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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Greening the Game: Football and Beyond

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SFS) saw an opportunity to bring together an entire community to embrace sustainability. Tens of thousands of fans populate the ...

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Sustainability Engagement at UC Boulder: IT Strategies for Behavior Change

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The University of Colorado Boulder has been a leader in sustainability focused research, education and engagement for more than half a century. The campus is home to nationally recognized and ...

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Pushing The Boundaries Of Student Sustainability Competitions With The Kukui Cup

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

In order to meet the sustainability challenges we face in higher education and the world, we need to understand the impact of our behavior, and what we can do to ...

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Love Food Hate Waste: A Case Study on Engaging Students and equiping them with life long learning skills

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

The global food system is under pressure from exploding population growth and food waste is a major issue throughout the world. We throw away millions of tonnes of food and ...

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Using History to Build the Sustainable Campus of the Future: Three Case Studies on the Waterways of Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Creating a campus-wide commitment to sustainability begins with cultivating a sense of place. As campus communities learn to value their places, their landscapes, and neighborhoods, they build dedication to preservation ...

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Mobile Technology in Higher Education - An Evolving Component of Sustainability

  • Walters State Community College (TN)

As mobile technology becomes more a part of everyday life, it brings with it the opportunity to change our educational processes in order to enhance learning, reduce costs, and improve ...

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Continuous Improvement: Restructuring Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability Internships to Facilitate Greater Comprehensive Success

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In an effort to be more relevant and more resilient, the WMU Office for Sustainability is adapting their internship program protocol and process to ensure greater success for the students ...

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Beyond Operations: Collaborating Across Campus to Change Food Culture

  • Williams College (MA)

Effect culture change on campus with sustainable food programming. Learn how the Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program introduces diverse student organizations, campus offices, and academic departments to sustainable ...

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Greening the Team: Enhancing the Sustainability of Collegiate Athletic Facilities

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Athletic facilities are often the centerpieces of higher education campuses, where people come together and school spirit is built. They are also venues offering vast opportunities for positive impact on ...

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Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture through Student Engagement: Capitalizing on Living-Learning Communities and Creative Inquiry Teams

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The Leading and Innovating for Our Environment and Future (LIEF) program is a movement on Clemson University's campus to cultivate a culture of sustainability. Students, faculty, and staff are ...

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Endowment Transparency at Duke: a Qualitative Analysis of Effects on Environmental Sustainability and Assessment of Strategies

  • Duke University (NC)

The transparency of a university's endowment affects the responsibility of its investment decisions. After researching Duke University's endowment and examining numerous protests against Duke's irresponsible investments, I ...

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Creating EcoHouse: A Student Driven Approach to Sustainability and Social Justice

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

This poster discusses residential living as a venue for learning and community engagement in sustainability and social justice. At our small, rural, public liberal arts college, education extends beyond the ...

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Guts, Focus and Endurance: When the Energy Future Calls, What Role Will You Play and How Will You Avoid Burnout?

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

Changing our country's energy story is hard work. How we extract and use energy is extraordinarily complex, interwoven into every person's life, and embedded in every aspect of ...

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Evaluating an On-Campus Farmers Market

  • Berklee College of Music (MA)

You can change all the light bulbs that you want, but no one will notice except to complain about the fluorescents. On the other hand, a farmers market is a ...

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The Eco-Reps' Sister Organization: Including Social Justice Peer Educators on Your Campus

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Research shows peer education is one of the most effective ways to reach students today. Many campuses host an Eco-Rep program, often as paid positions. These programs tend to focus ...

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A Guide to Getting Your Hands Dirty: How Campus Green Spaces Promote Real World Problem Solving

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Green spaces on campus create opportunities for direct, participatory, interdisciplinary learning. They can include student gardens, campus garden-boxes, native landscape installations, greenhouses and even indoor displays. A number of student-led ...

