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STARS 101 (2013)

  • AASHE (PA)

Since 2006, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership organization of colleges and universities committed to building a sustainable world, has engaged in a ...

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Sustainability by the Numbers

  • Babson College (MA)

Sustainability professionals are consistently challenged to prove the success and impact of sustainability programs – especially ones that target behavior change. This is not always easy, as many of the benefits ...

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Establishing and Managing Successful Sustainability Internship Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs) foster unique opportunities to integrate rigorous academic experiences in campus operations, engage operational staff in the academic mission, enhance the capacity of campus sustainability staff, and ...

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Sustainable Communications: Tools for Your Outreach Toolbox

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

You have the content knowledge…do you know how to make that knowledge accessible to your audiences? What is your brand and how do you manage it? Communication strategies are ...

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The Social Life of Smartphones

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Our institution has taken a unique approach to education and outreach initiatives by deliberately highlighting the social aspects of sustainability, fostering the power of storytelling to elicit emotional responses in ...

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Transparency and Efficiency in Sustainability Implementation

  • Ohio University (OH)

Since your institution has adopted a sustainability and/or climate action plan, have you felt you spend more time on data collection and reporting than on actual implementation and outreach ...

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Transdisciplinary Collaborations for Sustainability Education: Institutional and Intragroup Challenges and Opportunities

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

In order to most effectively contribute to creating adaptive and resilient socio-ecological systems appropriate for an uncertain future, educators must develop transdisciplinary sustainability education praxis. This presentation is about collectively ...

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Sustainable Planning, Development and Implementation at a Multi-Campus Community College

  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)

This presentation will cover a case study about planning, implementing and operating a LEED Gold Academic Facility. The presentation will follow how from the initial concept of the development of ...

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UAF Firefighters Help Install Solar Panels

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The students involved in the fire science program here at UAF are not here to simply be fire fighters. You do not need a college education to do that, they ...

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Benchmark-based Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Most efforts to improve energy performance in campus buildings use efficiency standards as a reference point. Programs often specify energy efficiency at ten to thirty percent beyond ASHRAE 90.1 ...

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Shooting for the STARS and Beyond: Green Mountain College's Attempt to Measure Authentic Sustainability

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

At Green Mountain College we have developed a suite of metrics for measuring authentic sustainability in higher education that reaches beyond STARS, AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System ...

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Designing for Sustainability: Project-based Seminar Series

  • Daemen College (NY)

As we encourage students to address sustainability-related issues, we need to have an effective strategy for empowering them to be creative and successful. We have structured our curriculum to include ...

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Growing Student-led Movement for Climate Justice

  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • Green Century Capital Management (WI)

Launched on just a handful of campuses in 2011, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign has expanded exponentially in just a few short months - escalating the demand for bold climate action ...

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Create Leadership for Sustainability In Student Affairs

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Florida State University (FL)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Student Affairs divisions can play a critical role in the higher education sustainability movement through their efforts to recruit students, cultivate significant learning experiences outside the classroom, shape campus culture ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Local Food in the Carolinas Program: Campuses to Communities

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

The Duke Endowment (TDE) schools, Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University, all have significant interest in promoting sustainable farm and food systems in the Carolinas ...

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Cross-Institution Collaboration: Composting Pre-and-Post Consumer Food Scraps In An Urban Environment

  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

According to a 2011 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, the average American wastes over 200 pounds of food ...

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Plenary: Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Catawba College (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

An increasing number of colleges are establishing green revolving funds to tap into new sources of capital and scale up their institution's commitment to investing in reducing carbon emissions ...

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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 ...

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Playing Like A Team: Advancing Campus Sustainability By Greening Sports

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

With help from organizations such as AASHE and the U.S. EPA, colleges and universities across the nation are implementing campus-wide sustainability programs to enhance their environmental performance. Many of ...

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Climate Adaptation – The Role of Higher Education Institutions

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Arup (NY)

As global action languishes, institutions of higher education are beginning to ask questions. If the global community is successful in greenhouse gas mitigation, there will still be changes in climate ...

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On-site Power Purchase Agreements 101: What you really need to know

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

In an effort to address climate change universities across the nation have made formal commitments and set targets to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. They are now grappling with how ...

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Stronger Together: Collaboration Opportunities for Campus Diversity Officers and Campus Sustainability Officers

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • McGill University (QC)

Campus diversity and inclusion departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty to promote inclusion, diversity and equity. Campus sustainability departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty about how ...

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What to Know When Building Bridges With Evangelical Christians on Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Carroll University (WI)
  • Houghton College (NY)
  • Center for Environmental Leadership (CA)

Both what American evangelicals believe about the nexus of faith, science and culture, and the fabric of the social institutions they inhabit, influence their responses to environmental sustainability and climate ...

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Experiential Learning Lab: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

In order to achieve the short-term goal of piloting a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB:O+M) project on campus, an office of sustainability initiated such a ...

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The Next Wave - Faculty Development for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • San Diego State University (CA)

The Ponderosa Project of Northern Arizona University and Piedmont Project of Emory University provide a model of faculty development that has been widely emulated. The model has been effective at ...

