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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Disrupting Traditional Economic Models in Support of Sustainability, Practical Examples

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

The Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota works to support its students and community in innovative ways that also uproot the dysfunctional economic system causing the continued ...

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The Value of Student Advocacy in Galvanizing Institutional Change

  • Amherst College (MA)

Representatives of an Amherst College student organization, Students for Climate Action (SCA), will discuss successful strategies for mobilizing students and pressuring college administrations in favor of carbon neutrality initiatives. This ...

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Q&A: How AASHE Membership Can Support Your Institution’s Sustainability Goals

  • AASHE (PA)

Membership, STARS, AASHE's Conference & Expo; as an AASHE member, there's so much to do! Have questions about any of AASHE's benefits, programs, resources or events? Here ...

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How to Engage Students to Get More Done

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

As institutions of higher education, we know that engaging students is a top priority - plus it enriches the work we do every day by bringing in fresh ideas, energy and ...

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Changing Behavior and Measuring Impact Through EcoChallenge: Campus Case Studies

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

We know that our unsustainability issues are urgent and vast. If we are to create a society and an economy that are sustainable and regenerative, educational institutions need to simultaneously ...

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Intersectionality of Student-Led Projects at State University of New York at Geneseo

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

The SUNY Geneseo Office of Sustainability has five major projects that help direct our campus towards the advancement of a sustainable economy. These student-led and organized projects include composting, the ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainability

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

My presentation will cover two initiatives I led on my campus at IUPUI. The first is the Yoga in the Garden event series for students, faculty, and staff. It is ...

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Fostering Student Engagement and Learning Through Campus Gardens

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Leah McCord, AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at the University of Tennessee Office of Sustainability, will share her office's experience of proposing and implementing the Grow Lab. The Grow Lab ...

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Award Winner Session: The High Costs of Sustainable Operations: Institutional Purpose and the Quadruple Bottom Line

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Increasing sustainability performance and reducing overall operating expenses are broad goals that are simultaneously present at nearly all universities. This paper presents an exploratory case study in which a major ...

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Reuse Economy in Action: Planning Campus Events to Cultivate a Circular Consumption Culture

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

This workshop will focus on organizing campus events that foster a circular economy of consumption. At Carleton College, we hold two events each year to promote this. The Repair Fair ...

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The Power of Small Steps: Making Psychology Accessible to Practitioners Through Small Experiments

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Campus sustainability offices are often expected to create sustainable, durable cultural change without inconveniencing the students, faculty, or staff at the universities and colleges at which they work. This task ...

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Collecting Actionable Data Using the Sustainability/Climate Change Survey

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

To better understand the campus community's perspectives on climate change, sustainability, and resilience issues, the sustainability office, and the institutional research office administered the first Earth Day Survey in ...

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Climate Change Attitudes and Practices of Students : A Comparison Among Mennonite Colleges

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Students at college and university campuses are often on the leading edge of social change, and thus might be expected to show increased concern and actions in response to the ...

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Campus Sustainability: Using Planned Behavior Theory to Assess Student's Pro-Environmental Behavior

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Over the few past decades, sustainability has increased in importance both in policymaking and academic discourse. A concern that economic progress and overconsumption and accumulation of waste operate against principles ...

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Green Office Certification: Evaluating for Impact

  • University of Utah (UT)

Green office certification programs can play an important role in changing organizational behavior. But how do we evaluate and measure the effectiveness of these programs? What type of data is ...

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Student Governments as Platforms for Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Denver (CO)

Many sustainability efforts on college campuses are student-driven, however, the majority of the students leading these efforts tend to be involved in sustainability-related organizations or employees of their university's ...

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Innovations in Sustainable Office Certification

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Is your Sustainable Office Program working, but not reaching its full potential? Over the last year, Lehigh University and the University of Calgary both relaunched their Sustainable Office Programs to ...

