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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Student Sustainability Film Festival: Winning Entries

  • Media Institute for Social Change (OR)

This session features winning short films produced by college students about what their communities or campuses are doing for sustainability-and also provides guidelines and sample curriculum to help students, instructors ...

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Lost in Translation: The transfer of Climate Change knowledge into sustainable behaviour among the students at the University of Auckland

  • Monash University (VIC)

Behaviour change has been identified broadly as a function of how people perceive particular issues based on their interests, values and norms. As such, the notion of framing issues has ...

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Sustainability Questions? Network With Your Peers to Find Solutions to Your Biggest Challenges at Your Institution

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Are there topics you want to dive a little deeper into? This session will harness the collective knowledge of the participants to help solve some pressing campus sustainability student initiatives ...

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Activism that Pays: How Student Social Entrepreneurship Can Revitalize Your Campus

  • New York University (NY)

Student clubs and organizations can be a useful platform for getting students involved, but is this traditional model of engagement limiting student capacity? This workshop, aimed at students and sustainability ...

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SustaiNAITability

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

As members of a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management capstone applied research team, we were able to establish NAIT as the first member of Polytechnics Canada to receive a ...

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Creating a Culture of Sustainable Living in Our Residence Halls

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This poster describes two pilot programs that were implemented during the 2011-2012 academic year. The programs were funded through a university program that provides grants to graduate and undergraduate students ...

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Campus Environmental Caucus: Connecting Students, Faculty and Staff Across Disciplines and Departments

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The mission of the Environmental Caucus is to facilitate creative and strategic communication across campus to advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and to promote education, research, and collaboration on ...

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Student Sustainability at Northern Arizona University: Creating Relationships Between Grassroots and Institutional Leadership

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Many environmental student groups in higher education have to work within the parameters of any other student group on campus. This can often be difficult when advocating for a full ...

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An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Green Student Centers' Influence on the Campus Environment

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

Green building and design is an emerging trend in institutions of higher education. It is important to consider the practices and expectations of the users of green buildings. The attitudes ...

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Free Sustainability! From Theory to Action in the Poverty Class

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Sustainability has become one of our cultures most popular virtues. Often sustainability is seen as something to be purchased whether it's higher priced organic vegetables or a carbon offset ...

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Eco Reps and Leadership Development

  • Portland State University (OR)

Leadership development is taken to new depths when participants have an active and inclusive relationship with their program and its purpose. At [University], the Eco Rep program strives to go ...

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Sustainable University IdeaLab: Engaging Students Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Universities have big budgets, big energy bills, and large carbon and waste footprints. They also waste a major resource: large numbers of students with great entrepreneurial, technological, and innovative potential ...

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Institutionalizing student involvement: how one not-profit focuses and develops the leadership capacity of students in the campus sustainability movement.

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

One of the most important factors in achieving campus sustainability is the engagement of the student population. For many staff and faculty, and even students, this can be a challenging ...

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Learning Within the Student Recreation Center: A USGBC Research to Practice Project

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

A small group of undergraduate students came together to participate in the US Green Building Council's Research to Practice pilot program. They chose to engage in a study of ...

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A Socially Just Sustainable Office Certification Program

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Planning an office certification that encompasses all aspects of sustainability can be achieved with careful planning. It can actively engage faculty and staff to be more aware of sustainable practices ...

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Students as Key Stakeholders in Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

This research project attempted to gauge the "culture of sustainability" among students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and to determine whether students are key stakeholders in advancing sustainability by contributing ...

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Using Student Engagement to Drive AASHE STARS

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Our University, like many other institutions of higher education has engaged in AASHE STARS. During the Spring 2012 semester, our institution piloted a unique approach to gathering the massive amount ...

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Clicking Towards Campus Sustainability: Creating an Integrated University-Wide Sustainability Portal

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

These days, there are countless ways to get the information we want, and even some that we don't! In an age of information overload, having a single point of ...

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Eco-Reps: The Unpaid Alternative

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Eco-Rep programs are not uncommon. However, many of these positions are paid, necessitating often large amounts of funding before the program can begin. Unable to secure this funding, our university ...

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WORK Bright Green-Building a Community Through Staff Sustainability Training

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This session will share the recent experience of offering the first ever staff training on campus sustainability in an effort to expand the environmental community and stewardship efforts. The presentation ...

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Campus Compost Initative

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Correct post-consumer waste placement is often overlooked in many sustainable, waste diversion efforts undertaken by Universities. It is usually harder to collect because it is up to the person throwing ...

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Bringing Your Green Fund to the Next Level: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Through Student-Driven Internal Growth and Leadership Development

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Campus Green Funds are a necessary component for any college campus striving towards sustainability goals, though few realize its full potential. Since its inception in 1999, the student organization, Associated ...

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Institute on the Environment Shorts: Answers to "Big Questions"

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

Four short, animated videos illustrate critical research done by researchers at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. These videos address "Big Questions"" related to global ...

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Green Games at UNC-Chapel Hill: An Innovative Approach to Engaging Students in Peer Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Green Games is an environmental competition among the residence halls at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since its inception in 1994, Green Games has evolved into an active and engaging tool for promoting ...

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University of North Florida Commuter Preferences Survey of a Commuter Institution

  • University of North Florida (FL)

The University of North Florida's Environmental Center survey of students, faculty and staff regarding their commuting preferences when traveling to and from campus. The process of developing the survey ...

