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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Connecting People to Products and Services: Creating Active Citizenry Through Knowledge Systems

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In 2005, The College of Charleston joined the Fair Labor Association in response to pressure from students, faculty, and staff, to be more cognizant of the impacts of their corporate ...

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Igniting Innovation through Sustainable Collaboration

  • Denison University (OH)

Denison University, like many liberal arts institutions, seeks to educate students holistically so that they may become discerning moral agents and active citizens in a democratic society. To that end ...

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Networking for Leadership: Building an Undergraduate Sustainable Food Coalition

  • Emory University (GA)

In the spring of 2013, a group of undergraduates at our university formed a pilot program designed to impart to students leadership and organizational skills; to network student activists with ...

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Energy Dashboards: Cross-Discplinary Opportunities for Coursework & Research

  • Illinois State University (IL)

Illinois State University utilized an ESCO project to install a custom programmed energy monitoring system with the dual purpose of serving as a public classroom and research repository. Cross-collaborating with ...

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You've Made Your Bed & You'll Have to Lie In It: Strategies to Embed Sustainability into the Residential College Experience

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Being sustainable is something that must be taught in order to create individuals who possess competencies in order to maintain "healthy ecosystems and environments that provide vital goods and services ...

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A Sustainable Spring Break

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

For a typical college student, Spring Break is a week to get away and participate in activities that will help them get their minds off of the business that they ...

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Social Sustainability: Creating Virtual and Community Connections

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Public institutions of higher education serve the student body and the community. Finding ways to engage both communities in emerging fields such as sustainability can be challenging, especially given the ...

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What Does Library And Technology Services (LTS) Have To Do With Sustainability? How LTS Is Adapting To The Campus Sustainability Plan.

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In Fall 2012, Lehigh University adopted its first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan. In response to the plan, the Library and Technology Services stem created the LTS Green Team. The LTS ...

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Sprouting (Literally!) Engagement in Sustainability in the Undergraduate Curriculum: the “Heritage Garden Project” in Beginning German at Luther College

  • Luther College (IA)

The students know that Diane is coming to tell a special story on cold February morning. To their surprise, as she appears, however, she opens a little package and empties ...

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Internships as a Tool for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Luther College (IA)

Using Luther College’s successful sustainability internship program as a case study, this presentation will cover all aspects of developing and implementing a sustainability focused student internship program for undergraduates ...

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People, Planet, Participation: An Approach to Holistically Embedding Sustainability in Curriculum

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

Embedding sustainability across a broad curriculum is a difficult and daunting task. An holistic approach cannot simply focus on adding content into existing units, nor can it depend upon specifically ...

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Making It Stick: Using Online Pledges to Sustain Behavior Change

  • Metropolitan Community College (NE)

Pledges can be one of simplest and most cost-effective approaches to sustaining pro-environmental behavior change. However, to reap the full benefit of this strategy, it is crucial to integrate certain ...

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The Elephant Not in the Room: Redefining the Student- Administration Relationship

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Student- Administration relationships have been an ever evolving dynamic on campuses around the country. Today, there are varying opinions on where this relationship currently stands. Too often there is a ...

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The Case of the Pesky Light Bulb: Using Social Marketing to Solve Sustainability Mysteries

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This interactive workshop tells the story of Audrey, a university employee puzzled by her coworkers unwillingness to shut off the lights. Using communication and behavior change strategies derived from community-based ...

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The Invisibility of Sustainability: Student Projects that Render Visible Previously Hidden Environmental Impacts

  • Rice University (TX)

As humans, we are inherently biased towards what we can see. Sustainability officers will often observe with frustration that others perceive sustainability as being all about recycling bins and solar ...

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Leaders for the Environment, Art, and Design (LEAD): Educating Students About Impacts and Issues of Fashion, Art, and Design

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

For the past three years, students at Santa Clara University have hosted an Eco-Fashion Show and a “Swap for Good” clothing exchange, engaging students about the social, economic, and environmental ...

