Coordination & Planning

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Building Climate Resilience: A Planning Framework and Early Experiences Membership Required

  • Western Technical College (WI)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This session will give an overview of the resilience planning framework available through Second Nature Climate Commitments and highlight innovative climate resilience efforts already underway. Institutions across all U.S ...

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Climate Action Planning: Making Plans that are Ambitious AND Implementable Membership Required

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Sustainability folk know writing a climate action or sustainability plan is only the beginning. After the initial buzz of publishing wanes, our plans begin to gather dust. What makes a ...

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Engaging Your Campus Through Eco-Reps: Evaluating the Success Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Clark University (MA)

The goal for participants during this panel discussion will be to examine successes and challenges for peer to peer sustainability education programs. With 15 years of program history, how well ...

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Oh no, my president is leaving! (aka Institutionalizing Sustainability for Long-term Impact) Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Senior Leadership transitions can cause significant challenges for maintaining the work of staff responsible for carrying out climate action plans. When a president leaves, this can result in past efforts ...

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Optimizing Effluent Water Quality in Water Reclamation and Reuse Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Managing water-related challenges through water reclamation and reuse is vital to all bulk water consumers. Decentralized water reclamation and reuse decreases the demand for potable water supplies, provides increased resiliency ...

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Growing Beyond the Campus Garden Membership Required

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In 2016, many campuses have developed community gardens on our campuses as tools for co-curricular engagement, reducing food insecurity, and iconic sustainability learning tools. But, after the initial excitement of ...

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Cultivating Regional Partnerships on Campus: Sourcing and Food Service for a Sustainable Mid-Atlantic Food System Membership Required

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Bon App├⌐tit Management Company
  • Common Market Philadelphia (PA)

How do colleges and universities successfully partner with sustainable producers, distributors, and food service management companies for a positive impact that goes beyond campus? Join a conversation among key players ...

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Creating Global Partnerships for Sustainability through Middlebury's Schools Abroad Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

This panel is about the development and implementation of a new program at Middlebury College to bring sustainability into the programming and curricula at its 17 schools abroad. The program ...

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Bridging the gap: The Next-Generation of Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The sustainability movement in higher education has helped to establish our role as sustainability professionals and over the years significant gains have been made. Pioneering efforts have led to the ...

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Next Level Sustainability Planning: Action Planning, Social Indicators, Community Partnerships, and Long-Range Planning Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University, and the University of British Columbia have recently undergone extensive sustainability strategic planning processes that have produced significantly more sophisticated and far-reaching plans ...

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Aligning Efforts and Increasing Outreach Through the Sustainable Development Goals Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • United Nations University
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

Sustainability efforts continue to grow around the world; however, achieving a sustainable future requires increasing our collective impact by aligning efforts with broader initiatives and increasing our outreach. This panel ...

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Embolden Facilities and Finance Office Collaborations for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Two major national association organizations - representing facilities and business offices - will highlight collaborations, programs, and developments regarding sustainability that cross boundaries for success. Collaboration with these units, within a campus ...

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Collaborative Initiatives that Work Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Inspiring and empowering sustainability engagement and practices on our campuses is one of Arizona State University's primary goals and creating a culture of collaboration has served as a key ...

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Laboratory Recycling and Beyond Membership Required

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

An often avoided realm in recycling efforts, research laboratories generate large amounts of recyclable materials that end up as land-filled waste. In this session we will describe MUSC's Lab ...

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CAP Revisited: Lessons Learned and New Strategies Discovered by Revising Climate Action Plans Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Colleges and universities are updating their climate action plans to reflect the latest GHG reduction strategies and renew stakeholder engagement. The University of Maryland released its first CAP in 2009 ...

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Contrasting Approaches to Effective Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies: A Review of Energy-Focused Programs and Lessons Learned Membership Required

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

A small private liberal arts college in the Northeast, Colby College, and a large public research university in the Southeast, the University of Virginia, will compare and contrast approaches within ...

