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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Use of Life Cycle Assessment methodology in the analysis of Ecological Footprint Assessment results to evaluate the environmental performance of universities

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

The assessment of the environmental performance of an organization is an essential part of the decision-making process of an Environmental Management System. Having robust indicators enables a reliable assessment. The ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Application of the componential method for ecological footprint calculation of a Chinese university campus

The componential method of ecological footprint is applied to estimate the ecological footprint of Northeastern University (NEU) in 2003. The components considered in this study include energy (coal, natural gas ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Composite indicators for a sustainable campus—Design rationale and methodology: The case of the Catholic Institute of Lille

Having first appeared in the mid-1990s, policy actions for improving how sustainable development principles are put into practice on university campuses have been growing more and more. This has taken ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Using ecological footprint analysis in higher education: Campus operations, policy development and educational purposes

  • Leuven University College
  • University of Leuven

Ecological footprint analysis has been used worldwide in a variety of organizations (enterprise, public authorities, non-governmental organizations, (higher) educational institutions) and at different levels (personal level, (parts of) organizations, cities ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Framework for the inter-comparison of ecological footprint of universities

The ecological footprint (EF) method represents the suitability of a given population on the carrying capacity of the total system. It was developed in order to measure the relationship between ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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An urban university’s ecological footprint and the effect of climate change

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Ecological footprint analysis (EFA) has been used since the early 1990s as a measure of sustainability for geographical regions, products, and activities. EFA is used as a measure of land ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Cities generate environmental impacts that have focused the global interest of scientists and authorities on the search for environment-friendly alternatives. The ‘Ecocity’ concept provides an innovative and sustainable vision of ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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2016 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In response ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2016
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Climate & Energy Strategy

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UC Santa Cruz convenes staff, students and faculty to discuss how to meet the UC systemwide goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and next steps for implementation of the ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - University Boulevard

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Using our campus as a living lab model, we are treating our campus as one interconnected system. We are continuously implementing strategies to effectively manage campus energy, water, waste, food ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability Engagement Initiatives

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - Canadian Flag

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

A first university in Canada to open a sustainability office and develop a sustainable development policy, UBC developed a 20-year sustainability strategy as a long-term framework to embed sustainability across ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The university is working to embed sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations and infrastructure, and the community.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Mills Sustainability Center Grand Opening

  • Mills College (CA)

The Grand Opening of the Mills Sustainability Center in 2008. The Sustainability Center serves as a hub for sustainability education and collaboration.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Climate Ready BU - Assessing the Campus for the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Boston University (MA)

Much of the Boston University campuses are located less than five feet above today's high tide. With projections for sea level rise a cause for concern this century, the ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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A proposal for measuring sustainability in universities: a case study of Spain

Purpose

Numerous sustainability assessment tools are being created and applied in the higher education sector. In light of such diversity, there is a need to provide a common guideline for ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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The comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments

  • Davidson College (NC)

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been increasingly communicating their sustainability commitments to the ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Solar PV and small wind turbine demonstration project funded by SUNY Small Grant Sustainability Fund

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UNCG Collaborative Planning for Key Thoroughfare

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Model community engagement that resulted in a mixed use village-style development on a major municipal thoroughfare in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Sustainable Business Roundtable at UBuffalo

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The University at Buffalo initiated a partnership in recent years with Erie County and a small group of key business leaders throughout the region to assess the feasibility of creating ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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New Student Sustainability Fee Impacts Buildings, Research, and Student Activities

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

A part of the newly implemented Student Sustainability Fee was allocated to competitive grants open to students, faculty and staff. In the first round of competition, the fee was able ...


Solar field and rooftop installations at the David Ames Clock Farm at Stonehill College

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The 15 acre solar field and two rooftop installations include 9,625 panels with a combined production of 3.384 million kWh per year, which covers 20% of Stonehill’s ...


Ecoroof Management Plan

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Broadway Residence Hall at Portland State University received LEED Silver certification in 2004,with a combination of sustainable construction practices and green building features, including a 18,000 square ...


Making an Impact with STARS Benchmarking

  • AASHE (PA)

STARS is more than just a rating system, and can also be used for benchmarking, gap analysis, and celebrating progress. This session explores features and tools from the STARS website ...

  • Posted Sept. 8, 2016
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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions

This publication offers guidelines for higher education institutions in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the organization and then leading their global adoption.

