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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University at Buffalo-Sustainability Month 2017 Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

At UB, Earth Day is celebrated all month, with dozens of sustainability events highlighting our commitment to critical issues like climate neutrality and publicly funded science.

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Earth Day 2017 Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
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State University of New York at Cortland Campus Garden Spring Planting Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The SUNY Cortland Campus Garden Advisory Committee (consisting of students, staff and faculty) held a bed preparation and planting party at the campus garden.

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Cleveland State University EarthFest 2017 Membership Required

  • Cleveland State University (OH)

Cleveland State celebrated Earth Day with exhibits from 38 campus and community sustainability organizations, a giant earth dome, a clothing swap, free bike checks, free food, and a range of ...

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Succulents at the Earth Day Expo Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Close-up shot of succulents that were made available for students to plant at the Earth Day Expo at the University of Minnesota. The Office of Sustainability challenged students and staff ...

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University of Virginia Earth Week 2017 Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Earth Week is a UVA tradition that celebrates the planet we all share. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to take part in a thought provoking, action packed ...

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Earth Day Pollinator Garden at Towson University Membership Required

  • Towson University (MD)

Students, faculty and staff work together on Earth Day to install a student-designed pollinator garden.

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Vanderbilt University FutureVU Expo Membership Required

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university ...

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Humble Bee App Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Doctoral student Casey Franklin demonstrates the Humble Bee app, which rewards students for sustainable behaviors.She tabled her app at Springfest, which is a celebration of Earth day.

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Student club Sustainable Enterprise Association-Net Impact Chapter-tables at Springfest Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Student club Sustainable Enterprise Association-Net Impact Chapter-tables at Springfest. Springfest is a celebration of Earth Day, and an event recognizing the myriad environmental programs, clubs, and collaborations across campus. Featuring ...

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Building Care’s Julie Houston awarded the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards (CUPSA) Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Building Care’s Julie Houston, who offers insight for students, faculty and staff by teaching responsible waste reduction and disposal, won the staff award. Houston also received accolades for her ...

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A Bike Ride with the Chancellor Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

A much anticipated fixture in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Earth Week festivities is the annual bike ride with the Chancellor, organized by student organization BikeFaceUIUC. More than 30 students ...

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Building a Monarch Waystation Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

Building a Monarch Waystation is an easy way to support plant diversity and insect habitat. By engaging students and faculty in the creation of a ecological habitat, the campus both ...

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Arbor Day Tree Planting Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

To celebrate National Arbor Day and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's second certification as an official "Tree Campus USA," students, faculty and staff gathered to hear a proclamation ...

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Earth Fest 2017 Membership Required

  • Bentley University (MA)

Bentley's Sustainability group "Students for Sustainable Business" holds a festival called Earth Fest each year. This is an opportunity for the campus to acknowledge Earth Day.

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FIU Nature Preserve Pollinator Garden Planting Membership Required

  • Florida International University (FL)

Florida International University's Nature Preserve is an 11-acre environmental education facility, representing the Florida Everglades. It is used to share ecological knowledge gained by university researchers with FIU students ...

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Earth Day 5k Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw students, faculty, staff and community residents participated in a free Earth Day 5k at the DePauw Nature Park. What made this 5k green? Participants were given race bibs created ...

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez at DePauw University Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

At DePauw, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez met with a small group of student leaders for a lunch discussion and inspired an audience of more than 100 at Peeler Auditorium in the evening ...

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Sustainable Un-building Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

Students, faculty, staff, and Greencastle community members were invited to participate in the event “Unbuilding: Sustainable Deconstruction and ‘Give-Away’ at DePauw’s Campus Farm House.” During Winter Term, students began ...

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Putnam County & Local Food Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw Director of Sustainability, Anthony Baratta, gave a presentation to students and community members at the Putnam County Public Library titled “Hands in the Dirt: Growing Food in Putnam County ...

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Milkweed Planting Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

First-year Environmental Fellows and Sustainability Leadership Program members planted milkweed in the campus greenhouse for use in their student-designed pollinator garden.

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Earth Day Raspberries Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

Campus Farm members Donna and Mayra ('19) weeded raspberry bushes at the one-acre DePauw organic farm.

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Earth Week Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

The Sustainability Office celebrated Earth Day with an entire week of activities recognizing the relationship each individual has with the environment. A variety of interactive events included garden and greenhouse ...

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Evergreen Fest 2017: Science and Climate Change Festival at Loyola University Maryland Membership Required

  • Loyola University Maryland (MD)

Loyola University Maryland's Environmental Action Club hosts a full day of teach-in style presentations and interactive activities to celebrate the Earth with ACTION! The day was filled with opportunities ...

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Earth Day at University of Maryland Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland Student Sustainability Committee held a free Earth Day Festival at The Stamp Student Union on Friday, April 21. The event featured green campus organizations and offices ...

