Campus Engagement

Introduction

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

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Environmental Justice: Inspiring Action Through Words

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

As the University of Colorado Assembly for Sustainability and Equity, we aim to spread awareness about environmental justice issues, as well as empower individuals with solutions to these issues. Ultimately ...

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Five Years of an Integrated Approach to Campus Sustainability: Linking Academics, Operations and Student Life

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

At the 2008 AASHE Conference, [X] University presented two ambitious campus sustainability initiatives, one academic and one operational, and an overarching sustainability framework. The university has since put these initiatives ...

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Teaching Sustainability & Fostering Change at Vanderbilt University

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

Sustainability is the most pressing educational issue of the twenty-first century. In a crisis prone world of limited resources and rapid change, colleges and universities play a vital role in ...

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Drinking Sunlight: Maple Syrup from Your Dorm’s Backyard

  • Calvin University (MI)

As students at a small liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, opportunities to get involved in the world of sustainable living are endless. Western Michigan is known for producing ...

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Sustain U: Centralizing the University Community Around Sustainability

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Sustainability has always had a presence on the Carnegie Mellon campus, but not one widely acknowledged. Students and staff often pass by the Solar Decathlon house or the recycling room ...

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Sustainability, A Living Experience

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

At Carnegie Mellon University sustainability has been stripped to “green.” Despite the greater on-campus attention of recycling and composting initiatives, six green roofs, zero-waste events, a community garden, and student ...

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Creating Cross-Campus Collaborations: Transforming Curriculum, Empowering Students

  • Central College (IA)

Cool things can happen when campus silos are breached and faculty members get to know and start collaborating with directors of facilities, grounds, and food service to empower students. This ...

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Imagining a Sustainable Future: Studying Sustainability through Interdisciplinary Lenses and Experiential Learning in the First-Year Seminar

  • Chapman University (CA)

This presentation will focus on a freshman foundations course that introduces students to sustainability as an interdisciplinary concern, using various analytical perspectives to critically explore sustainability through the disciplinary lenses ...

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Pulp Up the Volume: Maximizing Waste Diversion and Student Empowerment

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In the fall of 2012, the College of Charleston began composting with the use a pulper in the dining hall City Bistro. (This machine utilizes a recycled stream of water ...

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A Comprehensive Framework for Driving Sustainability Collaboration Through Athletics

  • Davidson College (NC)

Many athletic departments and teams have sustainability initiatives. However, few have comprehensive programs using sustainability in athletics to drive adaptation of practices and awareness building throughout campus, alumni and surrounding ...

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Educational Opportunities In Kennesaw State University’s Farm-To-Campus Initiatives

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The multi-faceted farm-to-campus program at Kennesaw State University (KSU) includes 40+ acres of off-campus organic farmland and small on-campus plots, including an herbal garden, a student-run permaculture garden, and indoor ...

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Participatory Planning Processes for Sustainability

  • McGill University (QC)

Sustainability is the process of a community working together towards a shared vision for a better future. Strategic planning should be participatory – for and from the community. At McGill, we ...

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Energy-Saving In Student Accommodation In The UK - The Student Switch Off

  • National Union of Students

This session will provide a case study of the leading student energy-saving campaign in the UK, the Student Switch Off, run by the National Union of Students. The presentation will ...

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Growing the Sustainability Movement On Campus: How To Build Effective Student Groups and Learn Key Leadership Skills That Will Be Useful During and After College

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This workshop will provide hands-on tools and models for creating effective student groups on campus. The presenters will take students through essential building blocks of forming a new or redesigning ...

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Creating Awareness: A Student's Quest For Reducing Energy Consumption

  • Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences (NY)

Our College has been dedicated to reducing and eventually eliminating its carbon emissions. In doing so, we hope to become a carbon neutral campus by 2029. Since the majority of ...

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Telling a Comprehensive Sustainability Story

  • Portland State University (OR)

We all know that sustainability is more than just a campus-wide recycling plan. It’s imbued across departments and disciplines, leaks out of classrooms and into communities, it manifests in ...

