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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Ask Me Anything About How to Start an "Ask Me Anything Series

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

In May 2020, the University of California, Merced launched a monthly “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) Series where an expert guest is featured for an hour long session answering attendees’ questions ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Eliminate Waste and Provide for the Underprivileged- A Free Store

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s program, The Free Store, is a community-based resource dedicated to helping UT students, faculty, and staff reduce their environmental impact and save money. It ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Campus Sustainability Starts in the Lab

  • My Green Lab (CA)

Recent years show a global movement in sustainability as more organizations see the benefit of reducing their operations’ environmental impact. Thousands of universities have pledged to be more sustainable through ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Engage Your Campus Community Through Social Media

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Have you ever wondered how to connect to students using social media as a tool to spread awareness of your sustainability initiatives? Are you struggling to grab students’ attention online ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Stay Rad, Post Grad

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it’s just a matter of making it happen. Join the PLAN staff ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Bringing Out the Change-Maker in All of Us

  • City University of New York, Hunter College (NY)
  • PIPS Education Fund (NY)

Can you think of any games that use some form of currency (coins, tokens, etc.) to encourage people to keep playing? Have you ever gotten hooked on such a game ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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UVA Green Labs: A Holistic Approach to Technical Communications

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The UVA Green Labs Program has implemented a tiered model for communications that provides helpful and accessible resources to a broad range of stakeholders on Grounds. This approach has been ...

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The Importance of Student Leaders in Project-Based Sustainability Spaces

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

University students are the main drivers of change on campus, but getting this change initiated can seem challenging and intimidating. Join student leaders and teaching assistants from the University of ...

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Empathy Mapping: A Design Tool for Impactful Sustainability Programs

  • Davidson College (NC)

In this session, attendees will practice the skill of empathy mapping, the first step in design thinking. To create value for their own work, attendees will then be asked to ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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I Am Not Throwing Away My (Up)Shot: Pandemic Pains Prove Resiliency Benefits Everyone

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

A full two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us are overly acquainted with the online fatigue brought about by our virtual workscape. Prolonged separation from in person meetings ...

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Knowing Your Community Expectations Can Drive Sustainability Outcomes

  • University of Tasmania (TAS)

The value of knowing your community expectations can drive sustainability outcomes. The University of Tasmania runs biennial student and staff sustainability surveys since 2016. Using the Sustainability Culture Indicator (SCI ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Lightning Talks: Student Organizing & Activism

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Creighton University (NE)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Seattle University (WA)

This session consists of 3 15-minute Lightning Talk sessions related to student organizing and activism. The Lightning Talks are: Campus ESG: Development of Student-Run Sustainable Investing at Arizona State University ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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How to Create a Sustainable Virtual Event Certification Program

  • Concordia University (IL)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Manitoba (MB)

In the context of increasingly affordable (but not universal) access to digital equipment and technologies, virtual events have become more prevalent. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual events ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Sustainability Graduate Studies: Where, Why, and How

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • University of South Florida (FL)

Undergraduate students are welcome to attend a panel discussion about sustainability graduate studies. Learn more about the value of a graduate degree, ways to determine which program is the right ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Inspire Just & Sustainable Behaviors via Your Biggest Influencer: Sports

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)
  • Honeycomb Strategies (CO)

This session seeks to educate and inspire sustainability professionals to partner with their athletics departments to improve sustainability systems and motivate fans to enhance their personal sustainability behaviors at home ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Engaging Students Beyond Individual Sustainability Action

  • California State University, Fresno (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University Mohammed VI Polytechnic
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Students have boundless energy and passion, but often express frustration that many sustainability solutions place emphasis on individual action and/or their efforts do not make a significant impact on ...

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Who is the Post-Landfill Action Network?

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) was founded in 2013, by a group of college students. These students witnessed a systemic waste problem on their campus and developed the first student-led ...

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Small Actions, Massive Impact: Fighting Waste on Your Campus 101

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Getting involved is a big step! This is an excellent session to attend if you are interested in starting a project to address waste systems on your campus but aren ...

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Finding Your Point of Intervention

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In the zero waste community, there’s been a longstanding debate about whether individual action vs. collective action prompts the most effective change. What is your stance? How do you ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Alumni & Student Engagement: Building Relationships and Career Pathways

  • Elon University (NC)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Green LMN LLC (NJ)

Now, more than ever, students need support finding professional development opportunities and career pathways. Connecting alumni to students expands opportunities for students to engage in meaningful sustainability work and can ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Composting: Community Based Solutions to Food Waste & Climate Challenges

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Food loss and food waste are global challenges; an estimated 40% of food in the U.S. is wasted. Food waste is directly related to food insecurity, poverty, and the ...

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Greek Sustainability: Leveraging Change, Empowering Leaders

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Students have been organizing chapter houses to host a "Green Chair" or also popularly known as "Green Greek Reps". We will share our resources, strategy, and recent academic year's ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Augsburg University’s Local Food Initiative: Student-Designed, Locally-Sourced

  • Augsburg University (MN)

In 2020, Augsburg University’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship launched Augsburg Local, a campaign to leverage Augsburg University’s purchasing power to support local businesses. Purchasing at Augsburg ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Creating a Sustainability Survey: From Development to Assessing Impact

  • Yale University (CT)

Are you interested in gaining a better sense of the sustainability needs and interests of your community? Is your institution seeking points in STARS? In this session, the Yale Office ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Measuring the Perceptions of Sustainability Initiatives

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Our study collected the perceptions of sustainability initiatives at Texas State University from the campus community which includes, all faculty, staff, and students. This study will use the collected data ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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A Student-led Process for University Carbon Footprinting

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

Students at Michigan Technological University have been calculating the institution’s carbon footprint for over 20 years as part of a project-based academic course. We will share the contours of ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Coping with Change: Responding to the Great Sustainability Resignation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

How can we resiliently adapt and navigate a sustainable path forward for ourselves and our institutions? As baby boomers retire, COVID-inspired resignations soar, corporate sustainability hiring is on the rise ...

