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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Integrating Sustainability With Energy and Facilities Management at the Alamo Colleges District

  • Alamo Community College District (TX)

Alamo Colleges District is a network of five community colleges serving the diverse population of San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas. With a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, this ...

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Institutional challenges in CO2 footprint goals, inventorying, and implementing cost effective measures to meet the goals.

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Presentation addresses challenges in setting actionable goals for sustainability in educational institutions. Students have great passion but no experience; academics want hands-on and research opportunity; facility managers are pragmatic and ...

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The Climate Commitment: Getting the President to Move From 'no' to 'yes' -- and Then Maximizing the Impact of the Signature

  • Concordia College (NY)

At many colleges and universities, the president is highly reluctant to sign the Climate Commitment (of Second Nature), with its pledge to achieve carbon neutrality and increase community resilience. At ...

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Building a Public Institution Sustainability Program from the Ground Up: Ethics, Accolades and Advertising.

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

This session will describe the challenges, successes and issues in developing a sustainability program for a large, public institution. The issues resolved in 8 years of successful program growth will ...

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Connect with other sustainability representatives in the Northeast region and share ideas for ongoing monthly NECSC call topics. Anyone representing sustainability in a Northeast higher education institution is welcome!

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Most Likely to Succeed: Tips for Students when Developing Sustainability Initiative Proposals

  • Trinity University (TX)

This poster will share practical suggestions for students for furthering their initiatives on campus. The poster will cover areas often overlooked in student proposals: day-to-day operations, risk management, alignment with ...

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University of Scranton Community Garden, Planning, Partnerships, Students, and Surprises

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Attendees will enjoy a conversation on the University of Scranton's journey to plan and establish a Community Garden. One of the Sustainability Office's goals is to raise awareness ...

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Key Facilities Metrics survey and Communicating Complex Issues Graphically

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Joint APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics survey is in its 4th year and has grown 49% in participation and campus use. Examine how complex consumption metrics of energy (BTU), electrical ...

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Learnings in Advancing Sustainability, Measuring Progress, and Keeping Campus Clean with Smart Waste & Recycling Solutions

  • BigBelly Solar (MA)

Now more than ever, colleges and universities are placing emphasis on creating a comprehensive campus-wide approach to increase commitment to sustainability, efficiency, and the environment. This commitment is embodied by ...

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Johnson County Community College Student Sustainability Committee

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The Student Sustainability Committee is a leadership opportunity for students at Johnson County Community College that manages the institution's fee based Sustainable Initiatives Fund. This workshop will guide attendees ...

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Data-Based Assessment of Wind Power Feasibility

  • Ball State University (IN)

This presentation will describe the process by which a feasibility study for wind power to supplement Ball State University's energy budget has been developed. Ball State has a commitment ...

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New England's Largest Campus Solar Project

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In early 2017, UMass Amherst completed the installation of 5.5 MW of solar power over two parking lots and five rooftops making it the largest solar project on a ...

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From Sustainable Development Goals to Campus Sustainability Plan

  • Villanova University (PA)

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced in 2015 as the standard for future development of all nations. As such, Villanova University decided to use the SDGs as ...

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Catch the Wave: A Recycling Success Story from Concept to Today

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

Starting up a recycling program at a medical/research educational facility has several challenges from 'How do we start?' to 'What can we recycle?'. This poster presentation will demonstrate the ...

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Sustainability without Boundaries: Leveraging Green Initiatives to Bridge Campus, Community, and City

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

We're all in this together! Sustainability initiatives provide an excellent opportunity to empower the full spectrum of campus stakeholders to get involved in the work of building a better ...

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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

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Interactive Workshop: Simple Choices in Sustainable Purchasing? Beware the Pitfalls

  • Green Seal (DC)

What's the simple answer for selecting a sustainable product?' Many purchasers ask this when seeking environmentally-responsible choices. Many of these simple answers may seem to be the correct ones ...

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Rookies, Newbies, Imposters, & Not-Yet-Experts: Navigating Newness, Isolation, and/or Competence for Sustainability Professionals in Higher Education

  • Marquette University (WI)

This informal, semi-structured networking meeting is meant to keep that conversation going and allow for additional introductions and engagement. All are welcome, even if you did not attend the earlier ...

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SFU's Zero Waste Initiative

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste Initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted ...

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Wake Up & Dream: An Ecovillage Planning Experience on Campus

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Wake Up & Dream was a 12-month planning process that explored the idea of building an ecovillage as an alternative to convention campus housing. Nine speakers were brought to campus ...

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A Campus Move Out Sale: The Journey From Inception to Year Six.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Six years ago CSU's Housing and Surplus Departments decided to partner and pilot an additional step into the move out process, a sale with proceeds benefiting the Eco Leaders ...

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Let's Develop a Sustainability Literacy Assessment!

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Many institutions of higher education are interested in assessing their students' sustainability literacy, however developing a reliable and valid assessment tool is a difficult and time-consuming task. In this presentation ...

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Creating a Campus Culture for Sustainability by knowing how to do more with less.

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this session we'll look at how properly implementing campus initiatives, understanding your constituents and their needs, and enhanced marketing approaches are all necessary to move sustainability on a ...

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Using the SDGs to progress sustainability

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

The Sustainable Development Goals are the talk of the decade. Every nation state on the planet has signed up to achieve them - but what does this mean for tertiary education ...

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Using the Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Assess Student Involvement

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

The reasoning behind becoming involved in topics of sustainability often vary from person to person. We've done a little thinking and found that, like most movements, the Diffusion of ...

