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 Programs in Higher Education: Finding the Common Ground

  • American University (DC)

Within the past decade, sustainability has gained immense popularity within the higher education realm. From pledging to reach carbon neutrality, to participating in a national recycling competition, colleges and universities ...

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Re-invigorating sustainability programs by learning to see value vs. waste

  • Boston College (MA)

Many institutions have established sustainability programs: from recycling to dining to green cleaning. But what happens when the initial success has slowed and a program needs improvement? A collaborative method ...

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Corporate Climate Responsibility: Why Competition Will Save the World

  • Climate Counts

Benefiting from worldwide media coverage, the Climate Counts Company Scorecard has rapidly emerged as a credible measure of corporate climate responsibility. The Scorecard is driving stakeholder dialogue and soul-searching in ...

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Implementing Sustainability Teaching, Research, and Service at Florida A&M University

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

The Environment and Sustainability Council is embarked on a comprehensive and integrated approach to institutionalize sustainability at Florida A&M University (FAMU), an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of ...

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Furman University's Approach to Integrating National and Campus Assessment Methodologies

  • Furman University (SC)

With the advent of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ratings System (STARS) as an increasingly standard assessment protocol for campuses across the country, integrating national or external assessment protocols with ...

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We're on board with ACUPCC: Now what?

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Almost 700 institutions of higher education are signatories to the ACUPCC and it is encouraging to note that this momentum appears to be building. Community or 4-year colleges, that have ...

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Predictive Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Climate action plans currently developed by institutions of higher education across the country need to provide various mitigations strategies to achieve carbon neutrality in the "near future". These strategies are ...

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A business case for developing transformative sustainable education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and Universities have obvious financial incentives to invest in sustainability objectives that reduce the costs of campus operation. Similarly, investments in research infrastructure in topics of energy and sustainability ...

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Institutionalizing sustainability in community colleges: role of the college president

  • Spokane Community College (WA)

The purpose of this completed doctoral research study was to describe and improve understanding of the meaning of institutionalized sustainability and the role that a college president plays in institutionalizing ...

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Structuring Campus Sustainability Programs to Foster Sustained Student Leadership

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This paper details the recent creation of a self-sustaining environmental initiative undertaken at the University of Arizona to transform the campus through collaborative projects and programs and foster the continued ...

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Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: Sustainability Vision for Higher Education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Many universities are undertaking sustainability initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of their activities, but a major challenge is defining what would be required for an institution to become sustainable ...

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ROOTS in Sustainability: Research, Outreach, Operations, and Teaching Students

  • University of North Texas (TX)

As the University of North Texas implements more sustainable decision making policies and practices concerning academic research, undergraduate and graduate level curriculum, and daily operations of campus life, the Office ...

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Integrating Teaching, Research and Operational Sustainability: Utilization of Bio-Energy at UNBC, Canada's Green University

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Located in the centre of Canada's most western province, the University of Northern British Columbia is poised to be a leader in demonstrating and developing renewable energy technology. To ...

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University of Toronto Mississauga's Greenhouse Gas Inventory: A Case Study

  • University of Toronto (ON)

This presentation provides a case study of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)'s greenhouse gas inventory, in a Canadian regulatory context. This presentation will cover the rationale for completing ...

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Estimating Commuter Behaviors and Impacts from University Parking Records

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is drafting a campus-wide Transportation plan, and needs improved estimates of commuter activities for greenhouse gas emission inventories. UWO is located in downtown Oshkosh, WI ...

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Organizational Change and Environmental Sustainability

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

We will present information related to making change stick in university settings. Tradition is a powerful force yet change efforts, such as new ways of acting to reduce an organization ...

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Sustainability: A Catalyst for Individual and Institutional Transformation

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Any institution or individual deeply committed to Sustainability discovers that it isn't just another program or initiative; it becomes a journey and a way of life that inspires people ...

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Facilitating Effective Implementation of the ACUPCC

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) requires signatories to submit greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and climate action plans (CAPs) for their respective campuses. Although almost 700 presidents ...

