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.

1944 resources

STARS at CSUMB - The Ins and Outs of Institutional Self Assessment and the Aftermath

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

Our University President, Dr. Dianne Harrison, was among the earliest of the signatories of the President's Climate Commitment, back in 2007. Since then, the newly-formed sustainability committee has had ...

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Visioning Sustainability: a powerful student-led initiative at UVA

  • University of Virginia (VA)

When students step back from initial impulses for traditional initiatives and develop a long-term vision of sustainability, powerful and lasting movements arise. The student-led vision casting can transform into a ...

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Sustainability Integrated Into the Mission and Across the Curriculum at Soka University of America

  • Soka University of America (CA)

Soka University of America (SUA) is a small, private university located in the suburban community of Aliso Viejo, southern California. SUA offers a four-year B.A. in the Liberal Arts ...

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Sustainability Officers 1.0 to 2.0 Toolkit: Strategic and Sane Workload Management of People, Projects, and Programs on Your Campus

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainability staff are involved in many initiatives at a time, and often these are run in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. The Sustainability Office version 1.0 consisted of one staffer--it ...

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USU Bicycle Master Plan: Developing Unique Plan Components Specific to Campuses

  • Utah State University (UT)

The purpose of the USU Bicycle Master Plan is to promote safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized modes of transportation on the Utah State University Campus. USU seeks to ...

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UCSB Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Water use and water shortages have the ability to create economic, social, and political conflicts. Over much of California, water management issues are magnified by the state's growing population ...

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What Information and Communication Technology Can Do To Green Your Campus: A Dutch Perspective

  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Maastricht University
  • University of Twente
  • Utrecht University
  • Wageningen University

With each passing year, sustainability becomes a more relevant topic for higher education institutions in the Netherlands. Similar to many countries, our institutions agreed to a collective ambition: to reduce ...

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What if People Really Mattered? Designing a Socially Sustainable Workplace

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Kent State University (OH)
  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)
  • The Social Design Group (OH)

Workers and workplace systems have been viewed and treated as having instrumental value for organizations to date, rather than given recognition of the full measure of their intrinsic value. Most ...

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Parkaholics Anonymous: A 12 Step Intervention

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and commuter impacts while increasing operational efficiencies and effectiveness? Discover how a land-locked university with 18,000+ students, growing enrollments, and shrinking ...

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Visualizing and Modeling the Drivers in a Holistic Built Environment: Social Justice through Spatial Tools

  • Los Angeles Community College District (CA)
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA)

Through years of teaching real projects in architecture and environmental design to a diverse mix of urban Los Angeles students, a new innovative model was born. The model drives change ...

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Sustainability Officers Workshop: Leveraging Leadership for Campus Sustainability - Breakout Session 1

  • Unity College (ME)
  • Environmental Leadership Program

This workshop will focus on strengths-based leadership and systems thinking for the sustainability professional. Participants will map your own personal and professional strengths while considering how those strengths can move ...

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How a Sustainability Office Can Transform Town/Gown Relationships

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Chicago (IL)

Universities have long struggled with town/gown relationships, typically employing a community relations office to be its face and defender in the community. However, sustainability offices have a unique role ...

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Integrating Sustainability Across Sites and Programs: Creating a new Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

This session updates progress on a new sustainable campus and academic unit. This project integrates principles of sustainability across curriculum, research, facilities, purchasing, student life, and campus-community relations. In this ...

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Campus Carbon Inventories

  • Sightlines (SC)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Clean Air-Cool Planet and Sightlines partnered in 2011 to redevelop the Campus Carbon CalculatorTM as a dynamic, web-based tool in order to streamline the transition from greenhouse gas analysis to ...

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Campus Carbon Calculator Transformed: A New Era in Campus Climate Action

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (SC)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Over a decade of standardized measurement and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has played a critical role in advancing the ability of higher education to provide leadership in climate action ...

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Degree Awarding Curriculum in Relation to Student Loan Costs: The Importance of Post Education Metrics for Creating Sustainable Academic Programs

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft

Universities are tasked with educating and training the future leaders of society. This responsibility requires an appropriate mix of curriculum, activities and supporting environment so as to provide a favorable ...

