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Understanding the Community Rights Framework

  • Portland State University (OR)

Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution gives nature the right to “respect for its existence and for the maintenance and regeneration of its life cycles.” Many sustainability scholars are well aware of ...

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Putting the U in Community Solar: Creating a local, meaningful offset program

  • University of Utah (UT)

U Community Solar is an innovative program to give the University of Utah a local, tangible way to offset its carbon footprint over the next 20 years. The one-time program ...

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Symbiotic Sustainability: Oberlin Town and Gown Collaboration

  • Oberlin College (OH)

College towns across the country are facing growing economic, social, and environmental challenges. A shared vision to build a more sustainable community between city and college leaders can be a ...

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Student Workers Building Sustainable Communities

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a unique student worker program in its residence halls since its founding in 1971. Students work with professional staff to perform the custodial and maintenance ...

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Sowing Seeds: An academic-corporate collaboration to bring ‘real food’ to campus.

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Sowing Seeds: An academic-corporate collaboration to bring ‘real food’ to campus. Integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum can often present challenges to classroom instructors immersed in a traditional academic setting ...

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Strengthening Rural Community Health through Collaboration

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Nestled in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish is a small town of about 10,000 and home to Black Hills State University (BHSU). BHSU is spearheading a ...

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Partnerships for Developing Community Sustainability Indicators

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Developing Community Sustainability Indicators through Campus-Community Partnerships In the words of social ecologist Peter Drucker, “What gets measured, gets managed.” Whether with the STAR Community Index or AASHE’s STARS ...

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Curricular Engagement in Building Sustainable Communities

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson College is leading the way in integrating sustainability across the curriculum. As an innovative liberal arts college, over 90% of our graduating students are taking sustainability-focused and related courses ...

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How to Justify the Cost of a Compost Facility for your Campus and/or Community

  • Xavier University (OH)

Appalachian State University began an in-house composting program on campus in 1999, and built a state-of-the-art positive forced aeration facility to expand composting opportunities, which opened in October 2011. This ...

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Advancing Student-Led Community-Based Health Equity Research: CPHE

  • Portland State University (OR)

Since 2009, the Community Partnership for Health and Equity (CPHE), an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, and community leaders, has focused on promoting social sustainability in the Portland, OR metropolitan ...

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Vegetated roofs at UAB: Operations and research collaboration

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest single-site employer in Alabama, with more than 120 buildings encompassing 93 city blocks. As a core component of Alabama’s ...

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Repair Fairs: Promoting waste reduction in community involvement

  • Oregon State University (OR)

One of the largest challenges in engaging students in sustainability is creating meaningful experiences. Encouraging students to practice reuse is particularly challenging, as it requires a personal commitment. Likewise, educating ...

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Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley cultivates a collaborative space for strengthening the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their ...

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Creating Vibrant Campus Communities through Biophilic Design

  • NAC Architecture (WA)

Biophilia is a Greek term meaning, "love of life or living systems." Biophilic Design is a way of creating places and communities that connect us both literally and emotionally to ...

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The Big Bouncy Castle: Community Partnerships & Involvement

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In the communities surrounding many colleges and universities the schools are often viewed as exclusive “Ivory Towers” of education that, while being physically located within a community, are not a ...

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Voluntary Sustainability Agreements as a Transition Niche

  • Chatham University (PA)

The lack of climate change leadership across many government levels in the United States has left a gap in the work of low-carbon transition for sustainability. Recognizing the importance and ...

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Leadership for a Sustainable Community

  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • SRG Partnership, Inc
  • Solarc Architecture & Engineering Inc. (OR)

Lane Community College, SRG Partnership and SOLARC combined leadership to provide a prototype for sustainable neighborhood development. Transforming a vacant site adjacent to Eugene, Oregon’s main library and public ...

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A Zero-waste Community: Bridging the Gap Between Goals and Behaviors

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

One of the main goals of Green Mountain College’s Sustainability 2020 Strategic Plan is to have a net positive impact on the surrounding community. Vermont’s new universal waste ...

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Creating partnerships between companies and design/build programs

  • Big Ass Solutions (KY)

Collaboration between manufacturers and academic design/build programs is one of the most effective ways of introducing advanced products to the evolving sustainable technology field while providing valuable hands-on experience ...

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Sustaining and Growing Yourself as a Professional in a Changing Workplace, Building a Community of Change

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • Trust for Sustainable Development (BC)

The workshop is presented in two parts. Part one will briefly review the current research on workplace dynamics and gender roles. Participants will respond to a series of questions which ...

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UA Compost Cats: Creating Community Partnerships to Address Local Food Security and Sustainability

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • City of Tucson (AZ)
  • San Xavier Co-op Farm (AZ)

Over 4 years of existence, the student-run, Compost Cats program at the University of Arizona has forged enduring community partnerships with San Xavier Co-op Farm of the Tohono O’odham ...

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The Sustainability Semester: From Individual to Community Action

  • Goshen College (IN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Each fall, students from various colleges and universities move to the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College to participate in a Sustainability Semester. For the duration of the ...

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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 ...

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Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC): Campus, Community, and Corporate Partnership for Climate Adaption and Resilience

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Van Ness Feldman (DC)

Addressing climate-related risks and the need for corresponding adaptation strategies is both a necessary and strategic priority for institutions of higher education in the 21st century. Colleges and universities face ...

