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How a College Student Turned His Campus Sustainability Program Into a Fortune 500 Company

  • Lucid (CA)

As a student at Oberlin, Vladi Shunturov gained his passion in buildings and was determined to find a way to make the built environment more sustainable and efficient. Vladi and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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A Comparison of four Campuses Water Usage: A look at contrasting water profiles in the Southwest.

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

We will introduce you to four campuses of varying sizes, disciplines, histories - all located in the Southwest and part of one University. Each campus has its own water profile 'personality ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Case Study Revisited: Confirming how to Achieve Progressive Campus Sustainability Measures

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

A decade has passed since previous qualitative research was collected and evaluated to determine how three campuses achieved progressive measures of environmental sustainability. The findings of this comparative case study ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Resiliency: A Platform for Institutional Change, Case Study Cal State University San Bernardino

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CA)

Historically, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) has embraced sustainability through faculty curriculum, students initiatives, and facilities management retrofitting projects, however, sustainability efforts are not coordinated and transformational change is ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Key Facilities Metrics to Advance Sustainability - Survey Could be 'Gateway Drug' to STARS

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Most participants know that STARS is a holistic value laden intensive survey that has produced fantastic results and encouraged sustainability success from campuses. Overall, by reviewing and implementing the AASHE ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Real Food Standards 2.1

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Standards are a set of criteria and certifications that define Real Food. The purpose of these Standards is to incentivize purchasing from food producers who reflect the ...


Dickinson's Online Sustainability Dashboard

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson is monitoring our sustainability performance over time and holding ourselves accountable for advancing sustainability practices. Our online sustainability dashboard allows users to explore up to date performance metrics for ...


Good Food Calculator

  • Meal Exchange (ON)

The Good Food Calculator is an auditing tool, run by students with support from food service staff, used to track food purchases that qualify as Good Food over time. The ...


Smart Buildings - Integrating PoE with the IoT

  • Cree (NC)

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) have and will continue to change our ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Creating a culture of operational visibility: the data-driven future of campus operations

  • Lucid (CA)

Vladi will explain how, by implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to cut their energy bills by 30 percent or more. Yet campus sustainability practitioners ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Key Facilities Metrics survey and Communicating Complex Issues Graphically

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

Joint APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics survey is in its 4th year and has grown 49% in participation and campus use. Examine how complex consumption metrics of energy (BTU), electrical ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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5th AASHE Workshop on Research for Sustainability: 'Big Data' for Sustainability Research

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

The 21st Century digital revolution greatly expanded data gathering, availability of and access to large data compilations. The technologist and scientific community recognize the significance and the research discoveries that ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building infographics at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

These posters showcase the environmental impact of buildings on campus, they're informative and show how much impact buildings have on the campus community.

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Tracking Campus Energy & Water Performance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Keeping a university campus sustainable can start with tracking energy and water performance for a building. In this session, we will describe our experience with tracking building performance with an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action Data: New Tools & Metrics

  • Second Nature (MA)

Carbon and resilience reporting can be a moving target with the protocols, tools, and data inputs constantly changing! Stay on top of recent changes and new tools in this session ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Overcoming Barriers: Organizational Effectiveness of College Sustainability Offices

  • Eckerd College (FL)

This study assesses the organizational effectiveness of six small colleges that have demonstrated a commitment to campus sustainability practices. Given the complex structures and competing demands within a small college ...

  • Posted July 13, 2017
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Comparing Institution Nitrogen Footprints: Metrics for Assessing and Tracking Environmental Impact

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

When multiple institutions with strong sustainability initiatives use a new environmental impact assessment tool, there is an impulse to compare. The first seven institutions to calculate nitrogen footprints using the ...


Sustainable Academia: Translating the Vision of a Full Sustainable University into a Measurable Reality

  • Technische Universiteit Delft

There is a growing public expectation that universities should start focusing on delivering sustainability. The topic of sustainability in higher education has gathered a significant amount of interest from students ...


The Deceptive Metric

  • Kirksey (TX)
  • This presentation will outline limitations that abound metrics like Energy Use Intensity and Noise Levels.
  • Audience will understand how building codes can be leveraged to inform Sustainability Master Plans.
  • This ...
  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Selected Green Chemistry Metrics for Educators

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Professor Andy Dicks Department of Chemistry University ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Real Food Standards 2.0

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Standards are a comprehensive guide to socially and environmentally responsible food purchasing for universities, developed in deep collaboration with advisors and stakeholders - including 100+ farmers, ranchers, fishermen ...


Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...


Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Tracking student shower usage in real-time

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

Self-reported shower durations suffer from memory inconsistency and timing accuracy as humans generally have great difficulty telling time internally. Our pre- and post-program self-report surveys also introduce errors due to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Key Facilities Metrics; Gateway Survey for Collegiate Improvements

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

For the third year, the joint APPA/NACUBO 'Key Facilities Benchmark' survey is being offered and results will be highlighted. The five simple measures instigated by the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Apples to Apples: Standard Measures Yield the Benefits of Benchmarking

  • T2Systems (IN)

Big data isn't the wave of the future-it's the reality of the present. And benchmarking connects the dots to turn the abundance of data a parking organization produces ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sorting It All Out: What's in Your Garbage and Why You Should Care. How Waste Characterization Data Can Help Your Institution.

