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.

1934 resources

2012 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2012 Higher Education Sustainability Review outlines 2012 AASHE Bulletin trends in three areas: New Developments, Changing Dynamics, Areas of Prevalence. Highlights from over 40 institutions are included, summarizing innovative ...

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The Death of Campus Sustainability? I Don’t Think So!

  • AASHE (PA)

In a recent blog, Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, AASHE board member, and colleague began tolling the bell over the “Death ...

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The Death of Campus Sustainability

OK, starting with a title like “The Death of Campus Sustainability” could easily be seen as cheap, manipulative, sensational, or simply wrong. And yes, the implicit reference to Shellenberger and ...

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The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders

While almost seven hundred chief executive officers have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, several thousand have yet to do so. This book identifies four of the ...

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Operational Analysis: Green Grants Program

  • New York University (NY)

This Operational Analysis is an overall description of how New York University's Green Grants Program is functioning, including how well the program supports its stakeholders, grantees, staff and how ...

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Comparative Analysis of Campus Greening Grant Programs at U.S. Post-Secondary Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

This document compares New York University's Green Grants program with twelve similar campus sustainability granting programs within the United States. It has been prepared as part of an internal ...

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A Sustainability Fund at Rensselaer: A Policy Analysis and Guide for the Future

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

The sustainability fund, also known as a green fund, has been introduced at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in the past two decades as a methodology ...

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A Study of the Implementation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

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2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

Looking through the lens of AASHE Bulletin stories in 2011, this year's review reveals an increased focus on higher education access, affordability, and success; more green building efforts than ...

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Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

  • Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (DC)

Eight U.S. Catholic organizations published this toolkit in partnership with AASHE. It is designed for Catholic colleges and universities to strengthen Catholic mission and sustainability on campus and publicly ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Taylor University

  • Taylor University (IN)

This is a master's thesis project for the Department of Environmental Science at Taylor University in Upland, IN. It is focused on sustainability which requires considering the social, economic ...

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Student Green Fund Implementation in U.S. Colleges and Universities from 1973-2010

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. The campus sustainability movement, an outgrowth of the ...

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Perception and Organizational Outcomes in Higher Education Sustainability Inquiry

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

The concept of sustainability has become a topic of prime consideration for government and business alike in the 21st century, both in terms of its conceptual definition and practical application ...

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University Avenue Redevelopment: Prioritizing Pedestrians and the Environment

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

This report presents a redevelopment plan for the main road on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The plan is designed to achieve three goals: promote active transportation ...

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2010 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

Revealing new ways of thinking about and incorporating sustainability into campus operations, planning and curriculum, the "2010 Campus Sustainability Review" takes a look at the higher education sustainability movement through ...

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Are Canadian Universities Taking Sustainability Seriously? A case study analysis of sustainability initiatives at three Canadian campuses and the lessons decision-makers can learn from these efforts

  • Carleton University (ON)

This study attempts to answer the question 'are universities taking sustainability seriously'? Specifically, this paper examines the extent higher education institutions have institutionalized sustainability into their decision-making processes. It investigates ...

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Climate Neutral Campus Report

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

This report by Kyoto Publishing, in collaboration with AASHE and USGBC, aims to educate major stakeholders about the successful initiatives and rapid return on investment that colleges and universities are ...

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Higher Education Leadership Stages and Strategies that Relate to Campus Environmental Sustainability at U.S. Colleges and Universities

  • Mercer University (GA)

This study explored and described leadership strategy implementation stages that related to the development of environmental sustainability on college and university campuses within the United States. The goals of the ...

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Cool Campus! A How-To Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning

  • AASHE (PA)

This manual is designed to assist colleges and universities in creating climate action plans. It is intended to fill the gap in currently available resources by outlining a how-to approach ...

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Evaluating the Sustainability Tracking, Assesment and Rating System (STARS) at The Evergreen State College

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Higher education provides an ideal setting for engaging in the dialogue of sustainability while creating opportunities to integrate sustainability into society today. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in ...

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UC San Diego vs. Preuss Ecology Club - Top Down vs Bottom Up

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

For a university like UC San Diego (UCSD), it appears that they are at the forefront of most innovative environmental projects and objectives. However, as they continue to receive national ...

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The Institutionalization of Sustainability at Willamette University A Case Study

  • Willamette University (OR)

This case study will explore how Willamette evolved from its early beginnings in environmentalism, with various independent projects throughout campus, to becoming nationally recognized for its cohesive institutions that facilitate ...

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Assessing UT-Austin's Roadmap to Sustainability

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Like many other schools and organization, The University of Texas at Austin faces a near future in which entities of all sizes are held to greater accountability for their environmental ...

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AASHE Digest 2009

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 1,250 stories that catalog a broadening and deepening commitment to campus sustainability by colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The 380-page report categorizes stories ...

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Sustainability at Universities - Opportunities, Challenges and Trends

This book provides a concrete contribution towards the goal of fostering sustainability at universities, by especially focusing on opportunities, challenges and trends. It contains a wide range of papers written ...

