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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Engaging Students: Creating a Sustainability Internship Program

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Most campuses engaged in sustainability efforts have ambitious goals yet lack the resources and personnel to reach these goals. Students can help with sustainability activities by participating in a carefully ...

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STARS Town Hall Meeting (2010)

  • American University (DC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members, Technical Advisors, and STARS staff who will address key topics related to STARS. More importantly, this session ...

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Global Green in the 21st Century: Macalester College, Student Networks, and LEED Platinum

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

This panel presents different sustainability initiatives that build on the institution's academic mission with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. The College's Sustainability Manager ...

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Behavior Matters: Program Results from Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Cornell

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability communication, education, and implementation tools that address the triple bottom line of sustainability- environment, economy, and social equity—behavioral programs at Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Cornell showcase the importance ...

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Is it Time for a Revolution?

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Pacific University (OR)
  • Second Nature (MA)

We've come a long way baby... but are we moving fast enough? Although great strides have been made in the sustainability movement in higher education, is the pace of ...

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Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This panel highlights inspiring examples from the book, "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives," a collaborative project by RMI and AASHE. Panelists from Furman University, Luther College, and University of Colorado at ...

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STARS 101 (2010)

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

Since 2006, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership organization of colleges and universities committed to building a sustainable world, has engaged in a ...

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Sustainability Leadership -The Ohio State University Sustainability Plan and Process

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • Mithun (WA)
  • Heapy Engineering (OH)

As interest in organizational impacts on climate takes hold, sustainability must be seen as increasingly comprehensive and not just focused on individual buildings. In the university world, how is the ...

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Same Goal, Different Models: Leading Sustainability in Different Colleges in a Multi-College District

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)
  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Richland College - DCCCD (TX)

As the sustainability movement in higher education has gained momentum, various approaches to leading efforts to integrate sustainability into the fabric of an institution have emerged. At some colleges, sustainability ...

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Engaging Students in Measuring Sustainability: Aligning STARS with People, Planet, Purpose

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The role of higher education is to provide education and research as well as leadership by example. With regard to such an important issue as sustainability, it is vital that ...

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Climate Neutrality & Land Grant Universities: Resources, Challenges, and Cooperative Solutions

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This workshop will focus on the unique resources and challenges faced by the Land-grant Universities (LGU) as they commit to, and develop plans to become carbon neutral. There are 106 ...

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ACUPCC: Writing, Implementing and Supporting Climate Action Plans

  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Over 600 chancellors and presidents have signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. However, making the commitment and meeting it represent two very different tasks, the challenges which ...

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Climate Action Implementation on research campuses: Lessons from large scale energy projects

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

For large research campuses achieving climate neutrality requires a combination of supply-side and demand-side energy initiatives. Panelists will focus on the implementation of Climate Action Plans underway at three universities ...

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Building Weatherization Planning through Cross-Campus Collaboration

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Last May, more than 50 students took a break from studying for finals and partnered with the school's Environmental Action Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Program, and ...

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Internal Energy Auditing to Meet Portfolio-Wide GHG Reduction Goals at 3 Institutions

  • Colby College (ME)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Universities worldwide are committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementing climate action plans. Optimizing building efficiency is often identified as a central strategy to achieving these ambitious goals. To ...

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Maintaining Progress: Moving from a GHG Inventory to a Climate Action Plan

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)
  • Auraria Higher Education Center (CO)

Many individuals and institutions understandably struggle with how to move from a campus GHG inventory, which is simply a list of what you "use", to a campus climate action plan ...

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Eden Hall Campus: Laboratory for 21st century climate positive living

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

As the alma mater of Rachel Carson, Chatham University has long been committed to environmental education, advocacy and stewardship. In recent years, that commitment has included establishing a dorm focused ...

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Values and Attitudes: Okanagan College's Journey to Sustainability

  • Okanagan College (BC)
  • CEI Architecture Planning Interiors (BC)

This presentation will demonstrate how a commitment to sustainability was developed over a five-year period, culminating in a $28 million dollar investment in a new Centre o f Excellence in ...

