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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Fuelling a Place-Based Sustainability Movement Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Building a better future by definition is a collective effort, but often at times throughout higher education we focus inward within our own institutions. While this is a practical and ...

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Black Hills South Dakota Food Hub Membership Required

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) conducted an assessment of cafeteria needs for local foods in the winter of 2015, and we have specific knowledge of which large-quantity food providers have ...

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Carolina Survivors Initiative: Building Cultures of Inclusivity and Healing in South Carolina Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Launched in Fall 2015, the Carolina Survivors Initiative (CSI) serves the needs of recently resettled survivors of torture in Columbia, SC. With a goal of bringing global health to the ...

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Sustainability Leadership Program at DePauw University Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw's Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP) is a hands-on, co-curricular initiative that pairs student cohorts with sustainability projects on campus and in the community. Through both paid and volunteer hands-on ...

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Is it 'Socially Sustainable' if no one Hears About It?_x009d_: Living Wage Policies, Practices, and Adoption in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Concern for the rights and dignity of workers have fueled growing calls for laws either increasing the minimum wage or adopting a living wage scheme. In lieu of wage legislation ...

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Advancing Climate Equity: Urban University-Community Networks Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Urban Serving Universities Coalition (DC)

Our presentation will focus on the urban serving university as a critical stakeholder in local sustainability efforts, and in addressing environmental equity as a critical cornerstone of urban sustainability efforts ...

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Sustainability Education in Northern Appalachia: Connecting Gender, Race and Class in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies Membership Required

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This case study will address our efforts to connect gender, race and class in an interdisciplinary sustainability program at a university historically tied to the fossil fuel industry. Our efforts ...

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How Higher Education Can Engage International Students to Achieve Sustainability, Social Justice, and Equity Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This session explores how higher education can address international students issues around recruitment, funding, research, intercultural connections and other support venues to facilitate social and environmental sustainability. As institutions across ...

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Beyond Campus: Does Student Leadership Translate to Professional Success? Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

Many students join peer-to-peer education programs to promote campus sustainability while building their resume. Serving in these leadership roles alongside faculty and staff enables students to gain valuable project management ...

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Car sharing on Campuses: What We've Learned Membership Required

  • Zipcar (MA)

Car sharing, once the domain of only big urban cities is now a fixture on college campuses across the country. It's a great fit for dollar-conscious students that don ...

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: An Integrative Education Model for Sustainability and Global Citizenship Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Two Sides of the Same Coin' is a case study of curricular and co-curricular education programs at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, part of the Dallas County Community College ...

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Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact Through Home Weatherizations in Greenville, SC Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

This case study will tell the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), the program highlighted by Second Nature in Furman University's selection as a Climate Leadership Finalist in ...

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Experiential Sustainability Certificates - Connecting the Classroom to the Real World Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Kansas (KS)

The 'living lab' concept is not new in the higher ed. sustainability world. However, developing robust programs that allow students, across disciplines, to study these complex issues while linking curricular ...

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Infusing Sustainability Across the Campus: Sustainability Learning in Expected and Unexpected Places at Beloit College Membership Required

  • Beloit College (WI)

Beloit College's Pathways to Sustainability Leadership Program engages students in sustainability learning and leadership development through its 'Liberal Arts in Practice' curriculum. Students develop expertise and capacity for action ...

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Finding Heart: Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Indigenous educator Gregory Cajete (2000) articulates the motivations and questions that drive the presenter's research. For Cajete, effective education entails 'finding heart,' an active process within and beyond the ...

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Preparing Students for Life Beyond the Campus through Integrative Learning and Employability Coaching Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Pressure is mounting for colleges to graduate students in four years with jobs. As professionals in higher education, how do we help students turn content into currency? The answer: integrative ...

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Green Meets Brown: University of Louisville Eco-Reps and Community Composting Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville Eco-Reps are a sustainability training & networking group offering certifications, hosting monthly lunches, local speakers, & field trips, and organizing volunteer projects. Our longest-running project was ...

