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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Unifying Campus Audiences in Co-Curricular Sustainability Programming to Create Action-Oriented Projects

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson College has innovatively reformed its student and employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs to create co-curricular learning experiences aimed at building solidarity with campus stakeholders. This session will ...

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Infrastructure, Audits, and Education: A Three-Pronged Approach to Waste Reduction

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will demonstrate how Luther College is working to achieve its zero waste goals by investing in infrastructure, conducting waste audits and creatively educating the campus community. Under the ...

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Energy Monitoring as a Tool for Community Engagement

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will detail the process and results of electricity monitoring for behavior change in the Luther College Sustainability House, a residence focused on discovering what it means to live ...

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The Climate Commitment: Getting the President to Move From 'no' to 'yes' -- and Then Maximizing the Impact of the Signature

  • Concordia College (NY)

At many colleges and universities, the president is highly reluctant to sign the Climate Commitment (of Second Nature), with its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality and increase community resilience. At ...

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Building Bridges to Conservative Students to Build Support for Climate Action and Enrich Campus Conversations

  • Concordia College (NY)

As the conference Call for Proposals noted, the broader political and cultural environment in the U.S. today makes it more difficult than ever to prevent sustainability efforts on campuses ...

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Building a Public Institution Sustainability Program from the Ground Up: Ethics, Accolades and Advertising.

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

This session will describe the challenges, successes and issues in developing a sustainability program for a large, public institution. The issues resolved in 8 years of successful program growth will ...

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Communications Networking Meeting

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The networking meeting will provide an opportunity for those engaged in communications to meet and share ideas and best practices.

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Most Likely to Succeed: Tips for Students when Developing Sustainability Initiative Proposals

  • Trinity University (TX)

This poster will share practical suggestions for students for furthering their initiatives on campus. The poster will cover areas often overlooked in student proposals: day-to-day operations, risk management, alignment with ...

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Sustainable Food and Dining at Trinity University: Barriers and Success

  • Trinity University (TX)

Beginning with food and dining is the most effective way for students to engage in sustainability movements because students engage with the dining hall as many as three times a ...

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability Education for Public Two-Year Colleges

  • Seminole State College of Florida (FL)

Even as an increasing number of employers seek personnel skilled in renewable energy technologies and sustainable design, companies overwhelmingly hire individuals for 'green jobs' who possess that knowledge within the ...

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Helping Students Gain Sustainability Project-Based Leadership Skills to be Competitive in the Job Market

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

EcoLeaders is National Wildlife Federation's sustainability career and leadership development program for college students and young professionals. This workshop will guide students through the plan, do, communicate and sustain ...

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Student Affairs Networking Presentation

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This networking session is designed to give sustainability professionals that work in student affairs departments an opportunity to interact in a structured environment. The session will begin with introductions and ...

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Light Up With LED

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Light Up With LED was a semester long, student-led project at the Ohio State University to educate our off-campus student population about energy efficient behaviors. Sponsored by a Coca-cola Sustainability ...

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Multiple Ways of Knowing in Sustainability Education: Stretching the Boundaries of Transformative Sustainability Learning

  • Goucher College (MD)

This session focuses on how teaching for multiple ways of knowing can contribute to sustainability education by highlighting work done at the University of Saskatchewan which is encapsulated within two ...

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Transforming a Campus for Zero Waste by Focusing on People

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Change is difficult; changing people's habits and shifting organizational priorities is an even bigger challenge. Yet, we are all faced with a global imperative to take action to protect ...

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Better Together: Using an S Designation to Create Visible, Coherent, Trans-disciplinary Curriculum Out of What You Already Have

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

How the University of Hawaii ten campus system is using AASHE STARS curriculum designation criteria to transform courses across the curriculum. This session will cover all aspects of creating sustainability ...

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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 ...

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Canadian Networking Session

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Initiated by the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP), this informal networking session presents an opportunity to meet, share lunch and ideas with others working in the ...

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ZW Campus

  • University of Denver (CO)

To be a zero waste campus, the University of Denver is implementing new projects to eliminate historically unsustainable practices. The presentation will highlight some of the projects that will make ...

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Sustainability in Sports: Paving the Way to Zero Waste

  • University of Denver (CO)

Since 2012, the University of Denver has been creating a space for sustainability in Athletics. The Zero Waste Athletics program began with hockey in 2012, and now currently averages a ...

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Growing Fresh Air to Sustainably Support the Indoor Campus Environment

  • New York University (NY)

Introducing plants into work and study spaces on campus can have numerous benefits for the wellness of those who occupy these places. Bringing people closer to plants can also reinforce ...

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Promoting Sustainable Practices Throughout Campus: NYU's Sustainability Advocate Program

  • New York University (NY)

NYU is one of the largest employers in New York City, with over 19000 employees filling various office spaces throughout lower Manhattan. In this case study, we will demonstrate how ...

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Creative Campaigning: A 'Zero Waste Week' Case Study on Organizing and Executing a University-Wide Engagement Program

  • New York University (NY)

When you launch a university-wide engagement program or initiative, how effective are you in reaching current and new audiences? How are you marketing and communicating the initiative? Through this case ...

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Know Your Impact: Guide to Environmentally Conscious Community Development

  • New York University (NY)

Creating a norm of sustainability on campus is no easy task, but the NYU EcoReps have committed themselves to forming thoughtful community-based programming in the hopes of finding new ways ...

