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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Entrepreneurial Thought and Action in Sustainability

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Learning to Reboot a Campus or Commercial Recycling Program

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging at Home and Abroad Through COPs: Higher Education Leadership on Climate Change

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Connecting In Your Region

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Internships Mobilizing From Coal to Carbon Neutrality Efforts

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Hitting the Reset Button: UT Austin's Process to Implement New Goals Within Existing Diversion Operations

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Colloquium on Sustainability in Business Higher Education

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Campus Resilience: Prioritizing Goals and Strategies Through Collaborative Gaming

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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CURC Campus Recycling Workshop

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Greek Sustainability Leadership Network

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Launching your Student Outreach Team

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Quadrupling Student Employment Without Increased Supervision--Too Good to be True?

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Transportation: How to Get 25% of Points Required for STARS Bronze

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Transitioning from 'Greeks Going Green' to 'Greek is Green'

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Yale University Town-Gown Collaboration on Sustainability

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Unlikely Partnerships Drive on the Ground Change; An Example From the Forest Products Industry for Managing a Key Supply Chain

  • Domtar Corporation (SC)
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Staples Business 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Funding Campus Sustainability with Student Green Fee Grants: Campus Collaborations are Greater than the Sum of their Parts

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Organizational Effectiveness of Sustainability Offices

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Clemson University Case Study

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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University of Michigan Building Consumption and Waste Assessment

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Year 1: Building a Sustainability Program and Culture

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Models of engagement, integration and transparency at the University of Washington

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Communities Program

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Organisational learning towards sustainability in higher education

  • University of Southampton

Purpose

Research on sustainability in higher education has focused on environmental management of the university campus, case studies and examples of good practice. Although the value and contribution of these ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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The INDICARE-model – measuring and caring about participation in higher education's sustainability assessment

The implementation of sustainability in higher education has been advanced over at least the last two decades and brought sustainability assessment on the research agenda of Education for Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted Nov. 14, 2016
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Embodying Tao in the ‘Restorative University’

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Schumacher College

This paper proposes a new generative metaphor, the ‘Restorative University’ which embodies an associated Taoist human–nature narrative. It aims to counter what is contextualized here as the bio-cultural disconnection ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Participatory processes in sustainable universities – what to assess?

Purpose

This paper aims to connect participatory sustainability implementation with sustainability assessment, exploring learning theories, the principles of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) and respective indicators applied in the ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies For Colleges and Universities

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

This publication provides an overview of smart growth strategies and the better outcomes that these strategies have yielded when adopted by colleges and universities and communities across the country. It ...


Validating the Need to Include the Economic Returns of Graduates as a Metric of a Higher Education Institutions Level of Sustainability

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

Higher education institutions play an important role in sustainability, in their own management and operation, in research and education, and in the undergraduate and graduate degrees they deliver. Often ignored ...


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

  • 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 ...


UCSB and Campus Sustainability Group Come to Agreement

  • 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 ...


Campus prosociality as a sustainability indicator

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 Oct. 28, 2016
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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
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Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.