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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Maximizing Reuse and Recycling Diversion Opportunities Through Campus Partnerships

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This presentation describes a case study of a significant reuse and recycling intervention at UC Berkeley that was successful largely due to the heavy collaboration between student organizations and various ...

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Design that Inspires: Cutting through Environmental Gloom and Doom

  • University of Chicago (IL)

Sustainability is a complex concept with multiple meanings making it a challenge to communicate clearly and concisely. At the same time, communication tools have changed significantly, as has the speed ...

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Students as Change-makers: Engagement and Innovation for Small, Underfunded, Public Institutions

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

How do you increase student engagement with campus sustainability initiatives, develop a sustainability plan when administrators have more pressing obligations, and implement it with next-to-no budget or dedicated staffing? These ...

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Sustainability & Social Justice; How College Students Engage with Subjugated Populations in the Community

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

What is social sustainability and why is it important? Master's students and undergrads join together to work with subjugated groups in the community to combat the powerful forces of ...

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Collaborating with Campus Recreation Departments: How Students and Sustainability Directors Can Engage Campus Recreation in Sustainability Efforts

  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Sonoma State University (CA)
  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Campus recreation departments and student recreation centers have become one of the largest hubs for student activities on campuses in recent years. In addition to often serving 50-90% of the ...

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Engaging Students, Faculty, and the Curriculum in Research and Creative Activities for Sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

As a result of national initiatives like the ACU's President's Climate Commitment, higher education is working hard to promote sustainability. Yet, while institutions "green" their campus operations, transformations ...

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Sustainability Internship Programs: Strategies for Creating and Managing Successful Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs) foster unique opportunities to integrate rigorous academic experiences in campus operations, engage operational staff in the academic mission, enhance the capacity of campus sustainability staff, and ...

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Residence Hall Water Battle Competition

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Water and energy are intertwined- energy is used to extract and convey water to end-users and water is essential during different stages of energy production. Students involved in our multi-campus ...

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Realizing Campus Sustainability: One Student Project at a Time

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In transforming a University campus for a sustainable future, operations staff generate a multitude of project opportunities which have the potential to engage students in sustainability research and problem-solving. Simultaneously ...

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Go Green and Go Home! How College Administrators are Investing in the Future by Communicating with Sustainability Activists

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Global Spark (WA)

Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Tar Sands Action...this year has seen an explosion of social justice activism that continues to ignite public imaginations. This presentation looks at how colleges ...

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Hungry While Learning: Sustainability and Student Food Security

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Salish Kootenai College (MT)
  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

We've all known hungry students who are lurking on the edges of campus buffets and loading up on one daily meal to get the most out of discounted meal ...

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Synergy in a Faculty Learning Community: Sustainability & Pedagogy at Cal State East Bay

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

Having joined AASHE in fall 2011, Cal State East Bay established its first Faculty Learning Community (FLC) to focus on Sustainability & Pedagogy during the winter and spring quarters of ...

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Beyond Efficiency to Embedded Sustainability

  • Clarke University (IA)

Program Abstract: Sustainability offers the physical plant administrator tremendous opportunities to increase the profile of her/his department. It also offers a significant new dimension to her/his leadership role ...

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A Sustainable, Student-Run, and Delicious Cooperative at Your Campus

  • CoFED (NM)

Three times a day we choose put something in our bodies that is sustainable or unsustainable. Every student that comes into your school comes open to new ideas and experiences ...

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CoFED: Student Leadership Through Cooperative, Sustainable Food Enterprises

  • CoFED (NM)

Empowered student leadership is the most critical tool to catalyze a culture of sustainability on your campus. Imagine your most active student leaders being able to engage any student that ...

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Importance of Cohesion between Administration and Governance Entities to Promote Sustainable Initiatives at a Community College.

  • College of Lake County (IL)

When students and faculty embark on a journey to achieve sustainable excellence on their campuses. Their journey tends to be comprised of hurdles and challenges that require them to push ...