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Budgeting for Energy Conservation

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Budgeting for Energy Conservation proposes an innovative approach to mobilize the schools and centers of the University of Pennsylvania to conserve energy. A clear and effective roadmap for the transition ...

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Campus Climate Planning: A Best Practices Guide

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The purpose of this guide is to provide decision makers at colleges and universities with best practices for developing climate plans at their campuses in order to avert dire consequences ...

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Sustaining Campus Sustainability: Factors Leading to Success of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Higher Education

  • Northwestern University (IL)

What factors lead to the successful implementation and ongoing success of environmental sustainability programs and policies on college campuses? To find out, one may examine institutions' self-reported successful environmental sustainability ...

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Campus Ecological Footprint of Carnegie Mellon University

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

As Carnegie Mellon University is a rapidly growing and international educational institution with more number of campus members and visitors, the impacts of the school on ecological footprint are fast ...

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It's Not Easy Being Green: Assessments and Strategies for Sustainable Institutions

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Colleges and universities in the United States are responsible for 3 to 9 percent of domestic climate change emissions and have about 16% of the US population currently enrolled. Bringing ...

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The Role of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Empire State College (NY)

Colleges and universities are often thought of as the places where young people pursue their educations, graduate and then enter the work force, but they are much more. With populations ...

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Towards regenerative development: A methodology for university campuses to become more sustainable, with a focus on the University of South Florida

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The administrations of several universities have developed strategies to reduce the negative environmental effects created by their institutions. Because no single, comprehensive methodology to guide institutions to sustainability exists, these ...

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AASHE Digest 2008

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 1,350 stories that illustrate the continued expansion of sustainability practices into every sector of campus. Initiatives from nearly 700 institutions are organized into 28 chapters, spanning education ...

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The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability

This sustainability anthology explores the meaning of genuine environmental sustainability—in global and local terms—while profiling excellent campus environmental programs. The book offers guidance and inspiration to campus leaders ...

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University Reform in an Era of Global Warming

In order to address global warming and other environmental issues in higher education, there must be a change in the role of the university. Many of the cultural assumptions and ...

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Organizational networks as catalysts for strategic sustainable development

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

In an increasingly connected and interdependent world, the global sustainability challenge needs to be addressed by organizational networks from a whole-systems perspective. This study explores organizations through the lens of ...

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Going Green on Campus: Sustainability in Offices at Santa Clara University

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

A group of students enrolled in Santa Clara University's Applied Sociology course Fall 2007 conducted both a survey and individual interviews with office administrators to collect data on what ...

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A Commitment to Climate Neutrality at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: Environmental urgency and financial prudence

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

In the past year, the ambitious goal of climate neutrality has exploded out of the higher education sustainability movement, with over 450 schools, including the entire University of Massachusetts system ...

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Sustainability of Western Kentucky University: An examination of environmental policy, performance, and potential for change

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Institutions of higher learning are in a pivotal position to address the environmental problems that global society faces now, but response to this challenge requires transformation in priorities and practices ...

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A community-based social marketing campaign to green the offices at Pacific University: Recycling, paper reduction and environmentally preferable purchasing

  • Antioch University (OH)

This study describes a community-based social marketing (CBSM) research project to bring awareness and behavior change around paper reduction, recycling, and purchasing of environmentally preferred products (EPP) at a small ...

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Prototyping a campus sustainability management system

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

A growing number of cities and universities have created sustainability plans that include specific environmental, social, and economic performance goals. Sustainability metrics or indicators are often used to track progress ...

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AASHE Digest 2007

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 800 stories about higher education institutions that are leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 24 chapters spanning education, research, campus operations, administration, and ...

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Campus Climate Action and Multilevel Environmental Governance

The growing recognition that the future of the climate regime may also lie in strong local and regional initiatives (Dimitrov, et al., 2004) stems from the belief that our familiar ...

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Environmental sustainability plan for the University of Southern California

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The purpose of this project was to compare the characteristics of environmental sustainability programs at leading institutions with those already in place, while not formalized, at the University of Southern ...

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Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education: New Directions for Institutional Research

This volume details sustainability issues in institutional research (IR) and covers: the sustainability challenges we face as institutions, individuals, and the particular need for educational institutions to embrace and address ...

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The Campus Sustainability Movement: A strategic perspective

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

Society is facing a crisis of un-sustainability. The sector of higher education is well poised to support transition to a sustainable society. This thesis assesses the efforts of the Campus ...

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Sustainability in higher education

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

Sustainability—"development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (qtd. in Clugston et al., 1)—is a vitally ...

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Will Sustainability Take Root?

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Berea College (KY)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Do you know sustainability when you see it? The results of an institution’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic health are often subtle. Campus advocates and practitioners who have ...

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AASHE Digest 2006

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 600 stories about higher education institutions that are leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 8 chapters covering: 1) institutional change, 2) education and ...

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The Greening of America's Campuses

  • Berea College (KY)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)

Colleges have long marketed their campus amenities, their rosters of scholars, their selectivity and study-abroad programs. To that list, add one more thing: their green credentials. From Berea College in ...

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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
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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
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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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.