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 in higher education Membership Required

  • Stony Brook University (NY)

Sustainability—"development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (qtd. in Clugston et al., 1)—is a vitally ...

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Will Sustainability Take Root? Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Berea College (KY)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Do you know sustainability when you see it? The results of an institution’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic health are often subtle. Campus advocates and practitioners who have ...

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AASHE Digest 2006 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 600 stories about higher education institutions that are leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 8 chapters covering: 1) institutional change, 2) education and ...

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The Greening of America's Campuses Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)

Colleges have long marketed their campus amenities, their rosters of scholars, their selectivity and study-abroad programs. To that list, add one more thing: their green credentials. From Berea College in ...

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The integrative role of the campus environmental audit: experiences at Bishop's University, Canada Membership Required

  • Bishop's University (QC)

This paper seeks to suggest that the campus environmental audit can become an important tool that synergizes active learning and operations planning and management approaches to promote sustainability on university ...

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Energy Service Companies as a Component of a Comprehensive University Sustainability Strategy Membership Required

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This paper aims to quantify and critically analyze the best practices of a comprehensive environmental stewardship strategy (ESS), which included a guaranteed energy savings program (GESP) that utilized an energy ...

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Sustainability and the University Membership Required

While universities are often depicted in the popular press as being at odds with prevailing trends in society, the opposite is far closer to the truth. The twin developments of ...

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Colleges Compete to Shrink Their Mark On the Environment Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

From the College of the Atlantic's zero-waste graduation this month in Maine to Ball State University's biodiesel-powered shuttle fleet in Indiana, schools are moving in ways large and ...

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The Payoffs of Planet-Friendly Initiatives Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

More campuses are pursuing socially and environmentally responsible programs, underscoring the value of measuring sustainability impacts.

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Toward a greener campus : Experiments with sustainable resource management at one Mexican university and two United States universities Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Modern society faces a range of difficult resource management problem like climate change, acid rain and soil depletion. To confront problems like these successfully, educational institutions, along with all other ...

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AASHE Digest 2005 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes almost 250 stories about higher education institutions that are leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 8 chapters covering: Institutional Change; Education & Outreach; Social ...

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We Rise to Play a Greater Part: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Converge in Search of Leadership from the Top Membership Required

  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

In the past few years, some aspects of sustainability have become mainstream concepts in much of higher education. A growing number of students, faculty, and staff believe that sustainability principles ...

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Campus Sustainability Practitioners: Challenges for a New Profession Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

The purpose of this paper is to put forward a number of ideas about the deep challenges that must be faced by campus sustainability practitioners, in the hope that it ...

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Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)

Themed issue of "Facilities Manager," January/February 2005. Facilities Manager brings the reader the views and experiences of the people behind the facilities operations. Articles are written by facilities professionals ...

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Creating a Culture of Sustainability: How Campuses Are Taking the Lead Membership Required

  • Herman Miller (CO)

Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are taking a leadership role, as it did in the space race and the war on cancer, in preparing students and providing the ...

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A campus environmental sustainability assessment for Miami University Membership Required

  • Miami University (OH)

In order to assess the state of Miami's environmental stewardship this author coordinated a Campus Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Miami University's operations. The assessment featured 13 indicators in ...

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An overview of ecological footprinting and other tools and their application to the development of sustainability process: Audit and methodology at Holme Lacy College, UK Membership Required

  • Herefordshire and Ludlow College

A sustainability audit of Holme Lacy College is described. The approach adopted a “triple bottom line” assessment, comprising a number of key steps: a scoping review utilising a revised Royal ...

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Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • San Diego State University (CA)

In Sustainability on Campus campus leaders recount inspiring stories of strategies that moved eighteen colleges and universities toward a more sustainable future. This book is for faculty, students, administrators, staff ...

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Getting it Done: Effective Sustainable Policy Implementation at the University Level Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

In the last 30 years, there has been a growing awareness worldwide of the necessity to reverse the omnipresent processes of ecological degradation and biotic impoverishment and to move toward ...

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The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

For the first time in history, humans are pervasive and dominant forces in the health and well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. We are the first generation capable of ...

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Sustainability: Taking the Long View Membership Required

  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

Themed issue of "Planning for Higher Education," March-May, 2003.

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Sustainable Transportation Planning on College Campuses Membership Required

In the last decade, campus planners in the US have been struggling to provide access and mobility without destroying campus qualities as distinct communities. The purpose of this paper is ...

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From the State of the World to the State of the Academy: Campus Sustainability Assessment - A Bright Star on the Horizon Membership Required

  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (DC)

A Campus Sustainability Assessment (CSA) Review Project in 2000 was implemented to answer a variety of unresolved questions. How has the CSA movement, primarily in the U.S., changed over ...

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Quantitative sustainability in a college or university setting Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)

Colleges and universities that adopt the attractive but abstract goal of sustainability are intellectually honest only if they go on to devise operational approaches to meet that goal. Improved environmental ...

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Institutional assessment tools for sustainability in higher education: strengths, weaknesses, and implications for practice and theory Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This paper analyzes recent efforts to measure sustainability in higher education across institutions. The benefits of cross-institutional assessments include: identifying and benchmarking leaders and best practices; communicating common goals, experiences ...

