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Campus Sustainability Plans: A Descriptive Analysis of Sustainability Plans from Institutions of Higher Education in the United States

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

As the sustainability movement gains traction around the globe, institutions of higher education are increasingly being looked to for leadership. One established method of improving a campus’s environmental, economic ...


Higher Education Institutions: a strategy towards sustainability

  • University of Lisbon

The purpose of this paper is to guide higher education institutions (HEIs) in accomplishing sustainability goals while strengthening their associated systems and processes. Pursuing this goal, this study proposes a ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Campus Sustainability Plans: A Descriptive Analysis of Sustainability Plans from Institutions of Higher Education in the United States

  • Texas State University System Office (TX)

As the sustainability movement gains traction around the globe, institutions of higher education are increasingly being looked to for leadership. One established method of improving a campus’s environmental, economic ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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The role of planning in implementing sustainable development in a higher education context

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universität Bonn (Köln)
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Amirkabir University of Technology
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The implementation of sustainable development in higher education is an important goal, and one which requires much planning. The many recurring problems and barriers that hinder the attainment of sustainable ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2020
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Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020)

  • McGill University (QC)

Vision 2020: Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 2017-2020 (hereinafter ‘Vision 2020’ or the ‘Action Plan’)—McGill’s second sustainability strategy and the first to incorporate climate action—institutionalized concrete initiatives ...


One Million Trees

  • Pepperdine University (CA)
  • Santa Monica College (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

This project started in 2015 and the goal was to plant one million trees by 2020 in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Our team came up with the idea ...


Sustainable Facilities Management: Interviews with FM practitioners for Malaysian universities

  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Sustainability in Facilities Management (FM) is a new approach in managing buildings and may be influenced by practitioners involved within an organisation.Sustainability inthe organisation has a significant impact on ...


Website communications for campus sustainability: an analysis of Canadian universities

  • Brock University (ON)

Purpose This study aims to better understand the communication of sustainability by Canadian universities, specifically the use of websites, interactive features and sustainability plans.

Design/methodology/approach A total of ...


UVM's Roadmap to Zero Waste

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This senior thesis seeks to provide effective strategies for enhancing Zero Waste management goals at the University of Vermont by incorporating the needs of campus stakeholders. As the global garbage ...


The role of higher education institutions in sustainability initiatives at the local level

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University of Waterloo (ON)
  • Brescia University (KY)
  • Institut Mines-Télécom Business School
  • Università di Verona
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Latvia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Università di Bologna
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sunway University (Selangor)
  • Thaksin University (Songkhla)
  • University of Chester
  • Universidade Federal de Vicosa
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Sabah)
  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
  • University of Belgrade

Universities are central players and important economic actors in many regions, and many of them are, in general, nationally and internationally active in respect of matters related to sustainable development ...


Departmental Sustainability Plan: A Game Plan for Sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Recently, Texas A&M University's Department of Residence Life launched a departmental Sustainability Plan. After researching, nothing existed focusing on Residence Life & Housing; most just worked from the larger ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Strategies for Engaging Students in Meeting Operational Sustainability Goals

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Middlebury College (VT)

Many colleges and universities either have or strive to develop sustainability plans or goals that are implementable, while still allowing them to achieve their educational mission. At Dartmouth College, Middlebury ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Co-Creating: More Than Just a Plan

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Instead of another long Climate Action Plan that no one typically reads (as we experienced with our 2010 and 2015 Climate Action Plans), when the time came to update our ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Next Generation Sustainability Planning

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Like many peer institutions, Duke, Cornell, Princeton and Penn jumped on board the higher education sustainability train as early developers of ambitious campus climate and sustainability plans more than a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Creating a focused Departmental Sustainability Plan for Residence Life

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In 2018, the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University sought a new avenue to promote sustainability within the institution and, more specifically, their individual department. Working with Ayers-Saint ...


Sustainable Development in Swedish and Canadian Campus Plans

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The concept of sustainable development being integrated into strategic spatial plans has increased in recent years. University campus plans are examples of such spatial plans, and these form the focus ...


DiLoreto Initiative: Sustainability Decision Support System at Villanova

  • Villanova University (PA)

Colleges and universities throughout the world are not only significant consumers of energy and natural resources but also have the social, economic and political impacts of small cities. How can ...


Sustainability Strategy in Higher Education Institutions: Lessons learned from a nine-year case study

  • University of Minho

Sustainable Development is recognized as one of the biggest societal challenges of the twenty-first century. Higher Education Institutions have the vision, the knowledge and the power to lead this transition ...


Universities, industries and sustainable development: Outcomes of the 2017 G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting

  • Università di Bologna

During the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting under the Italian Presidency which took place in Bologna, Italy, 11–12 June 2017, representatives from Universities and Research Institutes and from the major ...


Cal Poly Earth Week Festival

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly Earth Week, hosted by Cal Poly Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department in collaboration with Green Campus and many other campus and community entities! See discussion section and schedule ...


