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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Stakeholders Perceptions of a Universal Sustainability Assessment in Higher Education - A Review of Empirical Evidence Membership Required

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technical University of Delft

The progress of sustainability within higher education has steadily increased in focus over the last decade and has increasingly become a topic of academic research. As institutions investigate, implement and ...

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UCSB and Campus Sustainability Group Come to Agreement Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

This article describes an agreement regarding University of California, Santa Barbara's Long Range Development Plan between the University and Sustainable University Now (SUN), a coalition of community organizations). The ...

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Campus prosociality as a sustainability indicator Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose - Prosociality may in part determine sustainability behavior. Prior research indicates that pro-environmental behavior correlates with prosocial attitudes, and separately, that prosociality correlates with social support in homes and communities ...

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Comparative Analysis of Ecological Footprint on Ecological Campus of an Urban University in China Membership Required

  • XiΓÇÖan University of Architecture and Technology

The componential method of ecological footprint is applied to estimate the ecological footprint of the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT) in 2011. An EF value for the ...

  • Posted 8 months ago
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Use of Life Cycle Assessment methodology in the analysis of Ecological Footprint Assessment results to evaluate the environmental performance of universities Membership Required

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (Valencia)

The assessment of the environmental performance of an organization is an essential part of the decision-making process of an Environmental Management System. Having robust indicators enables a reliable assessment. The ...

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Application of the componential method for ecological footprint calculation of a Chinese university campus Membership Required

The componential method of ecological footprint is applied to estimate the ecological footprint of Northeastern University (NEU) in 2003. The components considered in this study include energy (coal, natural gas ...

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Composite indicators for a sustainable campus—Design rationale and methodology: The case of the Catholic Institute of Lille Membership Required

Having first appeared in the mid-1990s, policy actions for improving how sustainable development principles are put into practice on university campuses have been growing more and more. This has taken ...

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Using ecological footprint analysis in higher education: Campus operations, policy development and educational purposes Membership Required

  • Leuven University College
  • University of Leuven

Ecological footprint analysis has been used worldwide in a variety of organizations (enterprise, public authorities, non-governmental organizations, (higher) educational institutions) and at different levels (personal level, (parts of) organizations, cities ...

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Framework for the inter-comparison of ecological footprint of universities Membership Required

The ecological footprint (EF) method represents the suitability of a given population on the carrying capacity of the total system. It was developed in order to measure the relationship between ...

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An urban university’s ecological footprint and the effect of climate change Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Ecological footprint analysis (EFA) has been used since the early 1990s as a measure of sustainability for geographical regions, products, and activities. EFA is used as a measure of land ...

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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses Membership Required

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Cities generate environmental impacts that have focused the global interest of scientists and authorities on the search for environment-friendly alternatives. The ‘Ecocity’ concept provides an innovative and sustainable vision of ...

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2016 Sustainable Campus Index

  • AASHE (PA)

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In response ...

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Climate & Energy Strategy Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

UC Santa Cruz convenes staff, students and faculty to discuss how to meet the UC systemwide goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 and next steps for implementation of the ...

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UBC Sustainability - University Boulevard Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Using our campus as a living lab model, we are treating our campus as one interconnected system. We are continuously implementing strategies to effectively manage campus energy, water, waste, food ...

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Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability Engagement Initiatives Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability

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UBC Sustainability - Canadian Flag Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

A first university in Canada to open a sustainability office and develop a sustainable development policy, UBC developed a 20-year sustainability strategy as a long-term framework to embed sustainability across ...

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UBC Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The university is working to embed sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations and infrastructure, and the community.

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Mills Sustainability Center Grand Opening Membership Required

  • Mills College (CA)

The Grand Opening of the Mills Sustainability Center in 2008. The Sustainability Center serves as a hub for sustainability education and collaboration.

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Climate Ready BU - Assessing the Campus for the Impacts of Climate Change Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Much of the Boston University campuses are located less than five feet above today's high tide. With projections for sea level rise a cause for concern this century, the ...

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A proposal for measuring sustainability in universities: a case study of Spain Membership Required

Purpose

Numerous sustainability assessment tools are being created and applied in the higher education sector. In light of such diversity, there is a need to provide a common guideline for ...

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The comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments Membership Required

  • Davidson College (NC)

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have been increasingly communicating their sustainability commitments to the ...

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path Membership Required

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Solar PV and small wind turbine demonstration project funded by SUNY Small Grant Sustainability Fund

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UNCG Collaborative Planning for Key Thoroughfare Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Model community engagement that resulted in a mixed use village-style development on a major municipal thoroughfare in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Sustainable Business Roundtable at UBuffalo Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The University at Buffalo initiated a partnership in recent years with Erie County and a small group of key business leaders throughout the region to assess the feasibility of creating ...

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New Student Sustainability Fee Impacts Buildings, Research, and Student Activities Membership Required

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

A part of the newly implemented Student Sustainability Fee was allocated to competitive grants open to students, faculty and staff. In the first round of competition, the fee was able ...

