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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Sustainable Campus Certification

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

The Sustainable Campuses is a Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) initiative that works to assist, empower and network college and university students working to make their schools more sustainable. Sustainable Campuses ...

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Furman University's Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)

  • Furman University (SC)

In 2006 Furman University began its Environmental Community of Students (ECOS) Engaged Living program in which incoming, environmentally minded, first year students choose to live together and take two introductory ...

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The Furman University Green Guide to Sustainable Living

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has committed to establishing itself as a national environmental sustainability leader among college and university campuses. The university has been very proactive in supporting sustainability efforts on campus ...

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Growing Relationships Through Composting: A University Case Study

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a public, four-year institution with a 40,000 student enrollment. The campus population also includes more than 30,000 staff. In an effort to reduce ...

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Making it Personal: Targeted Outreach Climate Change and Energy Conservation

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

It's no surprise that students are more likely to take action on climate change if they understand it in the context of issues that affect and interest them personally ...

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Engaging Staff in Campus Sustainability

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Yale University (CT)

Traditionally, students have been the advocates for and initiators of environmental actions on college and university campuses. Increasingly however, staff members are engaging in the challenge of reducing the environmental ...

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Can Real-Time Dashboard Displays of Resource Use in Buildings and across campus facilities be used to build a community and a culture of stewardship?

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Lucid (CA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have undertaken comprehensive technological and management initiatives to improve campus energy and material use efficiency. Many schools have also undertaken educational programs designed ...

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Blueprint for University Campuses as Living Learning Laboratories of Sustainability

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

What role should higher education institutions play in implementing campus sustainability? Is it transforming campus facilities to become more sustainable or is it transforming the curriculum to incorporate sustainability principles ...

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Warm Data, Cool Earth or Unplug to Keep the Polar Bear Happy

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Faculty and students at Dartmouth College have created an animated real-time energy display system to encourage students to reduce electric use through behavior changes. What is unique about this system ...

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Assessing the Eco-Cottage Legacy at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

Since 2001, Furman University's 8-person Eco-Cottage has provided students the opportunity to measure their environmental impact and learn ways to minimize it. Started experimentally, the cottage has become a ...

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Using Tire Pressure Checks to Educate Students about Fuel Efficiency, Car Maintenance and Safety

  • Furman University (SC)

Like most colleges, Furman University experiences a mass exodus of students during breaks such as Thanksgiving and at the end of the Academic year. One of the easiest ways to ...

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Sustainability Attitudes and Behaviors of Incoming Freshmen at Juniata College

  • Juniata College (PA)

Juniata College has been administering an environmental attitudes survey to incoming freshmen since 2005. The objective of the survey is to document students' attitudes and behaviors towards environmental issues. The ...

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Sustainability at Missouri State University: A Public Affair

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Missouri State University has a State wide Mission of "Public Affairs". Over the past several years, that mission has been explored through a Public Affairs Conference and various themes. In ...

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Activating Student Involvement: One Student's Journey from Bystander to Sustainability Leader

  • University of Utah (UT)

As a student, finding a niche on a commuter campus with an enrollment of over 27,000 is no easy task. It is easier to simply blend in and follow ...

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Use of a Wiki Site to Promote Sustainable Actions Among Students

  • Utah State University (UT)

Utah State University's new Sustainability Council created an educational website. Wanting to engage students rather than simply educate them, we added a wiki component to the website using freely ...

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Maximizing Student Action on Campus

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Higher education institutions have been home to some of the most significant movements in history. Students recognize that there is strength in numbers and want to use their knowledge to ...

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Beyond Recycling: Oureach and Education Across Campus

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

At Eastern Connecticut State University, we are committed to developing a culture of awareness with regard to recycling and environmental ethics. The Center for Sustainable Energy Studies works closely with ...

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The Furman Sustainable Agriculture Project

  • Furman University (SC)

At a small liberal arts school in upstate South Carolina, a quarter acre garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers is being cultivated and promises to be integral to Furman ...

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We All Have a Part to Play: The Influence of Multiple Stakeholders on the Path to Operational Sustainability at Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Michigan State University is working to become a leader in sustainability initiatives among land grant universities in the United States. As part of that effort, there are multiple campus-based groups ...

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Being Spartan Green at MSU

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Want to mobilize a sustainable movement on your campus? We invite you to participate in a presentation that can help you get your campus moving onward or take your current ...

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North Carolina State University: Accomplishments and Commitments during the Year of Energy

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The administration at NC State University declared the 2008-9 academic year as the "Year of Energy." During the year, the University is accelerating the pace of moving towards the sustainable ...

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Student-Powered Sustainability at Pacific Lutheran University

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) has taken up its role in the environmental movement by fostering environmental education as well as promoting environmental responsibility. One of PLU's most vital facets ...

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Starting a Successful, Student Organization for Sustainability.

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

Philadelphia University is a private, coed, regionally accredited school with 4-5 year degrees in the six different schools of, Science, Architecture, Design/Media, Engineering/ Textiles, and Liberal Arts. We have ...

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UCSC Sustainability Assessment

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The 2007 UCSC Sustainability Assessment was created to assess UCSC's current standing in sustainability and where UCSC could use improvement. This poster showcases the Assessment by explaining the process ...

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Recycling During Student Move In and Move Out

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Student Move In and Move Out are both times of heavy waste generation on most college campuses. The University of Colorado at Boulder has developed a means to divert tons ...

