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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Green Guides- Guiding Students Through Green Opportunities

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona is the top ranked university in the United States for environmental research, and as a part of that leadership, the UA offers its students a plethora ...

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Transformative Learning Through Small Group Discussion: Course Book Resources to Accelerate Change

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

At the 2013 AASHE conference, Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College, offered a plenary session on Organizational Change for Sustainability Education, which highlighted the need for increased initiatives working to ...

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Smart Housing Project: Measuring Use and Motivating Change

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Thirteen million college students live in on-campus housing in the United States. Since these students typically do not pay their utility bills directly, efforts to motivate efficiency and conservation changes ...

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Taking Stock/Getting Started: Finding Opportunities to Take Action

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)

Taking Stock/Getting Started: Finding Opportunities to Take Action Are you an individual on your campus who knows how important sustainability is, but doesn’t know what it takes to ...

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Social Media Engagement: How #HigherEd should #Talk2Targets

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Social media outreach goes far beyond a traditional campaign approach. While successful marketing efforts can ignite interest and raise awareness of a program, initiative or an institution itself, the true ...

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Philosophy, Blisters, Sustainability: Deep Thinking and Dirty Hands

  • Wright State University (OH)

The typical recruiter doesn’t use a line like, roll up your sleeves, come work on our campus to entice students to select their school but with an increased emphasis ...

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Developing an Effective Peer Education Program

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP) at Indiana University has recently begun training undergraduate student leaders to deliver sustainability lessons and workshops to their peers. This type of peer-to-peer learning ...

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How can an Academic Library support a University’s Sustainability Plan?

  • Dominican University (IL)

The discussion will be facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will outline how they are collaborating to meet the sustainability goals of the University. The ...

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Channel Sustainability: Applying & Sharing though Video Projects

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

How better to teach students about an interdisciplinary topic such as sustainability than by using an interdisciplinary approach to assignments? Integrating video projects and assignments in courses as well as ...

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The Evolution of an Eco-Reps Program to Advance Institutional Goals

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Eco-Reps program at Lehigh University began in the fall of 2010 as a pilot project by environmentally-minded students. Eco-Reps started out as an informal club but quickly became a ...

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Case studies on behavior change and energy efficiency

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Like many other areas of sustainability, energy efficiency solutions require a multifaceted approach. Retrofits and advancements in technology aren’t effective enough on their own. Behavior change strategies can be ...

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There’s No Place Like A Sustainable Home: Greening Off-Campus Housing

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In the summer of 2013, the University of Arizona launched the Undergraduate Off-Campus Housing Sustainability Coordinator (OCHSC) position designed to bring sustainability into the homes of students living off-campus. The ...

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Student Sustainability Survey : From Data, Dialogue, and Action

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

A redesigned 2014 Western Michigan University Student Sustainability Survey asked students to rank their campus sustainability priorities (e.g., renewable energy infrastructure, sustainable food systems, curriculum/program development, green buildings ...

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Innovative Water Collection and Filtration of Garage Contaminants

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Students for Sustainability’s (SfS) Water Committee, a program of Associated Students of the University of Arizona, focuses on water conservation and education on water related issues at the University ...

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Bleed Orange, Act Green: Developing Student Leaders with Athletics

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Students are an essential component of sustainability initiatives within the University of Texas at Austin’s Athletics department. This team of students, the Sustainability Squad, work to create a culture ...

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Building a Living Learning Community: Big Problems and Big Success

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

’A sustainability-themed living/learning community is a bad idea. This sort of thing has been tried before. It was a failure then, and this will be no different.’ This was ...

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Fostering Social Change through Action and Recognition Programs

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Sustainability is often approached from economic and environmental viewpoints which, while exceptionally valid, can be restrictive when approaching a project with limited quantitative data. Through the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program ...

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Student Workers Building Sustainable Communities

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has a unique student worker program in its residence halls since its founding in 1971. Students work with professional staff to perform the custodial and maintenance ...

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Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Energy and Water Reduction Competitions

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Lucid (CA)

Excited about the idea of running an energy and/or water reduction competition on your campus, but not sure where to start? If so, this interactive workshop is for you ...

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Beyond Eco-Reps: Deepening Engagement through an Effective Residential Life Partnership

  • University at Albany (NY)

UAlbany’s Office of Environmental Sustainability has partnered with Residential Life to provide a communication and training channel to students as well as robust peer-to-peer education program in resident housing ...

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Learning for Sustainability Scotland

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)

There is an undeniable need for a world that is sustainable: where people and communities value and are engaged with the natural environment; societies are inclusive and equitable; and a ...

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Energy Hog in the House: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Life

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The Energy Hog program is an entertaining and extremely effective outreach tool for college students to engage interested audiences from their community on topics related to energy. For many people ...

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Learning by Living: The Berea College Deep Green Student Residence Experience

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Berea College LEED Platinum Deep Green Residence Hall, also seeking Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition, will have over a full year of occupancy by October 2014. Residential life, facilities ...

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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

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Implementing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste Program: UMass Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

For the last year, UMass Amherst has been partnering with a newly-formed nonprofit organization, The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), to launch a student-led move-out waste collection and resale program. PLAN ...