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Teaching Student Resiliency Requires Faculty Adaptability: Two Case Study Comparisons

  • Portland State University (OR)

This paper discusses the process and outcomes of two different approaches to incorporating community-based learning into undergraduate courses. Both courses are part of a year-long, interdisciplinary Freshman seminar, one course ...

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Institutionalizing Sustainability in University Residence Life

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

This presentation will provide a model for how to institutionalize and build resilience for sustainability in residence life at your university by adapting to and utilizing existing structures and positions ...

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The Butterfly Effect: Rethinking How We Build Partnerships for Sustainable Programs

  • Seneca College (ON)

What can the monarch butterfly teach us about the evolution of partnerships? How does being adaptive and resilient in a changing economic climate protect post-secondary programs and their delivery of ...

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Inclusion, Coalitions, Fun, and Parties: Adapting Approaches to Encourage Student Involvement and Awareness of Sustainability.

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Student’s participation in community outreach and educational activities outside of those required by classes is decreasing. Sustainability has become an increasingly popular subject among university students in online blogs ...

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Using Life Cycle Analysis to Assess and Reduce the Footprint of "Mega-Events" at the University of Arizona

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Many universities have invested significant resources to reduce environmental impacts associated with their larger events, including “zero waste” strategies and offsets. This presentation presents methods, results, and discussion of our ...

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Accelerating the Journey From Ideas to Action, Facilitation Skills for Sustainability Planning and Engagement.

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This session is aimed at sustainability practitioners seeking to hone their facilitation skills in sustainability planning, enhance internal stakeholder engagement and leadership capacities, and accelerate the process of moving from ...

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How Low Can You Go? UF Sorority Water Challenge

  • University of Florida (FL)

This spring, 13 sororities at the University of Florida competed to reduce water use in their houses. The competition aimed to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation for ...

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PARK(ing) Day!

  • University of Louisville (KY)

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places for a day ...

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Innovation in Metering & Dashboards: A Key to Cracking the Behavioral Nut

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The urgency for resilience and adaptation grow stronger by the day. Obviously, central to achieving such are the behavioral changes necessary in human consumption that maximize and sustain reduction of ...

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Core Competencies in Learning for Sustainability: A Key to Building Campus Cultures of Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

As a gathering, the AASHE Conference has tremendous potential to foster rich campus cultures of sustainability. The goal of our session is to help realize this potential by engendering meaningful ...

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Emergent Beauty: A Tapestry of Student Engagement and Climate Change Interwoven Through Community Art

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

What happens when a community of students, faculty, and local citizens weave their voices together through the arts? Grounded in the diversity of each individual’s gift, a vibrant, living ...

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Getting Involved on Your College Campus: The Power of Students and Sustainability Tools

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

The college campus is a living lab where students can learn about sustainability through projects, internships, and work study positions. There are many “sustainability tools” available to reveal how colleges ...

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Connecting People to Products and Services: Creating Active Citizenry Through Knowledge Systems

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In 2005, The College of Charleston joined the Fair Labor Association in response to pressure from students, faculty, and staff, to be more cognizant of the impacts of their corporate ...

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Igniting Innovation through Sustainable Collaboration

  • Denison University (OH)

Denison University, like many liberal arts institutions, seeks to educate students holistically so that they may become discerning moral agents and active citizens in a democratic society. To that end ...

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Networking for Leadership: Building an Undergraduate Sustainable Food Coalition

  • Emory University (GA)

In the spring of 2013, a group of undergraduates at our university formed a pilot program designed to impart to students leadership and organizational skills; to network student activists with ...

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Energy Dashboards: Cross-Discplinary Opportunities for Coursework & Research

  • Illinois State University (IL)

Illinois State University utilized an ESCO project to install a custom programmed energy monitoring system with the dual purpose of serving as a public classroom and research repository. Cross-collaborating with ...

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You've Made Your Bed & You'll Have to Lie In It: Strategies to Embed Sustainability into the Residential College Experience

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Being sustainable is something that must be taught in order to create individuals who possess competencies in order to maintain "healthy ecosystems and environments that provide vital goods and services ...

