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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Third-party Certification: Overcoming Barriers and Unexpected Benefits

  • Boston University (MA)

A third-party certification lends validity and accountability to an institution's efforts and initiatives implemented with the goal of making their operations more sustainable. Third-party certification also benefits an institution ...

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Accelerating Campus Sustainability in Kyoto University

  • Kyoto University

After the Great East-Japan Earthquake and the followed reactor's accident in Fukushima Prefecture which occurred on May 2011, fostering a culture of sustainability, saving electricity and installing energy efficient ...

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Regionally Organizing for Sustainability: South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC)

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • Prairie State College (IL)
  • South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (IL)

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) is a regional consortium of 12 higher education institutions, representing non-profit, private, for-profit and four- and two-year universities and colleges. This consortium is led ...

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Students Making a Difference at a Community College: One year after our first AASHE Conference

  • College of Lake County (IL)

In 2011, four community college student leaders were sponsored to attend their first AASHE conference. For many of them, this was their first exposure to their college's sustainability efforts ...

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7 Step Toolkit for Effective Change Leadership

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This session is inspired by the many stories of frustration I have heard in which passionate individuals with great ideas are realizing limited success. Embedding sustainability into the cultural value ...

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Understanding Our Stakeholders' Realities - Best Practices for Managing Change

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Babson College (MA)

For many of us involved in sustainability in higher education, the hardest part of our job is collaborating with different stakeholders to create change on our campus. This collaboration can ...

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Setting Stretch Goals: Sustainability As the Organizing Principle For a Strategic Plan

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Higher education is under siege. As the public demands better outcomes for the price of education, the story of advancing sustainability provides a promising response. Green Mountain College (GMC) has ...

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Georgia Tech's Innovative Landscape Master Plan...Is A Living Learning Laboratory

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

While most universities have a Campus Master Plan, very few have a Landscape Master Plan. Fewer have a Cistern Master Plan. Learn how to think beyond a traditional Campus Master ...

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Capturing Canadian University Presidents' Conceptualizations of Sustainability and the University's Role in Sustainable Development

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

University presidents are important stakeholders within the university system whose leadership extends beyond the academy into local and global communities. Yet little is known about how Canadian university presidents conceptualize ...

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Leaving a Legacy: Moving From Implementation to Integration of Student Run Projects

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Too often our student initiated projects fizzle out when we graduate or pass the torch to another. Not only can this be prevented but also many of these projects can ...

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Sustainable Food Systems: From the Classroom to the Field

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainable food system courses are uniquely situated to incorporate traditional, liberal-arts pedagogies and soft skills, with innovative experiential teaching techniques that engage students in different ways than traditional methods. The ...

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Transformative Data Access: Helping Students Write the Sustainability Story

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Getting access to data and information enables people to make informed decisions, be they consumer choices or living behaviors. On a college or university campus, access to sustainability data largely ...

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From Start to Finish (And Then Some): Collaborative Event Planning for Successful and Sustainable Projects

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Have you ever gotten really excited about a campaign only to have it fizzle-out due to lack of awareness? Have you had a great idea but got stuck because you ...

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A Roadmap Toward a Future Where Social Equity, Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Inclusion Promotes Student Success

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)

Based on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) initiative to facilitate cultural change and diversity across the system of 16 colleges, the presentation will use open space technologies ...

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Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fund Started

  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Green Funds 1.0: Getting a Fee Started will explore the stories, challenges and success of different institutions on their journey to adding a green fund to their sustainability initiatives ...

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Sustainaility Action Planning and Implementation

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Creating action plans for institutions is an involved process that includes consideration of institutional background, policy frameworks, assessments, emissions summaries, stakeholder involvement, and finally, steps on implementation. Much of the ...

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A Recipe For Success: Collaboration and the Sustainability Master Plan Process

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

At last, the Sustainability Office is created and has facilitated a few highly effective initiatives on campus that have saved money, resources, and created more equity! The Sustainability Council meets ...

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Planning for the Future: Creating and Achieving Campus Sustainability Goals

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This panel will include case studies from campuses that have set rigorous sustainability goals. Presenters come from a variety of universities, including both public and private institutions that are in ...

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Strategies for Building and Reinventing Effective Sustainability Committees

  • New York University (NY)

Since 2006, our institution's sustainability initiatives have been shaped by a participatory, grassroots, volunteer-driven body comprised of faculty, students, and staff from across our decentralized urban campus. This Sustainability ...

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Institutional Transformation: Leadership Challenges in Achieving a Net-Zero Building

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Hennebery Eddy Architects (OR)

Meeting the end-goal of the 2030 Challenge and achieving Net-Zero energy is an uphill climb. Creating a paradigm shift within a large, public institution is on par with scaling Mt ...

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Students Collaborating and Organizing Opportunities and Projects for Sustainability (SCOOPS): Supporting student leaders, fostering collaboration, enhancing events, preventing burn-out

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Oftentimes student leaders have a lot of great ideas and want to do them all, but can't do it alone! Sustainability also is personal sustainability: people over-commit and get ...

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Sustainability Leadership Programs: An Assessment of Paradigms and Methods

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Academic programs purporting to create "sustainability leaders" are emerging at institutions of higher education across the U.S. and world. Designed to capitalize on student interest and professional development needs ...

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The Campus Sustainability Cultural Indicators Project: Focus Groups Results

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan is undertaking an ambitious project to identify, track and improve cultural indicators of sustainability on campus. The goal is to assess and find leverage points to ...

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STARS Introductory Workshop: Learning the Basics of Completing a Comprehensive Campus Sustainability Assessment (2012)

  • Denison University (OH)
  • AASHE (PA)

This workshop will focus on sharing basic information about the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Program created by the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE). Join ...

