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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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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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 Appétit 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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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.