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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Making a Sustainable Community Among College Theatres Membership Required

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

Theatre is a creative place to share ideas with others. Theatres have done well with doing more with less, but there is a need for more sustainable practices. People have ...

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Building Student Leadership Through Networks: Connecting Higher Education Institutions Through Behavior Change Projects Membership Required

  • Augsburg College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This poster focuses on the value of connecting students, faculty and staff across boundaries. In this case, we connected across institutions, learning from each other and developing a network for ...

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From "me" to "we" in the Academic World Towards Sustainability: Path and Purpose Membership Required

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

My passion to create a shift in society will hopefully show you how to switch from "me" to "we" and build a Sustainable World. Two years ago, I discovered my ...

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Establishing a Student Green Fund at Your University Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a student-led effort recently succeeded with the establishment of a student green fund. The green fund currently provides approximately $46,000 per year to be ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of a Sustainable Micro-Housing Prototype. Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

The planned Tiny House at Randolph College is multi-function: As a public resource on sustainable design and its significance; as a teaching tool for environmental sustainability and assessment; temporary accommodation ...

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Zero-Waste Initiative: Paving the Way Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

As an institution with over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln produces an overwhelming amount of waste. Although UNL currently has a waste diversion rate of about 50 percent ...

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Helping Students Lead on Solar: Collaborations to Advance Renewable Energy on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Despite having some of the lowest-priced electricity in the nation, our students forged ahead to identify opportunities for solar energy and the ways it will fit into the energy future ...

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Showcasing Community Sustainability Champions on Campus: Why? How? Membership Required

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

For several years, the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future has held a Sustainability Lecture Series on campus. The format has evolved over time to best meet the ...

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Key Facilities Metrics; Gateway Survey for Collegiate Improvements Membership Required

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

For the third year, the joint APPA/NACUBO 'Key Facilities Benchmark' survey is being offered and results will be highlighted. The five simple measures instigated by the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory ...

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Mapping the St. Croix Valley: Beyond Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, established on the UWRF campus in 2007, branched out across the watershed and state boundaries to become the St. Croix Institute LLC ...

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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change Membership Required

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

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Systems Thinking for Campus Sustainability: Utilizing the University of Central Florida Campus as a Living Laboratory Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

In Spring of 2016, UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems. The 14 week course introduces ...

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Cold is no Excuse! Campus Sustainability in Cold Climates Membership Required

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

Western State Colorado University is committed to sustainability throughout campus. WSCU is situated in Gunnison, CO., a unique valley that experiences extremely cold temperatures. Sub-zero temperatures are not uncommon on ...

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Importance of Student-led Efforts in Initiating Sustainability Programs in a Location With Predominantly Conservative Values Membership Required

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

Tarleton State University provides an interesting dichotomy It is located in a small town in rural Texas where sustainability has neither been promoted nor required. For years, faculty were stymied ...

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Greeks Go Green Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Greeks Going Green is a collaborative project with the student government at the University of Nebraska, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to ...

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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning. Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using 'Tips' to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

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Sustainable Video Production Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The community of sustainability is constantly growing. With new practices from around the world on how we can build a better understanding of sustainability, key aspects arise from the ability ...

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Cultural Competencies: Developing a sustainable professional development model for a student services office Membership Required

  • Kent State University (OH)

This poster session describes the development of a multi-year professional development plan focused on increasing the cultural competencies of staff members in the Vacca Office of Student Services (VOSS), in ...

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Student wellbeing : handbook and practical tools to help French campuses Membership Required

  • Graines de Changement

In 2012, the network Campus Responsables concluded a partnership to display interactive plays within campuses regarding studend alcohol consumption. In 2013, the network published a practical guide about stutent wellbeing ...

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Entrepreneurial Thought and Action in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

In this presentation we will explore how the concept of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action can be applied to sustainability initiatives at your college or university. We will focus on: utilizing ...

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

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MIT's Sustainability DataHub Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Datasets are ubiquitous at MIT. The Institute collects large volumes of data on a variety of subjects related to the sustainability effort. However, these datasets are housed in diverse and ...

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Enhancing Appalachian's Sustainability-Related Community Engagement Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will provide an overview of efforts at Appalachian State University to expand and improve sustainability-related community engagement. For years, Appalachian's Sustainability Council has been charged with setting ...

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Sorting It All Out: What's in Your Garbage and Why You Should Care. How Waste Characterization Data Can Help Your Institution. Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Kessler Consulting Inc. (FL)

Many universities are setting the recycling bar higher and higher, often targeting zero waste goals. However, 'to manage it, you need to measure it.' Before you identify strategies to divert ...

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Branding a Sustainability Program: The University of Rochester Go Green Initiative Membership Required

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Like many universities striving to make sustainability a priority without a central office for sustainability, the University of Rochester's efforts and achievements occur among multiple departments and programs. Communicating ...

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Establish An Organic Multicultural Vegetable Garden to Promote Sustainability and Address Diversity at Kean University Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

A team of four students from Kean University committed to establish an organic multicultural vegetable garden in the Liberty Hall Farm located in Union County, New Jersey. Team members will ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Learning Laboratory: Experiential Learning & Scaffolding in Informal Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This poster will explore how new and existing sustainability projects at the University of Michigan are being integrated into a pathway for student sustainability engagement and leadership as we aim ...