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University Green Fund: Mobilizing the University Community Towards Sustainability

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In the two years since its creation, the UNBC Green Fund has proven to be successful at mobilizing different university groups into action. The University of Northern British Columbia Green ...

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More Than Just a "Green Building": How the Green Quad Has Become a Leader in Faculty, Staff, Student, and Community Collaboration

  • Clemson University (SC)

The University of South Carolina's Green Quad was one of the early pioneers that raised everyone's awareness regarding sustainability and green issues in the Southeast. Today, the Green ...

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Green Leadership: Engaging and Supporting Civic Leaders Through Campus Sustainability Programming

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Campus sustainability organizations can be an important avenue for student leadership development. Sustainable Carolina, the umbrella sustainability organization at the University of South Carolina, is a non-hierarchical organization focused on ...

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Sustainability as Deep Learning: the University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

The University of the District of Columbia's Sustainable City Faculty Fellowship (SCFF) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary professional development program designed to integrate sustainability into curriculum throughout UDC's schools ...

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Action Research in Education for Sustainability at the University of Vermont's Greenhouse Residential Learning Community

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Higher education institutions are addressing sustainability issues through the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework. Innovative curricula on sustainability provide engaging topics and contexts through which to teach and learn about ...

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Environmental Leadership Program

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The ELP Fellowship Program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. The Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership, diversity ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Food Procurement: The Real Food Calculator at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Real Food Challenge approaches student engagement in food systems work reform in various ways, one of which is an in-depth student research tool called the Real Food Calculator. It ...

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Creating and Maintaining Relations through a Changing Campus Ecology

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The campus ecology of the University of Eau Claire Wisconsin has helped to shape current and future construction projects to mindfully approach the improvement of the campus environment. The establishment ...

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Empowering Physical Plant as Sustainability Ambassadors

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Office of Physical Plant as Xavier University has 85 professionals, serving a campus community of 8,000 plus. The Sustainability Program was quietly effective, but the department's humility ...

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Towards a Zero Plus Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Zero Plus Campus Project (Z+ Project) is developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum focused on modeling the performance of the buildings integrated in the landscape to regenerate the campus environment ...

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Appalachian State University Sustainability and the Arts

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Psychotherapist James Hillman questioned, "Could the causes of major social, political, and economic issues of our time also be found in the repression of beauty?"* Appalachian State University believes sustainability ...

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Campus Citizenship Behavior: A Motivational Analysis for Change

  • Chatham University (PA)

All intentional behavior is a function of motivational forces within the individual to engage in certain actions while forgoing other actions. Classic theories of motivation such as expectancy theory, equity ...

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Creating a culture of firestarters: How to cultivate highly effective students

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students are an essential part of a robust campus sustainability movement. Their involvement is not only educationally valuable for them, it can also expedite your projects and allow you to ...

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Toward Zero Waste: An Initiative for the Student Union

  • Boston University (MA)

Campus dining is an intimate part of student life at any university, with the potential to have a major impact on culture. Learn how Dining Services can align with the ...

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Moving to the Next Level: Are we are preaching to the choir?

  • Wright State University (OH)

As professionals committed to sustainability, we read the books and reports, we study the literature on how to implement programs to get our campus educated about sustainability in their daily ...

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Introduction to Sustainable Development: Creative Teaching Techniques to Connect, Engage, and Enlighten

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you introduce and explicate the complicated and interdisciplinary concept of Sustainable Development? This interactive presentation will explore a variety of ways to creatively and effectively teach the Gordian ...

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A Student-Led Sustainability Fund at The University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Through holding a referendum in March 2011, students have established a fund for the selection of sustainability projects. A sustainability fund marketing launch plan has been developed by partnering with ...

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A Sustainable Course on Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

My college recently offered me the opportunity to teach a new kind of course with a new set of technological teaching tools. This class, "Thoreau, Wilderness, and American Nature Writing ...

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Energy auditing by summer undergraduate interns

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

With tight budgets, many small colleges have a hard time finding the funds to hire a consulting engineering firm to conduct energy audits and develop retrofit strategies. A way to ...

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Institutionalizing Innovation: Student Government "sustainability"" bodies and roles"

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Once students (via student clubs or individually) begin experimenting with efforts to make their programs/campuses/communities more sustainable, additional leaders pick them up and want to incorporate such experiences ...

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Institutionalizing Zero Waste

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Once organizations (student clubs, departments/schools, campuses, etc.) begin experimenting with Zero Waste ("ZW"") efforts, additional leaders pick them up and want to incorporate such experiences and benefits into their ...

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Student Eco-Rep Programs: Meeting the evolving needs of an existing program

  • Champlain College (VT)

With now over 60 student sustainability education Eco-Rep Programs across the US and Canada, several of which are 5-10 years old, it is time to step back, reflect on where ...

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Connecting Campus and Community on Earth Day

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Center for a Sustainable Future celebrates Earth Day as an international day of awareness of environmental policy, education, and public engagement. It is also celebrated as an anniversary for ...

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Putting the Sustainability into Existing Courses

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

While many courses have a potential connection to sustainability studies, developing that linkage requires additional work. For existing courses to maximize their contribution to the sustainability studies program, course revision ...

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Campus Sustainability Programs as a Tool for Building Student Leadership

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Campus sustainability organization can be an important avenue for student leadership development. At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus has gone beyond transforming the curriculum ...

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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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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
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.