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Sustaining a Student-Led Environmental Movement at San Diego State University: Leveraging Collaboration to Create an Environmentally Sustainable Endowment

  • San Diego State University (CA)

As the global economy grows, environmental activists increasingly work towards more environmentally sustainable investing practices, especially at higher education institutions. As Sustainability Commissioner (2019-2020) at San Diego State University (“SDSU ...


PSRF Final Project Report: Climate Community

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Mission

The Climate Community President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship (PSRF) project is dedicated to generating an engaged and purposeful climate community at Swarthmore College. This means breaking the mold of ...


Emory University’s Virtual Earth Month Outreach Campaign

  • Emory University (GA)

Traditionally, Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) kicks off Earth Month by bringing together both on and off-campus organizations that are dedicated to sustainability for a one-day Earth ...


Factors Affecting Environmental Activism, Nonactivist Behaviors, and the Private Sphere Green Behaviors of Thai University Students

  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

University students are expected by the general public to be active in pro-environmental behaviors due to their environmental knowledge and relevant education. However, it is still unclear whether students only ...


Intersectional sustainability and student activism: A framework for achieving social sustainability on university campuses

  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)

In recent decades, universities have made significant progress toward environmental sustainability and have likewise tightened their budgets and restructured economic models in the name of financial sustainability. However, institutions of ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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The Sustainable Development Goals: Needs and Challenges for Student-Led Implementation

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework is meant to provide a universal roadmap to end poverty and engage nations across the globe on common global issues. Student-led activation ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Available for Download: Leveraging Generation Z's Impact on the Wellbeing Economy

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss the application of generational theory, specifically Generation Z, to principles of a wellbeing economy within a higher education setting. Generation Z students ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Healthy Communities

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Student activists at North Lake College researched tobacco usage on campus and how it affected students and faculty. Through activism the students were able to have their district pass a ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Four Steps for Leading Impactful Environmental Change On-Campus

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Campus Environmental Center at University of Texas at Austin explains their strategy for encouraging student-led activism. They describe their steps as: build a motivated community, create a strategic plan ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Activism or Silence as a Sustainability Office?

  • New York University (NY)

We live in a time when activism has become a regular part of our lives and addresses a multitude of issues. As Sustainability Officers, our passions and worldviews are often ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement and Student Activism at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

On April 1, 2015, Syracuse University announced that it would divest its $1.18 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Shortly thereafter, its partner institution, SUNY-ESF, made the same commitment. These ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Introduction to Sustainable Living

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

My proposal for the 2018 Student Sustainability Leadership Award is for a course that I was able to develop at UCLA designed to help students learn knowledge and skills that ...


Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Talking Truth was initiated in fall 2015 to support and build on understanding of climate disruption. Our experiential events employ storytelling, film screenings, art making, author talks, and reflective writing ...


Fossil fuel divestment in US higher education: student-led organising for climate justice

  • Pitzer College (CA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

Based on over one year of participant observation within the student-led fossil fuel divestment (FFD) movement, this article contextualises the origins, successes, challenges, and inner workings of the FFD movement ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Beyond Campus: Engaging Students in Sustainability, Resilience and Climate Policymaking

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

In the aftermath of President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Agreement, universities, cities, states, and companies have stepped up to lead. A coalition representing fully half the U ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2017
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Student Summit Opening Keynote Speaker: Lydia D. Avila

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Lydia D. Avila is the Executive Director of the Power Shift Network - a diverse, national network of youth-led and youth-focused climate justice organizations. Lydia is originally from a working class ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Community Partnerships for Environmental Justice

  • The New School (NY)

The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is committed to environmental justice and community-academic partnerships grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. Using this framework, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building an Intersectionality Coalition: Listen, Organize, Act.

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Come learn the three steps of listening, organizing, and acting that built a student-led Intersectionality Coalition at Gonzaga University. Inspired by sessions from AASHE 2016, students from Gonzaga University felt ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Power of One: How a Physics Professor Saved Italy from Big Oil Through Education, Activism and Community Outreach

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Trained as a physicist, Dr. Maria D'Orsogna is a hands-on activist fighting to protect the Italian countryside and seas from Big Oil. Maria first learned of proposed oil activities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Saying No and Saying Yes: The Strategy of Campus Climate Activism

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Our Climate (OR)

With the dramatic change in Washington DC policy towards climate, environment and sustainability, there has been a major upswing in campus activism. How can this student activism be most effective ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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New game, new rules: Organising for Sustainability post-Trump and Brexit

  • National Union of Students
  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Following the Brexit vote, and the election of President Donald Trump, there is widespread concern amongst young people and students around the world on the stance our political leaders are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Forming campus collaborations to support student advocacy skills

  • University at Albany (NY)

The recent Presidential election has inspired a new activism in our students. They want to be heard by not only campus administration, but by local, state and federal representatives, but ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Campus Climate is Heating up!: A Case Study of Student Activism at a Liberal Arts University

