Campus Engagement

Introduction

Engaging in sustainability issues through co-curricular activities allows students to deepen and apply their understandings of sustainability principles. Institution-sponsored co-curricular sustainability offerings, often coordinated by student affairs offices, help integrate sustainability into the campus culture and set a positive tone for the institution. Faculty and staff members’ daily decisions impact an institution’s sustainability performance. Equipping faculty and staff with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to adopt behavior changes that promote sustainability is an essential activity of a sustainable campus.

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Environmental sustainability in higher education: What do academics think?

  • Deakin University

The slow uptake of Education for Sustainability (EfS) curricula in universities has, partly, been attributed to academics’ perceptions that EfS has little relevance within some disciplines. Understanding teaching academics’ attitudes ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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Ecoversity: the potential for sustainable development to reshape university culture and action

  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

This paper describes an institutional strategy (Ecoversity) to embed sustainable development across the full range of university activities and services and reflects on two different phases of Ecoversity providing illustrations ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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What does a sustainability manager do? Sustainable development at the University of Leeds

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Abstract This paper discusses a large UK university's sustainable development programme and provides a framework for replication in other educational organisations. The development and implementation of its environmental management ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 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

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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New App Leverages Power of Rewards Currency, Smart Tech and Games to Drive Purposeful Engagement Among Students

  • PIPS Rewards (CA)

Calls by the new U.S. President to roll back environmental, health and justice protections has left many students feeling insecure and concerned for their futures. Interestingly, a campus' overall ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Occupant Engagement Leads to Substantial Energy Savings for Plug Loads

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Plug loads, defined as devices plugged into the wall outlet, comprise about 33% of a commercial building's total energy expenditure. Existing management technologies have overlooked the effects of building ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 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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Student and Staff Sustainability Surveys - expectations being met? An Australian example.

  • University of Tasmania

Traditional approaches to teaching sustainability have been through including the topic in geography and science curriculums. More recently, we have seen an expansion of Education for Sustainability across discipline areas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student-Driven Climate Outcomes: A Liberal Arts College's Journey in Energy/Sustainabiity

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster tells a story about students that were the drivers of bringing a focused engagement to their campus to achieve climate goals. The students researched initiatives at other campuses ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Finding Your Voice: Understanding Otherness in Sustainability Education

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This presentation aims to examine the relationship between the pillars of sustainability, and the power based relationships that are created when a dominant culture subjects others to accept the status ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Green the Greeks at Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

An in depth guide to creating and implementing a sustainability program focused on Greek organization involvement in a public university. Topics will include establishment, data recording, participation, roadblocks, collaborating with ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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In Their Own Words and by the Numbers: A Mixed -Methods Study of the Advancement of Sustainability in American Higher Education

  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)

A call for the urgent implication due to the increasingly hostile environment is pressing. All social sectors should respond to the change with active participation. Notably, 'higher education institutions are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Student Experience: Sustainability by Design

  • The Sextant Group (PA)

Every day we hear of a new technology that is Internet-connected, enabled, enhanced! If they can afford it, college students are eager first adopters of these gadgets and their applications ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Empowering Student Leadership in Tough Times

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

Our greatest legacy as campus sustainability changemakers may be the leaders we develop. National news can sometimes discourage students, yet can also be profound motivation for a life of leadership ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Build Strategic Power -- Seven Secrets for Leaders to Win Change On & Beyond Campus

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills and teach ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change film screening

  • Bullfrog Films (PA)

A 127-minute feature documentary. Filmmaker Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change in 12 countries, acknowledging that it may be too late to stop some of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Offsetting: Onsetting Scope 3 Emissions and Supporting Innovative Local Projects

  • Earth Deeds (MA)

Universities struggle to find meaningful ways to address their Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to staff travel and study abroad. This session will explain carbon onsetting as a positive ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Materials Health and Transparency: The Social, Physical, and Environmental Impacts

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

Material health and transparency are not only issues of sustainable building, but also social justice and public health. Building construction has both upstream and downstream consequences to people and communities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Activities on campus sustainability for solidarity in Japan - A Case Study: The Green Program in Fukushima -

  • Fukushima College

Involvement of many people is a key to establish sustainable campus as well as taking advantage of advanced technology. However, it is very difficult for us today to unite for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Why a majority of students don't live their 'sustainability values' and what to do about it

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

While the average college student claims to value sustainability, their commitment to environmental conservation often fails to translate into action. This session uses insights from psychology and business to explore ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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By Impacting Hearts and Minds, Emergent Leadership Transforms Brick and Mortar Projects Into Much More

  • The EMERGE Leadership Project (WA)

If conventional leadership was all that was needed to create a truly sustainable built environment - one that generates choices equitably -- we would be there already. This presentation offers the opportunity ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Strategic Planning for Campus Sustainability Management

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Environmental Management Plan is the blueprint and leading policy document for making the College a more environmentally, socially and financially resilient institution. By addressing key operational areas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Emphasizing Diversity and Equity in Your Sustainability Narrative

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)

As practitioners of sustainability, too often we take an approach that applies the dominant cultural sustainability paradigm (personal sustainability efforts and outdoor activities) and excludes social inequity (human and environmental ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fix It Friday

  • Illinois State University (IL)

Fix It Friday is a program at Illinois State University in which students majoring in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program set up sewing machines in various locations around campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Lean Green Financing at MSIs

  • Huston-Tillotson University (TX)

In the rapidly evolving field of sustainability, both new technology and financing mechanisms are opening possibilities for green projects on campuses previously perceived as unattainable. Over the past three years ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Doing More With Less

