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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It's all Greek to me: leaning into bias against sustainability initiatives in higher education Membership Required

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

Join us for a discussion that will help sustainability staff, administrators and students develop an understanding of Greek values of citizenship and philanthropy and learn new strategies for engaging your ...

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Beyond Captain Planet: Curriculum Design for EcoReps & Peer Educators Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Captain Planet inspired millennials to embrace sustainability through the avenue of television. Utilizing Captain Planet's inspiration and efforts within the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M as the ...

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sustainability Plan - Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of the Campus Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Buro Happold (NY)

UNC is a recognized leader in sustainability (AASHE STARS - Gold campus), leading in the tangible aspects of water and energy conservation with a mature recycling and composting program, sustainable buildings ...

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Never too many C O O K S in the Campus Kitchen IUPUI : Collaboration On Our Campus Kitchen Services - a Hunger Relief Initiative Membership Required

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

This presentation will address how it has taken collaboration and support from many 'COOKS' in the development, operation, and ongoing program expansion to fulfill all of the opportunities the Campus ...

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Promoting College-Community Collaboration Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Several years ago, as Concordia College was increasing its efforts to embrace sustainability as a priority, it was recognized that engagement with the surrounding community should be a core part ...

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How Signage Increases Recycling Rates Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

It is well known that recycling can be confusing, especially when deciding which materials are accepted into a recycling program at point of disposal (aka the bin). This can lead ...

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GreenCampusPoints Shop to Save the Planet Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

There are 20.2 million college students in the US, which together account for over 150 billion dollars in discretionary spending each year. Imagine if for every one of those ...

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An Eco-Rep Program at a Liberal Arts College: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

In 2013, the Sustainability Coordinator at Concordia College created an Eco-Reps Program, with the intention of having two students serve as an Eco-Rep in each residence hall. The program is ...

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Partnerships: The Key Accelerant to Fire up Sustainability on and off Campus Membership Required

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

Since the institutionalization of a campus-wide recycling program in 2012, Pittsburg State University (PSU) has had substantial success in not only becoming a more sustainability-oriented campus, but in developing of ...

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UC Berkeley's The Green Initiative Fund: Strategies and lessons learned from renewing a green fund Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Campus green funds have become symbols of empowerment for the student body. By providing funding towards sustainability projects and initiatives, green funds promote innovation, student leadership, and help bridge the ...

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Creating Conscious Cultures through Mindfulness Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Better known for its ability to benefit people personally, mindfulness is increasingly being linked to encouraging sustainable behaviors that could lead to more conscious, compassionate cultures. Participants will learn why ...

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Students For Sustainability: A Transformative Workshop Approach to Student Engagement in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Students for Sustainability workshop at the University of Arizona (UA) provides a model for how institutions of higher education can guide students in engaging with their communities on environmental ...

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SustainaMondays at the University of Virginia: A Personal Approach to Promoting Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The promotions team of U.Va's Office for Sustainability student employees started an initiative called SustainaMondays. It promotes environmentally conscious eating, sustainable lifestyle choices, and U.Va Sustainability events ...

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Sustainability Management from Zero to Sixty: Green Competitions for Offices, Buildings, Campuses, and Cities Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Colleges and universities like to compete by nature. Recycle Mania and Campus Conservation Nationals are competitions on a national scale, with hundreds and thousands of students competing to win. At ...

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Four Success Stories and One Big Challenge on the Frontline of Zero Waste Implementation Membership Required

  • Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ON)

Since our college rolled out the Zero Waste program across all four campuses two years ago, we have made significant progress in our waste diversion and reduction. In this session ...

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Advancing Sustainability - Green Grants Program Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Since 2007 New York University's Green Grants program has awarded funding to students, faculty and staff with ideas or projects that advance sustainability. Improving the university's environmental performance ...

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Student Internships Mobilizing From Coal to Carbon Neutrality Efforts Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Carbon neutrality efforts require high level planning and coordination; meanwhile, sustainability offices often have few staff and full plates. This case study highlights efforts of two Oberlin College students who ...

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Verdant, Active, Elder-Centered Climate Resilience: Climate-Hardy Community Building For All, Via Senior Centered Programming Membership Required

  • Maryville College (TN)

American communities lag in efforts to respond to climate change stressors, with large gaps found in programs targeting a growing, vulnerable population - the elderly. Expected to nearly double in their ...

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Making it fun: Orienting new students to the college's sustainability goals with a graphic novel. Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The first few days in a new environment are key for establishing the environmental norms and expectations of a new community. At Middlebury, we took this opportunity to use a ...

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Campus sustainability programs: the role of credibility and motivation Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Most universities now have some kind of sustainability program, but little work has been done to understand what leads to these programs' success or failure. We investigated stakeholder perceptions of ...

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Using a High Tunnel to Extend the Growing Season and Engage the Whole Campus With the Campus Garden Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Six years ago, students championed the creation of a small organic garden on Concordia College's urban campus in northern Minnesota. Although the garden was successful in attracting student interest ...

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Leveraging Campus Natural Areas for Urban Ecology Research, Education, and Management Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a 1,415-acre urban campus, of which 876 acres (62%) is undeveloped green space that includes 337-acres (24%) of upland and wetland conservation ...

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Sticky Sustainability: Tapping Untapped Resources on Campus #ULMapleMadness Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

In spring 2016, a maple sugaring community partner collaborated with faculty, staff & students at the University of Louisville to launch a new Sustainable Community Engagement section of the Intro ...

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Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley advises 50 environmental registered student organizations and student campaigns and 45 The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) projects, directs the Zero Waste ...

