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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Driving Food Reconnection at Arizona State University through Collaboration between USP and Aramark

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Surveys conducted at Arizona State University dining locations indicate that the vast majority of customers care about using natural resources responsibly and make a conscious effort to only take what ...

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Closing the Loop: Building a Healthy and Sustainable Campus Food System

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has made remarkable changes to its food landscape in the past few years. Our campus supports and hosts multiple organic food learning gardens as well ...

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Empowering Student Leaders to Create a Zero Waste Food Court

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

In order to divert 95% of solid waste from the landfill, UCI Hospitality & Dining (HDS) and Aramark collaborate with Social Ecology Field Study interns, Campus as a Living Lab ...

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BYO[Solutions]: Reuse Programs in Campus Dining

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

College campuses are hubs of waste, from plastic bags to disposable food containers and single-use coffee cups. However, universities can use this opportunity to implement waste-reduction programs with the aim ...

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The Real Food Challenge: Bringing Healthy and Local Food Options into Campus Dining Halls

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Across the United States, college campuses are partaking in the Real Food Challenge, a national organization that promotes the development of local, fair, sustainable and humane food systems in college ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Food Purchasing Through Student Programs

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Many institutions endeavor to serve local and sustainable food within its dining services, but the complex and often opaque food system presents significant challenges to identifying and sourcing responsibly-produced products ...

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Campus Advocacy for Global Impact: Fair Trade and the United Nations SDGs

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the U.S. We are part of a ...

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Fair Trade and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the U.S. We are part of a ...

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Student Funded Initiatives & the Intersections of Social Justice & Sustainability

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This is going to address clear and tangible ways students can have agency and autonomy over some of their Student Activity Fees in order to create more than just a ...

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Shifting to 100% Renewable Campuses and Communities

  • Environment America (MA)
  • CALPIRG Students (CA)

College and university campuses can lead the way toward a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With the effects of climate change growing ever more apparent, and with the ...

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The Present & Future of the Open Energy Dashboard

  • Beloit College (WI)

The Open Energy Dashboard needs your help! OED is a free, open source energy dashboard that continues rapid development with 8-20 student programmers per semester and an expanding user base ...

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From Student Power to Renewable Energy: A New Approach to Investing in Solar

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Over the last year and a half, students at Southern Oregon University have worked to develop an innovative new approach to funding solar. Inspired by the power purchase agreement model ...

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Transitioning a 100-year Legacy of Campus Steam to 21st Century Geothermal

  • Carleton College (MN)

Colleges and universities are leading the way on the next generation of energy solutions. Efficiency, decarbonization, and cost management are important elements of these programs, yet how we engage the ...

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Campus-Wide Change: Turn Down for Watt

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

Northern Michigan University's EcoReps and Facilities Management hosted the first Turn Down the Lights campaign during Sustainability Week in March 2018. During this week, corridor lights were turned off ...

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Occupant Engagement and Centralized Controls: a Hybrid Energy Management Solution With Major Savings

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Introduction: Plug loads (PL), devices plugged into wall outlets, comprise approximately 1/3 of electricity use of commercial buildings, and are expected to rise to 1/2 by 2030. Traditional ...

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Creating a Successful Campus Temperature Policy

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

Heating and cooling account for more than 60% of Wesleyan's energy and carbon footprint. In 2013, Wesleyan's Utilities Manager estimated that we could reduce our energy consumption 20 ...

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The Impact of Real-time Visual Feedback on Electric Consumption at Middlebury College

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The typical associations with 'energy efficiency' are production oriented. However, in order to make a meaningful impact, these innovative production solutions need to be matched equally with creative ways to ...

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Addressing Collegiate Basic Needs Through the Sustainability Lens

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Addressing the basic needs of student populations is a fast growing and important topic on College and University campuses. Collegiate basic needs encompasses food and housing security, financial education and ...

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What About Accessibility? The Intersection of Sustainability and Accessibility on College Campuses

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

In 2013, the United Nations defined accessibility as '... an inherent right that benefits all. It is not derived from special legislation; nor is it a concern solely to persons due ...

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Increasing Diversity in a Sustainability Internship Program

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Institutionalized forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, and homophobia are embedded throughout our society. One of the many ways that this materializes is in the hiring process and in ...

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Moving Past Tokenization: Integrating Social Equity Internally and Programmatically

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

What does environmental justice programming really look like in higher education? How do we avoid tokenization of marginalized groups within the environmental movement and move beyond buzzwords such as diversity ...

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A New Hope: Training Social Sustainabilistas

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In past AASHE presentations, our office highlighted how we weave social sustainability into our hiring, training, outreach, and planning efforts. This time, our focus will be the ways we implement ...

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Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for approaching sustainability from a global perspective. The goals are also incredibly relevant for higher education not only in teaching, research ...

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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 ...

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To Rise, We Need 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* people ...

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Developing and Utilizing a Social Justice Lens in Order to Achieve Global Goals for Sustainability

  • Hackman Consulting Group

As evidenced by this national moment, a lack of critical understanding of social justice (SJ) issues makes achieving global sustainability goals near impossible. Conversely, thoughtful attention to SJ issues affords ...

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Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Into Higher Ed Sustainability Work

  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Better understanding, supporting, and addressing social sustainability work in higher ed is paramount in creating institutions that welcome and nurture intellectual and personal growth among a diverse campus community. The ...

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Turbulent Winds: Addressing 'Climate' at the Intersections of Diversity and Sustainability

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

This session explores the intersection between diversity and sustainability efforts within two California State University campuses. Beginning with a focus on the forces that divide the sustainability and diversity communities ...