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A Classroom of 'Cultural Creatives'?: A Values-Based Approach to Teaching About Sustainable Societies

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

In their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World authors Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson present their research on the on-going values shift ...

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Residential and Academic Composting: Strategies for Success

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Integrating composting into academic and residential settings on campus is no easy task at a large public institution. Managing contamination, potential for odors and mess, and student education - particularly in ...

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EcoReps Programs Nation-wide - Networking for every program type

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

This will be a purely networking meeting. Participants will self select into groups based on the type of EcoReps or Leadership Program they have at their institution - New Programs, First-Year ...

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Johnson County Community College Student Sustainability Committee

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The Student Sustainability Committee is a leadership opportunity for students at Johnson County Community College that manages the institution's fee based Sustainable Initiatives Fund. This workshop will guide attendees ...

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Understanding Food Waste at Johnson County Community College: A Multi-Method Approach

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This proposal will document through observation and participant feedback how student awareness of issues surrounding food insecurity and waste may change following a student volunteer-run audit on post-consumer cafeteria waste.

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Community College Networking Meeting

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This meeting encourages community college participants to share successes, vent frustrations, and to meet up with other sustainability practitioners.

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Gardening As Engagement: Utilizing Local Alternative Break Trips to foster student growth in food systems and urban gardening

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Alternative Break programs have long been considered an effective transformative and experiential learning opportunity for students. One challenge of these trips, however, is the lack of application when students return ...

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FreshU: A Sustainable Model for Reducing Food Insecurity on College Campuses

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is located in the heart of a food desert; a region defined by the USDA as 'a low-income community that lacks ready access to ...

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If You Build It, Will They Come? Creating a Biking Culture by Sharing

  • Auburn University (AL)

Launching a bike share program requires a considerable investment of time and money with no guarantee of success, particularly in communities without a strong biking culture. So how can you ...

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Laudato si? Catholic College and Universities Networking Session

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Join your peers from Catholic colleges and universities to talk about the sustainability excitement happening on your campus. Following on Laudato si and the leadership of Pope Francis, we will ...

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DON'T PUNT ON RECYCLING! What your recycling program can mean to your school's curriculum, eco-identity, & bottom-line!

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation offers a macro-view lens of Sustainability Programs as one of the only truly new tools traditional fixed-sight Higher Education Administrators have to answer the dot-edu on-line degree program ...

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Western Kentucky University Student-Designed Campus Sustainability Survey 2017

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

For our 2017 AASHE conference presentation, we would like to share the story of our student-designed sustainability survey created in Fall 2016/ Spring 2017. It all began as a project ...

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Farmer Fridays: Connecting Students to Communities Through Stories

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

One goal for local institutions' different Offices of Sustainability is to bridge the gap between the campus and the community. This case study follows Western Kentucky University's path to ...

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GreenTopics: How we Tackled Reaching Environmental Skeptics

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Engaging students with an environmental interest is easy, but the question remains 'How can we reach the environmental skeptics?' How can we inform the students who will never step foot ...

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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 ...

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Motivating Students to Achieve 20% Electricity and Hot Water Savings in Campus Apartments

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Through Clarkson University's Smart Housing Project, we've shown 20% savings in daily electricity and hot water use for students receiving utility use interventions compared to students not receiving ...

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Examining the Efficacy of an Award-Winning Bicycle-Earning Program in Altering Student and Staff Transportation Modes

  • University of Louisville (KY)

This study will involve the examination and reevaluation of the Earn-A-Bike Program at the University of Louisville. This is a program that rewards student who turn over their eligibility to ...

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Student Governments and the Power Purchase Agreement: A Tool for Financial Sustainability

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Students at Southern Oregon University are exploring the potential for their student government to invest in solar panels and sell the resulting electricity back to the university, cutting the university ...

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Catch the Wave: A Recycling Success Story from Concept to Today

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

Starting up a recycling program at a medical/research educational facility has several challenges from 'How do we start?' to 'What can we recycle?'. This poster presentation will demonstrate the ...

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Sustainability without Boundaries: Leveraging Green Initiatives to Bridge Campus, Community, and City

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

We're all in this together! Sustainability initiatives provide an excellent opportunity to empower the full spectrum of campus stakeholders to get involved in the work of building a better ...

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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

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Beyond BikeShare: Sustainable Transportation in Six Months of Winter

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

Late summer and early fall in Oswego New York are breathtaking, ideal for our BikeShare program. But when winter comes to our campus, it stays. This presentation will explore the ...

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SFU's Zero Waste Initiative

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste Initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted ...

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Engineering Sustainable Community Relationships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

What can engineering students offer sustainability? What will they gain from sustainability? Providing engineering students sustainability experience is a priceless investment. By learning to take a triple bottom line approach ...

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Tweeting @Sustainability: The #447challenge as an Active Teaching Tool

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Growing up, we are 'challenged' to be sustainable: turn off lights, stop cold water when brushing teeth, and unplug idle chargers. Reality proves that, while well-conceived, the environmental benefit of ...

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Campus Gardens and Farms: Creatively Addressing Food Insecurity

  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

This session is for staff, students and faculty working on campus gardens and farms that want to share or learn about creative programming to address food insecurity. Come to share ...

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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

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Scores

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Campus Engagement Partners

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
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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
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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
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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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MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

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
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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
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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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
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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.