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Broadening the Definition of Campus: Creating a Collaborative Place to Live & Learn to Reinvent a Sustainable Future with Innovation Districts

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Via Suzuki Architecture (WA)

How can we be relevant? How can a town and gown community create a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters genuine green innovation, house & grow students to become game changers ...

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Post Consumer Composting at the University of Florida: A Partnership Between ARAMARK, WCA and the University of Florida

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • WCA (TX)

Overview: As part of its goal to be zero waste by 2015, the University of Florida developed a comprehensive organics composting solution to address almost 25% of the total campus ...

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Cultivating community and sustainability at the Learning Gardens Lab

  • Portland State University (OR)

Learning gardens serve as rich sustainability learning sites due to their ecological and sociocultural benefits, and provide a hands-on way for learners of all ages to engage in interconnected issues ...

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Connecting Higher Education and Sustainable Practices in Prisons

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) offers students and faculty of The Evergreen State College (Evergreen) opportunities to experience and influence sustainability beyond the college campus; we connect educators, researchers ...

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Sustainability in Prisons Project: Essential Components

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) is a partnership founded by The Evergreen State College and Washington State Department of Corrections, and fulfills a mission to bring nature and science ...

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Reclaiming the Urban Forest for Food, Medicine and Ceremony: A Collaborative Process

  • Portland State University (OR)

American Indian and Alaska Native communities suffer from the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the country. This project seeks to address the impact of colonization ...

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Pursuing Impact: PSU’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University (PSU) takes its role as an urban-serving university seriously. For decades, PSU has been nationally recognized for our commitment to “Let Knowledge Serve the City” by engaging ...

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Community Engagement Through the Arts

  • Transylvania University (KY)

This presentation will focus on “Community Engagement Through the Arts” (CETA), a course we teach at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with the stated goal of creating and maintaining sustainable ...

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The Nuts & Bolts of Adapting the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In 2010, the New York Times called the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability ...

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Building Communities and Community Gardens on Campus

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Project Grow - Growing Community and a Garden at Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University (WKU) is building its first Community Garden on campus, a research-based project that includes four components ...

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Sustainability & the Pacific Rim: Willamette University’s Program

  • Willamette University (OR)

In conjunction with Japan’s Tokyo International University (TIU), Willamette University (WU) has developed a new interdisciplinary program bringing together the natural and social sciences with the humanities called "Sustainability ...

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MN GreenCorps: Building Sustainable Communities with AmeriCorps

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Community engagement and public outreach are initiatives with which we are familiar as we work to invoke sustainable changes within our communities. Sustainable action requires that we serve our communities ...

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Sustainability, Community and Voice: The Power of Student TED Talks

  • Chapman University (CA)

Sustainability as an area of focus for the first-year seminar can seem abstract and distant, with only occasional connections to students’ everyday lives. By asking students to give their own ...

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Keynote Address: Rob Bennett

  • EcoDistricts (OR)

Rob is the founder and CEO of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 16 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy ...

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Developing Space: Community Areas that Engage

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, my department has taken on the remodel of the courtyard in our Freshman dorm area. As the design evolves, there are an ...

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Infiltrating Sustainability Into City Government

  • Indiana State University (IN)

The Indiana State University Institute for Community Sustainability partnered with Mayor Duke Bennett of the City of Terre Haute to add sustainability to the city’s vocabulary by placing a ...

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Building a community farming network with the KPU Lab Farm

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture is a unique program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) that seeks to advance sustainable communities and food systems through integrated education, applied ...

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Gaia Education Curriculum for Sustainable Community Development

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

We need to continually develop curriculum that can equip citizens and decision-makers to respond to current challenges and help create a viable world. This Case Study will describe a well-developed ...

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Campuses as Leaders and Partners in Comprehensive Food Systems Change

  • Luther College (IA)

Too often efforts to enact changes to the food system are approached piecemeal with an excess focus on individual consumption. This presentation will present an alternative model of sustainable food ...

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Cafeteria to Community: Reducing Waste and Feeding the Hungry

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will illustrate a program that simultaneously reduces food waste from Luther College’s cafeteria while providing needed food assistance to hungry families in the surrounding community. The Cafeteria ...

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Community Sustainability in the Post Graduate World – How Does a Liberal Arts Education Matter?

  • Middlebury College (VT)

A higher education degree is a big investment. The value and relevance of that investment is a key concern of many students and their families. The numbers say that it ...

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Solar Village Community Microgrid- Four Homes, Focused on Energy

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

The solar village at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed a functioning microgrid to study power and energy systems at the residential and community level. This system ...

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Engaging Sustainability Stakeholders across Cultures A How-To Guide

  • Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA)

A generic cost-benefit analysis or a consideration of the Keeling Curve (the canonic visualization of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since 1958) by itself seldom motivate potential sustainability ...

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A National Online Community for Student Sustainability Leaders

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

We will share stories from student sustainability leaders from across the country that are connecting with one another, building relationships and sharing ideas about how they are making their campuses ...

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Campus Cookbook: The Real Food Challenge Sodexo Partnership; Northern Arizona University Case Study

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national network of student leaders working to create a more just and sustainable food system. The national goal of Real Food Challenge is ...

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Creating a Sustainable Community Together

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

‘Town – Gown’ collaborations, initiated around sustainability challenges, seem to be re-defining Happy Valley, with big impacts on both Penn State and the Commonwealth. Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC) is an initiative ...

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