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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Sustainability@BU / It's what you do. Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

The video from Boston University highlights the impact that each student at BU has on the environment. This includes individual footprints on things like carbon, water, waste, and electricity. After ...

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Leveraging college sports to advance campus sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and community inclusion Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation (OR)

By launching from collegiate sports’ high profile platform, sustainability efforts have the reach to more broadly engage stakeholders on and off campus and enhance sustainable behaviors among fans such as ...

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Recommendations on Campus Sustainability Development at Duke Kunshan University Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong)
  • Duke Kunshan University (Jiangsu)

As the Sustainable Duke Office at Duke University determines the next steps on how best to integrate a satellite campus such as Duke Kunshan University (DKU) into its Climate Action ...

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Simon Fraser University’s Zero Waste Initiative Membership Required

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

SFU was one of the first universities to implement a standardized, 4-stream Zero Waste system (including composting) uniformly across all three of its campuses, each of which lies in a ...

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Next Generation Sustainability Strategy and Structure: Whole-Institution Approaches to Sustainability in Universities and Colleges Membership Required

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

Across the U.K. and beyond there is growing recognition of the important contribution that the post-16 education sector can make towards a more sustainable future, well beyond addressing the ...

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Communication Network Among Campus Sustainability Influencers Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Systems of all types require efficient communication between its parts and units in order to be successful and effective. It is thus important to understand a system's units in ...

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Promoting Sustainable Transportation with Campus Car Policies and Public Outreach Membership Required

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

In fall of 2016 at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), the Environmental Studies undergraduate program began offering its first group-based capstone course that was based on its first Projects ...

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Perspectives on the University as a Business: the Corporate Management Structure, Neoliberalism and Higher Education Membership Required

  • Rider University (NJ)

In the past three decades, the administration of many institutions of higher education have progressed towards a corporate style management structure. What has been a collegial, collaborative approach to managing ...

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Catholic Universities and Social Action in the Context of the Transgressing of Planetary Boundaries Membership Required

  • Creighton University (NE)

This paper will reflect upon Catholic universities’ mission of pursuing the truth and promoting justice in light of the ecological crisis. First, it will examine how the truth of our ...

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Sustainable Academia: Translating the Vision of a Full Sustainable University into a Measurable Reality

  • Technical University of Delft

There is a growing public expectation that universities should start focusing on delivering sustainability. The topic of sustainability in higher education has gathered a significant amount of interest from students ...

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Resources for hope: Ideas for alternatives from heterodox higher education institutions Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Deep Springs College (CA)

This report describes my field visits to Berea and Deep Springs Colleges in the U.S.A. and explores their forms of ownership/control, governance, financing and organisational structure. Berea ...

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Vanderbilt University FutureVU Expo Membership Required

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university ...

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Southern Oregon University Earth Week Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
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EcoChallenge 2017 Winner Dinner Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

Each year, Berea College hosts the EcoChallenge, a competition among residence halls on campus to increase the amount of recycling produced by each student. In 2017, the factor of participation ...

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UIC Growing Green Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Did you know that the University of Illinois at Chicago has been a designated as a Tree Campus USA since 2011? UIC is dedicated to the health and preservation of ...

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Earth Fest Oklahoma State University Membership Required

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Oklahoma State University's 2017 Earth Fest, organized by students of the SGA Sustainability Committee, was held on campus April 20th and open to the public. Organizations had exhibits on ...

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The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Humans release reactive nitrogen into the environment at a rate that is 4 to 5 times as large as from natural terrestrial processes. They do this by producing and applying ...

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Beauty in the World We Find: Earth Week at Wake Forest University Membership Required

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Students, faculty, staff, and community members came together to celebrate our urban forests, waterways, and the landscapes that surround us during Earth Week at Wake Forest. Inspired by Terry Tempest ...

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Universities run for, by, and with the faculty, students and staff: Alternatives to the neoliberal destruction of higher education Membership Required

After analysing the organisational pathologies and societal ills created by the neoliberalisation of universities, the article engages in an organisational critique of the pseudo-business model currently in use. It poses ...

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Successful Sustainability Efforts, Action from Constructive Communication Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)
  1. Understand the field and the reach of technical communication in relation to how it affects campus sustainability efforts, specifically, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) report and in ...
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Embracing Sustainability at Alamo Colleges Membership Required

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges serving San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. As a signatory in one of Second Nature's three Climate Leadership Commitments, Alamo ...

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Process for UT Austin Sustainability Master Plan Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Ability to describe key process points of a planning process for sustainability.

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Honored Members of the Sustainability Community Membership Required

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Our student, faculty, and staff award winners! From left to right: Ivy Coble, Dara Middleton, Dr. Joy O'Keefe, and Dr. Jim Speer

These four people have worked so diligently ...


RMIT University Climate Risk Assessment Membership Required

  • RMIT University

This report details the process and findings from the first climate risk assessment carried out for RMIT University, with a primary focus on the Melbourne City campus. The analysis considered ...

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Repeat performance: CSU earns second STARS Platinum Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This news story from Colorado State University mentions highlights from the university that helped it achieve AASHE STARS Platinum rating for the second time, the only university thus far to ...

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Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Member-Only Resources - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and the U.K.'s Environmental Association of Universities & Colleges (EAUC), AASHE members can gain access to Member only resources on ...


Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Resource Center - Special Access for AASHE Members Membership Required

  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (QLD)

As a result of an agreement between AASHE and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), AASHE members can gain access to the Resources section of the ACTS website, which is typically ...

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Opening up the Pandora's box of sustainability league tables of universities: a Kafkaesque perspective Membership Required

The aim of this paper is to explore the institutional impact of sustainability league tables on current university agendas. It focuses on a narrative critique of one such league table ...

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$100 discount on ISSP sustainability professional certification exams for AASHE members Membership Required

  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (CT)

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE higher education institutions are eligible for a $100 discount off the regular non-member price on the International Society of Sustainability Professionals' Sustainability Professional Certification ...

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STARS & Beyond: Adventures of an Embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

Webinar [30 mins], presented by Amy Brunvand for the American Library Association Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) on 3/9/17. Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah ...

  • Posted 6 months, 1 week ago
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Getting Started with STARS 2.1 Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Watch this webinar for an overview of STARS 2.1, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System launched Spring 2016. STARS 2.1 includes a number of new features ...

  • Posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability Resources Membership Required

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Google doc with links to general resources, scholarly works, STARS data, and campus' websites for case studies on Campus as (Living, Learning) Lab for sustainability. Please feel free to suggest ...

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Impact of a participatory analysis of a campus sustainability social network: A case study of Emory University Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Social network analysis makes visible the invisible connections and flows that underlie complex social relationships. Applied organizational researchers have used social network analysis to assess and improve organizational and leadership ...

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Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan ...

  • Posted 7 months ago
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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016 Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)
  • Chiba University
  • Kyoto University
  • Fukushima College

Released by the Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan), the booklet was created to share campus experiences in conducting environmental activities and efforts to find solutions to environmental problems ...

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A fragility approach to campus sustainability – methodological explorations Membership Required

Aim: Often, the approach towards entering a path of sustainable development is that intervention needs to take place. This may lead to unwanted side effects. This paper presents the basis ...

  • Posted 7 months ago
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Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses Membership Required

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

Over the last few years, RMI has partnered with universities to develop aggressive carbon-reduction/neutrality plans and to share best practices associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy across organizations ...

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Defining sustainable universities following public opinion formation process Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to define the sustainable university in Turkey, by considering perspectives of various stakeholders such as experts, intellectual, public, political parties and media using ...

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Is Higher Education Economically Unsustainable? An Exploration of Factors that Undermine Sustainability Assessments of Higher Education Membership Required

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technical University of Delft

As students continue to review the sustainability of higher education institutions, there is a growing need to understand the economic returns of degrees as a function of a sustainable institution ...

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A grid approach to managing sustainability: evidence from a multiple Italian case study Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the coherence between sustainability conceptualization (the “what”) and its implementation (the “how”) in terms of implemented actions and stakeholders’ interactions. The ...

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A methodological framework to analyze stakeholder preferences and propose strategic pathways for a sustainable university Membership Required

Building sustainable universities calls for participative management and collaboration among stakeholders. Combining analytic hierarchy and network processes (AHP/ANP) with statistical analysis, this research proposes a framework that can be ...

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SF State Submits Report for Sustainability Rating Membership Required

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

The Office of Sustainability at SF State will submit a report February 1 to participate in a sustainability rating program that tracks and assesses efforts for maintaining a food and ...

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The Construction of an Environmental Management Model Based on Sustainability Indicators on a Higher Education Institution in Mexico Membership Required

Without depreciating the importance of environmental regulations directed to university environmental managements systems in this country, nowadays, the instruments of international importance like the Sustainable Development Goals or ONU’s ...

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Assessment of carbon neutrality and sustainability in educational campuses (CaNSEC): A general framework Membership Required

  • TERI University

This study presents the cross-institutional Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability in Educational Campuses (CaNSEC) framework. This framework estimates carbon footprints along with overall sustainability of the institution. The carbon footprint analysis ...

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Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a census of high-level sustainability initiatives at all accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada by documenting the institutions that have undertaken sustainability assessments, have ...

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Is it even espoused? An exploratory study of commitment to sustainability as evidenced in vision, mission, and graduate attribute statements in Australian universities Membership Required

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

Since Agenda 21 and the United Nations' Decade for Education for Sustainable Development published, higher education institutions have been recognized as playing a critical role in shifting our society's ...

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Exploring a transformative orientation to sustainability in universities: a question of loose and tight framings Membership Required

This review essay examines three new books on higher education and sustainability. It explores a number of the issues raised in the books, in particular, the meaning of a transformative ...

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Measuring the linkage between strategies on sustainability and institutional forces: an empirical study of Spanish universities Membership Required

Policy documents are commonly identified as key outcomes that guide initiatives directed by senior university leaders towards sustainability through plans and policies. Many studies have called for a more integration ...

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Factors influencing the presence of sustainability initiatives in the strategic planning of Spanish universities Membership Required

Sustainability issues in higher educational institutions have attracted increasing levels of attention from both the public and policy-makers in recent decades. Many studies have called for greater integration of sustainability ...

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Canadian Higher Education Membership Required

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This paper reviews representations of sustainability in the strategic plans of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs). A content analysis of the strategic plans of 50 HEIs was undertaken to determine ...

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