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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No half measures, making an institution wide commitment to sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

In Boldly Sustainable, Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putnam argue that "halfhearted measures won't work," that colleges and universities need to make an authentic commitment to sustainability that involves the ...

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Effective Strategies for Implementing Sustainability Across a Large Catholic University

  • DePaul University (IL)

Sustainability in a Catholic institution starts with mission and values. Implementing a comprehensive sustainability plans requires integrating curricula, operations, research and engagement with the institutional mission. In a Vincentian institution ...

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goCARTS: Driving Learning Through Climate Action Plan Implementation

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2050. Climate neutrality means zero NET emissions. Interim goals include a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 ...

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Aligning Sustainability Commitments with Actions at A Wild West University

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

This is a panel on how to encourage a university to align stated sustainability commitments with actions. Four faculty at a Wild West University (hereafter WWU, not its real name ...

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University of Minnesota System-Wide Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Put a cougar, a bulldog, a gopher, and an eagle in one room - do you find sustainability? You betcha!

The University of Minnesota community has created new, regional models of ...

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How We Live and How We Learn: Sustainability at U.Va.

  • University of Virginia (VA)

U.Va.'s Presidential Committee on Sustainability, Office of the Architect and Utilities staff focus on achieving university-wide curricular and operations goals. Simultaneously, individual Schools have set sustainability goals, such ...

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Recreation as a viable Partner in Sustainability Efforts

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Over the last 10 years the Student Recreation Center at Washington State University (WSU) has been utilized over 6 million times by students, staff, and faculty. 89% of the freshman ...

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Feeding Innovation in Sustainability: Ithaca's Comprehensive Dining Energy Plan

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sodexo's Facility Management team approached Ithaca College with a proposal to conduct a comprehensive energy audit of all food service facilities on campus (3 board dining halls, 1 food ...

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From Red To Green: Sustainability Planning In A Shifting Environment

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Many colleges and universities are beginning the task of creating formal plans for how they will reach their sustainability, energy and climate neutrality goals. Many campuses are also still creating ...

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Canadian Universities and Colleges Advance Tomorrow's Low Carbon Economy

  • Okanagan College (BC)
  • EY (VA)

Canadian universities and colleges, from St. John to Victoria are playing an instrumental role in not only demonstrating steps towards a low carbon economy, but also helping communities to adapt ...

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Pulling it all together: a comprehensive approach to climate neutrality

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Reaching the goal of climate neutrality requires universities to do many things at once. As such, the University at Buffalo has chosen an explicitly comprehensive and integrated approach to climate ...

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Ideas to Implementation-Catalizing Student, Staff and Faculty Sustainability Efforts

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This session will describe a decade-long award-winning initiative that partners students, faculty and students to catalyze sustainability efforts on our 60,000 person campus. Using the campus as a living ...

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Relationship Economics: Causal Measurement Connects Sustainability Initiatives to Critical Outcomes

  • University of Chicago (IL)

To establish the first comprehensive and fully integrated university-wide sustainability system, a robust causal measurement system was created to guide strategic decision making, prioritizing the implementation of sustainability programs and ...

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Navigating by the STARS: Using STARS to Re-Organize Campus Decision-Making

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

This session examines the evolution of sustainability efforts in higher education from principle-based proclamations such as the Talloires Declaration, to goal-based agreements such as the Presidents Climate Commitment, to metric-based ...

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The Regional Sustainability Index

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

ABSTRACT: The Regional Sustainability Index

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor in the economic development of regions in many states. However, there is not a tool available to assist ...

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Service Learning Involving Community Partnerships and Community Sustainability Planning

  • Acadia University (NS)

In Canada, communities are increasingly developing sustainability plans in order to access federal funds made available through a municipal gas tax rebate program. While larger communities are well positioned to ...

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Campus sustainability initiatives: what helps, what hinders?

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

As more and more campuses become increasingly adept at measuring their progress toward sustainability, it is just as important to also track a variety of institutional factors that might help ...

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Reporting or Auditing: The Challenge of Implementing STARS

  • Ball State University (IN)

During the pilot development phase of STARS, much of the threaded e-mail exchange focused on the difficulty of the post-facto gathering of information needed to report and audit institutional achievements ...

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Best practice in UK HE sustainability implementation

  • Bradford University (West Yorkshire)

To present leading work from UK HEis on the implementation of sustainability focussing on large scale curriculum, student engagement, outdoor classroom and cultural change. Specific feature on host institutional programme- ...

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An Integral Approach to Institutionalizing Sustainability: A Case Study of Colorado College

  • Colorado College (CO)

Recently, institutions of higher education (IHE) have moved toward greening their campuses and incorporating sustainability principles into strategic planning, operations, education, research, and public engagement. While many IHE have some ...

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Beyond GHG Reduction. Climate Change adaptation for Dalhousie University.

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Global and local environmental and sustainability challenges such as energy security, efficiency, and climate change are compounding. Universities across the world have responded by signing commitment statements, conducting GHG inventories ...

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A Survey of Water Management at University and College Campuses

  • Duke University (NC)

The effective management of water is necessary as water resources become increasingly scarce and variable through inefficient consumption, pollution, and climate change. Integrated water resource management is recommended to sustainably ...

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Go Green: Institutionalizing Sustainability at Eastern Michigan University

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)

The purpose of this presentation is to examine efforts to start a campus sustainability drive at a mid-sized university. This talk will present the ongoing efforts to institutionalize sustainability at ...

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Innovative Campus Sustainability Initiatives at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Eckerd College (FL)

Eckerd College signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The College has data on campuswide greenhouse gas emissions since 2002. We will present this data ...