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A Framework for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Leadership

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

With an eye to the future, AASHE, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature will share their vision for resilient and sustainable ...

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Divestment: Successful Case Studies

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

With active campaigns on over 250 college campuses, divestment from fossil fuels has shifted the sustainability conversation significantly over the past year, pushing the “operational boundary” for campus sustainability, and ...

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Transforming Enemies Into Allies: How to Have Difficult—But Necessary—Conversations in Our Roles as Sustainability Change Agents

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop will give us the space to learn and practice some tactics for having those difficult conversations that are unavoidably part of the work of making change happen within ...

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Plenary: Sustainability and Sound

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Florida State University (FL)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

This plenary will provide a brief introduction to the emerging field of ecomusicology followed by a discussion of some key issues as they relate to higher education. The three expert ...

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Starting Over: Strategies for Building a New Sustainability Program

  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

In this session, three professionals with long experience in the campus sustainability movement who in the past several years started jobs at institutions that were just beginning the journey to ...

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Show Me the Money! The Benefits of Investing in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

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Beyond Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities at the Growing Edge of Campus Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the past 15 years, sustainability has grown from obscurity to a mainstream higher education phenomenon. The field’s maturity was evident in three questions raised during informal conversations at ...

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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 ...

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Living Buildings that Engage Students (and their Institution) in Sustainability

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

There is a growing trend in education and architecture to create green ‘buildings that teach’, facilities that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. Currently, the most progressive green ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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The Intersection of Sustainability Education and the Job Market

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Footprint Talent (GA)

The Intersection of Sustainability Education and the Job Market session will educate university staff and students on what employers are looking for from recent sustainability graduates.

Eryn Emerich of Footprint ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Using Intelligent HVAC Controls to Reduce Energy Usage in Residence Halls

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

Technology can be used to reduce heating and cooling energy use by 25-32% in Residence Halls while keeping students climatically comfortable. The panelists will explain how they each captured these ...

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Sustainable Investing for Endowments: Solving the Problem

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc. (MA)

Our presentation focuses on empowering and motivating universities to adapt to a new world of sustainable investing. The presentation will address the limited amount of sustainable investment strategies currently available ...

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[eco]logical Succession: Cultivating Learning in Place

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Living buildings often rely on the Integrative Design Process to effectively gather information from a diverse ecosystem of project participants. This presentation will provide methods that leverage the design and ...

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Roadmap to Resilience: Assessing Tools and Strategies for Climate Preparedness on Campus

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

While campuses have made great strides in mitigating dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, the climate is changing in a way which will require alterted strategies for building, maintenence, investment, teaching and ...

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Farm to Institution New England: Successes & Lessons Learned in Institutional Local Food Procurement

  • Skidmore College (NY)
  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

After several years of farm to institution projects and initiatives in the northeast, there have been many successes and many important lessons learned. This panel will highlight the ways that ...

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Faculty Development Workshops: Planning, Implementation & Outcomes

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Skidmore College (NY)

Two liberal arts colleges will offer their experiences in offering faculty development workshops for sustainability. These workshops are a structured way to work within the academic setting to offer the ...

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Renewable Energy Market Transformation Efforts by Illinois Community Colleges

  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (IL)

The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is building the capacity of Illinois community colleges to identify and fill gaps in the renewable energy market transformation efforts across Illinois. Attend this ...

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Sustainable Spelman: HBCU Climate Action Planning

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • O'Brien & Gere (NY)

The Vision of a Sustainable Spelman requires all of us to adopt an ethic of conservation. In January of 2013, Spelman College completed its Climate Action Plan (CAP) and submitted ...

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Practicing Behavior Interventions: Understanding and Implementing Sustainable Behavior Change on Your Campus

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Behavior change is a buzzword in sustainability work – mostly because our job on campuses, among many other responsibilities, is to change people’s behaviors to ones that are more sustainable ...

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Green Capital Projects: How to Get Cash Flow and Reduce Emissions

  • Sweet Briar College (VA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

Sweet Briar College realized the need to reduce energy cost and consumption on campus after four environmental engineering students conducted an energy audit in 2008. The audit inspired the College ...

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Adapting Planning and Reporting for a Sustainable Future: A Case Study of the use of Ecological Footprinting to 40 Campuses.

  • Macquarie University (NSW)
  • The Footprint Company Pty Ltd (New South Wales)

A central mission of sustainability in the tertiary sector is equipping future generations with the understanding of the interdependencies between the environment, economy and society and to build the capability ...

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Power in Numbers: How a Basic Understanding of Green Building Science Can Empower University Decision Makers

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Thornton Tomasetti (ME)

This presentation will introduce technical and non-technical attendees to the types of studies, metrics, and tools green building designers are using with today’s sustainable campus building design. These methodologies ...

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Off-site Power Purchase Agreements: How Long-term Contracts Can Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • ERG Consulting Firm (MA)

Colleges and universities are committing to aggressive emission reduction goals as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and meet their commitments under the ACUPCC. Electricity use commonly ...

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