Coordination & Planning

Introduction

Staff and other resources help an institution organize, implement, and publicize sustainability initiatives. These resources provide the infrastructure that fosters sustainability within an institution. Sustainability planning affords an institution the opportunity to clarify its vision of a sustainable future, establish priorities and help guide budgeting and decision making.

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Beacons, Not Towers: How Higher Education Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

  • United Nations University

Higher education is often idealized as a tool for implementing sustainable development. Yet the structures of higher education institutions (HEIs) often inhibit the types of problem solving and pedagogical design ...

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2018
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Environmental justice frameworks in student affairs assessment practice

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Assessment and evaluation of programs are core components of ethical professional practice for student affairs administrators in higher education. This paper reviews three environmental frameworks and applies the Just sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Enhancing environmental management in universities through participation: the case of the University of Córdoba

  • University of Córdoba

This article illustrates the methodology for a participatory process that encourages the campus community to help improve the environmental management of their institution, as an example of the effective integration ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Reporting for Sustainability: Guidance for Higher Education Institutions

  • Forum for the Future

Universities and colleges are already under scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders, from prospective students to staff and government agencies. They are also being pressed to report on how ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Critical success factors for embedding carbon management in organizations: lessons from the UK higher education sector

  • De Montfort University
  • Nottingham Trent University

Organizations are under increasing pressure from governments and stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations for climate change mitigation. Universities are not exempt from this challenge and are ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Leveraging Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions— A Multidimensional Research Agenda

  • University of Hildesheim

Sustainability has become increasingly important to research and practice. In order to determine impacts, identify improvement potential and to disclose efforts towards sustainability, an organization needs appropriate reporting. Thus, sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Barriers to innovation and sustainability at universities around the world

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Sao Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
  • James Cook University (Queensland)
  • University of Nottingham
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Passo Fundo

This paper explores the link between innovation and sustainability in the context of higher education, with the purpose of investigating the fundamental barriers for innovation and sustainable development in universities ...

  • Posted Feb. 12, 2018
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Assessing sustainability reports of US universities

  • University of Hamburg

The purpose of this study is to assess sustainability reports of US universities to provide findings on the relative importance of disclosure topics. The authors conducted content analysis by using ...


Put Your Best Report Forward: STARS Data Quality Boot Camp

  • AASHE (PA)

Gain the tools you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the Princeton Review and Sierra sharing deadline! Every STARS 2.1 report undergoes a standard collaborative ...

  • Posted Feb. 8, 2018
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Analysing the literature on university social responsibility: A review of selected higher education journals

  • University of Cadiz

In the last 30 years, different economic, political and social changes have taken place in the university sector and this has led to an extensive reform to meet the new ...


A Competency Model for Management Education for Sustainability

Management education needs transformation to avoid socio-economic volatility in this globalised world and to deal with the crises of responsibility and sustainability. Despite rising demand and increasing popularity, management education ...


A Strategic Communication Model for Sustainable Initiatives in Higher Education Institutions

  • MacEwan University (AB)

Communicating sustainable initiatives in higher education institutions presents a challenge, given that few to no universities possess or maintain a strategic communication plan that addresses the need to share this ...


University Sustainability: Assessing College Sustainability Rating Systems

  • Yale University (CT)

This paper seeks to assess the three major university sustainability rating systems in the United States on their ability to drive positive sustainability outcomes. Since the mid-2000s the Association for ...


Integrating Sustainability Philosophy into Business Curriculum

  • St. Thomas University (FL)
  • Westcliff University (CA)

This paper examines the status of sustainability integration in business schools and colleges as part of business education and training - curriculum. The authors argue that there is a need for ...


Don’t Get Left Out: Navigating New Processes for Sharing STARS Data with Sierra and Princeton Review

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sierra Club (DC)
  • The Princeton Review (MA)

Since 2012, AASHE has collaborated with Sierra magazine and The Princeton Review to allow colleges and universities to use the STARS Reporting Tool to share their sustainability data for potential ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2018
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Energy planning of university campus building complex: Energy usage and coincidental analysis of individual buildings with a case study

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Zhejiang University
  • Nanjing University of Science & Technology

As the demonstration of eco-communities, energy planning becomes more and more important for university campus. However, insufficient energy use data accumulation has been a significant barrier against fully understanding of ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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An Analysis of STARS as a Sustainability Assessment System Universally Usable in Higher Education

  • Technical University of Delft

Sustainability assessment has become an important tool for measurement of higher education institutions. Although there are many potential tools for measuring an institutions’ level of sustainability, this paper explores the ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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Research on the suitability improvement of the standard of green campus in China based on STARS

  • Zhejiang University

Under the tide of green building, many countries introduce actively evaluation standards of green campus and develop the construction of green campus. China introduced the Green Campus Evaluation Standards (CSUS ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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Modeling Factors with Influence on Sustainable University Management

  • University of Trento (Trentino)
  • Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

The main objective of this paper is to present the factors with influence on the sustainable university management and the relationships between them. In the scientific approach we begin from ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2017
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Emerging dimensions of sustainability in institutes of higher education in India

  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The institutions of higher education provide role models for excellence in education. But also have the added responsibility of providing guidance to the community for social upliftment and environmental sustainability ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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Ecoversity: the potential for sustainable development to reshape university culture and action

  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

This paper describes an institutional strategy (Ecoversity) to embed sustainable development across the full range of university activities and services and reflects on two different phases of Ecoversity providing illustrations ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Universities as sustainable communities: a prospectus for people and places

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of universities as sustainable communities and to identify the requirements for achieving this role. The paper outlines the evolution of ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Significant Role of Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World University Rankings on Supporting Sustainable Campus

