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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Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

Ecovillages are communities striving to create cooperative lifestyles in harmony with their local environments. From appropriate technologies to holistic health; from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, ecovillages are integrating solutions ...

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Curriculum in Action: Integrating Sustainability throughout the College Experience

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Colleges and universities across the country wrestle with the issues of "Greening" their campuses, making social statements about sustainability, and informing their students about the fundamental scientific, social and economic ...

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Engaging in reuse: Design & implementation of a student swap shop

  • Meredith College (NC)

Meredith College, a small women's institution in Raleigh, North Carolina called for a campus swap shop as one of its long-term waste reduction strategies. This presentation details the planning ...

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Challenges and successes of an internal certification program and peer-to-peer educator network

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Changing behavior at an organization is difficult, particularly when sustainability officers are time and personal limited. One way to communicate to a wide audience is to recruit people in every ...

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Kick-Start Your Sustainability Program Using Student Funding and Energy!

  • North Seattle College (WA)

North Seattle Community College (NSCC) has burst on to the college sustainability scene over the last year by establishing a model for a vigorous Sustainability Program. While other programs boast ...

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Using STARS as a Co-Curricular Opportunity for Students

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The STARS system offers an excellent opportunity to engage students in campus sustainability. By using student teams to collect, verify, and submit STARS data, higher education institutions may not only ...

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Developing student led initiatives to supplement existing University action

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The presenters will include members of the NAU Green Fund, Campus Climate Challenge, and other environmental themed student groups, as well as student leaders from the University of Arizona. The ...

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Environmental Sciences and Sustainability: Creating Successful Cross-Campus Collaborations

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Environmental sciences are intimately linked to sustainability efforts. In fact, environmental scientists document the planetary changes to biodiversity, water, soils, human health, and the atmosphere caused by human activity. Five ...

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Supporting University Sustainability through Student Fellowships

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Pacific Lutheran University supports student sustainability fellowships to promote not only specialized education, but cross campus collaboration. Student Sustainability Fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for students of any discipline ...

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Park(ing) Day: Turning a Parking Garage into a Park

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

SF State inaugurated its first campus PARK(ing) Day event, transforming the top level of the parking structure into a temporary "park" in order to promote alternative commuting options. PARK ...

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Sustainability, Facebook, and Free Food: The Importance of Student-led Initiatives

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The first time my residents met me, I was elbow-deep in a recycling bin. Their recycling bin. It was an experience I'll never forget as an SMU E-rep. The ...

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Wear the Sun! Sixteen Texas State University Students Change Campus

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

"Wear the Sun!" Yes, wear the sun. Reduce the amount of your use of electricity, hence coal. Save the fibers in your clothes by choosing to line dry your wet ...

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Live, Work and Learn Locally—Creating a Sustainable Campus Community

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Innovation occurs when students, faculty and staff can work shoulder to shoulder. For a commuter campus surrounded by high-priced real estate, the battle is getting the best and the brightest ...

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Green Certifications as Stealth Training Tools

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Faced with a large, decentralized campus and a mandate to encourage a culture of sustainability, UC Berkeley launched new green department and green event certifications in April 2009. We wanted ...

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Students teaching students to save energy in their homes

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Many students living on their own for the first time are on financial aid or work to cover living expenses; making ends meet can be tough. Yet most are not ...

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Stimulating Behavioral Change through Visual Media Campaign

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

Auraria's Sustainable Campus Program (SCP) is funded and led by students at Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver which all ...

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Standards of Sustainability Practice for Student Affairs Administrators

  • University of Denver (CO)

This concurrent workshop session introduces the Standards of Sustainability Practice for Student Affairs Administrators. The workshop begins with an introduction to the key concepts and definitions of sustainability and how ...

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Move Out Madness - End of Year Waste Reduction and Donations

  • University of Guelph (ON)

There's so much going on, it's Madness! Learn the details of a successful program designed to capture useful stuff left behind by students in undergraduate residences and in ...

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Creating broad support for campus sustainability through collaboration

  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

The new University of Hawaii West O‘ahu campus in Kapolei, opened in summer 2012, is a place where sustainability practices are integrated in the development and operation of the ...

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Administrative advocacy: fostering sustainability champions at the top

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Having administrative champions on your side can help your campus sustainability efforts to move faster, receive more support, and be more effective. But how do you develop a rapport with ...

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Garbage on the Green Creates Recycling Awareness on Campus

  • University of North Florida (FL)

In a campaign to create awareness about waste reduction and recycling, the University of North Florida Environmental Center created Garbage on the Green. This all day event incorporates an exhibitor ...

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Harvesting the Wind: Productive Student Engagement in Campus Sustainability

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

While students are generally recognized as critical to the success of campus sustainability endeavors - many student groups are prime movers, in fact - their rapid turnover and apparent distractability can be ...

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Changing Behavior, One Phase at a Time

  • University of Virginia (VA)

After watching Colin Beavan's Documentary "No Impact Man", our Earth Week planning team tried to fit his "No Impact Experiment" into a week but due to overcrowding and the ...

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SustainaUnity: Campus Collaboration with Sustainability

  • University of Virginia (VA)

In 2008, University Unity Project was started by Student Council to bring the University of Virginia together. Each year the student body voted on a theme around which to unite ...

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Connecting the Past to a Sustainable Future: Exploring Local Histories

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

When first year students arrive on campus, they learn how to introduce themselves. They repeatedly recite their hometowns and tentative majors. College students care about the places they consider home ...