Benefits of Incorporating Well-Being and Diversity Into Sustainability Master Planning

  • Verdis Group (NE)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) located in Spearfish, SD recently contracted with Verdis Group to complete a Sustainability Master Plan with goals set for 2030. Along with including robust environmental ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Campus Sustainability Plans as Pedagogical Opportunities for High Impact Student Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

As universities strive for increased sustainability, there is a growing need for coordinated and comprehensive campus sustainability plans that provide specific action items and clear roadmaps to improved sustainability within ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Using STARS reporting as a framework for a modular campus sustainability plan

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Creating a campus sustainability plan can be a daunting and complex task. In addition, limited staff and financial resources may also be barriers to creating a robust sustainability plan. The ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Strategies for an Actionable Sustainability Plan: Tools and Lessons Learned From the Field

  • American University (DC)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • LINK Strategic Partners (DC)

A common institutional challenge is to find an appropriate process for developing or revisiting strategic plans to advance sustainability, resilience, and climate action. Though a one-size-fits-all model has not emerged ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Collaborative Sustainability Planning

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University is proud to have an ambitious and community-created Sustainability Plan, and to reside in a community that values sustainability. Both the City of Athens and Athens County have ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Integrating Social Equity: Texas A&M's 2018 Sustainability Master Plan

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

Released in the Spring 2018 semester, Texas A&M's new Sustainability Master Plan has three primary objectives: to better integrate social equity objectives with environmental and economic efforts, to balance ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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What is a Residence Life Sustainability Plan?

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M operates as an auxiliary enterprise to provide student housing to approximately 12,000 students annually. Concurrent to the University's update to ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Got Plans? Perspectives on Developing and Implementing Campus Sustainability Plans

  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Panelists and audience members will share diverse perspectives on and experiences with sustainability strategic planning. To serve a broad audience, our panelists (and, hopefully, audience members) represent the following perspectives ...

  • 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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Top Down and Bottom-Up: The Pitt Sustainability Planning Process

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

In 2017 Pitt embarked on their first comprehensive sustainability plan which launched early this year. This session outlines the top-down approaches to connect with leadership and link this planning effort ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Three Zeros Environmental Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill: The Chancellor's Sustainability Charge

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

The University of North Carolina (UNC) has set a new global standard for sustainability in higher education's constantly evolving environment. UNC is scaling its impact through the Three Zeros ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Engagement Experiments for the CMC Sustainability Action Plan

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley campus conducted a couple experiments in the "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" class of Fall 2017. This included an action team, survey team, and an ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2018
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First Application of UN-Toolkit to a Collegiate Climate Action Plan

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The United Nations Guiding Principles for Climate Action Planning Toolkit: City-Level Reviews was re-engineered to allow for the applicability and utilization towards university-level climate action plans. Through tailoring the eight ...


Sustainable Development: Transformational Outdoor Spaces

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Sustainable Landscape Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the design and programming of campus open spaces, supporting the creation of sustainable campuses with high quality outdoor spaces ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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From Sustainable Development Goals to Campus Sustainability Plan

  • Villanova University (PA)

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced in 2015 as the standard for future development of all nations. As such, Villanova University decided to use the SDGs as ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Models for Collaborative and Implementable Pan-Campus Sustainability Plans

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Resilient Randolph: analyzing risks and establishing measurable strategies for campus-community climate resilience

  • Randolph College (VA)

Institutions, businesses, and communities are increasingly incorporating resilience strategies as an essential element of climate action planning to help prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change. In January 2017 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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AASHE STARS as a Framework for Sustainability Master Planning: Purdue University

  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Alignment and integration are two of the key concepts driving Purdue University Office of Campus Master Planning and Sustainability's effort to develop a five year Sustainability Plan for Purdue ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Planning: Year One Into Implementation

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Virginia Commonwealth University began drafting their sustainability plan in 2015. The planning process relied heavily on input from both internal and external stakeholders. The planning process was so inclusive and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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SFU’s 20-Year Sustainability Vision and Goals Case Study Submission

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

On the 50th Anniversary of the institution, SFU launched an ambitious engagement process to map out and envision what a “sustainable SFU” would look like in 20 years. The yearlong ...


Adding a Nitrogen Footprint to Colorado State University’s Sustainability Plan

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a large land grant university with more than 32,000 students, Colorado State University (CSU) has both on-campus non-agricultural and agricultural sources of nitrogen (N) released to the environment ...


The Campus Sustainability Plan: A Community Building Momentum

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Progress on campus wide sustainability is not easy. It takes both planning and implementation to realize results. The University of Saskatchewan is realizing results from its Campus Sustainability Plan, developed ...


The Ohio State University Sustainability Goals Development Project

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

In November 2015, The Ohio State University announced the establishment of sustainability goals to guide the university as it develops durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving ...


Process for UT Austin Sustainability Master Plan

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Ability to describe key process points of a planning process for sustainability.

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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UIC Aims for More Sustainable Campus

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago is launching an ambitious effort to drastically cut energy use, water consumption and waste on its Near West Side campus in hopes of helping ...


Creating a Community Conversation for Sustainability Strategic Planning

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Alberta (AB)

Strategic planning for sustainability requires broad outreach and engagement to mobilize, empower, and inspire community members. This panel presents the outcomes of two successful sustainability strategic planning efforts that focused ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Putting the People First: A look at UT Austin's Sustainability Master Plan

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Sustainability plans often align with traditional university functions: academics, operations and administration. UT Austin took a different approach to their first ever Sustainability Master Plan, resulting in a people-centric plan ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Strategic Sustainability Planning for a Community College District

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)

The San Mateo County Community College District, located just south of San Francisco, consists of three colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Sustainability is the underlying ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating a Strategic Plan for Sustainability

  • University of Regina (SK)

How do you create a powerful sustainability strategic plan with limited internal resources and what should that plan say? This session will answer these questions by providing insight into the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sustainability Plan - Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of the Campus

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Buro Happold (NY)

UNC is a recognized leader in sustainability (AASHE STARS - Gold campus), leading in the tangible aspects of water and energy conservation with a mature recycling and composting program, sustainable buildings ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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