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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Beyond Eco-Reps: Deepening Engagement through an Effective Residential Life Partnership

  • University at Albany (NY)

UAlbany’s Office of Environmental Sustainability has partnered with Residential Life to provide a communication and training channel to students as well as robust peer-to-peer education program in resident housing ...

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Learning for Sustainability Scotland

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

There is an undeniable need for a world that is sustainable: where people and communities value and are engaged with the natural environment; societies are inclusive and equitable; and a ...

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Energy Hog in the House: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Life

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The Energy Hog program is an entertaining and extremely effective outreach tool for college students to engage interested audiences from their community on topics related to energy. For many people ...

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Learning by Living: The Berea College Deep Green Student Residence Experience

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Berea College LEED Platinum Deep Green Residence Hall, also seeking Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition, will have over a full year of occupancy by October 2014. Residential life, facilities ...

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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

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Implementing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste Program: UMass Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

For the last year, UMass Amherst has been partnering with a newly-formed nonprofit organization, The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), to launch a student-led move-out waste collection and resale program. PLAN ...

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Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes in Co-curricular Sustainability Programs

  • Portland State University (OR)

In recent years, co-curricular sustainability programs have been established at many higher education institutions. However, few such programs have developed learning outcomes (LOs) or assessment processes to measure the types ...

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Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley cultivates a collaborative space for strengthening the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Greek Life: Empowering Students and Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

For hundreds of years Greek organizations across the country have instilled in students the distinct values of tradition, scholarship and positive social influence through leadership. Due to the high diversity ...

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Using a contemporary art gallery to communicate sustainability

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

There is the potential for universities to be beacons of good practice in sustainability through the ‘greening’ of estates, operations and curricula. However, greening is often invisible, resulting in missed ...

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Knowing is not Enough: Linking Behavior to Knowledge and Other Factors

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Efforts to promote sustainability literacy come naturally to many colleges and universities, as imparting knowledge is part of the core mission of higher education. But “sustainability across the curriculum,” sustainability ...

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Online Training as a Gateway to Stakeholder Engagement

  • University of Michigan (MI)

No campus can reach their sustainability goals without deep engagement of students, faculty and staff. A key struggle for many campuses is how to initiate and maintain this engagement across ...

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Effects of Behavioral Signage on Dormitory Recycling Rates

  • Boston University (MA)

Data shows that pairing recycling and trash containers leads to higher recycling rates. However, many older buildings do not have space for more than a trash container, especially in residential ...

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Engaging Residential Students in Energy Saving via Behavior Change

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • NORESCO (NC)

This case study will feature results at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which began its partnership with the Energy Service Company NORESCO in 2011. While many Energy Service Contracts only ...

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Applying Innovative Web-based Tools to Enhance Behavior Change Programs

  • American University (DC)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Three leading Universities have piloted and implemented the innovative web-based tools, Practically Green and One Million Acts of Green, building upon their experience with simple checklists to broaden the community ...

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Social Marketing: A Sustainable Trend

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

We live in a digital age when social structure and norms are being altered rapidly by new communication platforms. Information is no longer dispersed via newspaper, telegraph, a phone call ...

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Give & Go Move-Out Donation Program: Multifaceted Student Outreach Campaign

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s newly revamped and rebranded Give & Go Move Out donation program in R&DE Student Housing has dramatically reduced the waste stream sent to landfills at the end of ...

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Amplify Your Message: Advice from Communications Professionals

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The basic tenets of marketing communications—defining an audience and explaining how the benefits of a product or service suit that audience’s needs—are important tools for sustainability professionals ...

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On The Team: Millions of Campus Sports Fans Engaged in Sustainability?

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

In just the last 5 years, over 200 US campuses have kicked off some level of sustainability efforts in their collegiate athletics and recreation programs. Some have achieved high level ...

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Build Your Own Shareable Campus

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • CoFED (NM)
  • Shareable (CA)

In this half-day workshop, participants will dive head first into the sharing economy: Part campus sustainability, part new economics, part DIY, and part open education. With support from key leaders ...

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Step away from the soap box!!!

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

We all know the world is falling apart around us and we are scrambling just to keep up. We have a sense of urgency that burns within us and drives ...

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Dust the Camera Off

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Video provides a great medium for the presentation of policies, initiatives, and opportunities. The range of cinematic styles can be explored and used to communicate seemingly mundane messaging in a ...

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Students & Climate Change Intervention: Investment Office Insights

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)

Focused on campuses with the intention of mobilizing student activists, late in 2012 a "divest from fossil fuel" campaign was begun. Most faith and values-driven institutional investors were attentive to ...

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Building Relationships to Build Change

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

All social change begins with relationships. Potential student supporters, volunteers and decision-makers alike are more likely to actively support projects led by people that they know and trust. In this ...

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Building an EcoReps Community through a Regional Conference

  • American University (DC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Professional sustainability staff frequently convene at events and conferences such as AASHE to share best practices, network, and elevate the collective knowledge base of sustainability in higher education. On many ...

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UR vs. VCU: A Campus ConseRVAtion Nationals Cross-Town Competition

  • American University (DC)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In 2013, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University partnered in a cross-town energy competition, Campus Conservation Nationals. The schools wanted to capitalize on an existing basketball rivalry and ...

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Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges Practiced and Proven. It is widely understood that engaging students in sustainability within a community college is incredibly and ...