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Linking Difference, Defining Action: Sustainable Living on Campus

  • University of Florida (FL)

The signing of institutional commitments by American colleges and universities to advance sustainability and become carbon-neutral parallels the trend seen in the last decade toward creating sustainable campus housing. Similar ...

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Living Green, Learning Green: Applying Green Values to Housing and Across the University

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus is part of an attempt to transform not only the curriculum but also the daily lives of students ...

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Generating Campus-Wide Sustainability Innovation through Multiple Course Collaboration

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

While campus sustainability initiatives are often motivated by students, these efforts can also begin as top-down strategic plans. In the latter case, how do post-secondary institutions engage their communities including ...

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Launching Web-Enabled, Real-Time, Energy Management Software in Campus Buildings at UBC

  • AquaHealth, Inc.

This presentation will discuss the lessons learned in deploying an energy management software tool at the University of British Columbia. The University of British Columbia Sustainability Office partnered in the ...

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Sustainability Coalition Growth Model

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Students Act Now for Sustainability (SANS) is Arizona State University's new sustainability coalition whose goal is to build a base of sustainability in Arizona through action, outreach and education ...

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Flying Under the Radar: Quietly Transforming a Conservative Campus

  • Auburn University (AL)

In 2004 Auburn University's sustainability task force received one-time funding for a demonstration sustainability initiative. Since then we have received year-to-year support for a "temporary" office. This presentation will ...

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Designing Green

  • Auburn University (AL)

An annual competition of design students from Industrial Design that collaborate on designing a more sustainable world of products. By looking at past competitions and using methods of design, This ...

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One College's Grassroots Path to Sustainability

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

CPCC's Center for Sustainability will present a discussion on how the college developed its current program from a grassroots process into a major "go-to" center for environmental education. Our ...

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Solutions Beyond Green: Feng Shui and Human Sustainability in Residence Halls

  • College and University Feng Shui Initiative (MA)

Which bed position supports restful sleep? Which desk position promotes expansive thinking? In which room would you prefer to sleep and study? In which room shape would you prefer to ...

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Dialogs in Green: Creating a Climate of Sustainability, Community, and Diversity at Colorado State University.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

What is a climate of sustainability for a land grant institution's campus? Colorado State University is a land grant institution of 24,000 students located in the foothills of ...

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Talking the Talk: The Role of University Communications in Creating an Institutional Identity of Sustainability at Drury University

  • Drury University (MO)

Drury University has vigorously embraced a commitment to sustainability and emerged as an institutional leader in southwest Missouri, the Midwest and the nation for modeling sustainable operations, academic programs, and ...

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Show Me the Money: Resources for Campus Sustainability Programs

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How do you create a shared institutional understanding of and support for campus sustainability? How can you create "coalitions of the willing" to support curriculum development, campus operational modifications, and ...

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Focusing Again: The National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

February 2009 will be a watershed for the United States, and indeed, the planet. Decisions made in the first hundred days of the new congress will determine whether serious action ...

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Lynchburg College's Year of the Environment

  • Lynchburg College (VA)

The 2007-8 school year served as Lynchburg College's Year of the Environment, with a theme of "A Greener Tomorrow Today." This was the first time that an attempt had ...

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Empowering Students to Create a Sustainable Future: The Role of Higher Education.

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

If colleges and universities are serious about empowering students to tackle the greatest challenges of our time, we must promote environmental literacy and responsibility and provide frequent opportunities for students ...

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Green Demonstrations Transform Higher Education and Beyond

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Drawing on 5 years of experience designing and promoting college and university green residential demonstrations, session presenter from Strategic Energy innovations will illustrate how a modest project can facilitate a ...

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Students Teaching Students (STS) Courses: Supporting Peer Education on Emerging Environmental Themes

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Courses designed and taught by students on emerging environmental themes have been offered at the University of Vermont since 1985 through Environmental Studies. Students Teaching Students (STS) is presented as ...

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How a Large Institution of Higher Learning can Impact Regional Growth on Sustainability Practices: Commercial Composting in the Pacific Northwest

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a public, four-year institution with a 40,000 student enrollment. The campus population also includes more than 30,000 faculty and staff. The Department of ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Sustainability and Justice

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Hackman Consulting Group

CU Boulder's Environmental Center has been working to make the connections between sustainability and justice evermore clear while changing the campus conversation. With students, we spread awareness about eco-social ...

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Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Behavior change campaigns have the potential to be highly effective and quite inexpensive. But how do we know which behaviors to target and how to influence these behaviors? Four schools ...

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Campus Gardens & Farms: A discussion of best practices for student and faculty engagement

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Sustainable agriculture on campuses in the form of farms or gardens have their own unique challenges for student and faculty engagement. During this moderated networking session we will facilitate the ...

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A Learning Garden: Different Strategies for Student Engagement

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This poster will visually guide you through Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus Learning Garden and the multiple ways we engage students in the garden. The Learning Garden functions ...

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Natural Area Stewardship as Part of Campus Sustainability

Despite a growing body of evidence that spending time in nature through leisure, stewardship, and related activities is critical to the healthy development of humans and can lead to pro-environmental ...

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Preaching to the Choir

  • Baylor University (TX)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: 97 percent of climate scientists agree that we are the main reason the planet is warming at an alarming rate and if ...

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Ten Tips for Students to be Sustainable on Earth Day and Beyond

  • AASHE (PA)

Happy Earth Day to everyone! To commemorate this important day we are highlighting the impact students can have to advance sustainability efforts at their institution and reduce their individual carbon ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Campus Engagement Partners

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

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

Coalesce

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

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
Business Affiliate
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.