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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Assessing UT-Austin's Roadmap to Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Like many other schools and organization, The University of Texas at Austin faces a near future in which entities of all sizes are held to greater accountability for their environmental ...

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AASHE Digest 2009 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 1,250 stories that catalog a broadening and deepening commitment to campus sustainability by colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The 380-page report categorizes stories ...

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Sustainability at Universities - Opportunities, Challenges and Trends Membership Required

This book provides a concrete contribution towards the goal of fostering sustainability at universities, by especially focusing on opportunities, challenges and trends. It contains a wide range of papers written ...

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Budgeting for Energy Conservation Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Budgeting for Energy Conservation proposes an innovative approach to mobilize the schools and centers of the University of Pennsylvania to conserve energy. A clear and effective roadmap for the transition ...

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Campus Climate Planning: A Best Practices Guide Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The purpose of this guide is to provide decision makers at colleges and universities with best practices for developing climate plans at their campuses in order to avert dire consequences ...

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Sustaining Campus Sustainability: Factors Leading to Success of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Northwestern University (IL)

What factors lead to the successful implementation and ongoing success of environmental sustainability programs and policies on college campuses? To find out, one may examine institutions' self-reported successful environmental sustainability ...

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Campus Ecological Footprint of Carnegie Mellon University Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

As Carnegie Mellon University is a rapidly growing and international educational institution with more number of campus members and visitors, the impacts of the school on ecological footprint are fast ...

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It's Not Easy Being Green: Assessments and Strategies for Sustainable Institutions Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Colleges and universities in the United States are responsible for 3 to 9 percent of domestic climate change emissions and have about 16% of the US population currently enrolled. Bringing ...

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The Role of Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Empire State College (NY)

Colleges and universities are often thought of as the places where young people pursue their educations, graduate and then enter the work force, but they are much more. With populations ...

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Towards regenerative development: A methodology for university campuses to become more sustainable, with a focus on the University of South Florida Membership Required

  • University of South Florida (FL)

The administrations of several universities have developed strategies to reduce the negative environmental effects created by their institutions. Because no single, comprehensive methodology to guide institutions to sustainability exists, these ...

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AASHE Digest 2008 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 1,350 stories that illustrate the continued expansion of sustainability practices into every sector of campus. Initiatives from nearly 700 institutions are organized into 28 chapters, spanning education ...

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The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

This sustainability anthology explores the meaning of genuine environmental sustainability—in global and local terms—while profiling excellent campus environmental programs. The book offers guidance and inspiration to campus leaders ...

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University Reform in an Era of Global Warming Membership Required

In order to address global warming and other environmental issues in higher education, there must be a change in the role of the university. Many of the cultural assumptions and ...

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Organizational networks as catalysts for strategic sustainable development Membership Required

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

In an increasingly connected and interdependent world, the global sustainability challenge needs to be addressed by organizational networks from a whole-systems perspective. This study explores organizations through the lens of ...

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Going Green on Campus: Sustainability in Offices at Santa Clara University Membership Required

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

A group of students enrolled in Santa Clara University's Applied Sociology course Fall 2007 conducted both a survey and individual interviews with office administrators to collect data on what ...

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A Commitment to Climate Neutrality at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: Environmental urgency and financial prudence Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In the past year, the ambitious goal of climate neutrality has exploded out of the higher education sustainability movement, with over 450 schools, including the entire University of Massachusetts system ...

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Sustainability of Western Kentucky University: An examination of environmental policy, performance, and potential for change Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Institutions of higher learning are in a pivotal position to address the environmental problems that global society faces now, but response to this challenge requires transformation in priorities and practices ...

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A community-based social marketing campaign to green the offices at Pacific University: Recycling, paper reduction and environmentally preferable purchasing Membership Required

  • Antioch University (OH)

This study describes a community-based social marketing (CBSM) research project to bring awareness and behavior change around paper reduction, recycling, and purchasing of environmentally preferred products (EPP) at a small ...

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Prototyping a campus sustainability management system Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

A growing number of cities and universities have created sustainability plans that include specific environmental, social, and economic performance goals. Sustainability metrics or indicators are often used to track progress ...

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AASHE Digest 2007 Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Includes over 800 stories about higher education institutions that are leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 24 chapters spanning education, research, campus operations, administration, and ...

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Campus Climate Action and Multilevel Environmental Governance Membership Required

The growing recognition that the future of the climate regime may also lie in strong local and regional initiatives (Dimitrov, et al., 2004) stems from the belief that our familiar ...

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Environmental sustainability plan for the University of Southern California Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The purpose of this project was to compare the characteristics of environmental sustainability programs at leading institutions with those already in place, while not formalized, at the University of Southern ...

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Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education: New Directions for Institutional Research Membership Required

This volume details sustainability issues in institutional research (IR) and covers: the sustainability challenges we face as institutions, individuals, and the particular need for educational institutions to embrace and address ...

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The Campus Sustainability Movement: A strategic perspective Membership Required

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology

Society is facing a crisis of un-sustainability. The sector of higher education is well poised to support transition to a sustainable society. This thesis assesses the efforts of the Campus ...

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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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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

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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
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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.