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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Building sustainable university-based community gardens: Volunteer perceptions of enablers and barriers to engagement and benefits received from volunteering in the Moving Feast

  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Portsmouth

Community gardens are receiving increasing attention as a source of locally available and sustainable food, and aim to increase food security. Engagement and commitment from the volunteer workforce in community ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Leadership of Heart and Mind: Examining the Mind and Skill Sets of Student Sustainability Leadership

  • University of New England (ME)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

The purpose of this comparative case study was to deepen the understanding of post-secondary student sustainability leaders’ motivations and identify the skills they have employed in order to inform the ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Examining the Relationships between Factors Influencing Environmental Behaviour among University Students

  • University of Eastern Finland

Education for sustainability may be seen as consisting of four dimensions: sensitivity and attitudes toward the environment, awareness and knowledge of the environment, environmentally friendly actions and participation. A questionnaire ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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On how business students’ personal values and sustainability conceptions impact their sustainability management orientation: Evidence from Germany, Indonesia and the USA

  • University of St. Gallen
  • National University of Singapore
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • University of Sussex (Sussex)

This paper aims to develop and empirically test a framework on how personal values and sustainability conceptions affect students’ sustainability management orientation (SMO). An understanding of this connection gives insight ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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The 5E Model of Environmental Engagement: Bringing Sustainability Change to Higher Education through Positive Psychology

  • Tel Aviv University
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel

What is the role of universities in advancing sustainability? This paper delineates a unique program for promoting sustainability that was applied in Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). The unique characteristics of ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Sustainability assessment of the service operations at seven higher education institutions in Brazil

  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

The objective of this paper is to test a procedure for assessing the adoption of sustainable practices in higher education technological institutions services, known as institutes of technology and polytechnic ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Piloting Sustainability in UVA Research Labs

  • University of Virginia (VA)

A one-year, comprehensive study in three campus research labs illustrates the benefits of small-scale infrastructural improvements paired with occupant engagement techniques . Lighting upgrades, equipment timers, and freezer set-points were targeted ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Boston University Earth Week

  • Boston University (MA)

In 2019 Boston University hosted its Ninth Annual Earth Week. Partnering with numerous area organizations, businesses, University departments, and student clubs, sustainability@BU put on several events to celebrate Earth ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up & Wildlife Shrub Seedling Planting

  • Cazenovia College (NY)

More than 35 people from Cazenovia College's Environmental Club and chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (volunteer/community service group), Trout Unlimited, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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EarthFest 2019 Cleveland State University

  • Cleveland State University (OH)

Over 30 exhibitors and a giant earth dome contribute to making EarthFest at CSU both fun and educational! Students gain stamps on their eco-passports by engaging with campus and community ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Day UTea Crush

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Justin Hays of The University of Texas at Austin’s Landscape Services provides information about U-Tea (pun intended)— compost tea made on campus and bottled in repurposed plastic containers—during ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Sustainability Quest

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Students Hula hooped 64 rotations for the 64 geothermal wells on University of Illinois at Chicago's campus! This was one of four stops on the Sustainability Quest to spread ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Day Celebration

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

University of Colorado Boulder Celebrates Earth Day

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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ACG Volunteers Reforest Mt. Hymettus!

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

In March, volunteers from The American College of Greece (ACG) got together for a great cause!

Over eighty community members – Deree and Pierce students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents – gathered ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Lettuce Bee Sustainable at Dominican University - River Forest, IL

  • Dominican University (IL)

Lettuce Bee Sustainable this Earth Day, Monday, April 22 from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Parmer Atrium.

• Build your own Salad in a Jar. • Taste test vegan Avocado ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Day Extravaganza

  • Auburn University (AL)

Earth Day Extravaganza on Auburn University's Campus Green Space to celebrate Earth Day!

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Bash the Trash Performance at Dominican College

  • Dominican College (NY)

Dominican College kicked off its Earth Week celebration with a performance of Bash the Trash. Bash the Trash builds, performs, and educates with musical instruments made from recycled and reused ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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MUSC Earth Day & Local Food Festival

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

On Wednesday April 10th, 2019 MUSC hosted the largest Earth Day event in the Charleston area. Running from 11am to 2pm on the MUSC Horseshoe, MUSC Earth Day and Local ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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CSI (College of Southern Idaho) 10th Annual Sustainability Fair

  • College of Southern Idaho (ID)

Picture of some of the thirty exhibitors at CSI's 10th Annual Sustainability Fair

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Week at St. Lawrence University

  • St. Lawrence University (NY)

This year, nearly a dozen student organizations came together to celebrate Earth Week with several campus events. The week started on Tuesday, April 16th with Mt. Trashmore, an art installation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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William & Mary Earth Day Festival 2019

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

Individuals celebrating Earth Day at the College of William & Mary through tabling, a butterfly tent, and photographs taken with the Lorax

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Day Reception & Award Ceremony

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The 11th Annual Earth Day Reception & Award Ceremony at Indiana University South Bend. The event took place Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm in the University Grill. The ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Month Activities

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Earth Day Fair

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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UVA Earth Week 2019

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Earth Week is a UVA tradition that celebrates the planet we all share. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were all invited to take part in over 27 events that ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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How Can Wolves & Ag Co-Exist? (Earth Day Event)

  • Feather River College (CA)

Feather River College's Sustainability Action Team hosts a Spring Sustainability Series. This year it culminated with an event called "How Can Wolves and Ag Co-Exist" in partnership with the ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Tarrant County College Southeast Campus Aquaponics Cultivation Center and Wildlife Development

