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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Mapping Your Campus Metabolism: Taking a Systems Approach to Understanding Material Flows on Your Campus

  • Furman University (SC)

As campuses strive to become increasingly more sustainable, a comprehensive, integrated systems understanding of a university's campus metabolism and key material flows (water, energy, food, and materials) is essential ...

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Campus Gardens: Increasing Sustainability and Lowering Food Insecurity

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In this session, we will focus on the role campus gardens can play in educating faculty, students, and staff about sustainable food systems as well as their role in alleviating ...

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Compost and Collaboration: Reaching Zero Waste at UCI in Dining Commons and Residence Halls

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The University of California system and UC Irvine have committed to reaching Zero Waste, or 95% diversion from landfill by 2020. In 2016, UCI reached 83% diversion, the highest rate ...

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Employee Outreach: Creating a Culture of Sustainability in all Stakeholders at Arizona State University

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

Arizona State University is committed to being a leader in all areas of sustainability in Higher Education. A vital role in accomplishing this is to create awareness, educate, and integrate ...

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Engaging Partners in Source Reduction

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

40% of food produced in the U.S. is lost or wasted each year (FAO, 2014). Through data capture, staff training and guest education, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Hospitality ...

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Models for Collaborative and Implementable Pan-Campus Sustainability Plans

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community ...

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How to Expand a Recycling Program for Future Years

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

With a barren desert, no political will to implement policy nor financial incentive to push Nevadans to recycle, recycling in Nevada is virtually nonexistent. Currently, due to low landfill tipping ...

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Leveraging Living Building Challenge Standards across Campus Operations

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

How do you show faculty, staff and students that a building is alive and empower them to keep it healthy? As the most stringent green building certification in the world ...

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Southwestern University Campus as a Living Laboratory

  • Southwestern University (TX)

As a small liberal arts school in the middle of conservative Central Texas, Southwestern provides a unique example of a case study for increasing the sustainability of an institution of ...

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The Campus Climate is Heating up!: A Case Study of Student Activism at a Liberal Arts University

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Campus communities are a particular type of environment, uniquely affected by the political state of the surrounding area. Just as a politician's constituents should determine her platform, students at ...

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Empowering Solidarity Through Shared Sustainability Vision and Leadership

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Solidarity unifies diversity, creativity and passion toward a common goal. Through a shared sustainability position, Iowa State University's Office of Sustainability and the City of Ames, Iowa, unite together ...

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Plants on the Plate: Meeting Student Demand for Sustainable Plant-Based Dining.

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Market forces are shifting the ground beneath institutional food services, and most of them are far beyond what operators have the power to control. While they are hard to predict ...

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Green Labs at The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Office of Sustainability's Green Labs program at The University of Texas at Austin is a student-led initiative that serves as a resource to help researchers run a more ...

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UT Austin Campus Environmental Center: Student-led Environmental Action

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Bridging the gap between student interest and administrative support can be challenging in a bureaucratic university, especially when students seek operational changes towards sustainable practices. The UT Austin Campus Environmental ...

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Nudging commuters, big data and bold partnerships: A research-based approach to impacting commuter mode choice at MIT

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Researchers at MIT's Transit Lab, alongside MIT's operational decision-makers, have been examining commuter patterns at MIT for years. They helped launch a pilot collaboration between MIT and the ...

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Benefits for Transitioning to in-House Dining - A Panel Discussion

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This panel will explore the process, benefits, and challenges of using an in-house dining service. The panel will examine how a switch from an outside provider to an in-house dining ...

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Building Blocks for Assessing the Impact of Energy Dashboards

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Energy Dashboards can be effective tools in communicating about sustainability by providing real-time feedback on campus energy usage. The challenge many schools are faced with is how to use their ...

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A study-away experience in Costa Rica through the eyes of students and faculty from Trinity University.

  • Trinity University (TX)

Few places in the world are as biologically diverse as Costa Rica and as such it is a captivating and educational place to visit for students interested in sustainability. Trinity ...

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Visual Art and Poetry in Environmental Education

  • Trinity University (TX)

The presenters, an artist and a poet, have co-taught several courses incorporating student production of art and poetry in environmental education. The presentation will describe and show how specific experiences ...

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Sustainability Council-- Collaboration Among Student Organizations Is Key to Sustainable Success at Ohio State

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

As a major land-grant institution, The Ohio State University offers many opportunities for student involvement in sustainability. The University has over 100 sustainability-oriented organizations-- each with is own mission. Recently ...

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Leveraging Student Activity Fees to Catalyze High Impact Sustainability Projects

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

According to the AASHE Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds Database, the growth of Green Revolving Funds (GRFs) has exploded to include over 80 institutions representing over $100 Million. Techniques behind ...

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Sustainable Collaboration: Solving the Commuter Crisis

  • University of Houston (TX)

Minimizing the number of vehicles traveling to and parking on campus, while also reducing Houston's carbon footprint and improving the region's air quality is a critical goal of ...

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Sustainability Ambassadors: Modeling a Culture of Sustainability at New Student Orientation

  • Boston University (MA)

The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to motivate, inspire, and lead Boston University's efforts in supporting a culture of sustainability during new student orientation. The approach to ...

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It's not just Earth Day, it's Every Day! Building a Sustainability Movement

  • New York University (NY)

With the new administration in the White House it is imperative that sustainability offices and clubs build a strong, effective movement to act on climate change by unifying with other ...

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Needed: Systemic Change and Collaboration to Confront Shared Challenges - PepsiCo, UC Boulder, and other Universities break new

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • PepsiCo (IL)

Sustainability leaders are no longer asking themselves 'how can we do better,' and instead are asking, 'how can we do enough?' To answer that question we are partnering with universities ...