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Internal Carbon Pricing: Designing and Implementing Campus Climate Policies with Vassar, Swarthmore, and Yale Membership Required

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Vassar College (NY)
  • Yale University (CT)

In the absence of federal or international carbon markets, higher education has a momentous opportunity to model institutional capacity to put a price on carbon. The goal of this panel ...

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Speaking the Language of Executive Leadership Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • 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, sustainability professionals must be able ...

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Organizational Design for a Living World: Unleashing Agility, Engagement, Idea Flow and Purpose Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

All too often our best efforts to achieve deeper levels of engagement and change in higher education are hampered by underlying organizational barriers. Sources of our undoing can include finance ...

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Scaling Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs: Crash-Course Membership Required

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

The panel presents insights for scaling applied learning programs for sustainability outcomes. The panel starts with providing a quick overview what applied learning programs for sustainability outcomes mean: that is ...

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Creating a Community Conversation for Sustainability Strategic Planning Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Alberta (AB)

Strategic planning for sustainability requires broad outreach and engagement to mobilize, empower, and inspire community members. This panel presents the outcomes of two successful sustainability strategic planning efforts that focused ...

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Demystifying Residence Life: Guidance on Partnering from Sustainability Professionals within Housing Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Residence Life is often an isolated unit on campus, with a very unique culture and lots of policies. It can be difficult for sustainability professionals to partner with these units ...

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Combining carbon and nitrogen footprints: A new tool for a more comprehensive approach to environmental management on campuses Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A new iteration of 'CarbonMAP' (the web-based version of the widely-used Campus Carbon Calculator) will soon include the ability to track and manage the campus nitrogen footprint as well. This ...

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Project Managing STARS 2.1 Submission Process Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

A STARS submission requires a coordinated data collection effort across dozens of departments and individuals. This panel will explore the pros and cons of employing various project management strategies for ...

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From Bird Houses to Tiny Houses: Courage Changes Everything! Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

A two-term project of building a tiny house for a homeless community produced a community-building learning process for students and local residents, with practical, long-lasting benefits for the City of ...

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Bridging the Gap: Creating Partnerships to Support Off-Campus Housing Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2013, the University of Arizona launched the Undergraduate Off-Campus Housing Sustainability Coordinator (OCHSC) position designed to bring sustainability into the homes of students living off-campus. The OCHSC consults with ...

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Communicating Sustainability Progress in a Busy World Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland publishes an annual Sustainability Progress Report to keep the campus community informed of overall progress toward the university's sustainability goals. The intended audience, format, structure ...

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Launching & Sustaining an Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities (EPIC): PALS at UMD Membership Required

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Universities around the country are implementing a powerful learning framework in which students and faculty address local community sustainability issues through adapting current courses to provide real world learning and ...

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Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal Membership Required

  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

This session will introduce the new, comprehensive manual, The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal, recently released by the Green Electronics Council and the National Association of Educational ...

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Putting the People First: A look at UT Austin's Sustainability Master Plan Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Sustainability plans often align with traditional university functions: academics, operations and administration. UT Austin took a different approach to their first ever Sustainability Master Plan, resulting in a people-centric plan ...

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Fuelling a Place-Based Sustainability Movement Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Building a better future by definition is a collective effort, but often at times throughout higher education we focus inward within our own institutions. While this is a practical and ...

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Sustainability Leadership Program at DePauw University Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw's Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP) is a hands-on, co-curricular initiative that pairs student cohorts with sustainability projects on campus and in the community. Through both paid and volunteer hands-on ...

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Is it 'Socially Sustainable' if no one Hears About It?_x009d_: Living Wage Policies, Practices, and Adoption in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Concern for the rights and dignity of workers have fueled growing calls for laws either increasing the minimum wage or adopting a living wage scheme. In lieu of wage legislation ...