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Setting Ideas into Action: An Example of Student Leadership

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Emerging Technologies Associates, Inc. (CA)

How do we advance sustainability in higher education? How do we tap into the student body to gain ownership of an idea? How do we set ideas in action? A ...

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Service Learning through On-Campus Technical Design Projects: Examples from Engineers for a Sustainable World

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

Engineers for a Sustainable World is a national organization whose local student chapters help students practice technical skills in real-world projects. Many chapters choose to work on their own campuses ...

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Sharing the Spirit "Do It In the Dark" Energy Conservation Challenge

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College's Student Campus Greening Fund, a committee that is student funded, student run and implements student projects helped fund the college's Energy Dashboard. The touch-screen monitors ...

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Growing Your Eco-Rep Program: Credit, Greek houses and targeting your strategies

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Lehigh University's Eco-Reps program was established by students Fall 2010 through funding from Lehigh's green fund but expanded greatly Fall 2011, with a budget provided by the Sustainability ...

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Fostering Campus and Community Partnerships for Sustainability

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Strong campus community partnerships can help address critical community needs, provide learning opportunities for students, and help build stronger relationships between the campus and community members and institutions. This panel ...

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Carbon Valuing Menus...Creating Sustainable Behavioral Change in a Campus Community

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

One of Northern Arizona University's newest additions to campus dining is the Green Scene Café opened in Fall 2011. Take a look at how the café's carbon valued ...

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Making Progress: Challenges & Successes With an Every Changing Student Body

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

All Universities have the same problem, students have the nerve to graduate and move on after 4 years, or even less in some cases. Many students early in their college ...

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Influencing the Culture of Sustainability through Campus Recreation Programs and Services Across North America

  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • Sonoma State University (CA)

Sustainability is rapidly becoming an established factor in the construction and operation of recreational facilities on campuses everywhere. Whether implemented in the design and construction of new recreation centers or ...

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Powered By Sweat: Engaging Athletes and Campus Recreation in Meaningful, Incremental Steps

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Our campus does not have workout machines that generate electricity or charge an iPod. This presentation will explain why we're OK with that, and how we went beyond the ...

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From WTF! to WTSF! Working Towards a Sustainable Future at SCC

  • St. Charles Community College (MO)

Saint Charles Community College (SCC) is now moving toward a culture of sustainability. Two years ago the campus had no plan for promoting sustainability. Through the formation of Team Green ...

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Sustainable Change at UAF: Initiated and Managed by Students

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What's better than having a $20 student sustainability fee? Having those monies managed by students! Come hear about how the Review of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Energy (RISE) Board operates ...

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Hiring a Sustainability Professional in Residence Life: How One Campus Made it Happen

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This innovative Residence Life department hired a full-time Sustainability Education Coordinator in 2007. After taking five years to understand the intricacies and possibilities of the position, this department would like ...

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How to Partner with Students to Propose, Fund, and Operate a Successful Campus Sustainability Resource Center

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

UC San Diego successfully partnered with students to propose and build its first campus Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) in 2009 which has become the ultimate one-stop shop for all things ...

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A New Collaborative Model for Student Leadership in Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Students play a major role in the campus sustainability movement, often having a more powerful voice than the faculty or staff. It is therefore crucial to ensure that students are ...

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Students Step Up Sustainability in Minnesota's Cities: the Green Step Cities Project

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Students from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities create sustainability plans and actions in Minnesota as part of the Sustainability Studies Minor capstone course. With faculty direction, students work on city ...

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Reboot-Fun and Engaging Online Sustainability Game

  • University of Missouri (MO)

REBOOT is a mobile/online game for sustainability education and action created by the MU Sustainability Office and multiple partners. REBOOT is a high-tech scavenger hunt that for ten weeks ...

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Overcoming Silos in Student Activism

  • University of Oregon (OR)

How do students break isolation between campus activists to create authentic and affective collaboration? Our university houses 106 student groups, each focused on a unique issue. Yet even with such ...