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits

  • Monash University (VIC)

Purpose

This article aims to provide a perspective on sustainability reporting and performance management in the university sector making a case for increased accountability, improved (management of) performance and greater ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Since its inception in 2008, the WKU Office of Sustainability has struggled with general program and initiative awareness as well as student engagement in university sponsored sustainability activities. Attempts to ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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CSR Reporting and the University

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

There is currently no mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting standards for institutions of higher learning (universities) in the U.S. There is also no established governing or regulatory body ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In this article, the author reflects on her experiences the founding director of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative. She describes how the campus sustainability movement has evolved from an ...

  • Posted Aug. 29, 2016
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Health Educators Climate Commitment

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Health Educators Climate Commitment is a pledge by 118 medical, public health, and nursing schools from 15 countries to train their students to address the health impacts of climate ...


Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector: HEASC 2008 Annual Report

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This report describes the collective and individual activities of each of the members of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of higher education associations working together to ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Understanding the Management of Sustainability on One Public Midwestern College Campus

  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)

Environmental sustainability is a substantial issue within our world today that is on the forefront of policy makers' minds. Implementation of sustainability initiatives on a college campus comes in many ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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From theory to practice : an analysis of transformative social innovation at the University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education institutions are striving to become both models and leaders in innovation for sustainable development, as sustainability is becoming a growing priority around the world. The approaches adopted by ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainability Assessment of Higher Education Institutions in Saudi Arabia

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Universities are paramount change drivers in bringing about a culture of sustainability in society by setting themselves up as models and nurseries for sustainable development. Thus, assessment of sustainability integration ...

  • Posted Aug. 12, 2016
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Net Zero Water Planning Toolkit

  • Brendle Group (CO)

The Net Zero Water (NZW) Planning Toolkit is intended to standardize and simplify water analysis and planning, while also maximizing economic returns and environmental benefits. The toolkit includes four phases ...


Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) play a central role in global efforts toward environmental sustainability. With 23 campuses, the California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in ...


Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations

  • AASHE (PA)

Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations, posted to the AASHE Discussion Forums on July 19, 2010 (FAQs included). Original signatories are indicated in the PDF, and the ...


HBCU Green Report 2014

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

The 2014 HBCU Green Report, which is based on a survey of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), indicates that there is significant activity underway on HBCU campuses to promote ...


Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report: 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report shares the results of a 2010 survey of minority-serving institutions administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the Sustainable ...


Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website

  • American Council on Education (DC)

The Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website from the American Council on Education (ACE) showcases regularly updated featured content on the following campus diversity and inclusion topics:

  • Racial/ethnic minority ...

Communicating Sustainability Online: An Examination of Corporate, Nonprofit, and University Websites

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainability, here defined as environmental quality and well-being, has emerged as a core business strategy and a focal area of investigation among communication scholars. This study analyzed sustainability landing pages ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

The Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool is a free tool designed to enable community colleges to quickly gauge how well they are leading and integrating sustainability and green workforce development ...


AASHE Launches Version 2.1 for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System

  • International Facility Management Association (TX)

AASHE recently launched the latest version of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) that features data auto-population, exemplary practice options and more.

  • Posted July 22, 2016
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Integration of Sustainability Reporting at an Academic Institution

  • Walden University (MN)

Leaders at nonprofit academic institutions are following the global business trend of embracing sustainability initiatives for positive social change; however, there has been slow growth in sustainability reporting among academic ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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An integrated leadership model for leading education for sustainability in higher education and the vital role of students as change agents

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper explores the leadership of education for sustainability (EfS) in higher education, focusing specifically on the key role students can play as internal catalysts for change. It presents a ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Education for sustainability-challenges and opportunities: The case of RCEs

  • London South Bank University

This article will focus on the challenges of leadership and management of a key initiative of the 2005-2014 UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), namely the Regional Centres ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Boldly Sustainable: Hope & Opportunity for Higher Education in the age of Climate Change

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Sustainability is a powerful strategy for higher education to achieve renewal, reformation, and relevance in the 21st century. Boldly Sustainable examines how colleges and universities can leverage their commitment to ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Quantitatively Assessing the Role of Higher Education in Global Sustainability

  • University of Toronto (ON)

Three analytical methods are used to examine three primary questions to address an observed scarcity of literature that quantitatively and empirically assesses the role of higher education in global sustainability ...

  • Posted July 19, 2016
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The World's Most Sustainable University 2020 + 2050: Creating a Vision for Sustainable Universities

  • University of London

A presentation using Prezi that envisions what the sustainability of a university could be in 2020 in comparison with 2050.


A Higher Calling for Higher Education

Education and knowledge resources are more available today than ever before. However, humanity’s two main conflicts - coexistence with nature and coexistence with each other - remain unresolved. We need a ...

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.

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
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Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.