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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Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2014, UC Berkeley was at 48% waste diversion, well behind the UC wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020. We are just coming to the tipping point where we ...

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Integrating Composting and Recycling in University of California Berkeley Residence Halls

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Achieving Zero Waste at any college campus is riddled with obstacles and push back. The campus residence halls offer a huge opportunity to capitalize on reducing campus generated waste and ...

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Waste Minimization Pilot Projects at the University of Denver

  • University of Denver (CO)

In this case study, I will go over the successes and failures of student run pilot projects. As a student, I have experienced what is needed to make a pilot ...

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SLIM: A Sustainability Bridge Linking Campus to Community

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College is nine years old. It has successfully presented numerous trainings in sustainability specialties such as renewable energy, green building ...

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Growing a Successful RecycleMania Campaign

  • University of Iowa (IA)

RecycleMania has grown at the University of Iowa from a quiet program in 2013 and a 5th place finish in the Big Ten to a well-known time of the year ...

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Cornercopia Student Organic Farm at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Cornercopia is an organic farm that provides students hands-on whole farm learning opportunities, food for the local community and a place for community building, multi-disciplinary education, research and outreach. Started ...

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Free-Range Student Employees: How to build a hands-off, highly engaged student employee program

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Sustainability Student Employee program at U.Va. has, over the past 6 years, effectively run U.Va.'s student outreach programs and campaigns, winning national awards and making impactful ...

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Energize UVa- The Ins and Outs of Student Outreach

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Every fall the Office for Sustainability organizes The Dorm Energy Race, a month-long competition among first year dorms to reduce energy consumption at the University of Virginia. The hope is ...

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Building a Volunteer-Based Student Internship Program

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A student internship program is an excellent way to expand the efforts of sustainability offices and engage and train student leaders to be environmental professionals after graduation. However, many offices ...

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The unusual case of campus sustainability from the top down

  • Weber State University (UT)

Weber State University (WSU) in Ogden, Utah, a mainly commuter campus in a conservative state, has made major sustainability accomplishments in the last eight years. This session will outline these ...

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Short-Term Internships In Higher Education: Creating Ambassadors for Sustainability Through Leadership and Experiential Learning

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Wesustain Internship Program is a semester-long, paid, and highly competitive opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Western Michigan University to gain leadership experience and explore global sustainability challenges ...

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Bridging the Gap- Creating a culture of engagement between undergraduate and graduate students in sustainability efforts.

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Come learn how Western State Colorado University (WSCU) involved a new Environmental Management graduate program in boosting campus sustainability efforts. Graduate and undergraduate students were integrated through two main strategies ...

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Low-cost, High Impact Engagement & Energy Conservation Campaigns

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Every campus has diverse, overlapping populations, with vastly different habits and backgrounds. Sustainability professionals and student coordinators are challenged to engage, educate and support behavior change, often with a limited ...

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Finding Carrots - engaging others in sustainability

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability is engaging, empowering & enabling, but sometimes getting other people on board is a bit like herding cats – frustrating, resource intensive, and with no one correct way of ensuring ...

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International Partnerships for Behaviour Change

  • MacEwan University (AB)
  • National Union of Students

Having previously worked in the United Kingdom, the Head of Sustainability at MacEwan University, Chantal Beaudoin, was aware of successful student-led behaviour change and engagement models that were being implemented ...

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SOS - a global student voice on sustainability

  • National Union of Students

There are 17,000 HEIs in the world and students need to leave tertiary education equipped to be part of the solution to sustainability issues, rather than part of the ...

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Recruiting students for sustainability: Start with the ’Why?’

  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Recruiting students for sustainability: Start with the “Why?” In this interactive world café-style session, participants will explore ways to inspire, motivate, and recruit students for sustainability initiatives on their campuses ...

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Plenary Session 1: Promising Practices for Transformative Sustainability Education

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Promising Practices for Transformative Sustainability Education If you ever find yourself asking what a student’s experience of sustainability on campus is or how, through the curriculum offered, can a ...

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Partnerships to Develop More Sustainable Student Tenants

  • Ithaca College (NY)

A landlord for off-campus student housing for Ithaca College students approached us with an interesting question: how could we work together to better prepare our students for the experience of ...

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Lessons Learned from Eco Move Out – Discover what works and what doesn’t

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Five thousand students’ cycle in and out of the University of Alberta’s (UAlberta) residences every year, and the material waste created and costs associated with this cycle are large ...

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Sustainability Awareness Week – An incredible engagement opportunity

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Originating in 2008, Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW) is an annual celebration of all things sustainable at the University of Alberta - it educates and motivates our campus community to live a ...

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Sustainability Film and Discussion Series: 8 Years of Films & Exchange

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

From the beginning the UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series was not just about the films, but about encouraging discussion that included the campus and the surrounding community about issues ...

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Tips on Improving Student Engagement from Food Recovery Network

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses that would otherwise go to waste and ...

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Sustainability Journey: from the Classroom to the Living Room

  • Elmhurst College (IL)

The concept of social responsibility and sustainable use of resources is getting widespread acceptance in industry. Consequently schools are experimenting with various ways of incorporating sustainability into their programs. Starting ...

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Growing Skills for Ecological Engagement

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The Learning Garden at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon serves as a living laboratory for students, staff, and the greater community in the fields of sustainable agriculture, experiential education ...

