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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EcoLeaders Community Supports Student Sustainability Projects & Helps Build Career Skills to be Competitive in the Workforce

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Initiative is a sustainability leadership certification program for college students. EcoLeaders features the first web-based community to provide students with the virtual space to initiate ...

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Overcoming Barriers to Sustainability Education for International and Culturally Diverse Students

  • Portland State University (OR)

A sure way to transform sustainability education is to make it more inclusive and incorporate multiple perspectives. To do this, the dominant sustainability education culture must engage in a paradigm ...

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Successful Campus Move Out Drives

  • Southwestern College (OH)

The Southwestern Green Team has held numerous successful move-out collection drives over the years. We hold one at the end of every semester, collecting clothes, food, appliances, furniture, etc. We ...

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Football Program Scores with Waste Reduction.

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

UNC Charlotte is a large urban university that recently added a football program and built a 15,000-seat stadium. Some students saw this as an opportunity to start a major ...

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Sustainable Residential Living: Energy Monitoring on a College Campus

  • Macalester College (MN)

This panel presentation will analyze the unique benefits and challenges associated with the installation of an energy monitoring system on a college campus from multiple perspectives. Macalester College recently installed ...

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Food Matters: Growing a Sustainable Food Culture in America's Heartland

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a leader in developing a sustainable food culture. In the mid 1990's, the Local Food Program emerged. Since then, collaboration between different ...

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Engaging Students in Food Waste Reduction - Aramark, UNC-Chapel Hill & Feeding The 5,000

  • Aramark (PA)

A review & discussion of the genesis, planning & execution of an innovative food waste reduction event conducted by Aramark at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In partnership with ...

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Fossil Fuel Free Fish House

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

For the past year, the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office has been working with several partners to create a fossil fuel-free fish house. The house will eventually be placed on ...

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The Renewable Power of a Simple #Hashtag - Using Social Media to Build Global, Cross-Sector Relationships

  • Boston University (MA)

How do you share your message in 140 characters or less? Engaging a diverse, inclusive and wide-ranging set of stakeholders across the globe on Twitter requires social media strategy and ...

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Using Technology for Live Intercampus Conversations and Student Engagement Across a Region

  • Central Community College (NE)

Central Community College (CCC) is a college system with multiple campuses and centers in rural Nebraska. As a way to increase student engagement in sustainability, CCC created a monthly (facilitated ...

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Sustainable Greek Initiative: Enhancing the Campus Community through Sustainability Initiatives within Greek Life

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Greek Life consists of individuals sharing leadership values and campus involvement, making it a great candidate for enacting sustainable practices. The Office of Sustainability created a program encouraging Greek involvement ...

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Growing With Faith: Community Gardening in a Jesuit Context

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Under the umbrella of our Jesuit university's mission, which encourages a faith that does justice and service, we have engaged in new sustainability initiatives. One of these is the ...

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Using Student Research to Motivate Institutional Change

  • Grinnell College (IA)

We recently took six students on a research trip to Germany to investigate sustainability practices there, with the aim of understanding why Germany is so far ahead of the U ...

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Educating Sustainability Ambassadors: Insights from a campus-wide sustainability initiative

  • Macalester College (MN)

Achieving sustainability is one of the grand challenges confronting society. To answer this challenge, in 2014 Macalester embarked on a campus-wide initiative to infuse sustainability throughout the college curriculum and ...

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Formalizing a Sustainability Engagement Strategy at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

The journey of sustainability engagement at Niagara College has come a long way, with origins in an informal outreach strategy that tracked participants through excel, to utilizing a more formally ...

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EcoVillage at North Carolina State University: A Living-Learning Introduction to Sustainability

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

This case study presents the successes and challenges of a sustainability-themed living-learning community (LLC) in its third year of student enrollment, presented by the two University staff members primarily responsible ...

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PepsiCo Recycling: Shaping The Next Generation of Recyclers

  • PepsiCo (IL)

The PepsiCo Recycling program has introduced thousands of new recycling solutions to events, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, gas stations, convenience stores and numerous venues across North America. Since the ...

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Campus Accessibility: Physical, Mental and Emotional Accessibility as a Feature of Social Sustainability ('El Mapa')

  • Portland State University (OR)

Sostenibilidad Cultural Gira Mapa One of the surest ways to transform sustainability education is to make it more inclusive and incorporate multiple perspectives. To do this, the dominant sustainability education ...

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Bridging the Academic and Operational Divide with WALLE: The Waste Audit Living Lab Experience

  • Portland State University (OR)

Like many universities, Portland State University (PSU) is operationally challenged to collect concrete and robust data about the quantity and types of materials that are going through its waste stream ...

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A Zero-Waste Campus is Possible

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop, students are asked to envision what a zero waste campus would look like. We break the room into groups and give them time to draw or map ...

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Fostering Student Leadership for Zero Waste Campuses

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

The focus of this Think Tank will be to progress the vision of Zero Waste campuses. Highlighting the importance of student involvement in these initiatives, we will troubleshoot the perceived ...

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Developing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste and Yard Sale Program

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In 2010, after seeing dumpsters overflowing with thousands of usable materials during the previous year's move-out, I founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program as a sophomore. As students ...

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Planting the AASHE Seed: Applying the Conference Experience to Your University

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have attended AASHE conferences for many years and have had great success in implementing ideas and materials encountered at the conference. Using our ...

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Tarleton State University Eco-Reps

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

First sustainability based organization on campus. So the poster will cover the challenges faced by starting an organization like this in rural Texas, ideas to further membership/outreach, involving various ...

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Sustainable Natural Fertilizer Initiative: A solar-powered, rainwater-fueled vermiculture and tea brewing system!

