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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The Psychology of Sustainability and Social Movement: Student Ecological Citizenship Through a Study Abroad to Malta

  • James Madison University (VA)

For the past three years, a multidisciplinary group of first and second year honors students have participated in a month-long Psychology of Sustainability trip to Malta. The pre-departure curriculum includes ...

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Sonified Sustainability: Building Deeper Green Coalitions

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A key to creating truly sustainable institutions is engaging with stakeholders across disciplines and organizations. Some groups - utility services, natural sciences, and environmentally conscious student organizations to name a few ...

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Ecotourism as an Economic Development Driver

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

All college and university campuses are imbedded in a local community. All communities have the potential to offer ecotourism opportunities to residents and visitors. Ecotourism is now defined as 'responsible ...

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A Year of Devotion, Thought and Photographs: A Recycling Blog

  • Brigham Young University (UT)

This poster seeks to engage attendees in the whys of recycling, the motivations behind sustainability efforts, and the internal and external results of a devotion to stewardship. Utilizing posts on ...

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Building Community through Intergroup Dialogue

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Intergroup dialogue (IGD) is a facilitated discussion between two or more identity groups that explores conflict and tension around issues of social justice, power, privilege, and bias. IGD is designed ...

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Defining Sustainability: An Innovative, Employee Online Training to Reach Beyond the Choir

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Universities and organizations across the world are integrating sustainability into their services and operations and see sustainability literacy across their workforce as a key step in the integration process. Penn ...

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Student Intern Program Managers

  • Colgate University (NY)

People who manage student intern programs can come together to share challenges, successes and best practices. Attendees will discuss management and communication tools and techniques to ensure a successful and ...

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Leading High-Functioning and Resilient Sustainability Offices - Making a difference via practical and effective leadership

  • Stanford University (CA)

This workshop will focus on one of the key leadership and professional development skills - building/leading the most effective and resilient sustainability organization possible. This workshop will cover the best ...

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Motivating and Quantifying the Impacts of Behavior Change

  • Stanford University (CA)

In today's increasingly technological and personalized world, how do sustainability professionals provide opportunities to engage their audience in a way that is relevant to them? Stanford has taken the ...

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Readdressing Environmental Thinking in Residence Hall Design

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

This presentation will examine the role of architectural design in promoting an ecological citizenship. By comparing traditional residence hall designs with contemporary residence halls as well as a LEED certified ...

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Green Lab and Green Office Programs at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Green Office and Green Lab programs at the University of Washington are an integral part of reaching our campus sustainability goals. These posters showcase offices and labs environmental impact ...

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Campus Connections

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

This poster highlights campus connections at the University of Washington and showcases where linkages occur between departments. These connections are useful for information sharing among students and departments, data collection ...

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A Working Model: The Synergy Between UW Sustainability and Student-led Campus Sustainability Fund

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Green fee funds are managed in different ways on college campuses. For this panel, we will be sharing the ways that University of Washington, Seattle Sustainability department and the Campus ...

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Campus All-STARS: a model for streamlining reporting, improving performance, and creating synergies to advance sustainability

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a globally recognized leader in sustainability. That leadership is only possible through the dedication and work of our many and diverse campus partners ranging from ...

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Towards a Broader Conceptualization of Education for Sustainability

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

Formal teaching and learning devoted to sustainability is referred to as Education for Sustainability (EfS). EfS is the study of humans' relationship with the resources that support life on this ...

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Integrating Sustainability Learning Outcomes Into a University Curriculum - A Case Study of Institutional Dynamics

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The University of Vermont (UVM) adopted a learning-outcomes-based general education sustainability requirement in Fall 2015. The requirement is unique because sustainability is a non-traditional general education theme, and general education ...

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Creating a Multi-Institution Food Task Force

  • University of Utah (UT)

In 2016 I co-created a 'Higher Education Food Task Force' with the seven major institutions along what is known as the Wasatch Front in Utah, which is the major population ...

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Arkansas Tech University Campus Master Plan: Embedding Resiliency in the Design Process

  • Perkins+Will (NY)

For campuses looking to take a strategic long-term view of their future, strengthen stewardship of their facilities, and reinforce community integrity, resiliency is more than just a question of preparing ...

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Solar PV and Interactive Education

  • North Central College (IL)

Solar PV technology is decreasing in cost and increasing in popularity worldwide. However, there are still many individuals who do not understand this technology, even on college campuses. Education plays ...

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Building Sustainable Food Systems Programming and Community-University Partnerships: A Case Study of the UNC Student Farm

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Institutions of higher education with programs focused on sustainability are increasingly integrating curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to agriculture and food systems. The Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENST) program ...

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Implementation of Pre-Consumer Composting in University Student Union: Obstacles and Lessons learned

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

As an institution with over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) produces an overwhelming amount of waste. UNL has successfully achieved a campus-wide diversion rate of nearly 50 ...

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Developing a Green Fund

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The Green Fund at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) is a pool of money that is available to all students to do projects on campus that relate to creating ...

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Sustainability in the World of Print and Mail

  • Messiah College (PA)

Dwayne Magee, President of IPMA, is also the Director for Print and Mail at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA. Messiah College and other CCCU schools spend about $15 million every ...

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Campus EcoChallenge: Driving a Culture of Sustainability on Campus

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

This 30 minute workshop is designed for faculty and staff looking for tangible tools that will help drive a culture of sustainability on campus. The workshop will highlight the new ...

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Unifying Campus Audiences in Co-Curricular Sustainability Programming to Create Action-Oriented Projects

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson College has innovatively reformed its student and employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs to create co-curricular learning experiences aimed at building solidarity with campus stakeholders. This session will ...