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Student Recycling Competition and Reusable To-Go Containers Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Through partnership with the University, Dining Services launched a reusable to-go program and student recycling competition to advert Styrofoam and plastic from entering the community landfill. In fall 2014, Dining ...

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Communicating Sustainability: Use Design Thinking To Make Your Website Better, Stronger, Faster Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Your website is, without question, the superhero of your marketing team. It's sharing the story of your campus, directing traffic, and handing out information to your users. Problem is ...

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Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

This poster will tell the multi-faceted story of how Furman University has leveraged longstanding partnerships with two local horticultural organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Smelly: Changing Sustainability Perception through Behind the Scenes Tours Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Much has changed during Appalachian Food Services' 90 years of operation, but our commitment to being affordable, fresh and sustainable has remained constant. None of our efforts and accomplishments matter ...

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Sustainable Seafood Days: Working with Sea to Table to Grow Sustainable Seafood Purchasing at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Sea to Table (NY)

Because Appalachian State University is a leader in sustainability, serving sustainable fish in our dining venues was something that Appalachian Food Services wanted to explore. We partnered with Sea to ...

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From the Ground[s] Up Membership Required

  • Wells College (NY)

Wells College implemented two coffee-related activities. As the student-run GRIND Café steadily rose in popularity, its success created a waste problem. The GRIND staff daily prepared so much coffee, the ...

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Learning to Reboot a Campus or Commercial Recycling Program Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The only thing certain in the recycling field is that nothing is certain. In colleges and universities across the United States, sustainability and zero waste managers are constantly having to ...

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A Residential Green Rep Program: The Case for a Program Hosted in Residence Life Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

At SUNY Cortland, our student Green Representatives program is run out of the Residence Life office and has been since it's inception in 2008. Each residence hall is paired ...

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Mapping Bicycle Racks and Usage with ArcGIS: Connecting College and Community Initiatives Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

SUNY Geneseo and the Town of Geneseo are collaborating to encourage sustainable cycling in and around Geneseo. This project is aimed at gathering preliminary information to improve the cycling experience ...

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UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability: A Strategic Partnership for Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

UMass Lowell's leadership is deeply committed to campus sustainability. As part of the overall campus transformation strategy, university leadership decided to form an Office of Sustainability to integrate sustainability ...

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Return Recycling: Zero Waste Strategies Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)
  • Return Recycling (NY)

Return Recycling is a student-led organization devoted to building a concrete understanding for waste data, infrastructure, and engagement. Over the past year we prototyped new (self-designed) recycling bins, developed new ...

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Working with Zero: Maximizing Partnerships to Meet Big Sustainability Goals Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Campus sustainability practitioners are often tasked to achieve goals using little funding and staffing. By maximizing networks both within and outside the traditional sustainability lens and connecting campus resources, Zero ...

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Energy Maddness - A Residence Hall Energy Competition Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

On a diverse campus flush with deep thinkers, how can the message of sustainability be successfully broadcasted? Our University chose to use competition as an engagement tool. This presentation will ...

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Moving Towards Environmentally Responsible Landscaping on Campus Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU works earnestly to foster sustainability advancement in our region. Likewise, our Landscape Services Dept is deeply committed to minimizing negative impacts on our campus and surrounding ecosystems. Our landscaping ...

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Sustainability & Botanical Tours: Educating our Communities Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU's Landscape Services collaborated with students, faculty, and staff across campus to develop signed Sustainability and Botanical Tours to educate our regional community about SOU's myriad of sustainability ...

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Journal of Sustainability Education: Special Issue on Hope and Agency Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Hope and agency are foundational to sustainability practice and leadership on and beyond the campus. Without hope and a sense of one's own efficacy, meaningful action and leadership may ...

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Breaking Through: Creative Engagement Strategies for Increasing Student Sustainable Involvement in the Dorms and Beyond Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

NYC came to a standstill when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and the public electrical grid shutdown, but the lights were on in 22 NYU buildings, and for once ...

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Do You See Our STARS Now? Making an Institution's STARS Report More Visible and Relevant To Community Via Student Infographics Membership Required

  • Maryville College (TN)

One of the most transparent ways an institution can share their holistic sustainability story is through STARS. However, outside the sustainability community, STARS is one of the least commonly reviewed ...

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Exploring Student Leaders for Sustainable Development: Components and Personal Practices Membership Required

  • Baylor University (TX)

Presentation that shares research study structure, methodology, findings, and recommendations for future research regarding the cultivating of student leadership capabilities through personal practices focused on sustainability education. The purpose of ...

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Together we are Building Sustainability' - An Outreach Framework for LEED EB Projects Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Though most college and university sustainability offices are charged with both improving operational efficiency AND increasing sustainability literacy and engagement, we often overlook opportunities to serve these missions concurrently in ...

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The Wildcat Waste Challenge: A Collaboration Between Student Programs, University Libraries, and Facilities Management Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Two significant barriers to increased recycling rates are confusion surrounding what is and is not recyclable and the convenience factor of waste disposal. Many students view recycling as a confusing ...

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Sustainability, Dignity and Higher Education Membership Required

  • Widener University (PA)

Sustainability discourse in higher education seldom considers human dignity as an institutional objective or a means to achieve it. Dignity embodies subjects as diverse as health care, imprisonment, privacy, education ...

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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

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
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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
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Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
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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
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
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NOLS

Lander, WY
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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
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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
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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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
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

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

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
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Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
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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.