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (AL)

This was a student-led Green Fund project aimed at replacing all commercial fertilizers used on campus with compost tea. Students across multiple departments worked alongside university researchers, student organizations, the ...

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Compost Diplomacy and Harvesting the Waste of Nations

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The student-run compost program at the University of Arizona provides a model for how institutions of higher education can engage profoundly with their communities and the social and environmental challenges ...

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Student Perceptions of the Temporal Domain of Sustainability

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability is 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. The temporal domain of 'future generations' and thus ...

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Nature Village: Engaging Multicultural Families in a Collegiate Setting

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

University Village (UV) is a housing complex located in Albany, California, a city that borders Berkeley, which currently provides housing for 974 families with 2,718 total residents. Many of ...

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Engaging Bike Commuters in All Seasons with a Fun and Friendly Challenge

  • University of Iowa (IA)

This presentation will show how the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability created two bike challenges as fun way engage bicyclists and encourage alternative transportation on campus. The Winter Warrior ...

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Sustainability Challenge Grants - Leveraging diverse funding sources to secure $100,000 for interdisciplinary projects at UK

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Sustainability Challenge Grant program was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic ...

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Pick It Up! Trash talk, a garden gnome and the push to eliminate litter at the University of Kentucky.

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Litter is a unique campus challenge with a diverse and unpredictable set of causes and contributing factors. It can also be a black eye for any campus. Pick It Up ...

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Prolonged Engagement: Growing a Culture of Sustainability within a Student Body

  • University of Louisville (KY)

How do we engage our students around sustainability, when their primary focus is on their college experience? How do we get them to care about a sustainable future for the ...

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Sustainability education: A campus-wide study guiding an all unit strategic approach at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

A team of faculty and staff who were working on sustainability education across the UMD campus conducted an all campus survey (N=1700) to meet the Chancellor's Strategic Initiative ...

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Engaging Beyond the Sustainability Circle

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Our universities have the potential to create diverse ways of producing sustainable change both on and off campus. This student summit presentation would be a collaborative brainstorm cafe of ways ...

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University of Missouri Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group: What's Our Potential?

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Students and staff at the University of Missouri (MU) created the Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group (ESSAG) in 2012 to explore coal-free technologies for our on-site energy management facility. Through ...

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Earthstock: Four Weeks to Learn and Grow

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Earthstock is a campus-wide celebration of Earth Day throughout the month of April inspired by the iconic Woodstock music festival. Spearheaded by the student government's Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC ...

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A Conversation About Meaningful Metrics and Developing Credibility Within the University

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The intention of this session is to have a discussion about how to develop metrics for sustainability that a variety of campus constituents will understand and value within your institution ...

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A New Way to Turn Trash Into Cash - The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Winner of the 2014 Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with 10,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students, the University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (USD ERC ...

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Using Social Media to Promote Sustainable Efforts

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Because of the general lack of awareness, implementing a Sustainability Program or new sustainability courses is a daunting task. I have been working with Dr. Meghann Jarchow and USD's ...

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Earth Week 2015 at the University of Virginia: A Story of Collaboration and Sustaina-fication

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Earth Week is a week-long celebration of the progress and passion for sustainability, the environment, and our community. It is an educational, fun, and upbeat way to bring environmental consciousness ...

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Revitalizing Student Outreach

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Student outreach bridges the gap between sustainability administration and the larger student body, but sometimes communication between the two sides is ineffective or unclear. At the University of Virginia, the ...

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Advancing Mutual FM/Academic Goals through Strategic Partnerships

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Universities have long been places for intense dialogue about sustainability issues. However, the emerging paradigm is that dialogue alone is insufficient for addressing the challenges of environmental, economic, and social ...

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Measuring Attitudes of and Engagement with Sustainability on a Conservative Campus

  • Utah State University (UT)

Having worked within sustainability offices at Utah State University (USU), we have learned the necessity of a knowledge-based approach to encouraging a new environmental ethic. We plan to bring such ...

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Multiplying Impact: Shifting Culture and Driving Outcomes through Network Management

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Human capital is our greatest asset and an integral part of the change process, with individuals ready to serve as catalysts in departments, offices, labs, and peer groups throughout any ...

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Lights Out!

  • Wells College (NY)

I was part of a small group of students assigned the topic of 'Energy Usage' as a project in our Psychology of Environmental Sustainability Class. We wanted to measure the ...

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Transforming Campus Sustainability & Education: The Student-Led Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The student initiated, funded, & led Renewable Energy Initiative transformed higher education at Appalachian State University. The ASUREI strives to reduce the environmental impact of ASU through the implementation of ...

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The Proactive Sustainability Council

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you engage faculty, staff, and students in a Sustainability Council? What initiatives take place in a successful Council? How do you keep the momentum? These questions and more ...

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Preaching to the Choir: Why Faith Based Institutions Must Use Their Unique Positioning to Change the Game

  • Baylor University (TX)

Faith based institutions are uniquely positioned to reach an audience of people that secular institutions are not as well equipped to address. Failing to integrate a faith based institution's ...

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Striking a Balance Between Growth and Engagement: A Case Study of the Student Internship Program at the College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As sustainability continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the country, institutions across the US are working to develop internship programs to meet the needs of both ...

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Sense of Place Programming for Incoming Students

  • Colorado College (CO)

Incoming students at Colorado College arrive a week before regular classes start in order to participate in three days of New Student Orientation (NSO) and four days of field-based service ...

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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

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Campus Engagement Partners

Dot Cup

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate
Dot Cup manufactures and sells the patented Dot Menstrual Cup and is passionate about making the best, most sustainable products accessible to all people with periods.

EcoChallenge.org

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

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

GreenerU

Waltham, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

Post-Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
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.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

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.