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: 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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UW Tower: Live Green-Work Green-Go Green

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington recently purchased Safeco Tower, an imposing landmark located in Seattle's university district. With all eyes on the tower, Transportation Services decided the timing was right ...

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Launching SAC: A Colloquia Model

  • Central Washington University (WA)
  • Duke University (NC)

In a recent article, Daniel Sherman asserted that for campus sustainability to really take hold, it must become a "pedagogical big idea" and not just a focus of campus operations ...

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From Creating a Carbon Footprint Baseline to Achieving Climate Neutrality: A Structured Approach to Meeting your ACUPCC Goals

  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)
  • City of Saint Anthony Village (MN)
  • Seattle University (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)
  • University of Central OKlahoma (OK)

Panelists will discuss how their ACUPCC activities have been couched within a broader master planning context, an energy management program context, and a dedicated process focused on meeting the terms ...

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Conceptualizing a Cutting Edge Sustainability Program

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)

Since sustainability programs are still relatively new, there is considerable debate on what are the most salient factors that contribute to an effective campus sustainability program. It is clear that ...

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Developing a Climate Action Plan with the Campus Carbon Calculator

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)
  • Brighter Planet (IL)

Hundreds of schools across the US and Canada have relied upon the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator to measure their baseline GHG emissions and to track their progress in ...

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Building Sustainable Local and World Community: Vision for the 21st Century Community College

  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (IA)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (MI)
  • Richland College - DCCCD (TX)

Recognizing the evolution of the junior college in the latter half of the 20th Century, the Commission on the Future of Community Colleges proposed in their 1988 publication, Building Communities ...

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Embracing Sustainability in the Campus Planning Process

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Clark Patterson Lee (NY)

American colleges and universities have grown significantly over the past 50 years and analysis of current data and trends suggests this pattern will continue for some time in the future ...

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Enacting Sustainable Initiatives on Campus

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Perkins+Will (NY)

Environmental responsibility is embedded in our way of life and work - come find out how! Join us for an in depth look at sustainability through the lens of four issues ...

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Navigating GHG Inventory Methodologies: Comparing Experiences at Harvard and Clark University

  • Clark University (MA)
  • Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (MA)

This presentation explores the inventory tools and methods institutions of higher education might consider when approaching a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of their campus. To elucidate the different calculation and ...

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Envisioning Ecologically Sustainable Universities: A Holistic View

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Western Illinois University (Il)

The campus sustainability movement has made remarkable progress in bringing sustainability to the forefront of university agendas, with respect to both campus operations and curricula. These efforts are now extending ...

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The PCC, STARS and the 2030 Challenge: Going from the Conceptual to the Concrete

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Ice Miller LLP (IN)

This presentation will review the interrelation of obligations that institutions undertake when signing the Presidents Climate Commitment, implementing the Sustainable Tracking and Rating System (STARS), and adopting the 2030 Challenge ...

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The Presidents Climate Commitment and the University of Maine Master Plan

  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is guiding over 500 institutions toward the ultimate goal of climate neutrality. As a charter signatory of the ACUPCC, the University ...

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Global Perspectives for a Sustainable Campus Master Plan

  • Seattle University (WA)
  • Mithun (WA)

The growth in sustainable initiatives on campuses has focused on the physical environment with an emphasis on green buildings. As the President's Climate Commitment collects a growing list of ...

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Blueprint for University Campuses as Living Learning Laboratories of Sustainability

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

What role should higher education institutions play in implementing campus sustainability? Is it transforming campus facilities to become more sustainable or is it transforming the curriculum to incorporate sustainability principles ...

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Campus Planning for Sustainability and Education

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • ZGF Architects (OR)

The Evergreen State College, located on 1,000 forested acres in Olympia, Washington, is a unique, small, public, Liberal Arts College with the aggressive strategic objective of pursuing a 'net-zero ...

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Comparison of How Colleges Promote Greenhouse Gas Inventory Strategies

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

Ideally, everyone should care the environment because a clean planet is a necessity for the survival of the human race. The problem is however, not all students or college campuses ...

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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.