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University Student Sustainability Conference

  • Universidad de Chile (Region Metropolitana)

The CEUS Congress (for its acronym in Spanish) is a space for convergence of young leaders from all over the country, where discussions are held on the different topics of ...


Diversifying the U.S. Climate Movement

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

People of color are poised to reach 50% of the United States population by 2046, yet they continue to be underrepresented in environmental organizations. This report summarizes the barriers for ...


Developing the Student Anchor Engagement Framework

  • Drexel University (PA)

Modern urban and metropolitan universities are increasingly obliged to recognize their role as anchor institutions. These same institutions of higher education (IHEs) also have a responsibility to educate students to ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Higher Education for Professional and Civic Values: A Critical Review and Analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is generally thought to involve some degree of education for particular professional and civic values, attitudes and behaviours (leading to, as examples, being environmentally, socially ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Civic and Community Engagement Minor

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The minor in Civic and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to engage as citizens and active community members in ...

  • Posted Jan. 14, 2019
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The University, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Civic Engagement: Toward Civic Engagement 3.0

  • SUNY Buffalo State (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This essay analyzes and syntheses key theories and concepts on neighborhood change from the literature on anchor institutions, university engagement, gentrification, neighborhood effects, Cold War, Black liberation studies, urban political ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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The challenge of coordinated civic climate change education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Many sustainability educators want to more effectively engage their students with climate policy. They also seek to support students’ civic and change agent skills and dispositions to take on critical ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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All We Need is Political Will: Empowering Students on Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • Juniata College (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

At this critical time in our nation's history, the need to transition to a clean energy economy and a just and equitable society is more urgent than ever. Young ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability Best Practices to Contain the Uncontainable: Lessons Learned From UVA & August 11/12

  • University of Virginia (VA)

UVA's responses to the white supremacist rallies at UVA and Charlottesville during the summer of 2017 can serve as an example to other institutions as white supremacy and violence ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Campus Sustainability Month 2018: Nonpartisan Engagement and the November Elections

  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

The theme for this year’s Campus Sustainability Month is Nonpartisan Engagement and the November Elections. Please join AASHE and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) as we explore ...

  • Posted Aug. 30, 2018
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Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

  • Tufts University (MA)

Drawing from our research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institutions, this report offers ten recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities

The most comprehensive review of place-based education – its pedagogy and its practice – yet to appear, by the author of the highly influential book Beyond Ecophobia. Through academic research, practical examples ...


Training in Environmental Policy Advocacy During Challenging Times

  • DePauw University (IN)
  • AASHE (PA)

Many positive environmental policy gains are under threat across the country. Students who are motivated to take action are more important than ever. Over the last decade, DePauw University has ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Engaging Across Boundaries: The Power of Civic Engagement in Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Campus Compact (MA)

Speakers will offer an introduction to the broader concept of civic engagement and will share experiences, best practices, models and frameworks:

  • in setting up a a multiple semester student engagement ...

  • Posted March 27, 2018
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Sustainability and Civic Engagement: A Communications Engagement and Education Plan

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

Across the United States primarily on a town or city basis, the increasing public awareness and understanding of the detrimental impact of human activity on the environment is fostering the ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Universities and Conflict The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance

This book uses a series of case studies to examine the roles played by universities during situations of conflict, peacebuilding and resistance.

While a body of work dealing with the ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Recognizing the need to proactively prepare engaged citizens for the dynamic socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the 21st century, the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University (CSU), Chico ...

  • Posted March 5, 2018
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George Washington University Fostering Federal Sustainability

  • George Washington University (DC)

Sustainability is one of the nine core values of George Washington University (GW). As such, the Sustainability Collaborative was formed in 2014 to coordinate the ongoing research, academics, operations, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Protest Meets Policy Change: Practical, Local Politics As Key to Building Community Solidarity and Sustainability

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

This dynamic workshop challenges participants to engage in politics in ways that build community solidarity and sustainability. In times of great division at the national level, practical projects and local ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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From the Iowa Caucus to the Iowa State House: Strategies for Sustained Civic Engagement

  • Central College (IA)

In 2015-16, leading up to the Iowa caucus and presidential election, Central College focused sustainability education efforts strongly on civic engagement, hosting a mock caucus, debate watch parties, guest speakers ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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University-Local Government Collaborations on Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Climate change can be effectively addressed at a local, rather than national, scale. Cities and universities represent the centers of commerce and culture, as well as the world's population ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Creating political will for climate action: the role of higher education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

Political engagement in America is at an all time high; how do we channel that energy to create meaningful change? How can higher education avoid being partisan while building the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century

  • UNESCO

This publication explores the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE), which it argues has a critical role to play in equipping learners with competencies to deal with the dynamic and ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2017
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Not Business as Usual: Fostering Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

Scientists are in consensus that the world needs to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and this cannot be accomplished by ...