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Green Sports Alliance Networking Lunch

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Sustainability professionals that want to expand the impact of their programs into their campus sports programs can benefit from information sharing from established practitioners. Members from collegiate Green Sports Alliance ...

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Sustainability Communicators Networking Meeting-- part 2

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Networking opportunity for anyone engaged in sustainability communications in higher education. All are welcome!

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Sustainability Communicators Networking Meeting

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Networking opportunity for anyone engaged in sustainability communications in higher education. All are welcome!

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How to Structure Collaborations and Communicate Wins Effectively as an Office of One

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

With diversity and inclusivity at the core, we envision this session serving those who are either new to the industry or have years of experience - students and staff alike. Communication ...

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Building a Consistent Sustainability Brand

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In order to reap the full benefits of consistently communicating the values and messages that are core to your sustainability brand, it is important to design brand guidelines that define ...

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#Strategy: Creating an Intentional Approach to Social Media

  • University of Florida (FL)

Social media is a powerful tool for amplifying sustainability messaging and connecting with audiences of all ages, demographics and interests. All too often, however, managing social media can feel overwhelming ...

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Cool Campus Challenge - Engaging Campuses in Carbon Neutrality to Create a Culture of Sustainability

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The University of California's Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly 4-week competition between all ten campuses in the UC system designed to educate and motivate the campus community (students ...

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Tools to Support Your Professional Development and Reach Your Campus Group Goals

  • National Union of Students
  • Care About Climate, Inc (AZ)

We know students are doing amazing things on campuses across the world. However, groups are often working in isolation or have to go up a steep learning curve to try ...

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From Energy to Apathy: Maintaining Positive Momentum on Student-Run Initiatives

  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

The greatest non-mandated catalyst for change at a college or university is the organized and educated student voice. A harmonized student voice creates the leaps in programming that are needed ...

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How to Mobilize 1,000 Leaders in 13 Months -- 5 Simple Steps for Leaders to Win Massive Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)
  • Sunrise Movement (DC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi. Led by a nationally-renown former elected official, this dynamic, interactive workshop will ...

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Interfaith Engagement for Climate Action and Advocacy

  • Central College (IA)

We know sustainability challenges are not just technical but deeply human, rooted in our most fundamental values and identities. Too often, however, our sustainability initiatives are disconnected from religious organizations ...

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Living Planet @ Campus: Graduating Post-Secondary Students with Skills to Lead in Sustainability

  • Fleming College (ON)
  • Niagara College Canada (ON)
  • University of Windsor (ON)
  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

This panel discussion will provide an open dialogue on the benefits and challenges to meaningfully engaging student sustainability leaders on campus, and highlight how World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada's ...

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Harnessing the Power and Passion of Others: Four Approaches to Sustainability Engagement

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

This session will focus on new and different approaches used to engage students, staff, faculty, and other community members in sustainability efforts. In the first half of the session, representatives ...

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Why so Serious? Making Space for Silliness, Humor, and Fun in Sustainability Communications

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Alberta (AB)

In the age of memes, gifs, and Instagram stories, silliness, humor, and fun are filling newsfeeds and inboxes. At the same time, the challenges we work to overcome as sustainability ...

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Linking Infamous History and Sustainability - 50 Years Since the 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
  • Kent State University (OH)

2019 marks 50 years since the last and most well-known time the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969. Much has changed for the better in Cleveland and across the United ...

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Advancing Campus Sustainability Success Through an Interdisciplinary and Solutions-Oriented Approach

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)

Questions like: Can we build better, more sustainable, and with more resilience? What is the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) doing to reach its goals for sustainability on campus ...

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The Sustainable Development Goals: Needs and Challenges for Student-Led Implementation

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework is meant to provide a universal roadmap to end poverty and engage nations across the globe on common global issues. Student-led activation ...

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Design a permaculture garden through a co-curricular and service learning experience.

  • Pikes Peak Community College (CO)

The Office of Sustainability partnered with a Group Communication Class and local permaculture guild to established a community garden at Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Campus. Communication students interviewed ...