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Assessment and Policy Development in Sustainability in Higher Education with AISHE Membership Required

  • European Foundation for Quality Management

The European Foundation for Quality Management had developed a model for quality management, named EFQM after this organisation. As a basis, they used the Deming Quality Circle. To the parts ...

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Higher Education: Good for the Planet? Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

It is clear that humans face an urgent challenge to learn how to live in a manner that does not endanger the Earth. Even as universities teach students that the ...

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U.S. Progress Toward Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (DC)

Sustainable development remains barely recognized as a significant social, economic or environmental challenge for the United States. The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) 4 was disbanded in May ...

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Sustainability in United States higher education: Organizational factors influencing campus environmental performance and leadership Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Despite activists' calls for higher education to lead society on a sustainable path, there is little systematic guidance available for campus sustainability advocates and scholars. To address this research deficiency ...

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A Campus Environmental Audit at University of Wisconsin-River Falls Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

In the fall of 1999, a campus environmental audit was conducted at the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UW-RF), a coeducational, public university with an enrollment of approximately 5,800 students ...

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The Greenest Campuses: an Idiosyncratic Guide Membership Required

About 1,100 American colleges and universities run at least a token environmental-studies program, and many hundreds of those programs offer well-designed and useful courses. But only a drastically smaller ...

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Assessing the ecological impact of a university: The ecological footprint for the University of Redlands Membership Required

  • University of Redlands (CA)

Since the environmental movement began, teachers, researchers, and activists on college and university campuses have made great strides toward making campuses “greener” places. As effective as these efforts have been ...

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Institutional ecological footprint analysis - A case study of the University of Newcastle, Australia Membership Required

  • The University of Newcastle (NSW)

With documented declines in the biophysical state of the planet, there is a need to develop indicators of sustainability. Ecological footprint analysis (EFA) can be considered an indicator of sustainability ...

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Campuses Move Toward Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (DC)

Themed issue of "Priorities," Spring 2000, No. 14.

The theme of this monograph is sustainability, which is defined as development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ...

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Civic Responsibility and Higher Education Membership Required

The essays in this volume center around John Dewey's mandate that American democracy requires civic engagement to realize the potential of its citizens and its communities, and that education ...

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In search of green campuses: An investigation of Canadian universities' environmental initiatives and implications for Dalhousie University Membership Required

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

In light of current environmental and sustainability problems, environmental responsibility makes eminent sense at universities--institutions responsible involved in research, developing new technologies, and educating future leaders and citizens. In Canada ...

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Sustainability and University Life Membership Required

Prepared in cooperation with the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), this book presents a number of case studies and experiences which illustrate how higher education institutions ...

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Students Conduct Environmental Audits for Credit and Public Service Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

In 1995, undergraduate students at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) initiated an audit of campus practices and policies, an exemplary effort that developed into an internship-style ...

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Sustainability Assessment at Institutions of Higher Education Membership Required

  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (DC)

With support from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, ULSF has developed the Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), a survey instrument designed to assist students, faculty members, staff and administrators in determining ...

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Critical Dimensions of Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (DC)

This chapter explores the evolution of the concern for sustainability in higher education. It describes the origin of the Talloires Declaration as a guiding set of commitments for colleges and ...

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Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and Other Institutions Membership Required

  • Tufts University (MA)

Universities can teach and demonstrate environmental principles and stewardship by taking action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of their own activities. Greening the Ivory Tower, a motivational and ...

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Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

At campuses around the country, staff, administrators, faculty, and students are redesigning the basic principles on which their institutions operate from day to day. The winners in this transformation are ...

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University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant Program Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant program was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of initiatives that will promote sustainability by ...


The Reinvention Fund: Project Evaluation & Case Studies for Living Labs for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Penn State Sustainability Institute created the Reinvention Fund to start an innovative "whitespace" to further transform Penn State into a Living Laboratory for Sustainability. At a time when living ...


To Green and Beyond: Excellence Through Sustainability at University of Illinois at Chicago Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Sustainability Strategic Thinking process -To Green and Beyond- was undertaken to innovatively weave together the UIC Climate Action Plan and its other broad strategic plans and look beyond commonly-held ...


Building a Culture of Sustainability Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University and its Office for Sustainability apply social learning to leverage behavior change and bridge the "gap" between people's stated aspirations for a sustainable world and their ...


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

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Southern Oregon University collaborated with Bee City USA, a private nonprofit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina, to establish a Bee Campus USA designation. This designation recognizes campuses that commit ...


20-year Sustainability Strategy for the University of British Columbia - Vancouver Campus Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Can we move our understanding of sustainability and current practices beyond just damage limitation, to identifying ways in which human behaviour can be inherently positive, leading to simultaneous improvements in ...


Sustainability in an Urban Campus Setting: UMass Lowell's Transformative, Leadership Driven, and Results Oriented Approach Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

The classic story of the campus sustainability program is a student-driven grassroots organization forming the culture, aiding in program implementation and ultimately gaining the support of the entire institution. UMass ...


Eco-Equity Challenge Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The George Washington University's Office of Sustainability and the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service have joined efforts to support GW students in their social entrepreneurial efforts to ...

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

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Scores

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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

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.