks Club on Any Campus

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus (AZ)

Historically, Greek Life and Sustainability Organizations have been disconnected from each other on college campuses. This is the odd reality despite the fact that the two groups share many of ...


Sustainability Activation Program at the University of Dayton

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability Activation Program (SAP) is a peer-to-peer education program which takes a holistic and human rights oriented approach to sustainability education on campus and in the community. It began ...


Kent State University Textile Reuse and Recycling Programs Divert 441,610 pounds (221 tons) From Landfill to Benefit Community and Campus Over Past 5 Years

  • Kent State University (OH)

Kent State University has reduced the amount of materials sent to landfills while providing benefits to the local community, campus, and our students. For the past 5 academic years, 2014-2015 ...


Sustainability Impacts of Installing Low-Flow Toilets in a University Residence Hall

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This study evaluates the sustainability impact of replacing inefficient toilets with low-flow units in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate student initiated this project through the ...


Don't Dump! Donate!

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

Don’t Dump! Donate! takes place during move-out week and keeps reusable material out of the landfill. It provides the opportunity for students to donate unwanted but good quality items ...


Trex Plastic Film Challenge

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In November 2018, the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University began the Trex Plastic Film Challenge in partnership with a Virginia-based company, Trex. Trex is a national company ...


Frederickson Court Trial Compost System

  • Iowa State University (IA)

With a campus compost facility already in operation, Iowa State University’s Compost Team sought to utilize the facility in more places around campus. The team identified Frederickson (Freddy) Court ...


MOVING to Zero Waste: Diverting from Res Hall Move-Out Using Community Resources and Partnerships

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Residence halls across the United States struggle with the amount of waste that is left behind by students when they leave for the summer, particularly at large, midwestern research institutions ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Driving Zero Waste Programming with Data in Dorms and Dining at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford is on the path to zero waste by 2030. Stanford's Residential & Dining Enterprises represents one-third of the campus where over 12,000 students live and eat. In ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Promoting Sustainable Behavior Through the use of Personal Recycling Bins in Residential Halls

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

College campuses provide a unique stage for waste diversion and sustainability efforts, especially in on campus housing. As students from all over the nation and world come and go from ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Departmental Sustainability Plan: A Game Plan for Sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Recently, Texas A&M University's Department of Residence Life launched a departmental Sustainability Plan. After researching, nothing existed focusing on Residence Life & Housing; most just worked from the larger ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Synergy with Residential Life and Sustainability

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

Educating students about sustainability can be a challenge in higher education climates, whether it is due to short supply monetary resources or human labor. To overcome this challenge, the Office ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Implementing Sustainable Event Practices In Residential Housing Curriculum

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Implementing Sustainability practices in University Housing residential curriculum can be a daunting task. Working with resident mentors and residence life coordinators to implement sustainability curriculum that works with their goals ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How Residential Curriculum Can Help You Reach More Students, Faster

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

First implemented in early 2000 as a curricular approach to the residential experience on college campuses, Residential Curriculum has swept across the US and changed the way many branches of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Innovations in Peer to Peer Educator Programs

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Colgate University (NY)

Peer-to-peer educational programs have become one of the most effective means of increasing sustainability awareness on college campuses. While the names of these programs may vary, they all seek to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Residence Hall Kitchens: A Behavioral Design Approach to Sustainable Learning

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

While programs such as LEED and WELL have provided clear architectural strategies for confronting issues of sustainability, this clarity has occluded the need for more comprehensive strategies that can address ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Good Store

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)
  • Prince George Public Interest Research Group (BC)

The Good Store is a low waste shop established on the UNBC campus to provide all members of the community with access to affordable, healthy and sustainable food options. The ...


Creating a focused Departmental Sustainability Plan for Residence Life

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In 2018, the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University sought a new avenue to promote sustainability within the institution and, more specifically, their individual department. Working with Ayers-Saint ...


Healthy Beverage Initiative: UBC Drinks Tap Water

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (BC)

Bottled beverages are packaged in single-use plastic & often loaded with sugar. They're harmful to both our environment and our health.

UBC launched a Healthy Beverage Initiative (HBI) to ...


Sustainability Demonstration House Project

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The goal of the Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) project is to retrofit the former president’s residence, built in 1953, titled the Kettle-Gundlach Building, into a sustainability demonstration house. The ...


UW-Madison Reusable To Go Containers- Ticket to Take Out!

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Beginning in Fall 2018, all University Housing Dining Markets moved exclusively to a reusable to-go container program for all carry-out food. The goal of this program, named Ticket to Take ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Off-Campus Student Housing Recycling Program

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Over 68 percent of students at the University of Nebraska Lincoln live in off-campus student housing, and many are conforming to the trend of residing in luxury student apartments. In ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Utilizing Waste Management Plans in Residence Halls: A Case Study

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

In large universities, waste and recycling can be a daunting task to take on and fix. At the University of South Carolina, there are 28 residence halls, all built slightly ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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What is a Residence Life Sustainability Plan?

