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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Learning Outside the Classroom: An Intentional, Integrated, Co-Curriculum

  • Northland College (WI)

Programs, speakers, and workshops add value to the undergraduate experience, that's why many higher education organizations dedicate resources to bring them to campus. What value do they add? How ...

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The Campus Re-use store: What's Old is New Again!

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The campus re-use store opened in spring, 2011 to huge popular acclaim and participation by the student body. Conceived, organized and implemented by students with the support, guidance and advice ...

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Communicate To Persuade

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Most students, faculty and administrators wrestle daily with the need to persuade bosses, peers and subordinates to adopt their viewpoint on an immediate issue while simultaneously improving the long-term relationships ...

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Campus Conservation Nationals 2012: Building a collaborative strategy for expanding conservation events in residential housing

  • Lucid (CA)

For a growing number of schools, resource use reduction competitions within and between campuses have proven to be useful mechanisms to engage, educate, motivate and empower individual and community stewardship ...

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Habits of Mind for Resilient Communities

  • Northland College (WI)

If habits of mind are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when faced with problems whose solutions are not immediately apparent, then what are the habits of mind of ...

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Implementing Clean and Green Campus Action

  • Cramer-Krasselt (IL)

The higher education sector has always taken the lead on social change. And just as campuses and students are often society's most outspoken critics, fighting for campus settings that ...

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Infusing the Study of Sustainable Design Methodology and Epistemology into the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

  • Maryville College (TN)

Abstract: Arguably one of the most challenging places to infuse sustainable design methodology and epistemology, yet one of the most logical, is among the 225 liberal arts colleges and universities ...

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Student Sustainability Stewards: Low-Cost Change Agents with Value-Added Professional Experience

  • Daemen College (NY)

As academic institutions focus on meeting sustainability goals, they face challenges in funding for programs and staffing to address them. Creating a student internship program can meet some of the ...

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Beyond reduce, reuse, recycle: A competency framework for sustainability

  • Kent State University (OH)

This paper reports findings from a study of students' thinking about sustainability. More specifically, 500 undergraduate students residing on campus were administered a survey about sustainability initiatives in the residence ...

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Pushing Sustainable Development to the Outer Limits

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

Sustainable development is predominantly thought of in terms of alternative energy, recycling, food security, biodiversity, waste reduction and green building products. For the past 7 years I have taught an ...

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Short-term intervention, long-term change: two case studies from the University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The duration of campus sustainability campaigns is often limited by available staff, student, volunteer hours and/or funding. As a result, many programs can only run for short periods of ...

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Organizing Campuses to Think Outside the Bottle

  • American University (DC)
  • Altenex, LLC (CA)

At a time when the global water crisis is looming large, leaving over a billion people without access to enough safe drinking water to meet their basic needs, students are ...

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Campus Recreation: Bold Partners in Sustainability

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation (OR)

Join a panel of NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) leaders to hear examples of best practices in the field of campus recreation and understand the significant influence these units can ...

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Creating Sustainable Social Change: Student Engagement on Environmental Justice at Campuses

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

A series of panelists sharing the ways in which Environmental Justice is addressed on campuses as an opportunity for education, engagement and sustainable change in both the campus community and ...

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Designing Spaces That Support Cultural Change

  • AASHE (PA)

Intelligent, connected, and wireless. Our culture is changing rapidly and Generation Y is in the driver's seat. The fast-paced, interactive discussion Designing Spaces That Support Cultural Change explores the ...

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Campus Wide Energy Challenge: Success through Unique Strategies and Diverse Collaborations

  • Allegheny College (PA)

After committing to a Climate Action Plan and undertaking multiple energy efficiency retrofits, Allegheny College tackled the development of an effective yet feasible Energy Challenge. It was conceived as a ...

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Student-led dining efficiency projects yield sizzling savings

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

University student groups collaborated with dining services to achieve substantial savings through a multi-faceted project approach. Students launched a "de-lighted dining" campaign to have eating areas lit only by daylight ...