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Campus communities are a particular type of environment, uniquely affected by the political state of the surrounding area. Just as a politician's constituents should determine her platform, students at ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Designing Menus for the Future: Sustainable Food Purchasing, Student Activism and Food Footprints

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Friends of the Earth (DC)

This interactive discussion explores real world strategies for shifting school menus toward food that is healthy, local and sustainable, including methods for evaluating environmental impacts of food choices. With on ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Towards Inclusive Sustainability: Fostering Solidarity in Environmental Work On and Off Campus

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

On the University of Arizona campus, the social justice (SoJo) committee of the student government-sponsored program Students for Sustainability works on projects that raise awareness for environmental justice issues; promote ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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University at Buffalo-Sustainability Month 2017

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

At UB, Earth Day is celebrated all month, with dozens of sustainability events highlighting our commitment to critical issues like climate neutrality and publicly funded science.


Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies

Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. The essays in this collection examine the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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What the bleep?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This year's conference focuses on solutions in surrounding communities and the world. This assumes that 'higher education (HE) institutions have been modeling sustainable solutions on their campuses for many ...

  • 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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Student Activism with Sustainability in Higher Education across Canada

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The purpose of this case study is to share the results of the Sustainability and Education Policy Network's research with student sustainability leaders from six higher education institutions in ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 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 ...


Collective action competence: an asset to campus sustainability

  • Duke University (NC)

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to operationalize theories of social learning and collective action for campus sustainability practitioners at higher education instititions (IHEs) to enhance their work, and ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Institutional Framework for Student-Led Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) is a self-sustaining committee within the Association for Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN), otherwise known as UNL’s Student Government. The framework of ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Raise Your Voice: Environmental Justice at Capilano

  • Capilano University (BC)

The idea for this event was to have an open idea sharing and focusing event regarding sustainability and environmental justice on campus. It was a chance to bring students together ...


The Class of 2000 Report: Environmental Education, Practices and Activism on Campus

The aims of this report are twofold: to provide basic information and ideas which will enhance the understanding of environmental education, practices and activism on campus; and to develop action ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Taking the University to Task: For many colleges and universities, environmental studies are no longer just academic

  • Worldwatch Institute

This article provides an overview of the campus sustainability movement in 1998, with a focus on student activism and engagement.

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Social Justice Organizing Program

  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (PA)

The Social Justice Organizing (SJO) program at RRC trains rabbis to be Jewish leaders in bringing about a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling society. It is the first ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education

In the last twenty years, higher education in the United States has been eroded by massive reliance on temporary academic labor—professors without tenure or the prospect of tenure, paid ...

  • Posted March 11, 2016
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Voices from Minnesota's Youth Climate Movement: Organizing at the Intersection of Climate Change & Social Justice

  • Grand Aspirations (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MN)
  • Will Steger Foundation (MN)
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MN)

This panel discussion will feature stories from 6 vibrant Minnesota youth organizations working at the intersection of climate change and social justice. Across the state, youth are leading campaigns and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability in Christian Higher Education: Symbolic Value Claims or Substantive Organizational Change?

  • Carroll University (WI)

Environmental activism about climate change and sustainability-related issues is increasing on conservative Protestant campuses in the U.S. Highly religious Christian students are engaging their peers to increase sustainability awareness ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Investing in a Cooler Planet: the movement to divest colleges and universities from fossil fuels and reinvest in the new economy

  • Carleton College (MN)

Since 2011, when campaigns first started popping up at a handful of colleges, the fossil fuel divestment movement has exploded onto the college activism scene and beyond. There are currently ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Finding Carrots - engaging others in sustainability

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability is engaging, empowering & enabling, but sometimes getting other people on board is a bit like herding cats – frustrating, resource intensive, and with no one correct way of ensuring ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Students & Climate Change Intervention: Investment Office Insights

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)

Focused on campuses with the intention of mobilizing student activists, late in 2012 a "divest from fossil fuel" campaign was begun. Most faith and values-driven institutional investors were attentive to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Creativity, Movement, & New Leadership: A Model for Collaboration

  • Portland State University (OR)

Imagine a campus where leaders felt supported in their leadership, and where new ideas were not challenged but encouraged. By building a coalition of student leaders from across the campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Science, Collaboration, and Sustainable Change

  • Portland State University (OR)

Take Back the Tap is a national campaign spearheaded by nonprofit Food and Water Watch but run by students on college campuses across the nation. Portland State administration continues to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Activism to Catalyze Campus Sustainability

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)

Students hold a tremendous amount of power on both their campuses and their greater communities. When students make their voices heard through nonviolent actions, collaboration, and activism, social and sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Winning Real Change Through Goal-setting and Strategy

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Real Food Challenge is a student-driven organization that has shifted over $50 million in campus dining budgets at toward just and sustainable food sources. With thousands of affiliated students at ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Students Leading the Campus Climate Movement: Tackling Challenges and Engaging Possibilities

  • Second Nature (MA)

Students aren't just organizing events or acting as sustainability interns in the campus sustainability movement - they are leading the climate leadership revolution through regional organizing, collaboration with faculty, staff ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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