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 the St. Croix Valley: Beyond Sustainability Membership Required

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, established on the UWRF campus in 2007, branched out across the watershed and state boundaries to become the St. Croix Institute LLC ...

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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change Membership Required

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

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Systems Thinking for Campus Sustainability: Utilizing the University of Central Florida Campus as a Living Laboratory Membership Required

In Spring of 2016, UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems. The 14 week course introduces ...

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Cold is no Excuse! Campus Sustainability in Cold Climates Membership Required

Western State Colorado University is committed to sustainability throughout campus. WSCU is situated in Gunnison, CO., a unique valley that experiences extremely cold temperatures. Sub-zero temperatures are not uncommon on ...

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Importance of Student-led Efforts in Initiating Sustainability Programs in a Location With Predominantly Conservative Values Membership Required

Tarleton State University provides an interesting dichotomy It is located in a small town in rural Texas where sustainability has neither been promoted nor required. For years, faculty were stymied ...

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Greeks Go Green Membership Required

Greeks Going Green is a collaborative project with the student government at the University of Nebraska, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to ...

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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning. Membership Required

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using 'Tips' to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures Membership Required

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

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Sustainable Video Production Membership Required

The community of sustainability is constantly growing. With new practices from around the world on how we can build a better understanding of sustainability, key aspects arise from the ability ...

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Cultural Competencies: Developing a sustainable professional development model for a student services office Membership Required

This poster session describes the development of a multi-year professional development plan focused on increasing the cultural competencies of staff members in the Vacca Office of Student Services (VOSS), in ...

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Student wellbeing : handbook and practical tools to help French campuses Membership Required

In 2012, the network Campus Responsables concluded a partnership to display interactive plays within campuses regarding studend alcohol consumption. In 2013, the network published a practical guide about stutent wellbeing ...

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Entrepreneurial Thought and Action in Sustainability Membership Required

In this presentation we will explore how the concept of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action can be applied to sustainability initiatives at your college or university. We will focus on: utilizing ...

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges Membership Required

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

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MIT's Sustainability DataHub Membership Required

Datasets are ubiquitous at MIT. The Institute collects large volumes of data on a variety of subjects related to the sustainability effort. However, these datasets are housed in diverse and ...

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Enhancing Appalachian's Sustainability-Related Community Engagement Membership Required

This presentation will provide an overview of efforts at Appalachian State University to expand and improve sustainability-related community engagement. For years, Appalachian's Sustainability Council has been charged with setting ...

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Sorting It All Out: What's in Your Garbage and Why You Should Care. How Waste Characterization Data Can Help Your Institution. Membership Required

Many universities are setting the recycling bar higher and higher, often targeting zero waste goals. However, 'to manage it, you need to measure it.' Before you identify strategies to divert ...

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Branding a Sustainability Program: The University of Rochester Go Green Initiative Membership Required

Like many universities striving to make sustainability a priority without a central office for sustainability, the University of Rochester's efforts and achievements occur among multiple departments and programs. Communicating ...

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Establish An Organic Multicultural Vegetable Garden to Promote Sustainability and Address Diversity at Kean University Membership Required

A team of four students from Kean University committed to establish an organic multicultural vegetable garden in the Liberty Hall Farm located in Union County, New Jersey. Team members will ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Learning Laboratory: Experiential Learning & Scaffolding in Informal Sustainability Education Membership Required

This poster will explore how new and existing sustainability projects at the University of Michigan are being integrated into a pathway for student sustainability engagement and leadership as we aim ...

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Student Recycling Competition and Reusable To-Go Containers Membership Required

Through partnership with the University, Dining Services launched a reusable to-go program and student recycling competition to advert Styrofoam and plastic from entering the community landfill. In fall 2014, Dining ...

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Communicating Sustainability: Use Design Thinking To Make Your Website Better, Stronger, Faster Membership Required

Your website is, without question, the superhero of your marketing team. It's sharing the story of your campus, directing traffic, and handing out information to your users. Problem is ...

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Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships Membership Required

This poster will tell the multi-faceted story of how Furman University has leveraged longstanding partnerships with two local horticultural organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Smelly: Changing Sustainability Perception through Behind the Scenes Tours Membership Required

Much has changed during Appalachian Food Services' 90 years of operation, but our commitment to being affordable, fresh and sustainable has remained constant. None of our efforts and accomplishments matter ...

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Sustainable Seafood Days: Working with Sea to Table to Grow Sustainable Seafood Purchasing at Appalachian State University Membership Required

Because Appalachian State University is a leader in sustainability, serving sustainable fish in our dining venues was something that Appalachian Food Services wanted to explore. We partnered with Sea to ...

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From the Ground[s] Up Membership Required

Wells College implemented two coffee-related activities. As the student-run GRIND Café steadily rose in popularity, its success created a waste problem. The GRIND staff daily prepared so much coffee, the ...

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Learning to Reboot a Campus or Commercial Recycling Program Membership Required

The only thing certain in the recycling field is that nothing is certain. In colleges and universities across the United States, sustainability and zero waste managers are constantly having to ...

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A Residential Green Rep Program: The Case for a Program Hosted in Residence Life Membership Required

At SUNY Cortland, our student Green Representatives program is run out of the Residence Life office and has been since it's inception in 2008. Each residence hall is paired ...

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Mapping Bicycle Racks and Usage with ArcGIS: Connecting College and Community Initiatives Membership Required

SUNY Geneseo and the Town of Geneseo are collaborating to encourage sustainable cycling in and around Geneseo. This project is aimed at gathering preliminary information to improve the cycling experience ...

