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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UAlbany Earth Day clean up

  • University at Albany (NY)

On Earth Day, several organizations sponsored clean up and garden restorations throughout the day on campus and in the community.

  • Posted April 27, 2022
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University at Buffalo: Coming together as a Campus to Achieve Climate Neutrality

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

As our campus moves closer to our 2030 climate neutrality date, we annually bring our university together to give an update on our progress. This year, UB Sustainability has collaborated ...

  • Posted April 27, 2022
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UConn Earth Day Spring Fling Goat Yoga

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

The UConn Office of Sustainability hosted its annual sustainability festival called Earth Day Spring Fling (EDSF) on April 20th, 2022. The event featured an outdoor zero-waste barbeque, Environmental Art Exhibit ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Sustainability and the attitudes of internal stakeholders: a cross-sectional survey at a Dutch university

  • University of Twente

This study tests the relationship between sustainability and satisfaction with job/study (SJS), identification (IDF), and perceived external prestige (PEP) of internal stakeholders. This is done in addition to demographics ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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A Food-Themed Cross-Disciplinary Faculty-Staff Learning Community Enriches Place-Based Experiential Learning Curricula

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)
  • Indiana University

This document contains instructional resources to facilitate an 8-month Faculty-Staff Learning Community (FSLC) focused on learning and discussion to support the creation of campus farm-situated place-based experiential learning (PBEL) lessons ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Neumann University Earth Day Events

  • Neumann University (PA)

Neumann University's Earth Day events started with a mass outside in the Rose Garden. We also had a demonstration of mat weaving recycling plastic bags to give to homeless ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Bike to Breakfast at Utah State University

  • Utah State University (UT)

It rained. It snowed, and Aggies biked. Utah State University Dining Services served more than 100 breakfasts to people who arrived on bicycles on April 20, 2022 as a part ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Plant it Forward

  • Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Planting Trees is one of the most effective ways to act towards climate change as it benefits our everyday lives efficiently. They filter clear air, help curb climate change, create ...

  • Posted April 25, 2022
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Top action tips for graduate students and researchers to act on SDGs

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Illinois State University (IL)

Graduate students are preparing to enter an academic and career climate that is 21 percent of the way through a new century, part of a generation burdened with two tasks ...

  • Posted April 21, 2022
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Sport Goals Are Sustainably Goals

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The University of Tennessee Knoxville's football stadium has a capacity of 102k fans. With the amount of fans each game brings, there is bound to be a lot of ...

  • Posted April 18, 2022
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GIS and Sustainability Engagement in Higher Education

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Does the use of an interactive GIS web map significantly influence the level of sustainability stakeholder engagement at institutions of higher education? With over 1,000 institutions of higher education ...

  • Posted March 18, 2022
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Creating Effective Waste Bin Signage

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

A University of Texas at Austin Zero Waste Working Group used a comprehensive process including signage studies, waste composition data, and a progression of testing to design a new campus-wide ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Investment Leaders: A Report on the State of the Field of Student-Managed Investment Funds

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

This report compiles information on the 40 sustainably invested student-managed investment funds engaged in the Intentional Endowment Network's Sustainable and Impact Investing Learning & Knowledge (SIILK) Network. It highlights ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Concept development and transformative agency in the forging of a Campus Sustainability Statement:Insights from a Change Laboratory research-intervention.

  • Lancaster University

With HEIs increasingly expected to provide leadership and guidance on the global challenges of climate change and sustainability, a body of literature has emerged concerned with embedding and implementing sustainability ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Improving Holistic Sustainability through Complexity Leadership

  • Western University (ON)

This Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) outlines a planned change to improve decision-making spaces and processes-related sustainability. The OIP details a problem of practice examining how to incorporate holistic sustainability into ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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Promoting Sustainable Menstruation On Campus and Beyond

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Dot Cup (IL)
  • Dallas College (TX)

Menstrual cups offer a sustainable solution to the environmental impact of tampons and pads and offer a solution for people who menstruate who, either because of location or economic insecurity ...

