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.

3287 resources

Sustainability & Wellness Month: A replicable outreach campaign to encourage healthy, sustainable behaviors on campus.

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia’s Hoo’s Well wellness team partnered with the Office for Sustainability to develop an outreach campaign to encourage behavior changes that benefit people and the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Libraries as Partners In Creating and Supporting Campus Green Teams

  • University of Utah (UT)

Getting green teams started on campus can seem an impossible challenge. Campus libraries by their very nature are set up to interact and connect with colleges, departments, centers, divisions and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Forging Alliances: Adaptive Methodologies for Engaging Students

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Initiatives on campus require lasting and adaptive student engagement to remain sustainable themselves. This case study analyses the successes and challenges of student engagement methodologies employed via two related sustainability-based ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Shared Story, Shared Learning, Shared Action: Curricular and Co-Curricular Tools for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Although it is widely agreed that sustainability education should encompass much more than mere knowledge acquisition, educators and sustainability officers often lack the time, energy, and expertise needed to more ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sharing your Sustainability Story: the Role of Communications

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Tufts University (MA)

Understanding the importance of generating environmental awareness on campus, many sustainability offices have begun creating positions with an emphasis on communications, marketing, and outreach. After all, it is vital to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Scrap It and Start Over: Reshaping Your Eco-Reps Program from the Ground Up

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Many sustainability staff members have experienced a moment when they had to decide whether they wanted to continue an existing sustainability program in the same way it had been run ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Furman University's Sustainability Living Learning Communities

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has had a long standing commitment to promoting engaged learning through the development of academic learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. As part of Furman’s ongoing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Crafting a Comprehensive Student Internship Program

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Our Office would like to share strategies used, successes and challenges faced, and lessons learned during our efforts to build and stabilize a Sustainability Student Intern Program. Established in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Cultivating Sustainability Scholars

  • George Mason University (VA)

George Mason University committed to greatly expanding opportunities for undergraduate scholarship through a Quality Enhancement Program associated with the university’s re-accreditation in 2009. Core faculty from Mason’s Environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Student to Student: Best Practices and Lessons Learned with Student Engagement

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

This session will provide an overview of a student internship program that empowers college students to be tomorrow’s energy efficiency leaders. Currently on 23 universities and colleges and employing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

SELFsustain

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

This panel will provide a glimpse into multiple approaches universities can apply to nurture resilient communities. Large public land grant institutions are especially rich with opportunity to apply interdisciplinary perspectives ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Engaging Campus Constituents: Using Partnerships to Increase Behavior Modification Awareness & Action

  • University of Southern Mississippi (MS)

The Office of Sustainability and University Libraries formed a partnership on the main campus of The University of Southern Mississippi dedicated to increasing awareness of sustainable practices through a phased ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Wholly Frijoles! Teaching Sustainability Through Interactive Systems Thinking Education

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation will be highly interactive and begin with participants playing and discussing “Wholly Frijoles” for about 40 minutes. The “Wholly Frijoles” simulation focuses on the use (and abuse) of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Designing an Energy-Saving Campaign

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Our myPower campaign envisions a future where all campus stakeholders take action to save energy. The initiative combines campus commitment, coordination with a larger energy effort, communications strategies based on ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainability Officer and Faculty Members Collaborations on Advancing Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Empire State College (NY)

“Sustainability officer” is a fairly recent position at campuses across the nation. Although this position has a variety of titles and is housed in different departments at different campuses, it ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Theoretical Underpinning For Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Behavior and environment applies insights of behavioral sciences to problems at the interface between people and environment. Many sustainability initiatives on college campuses do not seem to be grounded in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

What is Old is New Again: Readapt Strategies to Engage Students in Leadership, Social Justice, and Sustainability

  • Clemson University (SC)

In our work with students, it is important to be able to articulate what we value on a daily basis. Within University Housing and Dining Services at Clemson University, Residential ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Adapting Eco-Rep Training to Optimize Student Experience

  • Elon University (NC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Eco-Rep training materials and training sessions are vital to laying the ground work for a fun and beneficial student experience, establishing accountability and ultimately contributing to Eco-Rep retention. With time ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus (2013)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

This paper examines case studies of over 40 universities across the US and Canada, all of whom have enacted a policy of responsible water management in their purchasing. They have ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Developing Resilient Communities through Community-University Partnerships

  • Luther College (IA)

One of the key strategies for dealing with global climate change is campus–community collaboration (M’Gonigle & Starke) to develop resilient, sustainable communities (Ausubel); as demonstrated at two small ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Developing and Fostering Community Specific Sustainability Campaigns

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell University is tackling the behavior change issue with a new approach. Instead of creating a campus-wide behavior change campaign for a very de-centralized university, the Energy and Sustainability department ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Frozen Faithful: Understanding and Responding to Evangelical Climate Denial

  • Houghton College (NY)

Climate change represents a contentious issue within religious circles today, with advocates and antagonists pleading their cases before the believing masses. Nowhere is this more evident than within evangelical circles ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Give and Go: Best Practice Lessons for Move Out Collections

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This presentation will brief conference attendees on the results of the “Give and Go: Move Out 2013” collection program taking place on five college campuses in May 2013. Produced through ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Green Book: A Written and Visual Arts Publication Celebrating Sustainability Through Creative Action

  • Delta College (MI)

Utilizing the campus and the community environment can create an engaging experience for teaching and learning and can serve as an invitation for partnership and participation. A unique, grant-funded venture ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Green Captains - Student Leadership in Dining Services