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Cutting Campus Commuter Carbon & Building Social Capital - Strategies & Tactics for Effective Change

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Transportation emissions from student, faculty, staff and administrator commuting are a challenge for many colleges and universities, and especially for commuter campuses outside the sphere of public transport systems. Encouraging ...

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Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative: Education for the Future

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Renewable Energy Initiative, ASUREI, is a student-led organization funded by student fees. We seek to reduce the environmental impact of our university in Boone, NC by funding, designing and ...

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Building a Broad-Based Campus Sustainability Council

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

To institutionalize sustainability, these efforts need to empower the entire institution. One way to achieve this is to create a series of leaders who drive sustainability policy, goals, and progress ...

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Staff Sustainability Literacy - Developing the Training Module

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

An informed staff is a key component for the successful implementation of a comprehensive sustainability practices vision. In today's work environment, a university often requires fire safety training, defensive ...

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An Education in Sustainable Living: Building a Green College Residential Community at SUNY Oswego

  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

In 2010 the State University of New York College at Oswego completed construction of The Village, a 350 bed upper class townhouse complex. The unique mission statement of the community ...

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Sustainability and Facilities, Friends Not Foes: A Case Study of the Babson Approach to Collaboration

  • Babson College (MA)

This presentation is a case study of the working relationship between facilities and the sustainability office at Babson College.

For many sustainability directors, the Facilities department is a foe rather ...

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Moving Millennials: Engaging youth with food and agriculture policy

  • Bard College (NY)

The sweeping environmental policies instituted in America during the 1970s were due in large part to the activism of students and youth. The Millennial generation, born between 1982 and 2000 ...

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Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities' (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency ...

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Faculty Development for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Calvin College (MI)

The five panelists, faculty at a MidWest comprehensive liberal arts college, were participants in a cross-disciplinary workshop enacting the idea of sustainability across the curriculum. The workshop, which grew out ...

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Impacting individual and institutional change through a living-learning community on campus

  • Calvin College (MI)

In a college dormitory setting where many choices are predetermined for residents, working towards a more sustainable lifestyle can become difficult and frustrating for concerned students. A Creation Care living-learning ...

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An integrated Sustainability Model for Online Campuses: Communication, Outreach, and Mapping

  • CHA (NY)

Campus sustainability is a newly emerging theme. While there are plethora of activities, programs and projects planned and implemented at site in different campuses, the concept, role and technique of ...

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Winning the Future: Bridging Generation And Culture Gaps & A Plan For A New Environmental Decade

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

There is a fierce urgency to engage, educate, and embrace the next generation of environmental leaders throughout America, particularly on the campuses of our colleges and universities; but who is ...

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College Dining Services uses Intern Program to Achieve Sustainability Goals

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

The College has made great strides in sustainability in a very short amount of time. Just three years ago, the College had no formal recycling program and sustainability was a ...

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Sustainability as a design challenge: Learning by doing at the Columbus College of Art & Design

  • Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)

Sustainability programs are rapidly growing in America's colleges of art and design. Because artists and designers are the people who choose the materials used to make almost everything, sustainability ...

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Energizing Sustainability on Campus Through Student Action

  • Concordia College (NY)

How can students energize sustainability efforts when their institution's administration shows only lukewarm support for sustainability? As co-chairs of our college's Student Environmental Alliance, we have worked over ...

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Eat Local, Live Local, Teach Local: Curriculum for Sustainability

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Developing curriculum for sustainability presents a new challenge for modern instructors: getting students to think more locally in order to appreciate the global consequences of their actions. For many faculty ...

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Engaged Learning and Furman University's Student Sustainability Fellows Program

  • Furman University (SC)

Engaged and place-based learning are innovative ways to educate students about sustainability. At the same time, a significant challenge for university sustainability programs is the limited amount of staff time ...

