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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Innovations in Peer to Peer Educator Programs

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Colgate University (NY)

Peer-to-peer educational programs have become one of the most effective means of increasing sustainability awareness on college campuses. While the names of these programs may vary, they all seek to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Role of Higher Education in the Transition to a Circular Economy

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The transition to a circular economy requires us to transform the way we create products, services and systems and this is necessarily dependent on how individuals, teams and organisations learn ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Building Sustainability Student Leaders with Campus Collaborations

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Through a collaborative model, the University of Oregon nurtures environmental leadership in students. With scaffolded opportunities, students learn how to impact the culture, economy, and functioning of the 'mini city ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Moving Beyond 'You're the sustainability person' To A Culture of Sustainability Mindedness

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Sustainability professionals often hear the phrase 'you're the sustainability person'. This usually implies that the person making the statement does not care about sustainability as much. This particular mindset ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Medical Centers and Campus Sustainability: Best Practices and Developing a National Network

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Many institutions of higher education are associated with medical centers and schools. However, engaging hospitals on sustainability has several challenges. Hospitals face different regulatory environments, have different financial circumstances and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Addressing the Challenge of Faculty/Staff Participation in Living Lab Campus Projects

  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong)

Living lab projects rightly focus on student participation. However, campuses are places where everyone - from members of the cleaning staff to the most seasoned faculty member - can learn and participate ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Using Complexity Leadership Theory to Achieve Sustainability Goals

  • Chapman University (CA)

This proposal explores how utilizing complexity leadership theory, which is a combination of adaptive, enabling, and administrative leadership, to further campus sustainability goals and initiatives. This presentation will focus on ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Institutions and Campus Success Metrics: Useful Narratives for Appealing to Stakeholders

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The relationships between investment in campus sustainability and success metrics that are not typically associated with sustainability is poorly understood. We are interested in exploring the relationship between institutions with ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Students and Staff: The Mutual Benefits of Connecting Student Groups and Sustainability Offices

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Student groups often are the driving force behind changes for sustainability on campus. Energized and empowered students can gain the attention of administrators and advocate for change which can be ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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"Greening with Lean": Institutionalizing Sustainability Across Campus Through Lean Principles

  • Miami University (OH)

Lean principles and techniques were designed to eliminate waste, discover avenues of improvement, and foster innovation. At Miami University, we have historically used Lean methods to increase revenue, improve productivity ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Advancing Sustainability in Conservative Climates: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches

  • Sul Ross State University (TX)
  • Wingate University (NC)

This panel will examine the approach to sustainability in higher education at two campuses, one public and one private, situated within challenging political and socio-economic contexts: Sul Ross State University ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Reinvigorating Your University's Sustainability Commitment

  • Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

While some universities have established sustainability offices, others may have a structure in place, but greater support is needed from faculty, students, and administrators. This presentation will describe the efforts ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Power of Partnerships: Sharing Successes and Lessons Learned

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Elon University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

In order to effectively reach the campus community, sustainability offices often strive to partner with other offices/departments to engage a broader audience in sustainability efforts. This typically leads to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Cutting Through the Noise: Developing a Comprehensive Communications Structure

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)
  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Many sustainability offices or green funds at large educational institutions are 'buried' within the organizations. One quick look at where sustainability lies on an institutional website gives a glimpse into ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Cultivating Student Leaders

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Using Bruce Tuckman's theory of team development, sustainability professionals from UC Berkeley will share their successes and challenges in creating a robust student centered program. This session will dive ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Building a Culture of Sustainability Through New Student Orientation

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

This presentation will describe the process that we went through here at SUNY Oswego for First-Year Students. This process allowed us to educate new students on Sustainability and how it ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Creating A Sustainability Magazine: A Diverse, Digital Experience

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Everyone wants to find creative ways to tell their campus sustainability story. With so many different options, it can be challenging to identify the best route to take. Further complicating ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Available for Download: Leveraging Generation Z's Impact on the Wellbeing Economy

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss the application of generational theory, specifically Generation Z, to principles of a wellbeing economy within a higher education setting. Generation Z students ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Mobilizing higher education to respond to the climate crisis - Part 1

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This special, experiential session is for faculty, staff, and students who are ready to call on higher education to face the realities of climate disruption and to prepare our communities ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Building From the Ground Up: Developing a Sustainable Campus From Scratch

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

This session focuses on providing tips and tools for students and faculty who wish to develop a sustainability group or initiative, or grow one that is already initiated, at an ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Creating and Maintaining Public Archives: Green Fund Website Redesign

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

With help from our Student Union Marketing Team, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley has entirely rebuilt its website on a new platform, creating a public archive of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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STARS as a Meaningful Student Learning Opportunity

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Westminster College - Utah (UT)
  • Williams College (MA)

Engaging students in the STARS process can provide valuable student learning and ease the data collection burden on sustainability staff. This interactive panel discussion offers examples and lessons learned from ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Maximizing Campus Sustainability through Student/Staff-Driven Energy Efficiency and Engagement

  • Colorado School of Mines (CO)
  • McKinstry (WA)

Learn about driving behavioral/engagement strategies to increase campus sustainability from two universities leveraging energy-saving programs to accomplish this. These campuses are utilizing social science-based behavioral principles to break down ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Equity Drafting Table & Living Community Challenge: Tools for Engaging the Campus Community

  • Williams College (MA)
  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Higher Education Campuses have been leaders in the creation of Living Buildings. Now they are becoming leaders in the creation of Living Campuses. By optimizing lessons learned from the Living ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Residence Hall Kitchens: A Behavioral Design Approach to Sustainable Learning

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

While programs such as LEED and WELL have provided clear architectural strategies for confronting issues of sustainability, this clarity has occluded the need for more comprehensive strategies that can address ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Going Carbon Neutral - Giving Everyone a Voice, With Students Leading the Charge

