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 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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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Tracking student shower usage in real-time Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

Self-reported shower durations suffer from memory inconsistency and timing accuracy as humans generally have great difficulty telling time internally. Our pre- and post-program self-report surveys also introduce errors due to ...

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Creating a Strategic Plan for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Regina (SK)

How do you create a powerful sustainability strategic plan with limited internal resources and what should that plan say? This session will answer these questions by providing insight into the ...

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Sustainability Transformation at a Rural University: Building New Linkages across the Campus Membership Required

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University's commitment to sustainability has developed over a number of years as new linkages allowed to University to connect academic, residential, co-curricular, and community activities under the ...

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New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Membership Required

  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Join us for this networking session. The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network formed in 2015 in order to help connect campus-based stakeholders and other food system stakeholders ...

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What to Say and What Not to Say on the Road to Becoming Effective Communicators on Climate Change Membership Required

  • ecoAmerica (DC)

This presentation will showcase ecoAmerica's Solution Generation program and communications research that will empower higher education leaders to more effectively connect with campuses and their broader communities on climate ...

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Is Everybody Present? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Creative Curriculum to Teach Sustainability, Healthful Eating, and Stress Reduction Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Mindfulness based training and practice is an effective tool promoting resilience, positive health outcomes and awareness of those around us and connection to all living things. This sustainable approach reinforces ...

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Earthstock' & 'A Road to Sustainability': Creative Programming to Promote a Sustainable Campus Culture Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Join us to learn about the crossroads between creative, educational programming and environmental sustainability at Earthstock and Road to Sustainability. By organizing campus-wide events such as documentary/movie showings, vegan ...

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Advocating for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

During Fall 2015, the Sustainability Advocate program was instated in each of the Panhellenic sorority chapters with house facilities at the University of Arizona. The advocate's job is to ...

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Illustrating the 'Criterion Problem': How Starting With the End in Mind Gets us There Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Virtually every sustainability problem begins with human thinking and behavior. While this may seem obvious, psychologists are rarely involved in the conception, development, delivery, or evaluation of real world attempts ...

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Making a Sustainable Community Among College Theatres Membership Required

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

Theatre is a creative place to share ideas with others. Theatres have done well with doing more with less, but there is a need for more sustainable practices. People have ...

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Building Student Leadership Through Networks: Connecting Higher Education Institutions Through Behavior Change Projects Membership Required

  • Augsburg College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This poster focuses on the value of connecting students, faculty and staff across boundaries. In this case, we connected across institutions, learning from each other and developing a network for ...

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From "me" to "we" in the Academic World Towards Sustainability: Path and Purpose Membership Required

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

My passion to create a shift in society will hopefully show you how to switch from "me" to "we" and build a Sustainable World. Two years ago, I discovered my ...

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Establishing a Student Green Fund at Your University Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a student-led effort recently succeeded with the establishment of a student green fund. The green fund currently provides approximately $46,000 per year to be ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of a Sustainable Micro-Housing Prototype. Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

The planned Tiny House at Randolph College is multi-function: As a public resource on sustainable design and its significance; as a teaching tool for environmental sustainability and assessment; temporary accommodation ...

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Zero-Waste Initiative: Paving the Way Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

As an institution with over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln produces an overwhelming amount of waste. Although UNL currently has a waste diversion rate of about 50 percent ...

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Helping Students Lead on Solar: Collaborations to Advance Renewable Energy on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Despite having some of the lowest-priced electricity in the nation, our students forged ahead to identify opportunities for solar energy and the ways it will fit into the energy future ...

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Showcasing Community Sustainability Champions on Campus: Why? How? Membership Required

  • Indiana University South Bend Library (IN)

For several years, the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future has held a Sustainability Lecture Series on campus. The format has evolved over time to best meet the ...

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Key Facilities Metrics; Gateway Survey for Collegiate Improvements Membership Required

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

For the third year, the joint APPA/NACUBO 'Key Facilities Benchmark' survey is being offered and results will be highlighted. The five simple measures instigated by the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory ...

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Mapping the St. Croix Valley: Beyond Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, established on the UWRF campus in 2007, branched out across the watershed and state boundaries to become the St. Croix Institute LLC ...

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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change Membership Required

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

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Systems Thinking for Campus Sustainability: Utilizing the University of Central Florida Campus as a Living Laboratory Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

In Spring of 2016, UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems. The 14 week course introduces ...

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Cold is no Excuse! Campus Sustainability in Cold Climates Membership Required

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

Western State Colorado University is committed to sustainability throughout campus. WSCU is situated in Gunnison, CO., a unique valley that experiences extremely cold temperatures. Sub-zero temperatures are not uncommon on ...

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Importance of Student-led Efforts in Initiating Sustainability Programs in a Location With Predominantly Conservative Values Membership Required

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

Tarleton State University provides an interesting dichotomy It is located in a small town in rural Texas where sustainability has neither been promoted nor required. For years, faculty were stymied ...

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Greeks Go Green Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Greeks Going Green is a collaborative project with the student government at the University of Nebraska, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to ...

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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning. Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using 'Tips' to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

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Sustainable Video Production Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The community of sustainability is constantly growing. With new practices from around the world on how we can build a better understanding of sustainability, key aspects arise from the ability ...

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Cultural Competencies: Developing a sustainable professional development model for a student services office Membership Required

  • Kent State University (OH)

This poster session describes the development of a multi-year professional development plan focused on increasing the cultural competencies of staff members in the Vacca Office of Student Services (VOSS), in ...

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Student wellbeing : handbook and practical tools to help French campuses Membership Required

  • Graines de Changement

In 2012, the network Campus Responsables concluded a partnership to display interactive plays within campuses regarding studend alcohol consumption. In 2013, the network published a practical guide about stutent wellbeing ...

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Entrepreneurial Thought and Action in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

In this presentation we will explore how the concept of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action can be applied to sustainability initiatives at your college or university. We will focus on: utilizing ...

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

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MIT's Sustainability DataHub Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Datasets are ubiquitous at MIT. The Institute collects large volumes of data on a variety of subjects related to the sustainability effort. However, these datasets are housed in diverse and ...

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Enhancing Appalachian's Sustainability-Related Community Engagement Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will provide an overview of efforts at Appalachian State University to expand and improve sustainability-related community engagement. For years, Appalachian's Sustainability Council has been charged with setting ...

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Sorting It All Out: What's in Your Garbage and Why You Should Care. How Waste Characterization Data Can Help Your Institution. Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Kessler Consulting Inc. (FL)

Many universities are setting the recycling bar higher and higher, often targeting zero waste goals. However, 'to manage it, you need to measure it.' Before you identify strategies to divert ...

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Branding a Sustainability Program: The University of Rochester Go Green Initiative Membership Required

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Like many universities striving to make sustainability a priority without a central office for sustainability, the University of Rochester's efforts and achievements occur among multiple departments and programs. Communicating ...

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Establish An Organic Multicultural Vegetable Garden to Promote Sustainability and Address Diversity at Kean University Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

A team of four students from Kean University committed to establish an organic multicultural vegetable garden in the Liberty Hall Farm located in Union County, New Jersey. Team members will ...

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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

Post Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate
Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

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.