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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From WTF! to WTSF! Working Towards a Sustainable Future at SCC

  • St. Charles Community College (MO)

Saint Charles Community College (SCC) is now moving toward a culture of sustainability. Two years ago the campus had no plan for promoting sustainability. Through the formation of Team Green ...

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Sustainable Change at UAF: Initiated and Managed by Students

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What's better than having a $20 student sustainability fee? Having those monies managed by students! Come hear about how the Review of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Energy (RISE) Board operates ...

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Hiring a Sustainability Professional in Residence Life: How One Campus Made it Happen

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This innovative Residence Life department hired a full-time Sustainability Education Coordinator in 2007. After taking five years to understand the intricacies and possibilities of the position, this department would like ...

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How to Partner with Students to Propose, Fund, and Operate a Successful Campus Sustainability Resource Center

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

UC San Diego successfully partnered with students to propose and build its first campus Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) in 2009 which has become the ultimate one-stop shop for all things ...

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A New Collaborative Model for Student Leadership in Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Students play a major role in the campus sustainability movement, often having a more powerful voice than the faculty or staff. It is therefore crucial to ensure that students are ...

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Students Step Up Sustainability in Minnesota's Cities: the Green Step Cities Project

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Students from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities create sustainability plans and actions in Minnesota as part of the Sustainability Studies Minor capstone course. With faculty direction, students work on city ...

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Reboot-Fun and Engaging Online Sustainability Game

  • University of Missouri (MO)

REBOOT is a mobile/online game for sustainability education and action created by the MU Sustainability Office and multiple partners. REBOOT is a high-tech scavenger hunt that for ten weeks ...

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Overcoming Silos in Student Activism

  • University of Oregon (OR)

How do students break isolation between campus activists to create authentic and affective collaboration? Our university houses 106 student groups, each focused on a unique issue. Yet even with such ...

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Starting a Green Dorm Room Certification Program

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This presentation will describe how our EcoReps program created and now runs a green dorm room certification program. Based off of the many green office certification programs, this is one ...

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Promoting Sustainability Programs with Technology: A Self-guided Sustainability Tour for the Digital Age

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Promoting campus sustainability programs is difficult on a campus where traditionally, sustainability has not been the highest priority and there are several other initiatives competing for attention.

The office of ...

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How to Create a Student Sustainability Office at Your University

  • Utah State University (UT)

Universities across the nation are looking into renewable-funding initiatives to support their efforts to be more sustainable. Utah State University's (USU) Blue Goes Green initiative's success has set ...

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Laboratory Fume Hood Campaigns: Students Educating Staff to Save Energy

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Students are valuable campus leaders and effective advocates for energy savings on campus, including in unique locations like scientific laboratories. By spearheading lab fume hood campaigns and/or competitions, students ...

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The Green First Year Experience: A Holistic Approach to Learning about Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During this presentation a sustainability themed first year experience model is described as a way to provide transformational learning opportunities. Students who participate in this model live together in a ...

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Sustainability On a Rooftop: Dining, Operations and Academics Unite

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The Green Roof at the newest campus dining center was collaborative in design/construction and continues to be a living example of successful campus partnerships in sustainability. The green roof ...

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The Campus Re-Store Comes Into Its Own: Sustainability Meets Entrepreneurship

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The university's Re-Use store makes variety of items available to students in a unique retail format based on the sustainable theme of re-use and resource conservation. Items are available ...

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Creating Sustainable Dining Options: Barriers and Hopeful Solutions for Feeding Hungry Students

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The presenters share their experience with analyzing the College of Charleston's (SC) current student dining options. Currently there is minimal institutional and contractural support for sustainable dining options, such ...

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Seeing the Campus Through the Trees: Transforming Campus Sustainability Through the Tree Campus USA Program

  • Denison University (OH)

Most everyone agrees that trees are an integral part of any college campus. Trees can be a common unifier among campus stakeholders and a springboard to promote campus sustainability initiatives ...

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Empowering Students to Build a Pipeline of Sustainable Solutions

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This session will examine successful strategies to meaningfully engage students that harnesses their youthful idealism in a pragmatic way, promotes campus and community sustainability goals, and develops the skills they ...

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Framing your Focus: Networking to Increase Impact

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This networking session will guide participants in assessing what resources are available on their campus and in their community to help establish a project or to increase impact of an ...

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It IS Easy Being Green: Promoting Campus Sustainability as a Student Leader

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

There are three components to the Triple Bottom Line: environmental, social and economic. When separated, they are just that, but when these three components are equally emphasized, sustainable transformation for ...

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Introducing Sustainable Practices Into a Reluctant Environment: A Case Study of a University Library

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The challenge on any University campus is too change the often headstrong mindsets of both students as well as staff when it comes to issues of sustainability. Some institutions have ...

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LEED Education Credit; Bridging the Gap between Design and Performance

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

In Fall 2011 Lewis & Clark began building a new residence hall that would continue its commitment to green living. The project's goal is to ultimately increase student awareness ...

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Transitioning to Green: Implementing a Comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Initiative on a University Campus

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Environmental sustainability has become increasingly relevant to institutions of higher education. However, change in higher education is described by scholars as slow and difficult. This makes it complicated to effectively ...

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Creating and Maintaining a Sustainability Student Worker Network

  • Macalester College (MN)

The initiative for sustainability at Macalester College took an unusual institutional turn in 2008, with the formation of the original Sustainability Student Worker Network. The Network is a working group ...

