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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Advancing Organizational Change for Sustainable Development Goals Through Neuropsychology

  • University of Southern California (CA)

What role does neuropsychology play as a determinant for successful organizational change toward Sustainable Development Goals? This session explores the inter-related notions of reflective practice, metacognition, cultural norms, and critical ...

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The Intersectionality of the Arts and Environmental Activism

  • University of Denver (CO)

At the University of Denver, the Center for Sustainability has established a Zero Waste Program at all sports games, and the average diversion rate of waste from landfill is approximately ...

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Community-Driven Reuse Initiatives

  • Flower City Pickers (NY)

This session will explore examples where waste, whether that is food, electronics, clothing, and more are recovered and either resold or redistributed by creating and leveraging purpose-driven communities. It explores ...

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Evaluating and improving the UDC student's knowledge on the campus sustainability projects

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

Abstract: This research examines the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) student's knowledge on the campus sustainability projects and evaluates three intervention techniques to enhance the student's ...

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Ideas into Actions: The ECOllective Fund and Student-led Sustainability Initiatives at CofC

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Each semester at the College of Charleston, students pay a 'Green Fee,' established in the fall of 2009 of $10 that is put into a fund that we call the ...

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Paying for Sustainability: Creating a Relationship With Institutional Advancement

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Babson College (MA)

Over the years, the percentage of alumni giving to their alma maters has been declining. Lower alumni giving not only means less income; it also lowers an institution's standing ...

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Student Oriented Sustainability Projects on a Small Educational Campus

  • State University of New York at Canton (NY)

In learning about sustainability practices, students acquire more knowledge through an active process of engagement, by constructing new ideas and working on projects, rather than traditional teaching practices such as ...

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Student Funded Initiatives & the Intersections of Social Justice & Sustainability

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This is going to address clear and tangible ways students can have agency and autonomy over some of their Student Activity Fees in order to create more than just a ...

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Synergies in Sustainable Food Systems for Students, by Students

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In 2017, students, faculty, and staff at the College of Charleston were compelled by Charleston YOUth Count's data administered by the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities ...

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Urban green spaces connecting people and place

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The following concept is a new project designed for the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus; the development and implementation of an urban green space titled The Lot @ ASU, that serves ...

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The Campus Kitchens Project: Connecting the Campus and the Community

  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

For more than 15 years The Campus Kitchens Project has been empowering students around the country to recover and transform would-be-wasted food into meals to feed members of their community ...

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Fighting Food Waste on College Campuses

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

BACKGROUND: An estimated 40% of food produced in the US goes uneaten, yet 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. And that number may be even higher on college campuses ...

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Grassroots: Connecting Diverse Louisville Communities Through Sustainable Initiatives

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The environmental threat of food waste looms over the United States alongside the imminent threat of hunger. Watching food on campus being thrown away or composted, Erin and Henny believed ...

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PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Team Internship Program

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The Green Teams program is a one-of-a-kind multi-institutional internship program targeted to upper level undergraduates from any discipline who are interested in Sustainability. Green Teams are transdisciplinary teams of students ...

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Shorter showers? There's an App for that!

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

Over the past 6 years, UMass Dartmouth has been tracking student's shower times. This has ranged from self-reported times, to specifically supported timed studies to now the development of ...

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Local to Global - 5 Strategies for Leaders to Win Change Now and After Graduation

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills and teach ...

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Countdown to Nowruz 2018

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The development of sustainability-focused homes on the campuses of college and universities has the potential to have significant and profound impacts on the teaching, research, and service missions of these ...

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Women Empowerment - Sustainable Development Goal 5

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Women are challenged by social norms and systems that limit their potential and stifle their development. Too often we view these challenges as problems to be solved with policies, laws ...

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Urban Emerald

  • Saint Peter's University (NJ)

Four miles from Manhattan on 25 acres in Jersey City is the nearly 150 year old Saint Peter's University..A United Nations NGO, SPU has a Jesuit, Catholic mission ...

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Sustainability, Equity & Inclusivity: Diversifying the Conversation

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Sustainability Weekend is a conference organized by graduate and undergraduate students from various departments at CMU. This year's theme, 'Sustainability, Inclusivity & Equity' seeks to expand the scope of ...

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Improving Inclusivity at Campus Farmers Market and Garden

  • University of Utah (UT)

The University of Utah Sustainability Office coordinates an on-campus farmers market and two edible garden sites that provide students, faculty, staff, and community members with local, healthy, and sustainable food ...

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Integrating Participatory Action Research Into Internships and Outreach - Univ of Illinois at Chicago

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is Chicago's only public research university with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system. This session introduces ...

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Recapturing the Learning Opportunities of University Sustainability Indicators

  • Tulane University (LA)

In the 1990s students conducted campus environmental audits and assessments, which were often the first step towards improving university environmental practices and creating sustainability programs. These audits, often conducted as ...

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Northern Arizona University Sustainable Citizens Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

We have been quite concerned about the general lack of climate science and sustainability knowledge that students have when they graduate from higher education institutions. We know that climate change ...

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The Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program at LIU Brooklyn

  • Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (NY)

The Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU) has recently established a Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program (CUSP) with the support of a Humanities Connections grant from the National Endowment for ...

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Placed-based Education in Co-Curricular Programs: Bringing Global Goals to Local Places

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Placed-based education has been a core component of the sustainability across the curriculum movement for more than 10 years. However, applying sense of place to co-curricular learning has made less ...

