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Opportunity - Upcoming White House Day of Climate Action to Feature Campus Climate Leadership

  • AASHE (PA)

On November 19th, the White House and the State Department will bring together leadership from higher education institutions, including school administrators and student leaders, to collectively call for action on ...

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Collaborating for the Future of Higher Education Sustainability

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Last week Julian Keniry from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Jaime Van Mourik from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Tim Carter from Second Nature and I came together ...

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Natural Area Stewardship as Part of Campus Sustainability

Despite a growing body of evidence that spending time in nature through leisure, stewardship, and related activities is critical to the healthy development of humans and can lead to pro-environmental ...

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Universities, Colleges and Students Mobilize for Paris Climate Action

  • AASHE (PA)

The time to address climate change is now. AASHE believes the higher education community is poised to find and implement solutions to the drastically changing climate patterns that are sure ...

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2015 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The Index also highlights best practices ...

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Getting Your Green Revolving Fund to Revolve

  • Efficiency Vermont (VT)

In 2011, in partnership with the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), my colleagues and I led a statewide campaign to promote the adoption of green revolving funds (GRF) at Vermont’s ...

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Campus Transport Management: Trip Reduction Programs on College, University and Research Campuses

  • Victoria Transport Policy Institute (BC)

Campus Transport Management programs are coordinated efforts to improve transportation options and reduce trips at colleges, universities and other campus facilities. TDM tends to be particularly effective and appropriate in ...

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2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE has been conducting a survey of campus sustainability staff since 2008. This report presents the results of the 2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey. It examines the nature of ...

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Preaching to the Choir

  • Baylor University (TX)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: 97 percent of climate scientists agree that we are the main reason the planet is warming at an alarming rate and if ...

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Anticipating, Facilitating and Celebrating: The Ball State University Framework for Sustainability Implementation

  • Ball State University (IN)

University sustainability decision-making invokes actionable descriptors that can support the intention of social, economic and environmental considerations in higher education stewardship. However, commonly used terms, such as leveraging, championing and ...

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The Benefits of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

The credits in the AASHE Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program can serve as a road-map to more sustainable purchasing policies. Green purchasing can benefit higher education campuses ...

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The Power of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

Summer marks the beginning of the new fiscal year on many campuses - this is a good time to do some housecleaning and review your purchasing policies. Green purchasing is an ...

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Learning Through Eating: Bringing Campus Dining Operations into an Introductory Environmental Science Course

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainability initiatives in higher education often flourish as the result of cross-functionality of teaching, research, and operational staff. At the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Resources ...

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Is STARS Worth the Investment? Furman University’s Point of View

  • Furman University (SC)

After devoting much of the past fifteen months to painstakingly completing Furman’s first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) 2.0 submission, while juggling myriad other professional and ...

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Environmental Fixes + Urban Problems

  • The New School (NY)

Social preservation and the preservation of nature have for too long been treated as separate matters but when looked at as a holistic system, operating under market-driven devices, it is ...

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Ten Tips for Students to be Sustainable on Earth Day and Beyond

  • AASHE (PA)

Happy Earth Day to everyone! To commemorate this important day we are highlighting the impact students can have to advance sustainability efforts at their institution and reduce their individual carbon ...

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Listening Project Report: Recap

  • AASHE (PA)

Through the ongoing Listening Project (LP), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is working to instill a listening culture throughout our programs and operations. However ...

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AASHE Visits England at the EAUC Conference

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

I was proud to represent the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) annual conference at the University ...

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AASHE’s Board Retreat Insight

  • AASHE (PA)

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) held a board retreat in early March at Stanford University. At the retreat we honed in on AASHE's ...

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The Role of Collaborative Review in Achieving STARS Platinum

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Colorado State University (CSU) has become the first institution to earn a Platinum rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This achievement highlights the continuous improvement that ...

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University of Iowa and Balfour Beatty Partner to Deliver Unique Sustainability Programs

  • University of Iowa (IA)

On-campus student housing project “Aspire at West Campus” opened its’ doors to students in August of 2014, a new housing partnership formed between AASHE Member University of Iowa (UI) and ...

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The AASHE Collaborative Vision Tree – A Study in Creative Assessment and Feedback Processes

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

To build a resilient sustainability movement in higher education, we need to bring together diverse perspectives and work to design collaborative solutions. This paradigm shift includes refining the processes by ...

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A rainwater system for the University of Washington construction materials laboratory

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

University of Washington Construction Materials Laboratory (CML) is an instruction laboratory where undergraduate students of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the College of Built Environments (CBE ...

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Climate Change Resiliency: Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Background: The submitted research paper "Campus Microgrid Feasibility Study" is the result of a combination of learning opportunities that evolved into the final product. It began in summer 2014 at ...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Second Nature’s “Sustainability Sit-Downs”

  • Second Nature (MA)

Second Nature, a Boston-based non-profit who’s programs include the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), started a new video series on January 21, 2015. The series—titled ...

