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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Campus Wide Waste Audit

  • Furman University (SC)

Diving into the Depths of the Desolate Dumpster 2.0: A Campus-Wide Waste Audit of Furman University

Erika Baldwin, Will Stallings, and Weston Dripps

Furman University, Earth and Environmental Sciences ...

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The GREEN Room at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

The Green Room Energy and Environmental Initiative (GREEN) Showcase room is a green model residence hall room at Furman University intended to foster and promote eco-friendly lifestyle choices and product ...

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Service-Learning and Sustainability: Engaging Students in Sustainability Action

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Service-learning engages students in service in order to improve understanding of course concepts with hands-on learning. Campus sustainability programs often seek to engage students in sustainability action projects in order ...

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Student Internships as the Driver for Campus Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In its first six months of existence, the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability established the Internship Program in Sustainability. Utilizing campus as a living laboratory, the program enlists undergraduate ...

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Effects of submetering on individual behavior at Lynchburg College

  • Lynchburg College (VA)

Attendees will achieve the following: 1) Understand the research-supported elements that should be incorporated into pledge programs to increase participation and sustain behavior change; 2) Be familiar with challenges and ...

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Student Sustainability Internship Program: Creatively Involving Students in Sustainability Efforts

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Sustainability initiatives on college campuses, whether education campaigns or tracking and reporting for STARS, require significant time commitments that often cannot be met by sustainability personnel. Simultaneously, students are seeking ...

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unPLUg: How an Energy Competition Can Permanently Change Behavior

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Many colleges have implemented residential hall competitions to reduce energy; however do these competitions create long-term change in behavior? Too often after the tally is counted many will return to ...

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Hydration Stations: How perception influences Portland State University's water sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

While universities often talk about sustainability, how do we actually measure the impact of our actions? How are the outcomes of campus initiatives influenced by students' perspectives? The social and ...

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The Green Auto Show

  • Presbyterian College (SC)

Recognizing that vehicle choice by young buyers has a profound and lasting effect on consumption of fossils fuels, pollution, and our nation's national security, Presbyterian College sponsored a Green ...

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The Journal of Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological ...

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Student Housing as a Catalyst for a Sustainable Campus

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

The design of sustainable student housing can positively impact the experience of living and learning on a higher education campus. Incorporation of sustainable design features serve as an educational tool ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainability Efforts on College Campuses

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)

How many times has your office wanted student input on sustainability projects and didn't know how to engage students? Perhaps you are having trouble rallying students around a proposed ...

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The Sustainability Hut at the University of Florida

  • University of Florida (FL)

The Sustainability Hut at the University of Florida is a moveable education tool that aims to educate our campus community about sustainability. This session will include highlights and lessons learned ...

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The Student Sustainability Initiative: Linking Students and the Administration

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan has recently expanded its commitment to sustainability, establishing an Office of Campus Sustainability in 2009 and launching a campus-wide assessment to understand current sustainability practices and ...

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Creating a Bike Culture On Campus

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Cycling is a dependable mode of transit and offers students, staff, and faculty a healthy choice that reduces the overall carbon footprint of campuses. The University of Minnesota Duluth is ...

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Sustained! Keeping student environmental organizations running

  • University of Missouri (MO)

In a dynamic and transient campus environment, leadership changes and long-term plans often get lost in the tussle of action and planning. To enact lasting change on a college campus ...

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Greening a University Tradition

  • University of North Texas (TX)

During the Fall of 2009, the University of North Texas began a concerted effort to increase the sustainability of our athletic events. Many faculty, staff and students became involved in ...

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Putting the Pieces Together: Engaging Your University Community for Sustainability

  • University of North Texas (TX)

This presentation will focus on recruiting and retaining "people resources" for your sustainability program. As each of our institutions strives toward a future of sustainability, we are all faced with ...

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RecycleMania: The Race to Zero Campus Waste

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Join a dynamic panel of representatives from campuses large and small, public and private, who will discuss how they have used this EPA-sponsored, Keep America Beautiful-administered tournament to promote recycling ...

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How to engage people in behavioural change for sustainable development

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

The University of Ottawa, Canada, has been advancing sustainable development through its communications and outreach strategies. Considering the budget, and the problem faced by any institutions of its size, the ...

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Greening Campus Sustainability Organizations Themselves: Creating a Green Organizational Culture

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Traditional organizational structures are an impediment to the full realization of the mission of most campus sustainability offices. At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus ...

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Conducting a Waste Audit at a Large Urban Campus

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

In spring 2010, a comprehensive waste audit was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by the students in Environmental Studies 390: Topics of Campus Sustainability. In order to fully ...

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Sustainability through a Holistic Approach to Student Wellbeing

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Wellbeing program at Washington State University (WSU) views student health using a holistic model. One of the eight dimensions in that model used to illustrate individual and community wellbeing ...

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First Impression: Freshmen Orientation Sustainability Efforts

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

Western State Campus of Colorado has declared 2010_2011 its "Year of Sustainability". The ideal place to create an environmental commitment is with incoming students, thus laying the foundation to encourage ...

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Moving Ideas into Action: Creating a Year of Sustainability

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

A critical step to creating more sustainable higher education campuses is to enable cultural change through education. One method for accelerating cultural change is to have a campus endorse a ...

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Green Orientation: Starting Freshmen on a Sustainable Track

  • Whitman College (WA)

Green Orientation is an institution-specific program designed to orient freshmen to their role in the school's sustainable practices. After Green Orientation, freshmen should be equipped with the knowledge and ...

