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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The Living Building at Georgia Tech - A Campus-Wide Engagement Approach Membership Required

In partnership with The Kendeda Fund, Georgia Tech will build a fully certified Living Building Challenge 3.0 building to support instruction, research, campus engagement, and community outreach on its ...

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Interactive Freshman Orientation - 'Living Sustainably' Membership Required

In 2015 the Sustainability Assistants at the University of Mount Union, called Green Raiders, conducted a 45-minute interactive session called 'Living Sustainably' during Freshman Orientation. This was the first time ...

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Quadrupling Student Employment Without Increased Supervision--Too Good to be True? Membership Required

As the Sustainability Coordinator at Beloit College, a liberal arts college of 1300 undergraduates, I have historically hired 2-3 students each year due to limited supervision bandwidth, despite greater student ...

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Cedar Valley College a Center of Excellence of Sustainability: How we embedded sustainability into our college Membership Required

Come to this session if you want to know how Cedar Valley College became a Center of Excellence of Sustainability in southern Dallas, TX. We will share: How we utilized ...

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Transitioning from 'Greeks Going Green' to 'Greek is Green' Membership Required

Greek life has a legacy of producing the change makers, leaders, and power brokers of the future. Consequently, educating Greeks about sustainability, and leading them to adopt sustainability measures as ...

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What's a Bioneer and how can it Help my College Connect with Community on a Local, Regional and National Level? Membership Required

McHenry County College has found success in bringing people from the community to the college for an annual speaker series through our partnership with the Bioneers (now called the Bioneers ...

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Achieving the Impossible: How the Millennial Generation is Winning a Just & Sustainable Future in the Age of Climate Change Membership Required

Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline, NY, and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people ...

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Reaching Beyond Green: Adding Social Justice Peer Educators on Your Campus Membership Required

Peer education can be an effective way to reach students. In sustainability, we're used to hearing about Eco-Rep programs achieving this goal. Often, though, these programs have a significantly ...

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Enhancing sustainability awareness among university students: Effects of facilitated discussion groups and peer-to-peer learning Membership Required

This presentation will describe and analyze the Climate Knowledge Project, an effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to link together climate research, sustainability education, and student engagement programs. Beginning in ...

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Organizational Effectiveness of Sustainability Offices Membership Required

Campus sustainability has risen in prominence at colleges and universities of all sizes. Several indicators of the increasing commitment to environmental stewardship by higher education institutions include the Talloires Declaration ...

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University of Michigan Building Consumption and Waste Assessment 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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The Seven Secrets of How Nature Designs: how to apply the lessons of biomimicry to your business Membership Required

Twenty years ago, no one would have believed that any company without a website would not be in business in the future. Today, you may not believe that any company ...

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#Cleanenergyu: Engaging College students through Social Media to help create positive Climate Change Membership Required

In this workshop Dave and Robby will briefly Recap the History of the #cleanenergyu Dialogue as well as discuss its next incarnation happening at the end of October as a ...

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Year 1: Building a Sustainability Program and Culture Membership Required

Is your school starting or contemplating a sustainability program? Have challenges such as budget, staffing, capacity, or leadership stifled your initial progress? Managing change often involves navigating inertia and building ...

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Models of engagement, integration and transparency at the University of Washington Membership Required

Change and transformation at an institutional level cannot happen overnight and requires active management. Universities are increasingly responding to pressures for efficiency, increasing enrollment, recruiting the best faculty and students ...

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The INDICARE-model – measuring and caring about participation in higher education's sustainability assessment Membership Required

The implementation of sustainability in higher education has been advanced over at least the last two decades and brought sustainability assessment on the research agenda of Education for Sustainable Development ...

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‘The Biophilic University’: a de-familiarizing organizational metaphor for ecological sustainability? Membership Required

A new primary, root metaphor the ‘Biophilic University’, is introduced here, underpinning a potential de-familiarizing human-nature narrative and heuristic to contest and break free of what is conceptualised as the ...

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Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination Webinar

This webinar features ideas and examples of how Student Affairs units have implemented green practices in purchasing and event coordination. It includes presentations from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and ...

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Webinar on Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement in Student and Academic Affairs with Planet Education

This webinar focuses on empowering students, staff, faculty, and communities through planet education. Speakers will describe national initiatives to engage students and the community in clean energy options, climate destabilization ...

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Student Affairs Stories of Sustainability: Resources to Engage Students and Remove Silos Webinar

This webinar provides tips and tools for student affairs professionals to engage students around sustainability and remove silos.

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The Piedmont Project: Fostering Faculty Development Toward Sustainability Membership Required

Many universities recognize urgent environmental dilemmas and embrace efforts to move campus operations and university culture toward sustainability. However, the broader academic mission across departments and programs is often slower ...

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Long-Term Impacts of Faculty Development Programs: The Experience of Teli and Piedmont Membership Required

A long-term study of two faculty development programs on sustainability and the environment reveals enduring changes in teaching, research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and engaged action. Participants in cohorts of Tufts University ...

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Sustainability Internships Webinar

Want to learn about best practices in sustainability internships? Need resources and guidelines for managing internship programs? Interested in finding out what others are doing delivering internship experiences? This webinar ...

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Assessment matters: What are students learning about sustainability? Membership Required

This article provides a model to integrate sustainability efforts, student learning, and assessment into one coherent process.