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PSU Hosts 10th Annual Earth Day Festival Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Students in PSU's Environmental Club partnered with campus and community organizations to host a festival in PSU's Park Blocks on Friday, April 21st. The event featured free tea ...

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Earth Day Fair New Mexico State University Membership Required

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

The Las Cruces Downtown Plaza stage had great musicians, speakers, dancers, and more! We partnered with March for Science group. There were 30 educational and vendor booths, local food trucks ...

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Southern Oregon University Earth Week Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
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Cornell Environmental Collaborative (ECO) tabling at Springfest Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell Environmental Collaborative (ECO) is the umbrella organization for sustainability groups at Cornell University. They also organize Cornell's annual Springfest celebration of Earth Day. An event recognizing the myriad ...

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Earth Day Festival and Speaker Series Album continued... Membership Required

  • Western Washington University (WA)

More photos from WWU's Earth Day Festival and Speaker Series

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:24 AM Recognizing 2017 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards (CUPSA) at SpringFest Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Recognizing campus and community leaders who advance sustainability values and initiatives with Cornell at the 2017 Cornell University University Partners in Sustainability (CUPSA) Award ceremony held during Springfest. Springfest is ...

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2017 ECU Earth Day Festival Membership Required

  • East Carolina University (NC)
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2017 ECU Earth Day Festival Membership Required

  • East Carolina University (NC)
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Earth Day Vendor Fair Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
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UMass Amherst Students Bike for Sustainable Smoothies on Earth Day Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

On Friday, April 21st, the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated Earth Day at the 47th annual Earth Day Festival. Various sustainability-related organizations on campus and in the greater Pioneer Valley ...

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EcoChallenge 2017 Winner Dinner Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

Each year, Berea College hosts the EcoChallenge, a competition among residence halls on campus to increase the amount of recycling produced by each student. In 2017, the factor of participation ...

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FIE Presents Re-imagining Sustainability: Creating Our Future Membership Required

  • FIE: Foundation for International Education (London)

As a higher education teaching tool, this video takes a journey through the myths, the truths, and the reality of sustainability in our world.

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Gina McCarthy heads to the "Beach" Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

Former Administrator of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, trys out a virtual reality project entitled "Beach," created by Harvard Graduate School of Design students at the Harvard Sustainability Showcase. "Beach" is ...

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Green Roof Dedication Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State President Eric Barron spoke at the dedication of the HUB Green Roof, 2014 class gift, on April 21.

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Eco Action tree planting Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State’s Eco Action chapter helped the Office of the Physical Plant (OPP) plant two red oak trees on Tuesday, April 25 along the President’s house driveway. They ...

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Cork drink coaster Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State Green Teams member Amber Redman is creating a drink coaster made from wine bottle corks at an event during Penn State’s multi-week Earth Day(s) 2017 celebration ...

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Ryerson Earth Day Fair Membership Required

  • Ryerson University (ON)

At Ryerson's Earth Day fair, students and staff were invited to get outdoors and participate in some fun activities including pollinators, cycling, seeds and more!

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T-shirt bags Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State Green Teams members Barbara Taylor and Ashli Baker are making reusable cloth bags from cotton t-shirts at an event during Penn State’s multi-week Earth Day(s) 2017 ...

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Treetop Picnic Membership Required

  • Montana State University (MT)

Our students decided to have a little fun with the picnic table. No trees were harmed in this prank.

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Earth Day 2017: Campus Program and Activities Membership Required

  • Bridgewater College (VA)
  1. Earth Day 2017 Celeberation on Campus
    • Tree planting ceremony *Pictures showing is part of an effort to raise awareness on campus about the ubiquitous nature of plastic in our lives ...
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EKU Earth Day Festival Membership Required

  • Eastern Kentucky University (KY)

Eastern Kentucky University held its 1st Earth Day Festival on April 26th to celebrate achievements made in sustainability and connect students with local and on-campus environmental organizations. The event featured ...

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Shred Right Recycling Event Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Students and community members brought 1,500 lbs of paper for shredding. The shredded material is recylced and made into low-quality paper products like paper towel. Since the event is ...

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UIC Growing Green Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Did you know that the University of Illinois at Chicago has been a designated as a Tree Campus USA since 2011? UIC is dedicated to the health and preservation of ...

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SMCC STEMS Club Earth Day Event Membership Required

  • South Mountain Community College (AZ)

This semester the STEMS club successfully built a bike charging station, built and flew racing drones, grew flowers in the greenhouse and are composting landscape waste. It was a great ...

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Give bees a chance! Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Portland Community College's sustainability director gives away pollinator education swag during Earth Week!

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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

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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

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
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NOLS

Lander, WY
Business Affiliate
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
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.

Textbooks for Change

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

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.