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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Assessment tools’ indicators for sustainability in universities: an analytical overview Membership Required

  • Technical University of Delft
  • King Saud University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse 12 assessment tools of sustainability in universities and develop the structure and the contents of these tools to be more intelligible ...

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Video Library: Sustainability in Action Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Check out our growing library of films on Facilities Management sustainability.

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Top-Performing Institutions for Sustainability, 2016 Membership Required

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or Aashe, recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability ...

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UIC Aims for More Sustainable Campus Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago is launching an ambitious effort to drastically cut energy use, water consumption and waste on its Near West Side campus in hopes of helping ...

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The Future of Sustainability Leadership Rests with Higher Education Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

Higher education institutions are poised to be leaders on the sustainability front. Not only are they able to develop responsible environmental policies and procedures for their campuses, but they are ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education: How Does the Process of Campus Greening Trigger Adaptive Social Learning Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The purpose of this dissertation was to answer the research question: Does the presence of a balance of social, economic, and ecological dimensions during an implementation of campus greening trigger ...

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Applied Sustainability Education with a Systems Science Emphasis at a STEM University Membership Required

  • Florida Institute of Technology (FL)

In the southeastern U.S., the Sustainability Studies bachelors program at F.I.T. is one of the first of its type among STEM universities. A preliminary case study is ...

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Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the Business Case for Sustainability Professionals in the Workplace Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • McGraw-Hill (NY)

The report provides a preliminary exploration of the relationship between the fast-growing new job class of sustainability professionals and performance. The report uses original research and literature review to find ...

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Towards a Sustainable University: The Ca’ Foscari Experience Membership Required

Towards a Sustainable University tackles the challenge of sustainability in universities. Universities are a working environment and an organization in which sustainability can be experienced. This book shows how a ...

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A new taxonomy for examining the multi-role of campus sustainability assessments in organizational change Membership Required

  • University of Quebec Montreal (QC)

The role of higher education institutions in the transition to a more sustainable society has been highlighted for almost three decades and the role of environmental management accounting and control ...

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Do sustainability projects stimulate organizational learning in universities? Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the preparation of a sustainability report and a large‐scale energy‐saving campaign with regards to their role for organizational learning ...

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Systemic Structural Constellations and Sustainability in Academia: A New Method for Sustainable Higher Education Membership Required

This book argues that to create truly sustainable universities, we require new methods of visualising and interpreting them holistically as institutions built on complex relationships and systems, rather than as ...

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Realization of a Low Emission University Campus Through the Implementation of a Climate Action Plan Membership Required

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) experience started a few years ago with the aim to manage carbon and energy more efficiently. CAP is a roadmap to get Universities to the ...

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Implementation of a zero waste program at a university campus Membership Required

  • Massey University

A zero waste program was established at a university campus in response to grassroots student concern over environmental management issues. The implementation procedure consisted of initial discussions with academic and ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education: An Assessment of Washington State Colleges and Universities, 2005-2016 Membership Required

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The purpose of this research project was to assess the integration of sustainability in Washington State higher education from 2005 to 2016. Both the extent of integration and the focus ...

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Factors encouraging sustainability integration into institutions of higher education Membership Required

  • University of Malaya

In view of the mountainous evidence on destruction of environmental quality and societal well-being as a consequence of rapid economic development, sustainability has gained vast attention from the community and ...

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Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 2 Membership Required

  • RMIT University

This Handbook offers an overview of what universities around the world are doing to implement sustainable development (e.g., via curriculum innovation, research, activities, or practical projects) and how their ...

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Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education: Volume 1 Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

This Handbook offers an overview of what universities around the world are doing to implement sustainable development (e.g., via curriculum innovation, research, activities, or practical projects) and how their ...

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Using STARS to Drive Change on Campus Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS provides a number of opportunities for ...

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The University of Thriftsburgh: We Work With More Than Just Ugly Sweaters Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Thriftsburgh, a non-profit, student-run thrift store, opened on the University of Pittsburgh's campus on March 18, 2015. The store was the result of year and a ...

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TailGator: Game Day Recycling at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

For the last ten seasons the TailGator Game Day Recycling Program, the longest running program of the University of Florida's Office of Sustainability, has educated fans on properly sorting ...

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Experiences and Strategies of a Student-Run Massive Monarch Restoration on Off-campus Sites Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The White House recently released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. One of its primary goals is a national effort to increase the ...

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The Revolution May Be Composted: The UA Compost Cats as a Model for Transformational Pedagogy and Student Empowerment Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Compost Cats program provides a model for how institutions of higher education can equip student environmental leaders for the great social and environmental challenges we face, engage deeply with ...

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Student-led Technical Design Projects: From Conception to Implementation Membership Required

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

Engineering students are often interested in contributing directly to sustainability in their communities by conducting local technical projects. In this interactive workshop, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), a non-profit ...

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Engaging your community to design tomorrow's campus: resiliency, vulnerability, and adaptation Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

Scholars and practitioners have been arguing in favor of more holistic approaches to campus sustainability that would incorporate complex aspects of climate change. In order to address those multifaceted problems ...

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Sustaining Ourselves - A Collaborative Retreat for Sustainability Professionals Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Join us in discovering how a model of stepping away from our various institutions, discovering common challenges and building cross-institution relationships helps us sustain ourselves. The planning team from the ...