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Changemaker Maps: A Roadmap to Transform Your Backyard and Your World

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How ASU is leveraging 17 global goals as a framework to reach beyond the choir, transcend disciplines, connect with communities, and catalyze social change. Want to create change, but not ...

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Fast-tracking a Comprehensive Responsible Leadership Initiative Highlighting the UN 2030 SDGs

  • Kent State University (OH)

The College of Business Administration at Kent State University became an advanced signatory to PRME and an associate member of GRLI in Spring 2017. We introduced our Responsible Leadership Initiative ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Laboratory: The Think 80:20 Recycling Program at Deerfield Academy

  • Deerfield Academy (MA)

Many institutions struggle to integrate recycling and organics collections broadly across their campuses. In 2013, Deerfield Academy re-booted its traditional recycling program and began to implement composting out into the ...

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Co-Curricular Learning and Sustainable Development Competencies: Towards Research Collaboration

  • De Montfort University

This session will enable participants to compare and contrast practice and identify opportunities and challenges to developing students' competencies to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via co-curricular ...

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Sustainabili-TEA: The Evolution and Efficacy of Podcasts as a Medium for Sustainability Literacy

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The Office of Sustainability has seen a strong response to using Podcasts to highlight stories, perspectives, and information to the campus and greater community. The efforts were first introduced as ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Badge Program Using Co-Curricular and Community Service Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability community service learning into curriculum requires faculty, staff, and community engagement. Students and faculty that are passionate about implementing change in the community are developing mutually beneficial ...

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GreenTech LIU: A Digital Platform for Campus SDG Collaboration

  • LIU Post (NY)

Sustainability and education for global citizenship are essential literacies for the 21st century. LIU Post's Center for Sustainability wants faculty and students to have powerful and effective digital tools ...

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Creating a Sustainability Director Position for the Student Body Government (presentation)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

In the spring of 2017, University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) student Dave Herrera proposed to UMD Student Association (UMDSA) to create a Student Director Of Sustainability. After much discussion and ...

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Creating Sustainability Director Position for Student Body Government (poster)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

In the spring of 2017, University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) student Dave Herrera proposed to UMD Student Association (UMDSA) to create a Student Director Of Sustainability. After much discussion and ...

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Fostering Sustainability Culture on an Irish Campus, Lessons Learned from UCC's Green Campus Journey

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

This session will tell the story of University College Cork's experience in embedding sustainability on campus over the last decade. This journey has taken UCC from a student-led campaign ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often under-appreciated, skill sets of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting ...

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Partnering With Purpose: Curating Sustainability Leadership With Staff, Students, and Faculty

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

During the 2017 academic year, the Office of Sustainability at our university partnered with two AmeriCorps volunteers to create the Student Sustainability Leadership Program and the Employee Sustainability Ambassadors Program ...

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Acts of Art for the Environment

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In Sustainable Earth, there are two different project groups, one focusing on the intersection of environmentalism and technology, the other on environmental art. My poster will focus on how art ...

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Wrestling With the Invisibility Cloak: Catalyzing Student Action and Creating Office Recognition

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • Villanova University (PA)

As sustainability officer's we often lead from behind, supporting students as a silent or invisible partner. This enables them to bring awareness to issues and take ownership over the ...

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Green in a Red State: Working Towards Sustainable Development Goals in a Conservative Environment

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

The era of Trump may have officially begun on in 2017, but Trump era ideas on issues of sustainability, inclusion & equity have existed in parts of the country for ...

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Campus Controversies: How Should Sustainability Offices Respond?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Election results, sexual misconduct allegations, racist graffiti, controversial op-eds, poorly worded emails are resulting in cycles of anger, backlash, emotional release, exhaustion and division on many of our campuses. At ...

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#stopsucking: Leveraging Coalitions to Turn #strawlesssummer into an Endless Summer

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Approximately 630000 straws are used daily in Charleston, South Carolina. This single-use plastic often finds its way to the environment. Local branches of national organizations such as Surfrider, Lonely Whale ...

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Sustainability Surveys for Program Enhancement

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Indiana State University (IN)

For this session, panelists from Indiana State University (ISU), The College of Charleston (CofC), Ramapo College of New Jersey, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), Colorado State University (CSU), Lehigh ...

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Undergrads as Consultants: Sharing Strategies and Experiences From a Student Intern Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability (OS) employs student interns year-round to work on campus sustainability projects. The model for their efforts is one of consultation; the students serve as a ...

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Learning From the Past to Inform the Future: Leveraging Campus-Community Partnerships With Dialogue

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

Achieving complex sustainable development goals that integrate human and natural systems, including health and wellbeing as well as sustainable cities and communities, requires open and transparent collaboration with stakeholders. At ...

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Sustainability Week: A Case Study in Diversity of Programing to Maximize Outreach Across Barriers

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The College of Charleston's Office of Sustainability has had several flagship programs and series over the years, but none near the scale and dynamism of the annual Sustainability Week ...

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Graphic Design Strategies for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Graphic designers can create positive change by integrating sustainability into their work. Graphic design is often not a sustainable practice, even so, sustainable design guidelines can reduce its impact. Energy ...

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Visual Storytelling for Sustainability: Raising Your Game in Photo and Video

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Do you struggle to take photos that look 'professional' rather than run-of-the-mill? Is the idea of making a video, or even the occasional Boomerang clip, intimidating? In short, are quality ...

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Instilling Professional Development Into Eco-Reps Programs

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

This presentation will present key areas where you can grow professional development within your Eco-reps program, drawing on experience at four institutions of higher education. We will cover why it ...

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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.

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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
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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
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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.