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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Climatepedia: A Climate Action Network for the Nation

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Climatepedia was founded by undergraduate students in 2011 by UCLA students. It is now an emerging 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters at UC Irvine, UCLA, and Yale University ...

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Environmental Arts: How Sustainability and Art Can Create Meaningful Community Relationships

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Art in the environment is a constant evolving idea that challenges the notion of how we approach sustainable practices. Using fine arts practices like painting and drawing express creativity that ...

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Developing Community Solidarity Through Beekeeping

  • Central Community College (NE)

This presentation will cover how a college beekeeping course resulted in an informed community of concerned honey bee supporters. Central Community College started a beekeeping course that drew participants from ...

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Implementing an Environmental Sustainability Badge Program: Best Practices for Co-Curricular Learning and Community Engagement

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability across a community college's curriculum requires more than interest from administration and faculty. Integration needs employees across the entire college capable of communicating, implementing, maintaining and ...

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Oral History and Sustainability: Campus and Community Engagement Through Student Research in the Humanities

  • Central College (IA)

This session introduces oral history as a tool for students to investigate and influence the cultures of sustainability on campus and in the community. Since 2015, Central College in Pella ...

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From the Iowa Caucus to the Iowa State House: Strategies for Sustained Civic Engagement

  • Central College (IA)

In 2015-16, leading up to the Iowa caucus and presidential election, Central College focused sustainability education efforts strongly on civic engagement, hosting a mock caucus, debate watch parties, guest speakers ...

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Senior Leadership Summit: Positioning Sustainability as Your Ultimate Innovation and Strategy Driver

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Millersville University (PA)

AASHE's 2017 Senior Leadership Summit is an intensive professional development opportunity for senior leaders and their teams to accelerate their sustainability leadership impact by increasing the flow and adoption ...

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Forming campus collaborations to support student advocacy skills

  • University at Albany (NY)

The recent Presidential election has inspired a new activism in our students. They want to be heard by not only campus administration, but by local, state and federal representatives, but ...

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Foundations of Sustainability

  • Colgate University (NY)

Foundations of Sustainability is an interactive discussion seminar facilitated by the Colgate University Office of Sustainability Green Raider Interns that students may take to engage in conversations about sustainability and ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Living Without Social Media/Internet. Discussion for Sustainability Staff in Student Housing.

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have performed cutting edge research on student behavior and facility efficiency. Within just a few years ...

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Sustainability in the apparel discipline: The layers of ESRAP

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)

Social responsibility and sustainable fashion are two topics that have emerged as prominent themes in courses within textiles and apparel curriculums around the globe. As important as these topics and ...

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Green Career Toolbox: Skills Workshops for More Effective/Employable SustainaStudents

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This session will allow attendees to discuss some of the specific skills that make students more effective agents for social change. For example, many sustainability offices already incorporate community-based social ...

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Nourishing U: Reclaiming Food, Alleviating Hunger, Redressing Health Inequities, and Serving up Food Justice

  • University of Utah (UT)

Salt Lake Excess, created by University of Utah Honors College students, is a novel real-time food recovery model focused on eliminating the transportation and coordination barriers to food recovery. Via ...

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Data Mapping Academia's Voluntary Commitments to the United Nations' Ocean Conference 2017

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

The purpose of this research is to examine academic institutions voluntary commitments to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals as published in the Partnership Data for the Sustainable Development ...

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Engaging Senior Leaders in Organizational Design and Idea Flow: Lessons learned from Corporate & Higher Education Sector Leaders

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will present key findings from a landmark corporate CEO study along with applied leadership engagement case stories from higher education institutions to help advance our collective efforts to ...

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Mapping Your Campus Metabolism: Taking a Systems Approach to Understanding Material Flows on Your Campus

  • Furman University (SC)

As campuses strive to become increasingly more sustainable, a comprehensive, integrated systems understanding of a university's campus metabolism and key material flows (water, energy, food, and materials) is essential ...

