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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Democratizing Campus Sustainability Through Student Empowerment

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council was established in 2009 to steward the Green Fee collected annually from students. By bringing together student leaders from many disciplines and backgrounds ...

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Teaching Learners, Preparing Leaders: Using Peer Education to Complement the Academic Experience

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Grappling with the effects of the climate crisis will require new and innovative ways of teaching, learning, and leading to ensure emerging leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to ...

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Equipping Students with Data for Change - Chestnut Living Lab Study

  • Ithaca College (NY)

In 2018, Ithaca College's Office of Energy Management & Sustainability received funding from the Office of the President to design a research project focused on equipping students with the ...

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Developing Sustainability Internships Through an Employer Relations Lens: A Pilot

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

A brief talk on how grant funding and new academic programming in sustainability fostered a pilot to increase experiential learning opportunities. This session presenter is not a subject matter expert ...

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Creating Pro-environmental Behavior (PEB) Norms to Change Behavior

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Research has demonstrated that people can be motivated to change their behavior but that information alone does not motivate that change. Creating social norms that situate pro-environmental behavior (PEB) as ...

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Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at UW Oshkosh and Beyond

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

This project titled Developing Artful Leadership to Foster Sustainability at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh) and Beyond was a research project that utilized the fluidity of interdisciplinary application of ...

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From 'I Guess I Recycle' to Organizing for Action - Cultivating a Culture of Student Leadership

  • Boise State University (ID)

As the first full-time Sustainability Coordinator at Boise State, I started my role as a department of one with no budget, no staff, and the guiding mission of my day-to-day ...

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Revolutionizing Campus Dining: Reducing Waste and Connecting with Staff

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Dining halls play a critical role in meeting UC Berkeley's ambitious goal of Zero Waste by 2020. Reevaluating the products we use, prioritizing sustainable purchasing, and reducing food waste ...

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Establishing a Green Labs Certification Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Green Labs Program is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health & Safety with the goal to minimize the environmental impact of laboratories on NAU campus ...

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Visualizing sustainability: building a robust online sustainability dashboard

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington's recently redesigned its sustainability dashboard. Starting with a group of static graph images presented largely without context, we moved all of our data into Tableau ...

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A Case Study and Guide to Outreach and Engagement from UC Davis Facilities Energy & Engineering

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Communications and campus engagement around energy conservation projects at UC Davis is led by the Energy Feedback Team. Student interns are key members of the communications team; they run our ...

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Enhancing Sustainable Approaches to Food Security and Community Engagement through Design of Space

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is a student-led service organization that is a partner agency of God's Pantry Food Bank within the Feeding America's ...

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Institutional Implications on Promoting Education in Sustainability: Student Learning Outcome

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (herein referred to Cal Poly), was awarded the silver STARS rating in 2017. In all evaluated categories, Cal Poly received lower scores ...

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Green Advisors, Sustainability Advocates, and More: Building Engaged Community

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will focus on innovative, action-oriented engagement opportunities in sustainability for a diverse range of stakeholders at the college and university level. At Swarthmore College, more than 80 faculty ...

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Using Hand-crafts to Engage a Campus on the Climate Crisis: 50 Years of Tempestries & a Sketch-crawl

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, the UC Davis Office of Sustainability coordinated a master list and website (https://earthday.ucdavis.edu/) of more than 60 ...

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WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader certification: Graduating students to lead in sustainability

  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

This workshop will provide Canadian students and campus sustainability and engagement staff and faculty an overview of WWF-Canada's Living Planet Leader student certification. Through WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Campus ...

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Using Local Food Systems and Justice Issues to teach Sustainability

  • Eureka College (IL)

For two years, I have taught an upper-level seminar in Environmental Studies on Local Food Systems and Justice issues that also meets a gen ed requirement for undergraduates in Sustainable ...

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The Conscience of a Campus Framework, Integrating Local and Global Cultures

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)
  • MKThink (CA)

Today's university demographics are extremely diverse, and each university/college campus has its own personality and history. Every institution has unique layers of history, context and culture, that if ...

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Opening up the 'Black Box' of Recycling: Discussion of Justice in Recycling Promotes Waste Reduction

  • The University of Findlay (OH)

Although recycling is a popular sustainability practice, college students usually have limited knowledge of how and where the recyclables they put in recycling bins are turned into usable products. It ...

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Goats, bees, and native species: A 'living' lab stream restoration experience

  • University of Richmond (VA)

The Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor revitalized 13 acres of campus at the University of Richmond. What began as a plan to upgrade a trail, turned into the creation of a vibrant ...

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A Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts : Creating Synergy through a Network of Small Colleges

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

The fundamental challenge for smaller colleges is how to maintain momentum with sustainability efforts in the face of limited resources, and limited numbers of personnel and students committed to sustainability ...

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The Expansion of the Lehigh University Eco-Reps Leadership Program

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Over the last decade, the Lehigh University Eco-Rep Leadership Program has grown from a fledgling pilot to an official sustainability program under the stewardship of the Office of Sustainability. In ...

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Get in the Zone: A New Training Model to Build Environmental & Social Consciousness

  • New York University (NY)

How do you foster dialogue about sustainability and the impacts on climate change on your campus? In 2019, NYU's Office of Sustainability began developing a Green Zone training to ...

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Preventing Bird Window Collisions by Creating a Bird-Safe Campus with American Bird Conservancy

  • American Bird Conservancy (VA)

Collisions with glass kill up to 1 billion birds each year in the United States. The good news is that a) collision mortality is preventable and b) campuses can save ...

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We Need To Teach Bicycle Riding

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Universities are investing significant resources to improve bicycle infrastructure and even provide bicycles via sharing, renting, and even giveaways. Recent surveys in the USA suggest that younger Americans are twice ...