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Solar field and rooftop installations at the David Ames Clock Farm at Stonehill College Membership Required

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The 15 acre solar field and two rooftop installations include 9,625 panels with a combined production of 3.384 million kWh per year, which covers 20% of Stonehill’s ...

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Ecoroof Management Plan Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Broadway Residence Hall at Portland State University received LEED Silver certification in 2004,with a combination of sustainable construction practices and green building features, including a 18,000 square ...

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Making an Impact with STARS Benchmarking Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)

STARS is more than just a rating system, and can also be used for benchmarking, gap analysis, and celebrating progress. This session explores features and tools from the STARS website ...

  • Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

This publication offers guidelines for higher education institutions in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact within the organization and then leading their global adoption.

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Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits Membership Required

  • Monash University (VIC)

Purpose

This article aims to provide a perspective on sustainability reporting and performance management in the university sector making a case for increased accountability, improved (management of) performance and greater ...

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Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Since its inception in 2008, the WKU Office of Sustainability has struggled with general program and initiative awareness as well as student engagement in university sponsored sustainability activities. Attempts to ...

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CSR Reporting and the University Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

There is currently no mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting standards for institutions of higher learning (universities) in the U.S. There is also no established governing or regulatory body ...

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Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

In this article, the author reflects on her experiences the founding director of Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative. She describes how the campus sustainability movement has evolved from an ...

  • Posted 10 months ago
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Health Educators Climate Commitment Membership Required

  • Columbia University (NY)

The Health Educators Climate Commitment is a pledge by 118 medical, public health, and nursing schools from 15 countries to train their students to address the health impacts of climate ...

  • Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector: HEASC 2008 Annual Report Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This report describes the collective and individual activities of each of the members of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of higher education associations working together to ...

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Understanding the Management of Sustainability on One Public Midwestern College Campus Membership Required

  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)

Environmental sustainability is a substantial issue within our world today that is on the forefront of policy makers' minds. Implementation of sustainability initiatives on a college campus comes in many ...

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From theory to practice : an analysis of transformative social innovation at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Higher education institutions are striving to become both models and leaders in innovation for sustainable development, as sustainability is becoming a growing priority around the world. The approaches adopted by ...

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Sustainability Assessment of Higher Education Institutions in Saudi Arabia Membership Required

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Universities are paramount change drivers in bringing about a culture of sustainability in society by setting themselves up as models and nurseries for sustainable development. Thus, assessment of sustainability integration ...

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Net Zero Water Planning Toolkit Membership Required

  • Brendle Group (CO)

The Net Zero Water (NZW) Planning Toolkit is intended to standardize and simplify water analysis and planning, while also maximizing economic returns and environmental benefits. The toolkit includes four phases ...

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Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents Membership Required

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) play a central role in global efforts toward environmental sustainability. With 23 campuses, the California State University (CSU) is the largest higher education system in ...

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Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations

  • AASHE (PA)

Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations, posted to the AASHE Discussion Forums on July 19, 2010 (FAQs included). Original signatories are indicated in the PDF, and the ...

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HBCU Green Report 2014 Membership Required

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

The 2014 HBCU Green Report, which is based on a survey of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), indicates that there is significant activity underway on HBCU campuses to promote ...

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Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report: 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey Membership Required

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report shares the results of a 2010 survey of minority-serving institutions administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the Sustainable ...

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Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website Membership Required

  • American Council on Education (DC)

The Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website from the American Council on Education (ACE) showcases regularly updated featured content on the following campus diversity and inclusion topics:

  • Racial/ethnic minority ...

Communicating Sustainability Online: An Examination of Corporate, Nonprofit, and University Websites Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Sustainability, here defined as environmental quality and well-being, has emerged as a core business strategy and a focal area of investigation among communication scholars. This study analyzed sustainability landing pages ...

  • Posted 11 months ago
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Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool Membership Required

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

The Green Genome Institutional Self-Assessment Tool is a free tool designed to enable community colleges to quickly gauge how well they are leading and integrating sustainability and green workforce development ...


AASHE Launches Version 2.1 for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System Membership Required

  • International Facility Management Association (TX)

AASHE recently launched the latest version of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) that features data auto-population, exemplary practice options and more.

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Integration of Sustainability Reporting at an Academic Institution Membership Required

  • Walden University (MN)

Leaders at nonprofit academic institutions are following the global business trend of embracing sustainability initiatives for positive social change; however, there has been slow growth in sustainability reporting among academic ...

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An integrated leadership model for leading education for sustainability in higher education and the vital role of students as change agents Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This paper explores the leadership of education for sustainability (EfS) in higher education, focusing specifically on the key role students can play as internal catalysts for change. It presents a ...

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Education for sustainability-challenges and opportunities: The case of RCEs Membership Required

  • London South Bank University

This article will focus on the challenges of leadership and management of a key initiative of the 2005-2014 UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), namely the Regional Centres ...

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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

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.