Coordination & Planning


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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The BCIT Factor Four Project

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The goal of Factor Four at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is to reduce energy and material throughput by a factor of four (75%) in an area of ...

Implementation of a Student Sustainability Fund at Missouri State University

  • Missouri State University (MO)

The purpose of the Student Sustainability Fund (hereafter referred to as the SustainaFund) is to provide the means to implement student-initiated projects on the Missouri State University-Springfield campus that focus ...

Transitioning from Sustainability Planning to Meaningful Implementation

  • Ohio University (OH)

With the formal adoption of the Sustainability Plan occurring in Summer 2011 and the Climate Action Plan in Winter 2012, Ohio University is in its first year of transitioning from ...

Communicating Carbon: Visualizing Energy Inputs, Activities, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Sustainability decision-making requires both accurate and informative data, and effective stakeholder communication. Higher education sustainability professionals must not only estimate energy inputs, activities, and greenhouse gas emissions data, they must ...

  • Posted April 30, 2013
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University of California, Santa Barbara Water Action Plan

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UCSB Water Action Plan (WAP) has three major project goals: determine historical and current campus water use in order to understand water use trends over time, identify and assess ...

  • Posted April 17, 2013
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Sustainability Innovation in Practice: Western's Collaborative Planning Results in Living Lab Model for Sparta Public Safety Training Facility

  • Western Technical College (WI)

Western expanded its Sparta(WI) campus to consolidate its Public-Safety Programs on one campus reducing the need for students to travel 35 miles to Western's campus in La Crosse ...

  • Posted July 27, 2012
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Sustainability and Integrated Campus Planning at UCLA

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Planning at UCLA systematically uses the LEED rating system to advance campus sustainability goals and to challenge project design teams to achieve significant efficiencies on campus. The comprehensive nature of ...

  • Posted July 27, 2012
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Implementing UBC's Climate Action Plan

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC)'s comprehensive Climate Action Plan, launched in 2010, is the result of a multi-year planning process that involved over 200 students, staff and faculty ...

Environmental and Regulatory Management System (ERMS)

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

UT Arlignton's Environmental and Regulatory Management System (ERMS) is a methodical approach to minimize adverse environmental impacts, maintain regulatory compliance, promote sustainability, and encourage safe work practices at The ...

Roadmap to Sustainability for Departmental Planning

  • Yale University (CT)

The Roadmap to Sustainability is a unique program designed to guide departments within a larger institution in creating department/unit specific Sustainability Action Plans. The Yale Office of Sustainability developed ...

Duke University's Sustainability Communications - Making the Campus Climate Action Plan Personal

  • Duke University (NC)

In 2007, Duke University signed the ACUPCC and embarked on a journey to assess institutional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, develop strategies to impact the campus footprint and become a carbon ...

Wisconsin's Green Future Campaign

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WI)

Project Overview: The WTCS Presidents' Association Green Initiative Committee requested assistance by the Statewide Marketing Consortium (SMC) to develop communications tools on sustainability. Given the vast number of students educated ...

  • Posted June 29, 2012
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Greeks Go Green LEAF Rating System

  • Cornell University (NY)

The Greeks Go Green LEAF Rating system rates chapters and keeps track of their progress related to sustainability initiatives. This system provides for an objective, consistent evaluation of over 70 ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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A Comprehensive Strategic Communications Plan for NYU's Office of Sustainability

  • New York University (NY)

Crowdsourcing the collective wisdom of the NYU Sustainability Task Force's all-volunteer Outreach and Engagement working group, with assistance from the Office of Sustainability, team members were able to develop ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Deliberation on Campus Sustainability (DoCS)

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The Deliberation on Campus Sustainability (DoCS) project was a campus-wide, student-initiated series of events that engaged hundreds of students, staff and faculty in creating recommendations for sustainability across the University ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Comprehensive Operational Analysis of Green Granting Programs in US Higher Education

  • New York University (NY)

After three years and 52 funded projects awarded more than $250,000 NYU's Green Grants program took a year off from calling for new project proposals, and instead conducted ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Embedding Sustainability into Institutional Governance and Planning

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This brief describes a process for embedding sustainability as a core value and accountability within institutional governance and planning. The context is the University of Calgary, a research intensive institution ...

  • Posted June 17, 2011
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The University of California Santa Cruz's Campus Sustainability Plan 1.0: a Case Study in Transformative Action for Change

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UCSC's first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan (the Plan), drafted during the 2009-10 academic year, used a consultative leadership approach, a focus on building strong relationships, and an effective outreach ...

Harvard Green Office Program

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Green Office Program's offers staff practical solutions needed to meet Harvard's GHG reduction goal and fulfill our Sustainability Principles, and a fun, competitive way for offices to ...

The Environmental Caucus: Breaking Down Silos to Promote Sustainability at Northern Arizona University

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Environmental Caucus (EC), a voluntary campus association, formed in 2008 as a grassroots approach to engage students, faculty, staff, and administrators in strengthening a culture of sustainability at NAU ...

Pulling it all together: a comprehensive approach to climate neutrality

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The University at Buffalo has charted a course toward climate neutrality that - however trite the terms might have become - is both strategic and holistic. It is designed to vest the ...

Just Tap It: Reducing Bottled Water Consumption at Muhlenberg College

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

The Just Tap It project at Muhlenberg College successfully reduced bottled water purchases on campus by 95%, by limiting the availability of bottled water at Muhlenberg and encouraging the college ...

Building Institutional Capacity for Sustainability Teaching, Research and Engagement at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant of $25 million, awarded to Portland State University in September 2008, was the largest gift in Portland State University's ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Institutionalizing Sustainability in Community Colleges: The Role of the College President

  • Spokane Community College (WA)

The purpose of this completed doctoral research study was to describe and improve understanding of the meaning of institutionalized sustainability and the role that a college president plays in institutionalizing ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Launching the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Portland State University Social Innovation Incubator (SII) accelerates the impact of social innovations by addressing the specific needs of a growing cadre of social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (i.e ...

Get-on-the-Map: Mapping Sustainability at Ball State University

  • Ball State University (IN)

We have developed a web-based technique for collecting and sharing STARS reporting information. This "get-on-the-map" web site uses the STARS reporting categories to structure a display of icons as informational ...

UMKC-Sustainability In Action

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (MO)

University of Missouri-Kansas City Sustainable initiatives have lead to the signing of the President's Climate Commitment and an increase in Sustainability projects/programs on campus. These initiatives also lead ...

  • Posted March 1, 2010
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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).


The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Coordination & Planning Partners


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.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
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Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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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
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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.