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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University-Local Government Collaborations on Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Climate change can be effectively addressed at a local, rather than national, scale. Cities and universities represent the centers of commerce and culture, as well as the world's population ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Students Put Their Money Where Their Values Are: The JCCC Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This poster describes Johnson County Community College's Student Sustainability Committee. The Committee, formed in 2011 as part of a student-led initiative for a dollar-per-credit hour fee to fund sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Carbon Footprint of Higher Education

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Chicago set out to inventory the greenhouse gas emissions of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. In doing so, they found interesting trends and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Resilient Randolph: analyzing risks and establishing measurable strategies for campus-community climate resilience

  • Randolph College (VA)

Institutions, businesses, and communities are increasingly incorporating resilience strategies as an essential element of climate action planning to help prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change. In January 2017 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student-Led Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project: Low-Cost Implementation and Potential Applications

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Even at its outset, the new presidential administration has made it clear to the public that it is unwilling to support environmental protection at the federal level. In particular, the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Promoting Sustainability Through Partnerships - A Collection of Case Studies

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University has achieved some remarkable successes through a variety of partnerships across campus. These range in scale from a single researcher purchasing a piece of efficient lab equipment ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A New Tool for Campus Carbon and Nitrogen Footprints: Perspectives from Users

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

A new online tool for calculating and managing both campus carbon and nitrogen footprints has been created by combining the Campus Carbon Calculator tool and the Nitrogen Footprint Tool for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability across the Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities: Nationwide Trends & Practical Tools for Improvement

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

We will highlight key findings from the second annual 'State of Sustainability' report from Sightlines and University of New Hampshire. This report examines publically available data across each stage of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Arizona Tri-University Meet and Greet

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Group meeting for Arizona higher education staff and students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University to plan a future in-state student summit. This meeting not ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Effects on Associate Faculty Engagement through Initiating PLCs

  • Ashford University (IA)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are created when groups of teaching professionals meet to achieve together what they cannot achieve individually. However, in our ever changing educational environment, we must consider ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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That Status of LEED on College and University Campuses

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

This session provides an overview and analysis of the current state of the LEED rating system on college and university campuses based on the findings of Leonardo Academy's 2017 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Valuing and Conserving College Land for Community Resilience

  • Middlebury College (VT)

This is a case study of the conservation of 2,100 acres of forest lands owned by Middlebury College at its Bread Loaf campus. This project established the permanent protection ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability for Sustainability Professionals

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Successful implementation of a university's strategic plan for sustainability depends upon careful prioritization and time management. All institutions want to address a broad range of operational and academic opportunities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Best Practices Incorporating Sustainability into the Curricula/ Dallas County Community College District

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

The 7 colleges that are part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) signed the ACUPCC/ Second Nature President's Climate Commitment and have set dates for carbon neutrality ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Gompei's Gears: Implementing and Sustaining a Free Campus Bike-sharing Program

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Even with hilly terrain and long winters, bicycling is popular in Worcester, Massachusetts, and in particular among the many college students. At WPI in 2014 a student group researched transportation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Re-generation: Regenerate, Renew, and Refresh - Preparing Our Students to Lead

  • Montana State University (MT)

Our graduates, coined the Re-Generation, has the responsibility to lead the world to a economical and ecological balance. To do this, they will draw on their campus experience to help ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action Data: New Tools & Metrics

  • Second Nature (MA)

Carbon and resilience reporting can be a moving target with the protocols, tools, and data inputs constantly changing! Stay on top of recent changes and new tools in this session ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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We Are Still In! Using the STAR Community Rating Framework to Strengthen Your Community Outreach Efforts on Climate and Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • STAR Communities (DC)

Campuses and communities across the country have publicly declared, 'We Are Still In', confirming their support for the Paris Climate Agreement. Campuses and communities are also looking for ways to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Lead your school to carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy.

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Environment America (MA)

The Climate Leadership Network comprises more than 600 colleges and universities in every state and the District of Columbia who have committed to take action on climate and prepare students ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Transforming Sustainability at Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

Prior to the master plan update, Texas A&M had a series of district plans to direct campus development. These plans supported various campus districts, but where the plan boundaries met ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Managing for Triple-Bottom-Line Sustainability from the C-Suite to the Front Line Management Team

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Waste Management (TX)
  • Butte County Air Quality Management District (CA)

Attendees of this networking session will have the opportunity to interact with peers in all areas of sustainability through the lens of management, or 'Sustainability Management.' After a round of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Stay Rad(ical) Post Grad

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it's just a matter of making it happen. Join the staff and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Diversion - Finding Better Tools to Measure Zero Waste

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy. We end up prioritizing our recycling and composting ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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AASHE STARS as a Framework for Sustainability Master Planning: Purdue University

  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Alignment and integration are two of the key concepts driving Purdue University Office of Campus Master Planning and Sustainability's effort to develop a five year Sustainability Plan for Purdue ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Development of a Sustainability Culture Assessment to Inform Planning

  • James Madison University (VA)

Higher education institutions commonly refer to 'a culture of sustainability'; however, until very recently, few institutions have assessed the sustainability culture of the campus community. Instrument development work is nascent ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Planning: Year One Into Implementation

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Virginia Commonwealth University began drafting their sustainability plan in 2015. The planning process relied heavily on input from both internal and external stakeholders. The planning process was so inclusive and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability and the Capstone Experience: Lessons from 5 Years of Applied Sustainability at Southwestern University