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Gannon University's Campus Greening "Curriculum Auction Catalog"

  • Gannon University (PA)

The Campus Greening "Curriculum Auction Catalog"" is an annual publication, which is aimed at faculty across a wide variety of academic disciplines. It contains descriptions of approximately 30 campus greening ...

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Inter-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Developing Sustainability Curriculum- a Unique Role for a Technical College.

  • Georgia State University (GA)

The metro region of Atlanta, GA is home to a wide range of institutions of higher education. Inter-institutional collaborations can an important mechanism towards enhancing sustainability literacy. A 2-year vocational ...

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Greening Your Spring Festival

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

For many colleges and universities, outdoor festivals are planned each spring with the hopes of a warm and sunny weekend where students, staff and community members can gather on the ...

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Student Involvement & Institutional Food Systems

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

A closer look at how students get involved on campus to implement change within their institutionalized food system. Students interested in providing their campus community with more "good food""- local ...

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Monitoring Energy Use to Educate Students and Reduce Energy Consumption

  • Guilford College (NC)

The Energy Allowance Program allows residents living in the North Apartment suites and the Theme Houses a monthly energy allowance. This program raises awareness about personal energy use, which helps ...

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Sustainability, Science, and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Sustainability offers academic institutions a wonderful opportunity to embrace a "big idea" that transcends disciplinary boundaries, integrates curricular and co-curricular activities with campus operations, and promotes real-world problem solving through ...

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Green Carpet Awards Sustainability Celebration and Recognition Event

  • Harvard University (MA)

Successful sustainability programs are the result of the work of many people who do not have sustainability as part of their primary job functions. A reward and recognition program is ...

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Creating, Implementing and Sustaining a Themed Semester in Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

"Themester" is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines. The Themester topic ...

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Next Steps in Sustainability Internship Program Development: Recruitment, Support, Mentorship, Increased Efficiency and Program Evaluation

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In 2007, the Task Force on Sustainability established the Internship Program in Sustainability. Utilizing campus as a living laboratory, the program enlists undergraduate and graduate students in research and implementation ...

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Designing An Edible Campus: Using the Charrette Framework to Create a Campus-Wide Initiative

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

During the spring of 2011, a three part design series entitled, "Designing An Edible Campus" was conducted using the framework outlined by the National Charrette Institute. Most commonly, a charrette ...

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Implementation of Student Driven Sustainability Initiatives: Ithaca Dining Services

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How to put into practice initiatives that conserve natural resources, are economically friendly, that mirror a college's commitment to sustainability. Beginning in 2008, we have established numerous sustainability proposals ...

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Designing An Energy Management Strategy for Campus Residence Halls: The View from the Trenches

  • James Madison University (VA)

Residence halls can account for significant proportions of campus energy use. Strategically managing this building portfolio is a challenge, and encompasses behavioral, operational, and technical management. This paper reports on ...

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Understanding the Limits of Student Conservation Efforts on Campus Energy Consumption

  • James Madison University (VA)

Many campus sustainability initiatives focus heavily on student energy conservation in residence halls. However, outside of energy competitions using such feedback tools as dashboards and kiosks, there is little evidence ...

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Mission-Driven Sustainability Studies for the Small College

  • La Roche College (PA)

La Roche College, a small, private, Catholic institution in the north hills of Pittsburgh, has recently undertaken steps to enhance the sustainability of its physical operations: the newly created "La ...

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Bringing Education to Life: Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

Ecovillages are communities striving to live well and lightly together. From appropriate technologies to holistic health; from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, ecovillages are integrating solutions within human-scale communities and ...

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Beyond Local: Food Purchasing Criteria, Student Farm Audits and the Veg Yourself Pledge

  • Luther College (IA)

Food purchasers have ever more considerations to keep in mind when making buying decisions. Which criteria are the most important? At some point it becomes important to define our goals ...

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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
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.

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
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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
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.

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.