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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Creativity, Movement, & New Leadership: A Model for Collaboration

  • Portland State University (OR)

Imagine a campus where leaders felt supported in their leadership, and where new ideas were not challenged but encouraged. By building a coalition of student leaders from across the campus ...

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Managing Campus Politics to Build a Sustainability Coalition

  • DePauw University (IN)

On many campuses, energy and initiative for sustainability efforts begins with faculty and students. The path forward from that initial enthusiasm inevitably requires collaboration with senior administration and, given the ...

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Using Attitude & Behavior Surveys to Advance Sustainability on Campus

  • Elon University (NC)

Surveys (or assessments) are often used to assess attitudes and behaviors related to sustainability on campuses. Such surveys are generally different from sustainability literacy assessments, which assess sustainability knowledge. Sustainability ...

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Collaborative Intersections for creating campus change

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a long history of actively pursuing cross-divisional collaborations and integration of student projects with campus operations. Past collaborations resulted in the formation of the campus ...

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Cross-Disciplinary, Student-led Sustainability Projects that Build Engagement and Realize Core Learning Outcomes

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This presentation will share highlights from projects which seek to support instructors in the development and implementation of sustainability curriculum thereby increasing student engagement and improving their knowledge, skills and ...

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Portland State University - Cultural Sustainability Walking Tour Map

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University is situated on a large urban campus in downtown Portland, Oregon. Disseminating information about cultural and resource centers as well as other services on campus to the ...

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Speed dating for scientists: Converting research to action

  • Portland State University (OR)

University research is fostering innovation that can fuel the emerging sustainable economy and inform progress on thorny community problems, but the world of academia is too often disconnected from community ...

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Collaboration & Compromise: Alternatives to a Bottled Water Ban

  • Portland State University (OR)

The call to ban bottled water sales on college and university campuses is growing stronger across the country, with 24 institutions listed by AASHE as having a ban in place ...

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Harnessing student enthusiasm through a Waste Reduction Task Force

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University’s Waste Reduction Task Force is a student-led initiative that seeks to redefine the way PSU’s campus community looks at trash. Through partnering with strategic departments ...

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Engaging Faculty in Sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

To achieve a truly sustainable campus, expertise from all corners of campus needs to be brought together, while providing learning opportunities for students. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the ...

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Campus Composting

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Southwestern University students led a composting initiative in Fall 2011 which has evolved into a campus wide program which has made a significant impact on the community and University. The ...

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EcoHouse at SUNY Geneseo: Creating Connections and Opportunities

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

The purpose of this poster is to share with conference participants the history of SUNY Geneseo’s EcoHouse, and how this residential community has been able to engage students in ...

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UAF Sustainability App Challenge

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

In the Fall of 2013 the UAF Office of Sustainability received a grant from Verizon to develop a mobile phone app that encourages sustainability among its users. We chose to ...

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Accomplish More, Work Less

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee (SUSCOM) has evolved into an efficient and well-organized platform for organizing and implementing student-led sustainability initiatives. This, however, was not always ...

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Green Room Certifications

  • University of Denver (CO)

We are spearheading a project called the Green Room Certification program. The Green Room Certification program provides students with the opportunity to be rewarded for implementing sustainable practices in their ...

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A Hut Trend: Student to student engagement enabling sustainability

  • University of Florida (FL)

Are you tired of people walking away at the sound of the word “sustainability”? Sustainability interns at the University of Florida have developed a solution to this problem: The Sustainability ...

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Empowering Students with Knowledge and Knowhow on Sustainability

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

University is a place where students not only gain knowledge, but also get the opportunity to acquire the vision and leadership insight needed for leading their future communities. Moreover, students ...

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Leveraging Student Fees to Facilitate Student Led Initiatives

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

In 2007, the University of North Carolina at Asheville instituted a $20/semester student green fee to create a sustainability fund, and created the Student Environmental Center (SEC), a student-led ...

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Growing Sustainable Student Leaders

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Employability is becoming the standard by which we measure the value of a college degree. It is up to higher education professionals to incorporate opportunities for professional development into the ...

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Building Communities and Community Gardens on Campus

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Project Grow - Growing Community and a Garden at Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University (WKU) is building its first Community Garden on campus, a research-based project that includes four components ...

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Green Energy Fee Grant Program: Making campus more sustainable - one project at a time

  • Western Washington University (WA)

The Green Energy Fee Grant Program is a Western Washington University grant program that enables the campus community to apply for funding to implement sustainable initiatives on campus. The Green ...

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Sustainability, Diversity, and Identity in First Year Orientation

  • Williams College (MA)

“Root” is a new first year orientation program at Williams College focused on social justice, identity, and sustainability. While many other institutions offer orientation programs related to one of those ...

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Building the Institution through Campus Sustainability Surveys

  • York University (ON)

York University is Canada’s third largest university, with a population of students, faculty and staff numbering approximately 60,000. Many research and teaching programs situated across the university’s ...

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Diversity as the Guiding Principle: Sustainable Social Innovations

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Today institutions are cultivating a diversity of innovations to promote sustainability education, practice and development. Residence life may have a sustainability-themed living-learning community and student activities may have an environmental ...

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Practice! Applied Yoga for a Just and Sustainable World

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Learning about the dire conditions of the world through sustainability studies can be an overwhelming and painful process for college students. For the past several years, I have been experimenting ...

