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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Greening the Ivory Tower: A Review of Educational Research on Sustainability in Post-Secondary Education Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

There is a deficit of multi-site studies examining the integration of sustainability in the policies and practices of post-secondary institutions. This paper reviews what comparative empirical research has been undertaken ...

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College students are flocking to sustainability degrees, careers Membership Required

  • USA TODAY (VA)

With an increased interest in the environment and growth in the "green collar" job sector, colleges and universities are beginning to incorporate sustainability into their programs. From MBAs in sustainable-business ...

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Green, Greener, Greenest Membership Required

Green is good for the planet, but also for a college’s public image. In a Princeton Review survey this year of 10,300 college applicants, 63 percent said that ...

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Sustainability is everyone's job, but some get paid for it Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

Employees whose sole job is to improve "ecofriendliness" are popping up at colleges and businesses in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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At students' behest, colleges add efforts to address climate change Membership Required

  • USA TODAY (VA)

More and more, prospective students want to know what universities are doing about climate change - from reducing their own carbon footprint to preparing students for the environmental challenges ahead.

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Celebrating campus sustainability leadership on Earth Day 2016 Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

The University of Alberta's annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards are given out on April 22 to help celebrate Earth Day. This year, we awarded seven groups and individuals for ...

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Green revolving funds: A sustainable investment Membership Required

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • Blessed Earth (KY)
  • Saint John's University (MN)

There has recently been a groundswell of interest in sustainability in all its forms, and two organizations — Green Seminary Initiative and Seminary Stewardship Alliance — have emerged to provide resources and ...

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UConn Earth Day Spring Fling & Arbor Day Membership Required

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Students gather on Fairfield Way for UConn’s annual Earth Day Spring Fling.

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Higher Education: Features, Trends and Needs in Relation to Sustainability Membership Required

  • 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. With various scholars, journals and ...

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Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This comprehensive study by National Wildlife Federation and Princeton Survey Research Associates International reviews trends and new developments in environmental performance and sustainability at 1,068 institutions. It recognizes colleges ...

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Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development Membership Required

  • University of Vechta
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • RMIT University

The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development gives a systematic and comprehensive overview of existing and upcoming research approaches for higher education for sustainable development. It provides ...

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Sustainable Stanford Earth Day Photos Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

On April 19, 2016, Stanford’s academic, student, local community and leadership came together to celebrate our university’s history of sustainability discovery, innovations and application.

Knowledge to Action was ...

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Business Case for Campus Efficiencies and Climate Change Membership Required

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

Questions from NACUBO's Sustainability Advisory Panel for business/finance officers to ask about the future. One of 41 posters presented at the NACUBO 2015 Annual Meeting, July 18-21, 2015.

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Student Sustainability Advisory Committee Materials Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

A webform was created for an easily accessible application that allowed for extensive outreach. The application did not require any paper usage and allowed for easy organization. The application did ...

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Beyond the Curriculum: Integrating Sustainability into Business Schools Membership Required

This paper evaluates the ways in which European business schools are implementing sustainability and ethics into their curricula. Drawing on data gathered by a recent large study that the Academy ...

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Educating Responsible Managers. The Role of University Ethos Membership Required

The current economic crisis is forcing us to reflect on where we have gone wrong in recent years. In the search for responsibilities some have looked to Business Schools and ...

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Greening the Campus: Institutional Environmental Change at Tulane University Membership Required

  • Tulane University (LA)

This study explores the barriers to institutional change at Tulane University and attempts to develop ways to overcome them. The central conclusion is that the inability for Tulane to make ...

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Higher education’s sustainability imperative: how to practically respond? Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe four phases for how universities have addressed a sustainability agenda and offer specific lessons for how and where experiences on one ...

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The contribution of sustainability assessment to policy development in higher education Membership Required

This article builds upon the experiences and results of the application of sustainability assessment instruments in higher education. First, a short overview of existing sustainability assessment tools will be provided ...

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Getting an empirical hold of the sustainable university: a comparative analysis of evaluation frameworks across 12 contemporary sustainability assessment tools Membership Required

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Although it is increasingly recognised that higher education institutions have to play a critical role in the progression towards a sustainable development, the question of what fields and issues universities ...

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Campus sustainability governance in Canada: A content analysis of post-secondary institutions’ sustainability policies Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Purpose

This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident ...

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Job Market Sees Growing Demand For Sustainability Managers Membership Required

Way back before the turn of the century (when we partied like it was 1999), I could count the number of real "sustainability managers" on my fingers and toes and ...

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Conversations in Sustainability: The University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

"We have the chance, which doesn't come very often in human history, to make this fundamental change." The University of British Columbia is exploring and exemplifying new ways of ...

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The State of Campus Resilience in the Face of a Changing Climate Membership Required

  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (MA)
  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

Climate-related events pose a major threat to college and university campuses across the country, and this is only expected to worsen as the climate continues to change. Along with an ...

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STARS Silver for NAIT Membership Required

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

NAIT’s environmentally friendly programs and initiatives have earned the institute a STARS Silver sustainability ranking, the highest of any Canadian polytechnic. NAIT was the first Canadian polytechnic to achieve ...

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Pulling Up the Higher-Ed Ladder: Myth and Reality in the Crisis of College Affordability Membership Required

This brief attempts to pinpoint the cause(s) of spiraling tuition by taking a deep dive into public university revenue and spending data from the National Center for Education Statistics ...

