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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A Campus Wide Academic Sustainability Initiative at Dalhousie University Membership Required

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global concern for environment and sustainability is growing and new ways of thinking are needed to create solutions to the challenges we face. The Dalhousie University College of Sustainability is ...

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Community Energy Connection Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

CU Community Energy Connections (CEC) is a collaboration between the CU Environmental Center's Energy Program and the CU Environmental Justice Steering Committee. The CEC focuses on social justice and ...

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Campus Sustainability Participation and Policies by Operational Units Membership Required

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The focus of this research is the impact of mid-level operational decision makers and research faculty (MLD-RF) on campus sustainability initiatives. MLD-RF have technical expertise and a leadership role in ...

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Campus Metabolism - A Visual Education and Awareness Tool Supporting Conservation Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Arizona State University recognizes the importance of providing relevant information to engage their community as agents of change in its sustainability mission. The Campus Metabolism project is an effort to ...

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Building Collaborations Leading to Campus Sustainability: Bridgewater State University Center for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

The Center for Sustainability at Bridgewater State University (BSC) fosters the study and application of sustainable practices both on campus and throughout the region. The Center was developed as a ...

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Maximizing Student, Staff, and Faculty Synergies: The University of British Columbia SEEDS Program Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This presentation describes an award winning "greening the campus" program. SEEDS is the first academic program in Western Canada that brings together students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on developing ...

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A Case Study: Engaging Pomona College Students in an ACUPCC Climate Action Plan Membership Required

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • CTG Energetics, Inc. (CA)

As colleges and universities embark on a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the ACUPCC, they are faced with creating a process that will accurately assess the campus' energy ...

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NWF's Campus Environment 2008 National Survey Findings Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

It has been seven years since NWF Campus Ecology's last national survey, and much has changed in the landscape of campus environmental programs and practices. In early 2008, the ...

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Framing Sustainability using a Range of "Traditionally Conservative" approaches Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)

Given the relatively short time frame needed to gather support for sustainability and pressing concerns such as climate change, rapid buy-in from many sectors of society is needed, not just ...

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Teaching Sustainability Using an On-Farm Community Supported Agriculture framework Membership Required

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

An organic garden operated as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at New Mexico State University (NMSU) was used as the framework for teaching sustainability concepts. The CSA model of ...

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The Little Things that Administrators can do Membership Required

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Greening a campus is often viewed as accomplished through high profile intitatives that are based on campus-wide changes. As a dean at two different institutions I've found that the ...

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Institutionalizing Sustainability Across Your Campus Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)

Across the nation, in many institutions, sustainability directorships are being created but the path to developing a truly sustainable campus is unclear. Without direct reporting lines to many of the ...

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Planning to Move Beyond Climate-neutral: Supporting Students in Catalyzing Change. Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The need for comprehensive, integrated climate action is offering new avenues for collaboration and the formation of new partnerships. Nowhere is this more visible than on campuses, where collaboration among ...

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Sustainability In Action Membership Required

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

A case-study of the University Of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) Sustainability Initiatives. Included are areas of Waste Reduction Strategies, Energy Management,Green Purchasing,Transportation,Grounds Management,Green Buildings, Funding, Education ...

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Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Programs: From A to Z Membership Required

  • Barnard College (NY)
  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Student outreach is a goal of many sustainability programs. One model, using the peer to peer education approach, attempts to broaden the reach to all residential students. Often known as ...

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The Price of Reduction: A Comparative Analysis of the Cost-Benefit Perceptions of Reduction Initiatives Membership Required

  • Chatham University (PA)

This research contrasts the perceived benefits and costs of implementing two reduction initiatives (plastic bottle ban, pesticide ban) as perceived by key constituencies (students, faculty, administration). The two initiatives provide ...

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The 4.0 Initiative: An Action Plan for Sustainable Living on College Campuses Membership Required

  • Daemen College (NY)

College students have the power to change the way people think about the environment and sustainability, but many students do not yet realize this or aren't sure where to ...

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Sustainable Campus Certification Membership Required

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

The Sustainable Campuses is a Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) initiative that works to assist, empower and network college and university students working to make their schools more sustainable. Sustainable Campuses ...

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Furman University's Environmental Community of Students (ECOS) Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

In 2006 Furman University began its Environmental Community of Students (ECOS) Engaged Living program in which incoming, environmentally minded, first year students choose to live together and take two introductory ...

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The Furman University Green Guide to Sustainable Living Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has committed to establishing itself as a national environmental sustainability leader among college and university campuses. The university has been very proactive in supporting sustainability efforts on campus ...

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Growing Relationships Through Composting: A University Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a public, four-year institution with a 40,000 student enrollment. The campus population also includes more than 30,000 staff. In an effort to reduce ...

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Making it Personal: Targeted Outreach Climate Change and Energy Conservation Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

It's no surprise that students are more likely to take action on climate change if they understand it in the context of issues that affect and interest them personally ...

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Engaging Staff in Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Yale University (CT)

Traditionally, students have been the advocates for and initiators of environmental actions on college and university campuses. Increasingly however, staff members are engaging in the challenge of reducing the environmental ...

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Can Real-Time Dashboard Displays of Resource Use in Buildings and across campus facilities be used to build a community and a culture of stewardship? Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Lucid (CA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have undertaken comprehensive technological and management initiatives to improve campus energy and material use efficiency. Many schools have also undertaken educational programs designed ...

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Blueprint for University Campuses as Living Learning Laboratories of Sustainability Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

What role should higher education institutions play in implementing campus sustainability? Is it transforming campus facilities to become more sustainable or is it transforming the curriculum to incorporate sustainability principles ...

