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 Zero-Waste Campus is Possible

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop, students are asked to envision what a zero waste campus would look like. We break the room into groups and give them time to draw or map ...

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Fostering Student Leadership for Zero Waste Campuses

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

The focus of this Think Tank will be to progress the vision of Zero Waste campuses. Highlighting the importance of student involvement in these initiatives, we will troubleshoot the perceived ...

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Developing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste and Yard Sale Program

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In 2010, after seeing dumpsters overflowing with thousands of usable materials during the previous year's move-out, I founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program as a sophomore. As students ...

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Planting the AASHE Seed: Applying the Conference Experience to Your University

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have attended AASHE conferences for many years and have had great success in implementing ideas and materials encountered at the conference. Using our ...

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Tarleton State University Eco-Reps

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

First sustainability based organization on campus. So the poster will cover the challenges faced by starting an organization like this in rural Texas, ideas to further membership/outreach, involving various ...

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Sustainable Natural Fertilizer Initiative: A solar-powered, rainwater-fueled vermiculture and tea brewing system!

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (AL)

This was a student-led Green Fund project aimed at replacing all commercial fertilizers used on campus with compost tea. Students across multiple departments worked alongside university researchers, student organizations, the ...

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Compost Diplomacy and Harvesting the Waste of Nations

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The student-run compost program at the University of Arizona provides a model for how institutions of higher education can engage profoundly with their communities and the social and environmental challenges ...

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Student Perceptions of the Temporal Domain of Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability is 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. The temporal domain of 'future generations' and thus ...

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Nature Village: Engaging Multicultural Families in a Collegiate Setting

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

University Village (UV) is a housing complex located in Albany, California, a city that borders Berkeley, which currently provides housing for 974 families with 2,718 total residents. Many of ...

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Engaging Bike Commuters in All Seasons with a Fun and Friendly Challenge

  • University of Iowa (IA)

This presentation will show how the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability created two bike challenges as fun way engage bicyclists and encourage alternative transportation on campus. The Winter Warrior ...

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Sustainability Challenge Grants - Leveraging diverse funding sources to secure $100,000 for interdisciplinary projects at UK

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Sustainability Challenge Grant program was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic ...

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Pick It Up! Trash talk, a garden gnome and the push to eliminate litter at the University of Kentucky.

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Litter is a unique campus challenge with a diverse and unpredictable set of causes and contributing factors. It can also be a black eye for any campus. Pick It Up ...

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Prolonged Engagement: Growing a Culture of Sustainability within a Student Body

  • University of Louisville (KY)

How do we engage our students around sustainability, when their primary focus is on their college experience? How do we get them to care about a sustainable future for the ...

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Sustainability education: A campus-wide study guiding an all unit strategic approach at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

A team of faculty and staff who were working on sustainability education across the UMD campus conducted an all campus survey (N=1700) to meet the Chancellor's Strategic Initiative ...

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Engaging Beyond the Sustainability Circle

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Our universities have the potential to create diverse ways of producing sustainable change both on and off campus. This student summit presentation would be a collaborative brainstorm cafe of ways ...

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University of Missouri Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group: What's Our Potential?

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students and staff at the University of Missouri (MU) created the Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group (ESSAG) in 2012 to explore coal-free technologies for our on-site energy management facility. Through ...

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Earthstock: Four Weeks to Learn and Grow

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Earthstock is a campus-wide celebration of Earth Day throughout the month of April inspired by the iconic Woodstock music festival. Spearheaded by the student government's Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC ...

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A Conversation About Meaningful Metrics and Developing Credibility Within the University

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The intention of this session is to have a discussion about how to develop metrics for sustainability that a variety of campus constituents will understand and value within your institution ...

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A New Way to Turn Trash Into Cash - The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Winner of the 2014 Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with 10,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students, the University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (USD ERC ...

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Using Social Media to Promote Sustainable Efforts

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Because of the general lack of awareness, implementing a Sustainability Program or new sustainability courses is a daunting task. I have been working with Dr. Meghann Jarchow and USD's ...

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Earth Week 2015 at the University of Virginia: A Story of Collaboration and Sustaina-fication

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Earth Week is a week-long celebration of the progress and passion for sustainability, the environment, and our community. It is an educational, fun, and upbeat way to bring environmental consciousness ...

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Revitalizing Student Outreach

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Student outreach bridges the gap between sustainability administration and the larger student body, but sometimes communication between the two sides is ineffective or unclear. At the University of Virginia, the ...

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Advancing Mutual FM/Academic Goals through Strategic Partnerships

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Universities have long been places for intense dialogue about sustainability issues. However, the emerging paradigm is that dialogue alone is insufficient for addressing the challenges of environmental, economic, and social ...

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Measuring Attitudes of and Engagement with Sustainability on a Conservative Campus

  • Utah State University (UT)

Having worked within sustainability offices at Utah State University (USU), we have learned the necessity of a knowledge-based approach to encouraging a new environmental ethic. We plan to bring such ...

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Multiplying Impact: Shifting Culture and Driving Outcomes through Network Management

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Human capital is our greatest asset and an integral part of the change process, with individuals ready to serve as catalysts in departments, offices, labs, and peer groups throughout any ...

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Lights Out!

  • Wells College (NY)

I was part of a small group of students assigned the topic of 'Energy Usage' as a project in our Psychology of Environmental Sustainability Class. We wanted to measure the ...

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Transforming Campus Sustainability & Education: The Student-Led Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The student initiated, funded, & led Renewable Energy Initiative transformed higher education at Appalachian State University. The ASUREI strives to reduce the environmental impact of ASU through the implementation of ...

