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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Student Peer Educators as the Primary Communication and Outreach Strategy for Campus Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

A programming methodology was developed for applying student peer educators (EcoReps) for campus-wide communications and outreach. The idea was to emphasize direct, face-to-face engagement with students and staff in place ...

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We Can Submit: An Authentic Discussion of a First Time STARS Submission

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)

Calling all STARS wannabes! Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about starting the STARS process? Has your office tried to submit and is yet to be successful? Are other ...

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Creating a Green Allies Coalition to Address Social Sustainability: Lessons Learned and Future Goals

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This session will describe the efforts of the Green Allies Coalition within the Office of Sustainability at UW-Madison. Our office has teams focused on improving environmental sustainability, yet no team ...

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Bail on Balloons: Institutionalizing a Green Events Standard

  • New York University (NY)

NYU hosts thousands of events each year. Whether they're massive conferences or office parties, events are integral to our community. But they notoriously result in unnecessary waste, both material ...

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Meeting Campus Sustainability Goals by Showcasing Them in College Sports

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

The University of Colorado Boulder is the nation's first NCAA Div 1 sports sustainability program-and has compiled lessons learned about how to use the sports platform to elevate campus ...

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Green Events Ambassadors: Student Interns Share Zero Waste Knowledge Across Institutions

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This informational session will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability's intern-run Green Events Program, its zero waste planning, and how this ...

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Move Out Programs: Finding the Solution for your Campus

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Every year when students move out of their dorms and apartments, tons of useful stuff is left behind or discarded. Over the past decade or so, campuses all across the ...

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Successful Transitions: Guiding Student Groups Through Leadership Changes

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

As second year students ourselves, we understand that student groups are empowered to create bold impacts in higher education. They benefit from peer connections in a way that departmental or ...

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Stay Rad Post Grad!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it's just a matter of making it happen. Join the PLAN staff ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop we will facilitate a discussion around how students can lead specific efforts to solve waste issues on their campuses. We start with a short presentation on the ...

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Is Anybody Listening!? How to Reach Students on a Message Saturated Campus

  • Concordia College - Moorhead (MN)

When you decided to become a sustainability professional, you may not have realized how much time and effort you would spend trying to engage students in sustainability events, programs, or ...

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Cultivating Student and Staff Leaders through Campus Food Recovery Programs

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

As the awareness of food insecurity on college campuses increases, campus dining services are referred to as potential emergency relief for student food insecurity. Through food recovery programs, dining services ...

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Rethinking Your Campus: Creative Curriculum, Programs, and Policies that Address a Just Transition

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Adapting to climate change and interrelated social crises is no easy feat, especially for campus systems with longstanding institutional frameworks. Key to this shift is to encourage broad student, campus ...

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Lessons From the Field of Education: Bridging Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

Social justice (i.e. equity) is one of sustainability's '3Es,' alongside the economy and environment. Yet too often, these 'Es' are framed with shaky connections or as separate spheres ...

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Go DefaultVeg: Using Behavioral Nudges to Reduce Food-Related GHG Emissions at Your Institution

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Better Food Foundation (DC)

Colleges and universities are increasingly attempting to measure and reduce their Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. Among the largest contributors of Scope 3 emissions are transportation and food. In 2019 ...

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Beyond Likes and Followers: How to Create Meaningful Real-Life Engagement via Instagram

  • Elon University (NC)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

How do sustainability offices engage students beyond social media metrics to create real-life engagement? In this session, three institutions-one small private liberal arts college, one medium-sized private university and one ...

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Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education Through Service-Learning

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Saint Joseph's College - ME (ME)
  • Maine Campus Compact (ME)

In 2017, in partnership with Campus Compact offices throughout Southern New England, Maine Campus Compact (MCC) awarded subgrants to 14 interdisciplinary faculty teams across four states (CT, MA, ME, NH ...

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Staying Green While Staying Woke: Creating Inclusive Sustainability Communities in Higher Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Equity is one of the pillars of sustainability. While there is more attention to climate and environmental justice in our field today, much of the work in sustainability spaces tends ...

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Organics for Everyone: Lessons Learned from a Large-Scale Campus-wide Organics Rollout

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Implementing post-consumer organics collection on campus is a big step. But it can be done! The University of Minnesota has confronted the challenges associated with front-of-house organics collection head-on with ...

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Michigan State University Brody Neighborhood Re-design and Innovative Future

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The Michigan State University (MSU) Division of Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) is committed to ensuring long-term sustainability by recognizing and reducing our impacts on the planet. Through our programs ...

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Creating Intersectionality with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sustainability with UC Berkeley

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In the realm of establishing a sustainable campus, a clear understanding and commitment from leaders (staff and students) are necessary to execute those goals. Often times, communities who are underrepresented ...

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Student Support 101: A Guide for Sustainability Professionals

  • Florida State University (FL)

Across the country, universities are solidifying their commitment to a more sustainable future through the creation of sustainability offices. Often times, these offices are located within facilities departments with professionals ...

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Issues Don't Move People; Stories do - Using Films to Catalyze Student and Community Engagement

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

When it comes to films, too often our focus is on what appears on the screen when the projector turns on. But our focus really needs to be on action--what ...

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Sustainability Action Funds - Starting, Maintaining, Evolving student-led support for sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Green Funds have been historically used by many universities to advance student sustainability initiatives and empower student leadership. This workshop will explore Green Funds at four (4) different universities, expand ...

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Sustainable Behavior Lab - An interdisciplinary approach for Student Affairs

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Discovering ways to generate sustainable behaviors on campus can be a daunting challenge for students, faculty, and staff. Efforts to promote activities that foster individual actions for collective sustainability impact ...