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Planning sustainable campus urban forests: Indiana University-Bloomington and Tree Campus USA.

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Many universities are creating or updating their campus master plans with an eye toward sustainability, going beyond traditional development-based plans centered on new building construction and instead focusing on protecting ...

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How to Launch an Office of Sustainability at Warp Speed

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

How does one start an office of sustainability at a Big Ten university campus with 40,000 students? This paper will describe how one director of sustainability catalyzed change through ...

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Involving the Entire Community: Missouri State University and Sustainability

  • Missouri State University (MO)

On June 15, 1995, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan signed into law Senate Bill 340 which gave Missouri State University a statewide mission in Public Affairs. In late 2007 the University ...

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Kick-Start Your Sustainability Program Using Student Funding and Energy!

  • North Seattle College (WA)

North Seattle Community College (NSCC) has burst on to the college sustainability scene over the last year by establishing a model for a vigorous Sustainability Program. While other programs boast ...

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Sustainability Coordinators in Higher Education - Research and Solutions

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Environmental sustainability is a growing subject at universities across the United States. Many universities have decided to hire a "Sustainability Coordinator" as a full-time faculty position in order to maximize ...

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Campus Sustainability Programs: A Case Study of Historical Fragmented Campus

  • Savannah College of Art & Design (GA)

For more than 30 years, SCAD has transformed historic properties into thriving environments for students, including former hotels, a hospital, a prison, a synagogue, a convent, a department store, a ...

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How Three Institutions Achieved Progressive Measures of Environmental Sustainability

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use a comparative case study to examine how higher education institutions achieved progressive measures of environmental sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach: The study ...

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A Symphony of Green Inititatives on College and University Campuses

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

A Symphony of Green Initiatives on College and University Campuses

Brett Mayo, Director of Energy Management & Sustainability, Office of Student Life, The Ohio State University

Abstract:

Background

Colleges and ...

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Setting Ambitious Climate Action Targets

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

UBC adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2010 to advance towards a low-carbon future, committing the university to aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. Compared to 2007 levels, GHGs will ...

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Performance Matters, Tangible Progress on Mitigating Climate Change

  • University of Calgary (AB)

The University of Calgary (U of C) is a signatory to the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. This session will highlight how the U ...

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A Critical Analysis of Social Sustainability and University Adaptation

  • University of Denver (CO)

Increasingly, colleges and universities in the United States are adapting toward a model of behavior that incorporates issues of sustainability. This adaptation in universities and in society has implications on ...

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Building iCAP: The University of Illinois Climate Action Planning Experience

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

We need visions of the future in order to plan. With a clear vision, campus leaders can guide our Universities toward becoming healthier, cleaner, safer, and more prosperous places. Most ...

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Administrative advocacy: fostering sustainability champions at the top

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Having administrative champions on your side can help your campus sustainability efforts to move faster, receive more support, and be more effective. But how do you develop a rapport with ...

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Collaboration among higher educational institutions for increased sustainability in Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The City of Pittsburgh has a climate initiative which outlines goals and directions to reduce emissions and increase economic and societal sustainability in the region. Pittsburgh has become one of ...

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SustainaUnity: Campus Collaboration with Sustainability

  • University of Virginia (VA)

In 2008, University Unity Project was started by Student Council to bring the University of Virginia together. Each year the student body voted on a theme around which to unite ...

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Sustainability-Based Integrated Planning: Indicators & Alignment of Values, Principles, & Practices

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

S-BIP is a holistic, systems thinking approach to the alignment and application of sustainability-based values, principles, and practices with that of integrated planning (IP - as advanced by the Society for ...

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Sustainability Programs in Higher Education: Finding the Common Ground

  • American University (DC)

Within the past decade, sustainability has gained immense popularity within the higher education realm. From pledging to reach carbon neutrality, to participating in a national recycling competition, colleges and universities ...

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Re-invigorating sustainability programs by learning to see value vs. waste

  • Boston College (MA)

Many institutions have established sustainability programs: from recycling to dining to green cleaning. But what happens when the initial success has slowed and a program needs improvement? A collaborative method ...

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Corporate Climate Responsibility: Why Competition Will Save the World

  • Climate Counts

Benefiting from worldwide media coverage, the Climate Counts Company Scorecard has rapidly emerged as a credible measure of corporate climate responsibility. The Scorecard is driving stakeholder dialogue and soul-searching in ...

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Implementing Sustainability Teaching, Research, and Service at Florida A&M University

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

The Environment and Sustainability Council is embarked on a comprehensive and integrated approach to institutionalize sustainability at Florida A&M University (FAMU), an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of ...

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Furman University's Approach to Integrating National and Campus Assessment Methodologies

  • Furman University (SC)

With the advent of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ratings System (STARS) as an increasingly standard assessment protocol for campuses across the country, integrating national or external assessment protocols with ...

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We're on board with ACUPCC: Now what?

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Almost 700 institutions of higher education are signatories to the ACUPCC and it is encouraging to note that this momentum appears to be building. Community or 4-year colleges, that have ...

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Predictive Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)

Climate action plans currently developed by institutions of higher education across the country need to provide various mitigations strategies to achieve carbon neutrality in the "near future". These strategies are ...

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A business case for developing transformative sustainable education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and Universities have obvious financial incentives to invest in sustainability objectives that reduce the costs of campus operation. Similarly, investments in research infrastructure in topics of energy and sustainability ...

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Institutionalizing sustainability in community colleges: 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 ...

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Structuring Campus Sustainability Programs to Foster Sustained Student Leadership

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This paper details the recent creation of a self-sustaining environmental initiative undertaken at the University of Arizona to transform the campus through collaborative projects and programs and foster the continued ...

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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