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The Proactive Sustainability Council

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you engage faculty, staff, and students in a Sustainability Council? What initiatives take place in a successful Council? How do you keep the momentum? These questions and more ...

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Preaching to the Choir: Why Faith Based Institutions Must Use Their Unique Positioning to Change the Game

  • Baylor University (TX)

Faith based institutions are uniquely positioned to reach an audience of people that secular institutions are not as well equipped to address. Failing to integrate a faith based institution's ...

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Striking a Balance Between Growth and Engagement: A Case Study of the Student Internship Program at the College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As sustainability continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the country, institutions across the US are working to develop internship programs to meet the needs of both ...

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Sense of Place Programming for Incoming Students

  • Colorado College (CO)

Incoming students at Colorado College arrive a week before regular classes start in order to participate in three days of New Student Orientation (NSO) and four days of field-based service ...

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Beyond the Dining Hall: furthering sustainability initiatives in dining services by involving student groups and classes

  • Denison University (OH)

There are wonderful things happening with sustainability in the world of food and campus dining, but too often these initiatives stay within operations, never leaving the dining halls or involving ...

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Tiny House College Life: No Dorm, No Debt, No Environmental Degradation

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Why wait to be sustainable? Why pay excessive room and board while having a stagnant, unyielding carbon footprint? The tiny house movement is growing in strength as this life style ...

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Internet2 pilot program case study: Innova EV Car Share

  • Innova EV (IL)

In this session, Innova UEV Founder, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer Roman Kuropas will chronicle the Internet2 competition that led to a pilot EV Car Share program at four leading ...

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Green Office Certification at Lane Community College

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Many colleges and universities have Green Office Certifications. These programs can be complicated, time-consuming, and confusing. They can also be overly simplistic and not result in any meaningful changes. Lane ...

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Developing a sustainability brand and visual identity guide for your campus

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In this workshop, participants will learn to develop and apply an unique sustainability brand and visual identity for their campus. We will discuss strategies for leveraging this brand to engage ...

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No Impact Meal: A Guide to an Interactive Cooking Experience of Food Sustainability and Social Justice

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

The case study focuses on the journey of the No Impact Meal from the narrative, 'No Impact Man,' to a First-Year Convocation Picnic, and ultimately an intimate, interactive food experience ...

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Spreading the Word: Effective Communication on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

Effective communication is essential in promoting and running any sustainability initiative. Every day, institutions are coming up with projects that further our energy efficiency, connect us to local food systems ...

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Saving energy at Macalester: Research on dormitory energy consumption displays

  • Macalester College (MN)

Macalester College is committed to reducing its energy consumption and reaching carbon neutrality by 2025. With this goal in mind, the Macalester College Sustainability Office has established a partnership with ...

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E-Waste and a Smart(er) Triple Bottom Line: Campus Electronic Waste Management, Natural Security User Challenges & Social Media Opportunities

  • Maryville College (TN)

Mobile 'smart' phone electronic (E) waste remains among the fastest growing waste streams in the United States and the world. North American Colleges and Universities need to refocus their campus-wide ...

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Gamifying getting around

  • My Open Road (CA)

How to encourage the use of alternative transportation both on and off campus through social competition and reward incentives.

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Higher Education Networking Event for Florida Student Leaders and Organizations

  • Nova Southeastern University (FL)

My name is Sanne Siska, and I am president of Green Sharks, The NSU Student Sustainability Club. Parting from this year's theme 'Transforming Sustainability Education', at Nova Southeastern University ...

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Feeding Two Birds with One Scone: Building Sustainable Communities and Student Leaders through Place-based Projects

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to assist local communities to address climate mitigation and adaption by translating research into practice. Colleges and universities also have a moral obligation ...

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Overcoming the Hostile Environment: Steps to Incorporating Sustainability at a Reluctant Institution and in a Divided Community

  • Prescott College (AZ)

At first glance, the small liberal arts college where I teach and the St. Louis Metro region do not seem to have much in common: one is a predominately white ...

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Finance 101: How can Campus Sustainability Officers and Business Officers Speak the Same Language?

  • Second Nature (MA)

Campus sustainability professionals must frequently build the business case for campus sustainability projects. While they are well versed in environmental issues, communication strategy, and other planning skills, greater knowledge of ...

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All About No Waste: Using Pop Culture to Engage Students in Sustainability

  • Stanford University (CA)

Each year, Stanford University competes against hundreds of universities in RecycleMania, a national competition to increase recycling and composting and reduce waste on campus. Headed into the ninth year of ...

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Fostering Sustainability Engagement: My Cardinal Green

  • Stanford University (CA)

Founded in 2008, Stanford's Office of Sustainability aims to expand upon the success of infrastructure innovation to educate and engage the campus community through seasonal, targeted conservation efforts: Cardinal ...

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Use This, Not That: Best Practices in Green Event Consulting

  • Stanford University (CA)

For the past 30 years, Stanford has designed and implemented innovative, campus-wide infrastructural programs to address sustainability in energy, water, waste and building efficiency. Stanford's Office of Sustainability, founded ...

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Building a Campus-Wide Sustainability Network from the Ground Up, a Case Study

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

In this presentation I will detail the work and progress made in developing our campus sustainability structure. At SUNY Geneseo, sustainability has been part of the conversation on campus for ...

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Student Sustainability Centers and Offices' 3 R's: Resources, Roles, and Revenue

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This round table session seeks to share the successes, challenges, and lessons learned related to founding and managing student focused sustainability resource centers. Discussion topics will include: Topic 1: Revenue ...

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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

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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
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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
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
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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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
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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
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
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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.