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Starting a Green Dorm Room Certification Program

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This presentation will describe how our EcoReps program created and now runs a green dorm room certification program. Based off of the many green office certification programs, this is one ...

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Promoting Sustainability Programs with Technology: A Self-guided Sustainability Tour for the Digital Age

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Promoting campus sustainability programs is difficult on a campus where traditionally, sustainability has not been the highest priority and there are several other initiatives competing for attention.

The office of ...

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How to Create a Student Sustainability Office at Your University

  • Utah State University (UT)

Universities across the nation are looking into renewable-funding initiatives to support their efforts to be more sustainable. Utah State University's (USU) Blue Goes Green initiative's success has set ...

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Laboratory Fume Hood Campaigns: Students Educating Staff to Save Energy

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Students are valuable campus leaders and effective advocates for energy savings on campus, including in unique locations like scientific laboratories. By spearheading lab fume hood campaigns and/or competitions, students ...

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The Green First Year Experience: A Holistic Approach to Learning about Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During this presentation a sustainability themed first year experience model is described as a way to provide transformational learning opportunities. Students who participate in this model live together in a ...

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Sustainability On a Rooftop: Dining, Operations and Academics Unite

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The Green Roof at the newest campus dining center was collaborative in design/construction and continues to be a living example of successful campus partnerships in sustainability. The green roof ...

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The Campus Re-Store Comes Into Its Own: Sustainability Meets Entrepreneurship

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The university's Re-Use store makes variety of items available to students in a unique retail format based on the sustainable theme of re-use and resource conservation. Items are available ...

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Creating Sustainable Dining Options: Barriers and Hopeful Solutions for Feeding Hungry Students

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The presenters share their experience with analyzing the College of Charleston's (SC) current student dining options. Currently there is minimal institutional and contractural support for sustainable dining options, such ...

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Seeing the Campus Through the Trees: Transforming Campus Sustainability Through the Tree Campus USA Program

  • Denison University (OH)

Most everyone agrees that trees are an integral part of any college campus. Trees can be a common unifier among campus stakeholders and a springboard to promote campus sustainability initiatives ...

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Empowering Students to Build a Pipeline of Sustainable Solutions

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This session will examine successful strategies to meaningfully engage students that harnesses their youthful idealism in a pragmatic way, promotes campus and community sustainability goals, and develops the skills they ...

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Framing your Focus: Networking to Increase Impact

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This networking session will guide participants in assessing what resources are available on their campus and in their community to help establish a project or to increase impact of an ...

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It IS Easy Being Green: Promoting Campus Sustainability as a Student Leader

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

There are three components to the Triple Bottom Line: environmental, social and economic. When separated, they are just that, but when these three components are equally emphasized, sustainable transformation for ...

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Introducing Sustainable Practices Into a Reluctant Environment: A Case Study of a University Library

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The challenge on any University campus is too change the often headstrong mindsets of both students as well as staff when it comes to issues of sustainability. Some institutions have ...

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LEED Education Credit; Bridging the Gap between Design and Performance

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

In Fall 2011 Lewis & Clark began building a new residence hall that would continue its commitment to green living. The project's goal is to ultimately increase student awareness ...

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Transitioning to Green: Implementing a Comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Initiative on a University Campus

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Environmental sustainability has become increasingly relevant to institutions of higher education. However, change in higher education is described by scholars as slow and difficult. This makes it complicated to effectively ...

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Creating and Maintaining a Sustainability Student Worker Network

  • Macalester College (MN)

The initiative for sustainability at Macalester College took an unusual institutional turn in 2008, with the formation of the original Sustainability Student Worker Network. The Network is a working group ...

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Communicating Successes

  • Media Institute for Social Change (OR)

This session provides ideas and strategies for communicating successful sustainability programs, and features winning short films produced by college students about what their communities or campuses are doing for sustainability ...

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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
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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
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
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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
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.