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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What Professional Diplomacy can do for You: Putting the Ability in 'Sustainability' Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Diplomacy and negotiations permeate all aspects of life. It can either serve as a stepping stone for students advocating sustainability, or a stumbling block for those who lack diplomatic knowledge ...

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The Revolution May Be Composted: The UA Compost Cats as a Model for Transformational Pedagogy and Student Empowerment Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Compost Cats program provides a model for how institutions of higher education can equip student environmental leaders for the great social and environmental challenges we face, engage deeply with ...

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The Campus Kitchens Project: Using Food as a Tool for a More Sustainable Campus and Community. Membership Required

  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

Attendees will get an in depth look at The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) and will be empowered to bring the program to their school. CKP students on 50 campuses are ...

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Sustainability Marketing and the Arts Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Briefly covers general popular advertising avenues on campus and ways to uncover new marketing platforms through faculty and staff engagement. Focus is placed on an interaction with the arts and ...

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Student-led Technical Design Projects: From Conception to Implementation Membership Required

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

Engineering students are often interested in contributing directly to sustainability in their communities by conducting local technical projects. In this interactive workshop, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), a non-profit ...

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Strategic Power: Public Leadership & Change Maker Skills Membership Required

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

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

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Engaging your community to design tomorrow's campus: resiliency, vulnerability, and adaptation Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

Scholars and practitioners have been arguing in favor of more holistic approaches to campus sustainability that would incorporate complex aspects of climate change. In order to address those multifaceted problems ...

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Transformational Sustainability Leadership: Accelerating the shift to life-sustaining and just societies Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • SERES (Sacatepequez)

Over the last few years the Sustainability Initiative at the University of California, Irvine and the nonprofit SERES have collaborated to offer students an introductory and advanced level training in ...

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Sustaining Ourselves - A Collaborative Retreat for Sustainability Professionals Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Join us in discovering how a model of stepping away from our various institutions, discovering common challenges and building cross-institution relationships helps us sustain ourselves. The planning team from the ...

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Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, North Hennepin Community College and Bemidji State University are offering a one day Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum workshop for faculty and ...

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Sustainability Programs: Examining Why Typical Approaches Have Little Impact and a Transformational New Model for Making Change Membership Required

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Reporting standards like the GRI, STARS and Carbon Disclosure Project are valued for being comprehensive, attracting participation and pushing the sustainability agenda forward. We will examine the benefit and limitations ...

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Senior Leadership Summit: Positioning Sustainability as Your Ultimate Innovation Driver Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

AASHE presents its 2016 Senior Leadership Summit on Positioning Sustainability as An Innovation Driver for senior leaders and leadership teams. To date, the most prevalent senior leadership response to sustainability ...

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Scaling applied learning programs for sustainability Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Applied learning opportunities, from internships, to community-based learning courses to student research provide training for students in addressing complex societal challenges. These endeavors are mostly designed to optimize the student ...

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Natural Organizational Design for Sustainability: A New Role for Sustainability Change Agents Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The organization model underpinning patterns of resource allocation & decision-making across higher education, is incapable of the pace & depth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. All around us ...

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EcoVate - Design Thinking for Sustainability in a Changing World Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Sustainability is about tackling old, resistant problems in new ways to develop solutions that work. Design thinking is a tool that can help us meet the challenge of tackling big ...

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Developing and Implementing a Critical Social Justice Lens for 21st Century Campus Sustainability Work Membership Required

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This cross-disciplinary workshop is designed to take our campus sustainability work to a deeper level, via the use of a critical 'social justice lens' (SJL), so as to improve its ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible Membership Required

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

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

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Five Job Skills to Save the Planet: Why Political Campaigning is a Must Do Membership Required

  • Bard College (NY)

The 2016 election will be a defining one for climate change and many other sustainability issues. But Presidential election-year campaigns also provide students with unique, once-every-four-year, high-impact opportunities to gain ...

