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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Waste Reduction - Connecting the Student Experience, Academics, and Sustainability

  • Wayne State University (MI)

Wayne State University embarked upon an expansive campus-wide waste reduction program to support the goals of the Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan. These planning documents call for increased operational efficiency ...

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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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The Compost Stewards Program: A Case Study in Campus Composting

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This informational session will describe the Compost Stewards Program operated by the Office of Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This program originated from a proposal to our campus Green ...

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Waste Not, Want Not: How Campus Waste Reduction Becomes Part of the Circular Economy

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Rising carbon emissions and the increasing visibility of waste from our linear system of production and consumption have precipitated urgent conversations about how to grow an effective circular economy. Aimed ...

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Recycling Communications and Behavior Change

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

At Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, much work has been done to reduce waste, divert it from landfills, and improve the integrity of waste streams. Still ...

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Diverting Waste, Fostering Community, and Making "Used" Useful

  • Earlham College (IN)

In recent years, the Earlham College Student Sustainability Corps has experienced success and growth in their waste diversion programs. These include a permanent Free Store, a yearly Move-Out Program, and ...

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Good as New: A Discussion on Reducing Waste While Increasing Equity

  • The New School (NY)

For the past three years, the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School has coordinated and executed a free sale event for students called 'Good as New' in ...

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E-Waste: A Catalyst for Campus Innovation and Collaboration

  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Montana (MT)

Electronic waste is increasingly recognized as the fastest growing component of our waste stream and presents a global challenge that will continue to grow as technology advances. So, how do ...

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Dishing the Dirt: Challenges and Successes with Campus Compost

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)
  • US Composting Council (MD)

What's the difference between windrows and in-vessel composting? What's the story with PLA? How do you build successful source separation? Whether you're revamping your compost collection system ...

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A Shareable Economy and the Use of Ride Shares

  • University of Louisville (KY)

A 'shareable economy' is where profit is still made, but the environmental impacts are mitigated or reduced. This type relies on the temporary ownership of goods and/or the purchase ...

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How Providing Public Transit Passes Not Only Helps Students Financially, But Empowers Them Too

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Environmental Action Committee (EAC) is a student led campus organization working on sustainable initiatives that benefit both the campus and student body at Augsburg University. One of the group's ...

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Green Behaviors and Preferences Among College Students

  • Manhattan College (NY)

Our article contributes to the literature by investigating college students' environmental preferences and behavior by investigating their recycling attitudes and frequencies, their preference between tap versus bottled water, their willingness ...

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The Best Worst Way to Pick a Sustainability Culture Instrument, and How to do Better Next Time

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Sustainability culture can't be measured using using meters or gauges, so community members and researchers need a different kind of instrument. The go-to instruments are surveys to support a ...

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Outdoor Program Gear Purchasing: Applying Leave No Trace Ethics to Create a Circular Economy

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This session will explore how outdoor programs can become more sustainable in regard to purchasing, maintenance, and transportation while effectively educating the student population on these topics. Presenters are two ...

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Leveraging Funding to Provide Student Experience and Community Enrichment

  • Furman University (SC)

Would you like to learn how to provide consistent funding for a resilient student fellowship program? We have some thoughts and experiences to share. Furman University, a liberal arts school ...

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Breaking the Bubble: Using Video to Demystify Sustainable Living

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

This poster presentation details an online video series entitled 'What Can You Do to Live More Sustainably.' Nine videos featuring students, staff and faculty across the University of Kentucky provide ...

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Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities of Collegiate Farming

  • Colgate University (NY)

The Colgate Community Garden was started in 2011 by Green Thumbs, a student group that works to manage and promote the activities of the garden. The purpose of the garden ...

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University + Business = Force for Good

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Business can be a force for good in our communities and our world. Universities are contributing to a sustainable economy by supporting local businesses to document and expand their sustainability ...

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Sustainable Energy Education Through Demonstration (SEED) in Secondary Education

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

Sustainable Energy Education through Demonstration (SEED) is a ten-week program that educates students on the mechanics of renewable energy production and the value of these energies in combating climate change ...

