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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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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Formalizing a Sustainability Engagement Strategy at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology Membership Required

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

The journey of sustainability engagement at Niagara College has come a long way, with origins in an informal outreach strategy that tracked participants through excel, to utilizing a more formally ...

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Defining Polytechnic Sustainability: NAIT Case Study Membership Required

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

In 2012 the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) was the first Canadian polytechnic institute to achieve a STARS rating. Through the rating renewal process, NAIT set out to not ...

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Planting the AASHE Seed: Applying the Conference Experience to Your University Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have attended AASHE conferences for many years and have had great success in implementing ideas and materials encountered at the conference. Using our ...

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Bee Campus USA as a Model for Pollinator-Friendly Campuses Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

After our university's hometown of Ashland, Oregon and the neighboring city Talent became members of Bee City USA, a designation given through the Bee City USA non-profit based in ...

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Sustainability Implementation: A Process-Based Approach Based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle Membership Required

  • Tavares Group Consulting Inc. (ON)

For too long, the implementation of sustainability has been an unknown to many organizations. Ample guidance is available about what sustainability is, what metrics should be considered, and how an ...

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Sustainability as a movement: How do you keep pushing a rock up a mountain? Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This session will start with a review by the presenter of sustainability as seen through a 'movement lens'. The audience, as a group, will review successful campus social/environmental movements ...

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Transforming the University through Strategic Sustainability Initiatives Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Change and transformation at an institutional level cannot happen overnight and requires active management. Universities are increasingly responding to pressures for efficiency, increasing enrollment, recruiting the best faculty and students ...

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Advancing Mutual FM/Academic Goals through Strategic Partnerships Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Universities have long been places for intense dialogue about sustainability issues. However, the emerging paradigm is that dialogue alone is insufficient for addressing the challenges of environmental, economic, and social ...

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STARS Town Hall (2015) Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members, Technical Advisors, and AASHE staff who will facilitate a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the STARS ...

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The Greening of an Appalachian College of Business Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Greening of an Appalachian College of Business Training future business people on the tools and skills needed to run sustainable businesses is a key challenge for our society, but ...

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Developing a Campus Sustainability Literacy Survey as a Metric for a Sustainability Themed Strategic Plan Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This talk will describe of creation a sustainability metric for one of the only college and university campuses in the country that uses sustainability as the primary guiding principal for ...

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The Proactive Sustainability Council Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How do you engage faculty, staff, and students in a Sustainability Council? What initiatives take place in a successful Council? How do you keep the momentum? These questions and more ...

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Preparing for Climate Change Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

While sustainability officers have appropriately been focused on reducing their campus' impacts on climate change, few have had the opportunity to begin preparing their campuses for the impacts of climate ...

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Striking a Balance Between Growth and Engagement: A Case Study of the Student Internship Program at the College of Charleston Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As sustainability continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the country, institutions across the US are working to develop internship programs to meet the needs of both ...

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EcoVate: Design Thinking for Sustainability Challenges Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

According to Forbes '...design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results.' Design thinking is used in the field ...

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Case Study of Program Review for Sustainability Offices: Benefits, Challenges, & Resources Required Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

Though credit is given for degrees and research activities, STARS reporting also includes a wide range of activities that lie outside the scope of activities usually included in academic program ...

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Green Office Certification at Lane Community College Membership Required

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Many colleges and universities have Green Office Certifications. These programs can be complicated, time-consuming, and confusing. They can also be overly simplistic and not result in any meaningful changes. Lane ...

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Developing a sustainability brand and visual identity guide for your campus Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In this workshop, participants will learn to develop and apply an unique sustainability brand and visual identity for their campus. We will discuss strategies for leveraging this brand to engage ...

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Stormwater Runoff Management and Green Infrastructure on Loyola University Chicago Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Stormwater runoff is a major problem all cities face. The Stormwater Runoff Management Project is a student-led project working with campus sustainability staff who's goal is to reduce the ...

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Big Potato, Hot Potato, Little potato: Start Sub-Metering Utilities with Limited Resources Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

The 'big-potato' task of sub-metering your entire campus can be daunting just thinking about it, let-alone getting it going. Where do you start? Which 'hot-potato' do you meter first? Electrical ...

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The Living Principles: A catalyst for driving positive change Membership Required

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

The Living Principles' (LP) is a systems thinking framework, created by sustainability practitioners, as a catalyst for driving positive change both institutionally and culturally. LP distills the four streams of ...

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Pre conference Officer's Workshop - Leadership Essentials - Strategic Planning Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

This workshop will focus on one of the key leadership and professional development skills - strategic planning. 'Strategic direction' is referred to as directions to position an organization to be successful ...

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Stanford reduces emissions by 68% in 2015 Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

In late 2011, Stanford's Board of Trustees approved the investment in SESI, of which a key component is a replacement Central Energy Facility for heat recovery, to meet the ...

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Fostering Sustainability Engagement: My Cardinal Green Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Founded in 2008, Stanford's Office of Sustainability aims to expand upon the success of infrastructure innovation to educate and engage the campus community through seasonal, targeted conservation efforts: Cardinal ...

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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

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.