Campus Engagement


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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Social Learning for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University and its Office for Sustainability apply social learning to leverage behavior change and bridge the "gap" between people's stated aspirations for a sustainable world and their ...

Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability: Transforming a campus for sustainability education

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Over the past five years, Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability has developed and implemented an innovative model for sustainability education, which transforms university education to ensure all graduates have ...

Take Action on Waste: A Community Based Social Marketing Project in Student Residences

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Take Action on Waste began in 2010 as a project at the University of Alberta that aims to improve waste diversion behaviours in residences. Challenges with infrastructure and education at ...

Foothill College Sustainable Learning Community

  • Foothill College (CA)

As part of the President's Climate Commitment, the incorporation of sustainability into the general curriculum was identified as a campus goal. The Sustainable Learning Community project is not only ...

Implementation of a Student Sustainability Fund at Missouri State University

  • Missouri State University (MO)

The purpose of the Student Sustainability Fund (hereafter referred to as the SustainaFund) is to provide the means to implement student-initiated projects on the Missouri State University-Springfield campus that focus ...

Transitioning from Sustainability Planning to Meaningful Implementation

  • Ohio University (OH)

With the formal adoption of the Sustainability Plan occurring in Summer 2011 and the Climate Action Plan in Winter 2012, Ohio University is in its first year of transitioning from ...

Jones County Junior College Energy Conservation Program

  • Jones County Junior College (MS)

We have implemented a campus wide behavior based program along with the addition of electrical sub-metering and water/sewer irrigation advanced controls. We have also teamed with the U.S ...

BHCC Health and Wellness Center

  • Bunker Hill Community College (MA)
  • DiNisco Design Partnership (MA)

The Health and Wellness Center at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is a e 48,000 square-foot structure provides "smart classrooms," spacious offices, student study lounges, flexible state-of-the-art "sim" labs ...

  • Posted July 27, 2012
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Providing a Framework for Student Driven Sustainability in the Residence Halls: The Green Room Certification Program

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Green Room Certification Program (GRCP) is designed to provide students living in the residence halls an individual or room-by-room framework for 1) reducing their energy and resource consumption, and ...

  • Posted July 10, 2012
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The Student Sustainability Summits

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

The Student Sustainability Summit (Summit) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) began in the spring of 2011. Its ever-evolving aim is to train the next generation of students to become ...

Behind the Shower Curtain: How UC Merced Saved a Million Gallons of Water

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

In the fall of 2011, in the agricultural center of California, UC Merced assembled a broad coalition of students, faculty, organizers, and administrators to implement a campus-wide dormitory competition to ...

Implementing UBC's Climate Action Plan

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC)'s comprehensive Climate Action Plan, launched in 2010, is the result of a multi-year planning process that involved over 200 students, staff and faculty ...

We Conserve: A Campus Wide Campaign

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin - Madison initiated the aggressive We Conserve program in 2006 to further strengthen its environmental stewardship practices and to promote education and motivation to the community on ...

Baylor Energy Awareness Program: Engaging the Campus Community

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Baylor Facility Services, along with ARAMARK Higher Education and Baylor University, has embarked on a ground-breaking energy engagement program for the campus, leading Baylor's staff, students and community in ...

Duke University's Sustainability Communications - Making the Campus Climate Action Plan Personal

  • Duke University (NC)

In 2007, Duke University signed the ACUPCC and embarked on a journey to assess institutional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, develop strategies to impact the campus footprint and become a carbon ...

Weaving Sustainability into New Employee Orientation

  • University of Louisville (KY)

At the University of Louisville, we took advantage of an existing, mandatory day-long New Employee Orientation to begin educating all new full-time employees about the fundamentals of sustainability, our institutional ...

Groundmaking: Class of 2010 Green Roof at Rensselaer

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

In the spring of 2011, after almost 16 months of planning, members from the entire Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community joined hands in planting 18,000 small plants on a 6 ...

  • Posted June 25, 2011
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Centennial Solar Panel System

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

The Centennial Solar Panel System (CSPS), a 17 kW solar photovoltaic array at Northwestern University, is a partner project between Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Northwestern Sustainability Fund ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Greeks Go Green LEAF Rating System

  • Cornell University (NY)

The Greeks Go Green LEAF Rating system rates chapters and keeps track of their progress related to sustainability initiatives. This system provides for an objective, consistent evaluation of over 70 ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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The Campus Sustainability Fund at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is a student-funded and student-led initiative which launched in the fall of 2010 at the University of Washington (UW) with the mission of fostering campus ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

EcoDorm is a living laboratory of sustainability. It was designed by a committee of students, staff, and faculty- with guidance from an outside architect- who researched and evaluated environmental, social ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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A Comprehensive Strategic Communications Plan for NYU's Office of Sustainability

  • New York University (NY)

Crowdsourcing the collective wisdom of the NYU Sustainability Task Force's all-volunteer Outreach and Engagement working group, with assistance from the Office of Sustainability, team members were able to develop ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Deliberation on Campus Sustainability (DoCS)

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The Deliberation on Campus Sustainability (DoCS) project was a campus-wide, student-initiated series of events that engaged hundreds of students, staff and faculty in creating recommendations for sustainability across the University ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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A New Educational Landscape- Transforming Campus Grounds through Non-Traditional Collaboration

  • James Madison University (VA)

During the 2010-11 academic year, faculty, students, campus facilities staff, a dean, the campus environmental stewardship director, and community representatives collaborated with a Scholar-In-Residence to develop a naturalized landscape on ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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University Recycling at work! Case study in Puerto Rico

  • Ana G. M├⌐ndez University System (PR)

In 2006, Undergraduate Environmental Science students sparked the Recycling Program at the Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico with a simple question "Why we do not recycle at the University?

