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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Climate Solutions 101: Curricula That Inform Conversations & Inspire Action on Climate Solutions

  • Villanova University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Project Drawdown (CA)
  • Solutions Journalism Network (NY)

Project Drawdown and the Solutions Journalism Network are partnering to offer a webinar for AASHE educators and staff who want to shift the conversation about climate change away from gloom ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2022
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Saving the Campus Farm: One Approach to Leveraging Institutional Support for a Campus Farm Space

  • Butler University (IN)

Although there has been a dramatic increase in the number of campus farms in the past thirty year, most farms serve as co-curricular resources or have limited use in formal ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2022
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Diverting Materials from University Waste-stream - Centre for Creative Reuse

  • Concordia University (QC)

Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) is dedicated to diverting materials from inside Concordia’s waste-stream and offering them to the general community free of cost. In 2017 ...


CSUF Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Planting Ceremony

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Cal State Fullerton, in cooperation with the City of Fullerton, celebrated Arbor Day by planting several trees throughout campus. The mayor, city council members and administrators from the City of ...


A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus

  • National Assocation of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (FL)

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers at institutions of higher education throughout the country and around the world ...


Ditching Desktop Printers: A Behavior Change Guide to Cutting Paper Use, Energy Consumption, and Costs

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Root Solutions (CA)

Replacing individual desktop printers with a shared office or department ‘multi-function’ printer (MFP) is one of the most impactful ways campuses can reduce paper use. It also generates a suite ...


Introducing a Climate Anxiety Toolkit and Generating Insights from a Co-Evaluation Process

  • AASHE (PA)
  • University of Technology Sydney

In this webinar, the presenters will introduce a recently developed climate toolkit as well as conduct a co-evaluation process of the resource with participants. The webinar will draw on insights ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2021
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Campus Culture and Communication at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Campus Culture and Communication Internal Analysis Team ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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External Collaboration at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the External Collaboration Internal Analysis Team. Through ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Better Together: Co-designing Student Engagement with Residence Life

  • Boston University (MA)

Lasting culture change around sustainability is key to making your climate action plan goals a reality. The Eco-Rep model has been an effective tool for reaching students at many institutions ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Campus Move-Out Programs

  • Carleton College (MN)

Campus move-out can be a busy time for college campuses and its students. What do you do with items left behind from students? Join this networking session to share your ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Coping With Climate Anxiety In and Beyond the Classroom

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

We're all surrounded by students from what's been dubbed the 'climate generation' (a group that is particularly attuned to the threat and inequity of climate change) as well ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Optimization of Environmental Communication Through the Analysis of Media Engagement

  • Hope College (MI)

This presentation aims to explore the relationship between communication medium and effectiveness in the digital landscape during COVID-19. The presentation explores video, graphic, and photo as communication methods for different ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Leveraging Culture Competency for Organizational Change: Conditions for Excellence & Innovation

  • Aquinas College (MI)
  • 122 Consulting Group (PA)

Organizations have historically struggled with the effective implementation and integration of sustainability into over arching strategic planning. This challenge not only inhibits the progression sustainability throughout the organization, it also ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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I Wonder Can You Hear Me Now? The Emotional Work of African-Americans and University Engagement

  • University of Virginia (VA)

We are fighting two pandemics, COVID-19 and racism. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have sparked discussions around the country on the impact of institutional ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation for Climate Justice on Island Earth

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

A major institutional focus of the university of Hawai ªi Office of Sustainability has over the past 3 years has been our partnership with Dr. Lipe 's office to establish ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Leading with Social Justice to Advance Sustainability: Learning from Indigenization

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

Early in 2020 the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) adopted its first Sustainability Vision. Building on a sustainability policy adopted in 2014, the vision leads with social justice and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Stronger Together: Merging the Sustainability Office and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

In summer 2020, California State University Monterey Bay reorganized its Sustainability Office. Moving it from Facilities Management to the Office of Inclusive Excellence. This was done in recognition of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Pandemic as Opportunity to Strengthen Campus Food Resources and Address Food Insecurity

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

Prior to the pandemic, efforts to co-brand food-related resources: a garden, food pantry and kitchen, as a strategy for addressing food security had begun. There were also plans for assessing ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Measuring Campus, Climate Anxiety and Ideas for Coping Beyond the Classroom

  • University of Vermont (VT)

We're all surrounded by students from what's been dubbed the 'climate generation' (a group that is particularly attuned to the threat and inequity of climate change) as well ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Climate Action Workshop, Using Climate Interactive's En-Roads Model

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Come to the Climate Action Workshop and create a scenario to address global climate change with known technologies and policies. You will be immersed in the challenge and opportunity of ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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(Some of the) Surprising Findings About Living Wages in Higher Education During a Global Pandemic

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Between the global pandemic, broadening awareness of racial inequalities, and intensifying financial pressure, American higher education institutions are having to revisit their core beliefs, implicit assumptions, and day-to-day operations. During ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Mobilizing to VOTE: Climate 2020

  • Our Climate (OR)

Our Climate's workshop will highlight our voter registration and Get Out The Vote campaign. Young people are the largest voting bloc in this country, we can have a tremendous ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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We are Uprooted and Rising: The Fight for Food Sovereignty in Higher Ed

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What does it look like to have a future that nourishes and sustains all of us for generations to come? How can colleges and universities support that future for their ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Green Career Planning Workshop with the National Wildlife Federation