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Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes in Co-curricular Sustainability Programs

  • Portland State University (OR)

In recent years, co-curricular sustainability programs have been established at many higher education institutions. However, few such programs have developed learning outcomes (LOs) or assessment processes to measure the types ...

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Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley cultivates a collaborative space for strengthening the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Greek Life: Empowering Students and Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

For hundreds of years Greek organizations across the country have instilled in students the distinct values of tradition, scholarship and positive social influence through leadership. Due to the high diversity ...

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Using a contemporary art gallery to communicate sustainability

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

There is the potential for universities to be beacons of good practice in sustainability through the ‘greening’ of estates, operations and curricula. However, greening is often invisible, resulting in missed ...

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Knowing is not Enough: Linking Behavior to Knowledge and Other Factors

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Efforts to promote sustainability literacy come naturally to many colleges and universities, as imparting knowledge is part of the core mission of higher education. But “sustainability across the curriculum,” sustainability ...

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Online Training as a Gateway to Stakeholder Engagement

  • University of Michigan (MI)

No campus can reach their sustainability goals without deep engagement of students, faculty and staff. A key struggle for many campuses is how to initiate and maintain this engagement across ...

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Effects of Behavioral Signage on Dormitory Recycling Rates

  • Boston University (MA)

Data shows that pairing recycling and trash containers leads to higher recycling rates. However, many older buildings do not have space for more than a trash container, especially in residential ...

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Engaging Residential Students in Energy Saving via Behavior Change

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • NORESCO (NC)

This case study will feature results at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which began its partnership with the Energy Service Company NORESCO in 2011. While many Energy Service Contracts only ...

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Applying Innovative Web-based Tools to Enhance Behavior Change Programs

  • American University (DC)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Three leading Universities have piloted and implemented the innovative web-based tools, Practically Green and One Million Acts of Green, building upon their experience with simple checklists to broaden the community ...

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Social Marketing: A Sustainable Trend

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

We live in a digital age when social structure and norms are being altered rapidly by new communication platforms. Information is no longer dispersed via newspaper, telegraph, a phone call ...

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Give & Go Move-Out Donation Program: Multifaceted Student Outreach Campaign

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s newly revamped and rebranded Give & Go Move Out donation program in R&DE Student Housing has dramatically reduced the waste stream sent to landfills at the end of ...

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Amplify Your Message: Advice from Communications Professionals

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The basic tenets of marketing communications—defining an audience and explaining how the benefits of a product or service suit that audience’s needs—are important tools for sustainability professionals ...

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On The Team: Millions of Campus Sports Fans Engaged in Sustainability?

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

In just the last 5 years, over 200 US campuses have kicked off some level of sustainability efforts in their collegiate athletics and recreation programs. Some have achieved high level ...

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Build Your Own Shareable Campus

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • CoFED (NM)
  • Shareable (CA)

In this half-day workshop, participants will dive head first into the sharing economy: Part campus sustainability, part new economics, part DIY, and part open education. With support from key leaders ...

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Step away from the soap box!!!

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

We all know the world is falling apart around us and we are scrambling just to keep up. We have a sense of urgency that burns within us and drives ...

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Dust the Camera Off

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Video provides a great medium for the presentation of policies, initiatives, and opportunities. The range of cinematic styles can be explored and used to communicate seemingly mundane messaging in a ...

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Students & Climate Change Intervention: Investment Office Insights

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)

Focused on campuses with the intention of mobilizing student activists, late in 2012 a "divest from fossil fuel" campaign was begun. Most faith and values-driven institutional investors were attentive to ...

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Building Relationships to Build Change

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

All social change begins with relationships. Potential student supporters, volunteers and decision-makers alike are more likely to actively support projects led by people that they know and trust. In this ...

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Building an EcoReps Community through a Regional Conference

  • American University (DC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Professional sustainability staff frequently convene at events and conferences such as AASHE to share best practices, network, and elevate the collective knowledge base of sustainability in higher education. On many ...

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UR vs. VCU: A Campus ConseRVAtion Nationals Cross-Town Competition

  • American University (DC)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In 2013, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University partnered in a cross-town energy competition, Campus Conservation Nationals. The schools wanted to capitalize on an existing basketball rivalry and ...

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Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges Practiced and Proven. It is widely understood that engaging students in sustainability within a community college is incredibly and ...

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Cultivating community and sustainability at the Learning Gardens Lab

  • Portland State University (OR)

Learning gardens serve as rich sustainability learning sites due to their ecological and sociocultural benefits, and provide a hands-on way for learners of all ages to engage in interconnected issues ...

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Connect curriculum & co-curriculum to assess engagement campus-wide

  • Portland State University (OR)

Student learning occurs in a variety of ways and in a variety of places on campus. However, most measurements of student learning and engagement around sustainability are assessed separately for ...

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Mission Sustainable Challenge: A Platform for Collaboration!

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The Mission Sustainable Challenge was the fruit of collaboration among Santa Clara University staff, faculty and students that culminated in 176 members of the university community taking a daily sustainability ...

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Co-creative Leadership: A Mindset for Change Agents

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Co-creative Leadership is an approach to leadership that values a wholesome balance and produces an expectation of justice. Through the use of contemplative practices (e.g. observation, reflection, storytelling, group ...

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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.