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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University Green Fund: Mobilizing the University Community Towards Sustainability

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In the two years since its creation, the UNBC Green Fund has proven to be successful at mobilizing different university groups into action. The University of Northern British Columbia Green ...

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More Than Just a "Green Building": How the Green Quad Has Become a Leader in Faculty, Staff, Student, and Community Collaboration

  • Clemson University (SC)

The University of South Carolina's Green Quad was one of the early pioneers that raised everyone's awareness regarding sustainability and green issues in the Southeast. Today, the Green ...

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Green Leadership: Engaging and Supporting Civic Leaders Through Campus Sustainability Programming

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Campus sustainability organizations can be an important avenue for student leadership development. Sustainable Carolina, the umbrella sustainability organization at the University of South Carolina, is a non-hierarchical organization focused on ...

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Sustainability as Deep Learning: the University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

The University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship (SCFF) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary professional development program designed to integrate sustainability into curriculum throughout UDC's schools ...

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Action Research in Education for Sustainability at the University of Vermont's Greenhouse Residential Learning Community

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Higher education institutions are addressing sustainability issues through the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework. Innovative curricula on sustainability provide engaging topics and contexts through which to teach and learn about ...

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Environmental Leadership Program

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The ELP Fellowship Program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. The Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership, diversity ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Food Procurement: The Real Food Calculator at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Real Food Challenge approaches student engagement in food systems work reform in various ways, one of which is an in-depth student research tool called the Real Food Calculator. It ...

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Creating and Maintaining Relations through a Changing Campus Ecology

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The campus ecology of the University of Eau Claire Wisconsin has helped to shape current and future construction projects to mindfully approach the improvement of the campus environment. The establishment ...

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Empowering Physical Plant as Sustainability Ambassadors

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Office of Physical Plant as Xavier University has 85 professionals, serving a campus community of 8,000 plus. The Sustainability Program was quietly effective, but the department's humility ...

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Towards a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the performance of the buildings integrated in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment ...

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Appalachian State University Sustainability and the Arts

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Psychotherapist James Hillman questioned, "Could the causes of major social, political, and economic issues of our time also be found in the repression of beauty?"* Appalachian State University believes sustainability ...

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Campus Citizenship Behavior: A Motivational Analysis for Change

  • Chatham University (PA)

All intentional behavior is a function of motivational forces within the individual to engage in certain actions while forgoing other actions. Classic theories of motivation such as expectancy theory, equity ...

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Creating a culture of firestarters: How to cultivate highly effective students

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students are an essential part of a robust campus sustainability movement. Their involvement is not only educationally valuable for them, it can also expedite your projects and allow you to ...

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Toward Zero Waste: An Initiative for the Student Union

  • Boston University (MA)

Campus dining is an intimate part of student life at any university, with the potential to have a major impact on culture. Learn how Dining Services can align with the ...

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Moving to the Next Level: Are we are preaching to the choir?

  • Wright State University (OH)

As professionals committed to sustainability, we read the books and reports, we study the literature on how to implement programs to get our campus educated about sustainability in their daily ...

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Introduction to Sustainable Development: Creative Teaching Techniques to Connect, Engage, and Enlighten

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you introduce and explicate the complicated and interdisciplinary concept of Sustainable Development? This interactive presentation will explore a variety of ways to creatively and effectively teach the Gordian ...

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A Student-Led Sustainability Fund at The University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Through holding a referendum in March 2011, students have established a fund for the selection of sustainability projects. A sustainability fund marketing launch plan has been developed by partnering with ...

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A Sustainable Course on Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

My college recently offered me the opportunity to teach a new kind of course with a new set of technological teaching tools. This class, "Thoreau, Wilderness, and American Nature Writing ...

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Energy auditing by summer undergraduate interns

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

With tight budgets, many small colleges have a hard time finding the funds to hire a consulting engineering firm to conduct energy audits and develop retrofit strategies. A way to ...

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Institutionalizing Innovation: Student Government "sustainability"" bodies and roles"

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Once students (via student clubs or individually) begin experimenting with efforts to make their programs/campuses/communities more sustainable, additional leaders pick them up and want to incorporate such experiences ...

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Institutionalizing Zero Waste

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Once organizations (student clubs, departments/schools, campuses, etc.) begin experimenting with Zero Waste ("ZW"") efforts, additional leaders pick them up and want to incorporate such experiences and benefits into their ...

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Student Eco-Rep Programs: Meeting the evolving needs of an existing program

  • Champlain College (VT)

With now over 60 student sustainability education Eco-Rep Programs across the US and Canada, several of which are 5-10 years old, it is time to step back, reflect on where ...

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Connecting Campus and Community on Earth Day

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Center for a Sustainable Future celebrates Earth Day as an international day of awareness of environmental policy, education, and public engagement. It is also celebrated as an anniversary for ...

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Putting the Sustainability into Existing Courses

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

While many courses have a potential connection to sustainability studies, developing that linkage requires additional work. For existing courses to maximize their contribution to the sustainability studies program, course revision ...

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Campus Sustainability Programs as a Tool for Building Student Leadership

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Campus sustainability organization can be an important avenue for student leadership development. At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus has gone beyond transforming the curriculum ...