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Sustainability Programs: Examining Why Typical Approaches Have Little Impact and a Transformational New Model for Making Change Membership Required

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Reporting standards like the GRI, STARS and Carbon Disclosure Project are valued for being comprehensive, attracting participation and pushing the sustainability agenda forward. We will examine the benefit and limitations ...

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Senior Leadership Summit: Positioning Sustainability as Your Ultimate Innovation Driver Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

AASHE presents its 2016 Senior Leadership Summit on Positioning Sustainability as An Innovation Driver for senior leaders and leadership teams. To date, the most prevalent senior leadership response to sustainability ...

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Scaling applied learning programs for sustainability Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Applied learning opportunities, from internships, to community-based learning courses to student research provide training for students in addressing complex societal challenges. These endeavors are mostly designed to optimize the student ...

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Natural Organizational Design for Sustainability: A New Role for Sustainability Change Agents Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The organization model underpinning patterns of resource allocation & decision-making across higher education, is incapable of the pace & depth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. All around us ...

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Learning the Language of Executive Leadership to Increase Sustainability's Value Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

With higher education facing ongoing budget cuts, top to bottom reviews of programs and policies, and critical questions regarding the value of a college education, we must be able to ...

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Galvanizing Gaia: A Social Incubator for Women Leaders and Innovators Membership Required

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Two ecopreneurship professors create a supportive context for women sustainability entrepreneurs and campus program innovators to move from idea to action with their regenerative project ideas. This dynamic half-­day ...

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EcoVate - Design Thinking for Sustainability in a Changing World Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Sustainability is about tackling old, resistant problems in new ways to develop solutions that work. Design thinking is a tool that can help us meet the challenge of tackling big ...

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Creating a Living, Regenerative Campus Companion to STARS Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC (PA)

Leaders in campus sustainability, green building, and related fields are looking for ways to push beyond current practice into the realm of regenerative design and living environments. There is a ...

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NWF EcoLeaders Helps Students Gain Project-Based Leadership Skills and Explore Career Pathways Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program is a career and leadership development program for college students and young professionals. NWF's EcoLeaders provides students with the virtual space to initiate ...

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Herding Cats? How to Engage Your Whole Campus Community in Sustainability Membership Required

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability is engaging, empowering & enabling, but sometimes getting other people on board is a bit like herding cats - frustrating, resource intensive, and with no one correct way of ensuring ...

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The Future of Sustainability Workforce Preparation and Hiring: A Networking Session Membership Required

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

The GREEN Program will be hosting this networking session. The GREEN Program offers short term, career accelerating, abroad opportunities on topics connected to sustainability and sustainable development for students & ...

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Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Collaborate with your library to disseminate and implement sustainability solutions - on campus and beyond! Join us in this networking session to share your ideas and experiences and learn about exciting ...

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10 Years Old, 1 Year New: Climate Leadership Commitment signatory networking session Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate Leadership Commitment Implementation Liaisons and those interested in learning about the Climate Leadership Network will hear from Second Nature staff about the accomplishments, progress, and activities over the past ...

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US EPA - NEW Organics Recovery Program Development Toolkit Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

US EPA Region 4 will unveil the working draft of its Organics Recovery Program Development Toolkit developed specifically for colleges and universities. The toolkit is intended to guide campuses looking ...

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AASHE International Networking Meeting Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference are invited to join in a networking meeting to share ideas and successes in their countries. Let's discuss ...

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Scaling Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs: Building a Community of Peers Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)

This meeting brings leaders of applied learning programs for sustainability outcomes together-catalyzing the development of a group of peers interested in collaborating on this topic. Scaling applied learning programs means ...

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Procurement Leaders Talk Sustainability: Strategies & Case Studies Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Many sustainability goals - from climate change to zero-waste to water conservation to green dining - can be advanced cost-effectively with the strategic engagement of an institution's procurement professionals. But how ...

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The Physical and Behavioral Impacts of Campus Transportation Amenities Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • Nelson/Nygaard (CA)

This panel discussion explores the kind of transportation services that best meet students' transportation needs. Their expectations around transportation are being shaped by what they experience on their campuses and ...

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Identifying alignment between common institutional priorities and sustainability objectives: one higher ed network's findings Membership Required

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As higher education grapples with a shifting landscape of priorities for the 21st Century, common themes across institutions are emerging. Simultaneously, regional or peer-group sustainability networks continue to seek effective ...

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STARS; the Canadian experience Membership Required

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

STARS can be a powerful program for engaging the campus community, measuring progress in campus sustainability practices and benchmarking comprehensive sustainability reporting, but how well is the program designed for ...

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Finance 201: Financial Analysis and Your Campus Projects Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Campus sustainability professionals must frequently build the business case for their work. While they are well versed in environmental issues, knowledge of financial terms may be necessary to write a ...

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Environmental Health and Sustainability: Collaborating with Local Environmental Health Professionals for Sustainable Solutions Membership Required

  • The University of Findlay (OH)
  • National Environmental Health Association (CO)

Environmental health (EH) professionals have an opportunity to reach out to higher education as the next step to disseminate and implement sustainable solutions in communities. There is not always a ...

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STARS Town Hall Membership Required

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members and AASHE staff who will facilitate a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the STARS program. This ...

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STARS 101: The Basics of Conducting a Campus Sustainability Assessment Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. With more than 750 registered institutions on ...

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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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Sustrana LLC

Devon, PA
Business Affiliate

Textbooks for Change

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