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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Navigating the STARS 2.0 Experience: From Data Collection to Strategic Planning Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Stanford University (CA)

One of the most important attributes of AASHE's STARS 2.0 framework is to allow institutions to understand all aspects of their sustainability performance, benchmark their sustainability performance against ...

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Building a Sustainable Future at the University of Alberta Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The University of Alberta's first institution-wide sustainability plan is due to expire in January 2016. To prepare for a new plan, the Office of Sustainability coordinated and facilitated a ...

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Pioneering a Process for Conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

It is becoming best interest for institutions of higher education to quantify their carbon footprint. Many colleges and universities have started measuring this by conducting a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory ...

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Sustainability as a Framework for Addressing Executive Leadership Priorities Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Faced with ongoing budget cuts, cost reduction campaigns, and top to bottom reviews of programs and policies, public research universities have approached a critical juncture. As sustainability professionals embedded in ...

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CLICS: Using Cyber-infrastructure to Bring Data from Campus Sustainability Efforts into the Classroom Membership Required

  • Clarkson University (NY)

CLICS (Cyber-Learning Infrastructure for Campus Sustainability) is a cyber-learning tool developed to transform data from campus sustainability projects in a way that can be used in a wide variety of ...

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Tools for Sustainability Master Plans: Key Performance Indicators & Campus Investments Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

A rapid growth of STARS in last decade has established Sustainability Master Plans (SMPs) at over 300 universities nationwide. SMPs are using metrics like 'Energy Use Intensity', '% total expenditures' and ...

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Engaging Your Campus Community in Sustainability Planning Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The University of Alberta's first institution-wide sustainability plan is due to expire in January 2016. To prepare for a new plan, the Office of Sustainability coordinated and facilitated a ...

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Designing for Scalability: How to take campus solutions to scale for maximum impact around the globe Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Campus sustainability has the unique potential to bring new knowledge and innovative solutions to bear on the world's greatest climate challenges. Campuses serve as ideal incubators – test beds – for ...

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Data Integration to Advance Operational Sustainability Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

The development, use and integration of sustainability-related indicators into existing performance programs increases the potential management of indicators to promote sustainable decision-making. Participation in programs like STARS has provided the ...

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Sustainability Success is Written in the STARS Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has been an invaluable tool in benchmarking sustainability measures, integrating sustainability into the assessment process, and creating high-level buy-in at Texas ...

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7 years & 1,854,472 tonnes: A collaborative journey toward climate stabilization Membership Required

  • LHB, Inc. (MN)

Moving beyond good intentions, Rosemount, a rapidly growing Minneapolis exurb, is taking a leadership role in planning for significant city-wide greenhouse gas reductions. As a participant in Minnesota's GreenStep ...

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The Value of Flexibility: A Case Study of Stanford's Cardinal Green Office Program Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford's Cardinal Green Office Program harnesses the actions of individual building occupants to achieve resource savings. Over the past five years, the program has become an effective communication, education ...

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Using Super Decisions Software for Sustainability Decision-Making Membership Required

  • Ohio University (OH)

Multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) encompasses many techniques which utilize objective, numerically-based algorithms to choose between alternatives. The complexity of the multiple sustainability criteria of the people, planet, profit triple ...

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Developing a Successful Student Sustainability Internship Program on a Liberal Arts Campus Membership Required

  • Colgate University (NY)

In this case study, we will walk attendees through the development process of Colgate's Sustainability Internship program that I have worked with from its creation through its current iteration ...

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Bottled Water Policy: The six-year journey Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Years of thoughtful research, consideration, and communication with other universities went into the creation of the Bottled Water Policy created by the Bemidji State University Student Senate in 2015. The ...

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Using LEED-EBOM 4 for Smeal Business Building and LEED Campus to Launch LEED for the Pennsylvania State University Park Campus Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

This presentation addresses how a campus can use the implementation of LEED-EBOM version 4 for one building and LEED Campus to launch LEED campus wide. The project shows how undergraduate ...

