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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Northern Arizona University Sustainable Citizens Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

We have been quite concerned about the general lack of climate science and sustainability knowledge that students have when they graduate from higher education institutions. We know that climate change ...

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The Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program at LIU Brooklyn

  • Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (NY)

The Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU) has recently established a Campus-Community Urban Sustainability Program (CUSP) with the support of a Humanities Connections grant from the National Endowment for ...

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Placed-based Education in Co-Curricular Programs: Bringing Global Goals to Local Places

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Placed-based education has been a core component of the sustainability across the curriculum movement for more than 10 years. However, applying sense of place to co-curricular learning has made less ...

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Changemaker Maps: A Roadmap to Transform Your Backyard and Your World

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How ASU is leveraging 17 global goals as a framework to reach beyond the choir, transcend disciplines, connect with communities, and catalyze social change. Want to create change, but not ...

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Fast-tracking a Comprehensive Responsible Leadership Initiative Highlighting the UN 2030 SDGs

  • Kent State University (OH)

The College of Business Administration at Kent State University became an advanced signatory to PRME and an associate member of GRLI in Spring 2017. We introduced our Responsible Leadership Initiative ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Laboratory: The Think 80:20 Recycling Program at Deerfield Academy

  • Deerfield Academy (MA)

Many institutions struggle to integrate recycling and organics collections broadly across their campuses. In 2013, Deerfield Academy re-booted its traditional recycling program and began to implement composting out into the ...

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Co-Curricular Learning and Sustainable Development Competencies: Towards Research Collaboration

  • De Montfort University

This session will enable participants to compare and contrast practice and identify opportunities and challenges to developing students' competencies to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via co-curricular ...

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Sustainabili-TEA: The Evolution and Efficacy of Podcasts as a Medium for Sustainability Literacy

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The Office of Sustainability has seen a strong response to using Podcasts to highlight stories, perspectives, and information to the campus and greater community. The efforts were first introduced as ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Badge Program Using Co-Curricular and Community Service Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability community service learning into curriculum requires faculty, staff, and community engagement. Students and faculty that are passionate about implementing change in the community are developing mutually beneficial ...

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GreenTech LIU: A Digital Platform for Campus SDG Collaboration

  • LIU Post (NY)

Sustainability and education for global citizenship are essential literacies for the 21st century. LIU Post's Center for Sustainability wants faculty and students to have powerful and effective digital tools ...

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Creating a Sustainability Director Position for the Student Body Government (presentation)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

In the spring of 2017, University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) student Dave Herrera proposed to UMD Student Association (UMDSA) to create a Student Director Of Sustainability. After much discussion and ...

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Creating Sustainability Director Position for Student Body Government (poster)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

In the spring of 2017, University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) student Dave Herrera proposed to UMD Student Association (UMDSA) to create a Student Director Of Sustainability. After much discussion and ...

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Fostering Sustainability Culture on an Irish Campus, Lessons Learned from UCC's Green Campus Journey

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

This session will tell the story of University College Cork's experience in embedding sustainability on campus over the last decade. This journey has taken UCC from a student-led campaign ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

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

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Partnering With Purpose: Curating Sustainability Leadership With Staff, Students, and Faculty

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

During the 2017 academic year, the Office of Sustainability at our university partnered with two AmeriCorps volunteers to create the Student Sustainability Leadership Program and the Employee Sustainability Ambassadors Program ...

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Acts of Art for the Environment

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In Sustainable Earth, there are two different project groups, one focusing on the intersection of environmentalism and technology, the other on environmental art. My poster will focus on how art ...

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Wrestling With the Invisibility Cloak: Catalyzing Student Action and Creating Office Recognition

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • Villanova University (PA)

As sustainability officer's we often lead from behind, supporting students as a silent or invisible partner. This enables them to bring awareness to issues and take ownership over the ...

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Green in a Red State: Working Towards Sustainable Development Goals in a Conservative Environment

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

The era of Trump may have officially begun on in 2017, but Trump era ideas on issues of sustainability, inclusion & equity have existed in parts of the country for ...

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Campus Controversies: How Should Sustainability Offices Respond?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Election results, sexual misconduct allegations, racist graffiti, controversial op-eds, poorly worded emails are resulting in cycles of anger, backlash, emotional release, exhaustion and division on many of our campuses. At ...

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#stopsucking: Leveraging Coalitions to Turn #strawlesssummer into an Endless Summer

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Approximately 630000 straws are used daily in Charleston, South Carolina. This single-use plastic often finds its way to the environment. Local branches of national organizations such as Surfrider, Lonely Whale ...

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Sustainability Surveys for Program Enhancement

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Indiana State University (IN)

For this session, panelists from Indiana State University (ISU), The College of Charleston (CofC), Ramapo College of New Jersey, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), Colorado State University (CSU), Lehigh ...

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Undergrads as Consultants: Sharing Strategies and Experiences From a Student Intern Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability (OS) employs student interns year-round to work on campus sustainability projects. The model for their efforts is one of consultation; the students serve as a ...

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Learning From the Past to Inform the Future: Leveraging Campus-Community Partnerships With Dialogue

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

Achieving complex sustainable development goals that integrate human and natural systems, including health and wellbeing as well as sustainable cities and communities, requires open and transparent collaboration with stakeholders. At ...

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Sustainability Week: A Case Study in Diversity of Programing to Maximize Outreach Across Barriers

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The College of Charleston's Office of Sustainability has had several flagship programs and series over the years, but none near the scale and dynamism of the annual Sustainability Week ...

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Graphic Design Strategies for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Graphic designers can create positive change by integrating sustainability into their work. Graphic design is often not a sustainable practice, even so, sustainable design guidelines can reduce its impact. Energy ...