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

A goal without a plan is merely a wish - start writing your green career plan today in this interactive workshop, utilizing the National Wildlife Federation's Career Center resources and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Bridge Builders: Sustainability Staff as Mission-Tied Project Developers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How do you go about developing a sustainability initiative that hits on all four cylinders, university operations, academics, research and community impact? This session will provide a methodology, tools and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Leveraging Change From Within and From Without: Equity & Sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Many of us leading sustainability efforts have no specific training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work from our formal education. This does not free us from the work needed ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Creating Cultures of Equitable Belonging Using our Food Systems as the Galvanizing Frame

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

For the past five years, Food Solutions New England has hosted the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that has inspired thousands to learn, reflect and act in service of ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Advancing Sustainable Development Goals by Committing to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In 2019, the University of Colorado Boulder became the first US university to commit to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The UN effort now includes major international/national ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Beyond Diversion: The New Zero Waste Roadmap Strategy - PLAN's Atlas Project

  • Colby-Sawyer College (NH)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Student Healing in a Time of Climate Crisis

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Against a global backdrop of climate strikes in the Fall of 2019, students and youth everywhere are demanding an immediate shift toward climate change solutions and policies that address the ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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PLASTIC - How to Organize a Movement to Ban Disposable Plastics on Campus!

  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • The Student PIRGs (OR)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Coffee cups, bags, straws, take-out containers, swag, etc. Let's talk about how to build a movement to eliminate all disposable items from campus! Organizing around eliminating disposable plastics can ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Catalyzing Sustainable Communities through Change Management

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Trust (MA)

Sustainability practitioners are at the forefront of building just, sustainable communities. But how many of us have research-backed tools and principles to help us be effective change makers? Join us ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Strengthening Social Sustainability in the Face of Declining Community Trust

  • College of Charleston (SC)

A just transition to a more sustainable world requires a strong understanding and application of social sustainability. Yet, social sustainability is often misunderstood, underrepresented and excluded, particularly in higher education ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Integration of the SDGs Across Curricular / Co-Curricular Programs: Shared Best Practices

  • Furman University (SC)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) (FL)

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Don't Just do Something, Sit There: The Role of Meditation in Mobilizing a Just Transition

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes the presenter has experienced while trying to get his students, co-workers, and neighbors to meditate. Meditation has proven benefits for physical ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Sustainable Menstruation: Making Periods Sustainable and Accessible to all

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

Did you know that the average menstruating person throws away 1200 menstrual care products during their time in college? Disposable menstrual care products are wasteful and costly, especially for students ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Best Practices Mini-Workshop

  • Central College (IA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)

Join four members schools of the AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum network, that regularly offer workshops and other professional development opportunities, in an experiential mini-workshop where participants will ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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How to Ban Fracking, Divest, and Win a Green New Deal - 5 Successful Steps for Leaders to Win Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win - Gandhi Led by a nationally-renown changemaker and former elected official, this dynamic, interactive ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Encountering Unjust Transitions: Sustainability, Masculinities, and (m)Anthropocene Collapse

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This session builds on the Just Transition insight that, 'The transition itself must be just and equitable' and must include 'redressing past harms and creating new relationships of power for ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Creating Change Agents for Campus Sustainability Through Applied Learning Projects

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This session will explore how the framework of key competencies in sustainability can be useful for campus operations. Our session will focus on how applied learning projects can generate both ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Integrating Wellness and Diversity into the Sustainability Model: A Faculty and Staff Perspective

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • Bemidji State University (MN)

The Bemidji State University (BSU) Sustainability Office realized in 2008 that the work they felt called to do required a different visual representation than the typical Venn diagram that includes ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Herbicide Free Campus: Transitioning Away From Synthetic Herbicides Use on School Campuses

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide Free Campus is a student-founded organization that work directly with groundskeepers and school campuses to end campus reliance on synthetic herbicides. Modern science has proven time and time again ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Centering Equity within Sustainability Offices

  • Humber College (ON)

At the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo, Meghan Fay Zahniser (Executive Director) spoke in her closing remarks that sustainability staff and administrators have a professional and moral duty to incorporate ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • Trust (MA)

One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, skill sets of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Queering Sustainability

  • University of Montana (MT)

Queering Sustainability...What does that mean and why should we care? If we truly want to talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and 'Mobilizing for a Just Transition,' we have ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Solastalgia: Reconnecting With the Natural World and Mobilizing for the Greater Good

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

Solastalgia is a term coined by Glenn Albrecht used to describe mental distress (anxiety, grief, depression) caused by experiencing changes in one's environment. Though Western science has started to ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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What Motivates Change Agents and Supports Their Resilience in the Face of Adversity?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Yale University (CT)

One of the key features that distinguishes sustainability from other fields is its normative aspect. Sustainability is about creating a better world starting today based on a just vision of ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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The Union of the Preposterous: Playfully Engaging with Climate Change

  • Western Technical College (WI)

We are entering a decade in which the world requires massive climate action. Yet, as sustainability professionals we still struggle to engage people to take meaningful climate action. Equally problematic ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Applied Sustainability: Leadership Lessons From the Field

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Local Government Commission (CA)

In order to empower leaders and build momentum for the sustainability movement, we need to embrace the full leadership pathway before, during and after the higher education experience. While much ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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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.

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