  • University of Victoria (BC)

Dr. Simon Pek and Dr. Rick Cotton will take you on Gustavson School of Business' journey to carbon neutrality. In sharing the story of this success their aim is to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Carbon and Nitrogen 'Footprinting' 101: Tools for Sustainability Education, Advocacy, and Planning

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

It's well-established that calculating the campus carbon and nitrogen footprint provides important quantitative information to assess, track, and improve campus sustainability, yet the majority of colleges and universities across ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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2019 AASHE Conference & Expo Opening Ceremony

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Center for Economic Democracy (MA)

Shevanthi Daniel-Rabkin from The Democracy at Work Institute, Aaron Tanaka from the Center for Economic Democracy, and Marcus Renner from the University of California, Davis, were the opening keynote speakers ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2019
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Carver and DeLaney Sustainability Endowment

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

The Carver and DeLaney Family Environmental Studies Endowment seeks to encourage and support student sustainability projects on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and/or the local community ...


Evaluating a collaborative governance regime in renewable energy: Wind power and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

  • Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

Abstract The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) illustrates the leverage that the collaborative governance regime (CGR) brings to start-up renewable energy ventures. Called Icebreaker, the effort to build the ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2019
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Sustainable tea and tea bags

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University's Office of Sustainability partnered with Ohio University's Environmental Affairs Commission on student senate to host a sustainable tea and tea bag event. This event used loose ...


Sustainability Month at Stanislaus State

  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)

Sustainability Month activities during Warrior Wednesdays in the quad!


Towson University Campus Sustainability Week

  • Towson University (MD)

Towson University Campus Sustianability Week contained fun and educational experiences for our students. We had tabling events for composting at home, being more sustainable with our water consumption, pollinator garden ...


Managing Behavior Change: Moving Past Barriers

  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Many of us set goals for ourselves. Some goals—such as losing weight, getting more exercise, or being more sustainable—are set with the best of intentions, but the reality ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2019
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Montclair University's Green Team tackles Styrofoam Recycling

  • Montclair State University (NJ)
  • Foam Cycle LLC (NJ)

This summer, Foam Cycle and the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) were awarded a Green Team from Montclair State University (MSU) to study a foam packaging (aka Styrofoam) recycling ...


University of Vermont Eco-Reps Points of Intervention Campaign Case Study

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Every Spring semester, the UVM Eco-Reps carry out a campaign related to the main theme of Earth Week. This year, that theme was ‘Points of Intervention’ (POI). Points of Intervention ...

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2019
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University of Vermont Eco-Reps Waste Sorting Campaign Case Study

  • University of Vermont (VT)

While the University of Vermont has improved its waste infrastructure, from expanding composting facilities beyond dining halls to implementing waste reduction programs like EcoWare and a straw-upon-request policy, these systems ...

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2019
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University of Vermont Eco-Reps Food Campaign Case Study

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The 2018-2019 professional development offering for the UVM Eco-Reps was a symposium centered around food concerns entitled Taking Root Student Symposium. Having been introduced to a wide variety of food-related ...

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2019
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Webinar: Sustainability Master Planning from All Perspectives

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Using Texas A&M University as a case study, staff will introduce integrated sustainability master planning from all perspectives: social, environmental, and economic. Both a campus level and department level plan ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2019
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$10 off all ISSP instructor-led courses for AASHE members

  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (OR)

International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) empowers professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. AASHE members can receive $10 off all ISSP instructor-led courses using the ...


$100 discount on ISSP sustainability professional certification exams for AASHE members

  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (OR)

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE higher education institutions are eligible for a $100 discount off the regular non-member price on the International Society of Sustainability Professionals' Sustainability Professional Certification ...


University of Vermont Eco-Reps “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” Transportation Campaign Case Study

  • University of Vermont (VT)

For UVM Eco-Reps’ first campaign of the 2018-19 academic year, we tackled issues related to how we move around. Whether it’s getting to class, work, or a friend’s ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2019
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Celebrating Diversity is not Enough: Teaching Social Justice

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Social justice and equity are a prominent dimensions of sustainability that can be overlooked or under-taught across the curriculum. Well-meaning instructors may focus on “celebrating diversity” or exception individuals rather ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2019
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Webinar: Student Power to Fund Renewable Energy: A New Take on the Solar PPA

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

As campuses look to expand on site renewable energy generation, one of the greatest barriers to implementation is often initial project funding. Over the last year and a half, students ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2019
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Campus Composting Best Practices

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Campus Composting Best Practices: Strategies for student engagement & food waste and compostable serveware diversion

Program originally took place May 9, 2019

Presenters:

Jen Maxwell, Sustainability Programs Manager Appalachian State ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2019
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Preparing for Campus Sustainability Month 2019

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • AASHE (PA)

October is Campus Sustainability Month! Join this webinar to gain ideas and inspiration for how you can leverage #CampusSustainabilityMonth to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2019
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STARS Incorporation into Capability-Based Gen Ed Curriculum

  • Eureka College (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)

This session will cover incorporating STARS data collection AND report segments into an introductory sustainability course that fulfills a capability-based general education requirement (Sustainable Practices and Environmental Conscience). We will ...

  • Posted Aug. 8, 2019
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Sustainability Capstone PISA

  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Pichincha)

Through the Innovation and Sustainability Office, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador has developed a capstone course called Social and Environmental Project (PISA is the acronym in Spanish ...


Campus-based Climate Resiliency Field Study Program

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Sustainability collaborated with academic and operational partners to create a field study program that focused on campus climate resiliency. The experiential learning program ...


People of Color Sustainability Collective

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

People of Color Sustainability Collective

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

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.