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Sustainabillity by Collaboration: Partnering Facilities with Instruction

  • Sierra College (CA)

Sierra College utilizes a unique partnership between the facilities and instructional divisions to provide high-level workforce development training for students while expanding the college's renewable energy portfolio. The Energy ...

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Building Diverse Stakeholders - Multi-Stakeholder Approach

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

The building of a multi-stakeholder process often distinguishes a successful initiative from a failure. Meaningful communication with all stakeholders ensures the most effective results. Using role playing, this workshop will ...

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A Case Study of the Green Council: Students Building a Movement through Collaboration

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can maximize student engagement in sustainability issues through the creation of an eco-friendly coalition of student organizations. The university ...

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Postcards, Post-Sandy: Community Resiliency, Social Media and Service Learning

  • The New School (NY)

POSTCARDS, POST-SANDY is a digital memory website created by undergraduate and graduate students from The New School for Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design, New York ...

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Alaska Jones Searches the UAF Utilidors for the Source of Power

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Alaska Jones searches the University of Alaska Fairbanks utilidors to find the source of heat and power at University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2012, UAF students entered the International District ...

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Greeks Think Green

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In August 2012, the University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SfS) developed an initiative to educate UA Greek Life in becoming more sustainable. Greek Life is the largest ...

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Greening the Game: Football and Beyond

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SFS) saw an opportunity to bring together an entire community to embrace sustainability. Tens of thousands of fans populate the ...

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Sustainability Engagement at UC Boulder: IT Strategies for Behavior Change

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The University of Colorado Boulder has been a leader in sustainability focused research, education and engagement for more than half a century. The campus is home to nationally recognized and ...

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Pushing The Boundaries Of Student Sustainability Competitions With The Kukui Cup

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

In order to meet the sustainability challenges we face in higher education and the world, we need to understand the impact of our behavior, and what we can do to ...

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Love Food Hate Waste: A Case Study on Engaging Students and equiping them with life long learning skills

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

The global food system is under pressure from exploding population growth and food waste is a major issue throughout the world. We throw away millions of tonnes of food and ...

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Using History to Build the Sustainable Campus of the Future: Three Case Studies on the Waterways of Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Creating a campus-wide commitment to sustainability begins with cultivating a sense of place. As campus communities learn to value their places, their landscapes, and neighborhoods, they build dedication to preservation ...

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Mobile Technology in Higher Education - An Evolving Component of Sustainability

  • Walters State Community College (TN)

As mobile technology becomes more a part of everyday life, it brings with it the opportunity to change our educational processes in order to enhance learning, reduce costs, and improve ...

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Continuous Improvement: Restructuring Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability Internships to Facilitate Greater Comprehensive Success

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In an effort to be more relevant and more resilient, the WMU Office for Sustainability is adapting their internship program protocol and process to ensure greater success for the students ...

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Beyond Operations: Collaborating Across Campus to Change Food Culture

  • Williams College (MA)

Effect culture change on campus with sustainable food programming. Learn how the Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program introduces diverse student organizations, campus offices, and academic departments to sustainable ...

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Greening the Team: Enhancing the Sustainability of Collegiate Athletic Facilities

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Athletic facilities are often the centerpieces of higher education campuses, where people come together and school spirit is built. They are also venues offering vast opportunities for positive impact on ...

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Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture through Student Engagement: Capitalizing on Living-Learning Communities and Creative Inquiry Teams

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Leading and Innovating for Our Environment and Future (LIEF) program is a movement on Clemson University's campus to cultivate a culture of sustainability. Students, faculty, and staff are ...

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Endowment Transparency at Duke: a Qualitative Analysis of Effects on Environmental Sustainability and Assessment of Strategies

  • Duke University (NC)

The transparency of a university's endowment affects the responsibility of its investment decisions. After researching Duke University's endowment and examining numerous protests against Duke's irresponsible investments, I ...