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Visual Storytelling for Sustainability: Raising Your Game in Photo and Video

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Do you struggle to take photos that look 'professional' rather than run-of-the-mill? Is the idea of making a video, or even the occasional Boomerang clip, intimidating? In short, are quality ...

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Instilling Professional Development Into Eco-Reps Programs

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

This presentation will present key areas where you can grow professional development within your Eco-reps program, drawing on experience at four institutions of higher education. We will cover why it ...

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Environmental Justice Grant Funding: Piloting Equity Efforts in Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley has a 10-year history of funding environmental sustainability projects for its campus community; however, the program has not specifically prioritized environmental justice ...

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Incorporating Environmental Justice Into Peer Mentor Programs

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Many of us have been grappling with the question of how to intentionally incorporate environmental justice into higher education sustainability work. This session will identify key areas where a holistic ...

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Intersections: Integrating the UN SDGs to On-Campus Living Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss how on-campus housing programs, in conjunction with academic partnerships & campus sustainability staff, can weave the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into ...

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Transformative Change, the SDGs, and the Future of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Mary Ann Liebert Publishing (NY)

This session uses a panel discussion format to explore transformative change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the future of sustainability in higher education by drawing on the wisdom ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Living Program on Campus: Encouraging Students to Walk the Talk

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Lehigh University Eco-Rep Leadership Program has successfully designed and implemented a Sustainable Living Program where Eco-Reps work with their peers in residential halls and Greek houses to make their ...

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Green Office Programs and Certifications

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Green Office Programs can be an effective strategy to engage the campus community by identifying and training allies that may otherwise be out of reach. Engaging sustainability champions can become ...

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Beyond the Ball: Sustainability Success in Nontraditional Athletics

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

By leveraging sports like synchronized swimming (The Ohio State University), diving (IUPUI), or engaging K-12 students through on-campus sports sustainability games (University of Colorado/University of Louisiana), campuses are able ...

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Selling Sustainability: 5 Principles of Persuasion

  • Kirksey (TX)

In today's political and social climate, an understanding of the science of persuasion is the most important tool for any environmentalist. Led by two Texas-based sustainability consultants and green ...

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How Knowledge Can Create a Culture of Sustainability

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Lucid (CA)

In the United States, buildings account for nearly 70 percent of electricity consumption. According to the EPA, up to 30 percent of electricity is inefficiently or unnecessarily used. In light ...

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Sustainability in Corl Street Elementary School

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Corl Street Elementary is undergoing a renovation to meet the gold standard LEED Certification. The certification is more likely to be awarded if the school building serves as a teaching ...

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If I Can Market Manure, You Can Market Anything

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Practical problem solving with marketing involves more than just visualization or applying the latest techniqual skills. Intuition, domain knowledge, and reasonable approximations can mean the difference between a successful model ...

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Breaking Down 'Drawdown' - Explaining Global Sustainability Solutions at the Community Level

  • University of Virginia (VA)

There's a new framework for climate action in town - Project Drawdown is self-described as a comprehensive efforts to 'identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to ...

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The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement and Student Activism at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

On April 1, 2015, Syracuse University announced that it would divest its $1.18 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Shortly thereafter, its partner institution, SUNY-ESF, made the same commitment. These ...

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Biophilic Design Principles and Green Infrastructure: Forging New Possibilities for Nature, Harmony and Resiliency in Urban Environments

  • Urban Horticulture Consulting, LLC (GA)
  • GreenStructure, Ltd (IL)

Green Infrastructure practices are being mandated and implemented in urban communities for multiple beneficial outcomes. Often referred to as grey infrastructure alternatives, these practices include the design, installation, and maintenance ...

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Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center- A Living & Learning Building

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Located at the heart of Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a certified Living Building: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Living-Learning Sustainable Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

What does it truly mean to be a living-learning sustainable campus? Eden Hall, just outside Pittsburgh, is a new 388 campus site, encompassing farmland, forests and two head-water catchments. Acquired ...

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Rising to the Challenge of Creating and Maintaining Living Buildings and a Living Campus Community

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Campuses have been early adopters of livability, equity, and climate commitments. This session takes a deep look at how campuses can and are taking action to achieve these commitments and ...

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Evolving Pennsylvania State University's Sustainability Policy Within a Regenerative Paradigm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State University (PSU) is a public research university serving Pennsylvania and the global community with a vision to integrate sustainability throughout its campuses and to prepare students to be ...

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Creating an Ecologically Restorative, Socially Just, and Culturally Rich Campus

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The higher education campus, what better place to implement the most innovative & forward-thinking design frameworks? As HEIs support the next generation's transition into the workforce, it's time ...

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Creative Approaches for Engaging People in Climate Action

  • Care About Climate, Inc (AZ)

During this workshop participants will discuss innovative ways to engage both their campus population and general public in climate action initiatives. These approaches may include incentivizing people to take responsible ...

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Boston University's Climate Action Plan and The Public Process

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap to address energy use and sourcing, resiliency and climate preparedness, transportation, supply chain, and waste. Moreover it recommends the creation of ...

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Assessing Campus and Community Resilience in Rural America

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Rural colleges and universities face unique considerations when assessing campus and community climate resilience. While there are common elements to resilience at any institution, the political and economic landscape for ...

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Putting A Price On Carbon: Fighting for Strong Climate Policy on the Campus, State and Federal Level

  • Our Climate (OR)

We already face the disastrous impacts of climate change: unprecedented droughts and heatwaves, stronger hurricanes, ocean acidification, sea level rise, the spread of infectious disease. The cost of these changes ...

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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

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.

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.

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

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
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
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.

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.

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.