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UCLA Action Research Teams: A Model for Collaborative Student-Staff-Faculty Research to Improve Campus Sustainability

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The UCLA Action Research Team (ART) program is part of the student-led Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) offered for credit through the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The ...

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Adopting STARS as a Campus Sustainability Measuring System at a Japanese University: A Case of Hokkaido University

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

STARS has various kinds of metrics which indicate campus sustainability from environmental, economic, and social point of views. This advantage of STARS consequently includes some metrics which cannot be directly ...

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Effectively Interpreting and Communicating about Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Successful efforts to increase sustainability at colleges and universities can have a large impact in conserving natural resources, saving money for the institutions of higher education, providing a role model ...

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The Inside View on Factors That Affect Progress Towards Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Antioch University Midwest (OH)

The magnitude of change required for most campuses to make significant progress towards sustainability is profound. In spite of the ever-increasing number of campuses hiring sustainability officers, directors, coordinators and ...

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Adaptive Change Management for Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Chicago is the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Up until recently, sustainability has been lead from one strong department and basic ...

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The Right Question: A Key Change Management Skill

  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

Sustainability professionals are asked to guide groups to decisions and to offer advice on a variety of issues. The starting question can make all the difference to a successful outcome ...

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Be Socially Sustainable: Bringing the Social into Sustainability Planning & Outreach

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Sustainability is out of balance, the environmental and economic aspects are tipping the scales at institutions of higher education and leaving the social aspects behind. As discussed in a recent ...

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Connecticut's Lead-by-Example Green Campus Initiative

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

It 's unusual when the planets align, and even more unusual when state policies, government reorganization, integrated resource planning and new leadership align to create a dramatic shift of focus ...

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The Sustainable Village at UAF: A Student Driven and Focused Program

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

What happens when building industry research leaders partner with college students to design and build a sustainable community on a college campus? A dynamic, first of its kind, evolving community- ...

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Case Study of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Greenhouse gas (GHG) registries have been established in a number of states and several countries to provide organizations with a way to track their GHG emissions and develop long-term measures ...

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Combining Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety Offices

  • New Mexico State University, Grants (NM)

Environmental Health and Safety Office is the perfect department for Office of Sustainability to partner with. Cross campus collaboration in Facilities and Services is a natural fit for these two ...

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Development of a GIS to Manage Campus Resources Efficiently

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge enrolls 30,000 students each year. Efficient scheduling and use of resources is paramount to successful operations. To help facilitate this, a web application, "CSUN Facilities ...

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Green League: An Innovative Tool for Employee Learning & Engagement

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This presentation will discuss the criteria and outcomes of a web-based game designed to engage foster a deeper understanding of sustainability for non-credit faculty and staff who are volunteer "environmental ...

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Green Funds 2.0: The Nitty-Gritty of Campus Sustainability Fund Management from the Ground Up

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

A campus sustainability fund (also called green fund) is money available to campus community members for sustainability projects. Money for the fund may be from student fees, administrative budgets, or ...

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Comparative Analysis of University Bike Sharing Programs and Strategies for Success

  • New York University (NY)

This presentation will share the findings of an operational analysis evaluating a spectrum of bicycle-sharing programs implemented at universities around the US. Programs have exhibited a wide range of sources ...

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Integrated Planning: A Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Imperative

  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

Join SCUP leaders and staff in a short presentation on integrated planning processes and a facilitated discussion, over lunch, of what it takes to create an effective planning process on ...

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Workshop: Measuring Campus Sustainability Around the World

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)
  • Euromed Management (Marseille)
  • Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

During the past few years, several robust assessments of campus sustainability have emerged around the globe. Among these assessments are Sustainability Tracking, Assesment & Rating System - STARS (US/Canada), Learning ...

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Keeping the Drive Alive: Avoiding Early Burnout and Navigating Roadblocks

  • Babson College (MA)

College students are filled with boundless ideas and more than willing to coalesce around a cause they care for. Why is it then, that so many of these student-driven initiatives ...

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Presidents' Sustainability Roundtable

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

The Presidents' Sustainability Roundtable will be an outstanding venue to discuss how we advance the sustainability agenda in higher education and best maximize the impact of our leadership.

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Mapping Renewable Energy Potential on Campus: A Case Study of a Strategic Green Fund Project

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Wonder where the best solar, wind, geothermal opportunities are on your campus? In this session, we will present one institution's year long process to answer this question through the ...

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Sustainability Science as Business Restart

  • Unity College (ME)

This paper and presentation explore President Stephen Mulkey's vision for organizational resilience under the banner of sustainability science. Unity College in Maine is engaged in a "business restart" that ...

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Achieving Sustainability Through Happiness

  • University of Michigan (MI)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that, "We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are ...

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Improving Collections Efficiencies through Departmental Collaboration

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During these challenging economic times, it is important that colleges and universities find ways in which they can operate more efficiency, often with less resource availability. Appalachian State University has ...

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Envisioning and Planning a Multi-Year System-Wide Sustainable Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University, in conjunction with system-wide resources from the 17-institution University of North Carolina system, is hosting the Appalachian Energy Summit on July 9-11, 2012 in Boone, North Carolina ...

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STARS Data Sharing: Introduction to the STARS API

  • AASHE (PA)

Since 2006, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership organization of colleges and universities committed to building a sustainable world, has engaged in a ...

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Southern Illinois University Sustainability Action Plan

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

Southern Illinois University Sustainability Action Plan (SIUSAP)

The main objective of this research is a comprehensive Southern Illinois University Sustainability Action Plan to advance the institution to become an innovative ...

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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.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
Business Affiliate

MIST

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.