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Campus Gardens: Increasing Sustainability and Lowering Food Insecurity

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In this session, we will focus on the role campus gardens can play in educating faculty, students, and staff about sustainable food systems as well as their role in alleviating ...

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Compost and Collaboration: Reaching Zero Waste at UCI in Dining Commons and Residence Halls

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The University of California system and UC Irvine have committed to reaching Zero Waste, or 95% diversion from landfill by 2020. In 2016, UCI reached 83% diversion, the highest rate ...

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Employee Outreach: Creating a Culture of Sustainability in all Stakeholders at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Arizona State University is committed to being a leader in all areas of sustainability in Higher Education. A vital role in accomplishing this is to create awareness, educate, and integrate ...

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Engaging Partners in Source Reduction

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

40% of food produced in the U.S. is lost or wasted each year (FAO, 2014). Through data capture, staff training and guest education, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Hospitality ...

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Models for Collaborative and Implementable Pan-Campus Sustainability Plans

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community ...

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How to Expand a Recycling Program for Future Years

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

With a barren desert, no political will to implement policy nor financial incentive to push Nevadans to recycle, recycling in Nevada is virtually nonexistent. Currently, due to low landfill tipping ...

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Leveraging Living Building Challenge Standards across Campus Operations

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

How do you show faculty, staff and students that a building is alive and empower them to keep it healthy? As the most stringent green building certification in the world ...

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Southwestern University Campus as a Living Laboratory

  • Southwestern University (TX)

As a small liberal arts school in the middle of conservative Central Texas, Southwestern provides a unique example of a case study for increasing the sustainability of an institution of ...

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The Campus Climate is Heating up!: A Case Study of Student Activism at a Liberal Arts University

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Campus communities are a particular type of environment, uniquely affected by the political state of the surrounding area. Just as a politician's constituents should determine her platform, students at ...

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Empowering Solidarity Through Shared Sustainability Vision and Leadership

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Solidarity unifies diversity, creativity and passion toward a common goal. Through a shared sustainability position, Iowa State University's Office of Sustainability and the City of Ames, Iowa, unite together ...

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Plants on the Plate: Meeting Student Demand for Sustainable Plant-Based Dining.

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Market forces are shifting the ground beneath institutional food services, and most of them are far beyond what operators have the power to control. While they are hard to predict ...

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Green Labs at The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Office of Sustainability's Green Labs program at The University of Texas at Austin is a student-led initiative that serves as a resource to help researchers run a more ...

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UT Austin Campus Environmental Center: Student-led Environmental Action

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Bridging the gap between student interest and administrative support can be challenging in a bureaucratic university, especially when students seek operational changes towards sustainable practices. The UT Austin Campus Environmental ...

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Nudging commuters, big data and bold partnerships: A research-based approach to impacting commuter mode choice at MIT

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Researchers at MIT's Transit Lab, alongside MIT's operational decision-makers, have been examining commuter patterns at MIT for years. They helped launch a pilot collaboration between MIT and the ...

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Benefits for Transitioning to in-House Dining - A Panel Discussion

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This panel will explore the process, benefits, and challenges of using an in-house dining service. The panel will examine how a switch from an outside provider to an in-house dining ...

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Building Blocks for Assessing the Impact of Energy Dashboards

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Energy Dashboards can be effective tools in communicating about sustainability by providing real-time feedback on campus energy usage. The challenge many schools are faced with is how to use their ...

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A study-away experience in Costa Rica through the eyes of students and faculty from Trinity University.

  • Trinity University (TX)

Few places in the world are as biologically diverse as Costa Rica and as such it is a captivating and educational place to visit for students interested in sustainability. Trinity ...

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Visual Art and Poetry in Environmental Education

  • Trinity University (TX)

The presenters, an artist and a poet, have co-taught several courses incorporating student production of art and poetry in environmental education. The presentation will describe and show how specific experiences ...