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Videos Tell Sustainability Stories, Work toward Sustainable Futures

  • University of Vermont (VT)

As an effective pedagogical approach for addressing planetary-scale Anthropocene challenges at the local level, I consider storytelling—enhanced by videos-- as a social transformation tool to work toward sustainable futures ...

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Pathways to Success: Opening Lines of Communication that Lead to Bigger Conversations

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The noise vying for student’s attention on campus is steadily increasing. This communication traffic jam makes it more challenging to reach your campus community with your sustainability message. To ...

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Getting Trashy: Measurable Pilot Projects to Identify Best Practices

  • University of Denver (CO)

Pilot projects targeting increased diversion rates are a direct means of engaging the community, determining best practices, and driving change through measurable results. At the University of Denver, we launched ...

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Promoting Conservation on Conservative Campuses

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)
  • Utah State University (UT)

Both Utah State University (USU) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) are home to motivated faculty, staff, and students with polarized views of sustainability. Both universities are located ...

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Pledge to Travel Green and Student Travel

  • East Carolina University (NC)

This session will introduce the nation’s “Pledge to Travel Green” initiative and its applicability to student travel, whether for club sports, study abroad or for general student leisure or ...

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Building Connections Between Students, Faculty and Staff

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Creating successful campus sustainability projects can be extremely difficult for university students. Frequently universities have rules, marketing standards, politics, and departments that seem siloed and disconnected. It is important for ...

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Green Guides- Guiding Students Through Green Opportunities

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona is the top ranked university in the United States for environmental research, and as a part of that leadership, the UA offers its students a plethora ...

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Transformative Learning Through Small Group Discussion: Course Book Resources to Accelerate Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

At the 2013 AASHE conference, Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College, offered a plenary session on Organizational Change for Sustainability Education, which highlighted the need for increased initiatives working to ...

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Smart Housing Project: Measuring Use and Motivating Change

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Thirteen million college students live in on-campus housing in the United States. Since these students typically do not pay their utility bills directly, efforts to motivate efficiency and conservation changes ...

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Taking Stock/Getting Started: Finding Opportunities to Take Action

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)

Taking Stock/Getting Started: Finding Opportunities to Take Action Are you an individual on your campus who knows how important sustainability is, but doesn’t know what it takes to ...

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Social Media Engagement: How #HigherEd should #Talk2Targets

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Social media outreach goes far beyond a traditional campaign approach. While successful marketing efforts can ignite interest and raise awareness of a program, initiative or an institution itself, the true ...

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Philosophy, Blisters, Sustainability: Deep Thinking and Dirty Hands

  • Wright State University (OH)

The typical recruiter doesn’t use a line like, roll up your sleeves, come work on our campus to entice students to select their school but with an increased emphasis ...

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Developing an Effective Peer Education Program

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP) at Indiana University has recently begun training undergraduate student leaders to deliver sustainability lessons and workshops to their peers. This type of peer-to-peer learning ...

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How can an Academic Library support a University’s Sustainability Plan?

  • Dominican University (IL)

The discussion will be facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will outline how they are collaborating to meet the sustainability goals of the University. The ...

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Channel Sustainability: Applying & Sharing though Video Projects

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

How better to teach students about an interdisciplinary topic such as sustainability than by using an interdisciplinary approach to assignments? Integrating video projects and assignments in courses as well as ...

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The Evolution of an Eco-Reps Program to Advance Institutional Goals

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Eco-Reps program at Lehigh University began in the fall of 2010 as a pilot project by environmentally-minded students. Eco-Reps started out as an informal club but quickly became a ...

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Case studies on behavior change and energy efficiency

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Like many other areas of sustainability, energy efficiency solutions require a multifaceted approach. Retrofits and advancements in technology aren’t effective enough on their own. Behavior change strategies can be ...

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There’s No Place Like A Sustainable Home: Greening Off-Campus Housing

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In the summer of 2013, the University of Arizona launched the Undergraduate Off-Campus Housing Sustainability Coordinator (OCHSC) position designed to bring sustainability into the homes of students living off-campus. The ...

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Student Sustainability Survey : From Data, Dialogue, and Action

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

A redesigned 2014 Western Michigan University Student Sustainability Survey asked students to rank their campus sustainability priorities (e.g., renewable energy infrastructure, sustainable food systems, curriculum/program development, green buildings ...

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Innovative Water Collection and Filtration of Garage Contaminants

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Students for Sustainability’s (SfS) Water Committee, a program of Associated Students of the University of Arizona, focuses on water conservation and education on water related issues at the University ...

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Bleed Orange, Act Green: Developing Student Leaders with Athletics

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Students are an essential component of sustainability initiatives within the University of Texas at Austin’s Athletics department. This team of students, the Sustainability Squad, work to create a culture ...

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Building a Living Learning Community: Big Problems and Big Success

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

’A sustainability-themed living/learning community is a bad idea. This sort of thing has been tried before. It was a failure then, and this will be no different.’ This was ...

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Fostering Social Change through Action and Recognition Programs

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Sustainability is often approached from economic and environmental viewpoints which, while exceptionally valid, can be restrictive when approaching a project with limited quantitative data. Through the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program ...

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Student Workers Building Sustainable Communities

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a unique student worker program in its residence halls since its founding in 1971. Students work with professional staff to perform the custodial and maintenance ...

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Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Energy and Water Reduction Competitions

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Lucid (CA)

Excited about the idea of running an energy and/or water reduction competition on your campus, but not sure where to start? If so, this interactive workshop is for you ...

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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
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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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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
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.