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Bridging the Gap: Finding Common Ground for Sustainability with EH&S and Facilities

  • University of Connecticut (CT)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)

Greening campus operations requires development of a partnership among sustainability, facilities, and EHS compliance professionals. To be effective, this partnership must bridge a significant culture gap. On one side of ...

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Integrating Sustainability with Facilities Master Planning at Randolph College

  • Randolph College (VA)

Many colleges and universities are in the process of "greening" their campuses to achieve more sustainable use of energy and resources and reduce their contribution to climate disruption. This process ...

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A Framework for Academic Institutions Decision-Making on Climate Change and Sustainability Issues

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

As interest in climate change has increased, academic institutions have been actively engaged in discussing climate change mitigation measures. Among other things, schools have signed commitments like the Presidents' Climate ...

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GHG External Reporting: Collaborate, Collect, Report

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainability coordinators have limited time and resources to commit to greenhouse data collection and reporting, and the growing number of climate registries, tools and initiatives can be daunting to navigate ...

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Assessing Environmental Roles and Responsibilities in a Climate of Change: What's Changed and What Hasn't Changed?

  • Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (MA)

This presentation explores the changing roles of "traditional" environmental staff on campus - the EH&S professionals and facilities personnel - in helping campuses meet sustainability goals. The presentation examines opportunities for EH&S ...

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Delta College EverGreen: Sustainability Program Implementation

  • Delta College (MI)

This presentation will demonstrate the implementation of Delta College's sustainability program--a unique venture that found its roots through Facilities Management. Long before greening and sustainability were buzzwords, conservation, efficiency ...

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Ibero Campus Verde

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)

The intention of the poster is to show the commitment of Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, through the very forceful coming together of a group of full-time teachers, staff and students ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) Panel Discussion: STARS in Action at Two Universities of North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Western Carolina University (NC)

In 2008, The University of North Carolina's 16-institution system adopted environmental sustainability as a core value. The UNC-Tomorrow Report called for individual university initiatives that move toward this goal ...

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Overcoming Challenges in Campus-Wide Energy Benchmarking

  • Cadmus Group, Inc. (FL)

Colleges and universities wanting to track their energy use may face several roadblocks. One is that for many campuses, buildings are not submetered, but grouped together as a single source ...

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Greening from the Bottom Up - Grassroots Organizing Successes at Northern Arizona University

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation explores how grassroots organizing at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) mountain campus has led to successful efforts advancing campus sustainability. Many faculty, staff, and students have taken on ...

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Green and Sustainable Campus Operations

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Grand Valley State University has been implementing sustainability using an interdisciplinary integrated systems approach in administration, facilities services, campus dining; education and curriculum development, student involvement and community engagement and ...

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Campus Sustainability Participation and Policies by Operational Units

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The focus of this research is the impact of mid-level operational decision makers and research faculty (MLD-RF) on campus sustainability initiatives. MLD-RF have technical expertise and a leadership role in ...

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Mega University - Two Roads, One Path To Climate Neutrality

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida and Arizona State University both enjoy grassroots support and top level leadership for sustainability. With 55 and 65 thousand students respectively, the development of a campus ...

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Learning to Lean: How Lean Can Improve the Way You Address Sustainability Challenges on Campus

  • Cape Cod Community College (MA)
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (MA)

Planning for sustainability in the face of campus complexity is a daunting challenge. How can we approach that challenge in a way that supports (and is supported by) the diverse ...

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A Tale of Two Sustainability Coordinators: Two Models at One College

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Sodexo (FL)

Berea College hired a campus-wide Sustainability Coordinator in 2005. In response to its ongoing work with the Berea College Local Food Initiative, Sodexo hired a Sustainability Coordinator for Berea Dining ...