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Beyond Campus: Does Student Leadership Translate to Professional Success? Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

Many students join peer-to-peer education programs to promote campus sustainability while building their resume. Serving in these leadership roles alongside faculty and staff enables students to gain valuable project management ...

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How Resource Innovation and Solutions Pioneered on the ASU Campus is Growing a Worldwide Network Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This is the story of how Arizona State University, through a systems approach to public engagement and a unique collaboration with the city of Phoenix, created the Resource Innovation and ...

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: An Integrative Education Model for Sustainability and Global Citizenship Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Two Sides of the Same Coin' is a case study of curricular and co-curricular education programs at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, part of the Dallas County Community College ...

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Urban Eco-Block: From Prototype to Adaptation - University, Community and Non-Profit collaborate to create a Net Zero Block Membership Required

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

Urban Eco-Block goal is to create a prototype Sustainable Form-Based Code and Net Positive Design for a typical urban city block found in many rust-belt cities where urban blight, economic ...

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The integration of Sustainability Practices in College Athletics Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

This three-part case study explores large-scale college athletic programs tackling the challenges of becoming zero waste & carbon neutral with a range of internal and campus-wide goals. Focused mainly on ...

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Global Collaboration, Local Action: Insights and Ideas from two International Networks Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)
  • International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN) (MA)

Comprised of 11 members, the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009.This group's outputs to-date include a student exchange program, conferences, and ...

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Water Audit Process at the University of Illinois at Chicago Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Water is increasingly on the minds of campus facilities and sustainability administrators, specifically how to use less in campus buildings. As an initial step toward developing conservation strategies and priorities ...

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Sustainability Reporting Built on Stakeholder Engagement Membership Required

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Sustainability reports span the spectrum from powerful education and engagement tools to promotional 'greenwash'. What differentiates the good, the bad and the ugly? In this case study we will look ...

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Strategic Sustainability Planning for a Community College District Membership Required

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)

The San Mateo County Community College District, located just south of San Francisco, consists of three colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Sustainability is the ...

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Revitalizing Sustainability in a Large, Urban Research Institution Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

In 2007, New York University made a public commitment to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017. This goal was reached in 2012. In 2015, NYU made another commitment to reduce ...

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Zero Net Energy Campus Master Planning Membership Required

  • BR+A (MA)

Colleges and Universities are targeting carbon neutrality in the coming decades; some are on track to achieve these goals ahead of schedule. We have gathered data on over 100 campuses ...

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Making the Case for the Living, Learning Lab & Quantifying Ecosystem Services: IU Bloomington's Tree Inventory Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University Bloomington initiated a campus-wide geographic information systems tree inventory effort in the spring of 2015. The tree inventory data is housed through ArcGIS online and led primarily by ...

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The Harsh Realities of Generating Successful Living Laboratories Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Living laboratories are a growing component of sustainability in higher education, however their creation is frequently meet with stiff opposition. Dickinson College has successfully cultivated two living laboratories, The Handlebar ...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Tracking student shower usage in real-time Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

Self-reported shower durations suffer from memory inconsistency and timing accuracy as humans generally have great difficulty telling time internally. Our pre- and post-program self-report surveys also introduce errors due to ...

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Seeing STARS: Institutionalizing Sustainability Data Collection & Reporting Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • Campus Labs (NY)

Recognizing the challenges of centralizing sustainability data collection and reporting, the University of South Carolina piloted two collection systems in 2015-16. Drawing on the deployment system and existing relationships of ...

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Creating a Strategic Plan for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Regina (SK)

How do you create a powerful sustainability strategic plan with limited internal resources and what should that plan say? This session will answer these questions by providing insight into the ...

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Collaboration is the Path to Sustainability Membership Required

  • CleanRiver Recycling Solutions (ON)

Through the use of case studies and examples from real life site-tours, Bruce Buchan will identify the key challenges Higher Education facilities face when implementing recycling programs, and the critical ...

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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

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.