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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How a Team of Student Ambassadors Can Amplify and Accelerate Wins for a Small Sustainability Staff

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Facing the Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals of campus sustainability work with small offices can feel impossible; however, despite having a small staff, college and university sustainability offices can effect real ...

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Top Down and Bottom-Up: The Pitt Sustainability Planning Process

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

In 2017 Pitt embarked on their first comprehensive sustainability plan which launched early this year. This session outlines the top-down approaches to connect with leadership and link this planning effort ...

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International Networking Meeting

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference and those who are interested in international issues are invited to join in a networking meeting to share resources ...

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How to Design an Annual Report People Actually Read

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Have you struggled with keeping up with annual reporting for your sustainability program? Are you somebody who's on top of their annual reporting but feel like nobody reads your ...

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ISSP Networking Session: Do You Have All It Takes to Be an Effective Sustainability Professional?

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (PA)

Calling all active and aspiring sustainability professionals: come learn about the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) community and earning ISSP's sustainability credentials. Meet with ISSP members and hear ...

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Latin Flavor in AASHE: Contributions to Sustainability Offices

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • Universidad EAN

In many institutions of higher education and universities around the world, there are offices that manage the issue of sustainability for years. AASHE is a multicultural space where many of ...

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Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals: An Insiders' Account of change in a UK University

  • De Montfort University

Higher Education institutions have a crucial role to play in catalysing action to address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call to action that the Goals represent can ...

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Extending Sustainability Practices to Tenant Spaces: Green Leasing at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University (PSU) is home to approximately 60 commercial tenants. Tenants range from food service and retail, to offices, banks, ATMs, and advertising. To encourage sustainability practices and behaviors ...

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How Do Sustainability and Resilience Work Together in Practice?

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Resilience and sustainability have had a confusing relationship over the past decade. While resilience has long been an important element of sustainability, for example going back to the work of ...

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Resilience Bootcamp - Turning Threats into Opportunities

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • St. Lawrence University (NY)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Resilience is a hot topic for those who work within the campus operational and built environment. But what does it really mean for a campus community and how does it ...

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Leading and Integrating Sustainability 2.0: A Discussion About Deep Organizational Change

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Many institutions are entering a 'Sustainability 2.0' phase, where offices have been established for up to ten years and topics such as recycling, composting, Eco-Reps, and active transportation plans ...

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Interactive and Captivating: How to Create a Successful Workshop

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Texas A&M University has found the most effective way to communicate the importance of sustainability with our campus community is through interactive and engaging content. Our most successful approach has ...

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Smith College House Sustainability Challenge

  • Smith College (MA)

As part of Smith College's efforts to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into institutional operations and student life, a diverse group of campus stakeholders launched the House Sustainability Challenge in ...

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From Awareness to Action: Behavior Design for Campus Sustainability

  • Root Solutions (CA)

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Root Solutions' proven human-centered design approach to environmental behavior change. You will learn how to strategically select which behavior(s) to ...

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Sustainability Perspectives: A Video Showcase

  • Princeton University (NJ)

This session will showcase a diverse collection of videos from institutions across the country, all with different production quality, intended audiences, content, theme, and impact. Start off your morning with ...

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Sustainability Student Engagement Through the use of Online Platforms

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This 30-minute presentation will cover two successful student engagement campaigns run at Colorado State University that primarily relies on custom online platforms. These engagement campaigns have been run for multiple ...

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Graduate Students Implement Sustainability During a Short Academic Window: Case Study Eden Hall

  • Chatham University (PA)

Eden Hall Campus at Chatham University was built to be a living learning lab for sustainable initiatives in the Falk School of Sustainability. Although the focus of the university is ...

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Bees as a Bridge From Local Experiential Learning to Collaborative Global Education

  • Champlain College (VT)

The Champlain College Apiary was established in 2013 in order to provide experiential learning opportunities for students and community members and to support the college's commitment to sustainability. This ...

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Is your staff engaged with your sustainability practices?

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

At Carnegie Mellon University there are numerous sustainable practices on campus. Our presentation is to share the ways we engage the faculty, staff and students to raise awareness about green ...

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Involving the Greek Community in Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Greek communities nationwide have large impacts on college campuses. Currently, close to one million undergraduate students are associated with Greek organizations. Influential and prominent, involving the greek community in sustainability ...

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Break out of a Social Media Slump: How to Create a Strategy, Build Community & Engage Your Audience

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

By 2021, it's estimated that there will be more than 3 billion social media users around the world. If universities and colleges are going to be leaders in addressing ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the ...

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Student Engagement through Research Experience: The U-Challenge at Texas A&M

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

In the spring semester of 2017, the Department of Residence Life and Utility & Energy Services at Texas A&M partnered to host their first annual Utilities Challenge (dubbed the 'U-Challenge ...

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Sustainability-themed Living and Learning Communities

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

As residential living and learning communities become more commonplace across higher education, a great opportunity for sustainability emerges. Join representatives from Boston University, Colgate University and Virginia Commonwealth University to ...

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Students, Sustainability, and Social Media: Tools for Content and Collaboration

  • American University (DC)
  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Communicating sustainability efforts across social media platforms is an important but often challenging part of our work. As social media trends emerge and change, how can we convey our messaging ...