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Sustainable Development Primer for Higher Education Presidents, Chancellors, Trustees and Senior Leaders

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This primer describes the sustainability related, crucial roles and tasks for presidents, trustees and senior leadership and explains how sustainability is a robust national trend in higher education. The primer ...

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Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate Membership Required

  • Second Nature (MA)

This report describes the role of colleges and universities in preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations, and community engagement activities.

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Student Leadership for Campus and Community Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This webinar looks at two differing and successful approaches to deepening student engagement in campus and community projects that integrate sustainability into the fabric of the student experience. Both top ...

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Dr. Stephen Mulkey Presents AASHE 2015 Opening Keynote Address Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)
  • AASHE (PA)

Dr. Mulkey has been the president at Unity College for more than four years ago. As president, he is a champion of sustainability science, which he sees as the defining ...

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State of Sustainability: 10 Things to Know About Colorado State University Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State has a long history as one of the nation’s most sustainable universities, but now CSU is the first university in the world to ever have its sustainability ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Biodiversity-friendly Campuses Membership Required

  • Audubon International (NY)
  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Salmon Safe (OR)

Colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats on and off campus, and students, faculty, administrators, and staff are champions for sustainable environmental practices ...

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Simple Key Facilities Benchmarks That Make a Difference Membership Required

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

Some campus personnel have the ability (time and expertise) to gather great detail on benchmarking. However, many campuses are not able to expend the time or expertise to be a ...

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Bottleneck and breakthrough toward a sustainable campus – 4 years of challenges by Hokkaido University, Japan Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

Hokkaido University (HU) is a pioneer institute, which have developed a campus master plan (CMP) in 2006. Then, there was a big movement in higher education for a sustainable campus ...

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Sustainability Course Designation: Values and Best Practices Membership Required

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson is leading the way in integrating sustainability across the curriculum. As an innovative liberal arts college, over 96% of our Class of '15 students have taken sustainability-focused and related ...

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A New Model for Collaborative and Effective Campus Sustainability Decisions Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

An AASHE member and ACUPCC signatory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. In 2014, we developed a new model to engage both ...

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Building Political Effectiveness and Accountability at a Student-Led Sustainability Office Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

The University of North Carolina Asheville is among a small group of colleges that chose to establish an entirely student-run, student fee-funded department to house sustainability efforts on campus. In ...

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Transformational Leadership Summit for College & University Executives & Senior Leaders Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)

Driving sustainability into an institution's core mission, positioning the institution to 'do well by doing good' is the complex leadership challenge of the 21st century. It requires the transformation ...

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Five-Year Evolution of Campus Sustainability Programs Membership Required

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)

Many campus sustainability programs around the country are coming of age. Those programs which started between the years of 2008-2011 are reaching a critical turning point where their ability to ...

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Retention, Graduate Rates, and Sustainability Literacy Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In the current climate of increased governmental oversight of higher education and fiscal downturns, retention and graduation rates are being emphasized as key markers of an institution's success. Meanwhile ...

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Professor Sustainability Coordinator': Maximizing the Potential of the Multiple Roles of the Sustainability Professional Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Question: Where does the line between full-time Sustainability Professional and Faculty Member teaching about sustainability begin? Answer: There is no line! This case study presents a successful model for strengthening ...

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STARS Express: How WPI Completed STARS in under 2.5 Months Membership Required

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This session will describe how Worcester Polytechnic Institute was able to complete a high quality STARS 2.0 submission in just two and a half months. With support from GreenerU ...

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Sustainability Internship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago: Diversity Strengthens Leadership On and Off Campus Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This case study will describe two internship programs that operate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The goal of the Heritage Garden and Office of Sustainability (OS) internship ...

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Building a Statewide Sustainability Strategy in Higher Education (2015) Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

This case study will describe the first two years of developing the system-wide University of Hawaii (UH) Sustainability Strategy. In January 2014 the Board of Regents of the University of ...

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Moving towards Water Sustainability on Campus: A Collaborative Approach Membership Required

  • Weber State University (UT)

Rising water stress in the American West demands that campuses in this region plan proactively for wiser water use. At WSU, a partnership between faculty researchers and operations staff has ...

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Setting Building Energy Use Goals: Tracking Climate Action Plan targets and successes Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

This panel discussion will share the experience of three campuses in setting energy use goals for campus facilities. As energy and sustainability managers, the presenters will share their approaches to ...

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Facing of Failure and How to Use it to Work Towards Your Sustainability Goals Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

AASHE Conferences are great for discussing successes: they help guide burgeoning institutions, provide expansion support to veteran institutions, and help build the case for sustainability. But what about failures? This ...

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Sustainability Science in Curriculum and the Campus Decision-making Plan Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

Sustainability science requires the use of systems thinking skills and problem driven analysis to address the need for broad, holistic responses to persistent societal problems. This presentation will 1) describe ...

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Beyond Offsets: Innovative approaches to achieving and exceeding our climate commitments Membership Required

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)
  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)

Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and colleges and university are leading the way by setting ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Many of us are even striving ...

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Collaborating Campus Efficiencies with Finance Folks Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Campus finance officers have the unique opportunity to develop, support, and implement campus sustainability goals. All campuses have major leaders in these finance officers that may, or may not, be ...

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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
Business Affiliate

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.