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Integrating Project Evaluation into Funding Environmental Sustainability at Universities

Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on American higher education campuses have spurred a wide range of expenditures involving many diverse decision-makers, including new committees led by students serving in short-term ...

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Canadian STARS-Rated Campus Sustainability Plans: Priorities, Plan Creation and Design

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The use of integrated sustainability plans is an emerging trend in higher education institutions (HEIs) to set sustainability priorities and to create a work plan for action. This paper analyses ...

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Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This How-To Guide explores best practices for establishing and managing highly effective Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs). It presents information for individuals seeking guidance on creating new SIPs (Chapter 2), or ...

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AASHE Student Diary Series: Plucking High-Hanging Fruit

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

As sustainability professionals, we all have the same mission: Managing today’s resources for a more sustainable future. What better place to start than at Virginia Tech (VT), while pursuing ...

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The Unsuspected Teachers: Environmental Identity and Sustainability Education in the Anthropocene

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

People in higher education institutions are designing, advocating, and implementing curricular changes for sustainability and ecological literacy. This study sought to understand the environmental identities of sustainability education advocates working ...

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Clean Energy U: Colleges Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day

  • Chevrolet (OR)

Let’s clear the air. Beyond building efficient vehicles in a responsible way, Chevrolet is supporting the ingenious efforts of people across America helping lead the clean energy revolution. That ...

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STARS 2014 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2014 Annual Review highlights recent sustainability innovations and best practices from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide. The publication features 105 higher education institutions that earned a STARS ...

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Making Inroads for Learning to be Green: Audubon International Partners with AASHE

  • Audubon International (NY)

For over 25 years, Audubon International (AI) has worked with partners to make development more sustainable and to educate their patrons, staff and community members how to improve environmental quality ...

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Survey: Fans More Likely To Attend Games, Buy Hot Dogs if Stadium Composts Trash

Our latest national survey gives universities a new reason to go green: It’s smart business. Nearly a third of Americans said they’d be more likely to attend a ...

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Student-Involved Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives in Canada

  • York University (ON)

While considerable focus has been given to campus sustainability, there currently is a notable scarcity of academic literature and research on student-involved campus sustainability and social justice initiatives. The main ...

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2014 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

During its annual analysis of the higher education sustainability movement, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) found a significant increase in sustainability planning, campus living ...

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Sustainable Procurement Toolkit

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Ray C Anderson Foundation (GA)

With support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, AASHE is pleased to provide this sustainable purchasing toolkit which includes resources that support sustainable procurement at higher education institutions. Included in ...

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The Development of 'Learning for Sustainability' Core Competencies

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the last several years, there has been increased interest within communities, schools, and government to promote behavior that will yield a positive future impact on the world. The sustainability ...

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Evaluating Penn's Green Living Certification: Successes and Recommendations for Improvement

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

As Penn's first environmental certification program aimed at rewarding students' personal behaviors, the Green Living Certification program has the potential to affect behavior change and promote a culture of ...

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Guest Blog: The Road to a Campus Plastic Bag Ban

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

During the 2012-2013 school year we passed a Student Union Senate resolution calling for an end to the distribution of plastic bags in campus stores. The year ended with little ...

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Filling a Local Transportation Gap: Planning for a Cycling Future at York University

  • York University (ON)

PURPOSE: This multifaceted study set out to: a) assess the current state of York University's cycling infrastructure; b) determine of feasibility of a bike share at York University's ...

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Sustainability: A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How ...

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Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Transformation of Learning and Society

To help address the challenges of sustainable development, higher education institutions must transform themselves, bringing together best practice in quality management for tertiary education with best practice in education for ...

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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 ...

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Campus Sustainability and Natural Area Stewardship: Student Involvement in Adaptive Comanagement

University campus sustainability initiatives have proliferated over the last decade. We contend that such initiatives benefit from applying conceptual frameworks to help understand and guide their activities and from a ...

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How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation

  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Developed in partnership with the Campus Green Funds Collaborative, the Guide outlines best practices and lessons learned in designing, managing, promoting, and evaluating campus green funds and their respective projects ...

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New Affordability Measures at Private, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities: Academic Year 2013-14

  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (DC)

The following examples of new affordability initiatives demonstrate the creative ways in which private, nonprofit colleges are working to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. They ...

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Sustainability within Collegiate Athletics: Recommendations For Sustainable Improvement

  • Clark University (MA)

This paper addresses the current day issue involving the lack of sustainable efforts occurring in collegiate athletic departments and their respective facilities. Based on the general nature of athletics, sustainability ...

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STARS 2013 Annual Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The STARS 2013 Annual Review discusses the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), providing a look back at STARS and a glimpse at what is in store with the ...

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AASHE Interview Series: Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Last fall, AASHE partnered with the Green Products Roundtable (GPR) on a pilot project that examined the impacts associated with an average higher education institution's spending. One of the ...

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