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Creating EcoHouse: A Student Driven Approach to Sustainability and Social Justice

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

This poster discusses residential living as a venue for learning and community engagement in sustainability and social justice. At our small, rural, public liberal arts college, education extends beyond the ...

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Guts, Focus and Endurance: When the Energy Future Calls, What Role Will You Play and How Will You Avoid Burnout?

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

Changing our country's energy story is hard work. How we extract and use energy is extraordinarily complex, interwoven into every person's life, and embedded in every aspect of ...

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Evaluating an On-Campus Farmers Market

  • Berklee College of Music (MA)

You can change all the light bulbs that you want, but no one will notice except to complain about the fluorescents. On the other hand, a farmers market is a ...

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The Eco-Reps' Sister Organization: Including Social Justice Peer Educators on Your Campus

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Research shows peer education is one of the most effective ways to reach students today. Many campuses host an Eco-Rep program, often as paid positions. These programs tend to focus ...

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A Guide to Getting Your Hands Dirty: How Campus Green Spaces Promote Real World Problem Solving

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Green spaces on campus create opportunities for direct, participatory, interdisciplinary learning. They can include student gardens, campus garden-boxes, native landscape installations, greenhouses and even indoor displays. A number of student-led ...

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Changing the Campus Culture through Engagement

  • Boston University (MA)

Many sustainability programs can only be successful with the participation of our entire campus community. Sustainability outreach and awareness projects have increased exponentially since the beginning of our program in ...

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Students Making a Difference at a Community College: One year after our first AASHE Conference

  • College of Lake County (IL)

In 2011, four community college student leaders were sponsored to attend their first AASHE conference. For many of them, this was their first exposure to their college's sustainability efforts ...

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Student Involvement in Revolving Loan Funds: A Case Study

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana has the largest student-funded green fee pool in the nation. The funds from this fee are allocated by an appointed committee of ten students ...

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The Sustainable City Year Program: A Radically Simple Way to Change Campus and Community

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) at the University of Oregon (USA) is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative effort to radically alter the function of a University to meet the sustainability challenges of ...

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Sustainability Education and Student Learning at the University of British Columbia

  • H&A Columbus-UBC

Sustainability and student learning are key commitments of the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Place and Promise plan, with UBC's Sustainability Academic Strategy expressing the goal that every ...

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Leaving a Legacy: Moving From Implementation to Integration of Student Run Projects

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Too often our student initiated projects fizzle out when we graduate or pass the torch to another. Not only can this be prevented but also many of these projects can ...

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From Start to Finish (And Then Some): Collaborative Event Planning for Successful and Sustainable Projects

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Have you ever gotten really excited about a campaign only to have it fizzle-out due to lack of awareness? Have you had a great idea but got stuck because you ...

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Campus Farmers' Market: An Innovative Partnership Approach to Building Consensus and Gaining Approval

  • Purdue University (IN)

A successful farmers' market on campus provides access to local, healthy food, connects the campus to the local community and the regional landscape, and teaches students about where their food ...

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Green Cup: The Greek Energy Saving Competition

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Energy saving outreach efforts focused in the residence halls, such as an energy-saving competition between residence halls are effective because they can reach a concentrated student population. Unfortunately, students who ...

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Engaging Fellow Students in the Less Glamorous Components of Campus Sustainability Work: University of Michigan Campus Farm Implementation Case Study

  • University of Michigan (MI)

When students at the University of Michigan are asked if they would like to help start a campus farm that will grow sustainable food for the University, they oftentimes get ...

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Living and Learning Communities: Developing Sustainability Leaders Through Residential Programming

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can develop leaders in the campus sustainability movement through an innovative partnership between Residential Life, the Provost and the ...

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Financing Large-Scale PV for a College or University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How can students bring about a desired change in the energy source profile of their college? How can a university student group help their school take advantage of government incentives ...

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

Coalesce

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

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

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

Fit for Green Inc.

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

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
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NOLS

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

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
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Post-Landfill Action Network

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

Rivanna Natural Designs

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

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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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
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.