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Jungle Navigation: Leadership Engagement Without Process or Procedure

  • University of Delaware (DE)

One of the most common challenges for Sustainability Professionals is opening lines of communication and engagement with campus leadership in institutions where such processes and procedures do not exist. How ...

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Leveraging Different Constituencies to Extend the Campus as a Living Lab Concept

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Involving students in hands on sustainability projects on campus can drive both student learning and increased campus sustainability. However, limitations in student's schedules, availability of staff to work with ...

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Food Waste Reduction Initiatives at the University of North Carolina Asheville

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Minimizing food waste is an integral part of the dining experience at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Campus programs include eco-clamshell 'takeout' containers, waste diversion campaigns, partnerships with local ...

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Examining the Transition to a More Regenerative Growing System

  • Knox College (IL)

The Knox campus farm, established in 2014, has historically focused on vegetable production for our campus dining services. In the past year, our focus has shifted to more regenerative practices ...

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Skill Development Workshops for Impact at UC Berkeley‚ Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Established in 2007, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley provides funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley's campus sustainability efforts. TGIF allocates funds ...

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Empowering and Transforming Universities through Sustainable Grant Projects

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

This session is for university affiliates looking for ways to create a more sustainable campus through capital projects. For the past three years, I have served on my university's ...

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Up to Date and Engaged: Creating a Great Newsletter

  • University of Richmond (VA)

Sustainability staff are usually pretty busy, to put it mildly. In the midst of many different projects and tasks, it is important to let your campus know what is going ...

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Research, Innovation and Student Engagement: University Field Stations as Sustainability Praxis

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Field stations are rich venues for engagement and investigations of natural science and social science connections to the environment. Universities of all types have a history of using field stations ...

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Who Made Your T-Shirt & Why Should You Care? What You Need to Know About University Ethical Sourcing

  • Sumerra (OR)

You wear the same mascot-clad t-shirt to every home football game. It's a valuable good luck charm, but what value did the factory worker who made your t-shirt get ...

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Demystifying that Six Syllable Word: Designing an Effective Intro to Sustainability

  • University of Richmond (VA)

With so many different definitions of sustainability on a university campus, it can be difficult to find people who share a common understanding of that tricky six syllable word. For ...

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St. Scholastica's Free Store Creation

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

During this presentation we will discuss the processes that enabled St. Scholastica to establish a free store within the sustainability office. The initial inspiration for creating a free store on ...

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Catalyzing a Culture of Sustainability at McGill University with the Sustainability Projects Fund

  • McGill University (QC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) is a crown jewel of McGill's sustainability efforts and a best-practice model for universities. The SPF's main goal is to build a culture ...

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Climate Action Planning: How to build momentum for a new plan despite missing the deadline

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Northern Arizona University (NAU) launched an ambition Climate Action Plan in 2010 with the target date of Carbon Neutrality of 2020. This set in motion a series of efficiency upgrades ...

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Sustainability Professionals: Helping Students Prepare for Sustainability Related Careers

  • Denison University (OH)

In 2019, Denison's Office of Sustainability launched a new program called the Sustainability Professionals Initiative. Today's organizations, big and small, public and private, are being required to take ...

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How to create a culture of empowerment around your campus zero waste program

  • CleanRiver Recycling Solutions (ON)

This presentation is a critical must-see for anyone seeking tangible strategies to drive engagement in their campus zero waste program. Slides and visual aids will be used to present a ...

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Food Sustainability Beyond the Dining Halls

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

In recent years, William & Mary has made some great advances in sustainability throughout the dining halls. However, there are also a lot of functions involving food that happen away ...

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We Are All Educators: Preparing Staff to Act as Effective Educators in Sustainability Projects

  • Harvard University (MA)

Increasingly, staff members are encouraged to engage with students on co-curricular sustainability projects that enhance their learning. However, too often, these staff members are not trained properly to create learning ...

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When the Silos Break: Creating Connections and Coalescing Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Through research, and teaching, and by serving as a testing ground or model for sustainable physical spaces, colleges and universities have the potential to help solve the most complex environmental ...

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Creating Organizational Culture Change to Advance Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Culture is a shared set of assumptions that guides people's thoughts and behaviors. Within organizations, aligning structures and process with organizational culture is crucial for maintaining successful organizational functioning ...

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Campus as a Living lab: Building Resilient Teams Across Operations, Academics, and Administration

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Building resilient systems is now more critical than ever, particularly in realizing the promise of preparing a climate ready workforce for a just and equitable transition. California institutions of higher ...

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Teaching the UN SDGs: Developing local goals in the classroom

  • Central Community College (NE)

In 2015, Central Community College (CCC) developed a faculty-driven program to incorporate sustainability issues across the curriculum. The presenter is co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ESATC) committee ...

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Feeding the Campus Community & Beyond Through On-Site Agriculture

  • Green Building Initiative (OR)

On campus agriculture presents students, faculty and staff the opportunity to provide for their community as well as contribute to transitioning from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. As ...

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From Dissonance to Harmony: Transforming Campus Events to Align with Institutional Priorities

  • Colgate University (NY)

Campus events bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members together; while they often build community and enhance academics, they also frequently diverge from institutional wellness and sustainability goals. Hundreds ...

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Traveling Through STARS to Foster Sustainability on Commuter Campuses

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Commuter campuses face unique challenges building a strong sustainable campus culture. Traditional colleges tend to have strong campus cultures that have been cultivated over time and may even be the ...

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Empowering Underserved Populations Through Community Programs

  • Weber State University (UT)

Learn about Weber State University's focus on sustainability-forward community programs over the last five years and how they have become more focused on serving underserved and underrepresented populations over ...

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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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