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UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability: A Strategic Partnership for Campus Sustainability Membership Required

UMass Lowell's leadership is deeply committed to campus sustainability. As part of the overall campus transformation strategy, university leadership decided to form an Office of Sustainability to integrate sustainability ...

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Return Recycling: Zero Waste Strategies Membership Required

Return Recycling is a student-led organization devoted to building a concrete understanding for waste data, infrastructure, and engagement. Over the past year we prototyped new (self-designed) recycling bins, developed new ...

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Working with Zero: Maximizing Partnerships to Meet Big Sustainability Goals Membership Required

Campus sustainability practitioners are often tasked to achieve goals using little funding and staffing. By maximizing networks both within and outside the traditional sustainability lens and connecting campus resources, Zero ...

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Energy Maddness - A Residence Hall Energy Competition Membership Required

On a diverse campus flush with deep thinkers, how can the message of sustainability be successfully broadcasted? Our University chose to use competition as an engagement tool. This presentation will ...

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Moving Towards Environmentally Responsible Landscaping on Campus Membership Required

SOU works earnestly to foster sustainability advancement in our region. Likewise, our Landscape Services Dept is deeply committed to minimizing negative impacts on our campus and surrounding ecosystems. Our landscaping ...

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Sustainability & Botanical Tours: Educating our Communities Membership Required

SOU's Landscape Services collaborated with students, faculty, and staff across campus to develop signed Sustainability and Botanical Tours to educate our regional community about SOU's myriad of sustainability ...

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Journal of Sustainability Education: Special Issue on Hope and Agency Membership Required

Hope and agency are foundational to sustainability practice and leadership on and beyond the campus. Without hope and a sense of one's own efficacy, meaningful action and leadership may ...

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Breaking Through: Creative Engagement Strategies for Increasing Student Sustainable Involvement in the Dorms and Beyond Membership Required

NYC came to a standstill when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and the public electrical grid shutdown, but the lights were on in 22 NYU buildings, and for once ...

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Do You See Our STARS Now? Making an Institution's STARS Report More Visible and Relevant To Community Via Student Infographics Membership Required

One of the most transparent ways an institution can share their holistic sustainability story is through STARS. However, outside the sustainability community, STARS is one of the least commonly reviewed ...

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Exploring Student Leaders for Sustainable Development: Components and Personal Practices Membership Required

Presentation that shares research study structure, methodology, findings, and recommendations for future research regarding the cultivating of student leadership capabilities through personal practices focused on sustainability education. The purpose of ...

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Together we are Building Sustainability' - An Outreach Framework for LEED EB Projects Membership Required

Though most college and university sustainability offices are charged with both improving operational efficiency AND increasing sustainability literacy and engagement, we often overlook opportunities to serve these missions concurrently in ...

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The Wildcat Waste Challenge: A Collaboration Between Student Programs, University Libraries, and Facilities Management Membership Required

Two significant barriers to increased recycling rates are confusion surrounding what is and is not recyclable and the convenience factor of waste disposal. Many students view recycling as a confusing ...

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Sustainability, Dignity and Higher Education Membership Required

Sustainability discourse in higher education seldom considers human dignity as an institutional objective or a means to achieve it. Dignity embodies subjects as diverse as health care, imprisonment, privacy, education ...

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Engaging at Home and Abroad Through COPs: Higher Education Leadership on Climate Change Membership Required

Higher education has the unique opportunity to act as a leader and generator of positive climate action both domestically and abroad. Through research, interdisciplinary educational programs, experiential learning opportunities, at ...

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Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Membership Required

In today's world there are those who make claims about their sustainability based on an outdated data, inefficient process, or outright lies. Recently we all found out to what ...

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Capitalizing on Faculty-Administration Collaborations to Build Sustainable Campus Communities Membership Required

This session will provide insight into the collaboration between administration and faculty on the creation and assessment of a sustainability-themed learning community for first-year students at a liberal arts college ...

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Why a Social Justice Framework Is the Only Way to Climate Justice and Deep Sustainability Membership Required

This poster session lays out the rationale for the absolute need for a social justice framework when doing climate justice and sustainability work by making three essential points: 1. How ...

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Novel cost-neutral programs that advance your campus waste reduction goals Membership Required

As budgets are slashed on campuses, realizing ambitious sustainability goals requires novel thinking in order to create self-financed and cost-neutral projects. Experiential fundraisers may not seem to be the clearest ...

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Campus and Community Partnerships: Celebrating Earth Day Membership Required

The project created an annual Earth Day event for a joint celebration between the campus and the community of Lowell, Massachusetts. Faculty, staff and the Office of Sustainability have partnered ...

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It's all Greek to me: leaning into bias against sustainability initiatives in higher education Membership Required

Join us for a discussion that will help sustainability staff, administrators and students develop an understanding of Greek values of citizenship and philanthropy and learn new strategies for engaging your ...

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Beyond Captain Planet: Curriculum Design for EcoReps & Peer Educators Membership Required

Captain Planet inspired millennials to embrace sustainability through the avenue of television. Utilizing Captain Planet's inspiration and efforts within the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M as the ...

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sustainability Plan - Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of the Campus Membership Required

UNC is a recognized leader in sustainability (AASHE STARS - Gold campus), leading in the tangible aspects of water and energy conservation with a mature recycling and composting program, sustainable buildings ...

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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
Business Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
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.

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.
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
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Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.
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.