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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Building Communities and Community Gardens on Campus

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Project Grow - Growing Community and a Garden at Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University (WKU) is building its first Community Garden on campus, a research-based project that includes four components ...

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Green Energy Fee Grant Program: Making campus more sustainable - one project at a time

  • Western Washington University (WA)

The Green Energy Fee Grant Program is a Western Washington University grant program that enables the campus community to apply for funding to implement sustainable initiatives on campus. The Green ...

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Sustainability, Diversity, and Identity in First Year Orientation

  • Williams College (MA)

“Root” is a new first year orientation program at Williams College focused on social justice, identity, and sustainability. While many other institutions offer orientation programs related to one of those ...

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Building the Institution through Campus Sustainability Surveys

  • York University (ON)

York University is Canada’s third largest university, with a population of students, faculty and staff numbering approximately 60,000. Many research and teaching programs situated across the university’s ...

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Diversity as the Guiding Principle: Sustainable Social Innovations

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Today institutions are cultivating a diversity of innovations to promote sustainability education, practice and development. Residence life may have a sustainability-themed living-learning community and student activities may have an environmental ...

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Practice! Applied Yoga for a Just and Sustainable World

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Learning about the dire conditions of the world through sustainability studies can be an overwhelming and painful process for college students. For the past several years, I have been experimenting ...

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Carpe YOUR Campus: Considerations for Course Correcting Programs

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

An underrated concept for many students: progress is a process. The same goes for creating the right program for your campus, your office, and your student body. This session will ...

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AASHE Panel Discussion: Behavior Catalyzing Sustainable Change

  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

Furthering sustainability on campus and across the globe requires a team effort at shaking up the process, perceptions and habits to consider a new, more sustainable path. This panel will ...

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Working on Waste at the Kwantlen Student Association

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Kwantlen Student Association completed a student led waste audit of our student owned and run GrassRoots Cafe and main offices in early 2014. After the waste audit we have ...

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Integrating Sustainability Into the Greek System

  • Lehigh University (PA)

This presentation will cover the integration of sustainability into the Greek system starting in 2010 with a student initiative focused on the addition of sustainability into Greek accreditation through the ...

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Levers For Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Organizational Change

  • Linfield College (OR)

Often times sustainability is relegated to the pigeonhole of environmentalism. At Linfield College, an interdisciplinary partnership between two sociology courses and a business course found common ground in sustainability through ...

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Telling Tales and Turning Heads: Communication Strategies that Work on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

In Sustainability, there is no lack for ideas to reduce campus waste and energy use. Environmental studies and sustainability programs at institutions across the country are abuzz with new ways ...

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The EcoChallenge: Bridging the Say-Do Gap, together

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

In this program we will present a free on line tool and in person program (the EcoChallenge) available for students, faculty, and staff to engage in positive behavior change that ...

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Learning at Home: Building Living Learning Laboratories for Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The pursuit of sustainability is ongoing effort with diverse implications and opportunities in the development of new solutions and the advancement of collective human consciousness. A powerful aspect of this ...

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Science, Collaboration, and Sustainable Change

  • Portland State University (OR)

Take Back the Tap is a national campaign spearheaded by nonprofit Food and Water Watch but run by students on college campuses across the nation. Portland State administration continues to ...

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The Green Citizen Campaign

  • Seneca College (ON)

In 2011, Seneca College, a Canadian leader in post-secondary environmental programming, laid the groundwork for a multi-faceted initiative intended to take the college’s environmental focus to the next level ...

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Collaboration and Communication Across the Administrative Divide

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Colleges and Universities often struggle with change and innovation. In a fiscal climate of decreasing funding, changes requiring large capital investments are frequently met with skepticism at best and may ...

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Effectiveness of a Student-led Sustainability Advocacy Coalition

  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), located in East Texas, formed a Sustainability and Energy Management Committee, made up of mid-high level administrative and academic staff. Their primary function was ...

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Student sustainability grants for campus projects at Ohio State

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

All across America, institutions struggle to expand programming and to provide meaningful learning opportunities to their students during times of shrinking budgets, increasing costs and reduction of state support. Oftentimes ...

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Graduating Global Stewards: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

For my research, I am arguing that institutions of higher learning are important sites for sustainability, as they can propel the overall national and international agenda towards renewable energy and ...

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Train to Sustain: Creating Effective Professional Development

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Are you responsible for teaching professional or student staffs about sustainability? Whether it is the coworkers in your office, your institution’s Resident Assistants, or professional development sessions open to ...

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Student Activism to Catalyze Campus Sustainability

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)

Students hold a tremendous amount of power on both their campuses and their greater communities. When students make their voices heard through nonviolent actions, collaboration, and activism, social and sustainable ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: Athletics Recycling at The University of Kansas

  • University of Kansas (KS)

In 2013, the University of Kansas (KU) Recycling Program Launched the Rock Chalk Recycle initiative. Rock Chalk Recycle is a partnership between KU Recycling and KU Athletics that set out ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: From 0-Zero

  • University of Kansas (KS)

What is the first thing you think of when I say, "The University of Kansas?" Perhaps it’s the invention of basketball, the four national championships, or the 10 straight ...

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The Real Food Campus Commitment: Sustainable Food Purchasing and Student Decision Making at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Real Food Campus Commitment is a pledge for colleges and universities stating that they will buy at least 20% Real Food by 2020. Signing onto the commitment can be ...

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We’re gonna get hydrated! Shrinking bottled water use (without a ban)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

While students on some campuses work to ban (or to fight bans on) bottled water, positive partnerships at the University of Minnesota Duluth provided infrastructure, education, and social-norming around the ...