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Lessons from the Heap: Five Years of Move-Out Reuse Efforts

  • Yale University (CT)

Inspired by increasing global demand for sustainable practices, colleges and universities around the world are taking the lead in developing systems and policies that achieve a higher environmental standard. One ...

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Green Campus 101- Empowering Tomorrow's Energy Efficiency Leaders

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Colleges offer prime opportunities to address energy issues, as demonstrated by the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program. This session will showcase transferable best practices of a student-driven ...

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How to Kick the Bottle with Bottled Water Alternatives

  • American University (DC)

Learn how to replace bottled water with alternatives in order to cut solid waste, reduce upstream water consumption, save money, ensure human health, and protect the public water supply. Many ...

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Friday Night Lights: Dialing Down Energy Use

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The phenomenon known as "Friday Night Lights" at Bowling Green State University was created in the fall of 2009. A student approached the Sustainability Coordinator with an idea he had ...

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Bottom-Up Facilitation Needed For Student Sustainability Initiatives

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

Student-led environmental coalition creates an ambitious agenda for 2009-10 school year complete with sustainability forums, films, Earth Week events, and local food fairs. Student clubs generally run a slate of ...

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Institutionalizing Zero-Waste Events

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

University events that generate the most waste tend to include food or drink. Universities, their departments, and student groups host events with food and drink for many reasons. Food and ...

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Sustainability courses for students with busy schedules: "The Environment Today"

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Carnegie Mellon University has instituted environmental education across its curriculum over the past five years. The latest course addition, "The Environment Today," was spearheaded by student organizations at Carnegie Mellon ...

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Tapping into Sustainability

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Think Outside the Bottle is a campaign working to promote, protect and ensure public funding for our public water systems. We're working with tens of thousands of public officials ...

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A Collaborative Approach to Creating a More Sustainable Campus

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, (ACUPCC), Eastern Connecticut State University made clear its ongoing commitment to leadership in environmental responsibility. We are ...

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Fostering Student Leadership of Campus Sustainability Work

  • Fleming College (ON)

Our presentation will focus on our efforts to work collaboratively with our students on campus sustainability. Active student engagement in campus sustainability initiatives has been the cornerstone of our Frost ...

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Chuck it for Charity: FSU's student move out collection initiative

  • Florida State University (FL)

Each spring over 6,000 Florida State University on-campus residents move out of the residence halls, leaving behind tons of unwanted "stuff" that is usually sent directly to the landfill ...

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Advocating Sustainability: Learning from Campus, Teaching the Community

  • Furman University (SC)

The dissemination of campus-based sustainability efforts provides both general knowledge and specific updates to several audiences, on campus and beyond. This communicated information is critical for evaluating and assessing sustainability ...

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Campus Wide Waste Audit

  • Furman University (SC)

Diving into the Depths of the Desolate Dumpster 2.0: A Campus-Wide Waste Audit of Furman University

Erika Baldwin, Will Stallings, and Weston Dripps

Furman University, Earth and Environmental Sciences ...

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The GREEN Room at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

The Green Room Energy and Environmental Initiative (GREEN) Showcase room is a green model residence hall room at Furman University intended to foster and promote eco-friendly lifestyle choices and product ...

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Service-Learning and Sustainability: Engaging Students in Sustainability Action

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Service-learning engages students in service in order to improve understanding of course concepts with hands-on learning. Campus sustainability programs often seek to engage students in sustainability action projects in order ...

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Student Internships as the Driver for Campus Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In its first six months of existence, the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability established the Internship Program in Sustainability. Utilizing campus as a living laboratory, the program enlists undergraduate ...

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Effects of submetering on individual behavior at Lynchburg College

  • Lynchburg College (VA)

Attendees will achieve the following: 1) Understand the research-supported elements that should be incorporated into pledge programs to increase participation and sustain behavior change; 2) Be familiar with challenges and ...

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Student Sustainability Internship Program: Creatively Involving Students in Sustainability Efforts

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Sustainability initiatives on college campuses, whether education campaigns or tracking and reporting for STARS, require significant time commitments that often cannot be met by sustainability personnel. Simultaneously, students are seeking ...

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unPLUg: How an Energy Competition Can Permanently Change Behavior

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Many colleges have implemented residential hall competitions to reduce energy; however do these competitions create long-term change in behavior? Too often after the tally is counted many will return to ...

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Hydration Stations: How perception influences Portland State University's water sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

While universities often talk about sustainability, how do we actually measure the impact of our actions? How are the outcomes of campus initiatives influenced by students' perspectives? The social and ...

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The Green Auto Show

  • Presbyterian College (SC)

Recognizing that vehicle choice by young buyers has a profound and lasting effect on consumption of fossils fuels, pollution, and our nation's national security, Presbyterian College sponsored a Green ...

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The Journal of Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological ...

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Student Housing as a Catalyst for a Sustainable Campus

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

The design of sustainable student housing can positively impact the experience of living and learning on a higher education campus. Incorporation of sustainable design features serve as an educational tool ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainability Efforts on College Campuses

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)

How many times has your office wanted student input on sustainability projects and didn't know how to engage students? Perhaps you are having trouble rallying students around a proposed ...

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The Sustainability Hut at the University of Florida

  • University of Florida (FL)

The Sustainability Hut at the University of Florida is a moveable education tool that aims to educate our campus community about sustainability. This session will include highlights and lessons learned ...

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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
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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.