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Changing the Campus Culture through Engagement

  • Boston University (MA)

Many sustainability programs can only be successful with the participation of our entire campus community. Sustainability outreach and awareness projects have increased exponentially since the beginning of our program in ...

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Students Making a Difference at a Community College: One year after our first AASHE Conference

  • College of Lake County (IL)

In 2011, four community college student leaders were sponsored to attend their first AASHE conference. For many of them, this was their first exposure to their college's sustainability efforts ...

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Student Involvement in Revolving Loan Funds: A Case Study

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois Champaign Urbana has the largest student-funded green fee pool in the nation. The funds from this fee are allocated by an appointed committee of ten students ...

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The Sustainable City Year Program: A Radically Simple Way to Change Campus and Community

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) at the University of Oregon (USA) is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative effort to radically alter the function of a University to meet the sustainability challenges of ...

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Sustainability Education and Student Learning at the University of British Columbia

  • H&A Columbus-UBC

Sustainability and student learning are key commitments of the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Place and Promise plan, with UBC's Sustainability Academic Strategy expressing the goal that every ...

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Leaving a Legacy: Moving From Implementation to Integration of Student Run Projects

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Too often our student initiated projects fizzle out when we graduate or pass the torch to another. Not only can this be prevented but also many of these projects can ...

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From Start to Finish (And Then Some): Collaborative Event Planning for Successful and Sustainable Projects

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Have you ever gotten really excited about a campaign only to have it fizzle-out due to lack of awareness? Have you had a great idea but got stuck because you ...

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Campus Farmers' Market: An Innovative Partnership Approach to Building Consensus and Gaining Approval

  • Purdue University (IN)

A successful farmers' market on campus provides access to local, healthy food, connects the campus to the local community and the regional landscape, and teaches students about where their food ...

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Green Cup: The Greek Energy Saving Competition

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Energy saving outreach efforts focused in the residence halls, such as an energy-saving competition between residence halls are effective because they can reach a concentrated student population. Unfortunately, students who ...

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Engaging Fellow Students in the Less Glamorous Components of Campus Sustainability Work: University of Michigan Campus Farm Implementation Case Study

  • University of Michigan (MI)

When students at the University of Michigan are asked if they would like to help start a campus farm that will grow sustainable food for the University, they oftentimes get ...

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Living and Learning Communities: Developing Sustainability Leaders Through Residential Programming

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can develop leaders in the campus sustainability movement through an innovative partnership between Residential Life, the Provost and the ...

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Financing Large-Scale PV for a College or University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How can students bring about a desired change in the energy source profile of their college? How can a university student group help their school take advantage of government incentives ...

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Getting the Word Out

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Universities do a great job of educating their students in their chosen fields of study. Why is it then that it can be such a challenge to educate students, faculty ...

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Fostering Sustainable Behaviour Through Energy and Water Reduction Competitions: Best Practices from Campus Conservation Nationals 2012

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Elon University (NC)
  • Lucid (CA)

During fall of 2010 and spring of 2012 hundreds of colleges and universities participated in Campus Conservation Nationals, an electricity and water use reduction competition in residential housing. The goals ...

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Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability (SCOOPS): Supporting student leaders, fostering collaboration, enhancing events, preventing burn-out

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Oftentimes student leaders have a lot of great ideas and want to do them all, but can't do it alone! Sustainability also is personal sustainability: people over-commit and get ...

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Sustainability Leadership Programs: An Assessment of Paradigms and Methods

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Academic programs purporting to create "sustainability leaders" are emerging at institutions of higher education across the U.S. and world. Designed to capitalize on student interest and professional development needs ...

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The Campus Sustainability Cultural Indicators Project: Focus Groups Results

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan is undertaking an ambitious project to identify, track and improve cultural indicators of sustainability on campus. The goal is to assess and find leverage points to ...

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Social Sustainability Month: Creating Campus-wide Networks to Build a More Holistic Sustainability Movement

  • Portland State University (OR)

By institutionalizing an annual designated time for dialogue between students, staff, faculty, and community, projects like Social Sustainability Month (SSM) can increase capacity for university collaboration and partnerships. This session ...