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Best Practices for Growing Your Green Events Program Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus gatherings, Stanford hosts thousands of events each year. In 2015, Stanford's Office of Sustainability launched the Cardinal Green Event and has since ...

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Assessment of Community-Engaged Learning Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

To ensure that community engagement maximizes its impact on both student understanding of sustainability concepts and the community's adoption of sustainability principles, assessment strategies are needed to evaluate outcomes ...

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UMN Energy Club: Preparing Leaders in Energy and Climate through Connecting and Empowering Students Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Because energy underpins every aspect of society, it requires a diverse range of perspectives to truly understand its comprehensive role in the world. Energy influences many fields, including technology, policy ...

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How to Move Sustainability into the B-School Membership Required

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Business schools can provide students with a high caliber education and prepare them to enter the workforce or create new ventures to address the social, economic, and environmental demands in ...

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Curriculum Development, Cross-campus Collaboration, and Industry Engagement in Partnership with the B Corporation Community Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Presenters: - Jessica Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College of Management, NC State University - Craig Dalen, Senior Fellow, Director of B Corps on Campus, B Lab This session explores: - An ...

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Business Sustainability 2.0: Moving from Enterprise Integration to Market Transformation and the Necessary Changes in the Business System Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Enterprise Integration has been with us since the mid 1990s. It involves integrating sustainability into existing business logics (such as operational efficiency, cost of capital, consumer demand, etc.) and the ...

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A Case Example for B-Schools: Energy and Economic Opportunity in Modernizing the Grid Membership Required

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Changing regulatory environments are creating economic (and business higher ed) opportunity. The current re-envisioning the energy (REV) proceeding in New York before the public service commission represents a regulatory proceeding ...

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Framework for Implementing Change Membership Required

  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

Business schools seeking to integrate sustainability into business education can benefit from the same change management framework leveraged in corporate transformations. 'Change management' is to business education change what LEED ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Discussion Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

We are agents of change, and realize that sustainability is the future of business and business education. Higher education institutions are in the initial phases of examining this question, with ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Business plays a critical role in confronting the environmental and societal challenges currently facing our world. Business higher education must assist in transforming organizations and creating the needed human capital ...

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Campus Resilience: Prioritizing Goals and Strategies Through Collaborative Gaming Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • LHB, Inc. (MN)

This workshop engages participants in Campus Resilience, an educational and collaborative campus-building game whose goal is to achieve institutional carbon neutrality while maintaining resilience: campus academic, cultural, environmental, and financial ...

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Learn & Grow - Educational and Community Garden Membership Required

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

The intent of this project is to work with the Boys & Girls Club to create a project that can be developed and maintained as a way to engage young ...

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Offset: The Card Game Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) educates students, staff, and faculty at Duke University about a variety of topics relating to carbon offsets. However, these topics can be difficult to ...

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Go Beyond Offsetting by Onsetting Carbon Consciousness Membership Required

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

This poster will describe the pros and cons of Carbon Onsetting and explain onsetting as an alternative system that allows greater student engagement and can support meaningful sustainability projects. It ...

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Sustainability in Pedagogy: Bridging the Gap Between Influence and Impact Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

There is an issue at the heart of sustainability education which has proven a formidable barrier to more rapid change in our communities and the policies which shape our future ...

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Increasing diversion rates in outdoor campus spaces: A case study from Hobart and William Smith Colleges Membership Required

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

This poster will highlight findings from a student-led campus sustainability intervention project completed during the year-long Sustainable Living and Learning Community (SLLC) Program for first-year students at HWS. Using a ...

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Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

For a winning 'season', add your library to the team to enhance the implementation of sustainability solutions on campus and beyond! In this poster, we will highlight some of the ...

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How to Visually Share your Story in the Age of Social Media Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Do you ever find it challenging to cut through the noise and share your sustainability message? Making outreach visual and branding your material is key to staying relevant in a ...

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To Bee or Not to Bee: A Beekeeping Community Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

This poster will describe the process Central Community College used to engage its service area in the responsible management of honeybee populations. Starting with a beginner beekeeping course, the college ...

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The Sustainable Bookstore: Giving New Life to Discarded University Library Books Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

When the Appalachian State University library culled its stacks, close to 80,000 books were slated to be recycled. Many of these books, some dating back to the late 1800s ...

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The College of Charleston - Zero Waste Initiative Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In 2012 the College of Charleston adopted the goal to dramatically reduce waste from processes on campus, and become a certified Zero Waste Institution by 2025. To achieve this goal ...

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Sustainable Greek Initiative: Making the Campus Community Sustainable One Sorority and Fraternity at a Time Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In the Fall of 2012, the Sustainable Greek Initiative was started at the College of Charleston's Office of Sustainability. The initiative works with all three Greek councils at the ...

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Conversations That Matter: A Discussion on Connecting Sustainability and Diversity in Higher Education Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Are you facing challenges on your campus related to connecting diversity and sustainability? AASHE's Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee is a group of directors, managers and coordinators that are helping ...

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Consolidating the foundation of sustainable solutions: Rice University's Environmental Science program Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)

To address environmental challenges new generations are required not only to have a solid scientific or technological basis, but to propose sustainable solutions. We often look at sustainable solutions as ...

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Bee Nice: Creating a Community of Beekeepers Membership Required

  • Central Community College (NE)

Community education departments provide a variety of programs that work to educate the population that a college serves. As concerns related to Colony Collapse Disorder increase awareness of the dangers ...

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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
Business Affiliate
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
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.

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

NOLS

Lander, WY
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.

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.
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.
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.