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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Weatherizing Together: Finding Effective Community Partnerships

  • Furman University (SC)

Is your school planning on or already implementing a home weatherization program? Have you found community partners for your program? Furman University's home weatherization program, the Community Conservation Corps ...

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Mapping our Participation in the United Nations Global Compact: Storytelling and Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

As a participant of the U.N. Global Compact, the State University College of New York at Geneseo uses the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to talk ...

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Community Impacts Through Energy-Efficient Housing Education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Energy Efficient Housing Research Group (EEHR), an outreach arm of the Hamer Center for Community Design, is a conduit between high-performance housing research and housing stakeholders. EEHR connects multidisciplinary ...

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Climate Memes: Undergraduates Making Climate Data Go Viral

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

On Earth Day 2017, Climatepedia boothed in Pershing Square at the March for Science-Los Angeles. Students from the University of California, Irvine branch of the organization displayed their signs at ...

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All We Need is Political Will: Empowering Students on Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • Juniata College (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

At this critical time in our nation's history, the need to transition to a clean energy economy and a just and equitable society is more urgent than ever. Young ...

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Student Green Funds: Lessons Learned

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Three campuses will share their experiences creating and working with Green Funds. The panel will review key lessons learned regarding Green Fund structure, function, efficacy, longevity and campus engagement. When ...

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Aligning Endowment Investments With the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • MSCI (NY)

The past few years have seen a surge in interest and activity around how endowment investment practices can be better aligned with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals. Endowment decision-makers ...

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Moving Toward Climate Justice Through Divestment and Reinvestment

  • Better Future Project (MA)

All colleges have an endowment that they use to invest in a broad range of industries. Divestment is a powerful tactic where institutions can use their political and financial power ...

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Divestment: How Public Universities Can Defund Climate Change

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This presentation addresses widely held beliefs regarding institutional investors, specifically higher education's approach to investments, and provides a review of methods of fossil fuel divestment campaigns across the country ...

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Celebrating Anniversaries: Reflecting and Adapting within Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Adaptability is key for any successful program. In spring of 2016, students renewed The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley for an additional 10 years, celebrating 10 years of ...

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Divestment and Bureaucracy: how to Capitalize on and Celebrate Small Incremental Change

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition is a coalition of 50 different clubs that are pushing the University of Pittsburgh to divest its endowment away from fossil fuels. This is an especially ...

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Pollinator Friendly Campuses: Strategies to Help You Get Your Buzz on!

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

This engaging and interactive panel will provide strategies from geographically diverse locations in North America to initiate or continue bee keeping and support pollinator health on your campus. Colgate University ...

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Supporting Sustainability Education and Biodiversity Through Grounds Management

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

For the last 3 years, AASHE Sustainable Campus Index has recognized SUNY Cortland as top performing in the grounds category. This poster will highlight the variety of methods we use ...

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Overcoming Obstacles When Establishing Intentional, Productive Urban Campus Green Spaces: Natural and Man-made Challenges

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In April 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), an urban research university in downtown Richmond, VA, created an on-campus Learning Garden. Urban campus gardens can face a unique set of challenges ...

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Leadership in Sustainable Grounds Management: The Audubon International Experience

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Niagara College Canada (ON)
  • Audubon International (NY)

This presentation will provide an open dialogue and best practice sharing on the process of achieving Audubon International's (AI) Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) certification at both public and ...

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Lettuce Talk: Students and Dining Staff Collaborating on Plant-Based Dining

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Sodexo (FL)

Plant-based diets can be healthier and more sustainable than meat-centric diets but plant-based options in college dining halls often fail to be crave-worthy. At the University of Pittsburgh dining halls ...

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Real Food Challenge at University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Real Food Challenge is a nation-wide initiative to bring local, fair, humane, and ecologically sound food to college campuses. By 2020, every participating institution aims to have 20% of ...

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Using FEEDS Communication Platform to Share Sustainability News From Dining Services

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

As part of our commitment to sustainability, in October 2017 UNC Asheville Dining Services, a division of Chartwells Higher Ed, rolled out a new public communications platform called FEEDS: Farm-Forward ...

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Local Food Sourcing in Kentucky: A Case Study in Higher Ed Collaboration

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have a unique approach to sourcing local food. Hear from the Sustainability Managers from their dining services and the Executive Director ...

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UT Farm Stand: A Campus-Scale Model for Sustainable Food Production

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

At the University of Texas, UT Farm Stand offers an innovative campus-scale model for a sustainable food production system. This student-run program depicts the unique tale of farm to market ...

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Building a Meal Sharing Program

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Johnson County Kansas has mirrored the increased food insecurity that has been prevalent at the national level. Johnson County Community College has tackled this issue by creating a meal share ...

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Changing Plates: How Aramark Partnered With HSUS to Lead Sustainable Change Through Food

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Demand for more plant-based menus continues to grow as students become more knowledgeable about their food choices and the impact on the planet. As part of their continued relationship of ...

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Expanding the Mission of a CanstructionU Competition to Include Partnerships for Hunger Awareness

  • Penn State Brandywine (PA)

As part of a year-long effort to develop community partnerships themed on sustainability, Penn State Brandywine connected with the local food bank for an academic and volunteer collaboration. In the ...

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Driving Food Reconnection at Arizona State University through Collaboration between USP and Aramark

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

Surveys conducted at Arizona State University dining locations indicate that the vast majority of customers care about using natural resources responsibly and make a conscious effort to only take what ...

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Closing the Loop: Building a Healthy and Sustainable Campus Food System

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has made remarkable changes to its food landscape in the past few years. Our campus supports and hosts multiple organic food learning gardens as well ...