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Turn Your Dorm into a 'Super Dorm'!

  • New York University (NY)

Student residence halls have a unique ecological and cost footprint within most Universities. As a result, taking advantage of the many options to improve environmental performance in dorms can save ...

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USGBC Students: An Untapped Resource

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

USGBC Center of Green Schools Mission: Green Schools for everyone within this generation. Students and staff at UC San Diego have proven that engaging the emerging generation in this mission ...

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Building Alumni Engagement in Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • Yale University (CT)

As stated on the front cover of its Sustainability Strategic Plan, "Success depends on the active contribution of every member of the Yale community." The Yale Office of Sustainability prioritizes ...

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Developing Active and Engaged Student-Citizens Through Residential Learning Communities

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The goals of our university's strategic plan include preparing students to contribute to the environmental, economic, social, and cultural vitality of our communities and for global citizenship through both ...

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Using Pilot Programs to Maximize Effectiveness and to Increase Student Participation and Buy-In

  • University of Denver (CO)

"Ready, Fire, Aim!" Come to this session to learn ideas for developing pilot programs that will help you quickly, easily, and efficiently make the best programming, purchasing, and facilities-improvement decisions ...

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Ball State Energy Action Team: The Initiatives of a Sustainable Group and its Future Endeavors

  • Ball State University (IN)

The Ball State Energy Action Team is a student-led group aimed at increasing awareness of Energy use, Sustainability Practices, and Living Practices at Ball State University. We aim to create ...

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The Bike as a Didactic Tool

  • The New School (NY)

At The New School the bicycle does more than bring people to campus; it is a pedagogic device to both the benefit of the student and the institution. Parsons The ...

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The Sustainable Village at UAF: A Student Driven and Focused Program

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What happens when building industry research leaders partner with college students to design and build a sustainable community on a college campus? A dynamic, first of its kind, evolving community- ...

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Bridging the Gaps Between Student Affairs and Sustainability Professionals

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Ohio University (OH)

Many sustainability professionals are asked to expertly navigate student engagement despite a lack of formal training in student affairs. Management of such efforts can become frustrating; leading to poorly attended ...

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Students Leading the Campus Climate Movement: Tackling Challenges and Engaging Possibilities

  • Second Nature (MA)

Students aren't just organizing events or acting as sustainability interns in the campus sustainability movement - they are leading the climate leadership revolution through regional organizing, collaboration with faculty, staff ...

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Students and Food Security in the North: UNBC's Dome Greenhouse

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Northern climates present major food security challenges, but students at the University of Northern British Columbia are eager to overcome these barriers in creative and effective ways. UNBC, "Canada's ...

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Creating an Interactive Campus Sustainability Map

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Most campuses look for ways to communicate what they are doing to make their campuses more sustainable. This abstract argues that a key piece of a sustainability communications strategy is ...

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Utilizing Student Engagement for a Startup Composting Program

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, the University of South Carolina has engaged its students in a campus-wide composting project which has become a proven example of student ...

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Developing an Authentic Undergraduate Sustainability Experience: Connecting Curriculum and Campus

  • Portland State University (OR)

While initiatives to "green" campuses have increased within campus operations, curricular innovations for sustainability have lagged behind. [University] has made integration of sustainability across its academic programs an institutional priority ...

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The Advantages and Challenges of Incorporating Greek Life into an Eco-Rep Program

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Lehigh University's Greek Eco-Rep Program was established in Fall 2011, after the incorporation of sustainability into Greek accreditation requirements, and alongside an expanded Residential Eco-Rep Program which began Fall ...

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Empowering Ecoliteracy: A Transformative Art & Design Education Bridges Academics, Operations, and Facilities

  • The New School (NY)

Parsons The New School for Design in New York City has approached sustainability holistically to engage students - shaping how they work, study, and participate in the material world - while also ...

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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.

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

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
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.