  • Tarrant County College Southeast (TX)

This is a massive, on-going project that we have been developing as a committee over the past 2 years. Right now, I am in the process of developing 2 miles ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Connecting Academic and Administrative Units through Sustainability Professional Development

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate program was developed in 2017-18 to foster meaningful dialog and empower leadership in sustainability among campus employees. The program connects a diversity of departments and initiatives engaged ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Pro-Environmental Behavior of University Students: Influence of Cultural Differences

  • Istanbul Technical University
  • İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi

Responsible Consumption and Production, among the Sustainable Development Goals, indicates that humans should be aware of environmental problems which are to some extent, direct or indirect consequences of their behaviors ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Sustainably Developing Sustainability Programs and Curriculum

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The climate is changing in higher education today with unpredictable state funding, evolving student populations and dialog about sustainability of higher education itself. With the urgency for sustainable solutions to ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Examining the effect of an environmental social marketing intervention among university employees

  • University of Birmingham
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • Global Action Plan

This paper examines the impact of an environmental social marketing intervention on employees’ energy saving intentions in a higher education institution (HEI) in the UK. The study examines the influence ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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How Water Bottle Refill Stations Contribute to Campus Sustainability: A Case Study in Japan

  • Ritsumeikan University

The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of installing Water bottle Refill Stations (WRSs) and their contributions to campus sustainability by means of encouraging pro-environmental behavior in ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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Sulitest®: A Mixed-Method, Pilot Study of Assessment Impacts on Undergraduate Sustainability-related Learning and Motivation

  • Pittsburg State University (KS)

A United Nations international collaboration between the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) resulted in the creation of Sulitest® (aka Sustainability Literacy Test ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Cognitive and behavioural environmental concern among university students in a Canadian city: Implications for institutional interventions

  • University of Regina (SK)

Informed by Stern and colleagues’ value-belief-norm theory and their earlier empirical work, we examined levels and predictors of cognitive and behavioural environmental concern (EC) of university students in a Canadian ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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University Contributions to the Circular Economy: Professing the Hidden Curriculum

  • Cranfield School of Management

In a world dominated by linear economic systems, the road to improving resource use is multi-faceted. Whilst public and private organisations are making progress in introducing sustainable practices, we ask ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using SDG- and CEL-Focused Inventories to Transform Curriculum at the University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

The Expanded Student Engagement Project (ESE) has developed three comprehensive inventories which aim to increase student knowledge of sustainability-related course content and increase student engagement in on- and off-campus, curricular ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Competing priorities: lessons in engaging students to achieve energy savings in universities

  • De Montfort University
  • Imperial College London
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

This paper aims to present findings from an EU-funded international student-led energy saving competition (SAVES) on a scale previously unseen. There are multiple accounts of short-term projects and energy saving ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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PCC, Sustain Me! A Higher Education Sustainability & Environmental Justice Podcast

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This has been an ongoing project that has blossomed from a local/regional production and has now been promoted, recognized, listened to, and presentations have been given nationally and internationally ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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Central College Student Green Fund

  • Central College (IA)

What is Green Fund? The purpose of the Central College Student Green Fund is to promote innovative student projects that further the vision of sustainability at Central College.

Who can ...


Zero is Hero: Use a Zero Waste Events Program to Re-Teach Recycling

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Do you know how many events occur on your campus every year? Can you guess how many of those events use disposables? Do you have a hard time engaging your ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2019
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AIM2Flourish: An Experiential SDGs-Assignment for Students

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The UN SDGs are the world’s must-do list by 2030, and we need every student, everywhere to identify themselves as Global Goals leaders. Now in its third year, the ...

  • Posted Feb. 14, 2019
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Sustainability Fund

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

NC State students began contributing a sustainability fee per semester in fall 2013 following a student-led campaign that included pledges of support from more than 2,000 students and letters ...


Sustainability Fee

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Sustainability Fee is a student-led initiative to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities ...


Renewable Energy Initiative (REI)

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Appalachian State Renewable Energy Initiative is a student-led, student-funded organization that seeks to install renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on campus. Projects can be proposed by any student ...


Charlotte Green Initiative Fund

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

The Charlotte Green Initiative (CGI) is a student-led initiative that collects a $1 per semester Green Fee from each full-time UNC Charlotte student. These funds are allocated to projects that ...


Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF)

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Northwestern Sustainability Fund is a $50,000 pool established to catalyze Northwestern student engagement in energy and sustainability. The Northwestern Sustainability Fund (NSF) provides one-time grant funds for student-led ...


Green for Green

  • Mills College (CA)

Green for Green is a student-led initiative to encourage students to be actively involved in Mills sustainability. Green for Green is a student controlled grant program specifically set aside for ...


Student Sustainability Fund

  • Clark University (MA)

The Student Sustainability Fund is a resource for the advancement of sustainable practices, education, and infrastructure within the Clark community. It supports student-designed, student-led projects to improve campus sustainability.


Green Fund

  • Loyola University Maryland (MD)

In February 2014, the Senate of the Student Government Association of Loyola University Maryland approved a $2,000 budget line to a new “Green Fund” initiative to go towards sustainability ...


STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Engagement

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2019
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Stakeholder Perceptions of Campus Sustainability Efforts: Lessons from Vermont

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Universities have begun to officially recognize advancing sustainability as an institutional goal. This paper reports on research on students’ awareness, attitudes, and behaviors at the University of Vermont as a ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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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

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.

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.

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
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
Business Affiliate

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
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.

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.