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Carpe YOUR Campus: Considerations for Course Correcting Programs

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

An underrated concept for many students: progress is a process. The same goes for creating the right program for your campus, your office, and your student body. This session will ...

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AASHE Panel Discussion: Behavior Catalyzing Sustainable Change

  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

Furthering sustainability on campus and across the globe requires a team effort at shaking up the process, perceptions and habits to consider a new, more sustainable path. This panel will ...

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Working on Waste at the Kwantlen Student Association

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Kwantlen Student Association completed a student led waste audit of our student owned and run GrassRoots Cafe and main offices in early 2014. After the waste audit we have ...

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Integrating Sustainability Into the Greek System

  • Lehigh University (PA)

This presentation will cover the integration of sustainability into the Greek system starting in 2010 with a student initiative focused on the addition of sustainability into Greek accreditation through the ...

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Levers For Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Organizational Change

  • Linfield College (OR)

Often times sustainability is relegated to the pigeonhole of environmentalism. At Linfield College, an interdisciplinary partnership between two sociology courses and a business course found common ground in sustainability through ...

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Telling Tales and Turning Heads: Communication Strategies that Work on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

In Sustainability, there is no lack for ideas to reduce campus waste and energy use. Environmental studies and sustainability programs at institutions across the country are abuzz with new ways ...

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The EcoChallenge: Bridging the Say-Do Gap, together

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

In this program we will present a free on line tool and in person program (the EcoChallenge) available for students, faculty, and staff to engage in positive behavior change that ...

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Learning at Home: Building Living Learning Laboratories for Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The pursuit of sustainability is ongoing effort with diverse implications and opportunities in the development of new solutions and the advancement of collective human consciousness. A powerful aspect of this ...

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Science, Collaboration, and Sustainable Change

  • Portland State University (OR)

Take Back the Tap is a national campaign spearheaded by nonprofit Food and Water Watch but run by students on college campuses across the nation. Portland State administration continues to ...

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The Green Citizen Campaign

  • Seneca College (ON)

In 2011, Seneca College, a Canadian leader in post-secondary environmental programming, laid the groundwork for a multi-faceted initiative intended to take the college’s environmental focus to the next level ...

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Collaboration and Communication Across the Administrative Divide

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Colleges and Universities often struggle with change and innovation. In a fiscal climate of decreasing funding, changes requiring large capital investments are frequently met with skepticism at best and may ...

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Effectiveness of a Student-led Sustainability Advocacy Coalition

  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), located in East Texas, formed a Sustainability and Energy Management Committee, made up of mid-high level administrative and academic staff. Their primary function was ...

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Student sustainability grants for campus projects at Ohio State

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

All across America, institutions struggle to expand programming and to provide meaningful learning opportunities to their students during times of shrinking budgets, increasing costs and reduction of state support. Oftentimes ...

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Graduating Global Stewards: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

For my research, I am arguing that institutions of higher learning are important sites for sustainability, as they can propel the overall national and international agenda towards renewable energy and ...

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Train to Sustain: Creating Effective Professional Development

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Are you responsible for teaching professional or student staffs about sustainability? Whether it is the coworkers in your office, your institution’s Resident Assistants, or professional development sessions open to ...

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Student Activism to Catalyze Campus Sustainability

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)

Students hold a tremendous amount of power on both their campuses and their greater communities. When students make their voices heard through nonviolent actions, collaboration, and activism, social and sustainable ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: Athletics Recycling at The University of Kansas

  • University of Kansas (KS)

In 2013, the University of Kansas (KU) Recycling Program Launched the Rock Chalk Recycle initiative. Rock Chalk Recycle is a partnership between KU Recycling and KU Athletics that set out ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: From 0-Zero

  • University of Kansas (KS)

What is the first thing you think of when I say, "The University of Kansas?" Perhaps it’s the invention of basketball, the four national championships, or the 10 straight ...

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The Real Food Campus Commitment: Sustainable Food Purchasing and Student Decision Making at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Real Food Campus Commitment is a pledge for colleges and universities stating that they will buy at least 20% Real Food by 2020. Signing onto the commitment can be ...

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We’re gonna get hydrated! Shrinking bottled water use (without a ban)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

While students on some campuses work to ban (or to fight bans on) bottled water, positive partnerships at the University of Minnesota Duluth provided infrastructure, education, and social-norming around the ...

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Pack & Give Back: A Sustainable Move Out Program for On and Off Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Pack & Give Back is a household waste diversion effort at the end of each semester for students moving out of on-campus residential hosing and in neighborhoods adjacent to campus ...

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Campus Sustainability Tours: Seeing is Teaching

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The University of North Texas offers special sustainability tours year round to primary, secondary and college level students. The tours also engage the off campus community to include sustainability professionals ...

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EcoRep Program Advisors Meet Up

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This will be a chance for the advisors of EcoReps or similar peer-leadership programs to meet and discuss the challenges, successes, and structure of their programs.

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Green Events: Engaging Students in Sustainability via Event Planning

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Planning and attending events is a key facet of undergraduate student life. Planning these events allows student leaders to develop important life skills including: teamwork, logistics, prioritization, outreach and time ...

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Fostering Sustainability Through Place-based Ecological Design

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This presentation will feature the activities and philosophy of the Ecological Design Collaboratory recently established at UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. The Collaboratory has become the hub of design-build ...

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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

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.

EcoChallenge.org

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

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.

GreenerU

Waltham, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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.

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.