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Warm Data, Cool Earth or Unplug to Keep the Polar Bear Happy Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Faculty and students at Dartmouth College have created an animated real-time energy display system to encourage students to reduce electric use through behavior changes. What is unique about this system ...

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Assessing the Eco-Cottage Legacy at Furman University Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Since 2001, Furman University's 8-person Eco-Cottage has provided students the opportunity to measure their environmental impact and learn ways to minimize it. Started experimentally, the cottage has become a ...

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Using Tire Pressure Checks to Educate Students about Fuel Efficiency, Car Maintenance and Safety Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Like most colleges, Furman University experiences a mass exodus of students during breaks such as Thanksgiving and at the end of the Academic year. One of the easiest ways to ...

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Sustainability Attitudes and Behaviors of Incoming Freshmen at Juniata College Membership Required

  • Juniata College (PA)

Juniata College has been administering an environmental attitudes survey to incoming freshmen since 2005. The objective of the survey is to document students' attitudes and behaviors towards environmental issues. The ...

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Sustainability at Missouri State University: A Public Affair Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Missouri State University has a State wide Mission of "Public Affairs". Over the past several years, that mission has been explored through a Public Affairs Conference and various themes. In ...

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Activating Student Involvement: One Student's Journey from Bystander to Sustainability Leader Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

As a student, finding a niche on a commuter campus with an enrollment of over 27,000 is no easy task. It is easier to simply blend in and follow ...

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Use of a Wiki Site to Promote Sustainable Actions Among Students Membership Required

  • Utah State University (UT)

Utah State University's new Sustainability Council created an educational website. Wanting to engage students rather than simply educate them, we added a wiki component to the website using freely ...

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Maximizing Student Action on Campus Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Higher education institutions have been home to some of the most significant movements in history. Students recognize that there is strength in numbers and want to use their knowledge to ...

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Beyond Recycling: Oureach and Education Across Campus Membership Required

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

At Eastern Connecticut State University, we are committed to developing a culture of awareness with regard to recycling and environmental ethics. The Center for Sustainable Energy Studies works closely with ...

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The Furman Sustainable Agriculture Project Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

At a small liberal arts school in upstate South Carolina, a quarter acre garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers is being cultivated and promises to be integral to Furman ...

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We All Have a Part to Play: The Influence of Multiple Stakeholders on the Path to Operational Sustainability at Michigan State University Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Michigan State University is working to become a leader in sustainability initiatives among land grant universities in the United States. As part of that effort, there are multiple campus-based groups ...

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Being Spartan Green at MSU Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Want to mobilize a sustainable movement on your campus? We invite you to participate in a presentation that can help you get your campus moving onward or take your current ...

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North Carolina State University: Accomplishments and Commitments during the Year of Energy Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The administration at NC State University declared the 2008-9 academic year as the "Year of Energy." During the year, the University is accelerating the pace of moving towards the sustainable ...

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Student-Powered Sustainability at Pacific Lutheran University Membership Required

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) has taken up its role in the environmental movement by fostering environmental education as well as promoting environmental responsibility. One of PLU's most vital facets ...

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Starting a Successful, Student Organization for Sustainability. Membership Required

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Philadelphia University is a private, coed, regionally accredited school with 4-5 year degrees in the six different schools of, Science, Architecture, Design/Media, Engineering/ Textiles, and Liberal Arts. We have ...

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UCSC Sustainability Assessment Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The 2007 UCSC Sustainability Assessment was created to assess UCSC's current standing in sustainability and where UCSC could use improvement. This poster showcases the Assessment by explaining the process ...

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Recycling During Student Move In and Move Out Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Student Move In and Move Out are both times of heavy waste generation on most college campuses. The University of Colorado at Boulder has developed a means to divert tons ...

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Linking Difference, Defining Action: Sustainable Living on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

The signing of institutional commitments by American colleges and universities to advance sustainability and become carbon-neutral parallels the trend seen in the last decade toward creating sustainable campus housing. Similar ...

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Living Green, Learning Green: Applying Green Values to Housing and Across the University Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus is part of an attempt to transform not only the curriculum but also the daily lives of students ...

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Generating Campus-Wide Sustainability Innovation through Multiple Course Collaboration Membership Required

  • Western Illinois University (Il)

While campus sustainability initiatives are often motivated by students, these efforts can also begin as top-down strategic plans. In the latter case, how do post-secondary institutions engage their communities including ...

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Launching Web-Enabled, Real-Time, Energy Management Software in Campus Buildings at UBC Membership Required

  • AquaHealth, Inc.

This presentation will discuss the lessons learned in deploying an energy management software tool at the University of British Columbia. The University of British Columbia Sustainability Office partnered in the ...

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Sustainability Coalition Growth Model Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Students Act Now for Sustainability (SANS) is Arizona State University's new sustainability coalition whose goal is to build a base of sustainability in Arizona through action, outreach and education ...

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Flying Under the Radar: Quietly Transforming a Conservative Campus Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)

In 2004 Auburn University's sustainability task force received one-time funding for a demonstration sustainability initiative. Since then we have received year-to-year support for a "temporary" office. This presentation will ...

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Designing Green Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)

An annual competition of design students from Industrial Design that collaborate on designing a more sustainable world of products. By looking at past competitions and using methods of design, This ...

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One College's Grassroots Path to Sustainability Membership Required

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

CPCC's Center for Sustainability will present a discussion on how the college developed its current program from a grassroots process into a major "go-to" center for environmental education. Our ...

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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
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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
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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.