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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We are Uprooted and Rising: The Fight for Food Sovereignty in Higher Ed

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What does it look like to have a future that nourishes and sustains all of us for generations to come? How can colleges and universities support that future for their ...

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Green Career Planning Workshop with the National Wildlife Federation

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

A goal without a plan is merely a wish - start writing your green career plan today in this interactive workshop, utilizing the National Wildlife Federation's Career Center resources and ...

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Bridge Builders: Sustainability Staff as Mission-Tied Project Developers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How do you go about developing a sustainability initiative that hits on all four cylinders, university operations, academics, research and community impact? This session will provide a methodology, tools and ...

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Leveraging Change From Within and From Without: Equity & Sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Many of us leading sustainability efforts have no specific training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work from our formal education. This does not free us from the work needed ...

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Creating Cultures of Equitable Belonging Using our Food Systems as the Galvanizing Frame

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

For the past five years, Food Solutions New England has hosted the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that has inspired thousands to learn, reflect and act in service of ...

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Advancing Sustainable Development Goals by Committing to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In 2019, the University of Colorado Boulder became the first US university to commit to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The UN effort now includes major international/national ...

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Beyond Diversion: The New Zero Waste Roadmap Strategy - PLAN's Atlas Project

  • Colby-Sawyer College (NH)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

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Student Healing in a Time of Climate Crisis

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Against a global backdrop of climate strikes in the Fall of 2019, students and youth everywhere are demanding an immediate shift toward climate change solutions and policies that address the ...

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PLASTIC - How to Organize a Movement to Ban Disposable Plastics on Campus!

  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • The Student PIRGs (OR)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Coffee cups, bags, straws, take-out containers, swag, etc. Let's talk about how to build a movement to eliminate all disposable items from campus! Organizing around eliminating disposable plastics can ...

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Catalyzing Sustainable Communities through Change Management

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Trust (MA)

Sustainability practitioners are at the forefront of building just, sustainable communities. But how many of us have research-backed tools and principles to help us be effective change makers? Join us ...

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Strengthening Social Sustainability in the Face of Declining Community Trust

  • College of Charleston (SC)

A just transition to a more sustainable world requires a strong understanding and application of social sustainability. Yet, social sustainability is often misunderstood, underrepresented and excluded, particularly in higher education ...

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Integration of the SDGs Across Curricular / Co-Curricular Programs: Shared Best Practices

  • Furman University (SC)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) (FL)

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by ...

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Don't Just do Something, Sit There: The Role of Meditation in Mobilizing a Just Transition

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes the presenter has experienced while trying to get his students, co-workers, and neighbors to meditate. Meditation has proven benefits for physical ...

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Sustainable Menstruation: Making Periods Sustainable and Accessible to all

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

Did you know that the average menstruating person throws away 1200 menstrual care products during their time in college? Disposable menstrual care products are wasteful and costly, especially for students ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Best Practices Mini-Workshop

  • Central College (IA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)

Join four members schools of the AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum network, that regularly offer workshops and other professional development opportunities, in an experiential mini-workshop where participants will ...

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How to Ban Fracking, Divest, and Win a Green New Deal - 5 Successful Steps for Leaders to Win Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win - Gandhi Led by a nationally-renown changemaker and former elected official, this dynamic, interactive ...

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Encountering Unjust Transitions: Sustainability, Masculinities, and (m)Anthropocene Collapse

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This session builds on the Just Transition insight that, 'The transition itself must be just and equitable' and must include 'redressing past harms and creating new relationships of power for ...

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Creating Change Agents for Campus Sustainability Through Applied Learning Projects

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This session will explore how the framework of key competencies in sustainability can be useful for campus operations. Our session will focus on how applied learning projects can generate both ...

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Integrating Wellness and Diversity into the Sustainability Model: A Faculty and Staff Perspective

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • Bemidji State University (MN)

The Bemidji State University (BSU) Sustainability Office realized in 2008 that the work they felt called to do required a different visual representation than the typical Venn diagram that includes ...

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Herbicide Free Campus: Transitioning Away From Synthetic Herbicides Use on School Campuses

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide Free Campus is a student-founded organization that work directly with groundskeepers and school campuses to end campus reliance on synthetic herbicides. Modern science has proven time and time again ...

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Centering Equity within Sustainability Offices

  • Humber College (ON)

At the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo, Meghan Fay Zahniser (Executive Director) spoke in her closing remarks that sustainability staff and administrators have a professional and moral duty to incorporate ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • Trust (MA)

One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, skill sets of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting ...

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Queering Sustainability

  • University of Montana (MT)

Queering Sustainability...What does that mean and why should we care? If we truly want to talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and 'Mobilizing for a Just Transition,' we have ...

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Solastalgia: Reconnecting With the Natural World and Mobilizing for the Greater Good

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

Solastalgia is a term coined by Glenn Albrecht used to describe mental distress (anxiety, grief, depression) caused by experiencing changes in one's environment. Though Western science has started to ...

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What Motivates Change Agents and Supports Their Resilience in the Face of Adversity?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Yale University (CT)

One of the key features that distinguishes sustainability from other fields is its normative aspect. Sustainability is about creating a better world starting today based on a just vision of ...

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The Union of the Preposterous: Playfully Engaging with Climate Change

  • Western Technical College (WI)

We are entering a decade in which the world requires massive climate action. Yet, as sustainability professionals we still struggle to engage people to take meaningful climate action. Equally problematic ...

