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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Illustrating the 'Criterion Problem': How Starting With the End in Mind Gets us There Membership Required

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Virtually every sustainability problem begins with human thinking and behavior. While this may seem obvious, psychologists are rarely involved in the conception, development, delivery, or evaluation of real world attempts ...

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Building Student Leadership Through Networks: Connecting Higher Education Institutions Through Behavior Change Projects Membership Required

  • Augsburg College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This poster focuses on the value of connecting students, faculty and staff across boundaries. In this case, we connected across institutions, learning from each other and developing a network for ...

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How Higher Education can Foster Innovations for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Using a historical methodology to review places of innovation and intentional communities, three commonalities were identified as fundamental to the process of creating sustainable and innovative environments. For those interested ...

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Establishing a Student Green Fund at Your University Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a student-led effort recently succeeded with the establishment of a student green fund. The green fund currently provides approximately $46,000 per year to be ...

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Management Strategies for Carbon and Nitrogen: Using a Combined Footprint Tool to Reduce Environmental Impact Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

How can institutions assess and manage their impact on the environment? A newly combined tool for carbon and nitrogen footprints offers a platform for institutions to manage their emissions both ...

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Showcasing Community Sustainability Champions on Campus: Why? How? Membership Required

  • Indiana University South Bend Library (IN)

For several years, the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future has held a Sustainability Lecture Series on campus. The format has evolved over time to best meet the ...

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Key Facilities Metrics; Gateway Survey for Collegiate Improvements Membership Required

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

For the third year, the joint APPA/NACUBO 'Key Facilities Benchmark' survey is being offered and results will be highlighted. The five simple measures instigated by the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory ...

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Importance of Student-led Efforts in Initiating Sustainability Programs in a Location With Predominantly Conservative Values Membership Required

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

Tarleton State University provides an interesting dichotomy It is located in a small town in rural Texas where sustainability has neither been promoted nor required. For years, faculty were stymied ...

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Meeting a Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Goal: A Case Study at the University of Virginia Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia has three 'firsts' with respect to controlling nitrogen pollution. In 2009 it was the first to calculate its nitrogen footprint (492 tonnes N); in 2013 it ...

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Expedited STARS Reporting: Moving from Measurement to Management Membership Required

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Sightlines (CT)

In a climate of overtaxed staff and competing priorities, institutions struggle to devote adequate resources to STARS reporting. Yet the old adage holds true: 'You can't manage what you ...

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Entrepreneurial Thought and Action in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

In this presentation we will explore how the concept of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action can be applied to sustainability initiatives at your college or university. We will focus on: utilizing ...

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

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MIT's Sustainability DataHub Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Datasets are ubiquitous at MIT. The Institute collects large volumes of data on a variety of subjects related to the sustainability effort. However, these datasets are housed in diverse and ...

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Branding a Sustainability Program: The University of Rochester Go Green Initiative Membership Required

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Like many universities striving to make sustainability a priority without a central office for sustainability, the University of Rochester's efforts and achievements occur among multiple departments and programs. Communicating ...

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Transitioning Dining Hall Pulped Waste to Post-Consumer Compost: Challenges and Lessons Learned at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Following a waste audit in 2011, Appalachian Food Services, the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services at Appalachian State University began discussing the possibility of transitioning dining hall pulped waste ...

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Learning to Reboot a Campus or Commercial Recycling Program Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The only thing certain in the recycling field is that nothing is certain. In colleges and universities across the United States, sustainability and zero waste managers are constantly having to ...

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UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability: A Strategic Partnership for Campus Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

UMass Lowell's leadership is deeply committed to campus sustainability. As part of the overall campus transformation strategy, university leadership decided to form an Office of Sustainability to integrate sustainability ...

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Working with Zero: Maximizing Partnerships to Meet Big Sustainability Goals Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Campus sustainability practitioners are often tasked to achieve goals using little funding and staffing. By maximizing networks both within and outside the traditional sustainability lens and connecting campus resources, Zero ...

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The Africa Center for Sustainable Ecosystems and Societies Under Global Change Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The Africa Center for Sustainable Ecosystems and Societies Under Global Change invests in innovative and interdisciplinary research that cross-cut conventional disciplines in an attempt to tackle global environmental and sustainability ...

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Breaking Through: Creative Engagement Strategies for Increasing Student Sustainable Involvement in the Dorms and Beyond Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

NYC came to a standstill when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and the public electrical grid shutdown, but the lights were on in 22 NYU buildings, and for once ...

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Engaging at Home and Abroad Through COPs: Higher Education Leadership on Climate Change Membership Required

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Higher education has the unique opportunity to act as a leader and generator of positive climate action both domestically and abroad. Through research, interdisciplinary educational programs, experiential learning opportunities, at ...

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Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Membership Required

  • Chlorine Free Products Association (IL)

In today's world there are those who make claims about their sustainability based on an outdated data, inefficient process, or outright lies. Recently we all found out to what ...

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Connecting In Your Region Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

As schools mature in their work with sustainability, there is inevitably a point where they look outside of campus boundaries to connect with peers, community organizations, and businesses in order ...

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sustainability Plan - Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of the Campus Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • Buro Happold (NY)

UNC is a recognized leader in sustainability (AASHE STARS - Gold campus), leading in the tangible aspects of water and energy conservation with a mature recycling and composting program, sustainable buildings ...

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Sustainability Management from Zero to Sixty: Green Competitions for Offices, Buildings, Campuses, and Cities Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Colleges and universities like to compete by nature. Recycle Mania and Campus Conservation Nationals are competitions on a national scale, with hundreds and thousands of students competing to win. At ...

