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.

1944 resources

The Bucknell University Environmental Assessment: An Integrated Approach to Campus Sustainability.

  • Bucknell University (PA)

This presentation outlines the design, development, and findings of Bucknell University's Environmental Assessment, the first comprehensive study of the University's ecological impact, and arguably the most extensive of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Development of Carbon Mitigation Tools and Benchmarks for Universities in the U.S.

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

A large share of U.S. universities is currently implementing campus green and sustainable initiatives. "Green" and "sustainable" initiatives can include a broad set of issues. For example, climate mitigation ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability in Elite Public Business Schools: Reality or Oxymoron?

  • Drexel University (PA)

Critics of business schools and their cadillac MBA programs find fault with both for their lack of civic engagement and diminutive focus on issues of ethics, diversity, social justice, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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New Developments in Green Facilities Management

  • Green Seal (DC)

Presenters will discuss several new and important elements of green facilities management including two new Green Seal pilot programs: the Green Facilities Partnership and the Green Purchasing Partnership. These programs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Campus: Down on the Farm, Opportunities & Challenges for a University Permaculture Project

  • Meredith College (NC)

Pacific University's B Street Permaculture Project is an emerging grassroots organization and demonstration site whose mission is to provide inspiration and information about environmentally sensitive, sustainable living practices for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Winthrop University: Regenerative Design

  • Moseley Architects (VA)

A recent master plan moved the core of campus to a new location. The first building completed is the "West Center." This building pays homage to the 1915 building it ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Next Step: Developing and Implementing Climate Action Plans for Reducing Net GHG Emissions

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

With the challenge so critical and the stakes so high, the need for climate leadership has never been greater. The good news is that the higher education sector is responding ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Against the Wind: How to Fan the Flames of Institutional Transformation.

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Despite the fact that the UN's vision for sustainable development calls for an integration of competing social, economic and ecological interests, the practice in higher education has focused primarily ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Learning from Experience: Collaboration for Campus Carbon Cutbacks

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)

This poster will reveal some preliminary findings from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) new research project: Accelerating Campus Climate-Change Initiatives. RMI is partnering with AASHE to develop a comprehensive research ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability from Scratch

  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

This presentation will focus on how one "late blooming" college launched a multifaceted sustainability program. From having a fairly embryonic program a year ago, St. Petersburg College formed a Sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Stanford: Leading Campus Sustainability in the 21st Century

  • Stanford University (CA)

With sustainability as a core value for Stanford, the progressive projects in operations, buildings, transportation, and IT are indeed defining leadership in campus sustainability in the 21st century.The university ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Choosing the Right Metrics and Measuring the ROI of Sustainability Strategies

  • Strategic Measures, Inc. (NC)

Proving financial value and profitability of sustainability is fast becoming a key performance indicator for the higher education sector however, these outcomes are not often measured for lack of an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The College Sustainability Report Card

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

The College Sustainability Report Card is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities. The Report Card is designed to identify schools that are ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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From Operations to Mission: Finding Points of Pedagogical Leverage in Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Drawing on case studies and research conducted at the University of California Santa Cruz, this paper discusses the integration of campus sustainability initiatives and academic curriculum in universities. It explores ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Launching Sustainability at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The Sustainable Saunders initiative at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is an inspiring case study of students leading the way for campus and state-wide sustainability. The interdisciplinary student team ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Evolving Role of Sustainability Coordinator: What Do They Do?

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

This presentation will describe the journey of the first campus sustainability coordinator (CSC) at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM)-- a small liberal arts college in rural Minnesota over the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Go Big or Go Home: Branding Canada's Green University

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In 2007, the University of Northern British Columbia trademarked the phrase, "Canada's Green University." In many ways, it's a perfect brand for UNBC: the proportion of environmental teaching ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Field Report on The University of Oklahoma Sustainability and Green Initiatives and Actions

  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

Green activity at OU has increased significantly over the past two years. A great deal of this is due to the structure that AASHE has provided as well as recent ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Toward Sustainable Decision Making

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Shaping a sustainable future is the most pressing work of our time. To respond to this challenge, we must account for our profound influence upon the interdependent web of economic ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Problem-Based Learning for Campus Sustainability: Design and Implementation of Western Washington University's Campus Sustainability Assessment

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Campus sustainability assessments using a problem-based learning pedagogy pose a unique opportunity for sustainability education for both higher education institutions and students. Student research teams at Western Washington University were ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Service Learning - Moving from Planning to Action in the First Year

  • Wright State University (OH)

During 2005-2006 Wright State University's First Year Experience program was recognized nationally through its inclusion as one of 13 four-year institutions in the Foundations of Excellence in the First ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Innovation in Action: Leveraging a Whole Systems Approach to Sustainability Planning at UBC’s Okanagan Campus

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education is called to advance, demonstrate and model best practices in sustainability. But how can sustainability leaders move this agenda forward against the backdrop of current funding pressures and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Officers Workshop

  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The purpose of the Sustainability Officers workshop is to:

Provide a space for networking and relationship building amongst higher education sustainability professionals

Build our toolkit of skills to effectively engage ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University: A Case Study in Sustainability

  • Saint John's University (MN)

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU) embarked actively on incorporating sustainability into operations and education by declaring 2010-2011 as the Year of Sustainability. This focus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Written in the STARS: Correlations Between Performance & Best Practices