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Seize the Grid for 100% Clean Energy Membership Required

  • Sierra Club (DC)

Join this hands-on workshop where you will learn how to spark a youth-led movement for energy democracy on your campus. We are at a turning point in history. The clean ...

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NWF EcoLeaders Helps Students Gain Project-Based Leadership Skills and Explore Career Pathways Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program is a career and leadership development program for college students and young professionals. NWF's EcoLeaders provides students with the virtual space to initiate ...

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Leading Climate & Resilience Action on Your Campus & Community! Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • National Campus Leadership Council (DC)

Students have long been the champions and implementers for campus sustainability efforts. NCLC & Second Nature will engage student leaders on emerging climate issues, providing tools/support to make a ...

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Herding Cats? How to Engage Your Whole Campus Community in Sustainability Membership Required

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability is engaging, empowering & enabling, but sometimes getting other people on board is a bit like herding cats - frustrating, resource intensive, and with no one correct way of ensuring ...

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Fair Trade Advocacy: Connecting Campuses & Local Communities Membership Required

  • Kylie Nealis (CA)

This session will explore the Fair Trade movement in the U.S. Students will learn how Fair Trade campaigns on campuses collaborate with local communities to increase Fair Trade purchasing ...

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Decarbonizing the Global Economy: Student Coalition to Garner Higher Ed Support for Widespread Carbon Pricing Legislation Membership Required

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Scientists and the United Nations agree that we urgently need to decarbonize the world's economy to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Unfortunately, developing a cohesive policy ...

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Conscious College: A Framework for Campus Chapters to Inspire, Educate, and Activate Students Around Sustainability Membership Required

  • Turning Green (CA)

What do you need to bring sustainable thinking and action to your campus with real, lasting impact? The Turning Green team has been working with students for over eleven years ...

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KEEPING WATCH: Locally Produced Films for Art, History and Public Awareness Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

The University of North Carolina Charlotte will present and discuss the use of a series of locally-produced short films used as components of a highly successful public awareness program called ...

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The Future of Sustainability Workforce Preparation and Hiring: A Networking Session Membership Required

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

The GREEN Program will be hosting this networking session. The GREEN Program offers short term, career accelerating, abroad opportunities on topics connected to sustainability and sustainable development for students & ...

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Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Collaborate with your library to disseminate and implement sustainability solutions - on campus and beyond! Join us in this networking session to share your ideas and experiences and learn about exciting ...

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AASHE International Networking Meeting Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference are invited to join in a networking meeting to share ideas and successes in their countries. Let's discuss ...

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Connecting with community for striking a sustainable balance: a documentary about student experience in a biosphere reserve Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (SK)

Striking Balance is a documentary series, launching Fall 2016, to celebrate Canada's 16 biosphere reserves-learning sites for research and education about biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Created by UNESCO, biosphere ...

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Sustainability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

In 2015, we recognized an urgent need to capture and communicate the stories of campus sustainability officers - whose many hats, skills and unique abilities are often not realized by the ...

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Environmental Visionary Membership Required

  • Garden Writers Association (NY)

A dramatic presentation on the life of the father of Landscape Architecture who created cities out of the American wilderness and began a sustainable conservation movement still challenging the world ...

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John Bartram: America's First Botanical Pioneer Membership Required

  • Garden Writers Association (NY)

America's first and foremost botanist and plant collector is again on the speaking circuit. Close friends with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington as well as many of ...

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Academia is a Training Ground: Applying the 6 Pillars of Holistic Sustainability to Build Within and Move Beyond the Campus Membership Required

  • Sierra Nevada College (NV)

Teachers must foster the role their students play in theorizing sustainability, implementing sustainability lessons, and applying work from their classrooms outside of academic settings. After the celebratory, supportive, and important ...

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Starting the Conversation: Bridging Diversity and Sustainability in the California State University System Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

At AASHE 2015, California State University East Bay shared efforts to build partnerships between campus diversity and sustainability programs. Over the past year, this discussion has expanded into the California ...