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Building Energy Quotient, A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability and Engagement in Universities

  • ASHRAE (OR)
  • Hanson Professional Services (FL)

The ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) program empowers facility owners to understand their building's energy performance in comparison to facilities of the same type in the same climate ...

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Engaging Employees on Sustainability at Small Institutions

  • Southwestern University (TX)

From Green Office Certifications to Green Teams, from EcoAmbassadors to Green Lunch & Learns, the possibilities for engaging faculty and staff on sustainability topics are endless! But which one is ...

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Going Zero Waste: It's not Just Business, it's Personal

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

There are many long-established zero waste best practices addressing bins, signage, reusables and more. Unlike LED retrofits, low-flow faucets or other infrastructure projects, a zero waste initiative requires the participation ...

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Developing a culture of trust, feedback, and growth in the workplace

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Trust (MA)

Change moves at the speed of trust.' -Stephen Covey To be intentional in creating change, we need to have enough data points. One essential data point for our own personal ...

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Archiving the campus as a living laboratory: preserving a long memory for transformative change

  • University of Utah (UT)

Sustainable change on campus is often driven by student-led projects, project-oriented courses and co-curricular activities associated with the Sustainability Office. However, aside from dissertations and theses, student work is seldom ...

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Sustaining the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Frameworks/Knowledge as University Core Curriculum

  • University of Buea

Education and learning have powerful potential in fostering knowledge, skills and competences for action towards climate change mitigation. This study focuses on examining the role of mainstreaming and sustaining climate ...

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Menstruation Conversation : The intersection of sustainability, inclusivity, and empowerment

  • Dot Cup (IL)

Menstruation is having a moment. 2019 brought us the first ever Menstruation-Focused Oscar Winner - Period End of Sentence, as well as the first annual National Period Day. At Dot Cup ...

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Boxes to Farm to Compost'- A Paradigm Shift from an Extractive Culture to Regenerative Culture

  • Iowa State University (IA)

As a land grant university with a student population of over 30,000 students and about 6000 faculty and staff, there is a multitude of packaged items delivered to the ...

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Sustainability Rankings: Comparing STARS with Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking

  • University of Calgary (AB)

STARS has long been the key performance indicator for sustainability in UCalgary's Eyes High strategic vision. It is also the most broadly used sustainability assessment tool in higher education ...

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Student Employment and Internships as the Foundation of a Sustainability Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

The Sustainability Office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is focused on student engagement through several High-Impact Practices to support co-curricular education, but the core of this activity is centered on ...

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Protect the Roots: Promoting Sustainability with Policy and Planning that Prioritizes Campus Trees

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

As the popularity of programs like Tree Campus USA demonstrate, there is widespread agreement that trees provide tremendous value to our campuses across a broad spectrum of key campus metrics ...

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Engaging Alumni in Sustainability: Working with Development & Alumni Relations

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Alumni are one of a college or university's greatest assets and their contributions back to an institution do not go unnoticed. Many sustainability professionals want to engage alumni in ...

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College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Campus Recycling Session

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), in partnership with the United States Composting Council and Elevate Packaging, recently administered a survey to colleges and universities to understand how their ...

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Inspiring Green Fashion in a Fast Fashion Landscape

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

The fast fashion industry encourages buying cheap clothes with a short lifespan which need to be constantly disposed of and replaced. College students can be especially vulnerable to fast fashion ...

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Power Dialogs: Coordinated Civic Education on Climate Solutions and Justice

  • Bard College (NY)

Power Dialogs are a tool to mobilize educators across the planet to provide young people with realistic optimism that for fundamental economic reasons, the world is heading towards an energy ...

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Graduate Student Opportunities for Innovative Pedagogy & Institutional Leverage: How We Can Plug In

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Graduate students often serve as educators-in-training with an ear to the ground of the undergraduate experience. What role can we uniquely play in expanding sustainability curricula at our institutions? How ...

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Harnessing Student Enthusiasm to Create Institutional Change

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Universities are filled with students who are eager and excited to create sustainable change. Oftentimes, that enthusiasm helps put on grand events that gather large crowds and spark important conversations ...

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Sustainability in Universities: way to STARS

  • Universidad EAN

Several universities that have been implementing sustainability on their campuses are not yet part of the STARS system, but they can follow other indicators and sustainability management systems. The idea ...

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Come Help Shape the Sustainability Strategy of the Largest Higher Ed System in the Nation

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)

In May of 2019 the largest post secondary system in the nation unveiled a new Climate Action and Sustainability Policy. Some might consider this policy to be advanced, others may ...

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The Staff Engagement Escalator: A Facilitated Discussion on Developing Human Potential

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • McGill University (QC)

What are the clever ways we meet new staff members and pull them into the fold? --- Why do some staff members attend events but not engage beyond that? --- How do ...

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Let's Be Real: An Honest Conversation on Student Engagement Programs

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Co-curricular and extra-curricular student engagement stands as a primary focus of sustainability work in higher education. Furthermore, institutions are continuing to grow and explore various delivery models for applied learning ...

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Big Schools, Big Headaches: Completing STARS and Catalyzing Change at Large Universities

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Large universities can pose large and unique challenges to completing a STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) report and using the results to drive change. From siloed departments to ...

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Inspiring Leaders for Sustainability On Campus & Beyond: Networking Meeting

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

How do we develop leaders to bridge sustainability, community engagement, and civic leadership? Our greatest legacy as campus sustainability leaders may be the leaders we develop. The national news can ...

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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA) Networking Session

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

This networking meeting will be an opportunity for attendees interested in, researching, and/or implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals to be ...

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Student Affairs/Engagement Meet-Up

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Come join staff, students, and faculty from across the country that work in, with, or led by students to gather in solidarity, discuss best practices, explore opportunities to expand engagement ...

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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