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 Energy Challenge at IUPUI

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

The IUPUI Energy Challenge is a brand-new engagement program between the buildings on campus to reduce their energy use. This is achieved through encouraging behavior changes of the people who ...

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Making the Case for Campus-Wide Energy Monitoring and Student-Led Initiatives for Implementation

  • Creighton University (NE)

We present the case for campus-wide energy monitoring, a community-engaged energy dashboard, and how these initiatives become feasible with student leadership. At Creighton University, we have developed a holistic, detailed ...

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Data, Data, Data: Longitudinal Importance of Assessing Student Energy Behaviors

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • NORESCO (NC)

UMass Dartmouth has partnered with NORESCO for eight years on a behavior change program called Energy Conservation Through Behavior Change® as a part of a larger energy savings project. The ...

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Vampire Energy Slayers 2.0

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The Vampire Energy Slayers program was first developed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). At the University of San Diego, we have embraced the program and aim ...

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University of Denver's Renter Efficiency Program for Students

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Renter Efficiency Program for Students (REPS), at the University of Denver, provides free energy audits to students who rent off campus. The audits consist of teaching the tenants about ...

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Using Technology to Achieve Sustainability

  • University of Mississippi (MS)

Numerous academic and residential buildings, thousands of people subsisting together, and various facilities to support the establishment, it won't be wrong to compare a college campus to a small ...

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Energy Performance Improvement: Energy Savings and Occupant Awareness Program at Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Utilities & Energy Services (UES) Division at Texas A&M University strives to bridge the gap between implementing energy conservation measures and its success through increasing occupant engagement and empowerment. UES ...

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An In-House Energy Dashboard: Challenges and Achievements from Oregon State University

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Digital energy dashboards have proven to be a convenient tool for energy data management, analysis and reporting. Dashboard software can be leveraged to not only support campus operations, but also ...

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Incorporating Stakeholder Values: Assessing Renewable Energy Options at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

To determine options for renewable energy development and procurement, the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University (PSU) turned to it's Living Lab program to engage students in this ...

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Committing your campus to 100% renewable energy

  • Environment America (MA)

It's 2019. We have the power to harness clean, abundant energy from the sun and the wind, and we can do it more efficiently and cheaply than ever before ...

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Social Justice Connections: Mapping Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on Campus and in the Community

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Examining connections between sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts is essential for advancing environmental sustainability and social justice together. The AASHE Advisory Council's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee ...

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Tokenism versus authentic inclusion: Evaluating equity efforts within sustainability programs

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Colleges and universities can be key players in increasing DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) in traditional environmental careers and pathways. But how well are we serving our students of color ...

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Social Incubators in Sustainability Projects for Stronger Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Social incubators are an effective inclusion practice for sustainability initiatives, building social capital and social networks that can raise up submerged voices and counter hidden entitlement networks. Through research over ...

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Considering Low-Income Students in Sustainability

  • Central Community College (NE)

Lower-income students are more likely to feel the impacts of climate change and are less likely to be major contributors of carbon emissions. Despite this, many climate change solutions focus ...

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Digging In: Specific Examples of Including Diversity in Sustainability Work

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Central College (IA)

We all have to make sure the sustainability movement is not a white, elitist movement. Join two Sustainability Directors as they share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned through integrating ...

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Document & Web Accessibility: Making Content Available to All

  • Cornell University (NY)

Most sustainability offices use websites and other online resources as a low-impact way share information - but common design choices and technology flaws make many websites, PDFs, videos, and other online-content ...

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Diversity, and Inclusion on Campus: Designing Student Engagement

  • DLR Group (WA)

The presentation will create a dialogue of how the built environment intersects with minority student groups on campus and how planning and visioning helped bring to life two institutes at ...

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Integrating Contemplative Practice, Social Justice and Sustainability as a Unified Model

  • Naropa University (CO)

Humanity is at a crisis point. Numerous indicators across a plurality of domains - including skyrocketing depression and substance abuse, economic inequality, climate change, and fisheries collapse - demonstrate that our systems ...

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Award Winner Session: Creating an SDG Based Course Inventory & Sustainability Pathways at the University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The Expanded Student Engagement Project (ESE) at the University of Toronto (UofT) has been awarded AASHE's 2019 Campus Sustainability Research Award for authoring 'Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using ...

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Getting Credit: Partnerships between Sustainability Offices and Academic Departments

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

This poster gives an overview of UMass Amherst's Sustainability Fellowship Program, which began in 2009. Fellows are compensated with three academic credits per semester (awarded by the Department of ...

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What do Students Know, Think, Feel, and do about Sustainability and Climate Change?

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This session describes three separate but coordinated projects within the University of Hawaii System: a survey, a focus group study, and an assessment pilot project. Moderated for synthesis, each panelist ...

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Design Your Own Ecovillage: Playing the Ecovillage Game to Explore Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Potsdam (NY)

Ecovillages are living laboratories of sustainability and they can be found all over the world. They are intentional or traditional communities 'using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic ...

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Award Winner Session: Food Waste Digester Project: An Ongoing Collaborative Project Model for Experiential Student Learning

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)

This presentation will focus on The CGCC Food Waste Recycling Project, a grant-funded campus-wide ongoing collaborative project that offers deep, cross-disciplinary, experiential student learning via an innovative solution for CGCC ...

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Developing Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Eureka College (IL)
  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

With undergraduate enrollment ranging from under 450 to 2,500 and total full-time faculty sizes from 40 to 150, small liberal arts colleges experience a number of challenges to implementing ...

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Narratives of relatedness: Engaging metaphor, story, and contemplative practices for economic change

  • Portland State University (OR)

The current dominant economy is rooted in patterns of extraction, destruction, scarcity, and disconnection with the living earth. These capitalist patterns have shaped our dominant culture, institutions, and our ways ...