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Green STEAM: Rocket Fuel for a Sustainable Economy

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • Oakton Community College (IL)
  • Joey FineRhyme (IL)

For decades, the environmental movement has been trying to infuse sustainability into the mainstream ethos. While the science is irrefutable, most people are not moved by science alone. One example ...

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Growing Sustainable Communities Together Through Leadership in Higher Education

  • Joliet Junior College (IL)
  • Lewis University (IL)
  • Prairie State College (IL)
  • University of Saint Francis (IN)

The South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) is a unique partnership of 10 higher education institutions in the south metropolitan area of Chicago extending west to Joliet, south to Kankakee ...

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Bringing the Campus Community Together Through Gardening and Gardening Workshops

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The Garden Commons is a community garden space on the campus of the University of Louisville, located next to the Cultural Center and the Student Activities Center. It exists as ...

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Empowering Students and the Community Through Green Chemistry and Sustainable Science Outreach

  • Beyond Benign (MA)
  • State of Washington (WA)

Sustainable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach can have a significant impact on youth, empowering students to be problem-solvers and engage in their communities as change makers, and inspiring ...

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Spreading the Word: Crafting Communications Around Large Campus Sustainability Events

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

UW Sustainability works with student groups and other organizations across campus in hosting two large-scale campus-wide sustainability events each year: the Sustainability Fair in October as part of Campus Sustainability ...

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Creating Positive Energy: Using Utility Rebates to Power Student-led Contributions to Society

  • Millersville University (PA)

In the spring of 2019, Millersville University established a Positive Energy Award Program in celebration of the first-year anniversary of the University's positive energy Lombardo Welcome Center. The Positive ...

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Harvard's Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund: Bringing Students, Faculty, and Staff Together

  • Harvard University (MA)

In 2016, Harvard University enhanced its Living Lab Initiative by launching the Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund. This fund supports projects that use Harvard's campus or the neighboring community as ...

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Student Approved Projects on Campus: What Could Go Wrong and What Could Go Right?

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Like many universities, Western Michigan University has instituted a grant to fund student-led sustainable change on campus. What sets Western Michigan University apart, however, is that the allocations of these ...

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Creating a Strong Alumni Base for Meaningful Engagement and Mutual Economic Benefit

  • Lafayette College (PA)

Many sustainability practitioners seek to engage alumni in various ways: fundraising, expertise, guest speakers, jobs/internships and mentorship for students. Learn from Lehigh University and the University of Virginia about ...

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Bridge Building: Translating Green Fund Ideas into Practice

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This networking session offers opportunities for Green Fund project partners to share experiences, ask questions, and connect with others engaged in campus Green Fund efforts. We welcome educators, students, facilities ...

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Monetizing Campus Sustainability: Converting Operations Into Assets to Increase Revenues

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)
  • Learfield IMG College (TX)

During the first couple of decades of growth in campus sustainability, 'green' operations were perceived as causing additional costs with limited direct paybacks. However, as sustainability has grown in college ...

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Creating Living Laboratories Through Campus Ecological Restoration

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)

At Eastern Washington University we are currently working to restore 120 acres of campus farmland back to native habitat with the goal to preserve natural landscapes, sequester carbon, promote sustainable ...

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Creating a Buzz Across America: Supporting a Healthy Food Economy with Beekeeping

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Delta College (MI)
  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

Higher education is an ideal platform to champion environmental practices toward a sustainable economy. Community colleges are at the forefront of raising awareness of the role pollinators have on their ...

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Apiculture: A Case for Producing Local Honey

  • Winthrop University (SC)

Humans have been harvesting honey from honeybees since prehistoric times. Raw honey is a natural food with many nutritional benefits, contains powerful antioxidants, counters pollen allergies and is a natural ...

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How to Start an Herbicide-Free Campaign on Your Campus!