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Embracing the Silos: The Benefits of Disciplinary Purity in Achieving Campus Sustainability in Waste Reduction Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Since the Great Recession, UCSC has not employed a Recycling Coordinator with the interdepartmental authority to administer the campus vision of waste reduction as planned for the campus Zero Waste ...

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Seeing STARS: Sustainability and Strategic Planning Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This case study will outline how Southern Illinois University Edwardsville came to be one of the first schools to include sustainability as a goal in its new strategic plan, using ...

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The Systems Toolbox for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

All of life and design consists of system. We are composed of systems and contained in systems. Creating meaningful change requires that we know how to find, describe, design, fix ...

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Taking sustainability to next level – The UAF Sustainability Plan Membership Required

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

UAF is already a high performing institution with respect to sustainability. In 2009 a student sustainability fee of $20 per semester was implemented after a vote by the student body ...

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Getting Their Attention: The Facts and Stats to get Your Sustainability Proposal Accepted Membership Required

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

The single most important and often most challenging step in initiating a campus sustainability program is gaining alignment from university officials. At last year's AASHE Conference, a conversation was ...

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Strategic Energy & Utility Strategies Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

Saint Louis University (SLU) is motivated to work towards sustainable energy solutions and committed to the reduction of energy consumption. The Division of Facilities Services has recognized this need and ...

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Implementing Sustainable or Resilient Initiatives: Drivers and considerations in the Midwest Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Universities are in a changing and interconnected landscape. Some of the key challenges they face are how to respond to new patterns of funding for higher education, issues of a ...

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Standardizing Greenhouse Gas Protocols in the 14-member Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium Membership Required

  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • The Climate Registry

One of the most challenging issues facing the higher education sustainability movement is how to track and report greenhouse gas emissions in ways that allow for benchmarking and comparison while ...

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Life after achieving your CAP Goals: What are teaching moments for others and how do you plan for the next big thing? Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Colby College (ME)
  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This session will focus on three key concepts. First, for the institutions that are close to or have obtained climate neutrality, what are learning outcomes that they can provide to ...

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How Are We Doing? Objectively Assessing the Data Regarding Campus GHGs and Energy Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Sightlines (CT)

After more than a decade of focused collective effort to make higher education a model for operational climate change leadership in North America, what do we have to show for ...

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How Sustainability Directors Can Bring Simple Innovations to Campus Membership Required

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Staples Advantage (MA)
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

An interactive panel discussion on how Sustainability Directors can set SMART sustainability objectives and implement simple solutions across campuses to achieve their goals. From office furniture to paper towel selection ...

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The Value of Measurement (At the Cost of Your Time?) Membership Required

  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

As sustainability programs on campuses of all sizes mature, the staff & committees at many institutions find themselves on the proverbial hamster wheel of measurement. While survey results, greenhouse gas ...

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Changing Behaviors through Green Office Certification Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Developing a Green Office Certification program at your college or university is nothing new. However, measuring Green Office Certification program impacts through behavior change and tangible energy and water savings ...

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Institutional Performance Energy Optimization: How a Management Model and Skilled Workforce Embed Efficiency Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)
  • United States Department of Energy

University of California, Irvine has achieved 23% energy savings over 5 years, the 20% goal of U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, 7 years early. The Smart ...

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STARS Data Quality: Two Case Studies on Third-Party Reviews with Group Discussion Membership Required

  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Both University of Colorado at Boulder and the State University of New York at New Paltz enlisted third parties to review their STARS submissions. Boulder hired a third-party paid consultant ...

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New Developments in STARS Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This workshop is designed for individuals who would like to engage in high-level discussion about new developments with AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). AASHE staff will ...

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STARS Sourcing, Data Collection and Reporting Technology Solutions and Tools Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • FarmLogix, LLC (IL)

The panel would represent several Aramark universities' (Boston University, American University, Loyola University for example) uses of online aggregation technology to both source locally grown and produced foods, and to ...

