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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Ola Niuhelewai

  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)

“Ola Niuhelewai!” Niuhelewai Lives! Ola Niuhelewai is a five-year project (10/1/2020 to 9/30/2025) entirely funded by a U.S. DOE Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions ...


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Campus Sustainability’s Secret Sauce – Athletes

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (MA)
  • Switch4Good inc. (CA)
  • Food System Innovations (CA)

Athletics teams can be sustainability’s secret sauce. College athletes are often treated like celebrities, making them powerful influencers for catalyzing campus-wide change and rallying enthusiasm for bold sustainability initiatives ...

  • Posted Aug. 31, 2023
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Sustainable Food Production at Yale

  • Yale University (CT)

Yale is being recognized as a Top Performer in the category of Diversity & Affordability in the 2023 SCI.


Honolulu Community College: SCI 2023

  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)

Student success and wellbeing initiative - Funded by a US Department of Education grant through 2025, the Ola Niuhelewai Program at University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College aims to increase Native ...


University of New Hampshire - 2023 Sustainable Campus Index

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sustainability fellowship - The Sustainability Fellowship at University of New Hampshire pairs undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates (grad students and recent grads) from UNH and universities across the United States with municipal ...


John Brong Planting Day at CCU

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Each year, the CCU community will comes together for a day of service to honor the life of the late John Brong, who served as the CCU greenhouse manager for ...


Zero Waste Football (Horizontal and Vertical Image)

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Every Chanticleer home football game is a zero-waste initiative. The goal of this effort is to divert as much waste as possible from each CCU home football game. We do ...


Central Community College-Hastings Fall Friday Bike Ride

  • Central Community College (NE)

CCC's environmental sustainability office held a bike ride from the Hastings Campus to the wind turbine in 2020. The activity was to stress the importance of alternate transportation and ...


Central Community College-Grand Island Pollinator Garden

  • Central Community College (NE)

CCC Environmental Sustainability Director Ben Newton conducts a tour of the pollinator garden at the Grand Island Campus.


Year of Water

  • Cornell University (NY)

Water Resources Institute’s Year of Water – an educational effort to inform students and Tompkins County residents.


FIEUS

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The Student Investment Fund of the Université de Sherbrooke (FIEUS) is a responsible fund for close to one million dollars for the benefit of the University. It is managed by ...


Young African Leaders find inspiration, confidence at Cornell

  • Cornell University (NY)

The Cornell Einaudi Center and Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy welcomed 25 of Africa's most promising emerging public management leaders to campus this summer for a six-week ...


Free professional wardrobe(s)

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell Wardrobe, a student-run organization, The Wardrobe provides attire for ‘any student, any opportunity


Nation's first university residence hall established to celebrate American Indian culture and heritage

  • Cornell University (NY)

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program


The Welcome Bazaar

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

Since 2016, the Université de Sherbrooke has organized the Welcome Bazaar, an event that promotes peer-to-peer exchange within the university community and thus encourages the use of second-hand goods. The ...


Staff Day

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The Université de Sherbrooke Staff Day is an annual development day organized for all employees. Several sports (on the picture : yoga), social, and cultural activities are held with the aim ...


Ruche campus

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

A student beekeeper from the Ruche Campus student group of the Université de Sherbrooke checks the condition of one of the campus hives. Made up of student volunteers, Ruche Campus ...


Hope Forward - A pay-it-forward model for tuition - Hope College

  • Hope College (MI)

A pay-it-forward model for tuition - Hope Forward is a tuition model at Hope College where students fund their education through gifts after graduation rather than paying for college through tuition ...


Acadia Receives Organic Campus Designation

  • Acadia University (NS)

Acadia University receives its Organic Campus Certificate from the Canada Organic Trade Association making it the first university in Canada to earn the national designation.


Brandeis Year of Climate Action infographic

  • Brandeis University (MA)

Infographic with details about Brandeis' Year of Climate Action


Colorado State University Photos for 2023 SCI

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Academic, engagement, and research photos submitted for use in the 2023 SCI.


"One Sheet-One Leaf" project

  • Western Caspian University (Bakı)

Western Caspian University teachers and students organised a three-day training event within the framework of the "One Sheet-One Leaf" project, which won the "Make the Idea 2022" Grant Contest.


RVCC's new greenhouse

  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

Donors to the RVCC Foundation funded the construction of a new campus greenhouse, which is devoted to student education. Environmental Science students, Environmental Club members, and Center for Environmental Studies ...


Environmental Science major learns horticulture first-hand

  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

One of RVCC's Center for Environmental Studies interns growing native plants in the original campus greenhouse.


A campus where it's good to be

  • Université Laval (QC)

Social cohesion is important for sustainable development. Every year, the University organizes activities at the start of the academic year to encourage people to take ownership of the campus and ...


Outside yoga activities

  • Université Laval (QC)

In the wake of the pandemic, Université Laval set up a number of outdoor initiatives to encourage the community to take ownership of their campus. Depending of the season, different ...


Colgate Student Sustainability Consortium Fall 2022 Summit

  • Colgate University (NY)

Gathering of student sustainability leaders to coordinate and plan for ways to advance the practice of sustainability on Colgate University's campus.


Greening the Bottom Line: Advancing Institutional Sustainability Goals With Green Revolving Funds

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Greening the Bottom Line: Advancing Institutional Sustainability Goals with Green Revolving Funds tracks the latest trends and highlights best practices to enable more institutions and communities to learn about and ...

  • Posted Aug. 17, 2023
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Aligning with Place: A case study in xeriscaping at Gonzaga University's Office of Sustainability.