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A Sustainable Spring Break

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

For a typical college student, Spring Break is a week to get away and participate in activities that will help them get their minds off of the business that they ...

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Social Sustainability: Creating Virtual and Community Connections

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Public institutions of higher education serve the student body and the community. Finding ways to engage both communities in emerging fields such as sustainability can be challenging, especially given the ...

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What Does Library And Technology Services (LTS) Have To Do With Sustainability? How LTS Is Adapting To The Campus Sustainability Plan.

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In Fall 2012, Lehigh University adopted its first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan. In response to the plan, the Library and Technology Services stem created the LTS Green Team. The LTS ...

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Sprouting (Literally!) Engagement in Sustainability in the Undergraduate Curriculum: the “Heritage Garden Project” in Beginning German at Luther College

  • Luther College (IA)

The students know that Diane is coming to tell a special story on cold February morning. To their surprise, as she appears, however, she opens a little package and empties ...

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Internships as a Tool for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Luther College (IA)

Using Luther College’s successful sustainability internship program as a case study, this presentation will cover all aspects of developing and implementing a sustainability focused student internship program for undergraduates ...

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People, Planet, Participation: An Approach to Holistically Embedding Sustainability in Curriculum

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

Embedding sustainability across a broad curriculum is a difficult and daunting task. An holistic approach cannot simply focus on adding content into existing units, nor can it depend upon specifically ...

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Making It Stick: Using Online Pledges to Sustain Behavior Change

  • Metropolitan Community College (NE)

Pledges can be one of simplest and most cost-effective approaches to sustaining pro-environmental behavior change. However, to reap the full benefit of this strategy, it is crucial to integrate certain ...

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The Elephant Not in the Room: Redefining the Student- Administration Relationship

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Student- Administration relationships have been an ever evolving dynamic on campuses around the country. Today, there are varying opinions on where this relationship currently stands. Too often there is a ...

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The Case of the Pesky Light Bulb: Using Social Marketing to Solve Sustainability Mysteries

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This interactive workshop tells the story of Audrey, a university employee puzzled by her coworkers unwillingness to shut off the lights. Using communication and behavior change strategies derived from community-based ...

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The Invisibility of Sustainability: Student Projects that Render Visible Previously Hidden Environmental Impacts

  • Rice University (TX)

As humans, we are inherently biased towards what we can see. Sustainability officers will often observe with frustration that others perceive sustainability as being all about recycling bins and solar ...

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Leaders for the Environment, Art, and Design (LEAD): Educating Students About Impacts and Issues of Fashion, Art, and Design

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

For the past three years, students at Santa Clara University have hosted an Eco-Fashion Show and a “Swap for Good” clothing exchange, engaging students about the social, economic, and environmental ...

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Sustainabillity by Collaboration: Partnering Facilities with Instruction

  • Sierra College (CA)

Sierra College utilizes a unique partnership between the facilities and instructional divisions to provide high-level workforce development training for students while expanding the college's renewable energy portfolio. The Energy ...

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Building Diverse Stakeholders - Multi-Stakeholder Approach

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

The building of a multi-stakeholder process often distinguishes a successful initiative from a failure. Meaningful communication with all stakeholders ensures the most effective results. Using role playing, this workshop will ...

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A Case Study of the Green Council: Students Building a Movement through Collaboration

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can maximize student engagement in sustainability issues through the creation of an eco-friendly coalition of student organizations. The university ...

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Postcards, Post-Sandy: Community Resiliency, Social Media and Service Learning

  • The New School (NY)

POSTCARDS, POST-SANDY is a digital memory website created by undergraduate and graduate students from The New School for Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design, New York ...

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Alaska Jones Searches the UAF Utilidors for the Source of Power

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Alaska Jones searches the University of Alaska Fairbanks utilidors to find the source of heat and power at University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2012, UAF students entered the International District ...

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Greeks Think Green

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In August 2012, the University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SfS) developed an initiative to educate UA Greek Life in becoming more sustainable. Greek Life is the largest ...

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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.

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

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

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.

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.