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Sustainability Framework at Dalhousie University

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Dalhousie University has been involved in sustainability activities for over 20 years. Presently a comprehensive university-wide sustainability policy, framework, and/or system hasn't been adopted. Common decision-making tools such ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education: the Strategies and Implications of Campus Planning Decisions and Change Efforts

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Northwestern University (IL)

In the past year, members of AASHE have been asked to participate in a number of surveys. This presentation will offer summaries of three perspectives being studied, providing participants with ...

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Comparison of Third Party Forest Certification Systems for their Impact on University Environmental Footprints

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Forest certification systems are meant to guarantee responsible harvesting and manufacturing practices of forest products. Certified products are now common in the market place and may represent an opportunity for ...

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Evaluation of Campus Commitments in DOE Humid Zones

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • National Association of Educational Procurement (TX)

Rising energy prices emphasize the need for campuses to address sustainable practices. This study evaluated colleges and universities with over 10,000 students in the Department of Energy (DOE) "Hot ...

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Mandating GREEN-a Regulatory Scheme for Realizing Institutional Sustainability

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

The Boston region has long been recognized as a center for higher education, a dense urban environment which is host to over 30 colleges and universities and a student population ...

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Keeping Track of Progress Towards Sustainability at UC Irvine

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Involving students and faculty in the process of campus greening is essential. At UC Irvine, the sustainability report written last year is being updated to reflect new developments. The UCI ...

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Campus Transportation Plans: Sustainable, Smart and Strategic

  • Martin-Alexiou-Bryson PLLC (NC)

Making campus transportation more sustainable will not only gain points on sustainability checklists, but will also contribute to an institution's other strategic goals: accommodating growth, maintaining competitiveness, saving money ...

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Piloting STARS at a Small Baccalaureate Institution

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Mount Union College (MUC) is a private, undergraduate, church-related institution in northeastern Ohio with about 2100 students and a staff of about 400 FTE. MUC is piloting the AASHE STARS ...

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Sustainability Planning at a Public University

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

This presentation will explore some of the different challenges and opportunities for sustainability planning in large, public universitites (versus smaller, private institutions). Sustainability planning is always a very localized endeavor ...

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The Little Things that Administrators can do

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Greening a campus is often viewed as accomplished through high profile intitatives that are based on campus-wide changes. As a dean at two different institutions I've found that the ...

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Talking Trash: Getting the Best Data Out of Your Waste and Recycling

  • Meredith College (NC)
  • Pacific University (OR)

Join this presentation to learn about three different efforts to collect baseline data on recycling and waste on campus. An overview of a community-based social marketing campaign (CBSM) to "green ...

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Leverage Your Greenhouse Gas Inventory

  • Fitchburg State University (MA)
  • Sightlines (CT)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Campuses across the country are completing GHG inventories, many for the first time. Though the effort can be daunting and complicated, the inventory is an important strategic tool that institutions ...

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Energy Master Plans - From Here to a Zero Carbon Footprint

  • Building Services Consultants, Inc (PA)

The ACUPCC has generated a keen interest in colleges and universities to move toward a zero carbon footprint. An Energy Master Plan (EMP) is essential to facilitate a successful carbon ...

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Carbon Footprint and Campus Context: The Ramapo College Experience

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

At the fall 2007 conference and expo "Green Meets Green: The Climate for Change," Ramapo President Peter Mercer underscored his seriousness about the topic by signing the College Presidents' Climate ...

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The Role of IT in Sustainability: A Green IT Campus Model

  • Monroe Community College (NY)

Information Technology's (IT's) role in sustainability efforts can be more than just powering down equipment and utilizing server virtualization. IT can play a substantive role in campus sustainability ...

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Creating a Green Purchasing Policy Roadmap

  • National Association of Educational Procurement (TX)

The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) fashioned a process to harvest the knowledge and expertise of its members to create a green purchasing policy roadmap. The process has concluded ...

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Ithaca College's New Commit-to-Change Initiative

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College's leadership in environmental and sustainability education and operations just got a significant boost with the assistance of a three-year, $500,000 grant from the HSBC in the ...

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