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Empowering Student Leaders to Create a Zero Waste Food Court

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

In order to divert 95% of solid waste from the landfill, UCI Hospitality & Dining (HDS) and Aramark collaborate with Social Ecology Field Study interns, Campus as a Living Lab ...

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BYO[Solutions]: Reuse Programs in Campus Dining

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

College campuses are hubs of waste, from plastic bags to disposable food containers and single-use coffee cups. However, universities can use this opportunity to implement waste-reduction programs with the aim ...

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The Real Food Challenge: Bringing Healthy and Local Food Options into Campus Dining Halls

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Across the United States, college campuses are partaking in the Real Food Challenge, a national organization that promotes the development of local, fair, sustainable and humane food systems in college ...

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Encouraging Sustainable Food Purchasing Through Student Programs

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Many institutions endeavor to serve local and sustainable food within its dining services, but the complex and often opaque food system presents significant challenges to identifying and sourcing responsibly-produced products ...

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Campus Advocacy for Global Impact: Fair Trade and the United Nations SDGs

  • 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 communities across the U.S. We are part of a ...

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Fair Trade and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • 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 communities across the U.S. We are part of a ...

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Student Funded Initiatives & the Intersections of Social Justice & Sustainability

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This is going to address clear and tangible ways students can have agency and autonomy over some of their Student Activity Fees in order to create more than just a ...

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Shifting to 100% Renewable Campuses and Communities

  • Environment America (MA)
  • CALPIRG Students (CA)

College and university campuses can lead the way toward a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With the effects of climate change growing ever more apparent, and with the ...

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The Present & Future of the Open Energy Dashboard

  • Beloit College (WI)

The Open Energy Dashboard needs your help! OED is a free, open source energy dashboard that continues rapid development with 8-20 student programmers per semester and an expanding user base ...

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From Student Power to Renewable Energy: A New Approach to Investing in Solar

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Over the last year and a half, students at Southern Oregon University have worked to develop an innovative new approach to funding solar. Inspired by the power purchase agreement model ...

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Transitioning a 100-year Legacy of Campus Steam to 21st Century Geothermal

  • Carleton College (MN)

Colleges and universities are leading the way on the next generation of energy solutions. Efficiency, decarbonization, and cost management are important elements of these programs, yet how we engage the ...

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Campus-Wide Change: Turn Down for Watt

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

Northern Michigan University's EcoReps and Facilities Management hosted the first Turn Down the Lights campaign during Sustainability Week in March 2018. During this week, corridor lights were turned off ...

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Occupant Engagement and Centralized Controls: a Hybrid Energy Management Solution With Major Savings

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Introduction: Plug loads (PL), devices plugged into wall outlets, comprise approximately 1/3 of electricity use of commercial buildings, and are expected to rise to 1/2 by 2030. Traditional ...

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Creating a Successful Campus Temperature Policy

  • Wesleyan University (CT)

Heating and cooling account for more than 60% of Wesleyan's energy and carbon footprint. In 2013, Wesleyan's Utilities Manager estimated that we could reduce our energy consumption 20 ...

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The Impact of Real-time Visual Feedback on Electric Consumption at Middlebury College

  • Middlebury College (VT)

The typical associations with 'energy efficiency' are production oriented. However, in order to make a meaningful impact, these innovative production solutions need to be matched equally with creative ways to ...

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Addressing Collegiate Basic Needs Through the Sustainability Lens

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Addressing the basic needs of student populations is a fast growing and important topic on College and University campuses. Collegiate basic needs encompasses food and housing security, financial education and ...

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What About Accessibility? The Intersection of Sustainability and Accessibility on College Campuses

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

In 2013, the United Nations defined accessibility as '... an inherent right that benefits all. It is not derived from special legislation; nor is it a concern solely to persons due ...

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Increasing Diversity in a Sustainability Internship Program

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Institutionalized forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, and homophobia are embedded throughout our society. One of the many ways that this materializes is in the hiring process and in ...

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Moving Past Tokenization: Integrating Social Equity Internally and Programmatically

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

What does environmental justice programming really look like in higher education? How do we avoid tokenization of marginalized groups within the environmental movement and move beyond buzzwords such as diversity ...

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A New Hope: Training Social Sustainabilistas

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In past AASHE presentations, our office highlighted how we weave social sustainability into our hiring, training, outreach, and planning efforts. This time, our focus will be the ways we implement ...

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Food and Housing Security Among NC State Students

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for approaching sustainability from a global perspective. The goals are also incredibly relevant for higher education not only in teaching, research ...

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An Introduction to the Role of Race, Class and Gender Issues on Campus Sustainability Work

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This introductory session explores the powerfully important ways that dynamics of race, class and gender (RCG) impact the efficacy of our campus sustainability work, and then suggests how a racial ...

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To Rise, We Need Critical Conversations About 'Unsustainable' Race, Class & Gender Privilege

  • Hackman Consulting Group

While attention to the ways dynamics of racism, classism and gender oppression target people of color and native people, poor and working class people, and cisgender women and trans* people ...

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Developing and Utilizing a Social Justice Lens in Order to Achieve Global Goals for Sustainability

  • Hackman Consulting Group

As evidenced by this national moment, a lack of critical understanding of social justice (SJ) issues makes achieving global sustainability goals near impossible. Conversely, thoughtful attention to SJ issues affords ...

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Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Into Higher Ed Sustainability Work

  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Better understanding, supporting, and addressing social sustainability work in higher ed is paramount in creating institutions that welcome and nurture intellectual and personal growth among a diverse campus community. The ...

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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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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
Business Affiliate

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.