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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Considering the Anchor Mission Strategy within the Competing “Regimes” of Higher Education Community Engagement

  • Marquette University (WI)
  • Democracy Collaborative (DC)

The concept of the anchor institution, and its subsequent mission, was first considered in the mid-1990s, a time during which the dominant academic culture of higher education was driven by ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Building Capacity as Anchor Institutions: Infrastructure, Structure, and Strategy

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

As campuses embrace their role as anchor institutions, considerations should be given to the role of infrastructure, structure, and strategy. This article differentiates between infrastructure and organizational structure then identifies ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Developing a Resilience Tool For Higher Education Institutions: A Must-Have in Campus Master Planning

  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Hanbury (VA)

Resilience has become a prominent topic in the planning and design industry over the past several years. States, cities and entire regions face an ever-growing threat of environmental and societal ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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An analysis of university sustainability reports from the GRI database: an examination of influential variables

  • University of Cadiz

In the business context, many papers have examined whether certain variables can affect sustainability disclosure practices. However, research on universities has mainly been addressed to explore the extent of sustainability ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
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Towards a social sustainability in higher education: Enhancing students’ solidarity and togetherness through collaborative projects in racially diverse learning environments

  • University of the Free State

One key goal in the mission and vision statement of the University of the Free State is to recruit the best and most diverse students who work in solidarity and ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Biophilic campus: An emerging planning approach for a sustainable innovation-conducive university

  • The University of Adelaide (SA)

Universities worldwide are competing to offer attractive learning and research environments to a new generation of skilled and talented students. Governments of the developed world urge universities to foster innovation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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University of Miami Mobility Plan

  • University of Miami (FL)

Executive Summary The University of Miami is committed to programs and strategies that reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and maximize efficiency for moving to, from, within, and around its Coral Gables ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Education for Sustainable Development: Emerging Themes from Adopters of a Declaration

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Deakin University

Universities that sign the Talloires Declaration signify their commitment to education for sustainable development. This research explores whether the signification is a strategic desire to be seen to be doing ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Sustainability Governance at Universities: Using a Governance Equalizer as a Research Heuristic

  • University of Vechta
  • Freie Universität Berlin

Universities play a crucial role in promoting sustainable development. Accordingly, the project “Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions: develop — network — report (HOCHN)” (2016–2018) aims to facilitate sustainable development at universities ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Factors influencing students’ corporate social responsibility orientation in higher education

  • University of Beira Interior
  • Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Given that the future of corporate social responsibility depends on upcoming generations' attitudes, a better understanding of the relationship between corporate social responsibility orientation and its predictors has significant implications ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development at a Swiss University: Navigating the Traps of Institutionalization

  • University of Bern

How far have higher education institutions progressed towards integrating sustainable development at an institutional level and are they responding to the societal need for transformation? Can the pace of transformation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Sustainability assessment of the service operations at seven higher education institutions in Brazil

  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

The objective of this paper is to test a procedure for assessing the adoption of sustainable practices in higher education technological institutions services, known as institutes of technology and polytechnic ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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The contemporary definition of university social responsibility with quantifiable sustainability

  • Lebanese American University

The university social responsibility (USR) is still in embryonic stage compared to corporate social responsibility (CSR) which is still debatable by researchers. The purpose of this paper is to propose ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Earth Week at St. Lawrence University

  • St. Lawrence University (NY)

This year, nearly a dozen student organizations came together to celebrate Earth Week with several campus events. The week started on Tuesday, April 16th with Mt. Trashmore, an art installation ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Connecting Academic and Administrative Units through Sustainability Professional Development

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The Sustainability Certificate program was developed in 2017-18 to foster meaningful dialog and empower leadership in sustainability among campus employees. The program connects a diversity of departments and initiatives engaged ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Comprehensive sustainability reporting in higher education institutions

  • Tarbiat Modares University
  • American University in Dubai

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the comprehensiveness of sustainability reporting in higher education institutions.

This study adopts a university sustainability rating framework and uses it to evaluate ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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The sustainability report as an essential tool for the holistic and strategic vision of higher education institutions

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Institutions of higher education have a significant role in promoting change to sustainable development models as centers of knowledge and innovation. In addition, they are currently facing their own change ...

  • Posted April 5, 2019
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Creating Sustainable Universities: Organizational Pathways of Transformation

  • Dalian University of Technology

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the SDGs, is being integrated into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and to position higher education institutions as key drivers ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Developing a sustainability reporting assessment tool for higher education institutions: The University of California

  • Tarbiat Modares University
  • South East European University

Businesses have integrated sustainability reporting into their corporate responsibility efforts. However, universities, as the hubs of sustainability awareness, have been struggling with reporting their sustainability practices. The purpose of this ...

  • Posted March 31, 2019
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Examining the effect of an environmental social marketing intervention among university employees

  • University of Birmingham
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • Global Action Plan

This paper examines the impact of an environmental social marketing intervention on employees’ energy saving intentions in a higher education institution (HEI) in the UK. The study examines the influence ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (CSRS) Initiatives among European and Asian Business Schools: A Web-based Content Analysis

  • GIFT University
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata

The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which MBA programmes offered by top European and Asian B-schools have a corporate social responsibility and sustainability (CSRS) orientation ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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The challenge of sustainability and integrated reporting at universities: A case study

  • University of Cadiz
  • University of Zaragoza

This study contributes to research on integrated and sustainability reporting at higher-education institutions in the context of voluntary reporting by focusing on an innovative Spanish university. It examines the developments ...

