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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Communication strategies: Leveraging digital media effectively & efficiently for greater engagement, relationship building, & earned news media Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Communication about institutionalizing sustainability is a key component to our efforts to inform and change behavior. Digital media, such as social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), blogging, and other online tools ...

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Leveraging Green Office Certification for Outreach, Engagement, Employee Education and STARS Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Universities and colleges across the country are working on a variety of Green Office Certification programs as ways to engage faculty, staff and students and to meet campus goals. Boston ...

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Greeks Think Green Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Florida (FL)

The Office of Sustainability at the University of Florida and the University of Arizona have joined teams to discuss how they've empowered their school's Greek communities to recognize ...

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Beyond Operational Sustainability: Facilities Staff as Leaders, Teachers, and Guinea Pigs Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

At Portland Community College, 'we're all in this together' to promote a sustainable college experience. PCC Facilities Management Services extends beyond traditional roles to encourage educational opportunities related to ...

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Measuring Sustainability Culture and Attitudes Among the Student Body: Why you Should Care Membership Required

  • Central College (IA)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Quite often institutional decisions are data driven. Given that people's sustainability behaviors are influenced by their attitudes, having valid and reliable information about students' and employees' sustainability attitudes will ...

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The University of Thriftsburgh: We Work With More Than Just Ugly Sweaters Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Thriftsburgh, a non-profit, student-run thrift store, opened on the University of Pittsburgh's campus on March 18, 2015. The store was the result of year and a ...

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From the United Nations to Your University: Coordinating the Efforts of Local Students in Global Climate Action Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Two of the most common hurdles student activist groups face are a) a lack of funding, resources and time to complete projects and b) gaining and maintaining student involvement beyond ...

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TailGator: Game Day Recycling at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

For the last ten seasons the TailGator Game Day Recycling Program, the longest running program of the University of Florida's Office of Sustainability, has educated fans on properly sorting ...

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Institutional Change through Student-Led Initiatives: The Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The ASUREI is a student-led, student-funded organization that reduces the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by implementing renewable energy technologies, investing in sustainable energy practices, and promoting campus engagement ...

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The Real Food Calculator: Students leading food chain transparency and campus accountability across the nation! Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (NC)

Sustainable.' 'Green.' 'Local.' -- How can you REALLY know what type of food system your campus is supporting amidst all this 'green noise'?!? The Real Food Calculator is a student-developed research ...

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Making Student Events Greener, One Pizza Box at a Time Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

From pizza boxes to plastic cups, a lot can go to waste during student events. What if there was a way to keep that waste out of the landfill while ...

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Experiences and Strategies of a Student-Run Massive Monarch Restoration on Off-campus Sites Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The White House recently released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. One of its primary goals is a national effort to increase the ...

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Engaging the Campus, Community, and Future: A Student's Guide to Organization Development Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Developing an organization, especially one that deals with a sustainability issue, may seem to be a daunting task. By examining the case-study of Lexington Environmental Youth Outreach (LEYO), a sustainability ...

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Enhancing Community Networks through Sustainable Events: Case Study Membership Required

  • Iowa State University (IA)

At colleges and universities across the world, students are engaging their campus and community in sustainability through creative event programming. As local organizations and on-campus organizations collaborate on meaningful projects ...

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To Serve or Not to Serve?: The Role of Gender Socialization in Community Engagement and Connections to Toxic Masculinities Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Across various measures of civic and community engagement, whether across the country or here at Oregon State University, men tend to be less active in these activities, which can be ...

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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

  • Shane Stennes (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)
  • Shane Stennes (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

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (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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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
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

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
Business Affiliate

NOLS

Lander, WY
Business Affiliate
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.

Northwest Earth Institute

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

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.

Textbooks for Change

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

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.