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

This project's goal was to xeriscape the front lawn of the Office of Sustainability, transforming it from a grass lawn into a lawn with mulch and drought-tolerant plants. The ...

  • Posted July 17, 2023
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Sustainability Tour of the Yale Farm

  • Yale University (CT)

As part of Celebrate Sustainability Week at Yale in October 2022, the Yale Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Office of International Students & Scholars, organized a “Lunch and ...


Reducing students’ ecological footprints through self-developed interventions

  • Nelson Mandela University (Eastern Cape)
  • University of Pretoria

An increasing emphasis on taking personal responsibility for making changes to address climate change and support sustainable development is hindered by the limited tools and guidance available that enable the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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At the moment of disposal: how messaging techniques at university public outdoor waste receptacles can improve the solid waste stream

  • University of Florida (FL)

Purpose: This study aims to test how waste disposal behaviors can be changed such as higher recycling diversion and lower contamination rates using signage and messaging techniques at public outdoor ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Bottom-up approach: the participation of Fridays For Future in the climate emergency declaration in the University of Salamanca

  • Universidad de Salamanca

Purpose: This study aims to describe the process leading the climate emergency declaration (CED) at the University of Salamanca. In contrast to similar initiatives, this was achieved with the participation ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Climate change education in China: a pioneering case of its implementation in tertiary education and its effects on students’ beliefs and attitudes

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Purpose: In view of a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of climate change education (CCE) in China, this study aims to evaluate if a CCE course newly designed based ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Relationships Between Institutional Agents and Student Activists

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of West Georgia (GA)

Researchers studying college student activism have learned much about those students’ motivations, tactics, and educational outcomes. Less is known about the relationships between activists and key institutional agents. For student ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Using Strategies Elites Understand: Divestment as an Approach to Social Change

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

Over the past 50 years, student activists and community organizers on college campuses have advocated for divestment as a strategy to enact necessary change. These activists and organizers are often ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Bottled vs tap water perceptions, choices and recommendations in a US Midwest university community

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

Purpose:This study aims to determine preference and concerns regarding tap vs bottled water and recommendations to increase tap water use in a US Midwest university. The authors propose interventions ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Environmental and Climate Impact Perceptions in University Students: Sustainability Motivations and Perceptions Correspond with Lower Red Meat Intake

  • Merrimack College (MA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD)

Background: Red meat production is a leading contributor to food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Decreasing red meat intake can mitigate climate change and lower risk of diet-related diseases. Objective: The goal ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Sustainability training at Spanish public faculties of education: a virtual ethnography

  • Universidad de Oviedo (Asturias)
  • University of Malaga (Malaga)

Various institutional statements and official documents refer to the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability training. This should imply a university education in these values, considering that those who are going ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Life purposes: Comparing higher education students in four institutions in the Netherlands and Finland

  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Universiteit voor Humanistiek

Universities worldwide are beginning to counter the prevailing neo-liberal ideology by paying renewed attention to the moral development of students and fostering their life purposes. This mixed methods study investigates ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Valuation of student-led agricultural activities at university: comparison of willingness to pay with inferred values

  • Ritsumeikan University

Agricultural fields in university campuses can improve urban nutrition security, increase greenery, and provide opportunities for students to grow crops and enhance self-management skills. We conducted student surveys among freshmen ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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An assessment of attitudes and perceptions of international university students on climate change

  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Beira Interior
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Addis Ababa University

Universities have an unrivaled potential to educate students on climate change issues and to actively engage them in climate affairs, both as citizens and influencers of future professions. Despite this ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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An analysis of students’ attitudes and behaviors toward on-campus sustainable dining initiatives

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine students’ attitudes toward sustainable dining. It aims to identify the level of importance that students place on specific on-campus sustainable dining ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Assessing sustainability knowledge for undergraduate students in different academic programs and settings

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (WI)

Purpose: As sustainability teaching and learning rises in importance, an increasing number of higher education institutions (HEIs) are assessing the effectiveness of their approach to sustainability education. However, most assessments ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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How to increase students' motivation to engage in university initiatives towards environmental sustainability

  • Universitat de València
  • Universidad Tecnica del Norte

Nowadays, it is of vital importance to make students aware of the problems that can be generated by the deterioration of the environment. The purpose of this study is to ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Sustainability infrastructure insights from a campus sustainability survey

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The physical and social infrastructure of an environment influences the ability of that place to be sustainable. To evaluate the sustainability culture and literacy of a university environment, a campus ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Student perceptions and interests in sustainability: differences among student groups and impact on student sustainability program participation

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Purpose: This study aims to examine factors that impact participation of diverse university students in an academic sustainability certificate and Office of Sustainability internships at the University of Georgia, recognizing ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Generating students’ loyalty towards the sustainable university during the later COVID-19 pandemic

  • Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai

Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous changes in society. Universities were among the few organisations with some previous knowledge of online education, being able to rapidly adapt by transferring ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Is the grass always greener? Access to campus green spaces can boost students’ sense of belonging

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Purpose: An important facet of student’s sense of belonging is students’ relationships with, and time spent in, the university campus. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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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.

All responses reference content from reports under the latest version of STARS, version 2.2. AASHE membership and log-in is required.

EN 1: Student Educators Program

EN 2: Student Orientation

EN 3: Student Life

EN 4: Student Life

EN 5: Student Life

EN 6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

EN 7: Employee Educators Program

EN 8: Employee Orientation

EN 9: Staff Professional Development & Training

Additional analysis on scores and quantitative fields can be conducted using the STARS Benchmarking Tool.

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