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Cultivating community and sustainability at the Learning Gardens Lab

  • Portland State University (OR)

Learning gardens serve as rich sustainability learning sites due to their ecological and sociocultural benefits, and provide a hands-on way for learners of all ages to engage in interconnected issues ...

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Connect curriculum & co-curriculum to assess engagement campus-wide

  • Portland State University (OR)

Student learning occurs in a variety of ways and in a variety of places on campus. However, most measurements of student learning and engagement around sustainability are assessed separately for ...

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Mission Sustainable Challenge: A Platform for Collaboration!

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Mission Sustainable Challenge was the fruit of collaboration among Santa Clara University staff, faculty and students that culminated in 176 members of the university community taking a daily sustainability ...

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Co-creative Leadership: A Mindset for Change Agents

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Co-creative Leadership is an approach to leadership that values a wholesome balance and produces an expectation of justice. Through the use of contemplative practices (e.g. observation, reflection, storytelling, group ...

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Creativity, Movement, & New Leadership: A Model for Collaboration

  • Portland State University (OR)

Imagine a campus where leaders felt supported in their leadership, and where new ideas were not challenged but encouraged. By building a coalition of student leaders from across the campus ...

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Managing Campus Politics to Build a Sustainability Coalition

  • DePauw University (IN)

On many campuses, energy and initiative for sustainability efforts begins with faculty and students. The path forward from that initial enthusiasm inevitably requires collaboration with senior administration and, given the ...

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Using Attitude & Behavior Surveys to Advance Sustainability on Campus

  • Elon University (NC)

Surveys (or assessments) are often used to assess attitudes and behaviors related to sustainability on campuses. Such surveys are generally different from sustainability literacy assessments, which assess sustainability knowledge. Sustainability ...

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Collaborative Intersections for creating campus change

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a long history of actively pursuing cross-divisional collaborations and integration of student projects with campus operations. Past collaborations resulted in the formation of the campus ...

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Cross-Disciplinary, Student-led Sustainability Projects that Build Engagement and Realize Core Learning Outcomes

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This presentation will share highlights from projects which seek to support instructors in the development and implementation of sustainability curriculum thereby increasing student engagement and improving their knowledge, skills and ...

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Portland State University - Cultural Sustainability Walking Tour Map

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University is situated on a large urban campus in downtown Portland, Oregon. Disseminating information about cultural and resource centers as well as other services on campus to the ...

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Speed dating for scientists: Converting research to action

  • Portland State University (OR)

University research is fostering innovation that can fuel the emerging sustainable economy and inform progress on thorny community problems, but the world of academia is too often disconnected from community ...

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Collaboration & Compromise: Alternatives to a Bottled Water Ban

  • Portland State University (OR)

The call to ban bottled water sales on college and university campuses is growing stronger across the country, with 24 institutions listed by AASHE as having a ban in place ...

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Harnessing student enthusiasm through a Waste Reduction Task Force

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University’s Waste Reduction Task Force is a student-led initiative that seeks to redefine the way PSU’s campus community looks at trash. Through partnering with strategic departments ...

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Engaging Faculty in Sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

To achieve a truly sustainable campus, expertise from all corners of campus needs to be brought together, while providing learning opportunities for students. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the ...

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Campus Composting

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Southwestern University students led a composting initiative in Fall 2011 which has evolved into a campus wide program which has made a significant impact on the community and University. The ...

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EcoHouse at SUNY Geneseo: Creating Connections and Opportunities

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

The purpose of this poster is to share with conference participants the history of SUNY Geneseo’s EcoHouse, and how this residential community has been able to engage students in ...

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UAF Sustainability App Challenge

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

In the Fall of 2013 the UAF Office of Sustainability received a grant from Verizon to develop a mobile phone app that encourages sustainability among its users. We chose to ...

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Accomplish More, Work Less

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee (SUSCOM) has evolved into an efficient and well-organized platform for organizing and implementing student-led sustainability initiatives. This, however, was not always ...

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Green Room Certifications

  • University of Denver (CO)

We are spearheading a project called the Green Room Certification program. The Green Room Certification program provides students with the opportunity to be rewarded for implementing sustainable practices in their ...

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A Hut Trend: Student to student engagement enabling sustainability

  • University of Florida (FL)

Are you tired of people walking away at the sound of the word “sustainability”? Sustainability interns at the University of Florida have developed a solution to this problem: The Sustainability ...

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Empowering Students with Knowledge and Knowhow on Sustainability

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

University is a place where students not only gain knowledge, but also get the opportunity to acquire the vision and leadership insight needed for leading their future communities. Moreover, students ...

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Leveraging Student Fees to Facilitate Student Led Initiatives

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

In 2007, the University of North Carolina at Asheville instituted a $20/semester student green fee to create a sustainability fund, and created the Student Environmental Center (SEC), a student-led ...

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Growing Sustainable Student Leaders

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Employability is becoming the standard by which we measure the value of a college degree. It is up to higher education professionals to incorporate opportunities for professional development into the ...

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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
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The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Coalesce

Boston, MA
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Coalesce designs solutions to meet campus specific needs, equipping the community with core competencies will empower stakeholders to adopt sustainability as an organizing principle.

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

Vancouver, BC
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Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
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Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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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
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At NOLS we believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Our students explore remote wilderness and learn technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
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Post-Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
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The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste on their campus.

Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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.