Since then ...

  • Posted June 23, 2011
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The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

William and Mary has developed an in-house carbon offset program that provides full transparency. Energy-reducing capital projects, such as HVAC upgrades, were identified and offset prices were determined by calculating ...

  • Posted June 21, 2011
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Behavior Matters—A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs

  • Stanford University (CA)

The link between energy retrofits and cost savings is well established, but occupants are often unaware of "behind the scenes" improvements. How can universities educate building occupants to optimize efficiency ...

  • Posted June 14, 2011
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The Living Demonstration: A student demonstration home to create a culture for sustainability

  • University of Montana (MT)

The UM FLAT is a University-owned residence occupied by students who embody and promote sustainable living practices. The UM FLAT provides hands-on opportunity for students to work with each other ...

Harvard Green Office Program

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Green Office Program's offers staff practical solutions needed to meet Harvard's GHG reduction goal and fulfill our Sustainability Principles, and a fun, competitive way for offices to ...

The Environmental Caucus: Breaking Down Silos to Promote Sustainability at Northern Arizona University

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Environmental Caucus (EC), a voluntary campus association, formed in 2008 as a grassroots approach to engage students, faculty, staff, and administrators in strengthening a culture of sustainability at NAU ...

Student and Staff Cooperative Implementation of a Residential Recycling Program at Iowa State University

  • Iowa State University (IA)

The Department of Resdidence (DoR) and student leaders teamed up together to implement a residence hall wide recycling program. The program is intended to reduce waste of recyclables in residence ...

Just Tap It: Reducing Bottled Water Consumption at Muhlenberg College

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

The Just Tap It project at Muhlenberg College successfully reduced bottled water purchases on campus by 95%, by limiting the availability of bottled water at Muhlenberg and encouraging the college ...

Harvard Green Carpet Awards

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard Green Carpet Awards were held for the first time this year to honor and recognize Harvard faculty, students, and staff who have made significant contributions to greenhouse gas ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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The University of Minnesota's Power Police Project: Philosophy, Psychology and Power Strips

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MN)

Power Police student volunteers help campus office workers save power - especially the "vampire" power that electronic devices draw even when they're turned off. Volunteers make simple changes to offices ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Phillips Brooks House Student Weatherization Project

  • Harvard University (MA)

On May 2nd, more than 50 Harvard students took a break from studying for finals and picked up caulk guns to help improve the energy efficiency of the Phillips Brooks ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Friday Night Lights: Social Networking Meets Energy Savings

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Students gathered every Friday evening at 6:30pm at the Union. They armed themselves with clipboards and checklists, and divided into teams. Lights left on in classrooms and hallways in ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Implementation of ZotWheels Automated Bikeshare at the University of California, Irvine

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

ZotWheels bikeshare is the first automated bikeshare program in California and only the second at a university in the United States. ZotWheels was designed and implemented by Parking and Transportation ...

  • Posted June 29, 2010
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40 Days of Change- Coordinating Campus and Community Events for Maximum Impact

  • University of Florida (FL)

40 Days of Change was a campaign hosted by the UF Office of Sustianability to provide an opportunity for campus and community members to learn more about sustainability initiatives throughout ...

  • Posted June 29, 2010
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Engaging Catholic Colleges and Universities with Sustainability as a Moral Issue

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

In October 2009, we hosted "Renewing the Campus: Sustainability and the Catholic University", the first conference dedicated to enhancing understanding, activism, and cooperation among Catholic universities in the area of ...

  • Posted June 28, 2010
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Planet Blue: Saving Energy, Saving Money and Saving the Planet at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Planet Blue program was developed as part of the University of Michigan's 6-point Environmental and Energy Initiative to help reduce energy consumption on the Ann Arbor campus in ...

  • Posted June 28, 2010
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Student Residents Save Energy at LSU

  • Louisiana State University (LA)

Sponsored by the LSU College of Engineering, UNPLUG sought to promote an understanding throughout the LSU on-campus community of what energy conservation entails. The goal was to empower students to ...

  • Posted June 28, 2010
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A Sustainable Thanksgiving Feast: Preserving Heritage Turkeys

  • Emory University (GA)

For the second year in a row Emory has partnered with Heritage Foods USA to present the Thanksgiving Heritage Harvest Feast. The Feast features Heritage turkeys, an older breed of ...

  • Posted June 16, 2010
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Student Activism Leads the Way to Clean Energy at Green Mountain College

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

On April 22, 2010, Green Mountain College opened a new biomass facility to replace the power station that previously burned number six fuel oil. This new facility will reduce greenhouse ...

  • Posted June 14, 2010
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Launching the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Portland State University Social Innovation Incubator (SII) accelerates the impact of social innovations by addressing the specific needs of a growing cadre of social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (i.e ...

UO vs OSU Energy Civil War

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU) staged a human-powered energy generation contest to see which school could produce the most energy from their Recreation Centers' ReCardio ...

Get-on-the-Map: Mapping Sustainability at Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

We have developed a web-based technique for collecting and sharing STARS reporting information. This "get-on-the-map" web site uses the STARS reporting categories to structure a display of icons as informational ...

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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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.


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.


Watertown, MA
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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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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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


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
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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.