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Measure, Message, Motivate: building an inclusive and empowered campus sustainability culture

  • Yale University (CT)

Campuses around the world are tracing sustainability metrics, but how do we communicate those measurements in a way that engages and empowers students, staff, and faculty?

Our university has developed ...

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Addressing Behavior

  • Boston University (MA)

To bring about campus sustainability we must provide an infrastructure, modify operations and change the expectations and behavior of our campus communities. To raise awareness, education our faculty and staff ...

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Developing an effective sustainability communications program without breaking your budget.

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Communication is a critical tool for a campus sustainability program, especially when newly established. This session will cover lessons learned and tips that we've found valuable in making the ...

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Grounding Sustainability in Faith-Based Mission and Identity

  • CHA (NY)

There is much to celebrate on faith-based college and university campuses as environmental sustainability is increasingly seen as a core value. Yet while many faith-based schools have successfully taken steps ...

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Sustainability Education: Opportunities to Embrace Leadership Development and Cross Cultural Team Building

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

While higher education has played an influential role in various issues within American society, the depth of its persuasion must permeate the nation's path to sustainability. Incorporating sustainability into ...

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Designing Sustainability Into Products: The Effectiveness of Eco-messages integrated into user interfaces

  • New York University (NY)

Sustainability messages were added to the control panels of washing machines in university laundry facilities, and data was gathered to compare users' cycle choices (hot, warm, or cold) with cycle ...

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Designing and implementing a robust and sustainable student green fund: Recommendations from Sustainability Officers

  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. One of the barriers to implementing sustainability initiatives ...

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Living and Learning in a Passive House Residence Hall

  • Unity College (ME)

In the fall of 2011, ten students will move into a unique campus residence, TerraHaus, the first American college residence designed to meet the Passive House standard, the highest international ...

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Creating Partnerships for More Effective Energy-Saving Competitions

  • New York University (NY)

Campus residential energy saving competitions have become critical elements of many universities' sustainability engagement and environmental performance efforts. One such method for reductions is campus competitions. Residents are encouraged to ...

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How Green is Your Move-In? Maximizing Your Opportunities During Student Move-In Operations

  • Baylor University (TX)

Move-In operations for colleges and universities offer a unique opportunity to immediately engage the student, faculty, and staff communities in sustainable practices. Uniting a diverse set of on-campus groups with ...

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Communicating Sustainability: Princeton University Programmatic and Academic Initiatives

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Both programmatic and academic initiatives in communicating sustainability are becoming part of the landscape of sustainability programs at many institutions of higher education. In this session we will explore an ...

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Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

As teachers of critical thinking and sound reasoning, academic librarians play a vital role in supporting sustainability across the curriculum. Seasoned consolidators and distributors of information, librarians also bring a ...

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Ecochallenge: Tips for creating and implementing cost effective behavior change programs for your campus

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Ecochallenges encourage people to experiment with simple environmentally friendly changes in their daily routines. These highly participatory events help build an environmentally and socially responsible campus culture, an important pre-condition ...

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A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Behavior-based conservation programs yield lower energy and cost savings than those achieved via major building system retrofits, but such programs engage individuals and make sustainability more tangible. When purposefully constructed ...

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Learning from the Solar Decathlon: abrasion, collaboration, and transformation

  • University of Florida (FL)

The Solar Decathlon, a biannual international collegiate competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), challenges 20 interdisciplinary student teams from around the world to design, build and operate ...

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Meatless Monday at Johns Hopkins University

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Meatless Monday is a program that JHU Dining launched in November 2010. The national Meatless Monday campaign was launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ...

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Creating a Sustainable University and Community through a Common Experience

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

In a large university, it would seem impossible to engage thousands of people on a single theme for an entire academic year-but one institution in central Texas is doing so ...

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Student Engagement around Sustainability through Visual Art

  • Columbia College Chicago (IL)

Students play an important roll in how the message of sustainability will addressed in the near future. As a way to engage fellow students in conversation, we want to display ...

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Graduate student workshop on sustainability across the curriculum

  • University of Florida (FL)

Based on the Ponderosa and Piedmont Projects the first Prairie Project workshop was held in the summer of 2010. This two-day workshop drew together thirty faculty members from diverse fields ...

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Engaging Students to Generate a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the integrated performance of buildings in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment with ...

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Advancing Sustainability in Student Activities

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) advances campus activities in higher education through a business and learning partnership, creating educational and business opportunities for its school and professional members ...

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Top Down, Bottom Up, Institution Wide: Coordinating & Growing Education for Sustainability Across a University

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

How does Education for Sustainability (EfS) become embedded in the courses and programs of a University? Victoria University is a multi-campus, dual sector tertiary institution based in the West of ...

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Integrating Education for Sustainability into Sport and Recreation Management

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The baseline of successful Education for Sustainability (EfS) in Higher Education is the integration into subjects and courses learning and teaching that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and ...

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Generating Success in Conservative Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Sustainability can often be politicized along party lines; however, sustainability in its ultimate form cuts across all political spectrums. Many campuses openly embrace sustainable ideas and readily advance sustainability programs ...

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Mapping Sustainability: Visual Representation of Campus Sustainable Features

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Initiatives to improve the sustainability of campus operations can vary widely in type, scope, and level of recognition among users. This diversity of sustainable features makes it difficult to access ...

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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

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
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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
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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.