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Measuring Sustainable Dining with the Real Food Challenge Calculator

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

There's no question that determining the sustainability of a college dining hall-and other foodservice operations-is difficult. Between dealing with confusing and often competing claims about food sustainability to actually ...

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Change Management for Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)

This workshop is structured to define the new frontier for managing institutional change for sustainability. At its heart, change management for sustainability is about making change easy, desirable and rewarding ...

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Implementation of a Custom Sustainability Action Plan at Lynn University

  • Lynn University (FL)
  • Buro Happold (NY)

This discussion with outline the comprehensive masterplanning exercise and the Sustainability Implementation process that Buro Happold provided Lynn University, a private, coeducational institution located in Boca Raton, Florida.

Lynn University ...

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Measuring and managing sustainability using SAS at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)
  • SAS (NC)

Higher education institutions face many complexities tracking and reporting emissions and other sustainability measures that extend beyond the capacities of spreadsheets and manual reporting tools. Institutional sustainability performance today requires ...

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Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

  • Unity College (ME)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Unity College in Maine is assessing its efforts according to President Mitchell Thomashow's Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture - as highlighted in Kyoto Publishing's recent Climate Neutral Campus ...

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The Six Competencies of Integrated Sustainability Planning

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

Building an integrated planning process is critical to the success of sustainability efforts on any campus. However, it's much easier said than done. In order to bring planning efforts ...

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Creating a Truly Sustainable Campus: Integrating Sustainability Into Curriculum and Operations Throughout an Entire College

  • Algonquin College (ON)
  • Sustainability Solutions Group (QC)

The workshop will highlight the importance of taking an integrated approach to sustainability by bridging the divide between curriculum and operations. Algonquin College is currently integrating a broad-based sustainability strategy ...

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SCORE: A Sustainability Rapid Assessment Launchpad to AASHE STARS

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Sustainable Measures, LLC (CT)

Dartmouth College used SCORE, a sustainability 'rapid assessment' tool, in conjunction with AASHE's STARS Pilot assessment tool to analyze the College's sustainability progress. SCORE, based on The Business ...

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Climate Action Planning and Student Engagement

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)
  • Syracuse University (NY)

Sustainability and Climate Action efforts SUNY ESF first engaged students in a formal way in 2000. Students developed ESF's first assessment of the energy required to educate and undergraduate ...

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Campus Sustainability Plan 1.0 - a framework for transformative action

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

UCSC drafted its first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan (the Plan) during the 2009-10 academic year, building on a long history of environmental stewardship and nine years of active campus sustainability ...

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No half measures, making an institution wide commitment to sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

In Boldly Sustainable, Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putnam argue that "halfhearted measures won't work," that colleges and universities need to make an authentic commitment to sustainability that involves the ...

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Effective Strategies for Implementing Sustainability Across a Large Catholic University

  • DePaul University (IL)

Sustainability in a Catholic institution starts with mission and values. Implementing a comprehensive sustainability plans requires integrating curricula, operations, research and engagement with the institutional mission. In a Vincentian institution ...

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goCARTS: Driving Learning Through Climate Action Plan Implementation

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2050. Climate neutrality means zero NET emissions. Interim goals include a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 ...

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Aligning Sustainability Commitments with Actions at A Wild West University

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

This is a panel on how to encourage a university to align stated sustainability commitments with actions. Four faculty at a Wild West University (hereafter WWU, not its real name ...

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University of Minnesota System-Wide Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Put a cougar, a bulldog, a gopher, and an eagle in one room - do you find sustainability? You betcha!

The University of Minnesota community has created new, regional models of ...

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How We Live and How We Learn: Sustainability at U.Va.

  • University of Virginia (VA)

U.Va.'s Presidential Committee on Sustainability, Office of the Architect and Utilities staff focus on achieving university-wide curricular and operations goals. Simultaneously, individual Schools have set sustainability goals, such ...