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M operates as an auxiliary enterprise to provide student housing to approximately 12,000 students annually. Concurrent to the University's update to ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Smith College House Sustainability Challenge

  • Smith College (MA)

As part of Smith College's efforts to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into institutional operations and student life, a diverse group of campus stakeholders launched the House Sustainability Challenge in ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Intersections: Integrating the UN SDGs to On-Campus Living Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss how on-campus housing programs, in conjunction with academic partnerships & campus sustainability staff, can weave the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Water Audit: Campus Housing Residence Halls Restrooms

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This project was set to evaluate the student residence restrooms of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) East and West campuses and to provide viable solutions to any problems ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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Princeton University Vertical Farming Project

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The Princeton University Vertical Farming Project, led by Dr. Paul Gauthier, uses a hydroponic and artificial lighting growing system to study the viability of feeding a rapidly growing world population ...


University of Dayton Energy GPA

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Energy GPA program provides students in University-owned student neighborhood houses with a grade of their monthly energy use. Monthly "report cards" include electricity and gas usage and a monthly ...


University of Pittsburgh BYO[Bag] Program

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Pittsburgh BYO[Bag] (Bring Your Own Bag) program launched through Pitt Housing & Dining in 2014 after more than five years of student initiatives to reduce plastic ...


Grappling with Climate Uncertainties: MIT’s Resiliency Approach

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Heightened awareness from recent extreme weather events and emerging data about current and future climate risks is placing increasing pressure on university campuses to develop processes for enhancing the resilience ...

  • Posted May 31, 2018
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Departmental Sustainability Mission & Vision Statement -University of Washington Housing & Food Services

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

In the academic year 2017-18, Housing & Food Services unveiled its Sustainability Mission & Vision statement. This articulation of the department’s greater commitment to sustainability was the culmination of ...


Stanford R&DE's Student Living Laboratory

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University’s Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have transformed its facilities in to a living laboratory by performing cutting edge research on student ...


Stanford R&DE Student Housing Innovation in Cleaning

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s R&DE Student Housing Operations (SHO) adopted a green cleaning standard that has reduced chemical usage in residences by over 90%. The system engineer's water by infusing it ...


Sustainability Activation Program at the University of Dayton

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The Sustainability Activation Program (SAP) is an innovative, large scale, and peer-to-peer education program that began in October of 2016 with the intent to better educate our student body about ...


The U-Challenge at Texas A&M

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)
  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)

The U-Challenge is a semester-long research competition for students that has evolved over the past two years to encompass both graduate and undergraduate teams from all majors. Student teams of ...


Michigan Tech Sustainability Demonstration House

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The goal of Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) project is to retrofit the former University President’s residence, built in 1953, titled the Kettle-Gundlach Building into a sustainability demonstration house. The ...


UCLA Earth Day Fair

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Students commune on campus green space to celebrate mother nature and advocate for various initiatives led across campus.

  • Posted April 24, 2018
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Reducing Electricity Use in Campus Residence Halls

  • Radford University (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Our quasi-experimental design exposed first-year students in four matched residence halls to three different interventions designed to encourage energy conservation, specifically electricity conservation. We employed active and passive programming and ...

  • Posted April 20, 2018
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Sustainable Living and Learning: A Learning Community for First-Year Students

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

First-year students have the opportunity to participate in a special, two-semester long Learning Community that will investigate the intersection of sustainability and consumption with a particular emphasis on the relationship ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2018
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Engaging Students in Sustainable Living Without Social Media/Internet. Discussion for Sustainability Staff in Student Housing.

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have performed cutting edge research on student behavior and facility efficiency. Within just a few years ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability in Residential Life

  • Concordia College (NY)
  • New York University (NY)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

Looking to build campus connections? Consider working with your institution's Residence Life Department! This session will highlight four different case studies of engagement with Residence Life, a department that ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus and Community Involvement in Move-Out Programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)
  • AASHE (PA)

Classes end and our students vacate the rooms in their residence halls, cleaning up so that other students may become the new occupants. In the process, students discard lots of ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2017
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Promoting Sustainability through Coordination of Campus-Wide Conservation Practices

  • University of South Alabama (AL)

While the University of South Alabama (USA) has a long history of independent sustainability ventures, it is only in last 18 months that sustainability as a program has become a ...


Stanford University's R&DE Creatively Responds to the California Drought

  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a core value to Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). R&DE is responsible for about 1/3 of Stanford's campus, housing over 13,000 residents ...


Reduce the Juice – Saving Energy in Halls of Residence

  • AASHE (PA)
  • University of London

At the University of London, in England, we have launched a behaviour change programme aimed at students living on campus in the University’s halls of residence. The aim of ...

  • Posted May 18, 2017
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A comparative study of the efficacy of intervention strategies on student electricity use in campus residence halls

  • Radford University (VA)

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether, and how, electricity consumption by students in university residence halls were impacted through three intervention strategies.

Design/methodology/approach: The ...