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Sustainability Fund

  • American University (DC)

American University's Sustainability Fund advances the university's active pursuit of sustainability by providing financial and administrative support for campus sustainability projects developed and proposed by members of the ...


Leadership in Sustainable Grounds Management: The Audubon International Experience

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Niagara College Canada (ON)
  • Audubon International (NY)

This presentation will provide an open dialogue and best practice sharing on the process of achieving Audubon International's (AI) Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) certification at both public and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Strategies for an Actionable Sustainability Plan: Tools and Lessons Learned From the Field

  • American University (DC)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • LINK Strategic Partners (DC)

A common institutional challenge is to find an appropriate process for developing or revisiting strategic plans to advance sustainability, resilience, and climate action. Though a one-size-fits-all model has not emerged ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Students, Sustainability, and Social Media: Tools for Content and Collaboration

  • American University (DC)
  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Communicating sustainability efforts across social media platforms is an important but often challenging part of our work. As social media trends emerge and change, how can we convey our messaging ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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OffsetNetwork.org: Higher Ed's Hub for Self-Generated Offset Projects and Peer Verification

  • American University (DC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

The Offset Network is an online platform for colleges and universities to share experience, lessons learned and tell the stories behind developing their own carbon offset projects. The site provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Environment, Peace, and Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate

  • American University (DC)

Offered by the School of International Service, this certificate program equips students with the knowledge and skills to address a growing set of challenges at the intersection of environmental change ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Environmental Assessment Graduate Certificate

  • American University (DC)

This 15-credit program provides all of the core coursework of our MS in Environmental Science program plus additional training in environmental risk assessment. Students will learn the nature and methods ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Environmental Science (MS)

  • American University (DC)

American University's Master of Science in Environmental Science gives students the knowledge and leadership skills to confront pressing environmental challenges facing the world, from climate change to renewable energy ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Environmental Sustainability and Global Health Concentration, International Studies

  • American University (DC)

The Environmental Sustainability and Global Health Thematic Area introduces students to the socio-political dynamics of global health and environmental affairs. Students explore the multiple causes and consequences of environmental harm ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Environmental Science Minor

  • American University (DC)

This minor is offered by the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences. 21 credit hours required in chemistry, geology, environmental issues, water resources, and mathematics.

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2018
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Student Sustainability Educators at American University, 2017-2018

  • American University (DC)

Student Sustainability Educators at American University engage the campus community in sustainability throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.


Climate Change Commitment Wall

  • American University (DC)

American University student signs chalkboard commitment wall to fight climate change.


Paradigm Project

  • American University (DC)

A woman outside Nairobi, Kenya holds a wood-burning, efficient cookstove from the Paradigm Project.


American University Achieved Carbon Neutrality Two Years Ahead of 2020 Target

  • American University (DC)

In 2018, American University became the first university, first research university, and first urban higher education campus to achieve carbon neutrality. This major goal was reached two years ahead of ...


Empowering Procurement to Transform Your Campus and the Economy

  • American University (DC)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Learn how campuses spend money and how they can develop practices and policies that make spending a positive contribution to sustainability. Attendees will gain insight from sustainability officers, campus procurement ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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Sustainable Transportation Programs: Nationwide Trends & Practical Case Studies

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • Sightlines (SC)

Emissions created by commuting-related activities are a major component of many institution's greenhouse gas inventories. Yet, these emissions sources are notoriously difficult to mitigate. There are a number of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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52 MW Capital Partners Solar Project

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Duke Energy Corporation (NC)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

The Capital Partners Solar Project (CPSP) is a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) under which Duke Energy Renewables (DER) installed 52-megawatts (AC) of ground-mount solar across three sites in North ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2017
  • Green Power Projects
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AU's Energy Team Partners with DOEE to educate the community

  • American University (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

In efforts to promote American University’s Annual Campus Beautification Day, the Energy and Engineering Team at AU partnered with the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to locate ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships

  • American University (DC)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...


Climate Healthy' and Plant Strong Menus

  • American University (DC)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • Green Monday
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Did you know that GHG emissions associated with food are dominated by the production phase, not the transportation phase? And that plant-based foods are so much lighter on the environment ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Activism for Community Energy Efficiency: Harnessing ENERGY STAR Activities and Resources for the Public Good

  • American University (DC)

As part of an annual elective course in Sustainable Design, American University (AU) graduate students in the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service undertake a real-world ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Beyond Campus: Does Student Leadership Translate to Professional Success?

  • American University (DC)

Many students join peer-to-peer education programs to promote campus sustainability while building their resume. Serving in these leadership roles alongside faculty and staff enables students to gain valuable project management ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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American University SCI Photos

  • American University (DC)
  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • American University (DC)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives ...