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PIPs: Turning Student Engagement in Health and Sustainability Into Grants for School

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • 3P Partners, Inc. (NY)

Imagine students being able to pay school expenses with a 'currency of good' - Positive Impact Points or PIPs - that they earned for verifiable engagement in beneficial behaviors such as riding ...

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Aquaponics: How a Student Project led to a Sustainable Solution to Food Insecurity in the Community

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

Students at Pittsburg State University (PSU) have made measurable success in creating a sustainable food production system on campus. This poster will focus on Students for Sustainability's (S4S) aquaponics ...

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The Energy Challenge as a Tool for Campus Engagement and Sustainability Education

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Center of Sustainability's Energy Challenge was redesigned from previous years which involved competitions between residence halls to reduce their electricity, natural gas and water consumption. The new structure ...

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Empowering Energy and Resource Conservation in University Faculty and Staff

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation is an informative and engaging seminar on two of Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Conservation Programs, The Green Office Certification Program (GOC), and Energy Mentor Program (EM). These ...

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Installing Solar on Campus: A Student-Led Action Plan

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Gonzaga Renewable Investment Group will discuss options for financing renewable investments and describe how we have analyzed Gonzaga's buildings for solar panel installment. These important components are combined into ...

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Award Winner Session: Cultivating Environmental Education for Students of Color

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Students of Color Environmental Conference is the first ever conference for students of color that was also created and run by students of color. When traditional environmental spaces are ...

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A Novel Approach to Green Office Certification: Prioritizing Accessibility as Key Component

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The Office of Sustainability (OoS) at the College of Charleston (CofC) in South Carolina is launching the Green Office Certification Program in Fall 2019 after a one-year collaborative development period ...

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Avoiding Attitude Polarization in Conversations on Campus

  • Indiana State University (IN)

One of the largest opportunities in the sustainability movement is the access to growing minds in our student populations. Therefore, sustainability offices and partners constantly create opportunities on campuses and ...

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Implementing Sustainable Event Practices In Residential Housing Curriculum

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Implementing Sustainability practices in University Housing residential curriculum can be a daunting task. Working with resident mentors and residence life coordinators to implement sustainability curriculum that works with their goals ...

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How Residential Curriculum Can Help You Reach More Students, Faster

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

First implemented in early 2000 as a curricular approach to the residential experience on college campuses, Residential Curriculum has swept across the US and changed the way many branches of ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Campus Administration and Student Government

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

This study outlines and portrays the ways by which the University of Central Florida's Office of Sustainability Initiatives (UCF SI) is partnering with the UCF Student Government (UCF SG ...

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The Collaboratory: Engaging Students to Solve Authentic Problems and Create Tangible Solutions

  • Pierce College (CA)

The Collaboratory at Los Angeles Pierce College is an interdisciplinary hub where faculty, students and community stakeholders work together to develop tangible solutions to authentic problems. Environmental sustainability is the ...

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Sustainable Living Student Communities

  • Furman University (SC)

Does your institution have a dedicated sustainable living student community in which students live together and strive to live more sustainable lifestyles? What curricular and co-curricular programming is offered as ...

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Educational Terroir: The Power of Place in Program Development

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

The Dartmouth Sustainability Office has continually worked to pursue sustainability solutions that build upon the unique strengths and opportunities of our setting. Our programs increasingly draw upon the unique cultural ...

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Interpretive Signage: Inspiring Students and Visitors with Your Living Lab Campus

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Colleges and universities are hotbeds of innovation in sustainability and wellness. Interpretive signage makes it possible for students and the community to engage with the Living Lab of the college ...

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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.

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Campus Engagement Partners

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.

Dot Cup

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate
Dot Cup manufactures and sells the patented Dot Menstrual Cup and is passionate about making the best, most sustainable products accessible to all people with periods.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

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
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
Business Affiliate
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.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

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.