  • Posted March 10, 2022
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15% Discount on Sustainability & Climate Change Journal for AASHE Members

  • Mary Ann Liebert Publishing (NY)

AASHE Member Institutions are entitled to a 15% discount off the regular, full subscription rate for an online institutional subscription to Sustainability & Climate Change. Visit www.liebertpub.com/sus ...


Community Engagement through Earth Day Celebrations

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

How can we better engage with our communities around sustainability? How can we create connections with and between the various municipal, business, and non-profit entities in our communities? How can ...

  • Posted Feb. 9, 2022
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Learned Lessons and Tips for GRITS and Green Revolving Funds

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Denison University (OH)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

In this session, you will hear from a wide variety of users of Green Revolving Funds and the GRITS tool sharing both best practices and learned lessons. We will also ...

  • Posted Feb. 1, 2022
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Williams College Reusable To-Go Ware Case Study

  • Williams College (MA)

This reusable container program was rolled out when students returned to campus in the Fall of 2020 and was proposed with both sustainability and cost savings in mind. What differentiates ...


Student Affairs Networking and Discussion

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Join members of the NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Sustainability Knowledge Community team as we discuss how student affairs practitioners can infuse sustainability into their day-to-day roles. This ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Music as a Tool for Environmentalism and Change

  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)

Music is present in social movements - but is it an effective catalyst for change in environmental and sustainability-related spaces? Scientific evidence supports the reality that music affects people physically and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Is Your Carbon Footprint BS?

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Get ready for a new way to engage students in conversation about action and change-making starting with the question -- does your individual carbon footprint even matter? Dive into the debate ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Improving Campus Sustainability With RenewSU

  • Seattle University (WA)

With the goal of reaching zero waste by 2025, our group teamed up with Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and the Facilities Department to create a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Pathway to Zero Waste at Georgia Tech

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

In order to significantly move the needle towards becoming a Zero Waste campus, Georgia Tech assembled a project team to assess current conditions on campus and provide recommendations for improvement ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Implementing Centralized Waste Collection as Part of a New Zero Waste System

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University announced its Zero Waste Goal by 2030 in May of 2018 and developed a plan and budget in the fall of 2019. The Zero Waste Plan calls for ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Zero Waste Networking Meeting

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

This is a meetup for all students, staff, companies, and professionals that are working on campus Zero Waste efforts. Whether you're helping your campus achieve Zero Waste goals, or ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Tree Week: Engaging Your Community and Celebrating Urban and Community Trees

  • Urban Forest Initiative (KY)

Tree Week has become a staple for nature-lovers in Lexington, Kentucky, and the greater Bluegrass Region. Tree Week is a weeklong celebration that strives to offer a variety of tree-themed ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How the Design of National-Scale Environmental Education Programs Support Equity and Inclusion

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

In this session, two National Wildlife Federation EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellows will present the findings and recommendations of their recent research exploring how the design of the NWF EcoLeaders Program ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability Professionals Expanding Beyond Sustainability

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This panel will be a conversion among sustainability professionals who have taken the step from leading an institution's sustainability effort to also lead in other areas of the institution ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Student-led AASHE STARS Outreach to Integrate and Coordinate Sustainability Efforts Across Campus

  • California State University, Fresno (CA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

The Central Valley experiences unique and extremely complex problems. We produce almost a quarter of the nation's food but also contain half of the state's failing water systems ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Solve Climate Worldwide Teach-in / 3.30.22 / Engage 1 Millon Students

  • Bard College (NY)

Time to address climate change is short. With universities returning to in-person education, as educators at this moment, we have the responsibility to engage our entire campuses in urgent discussions ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Channeling Student Energy to Expand Campus Composting Efforts

  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)