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Achieving Campus Waste Goals by Leveraging Diverse Stakeholders on and off Campus

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • Casella (VT)

UMass Lowell recently underwent a competitive bid process and the university was able to bring a diverse set of stakeholders to the table to ensure we were able to achieve ...

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The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success REALLY IS Written in the STARS

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has become a vital tool for Texas A&M University. Over time, we have learned how to better leverage STARS to improve sustainability ...

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Dollars are Flying out of Your Green Fund! Does That Equal Success?

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Actively managing a campus green fund in its social, environmental, and economic aspects is an essential component to producing intentional results and optimizing its impact. Since its inception in 2011 ...

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Introducing the new STARS Peer Review Protocol

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • AASHE (PA)

As part of our efforts to continuously improve STARS data quality, AASHE is considering implementing a new STARS Peer Review protocol beginning with the launch of STARS 2.2 in ...

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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)

Over 100 North American universities have enacted policies banning bottled water and promoting tap water as a more preferable choice. This workshop will outline the steps of banning bottled water ...

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Getting to Zero: Integrating Carbon Neutrality Planning with a Campus Utility Master Plan at a Small Liberal Arts College

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

This presentation will cover how a small liberal arts college undertook an integrated Campus Utility Master Plan and Net Zero Carbon Strategy. It will explore how the Director of Sustainability ...

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How Deferred Maintenance can be Your Climate Action Plan Ally

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

Is your institution reluctant to start a green fund due to competing priorities such as deferred maintenance backlog? Come hear how Dickinson College has carefully identified energy-saving and carbon-reducing deferred ...

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Energy Security, Resilience, and Cost Savings: Solar Can Do More Than Save the Planet

  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities (VT)

Installing a solar PV array on campus is one way campuses across the country are working toward their climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. But with the cost of ...

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California's Campuses Light the Way to a Clean Energy Future: Best Practices in Solar Project Planning

  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Until recently, the majority of solar PV capacity in the US has been installed in California. As new states emerge as leaders in solar-friendly policies, decision makers at campuses across ...

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How to Drive the Transformation Change Needed in your Institution to Achieve Climate Neutrality

  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, Western society has been built on the use of fossil fuels. In fact, energy consumption per capita is higher in Canada and the ...

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Trends in climate change mitigation strategies. Which institutions are meeting their greenhouse gas reduction targets and why.

  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

In the last decade nearly 500 colleges and universities in North America have publicly declared their intention to combat climate change by reaching carbon neutrality. Of those, 325 have committed ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often understated skills of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small internal meeting with ...

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State of the Association Address: AASHE Member Meeting

  • AASHE (PA)

Come join the AASHE Board and Staff while we present the AASHE 'state of the organization' address. You'll hear highlights from the member survey, programmatic priorities, and AASHE's ...

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AASHE International Networking Meeting

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference and those who are interested in international issues are invited to join in a networking meeting to share challenges ...

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Rapid Response: The South Carolina Floods Research Initiative

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

In October 2015, South Carolina experienced an unprecedented flood. It was immediately clear that the state would be forever changed by a natural disaster that ravaged rural, urban and suburban ...

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Ten Years of Including Wellness in the Sustainability Model

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Bemidji State University's Sustainability Office created a unique model for sustainability that includes a wellness component. The mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health of every person matters. Reducing anxiety ...

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Institutional Boundaries: Creating Clarity in a Time of Complex Third-Party Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

When was the last time you thought about your 'institutional boundaries' - the first credit in AASHE STARS? As higher education institutions continue to expand and evolve through innovative third-party partnerships ...

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Senior Leadership Summit: Positioning Sustainability as Your Ultimate Innovation and Strategy Driver

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Millersville University (PA)

AASHE's 2017 Senior Leadership Summit is an intensive professional development opportunity for senior leaders and their teams to accelerate their sustainability leadership impact by increasing the flow and adoption ...

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Students Counting Kilowatts - Student-engagement in energy conservation and master planning

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Universities are constantly undertaking studies and master planning efforts for all kinds of functions. These are opportunities for student learning and can be an important role for sustainability staff. Join ...

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Beyond Waste Diversion: Advancing Sustainable Materials Management at Emory

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Emory University's Sustainability Vision calls for aggressive waste minimization, including 95% diversion from landfills by 2025. Further, Emory is committed to the highest and best use of materials, innovation ...

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Engaging Senior Leaders in Organizational Design and Idea Flow: Lessons learned from Corporate & Higher Education Sector Leaders

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will present key findings from a landmark corporate CEO study along with applied leadership engagement case stories from higher education institutions to help advance our collective efforts to ...

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Mapping Your Campus Metabolism: Taking a Systems Approach to Understanding Material Flows on Your Campus

  • Furman University (SC)

As campuses strive to become increasingly more sustainable, a comprehensive, integrated systems understanding of a university's campus metabolism and key material flows (water, energy, food, and materials) is essential ...

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Carbon Pricing & Higher Ed: Internal Carbon Fees, Using Shadow Prices for Life Cycle Analysis, & Engaging Beyond the Campus

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

This interactive workshop will examine different models for internal carbon pricing, including models adopted by Yale, Vassar and Swarthmore. We will cover revenue neutral prices, prices that generate funds for ...

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Models for Collaborative and Implementable Pan-Campus Sustainability Plans

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community ...

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Instituting Plastic Wrap Recycling in a University Setting: A Case Study

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

Since its creation in 1995, the MUSC Recycling Department has grown into a massive operation serving the recycling needs of over 14,000 FTE employees in 131 buildings including confidential ...

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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

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Coordination & Planning Partners

Coalesce

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.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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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
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Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.