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Students Put Their Money Where Their Values Are: The JCCC Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This poster describes Johnson County Community College's Student Sustainability Committee. The Committee, formed in 2011 as part of a student-led initiative for a dollar-per-credit hour fee to fund sustainable ...

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Introducing Students to Campus Sustainability through Interactive Tree Labeling

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University, recognized as Tree Campus USA for five years, has recently introduced an interactive tree labeling system. The labeled trees directly connect to a customizable webpage through smartphones ...

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Peruse the Used; Campus Thrift Shop and Move out Program

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

At the beginning of the year students come to campus with carloads of excessive 'must have' college products. These items often have a short lifespan with their student as space ...

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High Priests of Sustainability?! The Promise and Perils of Becoming Your School's Moral Compass

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It began as a joke. When I first arrived, colleagues introduced me as the university's 'Green Guru.' Later I got a surprising compliment: 'You are the conscience of this ...

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Student-Led Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project: Low-Cost Implementation and Potential Applications

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Even at its outset, the new presidential administration has made it clear to the public that it is unwilling to support environmental protection at the federal level. In particular, the ...

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Gathering at the Table: Cultivating Future Leaders of a Thriving Community Food System

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Gathering at the Table brings together passionate student leaders, community food justice advocates, and eaters of all kinds to grow a sustainable, community food system. It is an innovative program ...

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Advancing Sustainability Through Health and Wellness Partnerships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Thomas will highlight key partnerships between the Office of Sustainability and Human Resources at Washington University (WashU): the expansion of a Community Supported Agriculture program that encourages students and employees ...

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Promoting Sustainability Through Partnerships - A Collection of Case Studies

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University has achieved some remarkable successes through a variety of partnerships across campus. These range in scale from a single researcher purchasing a piece of efficient lab equipment ...

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The High Touch Approach: Making Inclusivity and Social Sustainability Core to Mission

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

A pressing issue facing university campuses is concern about social community. Dartmouth College and its peers is being held accountable for high-risk behavior and a lack of inclusivity. How can ...

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Oscar is grouchy for a reason! Campus recycling behavior research and action

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Presents findings from phase one of a multi-phase study on recycling behavior at Colorado Mountain College. Findings are based on surveys of trash and recycling bin contents completed in spring ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainability through High-Impact Teaching Practices: Two Case Studies

  • Saint Joseph's College - ME (ME)
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)

This session (1) describes activities at diverse institutions to involve and instruct students in sustainability and (2) engages audience members in sharing experiences, identifying barriers to success, brainstorming solutions, and ...

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Elevating Your Campus Sustainability Month

  • Saint Louis University (MO)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

This combined session will be split into two parts. The first half of the session will be conducted by Toren Elste of University of Washington. Both the UW sustainability office ...

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Effects on Associate Faculty Engagement through Initiating PLCs

  • Ashford University (IA)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are created when groups of teaching professionals meet to achieve together what they cannot achieve individually. However, in our ever changing educational environment, we must consider ...

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Gompei's Gears: Implementing and Sustaining a Free Campus Bike-sharing Program

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Even with hilly terrain and long winters, bicycling is popular in Worcester, Massachusetts, and in particular among the many college students. At WPI in 2014 a student group researched transportation ...

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Re-generation: Regenerate, Renew, and Refresh - Preparing Our Students to Lead

  • Montana State University (MT)

Our graduates, coined the Re-Generation, has the responsibility to lead the world to a economical and ecological balance. To do this, they will draw on their campus experience to help ...

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Welcome to College! Focusing on Identity + Justice + Sustainability in a First-Year Orientation Program

  • Williams College (MA)

Root is a first-year orientation program that welcomes students to the Williams College campus and explores the intersection of justice, identity, and sustainability. The program is a collaboration between the ...

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Art, Science, Ways of Knowing and Agency in Place: Backyard Phenology as a Tool

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We are inspired by a successful art-science collaboration featuring an adorable silver camper (the 'Climate Chaser') serving as a tiny natural history museum and recording studio to capture stories of ...

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Lead your school to carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy.

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Environment America (MA)

The Climate Leadership Network comprises more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students ...

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Best Practices for Minimizing Waste on College and University Campuses

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)
  • Staples Business Advantage (MA)

With institutions scoring an average score of 1 point in waste reduction and diversion, there is tremendous room for improvement and institutions across the country are looking for ways to ...

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Transforming Sustainability at Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

Prior to the master plan update, Texas A&M had a series of district plans to direct campus development. These plans supported various campus districts, but where the plan boundaries met ...

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Promoting Sustainability & Sustainable Behaviors: Real-World Challenges

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Sustainability professionals are usually tasked with creating pro-environmental behavior change, but come to this work with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge on how to make that happen on our ...

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Galvanizing Student Power for Intersectional Sustainability Efforts

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

A diversity of perspectives leads to more effective problem-solving. So when we talk about Zero Waste on college campuses, how do we bring different perspectives to the decision-making table? It ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

We begin by asking students to envision a zero waste campus through innovative problem solving and logistics management. In small groups, they map out how to prevent specific forms of ...

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St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (and regional friends!) Meeting

  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden (MO)

The Saint Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium would like to invite members and regional friends to this informal meet-up time to compare notes, discuss ideas, and share inspirations from the ...

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AASHE STARS as a Framework for Sustainability Master Planning: Purdue University

  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Alignment and integration are two of the key concepts driving Purdue University Office of Campus Master Planning and Sustainability's effort to develop a five year Sustainability Plan for Purdue ...

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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
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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
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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.