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Kessler Consulting Inc. (FL)

Many universities are setting the recycling bar higher and higher, often targeting zero waste goals. However, 'to manage it, you need to measure it.' Before you identify strategies to divert ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria

  • Duke University (NC)

A great deal of current effort is focused on developing and aligning sustainability performance criteria. We will explore together what is happening with GRI, SASB, etc. in institutionalizing clear metrics ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Making an Impact with STARS Benchmarking

  • AASHE (PA)

STARS is more than just a rating system, and can also be used for benchmarking, gap analysis, and celebrating progress. This session explores features and tools from the STARS website ...

  • Posted Sept. 8, 2016
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Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations

  • AASHE (PA)

Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations, posted to the AASHE Discussion Forums on July 19, 2010 (FAQs included). Original signatories are indicated in the PDF, and the ...


Mohawk College Environmental Management Plan

  • Mohawk College (ON)

In 2011, Mohawk College was the first college in Ontario, Canada to release a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that laid out steps to enhance campus sustainability and set a ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2015: Emissions Metrics, Consumption Trends & Strategies for Success

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (SC)

Over the past decade, campuses across North America have invested significant effort, attention, and money toward the key challenges of sustainability in higher education, which are embodied by the carbon ...

  • Posted March 21, 2016
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Real Food Calculator

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Calculator is a tool for tracking institutional purchasing over time. College and University students in the U.S. use the Real Food Calculator as a platform for ...


The Value of Measurement (At the Cost of Your Time?)

  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

As sustainability programs on campuses of all sizes mature, the staff & committees at many institutions find themselves on the proverbial hamster wheel of measurement. While survey results, greenhouse gas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Real Food Calculator: Real Metrics, Transparency, & Accountability for Tracking Sustainable Food Procurement

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What is just or sustainable food? How do we thoroughly and appropriately assess it in our cafeterias? Dig into the complexities of labels, certifications, and standards for 'real food' as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Food Tracking: Identifying Problems and Solutions to Reach the Most Accurate Report for Your Campus

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

This session will assist university students and staff working on tracking sustainability progress in dining. Many universities currently use multiple tracking tools and processes to synthesize data for STARS, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Formalizing a Sustainability Engagement Strategy at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

The journey of sustainability engagement at Niagara College has come a long way, with origins in an informal outreach strategy that tracked participants through excel, to utilizing a more formally ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Implementation: A Process-Based Approach Based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle

  • Tavares Group Consulting Inc. (ON)

For too long, the implementation of sustainability has been an unknown to many organizations. Ample guidance is available about what sustainability is, what metrics should be considered, and how an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Multi-Decadal Appraisal of the Demotechnic Index: 1980-2012

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

The Demotechnic Index (D-Index) is a metric of energy efficiency calculated by summing technological energy use and metabolic energy requirements of a population then dividing by the metabolic energy requirement ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Conversation About Meaningful Metrics and Developing Credibility Within the University

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The intention of this session is to have a discussion about how to develop metrics for sustainability that a variety of campus constituents will understand and value within your institution ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Food Waste and Nutrition: Food Waste Auditing Combined with Vermicomposting for Applied Nutrition and Sustainability Education.

  • University of Utah (UT)

Many Nutrition and Dietetic graduate students end up working in field such as Nutrition Therapy and Medical Nutrition Therapy where they are in hospital and/or care settings, working as ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Tracking Sustainable Food Purchasing: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sodexo (FL)
  • ENGIE

In 2007, Emory University set an aggressive goal to procure 75% of food products from locally or sustainability grown sources by 2015. As most institutions have found, tracking sustainable food ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The first assessment system for campus sustainability in Japan

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

The first campus sustainability assessment system in Japan was created at Hokkaido University in 2013, which covered 4 categories of management, education and research, environment, and local community. STARS by ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Plenary Session 4: Data to Action: Advancing Sustainability Investment Decisions

  • Denison University (OH)
  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Discover how data and metrics play pivotal roles in generating positive sustainability investments through stories of field-tested best practices on two data-driven programs that encourage bold sustainability investments: STARS 2 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Encouraging the Design and Development of High Performance Landscapes with the SITES Rating System

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As the world’s population grows, so too does the pace of urbanization and development. What is built on the land profoundly impacts ecological systems as well as the health ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Waste Watching - Examining Metrics and Efficient Material Use

  • American University (DC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

This panel discussion will focus on addressing the importance of metrics as they relate to waste management, with a specific focus on tracking, analyzing, and utilizing waste data to improve ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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It’s hard to play the game, if you don’t know the score

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Re-TRAC Connect (MB)

Quality data is critical to measuring performance – after all, how do you know how well you’re performing if you don’t know where you started? Universities and colleges across ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Capturing and Managing data with shoestring staffing and funding

  • Macalester College (MN)

In today’s age, data surrounds us. Sustainability offices are increasingly expected to collect and manage data in order to inform students, staff and faculty about progress towards sustainability goals ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Navigating the implementation of a bus tracking system

  • University at Albany (NY)

Getting people out of their vehicles and using alternative forms of transportation is a huge challenge for colleges and universities. One hindrance of using bus mass transit involves the reliability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Why Math Is Important - Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

  • Florida State University (FL)

How do we understand the impacts of our decisions? Most of us want our lives to reflect our sustainable values. We want our efforts to make a difference. We want ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Data 101: Measuring What You Manage

  • American University (DC)

What are the most important things to measure on my campus? What pieces of information can help me report to the most outlets? How can I use the data that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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