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Infrastructure, Audits, and Education: A Three-Pronged Approach to Waste Reduction

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will demonstrate how Luther College is working to achieve its zero waste goals by investing in infrastructure, conducting waste audits and creatively educating the campus community. Under the ...

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Energy Monitoring as a Tool for Community Engagement

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will detail the process and results of electricity monitoring for behavior change in the Luther College Sustainability House, a residence focused on discovering what it means to live ...

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The Climate Commitment: Getting the President to Move From 'no' to 'yes' -- and Then Maximizing the Impact of the Signature

  • Concordia College (NY)

At many colleges and universities, the president is highly reluctant to sign the Climate Commitment (of Second Nature), with its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality and increase community resilience. At ...

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Building Bridges to Conservative Students to Build Support for Climate Action and Enrich Campus Conversations

  • Concordia College (NY)

As the conference Call for Proposals noted, the broader political and cultural environment in the U.S. today makes it more difficult than ever to prevent sustainability efforts on campuses ...

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Building a Public Institution Sustainability Program from the Ground Up: Ethics, Accolades and Advertising.

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

This session will describe the challenges, successes and issues in developing a sustainability program for a large, public institution. The issues resolved in 8 years of successful program growth will ...

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Communications Networking Meeting

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The networking meeting will provide an opportunity for those engaged in communications to meet and share ideas and best practices.

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Most Likely to Succeed: Tips for Students when Developing Sustainability Initiative Proposals

  • Trinity University (TX)

This poster will share practical suggestions for students for furthering their initiatives on campus. The poster will cover areas often overlooked in student proposals: day-to-day operations, risk management, alignment with ...

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Sustainable Food and Dining at Trinity University: Barriers and Success

  • Trinity University (TX)

Beginning with food and dining is the most effective way for students to engage in sustainability movements because students engage with the dining hall as many as three times a ...

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability Education for Public Two-Year Colleges

  • Seminole State College of Florida (FL)

Even as an increasing number of employers seek personnel skilled in renewable energy technologies and sustainable design, companies overwhelmingly hire individuals for 'green jobs' who possess that knowledge within the ...

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Helping Students Gain Sustainability Project-Based Leadership Skills to be Competitive in the Job Market

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

EcoLeaders is National Wildlife Federation's sustainability career and leadership development program for college students and young professionals. This workshop will guide students through the plan, do, communicate and sustain ...

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Student Affairs Networking Presentation

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This networking session is designed to give sustainability professionals that work in student affairs departments an opportunity to interact in a structured environment. The session will begin with introductions and ...

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Light Up With LED

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Light Up With LED was a semester long, student-led project at the Ohio State University to educate our off-campus student population about energy efficient behaviors. Sponsored by a Coca-cola Sustainability ...

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Multiple Ways of Knowing in Sustainability Education: Stretching the Boundaries of Transformative Sustainability Learning

  • Goucher College (MD)

This session focuses on how teaching for multiple ways of knowing can contribute to sustainability education by highlighting work done at the University of Saskatchewan which is encapsulated within two ...

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Transforming a Campus for Zero Waste by Focusing on People

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Change is difficult; changing people's habits and shifting organizational priorities is an even bigger challenge. Yet, we are all faced with a global imperative to take action to protect ...

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Better Together: Using an S Designation to Create Visible, Coherent, Trans-disciplinary Curriculum Out of What You Already Have

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

How the University of Hawaii ten campus system is using AASHE STARS curriculum designation criteria to transform courses across the curriculum. This session will cover all aspects of creating sustainability ...

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Building an Intersectionality Coalition: Listen, Organize, Act.

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Come learn the three steps of listening, organizing, and acting that built a student-led Intersectionality Coalition at Gonzaga University. Inspired by sessions from AASHE 2016, students from Gonzaga University felt ...

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Canadian Networking Session

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Initiated by the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP), this informal networking session presents an opportunity to meet, share lunch and ideas with others working in the ...

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ZW Campus

  • University of Denver (CO)

To be a zero waste campus, the University of Denver is implementing new projects to eliminate historically unsustainable practices. The presentation will highlight some of the projects that will make ...

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Sustainability in Sports: Paving the Way to Zero Waste

  • University of Denver (CO)

Since 2012, the University of Denver has been creating a space for sustainability in Athletics. The Zero Waste Athletics program began with hockey in 2012, and now currently averages a ...

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Growing Fresh Air to Sustainably Support the Indoor Campus Environment

  • New York University (NY)

Introducing plants into work and study spaces on campus can have numerous benefits for the wellness of those who occupy these places. Bringing people closer to plants can also reinforce ...

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Promoting Sustainable Practices Throughout Campus: NYU's Sustainability Advocate Program

  • New York University (NY)

NYU is one of the largest employers in New York City, with over 19000 employees filling various office spaces throughout lower Manhattan. In this case study, we will demonstrate how ...

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Creative Campaigning: A 'Zero Waste Week' Case Study on Organizing and Executing a University-Wide Engagement Program

  • New York University (NY)

When you launch a university-wide engagement program or initiative, how effective are you in reaching current and new audiences? How are you marketing and communicating the initiative? Through this case ...

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Know Your Impact: Guide to Environmentally Conscious Community Development

  • New York University (NY)

Creating a norm of sustainability on campus is no easy task, but the NYU EcoReps have committed themselves to forming thoughtful community-based programming in the hopes of finding new ways ...

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A Classroom of 'Cultural Creatives'?: A Values-Based Approach to Teaching About Sustainable Societies

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

In their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World authors Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson present their research on the on-going values shift ...

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Residential and Academic Composting: Strategies for Success

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Integrating composting into academic and residential settings on campus is no easy task at a large public institution. Managing contamination, potential for odors and mess, and student education - particularly in ...

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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
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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
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.