  • University of Indonesia

The GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia (UI) to promote sustainability at universities, including education for sustainability, and relevant policies and programmes for behaviour change. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bee Campus USA: Making the World Safer for Pollinators, One Campus at a a Time

  • Bee City USA (NC)

Pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we consume-actually, the most nutritious and, some say, delicious bites! Equally important, pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 90 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Networks as a Tool for Social Change

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Mass social change requires mass, popular social movements that are aided by the support of a vast network of change makers. Decentralized networks, in particular, are well suited to catalyze ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Success Stories: Community Colleges Tools for Achieving Energy Efficiency

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster will graphically depict the steps two community colleges took to achieve energy efficiency goals on their campuses. Community college budgets and staff are often stretched more than larger ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student-Driven Climate Outcomes: A Liberal Arts College's Journey in Energy/Sustainabiity

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster tells a story about students that were the drivers of bringing a focused engagement to their campus to achieve climate goals. The students researched initiatives at other campuses ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Green the Greeks at Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

An in depth guide to creating and implementing a sustainability program focused on Greek organization involvement in a public university. Topics will include establishment, data recording, participation, roadblocks, collaborating with ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Student Experience: Sustainability by Design

  • The Sextant Group (PA)

Every day we hear of a new technology that is Internet-connected, enabled, enhanced! If they can afford it, college students are eager first adopters of these gadgets and their applications ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to achieve Silver in STARS and not die trying?

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Sustainability is something quite new in universities in Latin America, specifically in Mexico. Since the launch of STARS as a pilot in 2011 our university decided we wanted to be ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A New Way to Benchmark Your Sustainable Purchasing Program

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

The members of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council have collaborated to produce a Benchmarking System for evaluating the maturity of Sustainable Purchasing Programs. The new tool is being used by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Techniques to Foster Interpersonal Competences

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Interpersonal Competences (ICs) are vital for sustainability change agents. Evidence shows that ICs are also highly-prized career skills. A student with strong ICs can productively interact and empathize with collaborators ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Higher Education for Sustainability in Asian Contexts

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

This poster reviews recent work developments in Higher Education for Sustainability (HEfS) and Education for Sustainable Development in monsoon Asia. Monsoon Asia accounts for over half the world's population ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Activities on campus sustainability for solidarity in Japan - A Case Study: The Green Program in Fukushima -

  • Fukushima College

Involvement of many people is a key to establish sustainable campus as well as taking advantage of advanced technology. However, it is very difficult for us today to unite for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Strategic Planning for Campus Sustainability Management

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Environmental Management Plan is the blueprint and leading policy document for making the College a more environmentally, socially and financially resilient institution. By addressing key operational areas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Development: Transformational Outdoor Spaces

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Sustainable Landscape Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the design and programming of campus open spaces, supporting the creation of sustainable campuses with high quality outdoor spaces ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Emphasizing Diversity and Equity in Your Sustainability Narrative

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)

As practitioners of sustainability, too often we take an approach that applies the dominant cultural sustainability paradigm (personal sustainability efforts and outdoor activities) and excludes social inequity (human and environmental ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Doing More With Less

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In a world where information of many current events is so readily available, there seem to be countless opportunities to utilize the content for educating about sustainability. However, taking advantage ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Entrepreneurship into the Universidad EAN (Colombia)

  • Universidad EAN

This proposal arises from the need to study the new entrepreneurship in the modern world and the factors for to obtain the sustainability as an attribute into the educational process ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bicycle Parking Assessment at the College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The College of Charleston's Sustainable Transportation Program, managed by the College's Office of Sustainability, is dedicated to providing accessible transportation options for students as well as advocating for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond the Triple Bottom Line; An Alternative Framework for Sustainability

  • College of Charleston (SC)

At nearly 25 years old, Elkington's triple bottom line is nearing obsolesce. While laudable in its intent to promote full cost accounting, the TBL's inherent focus on the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fundamentals of Project Management

  • Macalester College (MN)

The long-term success of sustainability heavily depends on an institution's ability to implement change. The difficult part of implementing these changes is they often extend beyond the reach and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Art for Science Community Challenge 2018: Climate Disruption

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The 2017 March for Science was an unprecedented event of scientists and science advocates stepping out of the laboratories and into the avenues. Pennsylvania Avenue to be exact was the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How to Streamline and Scale your Sustainability Certification Program

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Do you have green certifications to encourage and reward sustainability efforts on campus?? Do you manually send the results or certifications? Do you get live data for analysis that shows ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Successful Sustainability in Trumplandia: None of This New Reality is New to Me

  • Baylor University (TX)

This presentation will seek to demonstrate the ways in which a sustainability program at a mid-sized private faith based university in Texas has not only sustained, but grown successfully, its ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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STARS Scoring as Metrics for a University Strategic Plan

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future, provides direction for the Appalachian State University campus over the course of the next five years. The authors of the plan ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education networking meeting

  • University at Albany (NY)

Networking meet up and business meeting for those that are working to advance sustainability in New York State institutes of higher education.

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Development Anchored in a Dallas TX Community College

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

The World Bank states that 'sustainable development recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity for today's population and to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Let's Talk Trash and Recycling: How to Build a Comprehensive View of Campus Waste Management and Diversion Efforts

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Developing a comprehensive waste management plan, policy, and data tracking system can be a daunting, yet rewarding task for an institution. These materials not only provide information on existing campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Leading High-Functioning and Resilient Sustainability Offices - Making a difference via practical and effective leadership

  • Stanford University (CA)

This workshop will focus on one of the key leadership and professional development skills - building/leading the most effective and resilient sustainability organization possible. This workshop will cover the best ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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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.

Benchmarking Data

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

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).

Coordination & Planning 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.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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.

Sustrana LLC

Devon, PA
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Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.