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Student Internships Mobilizing From Coal to Carbon Neutrality Efforts Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Carbon neutrality efforts require high level planning and coordination; meanwhile, sustainability offices often have few staff and full plates. This case study highlights efforts of two Oberlin College students who ...

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Hitting the Reset Button: UT Austin's Process to Implement New Goals Within Existing Diversion Operations Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As a state entity many of UT Austin's waste diversion programs and successes stemmed from state mandates. Due to changing priorities at the university level including the adoption of ...

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A Public Engagement Process to Create a Community-Based Vision and Open Space Plan Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

During a three-week public engagement process, a team of faculty and students facilitated community-based public participation to create a vision and open space plan for a 27-acre vacant lot in ...

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Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley advises 50 environmental registered student organizations and student campaigns and 45 The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) projects, directs the Zero Waste ...

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It's Everyone's Job! Sustainability Leadership at SUNY Cortland Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

This poster session will share the model of diffused sustainability used at SUNY Cortland. It will share how multiple areas of the campus community including the President and grounds crew ...

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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

A great deal of current effort is focused on developing and aligning sustainability performance criteria. We will explore together what is happening with GRI, SASB, etc. in institutionalizing clear metrics ...

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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Business plays a critical role in confronting the environmental and societal challenges currently facing our world. Business higher education must assist in transforming organizations and creating the needed human capital ...

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Campus Resilience: Prioritizing Goals and Strategies Through Collaborative Gaming Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • LHB, Inc. (MN)

This workshop engages participants in Campus Resilience, an educational and collaborative campus-building game whose goal is to achieve institutional carbon neutrality while maintaining resilience: campus academic, cultural, environmental, and financial ...

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CURC Campus Recycling Workshop Membership Required

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) workshop brings together experts in the field of waste reduction and diversion at institutions of higher education. This year's workshop will focus ...

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Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

For a winning 'season', add your library to the team to enhance the implementation of sustainability solutions on campus and beyond! In this poster, we will highlight some of the ...

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Greek Sustainability Leadership Network Membership Required

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

This networking meeting invites Greek alumni and conference attendees from institutions sustaining Greek life to convene for structured and unstructured conversations about our capacity to accelerate the advancement of sustainability ...

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Launching your Student Outreach Team Membership Required

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Students have been involved with sustainability offices since the beginning, working as interns, lobbying for operational and administrative change and supporting our events and outreach. Increasingly, students are providing the ...

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Quadrupling Student Employment Without Increased Supervision--Too Good to be True? Membership Required

  • Beloit College (WI)

As the Sustainability Coordinator at Beloit College, a liberal arts college of 1300 undergraduates, I have historically hired 2-3 students each year due to limited supervision bandwidth, despite greater student ...

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Transportation: How to Get 25% of Points Required for STARS Bronze Membership Required

  • WELLS + Associates (VA)

Six out of twenty-five points required for STARS Bronze can be achieved through Transportation (OP19-OP21). All you need to do is survey your students and employee to measure their Commute ...

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Transitioning from 'Greeks Going Green' to 'Greek is Green' Membership Required

  • GreeniPhi (VA)

Greek life has a legacy of producing the change makers, leaders, and power brokers of the future. Consequently, educating Greeks about sustainability, and leading them to adopt sustainability measures as ...

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Yale University Town-Gown Collaboration on Sustainability Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)

Yale University has embarked on its third sustainability strategic planning process with a fresh emphasis on connecting with the City of New Haven community, among additional priorities. Three distinct programs ...

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Unlikely Partnerships Drive on the Ground Change; An Example From the Forest Products Industry for Managing a Key Supply Chain Membership Required

  • Domtar Corporation (SC)
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Staples Advantage (MA)

Sustainable forestry has been prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals as a critical component of climate change mitigation. Following COP21, it's clear that AASHE institutions and businesses have an ...

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Funding Campus Sustainability with Student Green Fee Grants: Campus Collaborations are Greater than the Sum of their Parts Membership Required

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Georgia Southern University's Center for Sustainability is partly funded by a $10 student fee, proposed by students. The fees finance a grant program that has funded >$650,000 ...

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Organizational Effectiveness of Sustainability Offices Membership Required

  • Eckerd College (FL)

Campus sustainability has risen in prominence at colleges and universities of all sizes. Several indicators of the increasing commitment to environmental stewardship by higher education institutions include the Talloires Declaration ...

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Clemson University Case Study Membership Required

  • RRS (MI)

Colleges and universities may be classified as institutions, but they often operate like small cities when it comes to waste and recycling. In order to manage resources wisely from both ...

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University of Michigan Building Consumption and Waste Assessment Membership Required

  • RRS (MI)

This poster will explore how new and existing sustainability projects at the University of Michigan are being integrated into a pathway for student sustainability engagement and leadership as we aim ...

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Year 1: Building a Sustainability Program and Culture Membership Required

  • Saint Mary's College (IN)

Is your school starting or contemplating a sustainability program? Have challenges such as budget, staffing, capacity, or leadership stifled your initial progress? Managing change often involves navigating inertia and building ...

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Models of engagement, integration and transparency at the University of Washington Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Change and transformation at an institutional level cannot happen overnight and requires active management. Universities are increasingly responding to pressures for efficiency, increasing enrollment, recruiting the best faculty and students ...

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Sustainable Communities Program Membership Required

  • Audubon International (NY)

Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program is an international, science-based, third-party certification program that guides communities through a customized journey to become healthy and vibrant places in which to live ...


Effective change management, governance and policy for sustainability transformation in higher education Membership Required

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Purpose

Numerous policy announcements and articles have been produced over the past 20 years calling for higher education institutions to give greater focus to social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability ...

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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
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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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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.