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Sustainability Council-- Collaboration Among Student Organizations Is Key to Sustainable Success at Ohio State

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

As a major land-grant institution, The Ohio State University offers many opportunities for student involvement in sustainability. The University has over 100 sustainability-oriented organizations-- each with is own mission. Recently ...

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Leveraging Student Activity Fees to Catalyze High Impact Sustainability Projects

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

According to the AASHE Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds Database, the growth of Green Revolving Funds (GRFs) has exploded to include over 80 institutions representing over $100 Million. Techniques behind ...

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Sustainable Collaboration: Solving the Commuter Crisis

  • University of Houston (TX)

Minimizing the number of vehicles traveling to and parking on campus, while also reducing Houston's carbon footprint and improving the region's air quality is a critical goal of ...

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Sustainability Ambassadors: Modeling a Culture of Sustainability at New Student Orientation

  • Boston University (MA)

The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to motivate, inspire, and lead Boston University's efforts in supporting a culture of sustainability during new student orientation. The approach to ...

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It's not just Earth Day, it's Every Day! Building a Sustainability Movement

  • New York University (NY)

With the new administration in the White House it is imperative that sustainability offices and clubs build a strong, effective movement to act on climate change by unifying with other ...

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Needed: Systemic Change and Collaboration to Confront Shared Challenges - PepsiCo, UC Boulder, and other Universities break new

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • PepsiCo (IL)

Sustainability leaders are no longer asking themselves 'how can we do better,' and instead are asking, 'how can we do enough?' To answer that question we are partnering with universities ...

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Students Put Their Money Where Their Values Are: The JCCC Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This poster describes Johnson County Community College's Student Sustainability Committee. The Committee, formed in 2011 as part of a student-led initiative for a dollar-per-credit hour fee to fund sustainable ...

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Introducing Students to Campus Sustainability through Interactive Tree Labeling

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University, recognized as Tree Campus USA for five years, has recently introduced an interactive tree labeling system. The labeled trees directly connect to a customizable webpage through smartphones ...

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Peruse the Used; Campus Thrift Shop and Move out Program

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

At the beginning of the year students come to campus with carloads of excessive 'must have' college products. These items often have a short lifespan with their student as space ...

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High Priests of Sustainability?! The Promise and Perils of Becoming Your School's Moral Compass

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It began as a joke. When I first arrived, colleagues introduced me as the university's 'Green Guru.' Later I got a surprising compliment: 'You are the conscience of this ...

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Student-Led Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project: Low-Cost Implementation and Potential Applications

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Even at its outset, the new presidential administration has made it clear to the public that it is unwilling to support environmental protection at the federal level. In particular, the ...

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Gathering at the Table: Cultivating Future Leaders of a Thriving Community Food System

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Gathering at the Table brings together passionate student leaders, community food justice advocates, and eaters of all kinds to grow a sustainable, community food system. It is an innovative program ...

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Advancing Sustainability Through Health and Wellness Partnerships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Thomas will highlight key partnerships between the Office of Sustainability and Human Resources at Washington University (WashU): the expansion of a Community Supported Agriculture program that encourages students and employees ...

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Promoting Sustainability Through Partnerships - A Collection of Case Studies

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University has achieved some remarkable successes through a variety of partnerships across campus. These range in scale from a single researcher purchasing a piece of efficient lab equipment ...

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The High Touch Approach: Making Inclusivity and Social Sustainability Core to Mission

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

A pressing issue facing university campuses is concern about social community. Dartmouth College and its peers is being held accountable for high-risk behavior and a lack of inclusivity. How can ...

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Oscar is grouchy for a reason! Campus recycling behavior research and action

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Presents findings from phase one of a multi-phase study on recycling behavior at Colorado Mountain College. Findings are based on surveys of trash and recycling bin contents completed in spring ...

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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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MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

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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Post Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
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The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste on their campus.

Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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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
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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.