  • Southwestern University (TX)

For the past five years, the Southwestern environmental studies capstone experience has allowed students to engage with salient social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues on their campus. Each year, environmental ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustaining Ourselves - A Collaborative Mini-Retreat for Sustainability Professionals

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Join sustainability professionals across Minnesota 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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Sustainability-Themed Undergraduate Research Programs to Enhance Student Engagement in Research

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Sustainability research provides a framework for engaging undergraduate students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. This session will discuss recruitment successes and opportunities for several sustainability-focused National Science Foundation Research Experiences for ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Flow State Organizations: Organizational Design for Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Our existing organization model has proven to be incapable of the pace, depth and breadth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. We need to co-create flow state organizations that ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Throwing in the Towel: Lessons Learned from Launching a Paper Towel Compost Program

  • Austin Community College (TX)

Waste diversion is a common thread woven throughout Austin Community College District's sustainability goals. With 11 current campus locations and new facilities added continuously, the footprint of the district ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Social Learning Platform and Collaborative Design Process for a Net Positive Outdoor Sustainability Learning Center

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Outdoor Education Space project is a process-centric approach to designing a net-positive education and retreat space that intends to procure community engagement by collectivizing the ideas presented and deliberated ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies Through an Evidence Based Internship Program

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Wesustain Internship Program is a semester-long, paid, discovery-driven opportunity for ambitious students seeking to gain leadership experience while exploring both on and off campus sustainability projects. This program provides ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Solidarity on Multi-Campus Community Colleges

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)

Community colleges with a single sustainability office but multiple campuses in different cities and locations face challenges to create a sustainability solidarity that extends to all sites. One main campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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STARS Town Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a presentation from AASHE staff about the ongoing technical development of STARS and a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the program. This session will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Action (re)Boot Camp!

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Join us for a climate action boot camp! This workshop will provide a refresher on the basic components of climate action planning, and bring you up to date on reporting ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Learning the Language of Executive Leadership to Increase Sustainability's Value

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

With higher education facing a new political landscape, ongoing budget cuts and an affordability crisis, among other challenges, sustainability professionals must be able to define and communicate sustainability's value ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Facilitating Urban Climate Resilience Planning: Experiences from 3 Cities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) is a multi-city partnership created to pilot the implementation of the resilience-related elements of the newly launched Climate Commitment. We have selected three ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Summer Camps on Campus

  • Central College (IA)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This workshop highlights examples from two schools utilizing the resources of campus during the summer months through sustainability-focused day camps for kids. At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Sarita Wetland ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Accelerating Sustainability Integration through Strategic Leadership

  • Denison University (OH)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Positioning the institution's highest-ranking sustainability professional within an executive level leadership team is essential for advancing institutional strategy and readiness for change. C-suite sustainability provides transformational leadership that is ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Diverse Paths to Success: Three High-Impact Infrastructure Projects that Reduced Energy Consumption and Emissions

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Rider University (NJ)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Despite lower utility costs and longer payback periods, sustainability outcomes across Higher Education continue to improve through investment in utility & systems upgrades. According to data from the joint 2016 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Advancing ESD Curriculum Development & Faculty Development through a Consortium Approach

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)
  • Green Whys Consulting (TX)

At AASHE 2015, we convened a dialogue to identify sustainability educators' challenges and recommendations to address critical needs. That successful workshop informed the launch of the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium. At ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Aligning Endowment Investments with the Paris Climate Agreement & the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • Global Endowment Management (NC)

The past few years have seen a surge in interest and activity around how endowment investment practices can be better aligned with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals. In large ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Leadership Commitment Signatory Networking Session

  • 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 recent accomplishments, progress, and activities. This includes progress ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Breaking Through the "Green Ceiling": Sustainability as a Path to Executive Leadership

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Korn Ferry International (PA)

One way to measure the value of sustainability in higher education is to determine whether any of our more experienced and successful members have climbed the ladder and been promoted ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Guide to Using the new Campus Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint Tool

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

A new version of the web-based Campus Carbon Calculator will be launched in fall 2017: SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform). Join us for this session to learn about ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Multiple Approaches to Successfully Sustaining Your Campus as a Teaching and Living Laboratory

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • The University of Georgia (GA)

The concept of using campus buildings, grounds, infrastructure, resources, and systems to support research and learning in sustainability is widely accepted and recognized by assessments like STARS. This workshop will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Strategic Alignment: Communicating Sustainability's Contributions and Value to Mission Level Priorities

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Given the challenges facing higher education, from ongoing budget cuts and an affordability crisis to new political realities, sustainability professionals must identify and make a case for the ways in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Rookies, Newbies, Imposters, & Not-Yet-Experts: Navigating Newness, Isolation, and/or Competence for Sustainability Professionals in Higher Education

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Panelists and audience members will share perspectives, experiences, and advice as they discuss challenges and support strategies at the intersections of newness, isolation, and competence for sustainability professionals in higher ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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EMERGE: Mindshifting Through Emergent Leadership

  • AASHE (PA)
  • The EMERGE Leadership Project (WA)

If mindset is the most important place to leverage change in an institution, that that’s the place we want to intervene, but our own mindset is as important if ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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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
Business Affiliate

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.