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Student Activism with Sustainability in Higher Education across Canada Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The purpose of this case study is to share the results of the Sustainability and Education Policy Network's research with student sustainability leaders from six higher education institutions in ...

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A Zero Net Energy Teaching Laboratory Membership Required

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • BR+A (MA)

The ACUPCC and the 2030 Challenge set the trajectory for a carbon-neutral future in the building industry. This goal may seem out of reach for laboratory buildings with high plug-loads ...

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Sustaining the Memory of Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia: a Participatory and Collaborative Public Art Project Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's Rotunda and Lawn are majestic institutional symbols of the only US campus recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Yet Jefferson's architectural masterpiece harbor ...

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The integration of Sustainability Practices in College Athletics Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

This three-part case study explores large-scale college athletic programs tackling the challenges of becoming zero waste & carbon neutral with a range of internal and campus-wide goals. Focused mainly on ...

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Tackling the PAC-12: a Zero Waste Challenge Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Here at the University of Arizona, there is a strong fan base towards the athletic events, from our large-scale football games to our famous and impressive basketball games. The amount ...

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RIT FoodShare: Collaboration Across Campus to Address Food Insecurity and Sustainability Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

RIT FoodShare was conceived by students in the Fall of 2014 who were challenged in a class to research food insecurity and reduce food waste. Their initiative, combined with an ...

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Charting the Path to Zero Waste at a Liberal Arts University: A Student Led Model Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

The generation and management of waste on college campuses have presented challenges to pursuing institutional sustainability. This case study looks at the use of undergraduate students in the visioning, data ...

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Sustainability as a Lifestyle from Campus to the Community Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Grand Valley State University piloted an introductory course called 'Sustainability as a Lifestyle.' This 1-credit course was designed to examine sustainability through an academic lens and use the campus as ...

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Catalyzing a Culture of Sustainability on Campus: the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) of McGill University Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) of McGill University was created in 2010 to catalyze a culture of sustainability on its campuses. The SPF is one of the largest dedicated sustainability ...

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Finding the Hidden Gems While Building Community: Place-based Pre-orientation Programs at Earlham College Membership Required

  • Earlham College (IN)

Earlham College's PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) Program, first offered in 2015, aims to connect incoming students with the local community, student and faculty leaders, and one ...

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Global Collaboration, Local Action: Insights and Ideas from two International Networks Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)
  • International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN) (MA)

Comprised of 11 members, the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009.This group's outputs to-date include a student exchange program, conferences, and ...

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Assessing Effectiveness of Sending Students to AASHE Conference Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Having brought several students to AASHE over the years, Ohio State's Office of Student Life was challenged to determine if spending 'all that money' has been 'worth it.' How ...

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Energy Feedback Sculpture: Using Public Art to Motivate Sustainable Behavior Membership Required

  • Iconic Energy Consulting

Public art, particularly interactive art, is uniquely positioned to communicate and engage. How might universities, institutions, and cities take advantage of public art to motivate sustainable behaviors among their constituencies ...

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The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community Membership Required

  • University of Baltimore (MD)

The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community involved 3 courses: Urban Solutions, First Year Seminar, and Great Issues in History. Students in the learning community explored the historical ...

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Engage, Steward, Discover: Aligning Global Sustainability Curriculum with Strategic Student-Led On-Campus Projects Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's interdisciplinary Global Sustainability course prepares students to understand, innovate and lead efforts to confront challenging sustainability issues. The course provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted ...

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Pop Quiz, What Does Sustainability Mean? A Training Certificate Program Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

How can you develop a basic knowledge of what sustainability means on your campus without required coursework integrated into the curriculum or reach large audiences at the same time? This ...