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Pack & Give Back: A Sustainable Move Out Program for On and Off Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Pack & Give Back is a household waste diversion effort at the end of each semester for students moving out of on-campus residential hosing and in neighborhoods adjacent to campus ...

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Campus Sustainability Tours: Seeing is Teaching

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The University of North Texas offers special sustainability tours year round to primary, secondary and college level students. The tours also engage the off campus community to include sustainability professionals ...

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EcoRep Program Advisors Meet Up

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This will be a chance for the advisors of EcoReps or similar peer-leadership programs to meet and discuss the challenges, successes, and structure of their programs.

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Green Events: Engaging Students in Sustainability via Event Planning

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Planning and attending events is a key facet of undergraduate student life. Planning these events allows student leaders to develop important life skills including: teamwork, logistics, prioritization, outreach and time ...

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Fostering Sustainability Through Place-based Ecological Design

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This presentation will feature the activities and philosophy of the Ecological Design Collaboratory recently established at UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. The Collaboratory has become the hub of design-build ...

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Sustainability & Wellness Month: A replicable outreach campaign to encourage healthy, sustainable behaviors on campus.

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia’s Hoo’s Well wellness team partnered with the Office for Sustainability to develop an outreach campaign to encourage behavior changes that benefit people and the ...

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Libraries as Partners In Creating and Supporting Campus Green Teams

  • University of Utah (UT)

Getting green teams started on campus can seem an impossible challenge. Campus libraries by their very nature are set up to interact and connect with colleges, departments, centers, divisions and ...

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Forging Alliances: Adaptive Methodologies for Engaging Students

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Initiatives on campus require lasting and adaptive student engagement to remain sustainable themselves. This case study analyses the successes and challenges of student engagement methodologies employed via two related sustainability-based ...

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Shared Story, Shared Learning, Shared Action: Curricular and Co-Curricular Tools for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Although it is widely agreed that sustainability education should encompass much more than mere knowledge acquisition, educators and sustainability officers often lack the time, energy, and expertise needed to more ...

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Sharing your Sustainability Story: the Role of Communications

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Tufts University (MA)

Understanding the importance of generating environmental awareness on campus, many sustainability offices have begun creating positions with an emphasis on communications, marketing, and outreach. After all, it is vital to ...

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Scrap It and Start Over: Reshaping Your Eco-Reps Program from the Ground Up

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Many sustainability staff members have experienced a moment when they had to decide whether they wanted to continue an existing sustainability program in the same way it had been run ...

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Furman University's Sustainability Living Learning Communities

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has had a long standing commitment to promoting engaged learning through the development of academic learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. As part of Furman’s ongoing ...

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Crafting a Comprehensive Student Internship Program

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Our Office would like to share strategies used, successes and challenges faced, and lessons learned during our efforts to build and stabilize a Sustainability Student Intern Program. Established in the ...

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Cultivating Sustainability Scholars

  • George Mason University (VA)

George Mason University committed to greatly expanding opportunities for undergraduate scholarship through a Quality Enhancement Program associated with the university’s re-accreditation in 2009. Core faculty from Mason’s Environmental ...

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Student to Student: Best Practices and Lessons Learned with Student Engagement

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

This session will provide an overview of a student internship program that empowers college students to be tomorrow’s energy efficiency leaders. Currently on 23 universities and colleges and employing ...

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SELFsustain

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

This panel will provide a glimpse into multiple approaches universities can apply to nurture resilient communities. Large public land grant institutions are especially rich with opportunity to apply interdisciplinary perspectives ...

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Engaging Campus Constituents: Using Partnerships to Increase Behavior Modification Awareness & Action

  • University of Southern Mississippi (MS)

The Office of Sustainability and University Libraries formed a partnership on the main campus of The University of Southern Mississippi dedicated to increasing awareness of sustainable practices through a phased ...

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Wholly Frijoles! Teaching Sustainability Through Interactive Systems Thinking Education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation will be highly interactive and begin with participants playing and discussing “Wholly Frijoles” for about 40 minutes. The “Wholly Frijoles” simulation focuses on the use (and abuse) of ...

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Designing an Energy-Saving Campaign

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Our myPower campaign envisions a future where all campus stakeholders take action to save energy. The initiative combines campus commitment, coordination with a larger energy effort, communications strategies based on ...

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Sustainability Officer and Faculty Members Collaborations on Advancing Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Empire State College (NY)

“Sustainability officer” is a fairly recent position at campuses across the nation. Although this position has a variety of titles and is housed in different departments at different campuses, it ...

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Theoretical Underpinning For Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Behavior and environment applies insights of behavioral sciences to problems at the interface between people and environment. Many sustainability initiatives on college campuses do not seem to be grounded in ...

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What is Old is New Again: Readapt Strategies to Engage Students in Leadership, Social Justice, and Sustainability

  • Clemson University (SC)

In our work with students, it is important to be able to articulate what we value on a daily basis. Within University Housing and Dining Services at Clemson University, Residential ...

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Adapting Eco-Rep Training to Optimize Student Experience

  • Elon University (NC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Eco-Rep training materials and training sessions are vital to laying the ground work for a fun and beneficial student experience, establishing accountability and ultimately contributing to Eco-Rep retention. With time ...

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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus (2013)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

This paper examines case studies of over 40 universities across the US and Canada, all of whom have enacted a policy of responsible water management in their purchasing. They have ...

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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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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
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
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Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
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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.