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

The Green Captain Program promotes student education and development and food waste reduction in Higher Education dining locations. The program empowers student employees and managers from each of the campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Greening the Athletic Enterprise: A Journey

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Intercollegiate athletics are a large part of many institutions’ physical footprints, a core part of institutional identity, and among the most prominent interactions higher education institutions have with the general ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Lessons Learned from an Interdisciplinary Programming Model with a Sustainability Focus

  • James Madison University (VA)

This case study features lessons learned from JMuse Café (http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse/), an interdisciplinary programming series developed by the University Libraries, with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Not Just Another Student Project

  • Babson College (MA)

Sustainability project management is never easy, especially as a student Eco Rep coordinator. As a student coordinator, you quickly discover that you cannot be successful if you try to operate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Knowing the Full Story: Creating a Blueprint for Effective Program Evaluation

  • Brown University (RI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

There is so much talk about the value of sustainability outreach programs, yet there is little data which proves their value. In order to make sure the hard work many ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Environmental Literacy: A Lifelong Learning Approach

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

As higher education institutions endeavor to prepare students for the future, environmental literacy is increasingly important. In addition to educating students, universities play a significant role in engaging the broader ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Residential Energy Competitions: Adapting for Success

  • Elon University (NC)

Residential energy competitions are a common student engagement strategy to educate, motivate and empower students to conserve energy and become more environmentally aware. They also provide unique professional development opportunities ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Student and Community Outreach on Rental Energy

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)

The $CORE (Student and Community Outreach on Rental Efficiency) Program was created by the Energy Program at the University of Colorado- Boulder Environmental Center and was adapted by the Student ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Blackout (A Night Out With the Lights Out): University Sustainability as a Social, Carbon-Saving Activity for Students and Staff

  • University of Southampton

On one evening in April 2012, 255 students and staff at the University of Southampton completed the first campus-wide equipment energy audit and switch-off event. The aims were to deliver ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainability by the Numbers

  • Babson College (MA)

Sustainability professionals are consistently challenged to prove the success and impact of sustainability programs – especially ones that target behavior change. This is not always easy, as many of the benefits ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Establishing and Managing Successful Sustainability Internship Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs) foster unique opportunities to integrate rigorous academic experiences in campus operations, engage operational staff in the academic mission, enhance the capacity of campus sustainability staff, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainable Communications: Tools for Your Outreach Toolbox

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

You have the content knowledge…do you know how to make that knowledge accessible to your audiences? What is your brand and how do you manage it? Communication strategies are ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Social Life of Smartphones

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Our institution has taken a unique approach to education and outreach initiatives by deliberately highlighting the social aspects of sustainability, fostering the power of storytelling to elicit emotional responses in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Transparency and Efficiency in Sustainability Implementation

  • Ohio University (OH)

Since your institution has adopted a sustainability and/or climate action plan, have you felt you spend more time on data collection and reporting than on actual implementation and outreach ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Designing for Sustainability: Project-based Seminar Series

  • Daemen College (NY)

As we encourage students to address sustainability-related issues, we need to have an effective strategy for empowering them to be creative and successful. We have structured our curriculum to include ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Create Leadership for Sustainability In Student Affairs

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Florida State University (FL)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Student Affairs divisions can play a critical role in the higher education sustainability movement through their efforts to recruit students, cultivate significant learning experiences outside the classroom, shape campus culture ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Playing Like A Team: Advancing Campus Sustainability By Greening Sports

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

With help from organizations such as AASHE and the U.S. EPA, colleges and universities across the nation are implementing campus-wide sustainability programs to enhance their environmental performance. Many of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Divestment: Successful Case Studies

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

With active campaigns on over 250 college campuses, divestment from fossil fuels has shifted the sustainability conversation significantly over the past year, pushing the “operational boundary” for campus sustainability, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Living Buildings that Engage Students (and their Institution) in Sustainability

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

There is a growing trend in education and architecture to create green ‘buildings that teach’, facilities that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. Currently, the most progressive green ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Practicing Behavior Interventions: Understanding and Implementing Sustainable Behavior Change on Your Campus

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Behavior change is a buzzword in sustainability work – mostly because our job on campuses, among many other responsibilities, is to change people’s behaviors to ones that are more sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Building an Inclusive Climate Justice Movement on Campus across Race, Class, and Gender Lines

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The climate isn’t just for the 1%. How can students ensure their climate planning and action are gender, race, and economically inclusive? The American College & University Presidents’ Climate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Adopting Real Collegiate Zero Waste Principles: Change Management's Finest Hour

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Zero waste represents a new means of elevating sustainability operations and student leadership at colleges and universities.

However, the term "zero waste" is often misunderstood and increasingly used without clear ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

All Projects are Personal: Making Change by Building Relationships

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • CoFED (NM)

Those of us inspired by campus sustainability have ideas for how to make change but often lack the knack for moving an initiative forward with others. People respond to ideas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Students: The Face of Food Auditing

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

Nation-wide, University dining services are actively seeking ways to assess the sustainability of their on-campus food system. The Real Food Challenge provides such a tool for sustainability assessment in dining ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning and Students as Agents of Change within Local Communities

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)
  • University of South Florida (FL)

Through innovative partnerships, students at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) are extending their education beyond the classroom by providing community-wide leadership in the field of sustainability. In 2012-2013, examples of student-led ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Creating and Maintaining a Sustainability Student Network

  • Macalester College (MN)

This session will focus on the successes and challenges faced by Macalester College in creating and supporting a Sustainability Student Worker Network. Macalester’s network is now in it’s ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

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

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.