Are students at your institution interested in composting? Are campus leaders prioritizing composting efforts as you work towards ambitious waste minimization goals? Join students and staff from the University of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Compost Cats Bucket Program: Bringing Composting into a Campus Community

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This proposed online session will discuss the Compost Cats' residential food scrap collection and composting program open to University of Arizona students, faculty, and staff, as well as Tucson community ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Grow Two Goals With One Seed: Maximizing Student Engagement and the STARS Report

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Student engagement efforts by sustainability leaders at higher education institutions have been systematically increasing. Similarly, the use of robust assessment metrics for assessing the scope and impacts of these efforts ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Embedding Sustainability in University Governance

  • McGill University (QC)

Campus sustainability movements often begin as student-led, grassroots efforts, which lead to impactful operational changes and commitments to sustainable practices. At McGill University, these efforts helped create an Office of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Collaborations for Campus Composting

  • Georgia State University (GA)

Students these days want their academic experiences to not only contribute to career development but to benefit the environment and society as well. Food waste is a significant problem that ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating Body Centered Action

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Chatham University (PA)

Awakening somatic intelligence and understanding sustainable body practices are important components of an enlarged conversation of sustainability. When considering our whole being, any situation that affects our physical body also ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sign Me Up! Creating Effective Waste Bin Signage

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

What does it take to get useful sorting signage on your bins that is standardized across campus departments? We'll take you through our collaborative campus process complete with a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Faith-Based Institutions Connecting Mission, Values and Traditions for a Just, Sustainable Future

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Religious organizations are a potentially strong ally for achieving global sustainability, since 85% of people globally identify with a religion, and the majority of the world's educational organizations have ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Fund Strategies to Develop the Most Spectacular Projects Possible

  • McGill University (QC)

Campus sustainability fund managers have myriad opportunities to stimulate, encourage, and develop more robust and impactful project proposals. The Sustainability Projects Fund at McGill University is a vibrant example of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Comparison of Eco-Rep Program Format Between Three Southeastern Universities

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Elon University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)

Which program structure most effectively motivates students in an Eco-Rep program? At every university, Eco-Reps maximize different opportunities for discussing sustainability, structuring educational meetings and events according to tested methods ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Fostering a Collaborative Work Environment for Food Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This session hopes to encourage higher education institutions to incorporate a collaborative lens for new sustainability initiatives in order to address student turnover, communication challenges, and partnerships between student leaders ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Three-Sisters Approach to Sustainability at Santa Clara University

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Santa Clara University (SCU) achieved its first phase of carbon neutrality (scopes 1 and 2) in 2020. SCU employs a "three sisters" approach to climate justice and sustainability. First, its ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability "Offices of One" Solutions Circle

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)
  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

We all know that Sustainability Officers are amazingly talented and highly motivated. We can do anything, right? Well, the truth is that we cannot do EVERYTHING; and yet so many ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building a Clean Energy Revolution in Your Community - Solar Ambassadors Bring Solar to Nonprofits

  • RE-Volv (CA)

RE-volv helps empower people to bring solar energy to nonprofits in their communities. Through our Solar Seed Fund, community-serving nonprofits can go solar for zero down and save 15% or ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Libraries and Information Centers as Sustainability Partners, Energizers, and Leaders

  • Binghamton University (NY)

While issues concerning the topics of sustainability and sustainable development in the library profession didn't first appear in the literature until in the early 1990s, libraries have been engaged ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Social And Behavior Change Networking Event

  • Busch Systems (ON)
  • Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) (MI)
  • Center for Biological Diversity (AZ)

Join us for a short presentation about the similarities and differences between social marketing, design thinking and behavioral economics before we break up to network and learn from each other ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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When Green Funds Collaborate with Community-Based Learning Courses: Lessons from the Field

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Community-based learning (CBL) courses engage students in an applied learning process in direct service of a campus community. Green funds offer money for student-initiated projects that improve the sustainability of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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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.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Campus Engagement Partners