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In a world where information of many current events is so readily available, there seem to be countless opportunities to utilize the content for educating about sustainability. However, taking advantage ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Entrepreneurship into the Universidad EAN (Colombia)

  • Universidad EAN

This proposal arises from the need to study the new entrepreneurship in the modern world and the factors for to obtain the sustainability as an attribute into the educational process ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Why a Social Justice Framework Is the Only Way to Collective Climate Justice and Deep Sustainability

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This poster session lays out the rationale for the absolute need for a social justice framework when doing climate justice and sustainability work by making three essential points: 1. How ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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In Serving Solidarity, Let's Talk about Privilege: Critical Conversations About 'Unsustainable' Race, Class & Gender Privilege

  • Hackman Consulting Group

While attention to the ways dynamics of racism, classism and gender oppression target people of color and native people, poor and working class people, and cisgender women and trans* folks ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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To Come Together, We Must Transform What's Divided Us: Utilizing a Social Justice Lens for Collective Campus Sustainability Work

  • Hackman Consulting Group

As evidenced over the last 24 months, a lack of critical understanding of social justice issues makes collaborative work across multiple lines of identity near impossible, while thoughtful attention to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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An Introduction to the Role of Race, Class and Gender Issues On Campus Sustainability Work

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This introductory session explores the powerfully important ways that dynamics of race, class and gender (RCG) impact the efficacy of our campus sustainability work, and then suggests how a racial ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Street Harassment Assessment at the College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Colleges and universities in urban areas are made up of many different types of environments. The nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, defines street harassment as 'unwanted whistling, leering, sexist, homophobic ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How Learning Interdependently in Outdoor Settings can Induce a Paradigm Shift & Foster a Yearn to Protect the Natural World

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As a vice president of the College of Charleston's Outdoors Club and long-time outdoor enthusiast, I have found that exposing people to the natural world has been one of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Abroad: Best Practices in Iceland

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The aim of this poster is to give insight on how to create sustainable communities by providing examples of the best practices in the world's most sustainable country, Iceland ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Social Justice Through a Sustainability Lens

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

In this interactive session, participants will develop their knowledge of social justice and will be able to recognize the intersectionality of these issues with the pillars of sustainability. Participants will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sparking Conversation and Collaboration Through Campus Conferences

  • Knox College (IL)

The campus community is a place of thought, innovation, and action, and these skills shouldn't stop at the campus boundaries; they are applicable to national and international issues. One ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Diversion Drama: A Waste Study in Residence Halls

  • Skidmore College (NY)

This spring the Skidmore Sustainability Office launched a waste study for four residence halls, which house a fourth of the on-campus student population. Preliminary waste assessments indicated that 50-60% of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sub-Metering and Energy Dashboard Networking

  • Macalester College (MN)

This networking session will allow individuals already engaged in a collaborative discussion about dashboards and energy metering to touch base. Any individuals wishing to learn more and become involved or ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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RightCycle: Comprehensive Recycling System at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Although many products are potentially eligible for recycling, a countless number of recyclable products is being thrown away in trash bins in which ends up in landfills. There are abundant ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Art for Science Community Challenge 2018: Climate Disruption

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The 2017 March for Science was an unprecedented event of scientists and science advocates stepping out of the laboratories and into the avenues. Pennsylvania Avenue to be exact was the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Streamline and Scale your Sustainability Certification Program

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Do you have green certifications to encourage and reward sustainability efforts on campus?? Do you manually send the results or certifications? Do you get live data for analysis that shows ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Intersection Between Sustainability and Human Health

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Environmental Health Committee is part of the University of Arizona's Students for Sustainability organization. It consists of thirteen students who work together to implement projects involving sustainability and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Beginnings of Zero Waste - Approaches and challenges to new waste diversion campaigns and initiatives.

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

While zero waste and broader waste reduction initiatives are common in institutions of higher education, there are substantial challenges to launching those initiatives. As many sustainability professionals can attest, timing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Developing a Green Office Program at your Institution

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Much of our work as sustainability officers is to encourage the campus community to embrace and live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, While oftentimes initiatives will target students, eco-conscious purchasing and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Internet of Things to Track and Curb Energy Use in Dorms at Harvard University

  • Harvard University (MA)

How can we use data to inform and accelerate energy savings in undergraduate dorms? A Harvard student-led project called Networked Energy-saving Temperature Sensors (NETS) sought to answer this question by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Successful Sustainability in Trumplandia: None of This New Reality is New to Me

  • Baylor University (TX)

This presentation will seek to demonstrate the ways in which a sustainability program at a mid-sized private faith based university in Texas has not only sustained, but grown successfully, its ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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STARS Scoring as Metrics for a University Strategic Plan

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future, provides direction for the Appalachian State University campus over the course of the next five years. The authors of the plan ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability and Agricultural Science - A Practical and Combined Effort to Engage and Educate

  • Central Community College (NE)

Agriculture is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, many don't understand the true connection to our food and fiber systems and how sustainable agriculture production systems are. Being an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Networking Session

  • Central College (IA)

Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Networking Session

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus and Community Partnership: The Results of a Feasibility Study on a Nature Prescription Network

  • James Madison University (VA)

Emerging research continues to support the notion that exposure to or interaction with nature enhances creativity and vitality, attention and focus, and an overall sense of well being. Nisbet, Zelenski ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Campus Engagement Partners

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Coalesce

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate
Coalesce designs solutions to meet campus specific needs, equipping the community with core competencies will empower stakeholders to adopt sustainability as an organizing principle.

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

Vancouver, BC
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
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Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
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NOLS

Lander, WY
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At NOLS we believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Our students explore remote wilderness and learn technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
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Post Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste on their campus.

Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
Business Affiliate
Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
Business Affiliate
RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.