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Breaking the Silos: Increasing the awareness and adoption of Green Chemistry across disciplines

  • Beyond Benign (MA)
  • State of Washington (WA)

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that use and generate less hazardous materials. In practice, green chemistry can result in tremendous benefits such as the reduction ...

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Sustainability Curriculum: Status Quo or Transformation?

  • Ripon College (WI)

In the last several years, we have witnessed a growing number of sustainability undergraduate programs across the United States. Often stemming from the work of existing departments, these programs address ...

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Ripon College Catalyst: Sustainable Futures Through General Curriculum

  • Ripon College (WI)

Higher education will play an important role in equipping students with knowledge and competencies to address environmental and social problems as well as preparing them for civic engagement and the ...

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Preparing Students for Success Through Sustainability Competencies, Community and Hope

  • University of Georgia (GA)

As sustainability educators we need to prepare students to address the challenges of sustainability in every field and for positions that have not even been developed yet. In addition to ...

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Catalyzing Careers in Sustainability: Benefits of Community Engaged Course Design

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

As Nathan Hensley of Bowling Green State University described in the March 24, 2017 issue of The Journal of Sustainability Education, sustainability education should be based on 'transformative, experiential, and ...

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Growing Strong Leaders: A Collaborative Approach

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Sustainability problems are intersectional and multi-faceted. Solving these problems will require collaboration between stakeholders working in different sectors and communities, and using different strategies. Our approach to training changemakers and ...

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Advancing University Sustainability via a Co-Creative Process of Assessing Barriers & Change Drivers

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Higher education institutions increasingly aim to integrate sustainability at all levels including students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. However, universities also face barriers to enacting change towards greater sustainability ...

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Strategies for Engaging Students in Meeting Operational Sustainability Goals

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Middlebury College (VT)

Many colleges and universities either have or strive to develop sustainability plans or goals that are implementable, while still allowing them to achieve their educational mission. At Dartmouth College, Middlebury ...

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Campus As A Living Lab: Integrating Academics and Facility Operations to Work Toward Common Goals

  • University of Utah (UT)

It is an often understood idea that campuses across the nation allow themselves to become a laboratory for student ideas, especially in the field of applied sustainability. Unfortunately, larger universities ...

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Utilizing Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Techniques to Maximize Sustainability

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

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Charting the Course for Sustainability at a New Campus: Utilizing Strategic Planning

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

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Colorado Sustainability Networking Meeting

  • University of Denver (CO)

Calling all students, staff, and others who work on Sustainability across Colorado Colleges and Universities! Let's get together and talk shop!

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Co-Creating: More Than Just a Plan

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Instead of another long Climate Action Plan that no one typically reads (as we experienced with our 2010 and 2015 Climate Action Plans), when the time came to update our ...

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Sustainability Misconceptions in Higher Education: How AASHE STARS Reporting May Drive Innovation

  • Indiana University Southeast (IN)

Institutions of Higher Education have the capacity and capability to become leaders in sustainability, and potential agents of change. Sustainability conversations have been occurring at colleges and universities over the ...

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How to Develop a Comprehensive Communication Plan for Sustainability Offices in Higher Education

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Your sustainability office might be doing exceptional work, but how do you manage your promotional efforts throughout campus and the community to tell your story? We will provide a guide ...

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Shaping The Future Environmentally Sustainable Campus: What's Planning Got To Do With It?

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

As universities embark on large-scale planning efforts to consider new and renovated sites, buildings, and landscape; upgrade large infrastructure systems and utilities; design with new partnerships and ways to finance ...

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Passions to Projects: Utilizing Campus Resources and Creating Sustainable Relationships

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

Our presentation, Passions to Projects: Utilizing Campus Resources and Creating Sustainable Relationships is aimed at providing students with the tools and tips necessary to turn their passions into projects and ...

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Rad Recruitment and Retention of Peer to Peer Educators

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

The primary focus of this presentation is to share the successful strategies for a peer to peer sustainability educator program through the two key components of recruitment and retention, with ...

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Developing Effective Collaboration Among Students, Staff and Faculty to Advance Sustainability

  • Connecticut College (CT)

For sustainability efforts to truly make lasting change on our campuses, we need support from students, faculty and staff. Each of these groups holds different power and influence on the ...

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Advancing Campus Sustainability Through Strong Partnerships

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

CSU Northridge has achieved remarkable success in advancing sustainability through strong partnerships across campus. Some projects that seem challenging to implement may simply require asking questions and framing ideas in ...

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Sustainability "Offices of One"

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

We all know that Sustainability Coordinators are amazingly talented and highly motivated. We can do anything, right? Well, the truth is that we cannot do EVERYTHING; and yet so many ...

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Utilizing STARS for Shared Language and Data-Focused Collaboration: A Replicable Model

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

In order to make progress campuses must be able to benchmark themselves and utilize that data to make informed decisions. This becomes exponentially important when campuses across a university system ...

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Sustainability Reporting at Universities with Multiple Platforms

  • Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

With the addition of online students, many schools now have over 100,000 students spread across multiple platforms. While much has been said about the academics of these institutions, fewer ...

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Tools and Strategies for Successful Living Lab Projects

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Tufts University (MA)

The campus and surrounding community are rich with learning opportunities. Ideas and passion for sustainability efforts, particularly among students, abound. Yet, the tools by which to ensure projects align with ...

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Sustainability 2.0: How the REFOCUS Method is Enabling AASHE Members to Lead Deeper Change

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • REFOCUS (ON)

Many institutions are entering a 'Sustainability 2.0' phase, where offices have been established for up to ten years and topics such as recycling, composting, Eco-Reps, active transportation, etc. have ...

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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.