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The STARS assessment framework presents a very interesting and informative set of data that measures both environmental performance and adoption of best practices. Gathering both types of information allows for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fostering Resilient Communities through Innovative, Integrated Partnerships and Projects: UBC Okanagan Campus Sustainable Community Development

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Universities provide a leadership role by developing and mobilizing knowledge and innovation to meet societal needs. In fulfilling this mission, universities can also serve as agents of sustainable change and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing Sustainability at Liberal Arts Colleges

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

As they develop their vision and agenda for their campus, sustainability leaders face important, strategic choices regarding the most efficient, effective ways to structure their work to embed sustainability more ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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AASHE, USGBC, NWF and Second Nature Announcement

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Meghan Fay Zahniser from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Julian Keniry from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Jaime Van Mourik from the U.S ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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CCPS Environmental Management & Assessment Major

  • Drury University (MO)

The College of Graduate & Continuing Studies offers an associate of science in environmental management. Courses are designed to provide a basis for understanding the science of environmental management. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Environmental Risk Assessment Certificate

  • University of Illinois, Springfield (IL)

Risk assessment is a frequently used tool in environmental analysis. The graduate certificate in environmental risk assessment provides students with the professional education necessary to perform risk assessment operations for ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Master of Environmental Assessment Online

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The Master of Environmental Assessment Degree and the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment programs are internet-based Distance Education programs. There are no seated or face-to-face classes, which allows us to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

  • AASHE (PA)

AASHE has been conducting a survey of campus sustainability staff since 2008. This report presents the results of the 2015 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey. It examines the nature of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Is STARS Worth the Investment? Furman University’s Point of View

  • Furman University (SC)

After devoting much of the past fifteen months to painstakingly completing Furman’s first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) 2.0 submission, while juggling myriad other professional and ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Listening Project Report: Recap

  • AASHE (PA)

Through the ongoing Listening Project (LP), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is working to instill a listening culture throughout our programs and operations. However ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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AASHE’s Board Retreat Insight

  • AASHE (PA)

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) held a board retreat in early March at Stanford University. At the retreat we honed in on AASHE's ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Role of Collaborative Review in Achieving STARS Platinum

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Colorado State University (CSU) has become the first institution to earn a Platinum rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This achievement highlights the continuous improvement that ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The AASHE Collaborative Vision Tree – A Study in Creative Assessment and Feedback Processes

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

To build a resilient sustainability movement in higher education, we need to bring together diverse perspectives and work to design collaborative solutions. This paradigm shift includes refining the processes by ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Integrating Project Evaluation into Funding Environmental Sustainability at Universities

Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on American higher education campuses have spurred a wide range of expenditures involving many diverse decision-makers, including new committees led by students serving in short-term ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Canadian STARS-Rated Campus Sustainability Plans: Priorities, Plan Creation and Design

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The use of integrated sustainability plans is an emerging trend in higher education institutions (HEIs) to set sustainability priorities and to create a work plan for action. This paper analyses ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guide to Creating & Managing Sustainability Internship Programs

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This How-To Guide explores best practices for establishing and managing highly effective Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs). It presents information for individuals seeking guidance on creating new SIPs (Chapter 2), or ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Unsuspected Teachers: Environmental Identity and Sustainability Education in the Anthropocene

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

People in higher education institutions are designing, advocating, and implementing curricular changes for sustainability and ecological literacy. This study sought to understand the environmental identities of sustainability education advocates working ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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2014 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

During its annual analysis of the higher education sustainability movement, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) found a significant increase in sustainability planning, campus living ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Transformation of Learning and Society

To help address the challenges of sustainable development, higher education institutions must transform themselves, bringing together best practice in quality management for tertiary education with best practice in education for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Growth or Decline? The Form and Function of the Sustainability Agenda in Higher Education

  • University at Albany (NY)

Literature on organizational strategy in higher education suggests that colleges adapt to new circumstances based on differing motivations: some colleges are seeking new growth strategies while others are trying to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The University of Hawai'i System Heads Toward its First Sustainability Policy

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)
  • AASHE (PA)

This month AASHE was invited to give a keynote presentation and overview of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) at the first-ever Hawai’i Sustainability in Higher Education ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

  • AASHE (PA)

This year’s Higher Education Sustainability Review highlights the achievements of more than 60 institutions across the globe. You’ll find inspiring examples of regional and global partnerships for sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Presidential Voices Interview Series: Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College

  • Spelman College (GA)

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College President since 2002, is our guest for this interview. Spelman is America's oldest historically Black college for women, and a leading liberal arts institution ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Presidential Voices Interview Series: Jo Ann M. Gora, Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

Jo Ann M. Gora, our guest for this interview, became President of Ball State University in 2004. She was one of 12 charter signatories to the American College & University ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Envisioning the Carbon-Neutral Campus: Planning for Reduced Energy Consumption at St. Olaf College

  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Four practices impacting campus carbon neutrality are increasingly common at Colleges and Universities in the United States: faculty and students are engaging in hands-on sustainability curriculum, facilities personnel are analyzing ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Assessing Sustainability Knowledge of a Student Population: Developing a Tool to Measure Knowledge in the Environmental, Economic, and Social Domains

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to present a tool for assessing the sustainability knowledge of an undergraduate population.

Design/methodology/approach: Multiple-choice questions were developed through soliciting expert ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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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.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
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Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

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.