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Peer-to-Peer Educator Programs: Examining Four Common Styles

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback on the EcoReps Networking Session last year, a team of sustainability staff members from four institutions has come together to provide another opportunity for further ...

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Introducing the Campus Community to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Presentation covers opportunities to introduce the campus community to the UN SDGs through special events, professional development, integration into strategic plan, funding and outreach materials. Covers alignment with academics and ...

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Addressing Sustainable Development Goals: Non-profit, Campus and Community Collaborations

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

With a theme of 'Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge,' this year's conference examines the role of higher education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This workshop ...

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Green Gurus Unite! Discussing the Promise and Perils of Becoming Your School's Moral Compass

  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

We were flooded with requests to set something up to continue the conversation at the conclusion of our lively, well-attended 30-minute 'High Priests of Sustainability?!' presentation at AASHE 2017. This ...

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From 'Fix it Fest' to Fix it First: Nurturing a Campus Culture of Reuse

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Student accessibility to sustainable living resources is an absolute priority at any university. We want students to not only recycle, but also reduce and reuse what they have in order ...

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Partnering Student Green Advisors With Staff Advocates: Swarthmore's Innovative Eco-Reps Model

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will showcase an innovative Eco-Reps model at Swarthmore College that partners a paid, student internship program (the Green Advisors) with a voluntary staff program (the Sustainability Advocates). I ...

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CU Boulder Tests Behavior-Tracking Platform's Effect on Student Engagement in Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • 3P Partners, Inc. (NY)

What if a more engaged student was also a more successful student?' Research in fact bears this out. And 'what if there were an App that helped to deepen engagement ...

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How to Podcast Your Way to a More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just Future

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In this session we'll be looking at the journey of starting a Higher Education Sustainability Podcast and how it can be something that could benefit nearly every college or ...

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Campus Sustainability: A Motivational Analysis for Change

  • Chatham University (PA)

Current business practices are a leading source of environmental degradation, especially employee actions in the workplace that generate excessive waste to landfill, resource depletion, and other negative impacts. The UN ...

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Fair Trade Chocolates: Raising the Challenge with Sweets

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)

UNCW is one of over 46 universities nationally that have embarked on a campaign to achieve Fair Trade (FT) Status by ingraining FT practices, principles, and policy into their campus ...

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WCUPA Student Brandywine Project

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Student Brandywine Project was a student led half-day workshop to engage West Chester University students in helping design, implement, evaluate, and improve the various environmental, social, and economic sustainability ...

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Four Steps for Leading Impactful Environmental Change On-Campus

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

How can students effectively foster an environmentally conscious and sustainable community within their university? You can have the best and brightest ideas, but if their implementation is not strategic, they ...

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Advocacy for the Global Goals

  • United Nations Foundation (NY)

Be an advocate for the UN and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in your community! Learn advocacy strategies from the United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) to creatively engage with community partners ...

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United Nations Association Campus Network

  • United Nations Foundation (NY)

Advance the UN's Sustainable Development Goals on your campus through the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) campus network. Learn about how to bring innovative SDG programming ...

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Building and Supporting Social Movements for Institutional Change and Beyond

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Even as the campus sustainability movement has grown, the issues in our food system have continued to deepen. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is over 65 ...

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Becoming a 'spokes' person for campus sustainability: The smoothie bike & other outreach efforts.

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University, like many universities nationally, has been affected by budget and staffing streamlining. Campus services and departments, like the Office of Sustainability, were profoundly affected. However, presidential strategies and ...

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Back to Basics

  • Ohio University (OH)

Eco-Reps is turning over a new leaf at Ohio University. This year we will focus on being a community-service based sustainability student group. Through community clean-ups, we will be actively ...

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Activism or Silence as a Sustainability Office?

  • New York University (NY)

We live in a time when activism has become a regular part of our lives and addresses a multitude of issues. As Sustainability Officers, our passions and worldviews are often ...

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Building a Consistent Sustainability Brand

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In order to reap the full benefits of consistently communicating the values and messages that are core to your sustainability brand, it is important to design brand guidelines the define ...

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Bridging the gap: Community Engagement Programs, Sustainability, and the SDGs

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

During this session participants will gain an understanding of how alternative breaks can support and collaborate with sustainability initiatives towards the SDGs. How do sustainability and community engagement offices engage ...

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Mobilizing Colleges with Earth Integrity Training

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)
  • Environmental Education Fund (NJ)

Earth Integrity Training (EIT) is a program for colleges to mobilize their communities about urgent environmental issues. It provides creative and multimedia content for a 2-3 hour seminar that colleges ...

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Communication Strategies to Reach Beyond the Choir

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Often times, sustainability professionals and communicators can reach a plateau when working to reach new audiences. Our institutions can often be so siloed that it is challenging to draw in ...

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Develop Your Toolkit for Sustainability Communications

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Communications play an increasingly important role as we rise to the challenge to reach the global Sustainable Development Goals. However, many sustainability professionals may find their toolkit a bit empty ...

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Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Every institution of higher education already has an academic library that can be a partner in campus sustainability. This program offers specific ideas for how faculty, sustainability staff and administrators ...

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Reel Sustainability: Connecting to Audiences Through Video Storytelling

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

From television commercials to YouTube, Snapchat, and even Facebook Live, it's no secret that video has become a staple of our everyday lives. Video provides an easy and efficient ...

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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.