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Small Campuses, Big Impacts: Making Sustainability Work in Smaller, Liberal Arts Schools

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)

In this panel presentation, teaching faculty and sustainability staff from several smaller, liberal arts schools will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in implementing sustainability across the curriculum, the co-curriculum ...

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STARS Town Hall (2012)

  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members, Technical Advisors, and STARS staff who will address potential enhancements to the STARS Program as it moves ...

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Not Just a Bike Path: Assessment of Bike Culture at California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge has been active in improving the bicycling conditions on campus for the past few years. Based on research, some of which was conducted by students through ...

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Beyond Efficiency to Embedded Sustainability

  • Clarke University (IA)

Program Abstract: Sustainability offers the physical plant administrator tremendous opportunities to increase the profile of her/his department. It also offers a significant new dimension to her/his leadership role ...

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Importance of Cohesion between Administration and Governance Entities to Promote Sustainable Initiatives at a Community College.

  • College of Lake County (IL)

When students and faculty embark on a journey to achieve sustainable excellence on their campuses. Their journey tends to be comprised of hurdles and challenges that require them to push ...

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Collaborative Research as a Pedagogical Tool: Using Surveys and Interviews as a Way to Teach Sustainability on Campus.

  • Emory & Henry College (VA)

Recognizing that campus culture is a primary driving force of energy consumption on a college campus, Emory & Henry College sought to better understand what students and faculty know about ...

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Ecosystems Planning: A Systems Approach to Sustainability Strategy

  • George Washington University (DC)

The George Washington University's Ecosystem Enhancement Plan complements the Climate Action Plan (2010) and the GWater Plan (2011). Through this plan GW reviews its impact and dependence on ecosystems ...

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Changing the Campus Dynamic: The student creation and administration of the Sustainability Initiatives Fund at Johnson County Community College

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

In fall 2009, a small cohort of Honors students at Johnson County Community College took it upon themselves to campaign across campus, petitioning their peers, appealing to the President, and ...

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Transitioning CSU San Bernardino to a Sustainable Vision: A Benefits-Cost Analysis Framework for Project Assessment and Social Benefit Valuation

  • Marylhurst University (OR)

Transitioning to sustainable business practices is a goal which many organizations have undertaken, but with mixed results and a myriad of tools. The transition can be complicated by not having ...

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Strategies and Best Practices to Implement Your Climate Action or Sustainability Plan

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Over the last few years, colleges and universities have been creating climate action and sustainability plans, either because their president signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment, or ...

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Green Your Identity: Strategic Branding and Marketing of Sustainability Programs at Higher Education Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

Have you ever wanted more turn-out at events, more press coverage, more faculty engagement, for your sustainability initiatives? In order to get more people engaged, we need to get better ...

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National Campus Energy Trends: How do you measure success?

  • Sightlines (SC)

This session will present campus energy performance metrics including national trends and specific case studies. Metrics are generated from the largest academic facilities database in the country representing nearly 10 ...

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Sustainable Communities Network in Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Through collaborative efforts of the sustainability minor program, the Applied Sustainability Center, and the Environmental Dynamics program, we will be conducting an in-depth review of current sustainability metrics. A first ...

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How to Partner with Students to Propose, Fund, and Operate a Successful Campus Sustainability Resource Center

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

UC San Diego successfully partnered with students to propose and build its first campus Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) in 2009 which has become the ultimate one-stop shop for all things ...

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A New Collaborative Model for Student Leadership in Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Students play a major role in the campus sustainability movement, often having a more powerful voice than the faculty or staff. It is therefore crucial to ensure that students are ...

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The Office Certification Program: Transforming the Workplace

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The presentation will focus on the process and implementation of a green office program. Based on the success at a large four-year university, a clear methodology will be presented on ...

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Overcoming Silos in Student Activism

  • University of Oregon (OR)

How do students break isolation between campus activists to create authentic and affective collaboration? Our university houses 106 student groups, each focused on a unique issue. Yet even with such ...

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Infusing and Integrating Sustainability Across Research and Teaching

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

A public university that is learner-centered and research oriented needs support in its mission and sustainability commitments. Since 2008, our University has made major strides toward building a campus culture ...