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Building Bridges: An Institutional Initiative to Create Dialogue Around Issues of Environmental Justice, on Campus and Beyond Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Office of Sustainability is currently seeking to educate, engage, and mobilize the Washington University campus on issues pertaining to environmental justice. In our presentation, we will outline the strategies ...

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Identifying alignment between common institutional priorities and sustainability objectives: one higher ed network's findings Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As higher education grapples with a shifting landscape of priorities for the 21st Century, common themes across institutions are emerging. Simultaneously, regional or peer-group sustainability networks continue to seek effective ...

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The Purdue Recycling Project (PuRe): Developing a Scientific Approach to Study Recycling Signage Membership Required

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)
  • Purdue University (IN)

The Purdue Recycling Project (PuRe), funded by Keep America Beautiful, has three major goals: 1) The first goal is to test recycling behaviors in a controlled lab study in which ...

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Wearing Dual Town-Gown Hats: Catalyzing Ambitious Action as Elected Officials & Sustainability Professionals Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Elected Officials to Protect America

The US and China made history by ratifying the Paris Agreement, signed by 196 countries in December at COP21 (or the Paris 2015 Climate Conference). President Obama said,'our willingness ...

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Campus Cycling: Beyond the Kiosk Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Campus Cycling: Beyond the Kiosk' is an exploration of current best practices among leaders in campus cycling programming that will present alternatives to the popular, but resource intensive, kiosk bike ...

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What the bleep? Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This year's conference focuses on solutions in surrounding communities and the world. This assumes that 'higher education (HE) institutions have been modeling sustainable solutions on their campuses for many ...

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Piloting RecycleMania's 'Race to Zero Waste' competition: How to implement zero waste practices building by building Membership Required

  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This session will report on efforts to reduce waste in specific buildings on several campuses providing focused insight on the challenges and opportunities for waste reduction on college campuses. In ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Learning Laboratory: Methods for Informal Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This panel 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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DC Climathon at GW: University Partners With City to Innovate on Climate Solutions Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • District of Columbia Government (DC)

DC Climathon cultivates social start-ups and provides experiential and collaborative learning to self-identified students, social entrepreneurs, and pioneering professionals to provide climate change solutions for their cities. As part of ...

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Techno-philia and Sustainability: Oxymoronic Bedfellows? Membership Required

  • Natural Sustainability (MA)

Modern society is techno-philic- automatically in-love with the next gadget. Yet critiquing technology, merely raising awareness of real positives and negatives, labels you 'technophobic' or a 'Luddite.' Even mainstream sustainability ...

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From Wisconsin to Utah: Utilizing Deep Engagement and Adaptive Management Strategies for Changing the Driving Culture Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Utah State University (UT)

Deep institutional changes in transportation takes a new way of doing things, innovative partnerships throughout the community, and planning that follows through with action. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Utah ...

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Beyond Buzzwords: Deconstructing Justice within Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become tokenized buzzwords within sustainability in higher education. As sustainability professionals, how do we deconstruct these words to the systemic issues of racial, ethnic, economic ...

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Exploring the Confluence of Race, Class and Gender Issues and our Campus Sustainability Work Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Hackman Consulting Group

This panel session explores the powerfully important ways that dynamics of race, class and gender (RCG) impact the efficacy of our campus sustainability work, and then explains how a racial ...

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Prioritizing Co-curricular and Curricular Strategies to Create Sustainability Literate Graduates - and how to Measure Success Membership Required

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

What are the most effective strategies and programs for creating sustainability literate graduates who are ready to go beyond the campus? What do we mean by effective-and how do we ...

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Engaging Your Campus Through Eco-Reps: Evaluating the Success Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Clark University (MA)

The goal for participants during this panel discussion will be to examine successes and challenges for peer to peer sustainability education programs. With 15 years of program history, how well ...

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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

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
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
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
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.
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
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.