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Environmental Social Justice's Role in the Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

At the University of Arizona campus, the Environmental Social Justice (SoJo) committee of the student government-sponsored program Students for Sustainability works on projects that raise awareness for environmental justice issues ...

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Decolonizing a College's Farm-to-Table Dinner

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This interactive workshop will explore how Whiteness and other form of dominant social power structures can be inadvertently reproduced within farm-to-table events when embedded assumptions in regards to the program ...

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Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of Changes in Campus Sustainability Efforts on Student Environmental Knowledge and Behaviors

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

At Pittsburg State University, efforts to promote sustainability and environmental awareness has increased substantially since 2012. A formal Recycling Services Department was created, the number of activities by a campus ...

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Win-Win-Win: Incorporating Authentic Sustainability Learning Into Technical College Courses

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Incorporating sustainability in the curriculum need not be a one-off or a stretch to fit in any curricula, even those not typically associated with sustainability. Hear one example of how ...

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Sustainability in the Visual Arts, Design and Creative Fields

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

Designers make the most beautiful trash. Educators in Design, Visual Arts, and other creative fields are challenged with educating our students on how to create high impact messages with low ...

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Academia as a Platform for Student Sustainability Action on Campus and in Your Community

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have been driving environmental and sustainability changes on campus and in the Pittsburgh community for more than a decade through classes designed to engage ...

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Worry & Hope: Results from a Focus Group Study on Students and Sustainability Curriculum

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The University of Hawaii used a focus group study across ten campuses to better understand student perspectives on global and local environmental issues, climate change, and sustainability, and how these ...

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Planning and Implementing a University-Wide Curriculum Disruption to Teach About Climate Justice

  • The New School (NY)

From February 26-March 2, 2018, The New School will invite all 14,000 faculty, staff, and students to participate in a university-wide curriculum disruption entitled 'Disrupt Climate Injustice.' This means ...

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Laudato Si and UNSDGs: An Ignatian Framework for Teaching Human Geography

  • St. Louis University High School (MO)

St. Louis University High School created an innovative Human Geography course incorporating the AP Human Geography curriculum with studies of Ignatian values based on Pope Francis' 'Laudato Si: On Care ...

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High Impact Pedagogical Practices for High Impact Sustainability Learning

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

In the face of a rapidly-changing planet, sustainability is one of the most promising solutions to address social, economic, and environmental problems. Through IUPUI's Themed Learning Community (TLC), 'Sustainability ...

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Campus Sustainability 101 - A New Course for First Year Students

  • DePauw University (IN)

Due to their complex and global nature, modern environmental problems like climate change, water scarcity, or mass extinction events can be overwhelming and really, really scary, especially for college students ...

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How Do We Meaningfully Integrate Sustainability Into Global Studies Curricula?

  • Champlain College (VT)

As higher education increasingly acknowledges the necessity of producing a globally-engaged student body, it has a responsibility to create a high-quality and relevant global studies curriculum. Former iterations of global ...

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Advancing Sustainability: Student-led Projects, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Inter-Silo Teamwork

  • Carleton College (MN)

Carleton College's study abroad program titled 'Sustainable Energy Principles and Practices in India' exemplifies how higher education institutions can foster experiences and skills that students can use to promote ...

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Teaching Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Through Contemporary Art

  • Beloit College (WI)

What role can art play in solving current environmental challenges? What should artists do to promote awareness? Is it ethical for artists to make more objects in a world already ...

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Building on the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Model to Incorporate the UN SDGs in Higher Education

  • Bucknell University (PA)

As sustainability becomes a more and more popular addition in the higher education system, attempts to incorporate it into existing curricula and campus life diversify and too often lose their ...

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Pulling the Paradox of the SDGs down to Uneven Ground: A Transdisciplinary Learning Journey

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Advocates of the Sustainable Development Goals see them as an important improvement over the Millennium Development Goals, that expired in 2015, that represent an inspiring and inclusive framework for international ...

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A New Resource To Engage Your Chemistry Department In Sustainability

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Despite the underlying fundamental reliance on chemistry innovations for a more sustainable future, undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories still use traditional experiments that are resource-intensive and employ hazardous reagents. It is ...

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Escaping the Silos and Generating Collaborations: A Sustainable Faculty Development Program

  • Furman University (SC)

The Faculty Affiliates Program gives faculty from all departments on our campus opportunities to meet monthly during the academic year to share ideas, generate resources and foster interdisciplinary connections throughout ...

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How to Create an Innovative and Interdisciplinary Sustainability Major

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This case study examines several innovative degree programs that create unusual disciplinary alliances with sustainability. Integrating sustainability across the curriculum is an important goal for AASHE members. While many universities ...

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The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University - Interdisciplinary Focus on Real World Issues

  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Sustainability Exchange, founded in 2014 by Bill Lowry and Liz Kramer, brings together students from across the academic spectrum to focus on and seek solutions to real world issues ...

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From the 3Es to the SDGs: Updating Sustainability Frameworks Used as Educational Tools

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)

With the 2015 announcement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the multitude of research projects, policies, and frameworks of Sustainable ...

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From Theory to Practice: Applied Community Projects in Environmental Capstone Courses

  • Earlham College (IN)

Over the past five years, Environmental Studies and Environmental Sustainability seniors at Earlham College have completed an 'integrated research project (IRP)' in collaboration with a community partner. The IRP is ...

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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

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
Business Affiliate

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.