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Recreation as a viable Partner in Sustainability Efforts

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Over the last 10 years the Student Recreation Center at Washington State University (WSU) has been utilized over 6 million times by students, staff, and faculty. 89% of the freshman ...

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Feeding Innovation in Sustainability: Ithaca's Comprehensive Dining Energy Plan

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sodexo's Facility Management team approached Ithaca College with a proposal to conduct a comprehensive energy audit of all food service facilities on campus (3 board dining halls, 1 food ...

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From Red To Green: Sustainability Planning In A Shifting Environment

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Many colleges and universities are beginning the task of creating formal plans for how they will reach their sustainability, energy and climate neutrality goals. Many campuses are also still creating ...

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Canadian Universities and Colleges Advance Tomorrow's Low Carbon Economy

  • Okanagan College (BC)
  • EY (VA)

Canadian universities and colleges, from St. John to Victoria are playing an instrumental role in not only demonstrating steps towards a low carbon economy, but also helping communities to adapt ...

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Pulling it all together: a comprehensive approach to climate neutrality

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Reaching the goal of climate neutrality requires universities to do many things at once. As such, the University at Buffalo has chosen an explicitly comprehensive and integrated approach to climate ...

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Ideas to Implementation-Catalizing Student, Staff and Faculty Sustainability Efforts

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This session will describe a decade-long award-winning initiative that partners students, faculty and students to catalyze sustainability efforts on our 60,000 person campus. Using the campus as a living ...

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Relationship Economics: Causal Measurement Connects Sustainability Initiatives to Critical Outcomes

  • University of Chicago (IL)

To establish the first comprehensive and fully integrated university-wide sustainability system, a robust causal measurement system was created to guide strategic decision making, prioritizing the implementation of sustainability programs and ...

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Navigating by the STARS: Using STARS to Re-Organize Campus Decision-Making

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

This session examines the evolution of sustainability efforts in higher education from principle-based proclamations such as the Talloires Declaration, to goal-based agreements such as the Presidents Climate Commitment, to metric-based ...

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The Regional Sustainability Index

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

ABSTRACT: The Regional Sustainability Index

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in the economic development of regions in many states. However, there is not a tool available to assist ...

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Service Learning Involving Community Partnerships and Community Sustainability Planning

  • Acadia University (NS)

In Canada, communities are increasingly developing sustainability plans in order to access federal funds made available through a municipal gas tax rebate program. While larger communities are well positioned to ...

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Campus sustainability initiatives: what helps, what hinders?

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

As more and more campuses become increasingly adept at measuring their progress toward sustainability, it is just as important to also track a variety of institutional factors that might help ...

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Reporting or Auditing: The Challenge of Implementing STARS

  • Ball State University (IN)

During the pilot development phase of STARS, much of the threaded e-mail exchange focused on the difficulty of the post-facto gathering of information needed to report and audit institutional achievements ...

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Best practice in UK HE sustainability implementation

  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

To present leading work from UK HEis on the implementation of sustainability focussing on large scale curriculum, student engagement, outdoor classroom and cultural change. Specific feature on host institutional programme- ...

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An Integral Approach to Institutionalizing Sustainability: A Case Study of Colorado College

  • Colorado College (CO)

Recently, institutions of higher education (IHE) have moved toward greening their campuses and incorporating sustainability principles into strategic planning, operations, education, research, and public engagement. While many IHE have some ...

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Beyond GHG Reduction. Climate Change adaptation for Dalhousie University.

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global and local environmental and sustainability challenges such as energy security, efficiency, and climate change are compounding. Universities across the world have responded by signing commitment statements, conducting GHG inventories ...

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A Survey of Water Management at University and College Campuses

  • Duke University (NC)

The effective management of water is necessary as water resources become increasingly scarce and variable through inefficient consumption, pollution, and climate change. Integrated water resource management is recommended to sustainably ...

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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
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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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
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Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.