Spring FARMal at American University

  • American University (DC)

Spring FARMAL, Co-hosted by the AU Community Garden and Office of Sustainability, celebrated Earth Day with a screen on the green of "Plant This," outdoor crafts and activities, local food ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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The Politics of Contingent Academic Labor

  • American University (DC)

The alarming stories from adjunct faculty, who now comprise a majority of higher-education teachers nationally, share troubling commonalities. The frustrations are financial, personal, and professional. In decades past, most adjunct ...

  • Posted March 11, 2016
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American University Sustainability Map & Tour

  • American University (DC)

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour of AU's green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems, and more.

  • Posted March 3, 2016
  • Outreach Materials
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Facing of Failure and How to Use it to Work Towards Your Sustainability Goals

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

AASHE Conferences are great for discussing successes: they help guide burgeoning institutions, provide expansion support to veteran institutions, and help build the case for sustainability. But what about failures? This ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Transforming Waste Management through Upstream Strategies

  • American University (DC)
  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Addressing upstream waste is critical to achieving zero waste, yet upstream strategies often prove most challenging or receive the least dedicated resources. This session will explore upstream strategies for dealing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Competitive Edge: Student Leadership and Professional Development Through Campus Competition

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • American University (DC)
  • Claremont McKenna College (CA)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Lucid (CA)

For the last five years, Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), the nation's largest electricity and water reduction competition on college campuses, has engaged hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teach by Example with Environmentally Preferable Electronics

  • American University (DC)
  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

Electronic products are everywhere on university campuses – from computers and monitors in labs and libraries, to copiers and printers in every academic office, to TVs in student dorms. IT equipment ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Large Scale Solar ’Near the Fence’

  • American University (DC)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

George Washington University (GW) and American University (AU) are collaborating on a major Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) called the Capital Partners Solar Project, along with George Washington University Hospital. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Applying Innovative Web-based Tools to Enhance Behavior Change Programs

  • American University (DC)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Three leading Universities have piloted and implemented the innovative web-based tools, Practically Green and One Million Acts of Green, building upon their experience with simple checklists to broaden the community ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Waste Watching - Examining Metrics and Efficient Material Use

  • American University (DC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

This panel discussion will focus on addressing the importance of metrics as they relate to waste management, with a specific focus on tracking, analyzing, and utilizing waste data to improve ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Networking Session for Sustainability Communications Professionals

  • American University (DC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)

Several Sustainability Offices have communications professionals to assist in creating a culture of sustainability by marketing behavior change, empowering action, and sharing the hard work institutions have done to lower ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Seeing the Carbon for the Trees: Offsetting Air Travel Through Avoided Deforestation in Costa Rica

  • American University (DC)
  • Pax Natura Foundation (UT)

Achieving carbon neutrality requires reducing emissions at the source through efficiency and reduced consumption, while switching to clean, renewable sources of energy. Not only are these reductions technically feasible within ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Consumer-Free, Zero Waste Year

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Joseph Floyd (University of Florida) decided to live one year consumer-free and zero waste. Following the 2013 AASHE Conference, Natalia Posthill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Helen ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building an EcoReps Community through a Regional Conference

  • American University (DC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Professional sustainability staff frequently convene at events and conferences such as AASHE to share best practices, network, and elevate the collective knowledge base of sustainability in higher education. On many ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UR vs. VCU: A Campus ConseRVAtion Nationals Cross-Town Competition

  • American University (DC)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In 2013, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University partnered in a cross-town energy competition, Campus Conservation Nationals. The schools wanted to capitalize on an existing basketball rivalry and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Data 101: Measuring What You Manage

  • American University (DC)

What are the most important things to measure on my campus? What pieces of information can help me report to the most outlets? How can I use the data that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Throw Away Does Not Mean Go Away: Achieving Zero Waste on a Campus Scale

  • American University (DC)

In alignment with its commitment to carbon neutrality, one university adopted a Zero Waste Policy in 2010, committing to send zero waste to landfill and incineration by 2020. This case ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS Advanced Workshop: A Conversation on STARS 2.0 and Continuous Improvement

  • American University (DC)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This workshop is geared towards conference participants that would like to engage in a high-level discussion about STARS 2.0. AASHE staff will share a detailed overview of major changes ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Purchasing: Developing a "LEED for Purchasing"

  • American University (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The potential for purchasing to positively influence supply chains has yet to be realized at scale, due largely to the lack of an overall sustainable purchasing framework. Lacking a coherent ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Energy Management in the Curriculum: The ENERGY STAR Course for Colleges and Universities

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Understanding the fundamentals of energy management is a marketable skill in any economic climate. Further, understanding the means to and metrics of energy efficiency, and how policy decisions intertwine with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bridging the Information Gap in Campus Energy Management: Submetering Buildings for Energy Use Reduction

  • American University (DC)
  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Colleges and universities often prefer the simplicity of measuring the energy use of many buildings, or even an entire campus, with a single meter installed at minimal expense. However, as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Organizing Campuses to Think Outside the Bottle

  • American University (DC)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

At a time when the global water crisis is looming large, leaving over a billion people without access to enough safe drinking water to meet their basic needs, students are ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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