  • Posted July 13, 2017
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Earthday at Universidad de Monterrey

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Southern Oregon University Earth Week

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Not Business as Usual: Fostering Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

Attendees will engage in a discussion of what it means to them to civically engage through building consensus, seeking common ground, and moving towards climate solutions in a non-partisan way ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
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Empowerment for sustainability in higher education through the EYE learning tool

  • Wageningen University

Purpose - While empowerment for sustainability is considered a major objective within sustainability-oriented educational programs and policies, little is known about the actual process of empowering students for sustainability through higher ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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What should every citizen know about ecology?

  • Radford University (VA)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

The level of ecological literacy among the general population in the US and other countries is not known, although there is widespread concern that it is too low to enable ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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What do people know about key environmental issues? A review of environmental knowledge surveys

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

This paper presents results from 15 little publicized state and national environmental surveys in the US that used similar questions. Our analysis reveals trends in adult understanding of environmental issues ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Educating the Aware, Informed and Action-Oriented Sustainable Citizen

  • University of Iowa (IA)

The Introduction to Sustainability course at the University of Iowa seeks to educate the aware, informed and action-oriented sustainable citizen. A phenomenographic analysis and retrospective pretest were utilized to determine ...


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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American Democracy Project

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (DC)

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed ...


The Power of Dialogue: The Role of Student-led Initiatives in Shaping Climate Policy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Macalester College (MN)

On April 4, 2016, college campuses in thirty state capitals across the country engaged in simultaneous open dialogues with state officials on implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan. While ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges

  • New York University (NY)

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Colloquium on Research Innovation in Food, Energy, Water Systems Nexus (INFEWS) AASHE 4TH Annual Workshop Research in Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

This colloquium focuses on the direct interdependencies and connections that exist related to the production, extraction, generation and use, between food, energy, and water and the impacts at the nexus ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Virginia Power Dialog: Lessons Learned and What's Next in the Commonwealth

  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Motivated by the historic international climate agreement reached in Paris in December 2015 and by the adoption of the Clean Power Plan, The Virginia Power Dialog engaged college and university ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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How Universities can Create Sustainable Communities: A Place-Based Framework for Research, Planning, and Action

  • Audubon International (NY)

Can the movement for campus sustainability catalyze local governments into creating their own more sustainable futures? With guidance and tools from a national non-profit, sustainability advocates and university researchers are ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Advocacy and Civic Engagement Networking Meeting

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

Scientists are in consensus that the world needs to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and this cannot be accomplished by ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Webinar on Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement in Student and Academic Affairs with Planet Education

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)
  • Stockton University (NJ)
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (OH)
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation (OR)
  • ACPA - College Student Educators International (DC)
  • University of San Diego (CA)

This webinar focuses on empowering students, staff, faculty, and communities through planet education. Speakers will describe national initiatives to engage students and the community in clean energy options, climate destabilization ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Facilities and students working together for water conservation

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The University of Texas at Austin’s facilities management initiated a comprehensive program in fall 2007 to develop and implement demand-side water conservation measures. During this project it was determined ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education

  • Campus Compact (MA)

The purpose of this statement is to articulate the commitment of all sectors of higher education, public and private, two- and four-year, to their civic purposes and to identify the ...


The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

A growing number of universities are dedicating resources to support their surrounding communities, but much potential for advancement remains. A university’s mission as an “anchor institution,” as defined by ...


Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement describes the contradictions, unrealized potential, and unrecognized urgency of the causes as well as the risks and rewards of ...


Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action

Education in America must prepare all students for informed participation in civic and democratic life—so that all Americans are ready to tackle the challenges confronting communities and the nation ...


A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education’s civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Positive Sustainable Change: The Crossroads of Sustainability & Civic Engagement

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Many common elements exist between the realms of sustainability education and civic engagement. Both movements are meant to foster an ethic of responsibility and justice, leadership development, and address community ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student and Community Transformation: Addressing Civic Responsibility, Sustainability and Values through Engaged Scholarship

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Civic responsibility and sustainability are often seen as separate issues, yet in practice these concepts intersect and reinforce one another. At the core of this intersection today is our citizens ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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