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Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Leaders from a half-dozen U.S. academic institutions with dedicated sustainability programs share five recommendations, distilled from their own experiences, for universities seeking to improve their ability to both create ...


Transforming Higher Education: A Practical Plan for Integrating Sustainability Education into the Student Experience

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

This paper introduces a comprehensive plan for integrating sustainability education into the practices of nearly any college or university. Best practices in sustainability education including green orientation, first year education ...

  • Posted April 21, 2016
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Toward Instruments of Assessing Sustainability Knowledge: Assessment development, process, and results from a pilot survey at the University of Maryland

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Colleges and universities strive to educate all students for a sustainable future; however, few institutions assess students’ knowledge of sustainability concepts. Hundreds of institutions are currently measuring their overall sustainability ...

  • Posted April 11, 2016
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University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Global sustainability depends on a robust global economy, a healthy environment, clean energy services, and a stable climate. Yet these issues are major policy challenges on which progress has been ...

  • Posted March 8, 2016
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Ramping Up Renewables in Higher Education

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

You are responsible for managing your institution's energy-related emissions and costs: You may have implemented on-campus projects or have aspirations to do so. Maybe you are buying unbundled Renewable ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Changing Behaviors through Green Office Certification

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Developing a Green Office Certification program at your college or university is nothing new. However, measuring Green Office Certification program impacts through behavior change and tangible energy and water savings ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Saving $370 Million while Reducing Emissions by 35%

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In 2014, the President of the University of Maryland announced several new initiatives that will allow the university to save money while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessing Undergraduate Sustainability Knowledge Campus Wide: From design to implementation and analysis

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Many universities and colleges have adopted goals to increase the knowledge and awareness of sustainability concepts and issues among their student populations. To this end, more and more sustainability themed ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mastering the Climate Action Plan: Managing Implementation Strategies from Diverse Campus Perspectives

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In the last two years, over one-third of those institutions that signed the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment have submitted their Climate Action Plan (CAP). These plans range ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Let's Get Serious about Integrating Sustainability into General Education: Strategies for Staff and Faculty

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

This session addresses the need to integrate sustainability into the compulsory curriculum of colleges and universities. Speakers - including sustainability officers and professors - will present proven strategies for changing the academic ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Are We Really Becoming More Sustainable? UMaryland Sustainability Metrics

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

How does a university measure its progress at becoming a more sustainable campus? How can the exercise of creating sustainability metrics engage stakeholders in developing a vision of a sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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NACUFS Sustainability Guide - Sustainable Solutions in Collegiate Foodservice Operations

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Envision Strategies (CO)
  • Ricca Newmark Design

On most campuses, Dining Services is the team relied upon to just get it done - somehow, some way... This often holds true for moving forward with green initiatives too - even ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Saving Environmental Law Clinics: The Benefits of A Real-Word Education

  • Tulane University (LA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

There are over 30 environmental law clinics located in U.S. law schools offering students the real-world experience of representing people who otherwise could not afford to enforce their environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Center for Integrative Environmental Research

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland addresses complex environmental challenges through research that explores the dynamic interactions among environmental, economic and social forces and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Energy Research Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland Energy Research Center provides a comprehensive balanced energy research program, based on the most efficient use of our natural resources while minimizing environmental impacts and our ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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PhD in Environmental Engineering

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Original research is a primary component of a graduate program. Current fundamental environmental research will serve as the basis for solving the problems faced by future generations. Practical engineering research ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Master of Community Planning

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Urban Studies and Planning (URSP) Program at the University of Maryland brings together an active community of scholars and students to creatively confront the issues facing our cities and ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Environmental Engineering

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The graduate program in Environmental Engineering provides a core background in water chemistry, environmental biology, and process dynamics. Advanced course work in water and wastewater treatment, bioremediation, pollutants and risk ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

CONS is an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the problems of biological conservation in relation to economic development necessary to meet human needs. The primary goals of the CONS program ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Minor in Sustainability Studies

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The minor in Sustainability Studies will complement any major on campus and provide both intellectual breadth and depth in a challenging new area of inquiry that is gaining a high ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Concentration in Environmental Law

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Students can receive formal recognition for completion of the Environmental Law Program's Concentration in Environmental Law. To be awarded this designation, students must earn a minimum of 17 credits ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Backing Away from the Cliff: A Theory of Education for Sustainability in the Postsecondary Classroom

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Despite growing efforts for Education for Sustainability (EfS), little empirical research documents EfS in the postsecondary classroom and the ways in which sustainability is defined in these classrooms. The purpose ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Cool Campuses?! The National Movement for Campus Climate Action Deserves High Grades But a Greater Effort is Needed to Address the Growing Climate Crisis

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (NY)
  • Ball State University (IN)

Who will lead this energy revolution? One hopeful possibility is higher education. As one example, many institutions of higher education are already involved through the American College & University Presidents ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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From principle to product: Exploring process through the Solar Decathlon

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The premise of this thesis is to examine the process and development of the evolution of words into built form. The abstract principle followed through the design process is the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability, or PALS, is an innovative program at the University of Maryland that pairs faculty expertise and student ingenuity to tackle sustainability challenges facing ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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The University of Maryland's Small Footprint Pledge

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland's Small Footprint Pledge is a way for students, faculty, and staff to make a commitment to minimize their environmental impact by adopting new green behaviors ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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631 kW Severn Solar Array

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Standard Solar
  • WGL Energy (VA)

UMD was selected as a Maryland Energy Administration Project Sunburst Initiative Partner and awarded a grant aimed at promoting the installation of renewable energy systems on public buildings in Maryland ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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5 kW Rooftop Array: Cole Student Activities Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

A 5.25 kW photovoltaic solar array was installed on the roof of the Cole Student Activities Building in 2009. An interactive computer monitor was installed in the lobby of ...

  • Posted Aug. 11, 2011
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