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Communicating Successes

  • Media Institute for Social Change (OR)

This session provides ideas and strategies for communicating successful sustainability programs, and features winning short films produced by college students about what their communities or campuses are doing for sustainability ...

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Student Sustainability Film Festival: Winning Entries

  • Media Institute for Social Change (OR)

This session features winning short films produced by college students about what their communities or campuses are doing for sustainability-and also provides guidelines and sample curriculum to help students, instructors ...

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Lost in Translation: The transfer of Climate Change knowledge into sustainable behaviour among the students at the University of Auckland

  • Monash University (VIC)

Behaviour change has been identified broadly as a function of how people perceive particular issues based on their interests, values and norms. As such, the notion of framing issues has ...

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Sustainability Questions? Network With Your Peers to Find Solutions to Your Biggest Challenges at Your Institution

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Are there topics you want to dive a little deeper into? This session will harness the collective knowledge of the participants to help solve some pressing campus sustainability student initiatives ...

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Activism that Pays: How Student Social Entrepreneurship Can Revitalize Your Campus

  • New York University (NY)

Student clubs and organizations can be a useful platform for getting students involved, but is this traditional model of engagement limiting student capacity? This workshop, aimed at students and sustainability ...

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SustaiNAITability

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

As members of a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management capstone applied research team, we were able to establish NAIT as the first member of Polytechnics Canada to receive a ...

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Creating a Culture of Sustainable Living in Our Residence Halls

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This poster describes two pilot programs that were implemented during the 2011-2012 academic year. The programs were funded through a university program that provides grants to graduate and undergraduate students ...

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Campus Environmental Caucus: Connecting Students, Faculty and Staff Across Disciplines and Departments

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The mission of the Environmental Caucus is to facilitate creative and strategic communication across campus to advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and to promote education, research, and collaboration on ...

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Student Sustainability at Northern Arizona University: Creating Relationships Between Grassroots and Institutional Leadership

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Many environmental student groups in higher education have to work within the parameters of any other student group on campus. This can often be difficult when advocating for a full ...

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An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Green Student Centers' Influence on the Campus Environment

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

Green building and design is an emerging trend in institutions of higher education. It is important to consider the practices and expectations of the users of green buildings. The attitudes ...

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Free Sustainability! From Theory to Action in the Poverty Class

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Sustainability has become one of our cultures most popular virtues. Often sustainability is seen as something to be purchased whether it's higher priced organic vegetables or a carbon offset ...

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Eco Reps and Leadership Development

  • Portland State University (OR)

Leadership development is taken to new depths when participants have an active and inclusive relationship with their program and its purpose. At [University], the Eco Rep program strives to go ...

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Sustainable University IdeaLab: Engaging Students Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Universities have big budgets, big energy bills, and large carbon and waste footprints. They also waste a major resource: large numbers of students with great entrepreneurial, technological, and innovative potential ...

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Institutionalizing student involvement: how one not-profit focuses and develops the leadership capacity of students in the campus sustainability movement.

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

One of the most important factors in achieving campus sustainability is the engagement of the student population. For many staff and faculty, and even students, this can be a challenging ...

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Learning Within the Student Recreation Center: A USGBC Research to Practice Project

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

A small group of undergraduate students came together to participate in the US Green Building Council's Research to Practice pilot program. They chose to engage in a study of ...

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A Socially Just Sustainable Office Certification Program

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Planning an office certification that encompasses all aspects of sustainability can be achieved with careful planning. It can actively engage faculty and staff to be more aware of sustainable practices ...

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Students as Key Stakeholders in Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

This research project attempted to gauge the "culture of sustainability" among students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and to determine whether students are key stakeholders in advancing sustainability by contributing ...

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Using Student Engagement to Drive AASHE STARS

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Our University, like many other institutions of higher education has engaged in AASHE STARS. During the Spring 2012 semester, our institution piloted a unique approach to gathering the massive amount ...

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Clicking Towards Campus Sustainability: Creating an Integrated University-Wide Sustainability Portal

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

These days, there are countless ways to get the information we want, and even some that we don't! In an age of information overload, having a single point of ...

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Eco-Reps: The Unpaid Alternative

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Eco-Rep programs are not uncommon. However, many of these positions are paid, necessitating often large amounts of funding before the program can begin. Unable to secure this funding, our university ...

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WORK Bright Green-Building a Community Through Staff Sustainability Training

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This session will share the recent experience of offering the first ever staff training on campus sustainability in an effort to expand the environmental community and stewardship efforts. The presentation ...

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Campus Compost Initative

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Correct post-consumer waste placement is often overlooked in many sustainable, waste diversion efforts undertaken by Universities. It is usually harder to collect because it is up to the person throwing ...

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Bringing Your Green Fund to the Next Level: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Through Student-Driven Internal Growth and Leadership Development

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Campus Green Funds are a necessary component for any college campus striving towards sustainability goals, though few realize its full potential. Since its inception in 1999, the student organization, Associated ...

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Institute on the Environment Shorts: Answers to "Big Questions"

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

Four short, animated videos illustrate critical research done by researchers at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. These videos address "Big Questions"" related to global ...

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Green Games at UNC-Chapel Hill: An Innovative Approach to Engaging Students in Peer Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Green Games is an environmental competition among the residence halls at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since its inception in 1994, Green Games has evolved into an active and engaging tool for promoting ...

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University of North Florida Commuter Preferences Survey of a Commuter Institution

  • University of North Florida (FL)

The University of North Florida's Environmental Center survey of students, faculty and staff regarding their commuting preferences when traveling to and from campus. The process of developing the survey ...

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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

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
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.

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.