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Applied Sustainability: Leadership Lessons From the Field

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Local Government Commission (CA)

In order to empower leaders and build momentum for the sustainability movement, we need to embrace the full leadership pathway before, during and after the higher education experience. While much ...

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Transforming Sustainability Storytelling Through GIS: an Introductory Learning Lab

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool traditionally associated with the management and display of geospatial data. The tool is very prevalent, in both the academic and professional realm, with ...

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A Student Club Revolutionizes the Meaning on Green at a Community College in Dallas

  • Dallas College (TX)

The Green Club is a group of Cedar Valley College students who are spreading awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment by being involved with the external ...

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Unlikely Relationships: Multidisciplinary Cooperation to Divert Textile Waste

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Hands-on design courses are an essential component of apparel design curriculum and make up a sizable portion of the classes offered in many university apparel design programs worldwide. However, sewing ...

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Celebrating 20 Years of RecycleMania: Campus Impacts, Best Practices and Leadership

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This is a proposal to submit a video instead of a poster due to the transition to a virtual conference platform for AASHE 2020. This video will tell the story ...

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Using Research to Improve Water Sustainability at Weber State University

  • Weber State University (UT)

Our student session will focus on undergraduate research done in Ogden, Utah at Weber State University. This research investigates attitudes, beliefs and perceptions towards water and water use held by ...

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Democratizing Campus Sustainability Through Student Empowerment

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council was established in 2009 to steward the Green Fee collected annually from students. By bringing together student leaders from many disciplines and backgrounds ...

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Teaching Learners, Preparing Leaders: Using Peer Education to Complement the Academic Experience

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Grappling with the effects of the climate crisis will require new and innovative ways of teaching, learning, and leading to ensure emerging leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to ...

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Equipping Students with Data for Change - Chestnut Living Lab Study

  • Ithaca College (NY)

In 2018, Ithaca College's Office of Energy Management & Sustainability received funding from the Office of the President to design a research project focused on equipping students with the ...

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Developing Sustainability Internships Through an Employer Relations Lens: A Pilot

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

A brief talk on how grant funding and new academic programming in sustainability fostered a pilot to increase experiential learning opportunities. This session presenter is not a subject matter expert ...

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Creating Pro-environmental Behavior (PEB) Norms to Change Behavior

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Research has demonstrated that people can be motivated to change their behavior but that information alone does not motivate that change. Creating social norms that situate pro-environmental behavior (PEB) as ...

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Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at UW Oshkosh and Beyond

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

This project titled Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh) and Beyond was a research project that utilized the fluidity of interdisciplinary application of ...

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From 'I Guess I Recycle' to Organizing for Action - Cultivating a Culture of Student Leadership

  • Boise State University (ID)

As the first full-time Sustainability Coordinator at Boise State, I started my role as a department of one with no budget, no staff, and the guiding mission of my day-to-day ...

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Revolutionizing Campus Dining: Reducing Waste and Connecting with Staff

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Dining halls play a critical role in meeting UC Berkeley's ambitious goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Reevaluating the products we use, prioritizing sustainable purchasing, and reducing food waste ...

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Establishing a Green Labs Certification Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Green Labs Program is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health & Safety with the goal to minimize the environmental impact of laboratories on NAU campus ...

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Visualizing sustainability: building a robust online sustainability dashboard

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington's recently redesigned its sustainability dashboard. Starting with a group of static graph images presented largely without context, we moved all of our data into Tableau ...

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A Case Study and Guide to Outreach and Engagement from UC Davis Facilities Energy & Engineering

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Communications and campus engagement around energy conservation projects at UC Davis is led by the Energy Feedback Team. Student interns are key members of the communications team; they run our ...

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Enhancing Sustainable Approaches to Food Security and Community Engagement through Design of Space

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is a student-led service organization that is a partner agency of God's Pantry Food Bank within the Feeding America's ...

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Institutional Implications on Promoting Education in Sustainability: Student Learning Outcome

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (herein referred to Cal Poly), was awarded the silver STARS rating in 2017. In all evaluated categories, Cal Poly received lower scores ...

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Green Advisors, Sustainability Advocates, and More: Building Engaged Community

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will focus on innovative, action-oriented engagement opportunities in sustainability for a diverse range of stakeholders at the college and university level. At Swarthmore College, more than 80 faculty ...

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Using Hand-crafts to Engage a Campus on the Climate Crisis: 50 Years of Tempestries & a Sketch-crawl

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, the UC Davis Office of Sustainability coordinated a master list and website (https://earthday.ucdavis.edu/) of more than 60 ...

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WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader certification: Graduating students to lead in sustainability

  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

This workshop will provide Canadian students and campus sustainability and engagement staff and faculty an overview of WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader student certification. Through WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Campus ...

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Using Local Food Systems and Justice Issues to teach Sustainability

  • Eureka College (IL)

For two years, I have taught an upper-level seminar in Environmental Studies on Local Food Systems and Justice issues that also meets a gen ed requirement for undergraduates in Sustainable ...

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The Conscience of a Campus Framework, Integrating Local and Global Cultures

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)
  • MKThink (CA)

Today's university demographics are extremely diverse, and each university/college campus has its own personality and history. Every institution has unique layers of history, context and culture, that if ...

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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).

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