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Enhancing Sustainability Campuswide: New Directions for Student Services Membership Required

This sourcebook provides a primer on how to best organize specific programs and services as well as overall campus operations to address the critical challenge of sustainability. Presenting research, operational ...

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Sustainability behaviors among college students: an application of the VBN theory Membership Required

While Value-Belief-Norm (VBN) theory has been widely applied to various populations, it has seldom been tested on college students. This study extends VBN theory to examine what socio-psychological factors influence ...

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When the informal is the formal, the implicit is the explicit: Holistic sustainability education at Green Mountain College Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this project is to provide an account of the student experience at a higher education institution known for its holistic approach to sustainability education.

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Lehigh University Conducts Residential Hall Waste Audit on Campus Sustainability Day Membership Required

On October 26, Lehigh University conducted a waste audit of the largest residential hall on campus, M&M. Twelve students participated in the waste audit. The students will use the data ...


Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield Membership Required

Cycling has a range of health, environmental and economic benefits compared with motorised forms of transport. There is a need to encourage more cycling, yet previous evaluations of cycling promotion ...

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The Roles of Social Media in Promoting Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

University sustainability leaders can strategically employ social media tools to encourage the adoption of sustainability behaviors among students, faculty members, and staff. Their effectiveness and reach, however, are constrained by ...

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The Relationship of Social Justice Beliefs to Environmental Attitudes among Students at a Private University Membership Required

The goal of the present study was to examine the relationship of social justice beliefs, gender, religiousness, and ethnicity on environmental attitudes among college students at a private university. Participants ...

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A Guide for Applied Sustainability Learning Projects: Advancing sustainability outcomes on campus and in the community Membership Required

This guide provides a step-by-step framework for how a new or existing applied learning for sustainability program can be systematically designed, built and scaled around two interconnected goals:

  1. Providing students ...
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Student perceptions and definitions of sustainability Membership Required

The term sustainability encompasses a variety of concepts and therefore many disparities and misconceptions exist. As the University of Illinois and many other higher education institutions begin prioritizing sustainability, understanding ...

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Dissonance in students' perceptions of sustainable development and sustainability: Implications for curriculum change Membership Required

Purpose – An online questionnaire survey was conducted to explore University of Plymouth students' perceptions and understandings of, and attitudes towards, sustainable development and related concepts and issues. In general, student ...

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College Students’ Perceptions of Sustainability: A Regional Survey Membership Required

Understanding college students’ perception of sustainability is paramount as today’s students will soon be driving our economy and taking on the responsibility of maintaining a sustainable society. This study ...

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Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement Membership Required

As college and university leaders from across the United States work to green their campuses, students can and should play a critical role. Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement explains ...

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Eco Move Out and Eco Move In Membership Required


SCI - Waste - UCCS Membership Required

Students volunteer at the annual Mt. Trashmore event. This event provides a visual display of a day's worth of campus trash, which is then sorted to determine how much ...


Athletics Department Awareness and Action Regarding the Environment: A Study of NCAA Athletics Department Sustainability Practices Membership Required

The relationship of sport to sustainability management is relatively unknown. Despite the increasing recognition of the growing role of athletics in regard to environmental sustainability, it remains unclear what role ...

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Intercollegiate Sport and the Environment: Examining Fan Engagement Based on Athletics Department Sustainability Efforts Membership Required

The purpose of this study was to examine how environmental education efforts at a sporting event related to environmental behavioral intentions, in the context of a promotional green game, based ...

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UNLV Sustainability - Water Bottle Reduction Efforts Membership Required

Two complimentary bottled water initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas are helping the university reduce bottled water waste while simultaneously raising funds for bottled water alternatives. A 5-Cent Surcharge ...


Paul Quinn College Transforms Football Field to Organic Farm, Shifting Value to Students Membership Required

At Paul Quinn College, where 83 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible (2016), students obtain both a liberal arts education and real-world work experience. This video showcases the historically ...

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ESF Sustainability Membership Required

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

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Green Garage at Cornell University Membership Required

In July 2015, Cornell University’s Forest Home Parking Garage became one of seven parking garages to receive the first Green Garage Certification from the Green Parking Council. Cornell was ...

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Cornell University Energy & Engagement Membership Required

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American College of Greece Athletics Membership Required

A heated, Olympic size, eight lane swimming pool affords a breathtaking view of the mountain, soccer field, Aghia Paraskevi, and city of Athens. During the winter, the pool is enclosed ...

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Transylvania University Big Green Get Around Membership Required

Faculty, staff and students participated in a variety of low or no-carbon activities during Transylvania University's Big Green Get Around

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Muhlenberg College Water Conservation Native Plants Membership Required

Muhlenberg College has a living learning experience for undergraduate students at the Treehouse. Here, students manage the permculture garden and community vegetable garden which includes a rainwater collection system. The ...

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Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory Membership Required

Onondaga Community College has created a smart home laboratory at the College's Furnace Brook Center with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy ...

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Chatham University Grounds and Eden Hall Campus Membership Required

Building on the legacy of alum Rachel Carson (‘29), Chatham University has practiced a pest management plan since 2000 that bans chemical pesticides on all campus grounds and actively preserves ...

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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

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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.