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Herbicide-Free UC's mission is to stop the use of toxic herbicides across all University of California campuses. We are currently at four UC campuses, but the UC system is ...

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Meatless to Mindful Monday: The Progression of Promoting Less and Better Meat at UNC Asheville

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

In this presentation, we will review the evolution of one school's efforts to promote less and better meat eating on campus. In 2015, UNC Asheville Dining Services began hosting ...

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Combating Food Insecurity Through Sustainable Student-Led Initiatives

  • Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

This case study will include information on the efforts of staff, faculty, and students to eliminate food insecurity among students on Baldwin Wallace's campus. The project began about three ...

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The Pursuit of Delicious, Carbon-Friendly Food

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This year, with customer health and the environment in mind, Cal Dining defined their vision statement as 'serving delicious food that happens to be nutritious and sustainable', understanding that serving ...

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Implementing Experiential Education to Change Food Culture in Non-Land Grant Universities

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

This presentation will cover lessons learned in creating and adapting an experiential sustainable agriculture program as it applies to a non-land grant university, without a dedicated agriculture program. Indiana University ...

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Big Red Eats Green: Empowering Students to Engage in their University Food System

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

This presentation will share the details of an established, multi-year endeavor that focuses on the relationship between students and the university food system. An event that celebrates and showcases that ...

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Food as a Conduit: A Toolkit for Leading Institutional Change

  • Boston College (MA)

Change is hard. This interactive session will explore how non-academic campus services like dining, auxiliary and facilities can inspire a culture of sustainability and collaboration across campus and beyond. Boston ...

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Training Future Food System Leaders Using Campus Food Economies

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This session is guided by two principle questions: 1. What are all the aspects of a campus food economy and how are students engaged? 2. What structures are in place ...

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Gonzaga's Journey to Create a Sustainable Food Culture on Campus

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Real Food Club has been working to shift purchasing in our dining facilities to 'Real food' (meaning local, humane, fair-trade, or ecologically sound) since 2013. We are nearing upon the ...

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Harvard University's Holistic Approach and Model for a Sustainable Food System

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) convened a multi-disciplinary committee of world-renowned faculty to translate their research into action on campus to create a more sustainable food system that contributes ...

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Fair Trade Campus Advocacy for a Sustainable Economy

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. Our Fair Trade Colleges ...

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Leveraging the Power of Institutional Purchasing to Create a Sustainable Economy through Fair Trade

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. Our Fair Trade Colleges ...

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Food Systems Down Under: Lessons from the Australian Context and The Fair Food Challenge

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

This presentation will look at action in campus food systems in Australian universities. Australia has been slow to adopt action in campus foodscape transformation and there have been recent advancements ...

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Bring More Plant-Based Options to Your Campus

  • Balanced.org (KS)

In this session, attendees will learn how to work with their university's food service department to increase the amount of plant-based foods on dining hall menus. They'll learn ...

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Creating a Student-Led Campaign for a Self-Operated Dining System: How to get Started at Your School

  • Western Washington University (WA)

At Western Washington University, students have been leading a multi-year effort to implement a self-operated dining system after the decade long contract with Aramark expires in 2021. Currently, WWU is ...

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Lessons Learned from a Campus Food Pantry: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Campus Partnerships

  • University of Denver (CO)

Hunger and food insecurity are growing problems on college campuses. The rising cost of a college education and the increasing number of nontraditional students mean that more students are struggling ...

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Student Food Security: Multi-Tiered Solutions to Reach all Food-Insecure Students

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)
  • Swipe Out Hunger (CA)

Student food insecurity is a social justice issue that University and College Boards, Administrators, and Students are looking to solve. There are no silver bullet solutions, a comprehensive, multi-faceted solution ...

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Campus Engagement Partners

Dot Cup

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate
Dot Cup manufactures and sells the patented Dot Menstrual Cup and is passionate about making the best, most sustainable products accessible to all people with periods.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

Vancouver, BC
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative

Seoul, Seoul
Business Affiliate

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.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

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.