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The Educational Energy Audit - Combining Student Learning & Energy Efficiency

  • Wilson College (PA)

In October, 2009, The Loyalton Group, energy consulting partner for Sodexo and their clients, conducted an energy audit at Wilson College, in Chambersburg, PA. Beyond the regular energy audit and ...

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Ridesharing for the Facebook Generation

  • Zimride (CA)

While the benefits of carpooling & ridesharing have been clear for decades -

travelers find affordable rides, drivers share the high cost of gas, and

campuses reduce congestion, parking demand and ...

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The Sustainable Learning Community: The University of New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

In this presentation, staff from the University of New Hampshire's University Office of Sustainability (UOS) -- the oldest endowed sustainability program in American higher education -- will share from their perspective ...

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Bridging the Gap: Finding Common Ground for Sustainability with EH&S and Facilities

  • University of Connecticut (CT)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)

Greening campus operations requires development of a partnership among sustainability, facilities, and EHS compliance professionals. To be effective, this partnership must bridge a significant culture gap. On one side of ...

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The East Carolina University & Pitt Community College Partnership in the North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition: A Catalyst for Team-Building and Sustainable Learning

  • East Carolina University (NC)

The North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition (NCSBDC) has engaged teams of students from UNC 4-year institutions and community colleges in the design of sustainable residential structures annually since 2001 ...

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Providing Pomona Students with Line Drying Options: Changing Behavior and Reducing Energy Use One Sock at a Time

  • Pomona College (CA)

In Spring 2008, Pomona College began two projects to give students the opportunity to line dry their clothes. The first project was the installation of eight large, high-quality drying racks ...

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Student Leadership in Campus Sustainability

  • Northland College (WI)

Northland College successfully addresses issues of transportation, food, recycling and reuse, and energy conservation through student-led projects. Active student involvement in campus operations has been key to sustainability innovation at ...

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Engaging Students in Campus Sustainability Initiatives through Innovative Courses

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Universities that strive to make their campuses more sustainable face challenges of curriculum reform and engaging their students in sustainability initiatives. At Loyola University Chicago (LUC), we are meeting both ...

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A Campus Wide Academic Sustainability Initiative at Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global concern for environment and sustainability is growing and new ways of thinking are needed to create solutions to the challenges we face. The Dalhousie University College of Sustainability is ...

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Community Energy Connection

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

CU Community Energy Connections (CEC) is a collaboration between the CU Environmental Center's Energy Program and the CU Environmental Justice Steering Committee. The CEC focuses on social justice and ...

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Campus Sustainability Participation and Policies by Operational Units

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The focus of this research is the impact of mid-level operational decision makers and research faculty (MLD-RF) on campus sustainability initiatives. MLD-RF have technical expertise and a leadership role in ...

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Campus Metabolism - A Visual Education and Awareness Tool Supporting Conservation

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Arizona State University recognizes the importance of providing relevant information to engage their community as agents of change in its sustainability mission. The Campus Metabolism project is an effort to ...

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Building Collaborations Leading to Campus Sustainability: Bridgewater State University Center for Sustainability

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

The Center for Sustainability at Bridgewater State University (BSC) fosters the study and application of sustainable practices both on campus and throughout the region. The Center was developed as a ...

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Maximizing Student, Staff, and Faculty Synergies: The University of British Columbia SEEDS Program

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This presentation describes an award winning "greening the campus" program. SEEDS is the first academic program in Western Canada that brings together students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on developing ...

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A Case Study: Engaging Pomona College Students in an ACUPCC Climate Action Plan

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • CTG Energetics, Inc. (CA)

As colleges and universities embark on a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the ACUPCC, they are faced with creating a process that will accurately assess the campus' energy ...

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NWF's Campus Environment 2008 National Survey Findings

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

It has been seven years since NWF Campus Ecology's last national survey, and much has changed in the landscape of campus environmental programs and practices. In early 2008, the ...

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Framing Sustainability using a Range of "Traditionally Conservative" approaches

  • Auburn University (AL)

Given the relatively short time frame needed to gather support for sustainability and pressing concerns such as climate change, rapid buy-in from many sectors of society is needed, not just ...

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Teaching Sustainability Using an On-Farm Community Supported Agriculture framework

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

An organic garden operated as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at New Mexico State University (NMSU) was used as the framework for teaching sustainability concepts. The CSA model of ...

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The Little Things that Administrators can do

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Greening a campus is often viewed as accomplished through high profile intitatives that are based on campus-wide changes. As a dean at two different institutions I've found that the ...

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Institutionalizing Sustainability Across Your Campus

  • Williams College (MA)

Across the nation, in many institutions, sustainability directorships are being created but the path to developing a truly sustainable campus is unclear. Without direct reporting lines to many of the ...

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Planning to Move Beyond Climate-neutral: Supporting Students in Catalyzing Change.

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The need for comprehensive, integrated climate action is offering new avenues for collaboration and the formation of new partnerships. Nowhere is this more visible than on campuses, where collaboration among ...

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Sustainability In Action

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

A case-study of the University Of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) Sustainability Initiatives. Included are areas of Waste Reduction Strategies, Energy Management,Green Purchasing,Transportation,Grounds Management,Green Buildings, Funding, Education ...

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Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Programs: From A to Z

  • Barnard College (NY)
  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Student outreach is a goal of many sustainability programs. One model, using the peer to peer education approach, attempts to broaden the reach to all residential students. Often known as ...

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The Price of Reduction: A Comparative Analysis of the Cost-Benefit Perceptions of Reduction Initiatives

  • Chatham University (PA)

This research contrasts the perceived benefits and costs of implementing two reduction initiatives (plastic bottle ban, pesticide ban) as perceived by key constituencies (students, faculty, administration). The two initiatives provide ...

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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
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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.