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Less Un-Sustainable or Creating a Path Toward Sustainability? An Inquiry Into Second-Order Change Management for Higher Education

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Successful implementation of sustainability declarations and commitments such as the ACUPCC (particularly 1.c.iii: "Actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational ...

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A Large Stride With a Small Footprint: Reaching beyond LEED

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

Williams College is in the process of designing a new environmental center to house a classroom, meeting rooms, community gathering space, faculty and sustainability staff offices, and gardens in the ...

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Diversifying the Budgetary Resources for Your Campus' Sustainability Program

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Where does the budget for your campus Sustainability Programs come from? On most campuses, these Offices and Efforts are funded by a department or solely with savings. Learn how to ...

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Sustainability assessment tools on French campuses: The Green Plan

  • Campus Responsables

The workshop will begin with an introduction of the french sustainability asessment framework in higher education called « Green Plan ». The Green plan enables french campuses to assess sustainability in their ...

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Sustainable Concordia: 10 Years of Transformation Toward Sustainability

  • Concordia University (CA)

Sustainable Concordia (SC) is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization with the mission to transform Concordia University into a socially and ecologically sustainable institution. Over the past ten years, this university sustainability ...

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Glória Campus of Federal University of Uberlândia: Planning a Sustainable Campus with Public Participation

  • Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Federal University of Uberlândia, in Brazil planned a sustainable campus for his expansion, with a participatory process that involves professors, students and administrative staff. The "Câmpus Glória" project crossed all ...

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Implementing Change Through a Systems Approach to Sustainability

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Consider the difficulty a rider faces in trying to get an elephant to change to a new path as opposed to continuing to follow a well-worn and less rigorous path ...

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IUanyWare: Next Steps in Sustainable Computing

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University allows individuals to virtualize software delivery for students, faculty, and staff. IUanyWare has grown in popularity as a way to deliver high-performance computing to remote users by providing ...

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Recycling can be the Most Cost-Effective Method of Solid Waste Management for Colleges and Universities

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Collegiate recycling programs have proliferated to almost all higher educational campuses, yet many administrators from continue to believe that recycling services can add tens or hundreds of thousand dollars to ...

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Transitioning to Green: Implementing a Comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Initiative on a University Campus

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Environmental sustainability has become increasingly relevant to institutions of higher education. However, change in higher education is described by scholars as slow and difficult. This makes it complicated to effectively ...

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Creating and Maintaining a Sustainability Student Worker Network

  • Macalester College (MN)

The initiative for sustainability at Macalester College took an unusual institutional turn in 2008, with the formation of the original Sustainability Student Worker Network. The Network is a working group ...

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Intellectual Property and Sustainability

  • Marymount Manhattan College (NY)

This presentation is a briefing on Intellectual Property and how it may be a factor in promoting and managing sustainability effort. Intellectual Property has many aspects. It is understood as ...

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Universal Design and Sustainability: an Appealing Synchronicity of Concepts for the 21st Century Campus Accessibility Audit.

  • McGill University (QC)

Triggering organic change in Higher Education institutions towards widened access and the implementation of Universal, on the one hand, or sustainable development, on the other, is an arduous task which ...

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Software Solutions for Campus Sustainability: Going Beyond Excel Spreadsheets for Easier and More Effective GHG and Sustainability Tracking and Assessment

  • McGill University (QC)

Part 1: Best practices for selecting sustainability management software for your institution.

For the majority of post-secondary institutions working toward sustainability, the measurement, management, analysis and reporting of greenhouse gas ...

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Innovative Tool for Integrated Energy Planning

  • Michigan State University (MI)

One of the greatest challenges for universities is how to reliably meet the university's growing energy needs while reducing negative impacts of power generation. The presenting institution has its ...

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I Am Here Now Because of...And This is Where I Want to Be Next...

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Sustainability is a profession and a passion for most of the people who come to an AASHE conference. We are, on balance, despairing optimists, utopian idealists, cold-eyed realists, manic-depressive mover ...

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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.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
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Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

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
Business Affiliate

Textbooks for Change

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