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Twenty Years In: What Impact are Sustainability Peer Education Programs Making?

  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Tufts University (MA)

Since the founding of the first “Eco-Reps” program at Tufts University in 2001, many campuses created similar sustainability peer education programs. While there have been internal program evaluations of these ...

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Using Reflective Structured Dialogues (RSD) to Support STARS Collaboration and Performance

  • Dallas College (TX)

Dallas College’s Sustainability Office will share how they use the tools and techniques of Reflective Structured Dialogues (RSD) to build effective communication and internal support for STARS reporting. The ...

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Energy and carbon reduction - A total holistic approach by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been actively implementing various energy reduction efforts to promote sustainability and reduce its carbon footprint. The university recognizes the importance of energy conservation and has ...


EarthFest 2023

  • Cleveland State University (OH)

EarthFest is an annual event thrown by Cleveland State's Office of Sustainability. The mission of EarthFest is to celebrate Earth Day by engaging students, faculty and staff to create ...


Tiffany Jurge plans Soup and Substance collaboration with SCITC

  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (MI)

Central Michigan University (CMU) presents Soup and Substance events through the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) for students, faculty, staff and community members. Soup and Substance events ...


Soup and Substance: Anishinaabek Food Sovereignty

  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (MI)

Central Michigan University (CMU) presents Soup and Substance events through the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) for students, faculty, staff and community members. Soup and Substance events ...


Meghan VanDamme leads composting initiative at CMU

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Meghan VanDamme and Central Sustainability collaborated with Facilities Management and CMU Residence Life to erect a compost drop-off at Northwest Apartments. The drop-off promotes sustainability by offering an opportunity for ...


Ava Brewer uses student-athletes as sustainability advocates for CMU

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Central Sustainability coordinator Ava Brewer created a video promoting sustainability at CMU using student-athletes as sustainability advocates. The video will play at football, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling ...


Central Sustainability, CMU Professor Hope May and Cora di Brazza Foundation lead Peace Flag Raising at CMU

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

On April 21, 2023, Central Sustainability, Central Michigan University Professor Hope May and the Cora di Brazza Foundation collaborated to present CMU’s annual Peace Flag Raising ceremony. This year ...


Diverting Food Waste and Educating the Campus Community with Solar Powered Compost Kiosks at Illinois State University

  • Illinois State University (IL)

The Illinois State University Compost Kiosks provide a model for other institutions in diverting food waste and reducing single-use plastic while educating and engaging the campus community in the act ...


Auburn University Earth Day 2023

  • Auburn University (AL)

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the environment and demonstrate support for environmental protection. More than one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities ...


Auburn University Earth Day 2023

  • Auburn University (AL)

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the environment and demonstrate support for environmental protection. More than one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities ...


Auburn University Earth Day 2023

  • Auburn University (AL)

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the environment and demonstrate support for environmental protection. More than one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities ...


The Week: The New Playbook for Climate Mobilization

  • The Week

The Week is a climate mobilization tool that anyone can pick up and use, for free, to create courageous conversations about climate breakdown, and what we as a society can ...


Creation of a Pollinator Garden at Farmingdale State College

  • State University of New York at Farmingdale (NY)

In the Spring of 2023 Farmingdale State College's Office for Sustainability partnered with the college's Horticulture department to design an on-campus pollinator garden. The site is currently a ...


Franklin University Switzerland’s ACT Program: A Case Study in Stakeholder Carbon Markets for College Campuses

  • Franklin University Switzerland (Ticino)

At Franklin University Switzerland, Academic Travel (“AT”) has historically been the university-funded activity that generates the greatest amount of carbon emissions by the Franklin community each year. In order to ...


CSU Channel Islands Teaches About Sustainable Land Management During Earth Month

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

CSU Channel Islands kicked off Earth Month celebrations with an event focused on targeted grazing and its use as a sustainable land management strategy. The event included a presentation from ...


Arbor Day & Earth Month Tree Planting at CSU Channel Islands

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

Students, staff, faculty, and community members came together to plant 20 trees on the CSU Channel Islands campus to celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Month 2023.


USC Office of Sustainability tabling

  • University of Southern California (CA)

Staff from the USC Office of Sustainability table at an Earth Month event on campus.


Building an Embedded Sustainability Approach

  • TAFE Queensland Robina Campus (QLD)

The TAFE Queensland Robina Campus has been purpose-built to lead the way as a sustainable vocational education and training (VET) provider across Australia. The campus was designed from the ground ...


WashU Earth Day Festival

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

WashU School of Medicine held the 2023 Earth Day Festival, which included a free bike tune up for all employees and students, a farmers market, and sustainable vendor showcase. The ...


U of Washington Earth Day Fair

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The 2023 Earth Day Exhibitor Fair at the University of Washington.


U of Washington Earth Day Fair

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Kort Maeda of the University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) tables at a UW 2023 Earth Day Fair.

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.

All responses reference content from reports under the latest version of STARS, version 2.2. AASHE membership and log-in is required.

EN 1: Student Educators Program

EN 2: Student Orientation

EN 3: Student Life

EN 4: Student Life

EN 5: Student Life

EN 6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

EN 7: Employee Educators Program

EN 8: Employee Orientation

EN 9: Staff Professional Development & Training

Additional analysis on scores and quantitative fields can be conducted using the STARS Benchmarking Tool.

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