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Old Dogs, New Tricks: Lessons Learned While Shifting Roles In The Higher Education Sustainability World Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Sustainability in higher education continues to grow as a career, academic pursuit, and institutional priority. As more schools hire and retain sustainability professionals to coordinate programs, incumbents for new or ...

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Achieving Ambitious Energy Goals on a University Campus Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Hord Coplan Macht (MD)

This session will describe the tools and process used to design a public higher education building that is modeled to save 40% over ASHRAE. The owner utilized a quasi-Performance Design ...

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What should a Specialty Certification for Higher Educational Sustainability Practitioners look like? Membership Required

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (OR)

This highly interactive session is focused on collecting input from participants on a specialty certification for a sustainability practitioner in higher education. The session will begin with an overview of ...

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Rice University Integrated Climate and Energy Master Plan (RICEMaP) Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Sebesta (MN)

Beginning in 2012, Rice University - a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) - partnered with Sebesta to develop the Rice Integrated Climate and Energy Master ...

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Developing a Network for Campus Carbon Offset Projects Membership Required

  • Clarkson University (NY)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. Offsetting carbon associated with campus-financed airfare was the tangible action least committed to within ...

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Developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan based on the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) framework Membership Required

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)
  • Stantec Consulting, Ltd. (WA)

Through an extensive consultation process in 2014, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) identified 'advancing Sustainability' as 1 of 5 strategic priorities. TRU developed a Strategic Sustainability Plan (SSP) using AASHE's ...

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STARS 101: The Basics of Conducting a Campus Sustainability Assessment Membership Required

  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. With more than 700 registered institutions on ...

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Georgia Tech: Leading the Way to Sustainability Through Comprehensive Water Management (2015) Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Georgia Tech has taken strides to understand and improve its water footprint. From its Stormwater Master Plan to wastewater reclamation/reuse, Georgia Tech is implementing a water management system to ...

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From Atrophy to Agility: Disruptive Organizational Design To Accelerate Change Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This program introduces sustainability practitioners to a new conceptual framework designed to enable organizations to undertake deep transformation by positioning sustainability as the problem that can solve their organization's ...

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Food Tracking: Identifying Problems and Solutions to Reach the Most Accurate Report for Your Campus Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

This session will assist university students and staff working on tracking sustainability progress in dining. Many universities currently use multiple tracking tools and processes to synthesize data for STARS, and ...

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STARS Clinic Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Stop by the AASHE booth in the Expo Hall to talk with AASHE staff about your questions and ideas related to STARS. Whether you want to share thoughts about the ...

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A Paradigm Shift in College and University Master Planning Membership Required

  • AKF Group LLC (NY)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) recently completed a Campus Master Plan (2014) which shows a modest growth in expanded space for academic, housing and support services. The real focus of the ...

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Restructuring Sustainability: Implementing Economicology through a Governance Redesign Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

Are your sustainability committees simply not meeting your expectations any longer? After an 8 year stretch with the same committee format, Aquinas College decided to redesign its internal sustainability structure ...

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Establishing Pipelines for Sustainability Students, Two-year to Graduate Level: A Working Session Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

In recognition of the importance of integrated approaches to address the pressing challenges of sustainability, sustainability-focused academic programs are growing rapidly among higher education institutions. This growth necessitates increased coordination ...

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Mapping A University's Sustainability Network: Visualization for Inspiration, Participation and Impact at Emory Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Over the last decade, sustainability has gained an impressive foothold in higher education institutions around the world. There are many examples of campus infrastructure improvement projects, faculty sustainability education efforts ...

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Sustainability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team (Video Shoot!) Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Vanishing budgets, departmental silos, outdated policies, lack of training, lack of access to decision-makers, skewed perceptions of what our jobs entail sustainability officers face serious challenges in the highly dynamic ...

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Intentionally Designed Endowments Membership Required

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

For decades the socially responsible investment community has puzzled over the fact that colleges and universities have not been more intentional in aligning their investment practices with their mission and ...

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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.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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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.