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Formalizing Sustainability Education as an Opportunity for Faculty and Staff Development Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver has identified employee professional development as a focal point of human resources. The Colorado 14ers People Development Program provides a platform for centralizing many opportunities offered ...

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Plastic-Free Campuses Membership Required

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

From bottles and bags to polypropylene microbeads, we discuss tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics on a college or university campus. We use campus-specific programs to highlight success stories of ...

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Sustainability Reporting Built on Stakeholder Engagement Membership Required

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Sustainability reports span the spectrum from powerful education and engagement tools to promotional 'greenwash'. What differentiates the good, the bad and the ugly? In this case study we will look ...

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The University of Texas at Austin Green Tours Program Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

UT Green Tours began in 2014 as an effort to connect all of the sustainability efforts on campus with the University and wider community. Initially all of the information regarding ...

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Strategic Sustainability Planning for a Community College District Membership Required

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)

The San Mateo County Community College District, located just south of San Francisco, consists of three colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Sustainability is the ...

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The power of perception: evaluating sustainability contradictions as a tool for culture change Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)

For a variety of reasons, behind the scenes operational dimensions of sustainability are often prioritized on campuses above the more challenging social and cultural dimensions. But arguably the most important ...

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Ecological Restoration on a Liberal Arts Campus: On-site and Community Development Membership Required

  • Drew University (NJ)

Situated on a small suburban campus in Madison, New Jersey, in a densely populated region of the US, Drew University attracts students to come live in the 'forest,' while accessing ...

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Employing Urban Ecology in Grounds Management at New York University Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

The emerging field of urban ecology has taken on a new urgency in recent years as most of the world's population now lives in cities where open spaces are ...

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Homestead Campus to Cure Higher Ed's Hang-Ups: Affordability, Access, & Sustainability Lip-Service Membership Required

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Students and families complain that college is too expensive and exclusive. Employers complain that college graduates lack practical skills and critical thinking abilities. Sustainability educators call it systems thinking but ...

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Arbor Day Event Trains Environmental Stewards Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Since 2014, SOU's Landscape Services Dept has hosted an annual Arbor Day Celebration inviting local K-12 schools, members of the surrounding community, our own student body, faculty, staff, and ...

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Developing a Customizable Offset Program for Off Campus Travel Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During the spring semester of 2016, The Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State University capitalized on the growing momentum of a voluntary Carbon Neutral Commuter offset program by expanding beyond ...

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Revitalizing Sustainability in a Large, Urban Research Institution Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

In 2007, New York University made a public commitment to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017. This goal was reached in 2012. In 2015, NYU made another commitment to reduce ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Behaviors: Reflection and Action in the UW Carbon Challenge Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Many sustainability educators hope to provide students with not only information, but also opportunities to reflect on, and perhaps change, their own attitudes, values, and beliefs leading to pro-environmental behaviors ...

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Higher Education Food Task Force: Institutional Cooperation Addressing Food Security and Sustainability Issues Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

We created a Higher Education Food Task Force with the seven major institutions along what is known as the Wasatch Front in Utah, which is the major population center for ...

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Overcoming Superhero Syndrome Membership Required

  • GreenerU (MA)

When sustainability pros see a problem, our unique mixture of self-efficacy, personal responsibility, and influential competency often mean that we take the problem head-on. And that other problem. And all ...

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The Harsh Realities of Generating Successful Living Laboratories Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Living laboratories are a growing component of sustainability in higher education, however their creation is frequently meet with stiff opposition. Dickinson College has successfully cultivated two living laboratories, The Handlebar ...

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Make a Ripple. Join a Wave: Developing experiential communication campaigns to accelerate positive perceptions in sustainability Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Encouraging positive perception & behavior change requires an integrated approach to communication, education & awareness. UBC's annual Ripple Effect is a multi-channel, student-focused campaign that explores & exemplifies all ...

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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
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Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
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National Wildlife Federation

Reston, VA
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NOLS

Lander, WY
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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
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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
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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.