  • Posted March 30, 2019
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Building a business case for implementation of a circular economy in higher education institutions

Various frameworks have been developed to guide organisations in embedding circular economy principles in their strategy and operational practice. However, there is a lack of studies analysing practical implementation of ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Zero Waste Program

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has influenced generations across the world through events such as the Olympics, World Series, and Super Bowls as well as community events like papal and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Sustainability Education and Organizational Change: A Critical Case Study of Barriers and Change Drivers at a Higher Education Institution

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Integrating sustainability within institutions of higher education can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and the larger community. Sustainability efforts also experience many barriers to implementation within higher education ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Harvard's Challenge: Institutional Green Power

  • Harvard University (MA)

This case study examines the options that Harvard University has for complying with one aspect of its Climate Action Plan, which was announced in February 2018. It specifically focuses on ...

  • Posted March 1, 2019
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Central College Student Green Fund

  • Central College (IA)

What is Green Fund? The purpose of the Central College Student Green Fund is to promote innovative student projects that further the vision of sustainability at Central College.

Who can ...


STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Planning & Administration

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 2019
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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Operations

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Feb. 1, 2019
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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Engagement

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2019
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An alternative university sustainability rating framework with a structured criteria tree

  • City University of Hong Kong

University sustainability assessment frameworks are gaining popularity with an increasing number of universities demonstrating leadership on combating climate change and pursuing sustainability. Nonetheless, international university sustainability ranking systems remain controversial ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Assessment of sustainable development in technical higher education institutes of India

  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

This paper assesses the sustainability related performance of Indian Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) based on the parameters and indicators listed under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Overall Tips

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2019
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How to Prove ROI and Get Funding for an Energy Management Information System (EMIS)

  • Weber State University (UT)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Lucid (CA)

Still on the fence about purchasing an Energy Management Information System to manage your university’s resource data? The time to act is now.

According to the U.S. Department ...

  • Posted Jan. 17, 2019
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Looking for Sustainable Systems on Campus

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

Higher education campuses play an important role in developing visionary models of sustainability that integrate campus facilities, student learning, and research. We reflect on a series of visits to campuses ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Canadian Student Leaders’ Conceptualizations of Sustainability and Sustainable Universities

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

There are a growing number of university sustainability efforts, but the literature provides limited information to help universities decide if they are focused on sustainability aspects important to their stakeholders ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success Really is Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

STARS, or Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, is a self-reporting system which scores itself on various categories, including academics, engagement, operations, planning & administration, and innovation & leadership. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Most Likely to Succeed: Tips for Students when Developing Sustainability Initiative Proposals

  • Trinity University (TX)

The presentation offers 8 tips for constructing comprehensive plans to build a foundation for success, the key elements of a proposal, and campus stakeholders to consider when developing a proposal.

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Four Steps for Leading Impactful Environmental Change On-Campus

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The Campus Environmental Center at University of Texas at Austin explains their strategy for encouraging student-led activism. They describe their steps as: build a motivated community, create a strategic plan ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Education for Sustainability Policies: Ramifications for Practice

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Deakin University

While it is well understood there is an urgent need to address global environmental problems, there is less understanding around how these problems can be addressed. At each level of ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Characteristics of UK higher education institutions that disclose sustainability reports

  • University of Hamburg

This study aims to focus on the following research question: Which institutional characteristics are associated with sustainability reporting by UK higher education institutions?

To answer the aforementioned research question, this ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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AASHE STARS Credits through ENERGY STAR®

  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Download this five-page guide for a summary of ENERGY STAR tools and resources that could be used to earn AASHE STARS credits (version 2.1, July 2017), including credit descriptions ...


Universities as Models of Sustainable Energy-Consuming Communities? Review of Selected Literature

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Given the prominent position of academia in sustainability studies and sustainability science, it is natural to want to look to universities as models of (or keepers of knowledge about) sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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The Role of Universities in Private Environmental Governance Experimentalism

  • University of Pennsylvania (MD)

In our federal, constitutional system of government, the states are often lauded as “laboratories of experimentation” for public policy, including for public environmental law. Yet private actors are playing an ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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How Committed Are Australian Universities to Environmental Sustainability? A Perspective on and from the University of Melbourne

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Drawing upon our experiences at the University of Melbourne, we examine the issue of how environmentally sustainable that university and other Australian universities are in an era increasingly impacted by ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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2018 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating ...


Atlas: The Road to a Zero Waste Campus

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

The Atlas is an assessment framework to create Zero Waste strategic plans for universities and colleges. We start off by utilizing our extensive Campus Programs Checklist to assess infrastructure, policies ...


What does environmentally sustainable higher education institution mean?

  • Riga Technical University

Sustainable development, environmental protection and climate change definitions are increasingly emphasized globally. As analyses on global warming shows, all stakeholders in society must act to reduce their environmental impact. With ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Assessment of Ecological Footprint and Sustainability Analysis of Debre Berhan University in Ethiopia

  • Debre Berhan University

Ecological footprint is an environmental tool to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption by the operations and activities in a given area. This approach, to make university campus area ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Environmental performance of universities: Proposal for implementing campus urban morphology as an evaluation parameter in Green Metric

  • Università Roma Tre

Over the last years, various sustainability evaluation tools for universities have been developed and have gained a certain diffusion. This paper reviews the applications of the most widespread university ranking ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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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
Business Affiliate
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.