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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At the Intersection of Wellness and Sustainability is your Worksite

  • Lane Community College (OR)

This workshop will define the links between worksite wellness and sustainability. Employees spend a large portion of their daily lives at work. Workplace wellness is a key element in the ...

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Saving $370 Million while Reducing Emissions by 35%

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In 2014, the President of the University of Maryland announced several new initiatives that will allow the university to save money while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These ...

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Mapping Sustainability - Interactive tools for tracking and outreach

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

This presentation will share the latest tools in interactive mapping of sustainability features for a campus. GIS Specialist, David Treering and Director of Sustainability, Aaron Durnbaugh will share their experience ...

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STARS Advanced Workshop (2014)

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop is geared towards conference participants that would like to engage in high-level discussion about AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). AASHE staff will provide a ...

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Plan-Do-Check-Act: A Community College Sustainability Plan Rollout

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)

In 2013, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD: College of San Mateo, Skyline College, and Canada College), just south of San Francisco, completed and made public a sustainability ...

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Finding Solutions through Cycles of Hope

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Knowledge is a powerful thing but it also can be debilitating, leading to cynicism and apathy. This is especially the case when we teach about topics like environmental crises and ...

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Leadership for a Sustainable Community

  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • SRG Partnership, Inc (WA)
  • Solarc Architecture & Engineering Inc. (OR)

Lane Community College, SRG Partnership and SOLARC combined leadership to provide a prototype for sustainable neighborhood development. Transforming a vacant site adjacent to Eugene, Oregon’s main library and public ...

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Strength Training the Social and Human Capital Muscle

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

A sustainability movement is only as strong as the community muscle behind it, including a community’s ability to work together to solve problems and be resilient in the face ...

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STARS Introductory Workshop: Learning the Basics of Completing a Comprehensive Campus Sustainability Assessment (2014)

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)

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

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The Cornerstone of Sustainability: Implementing an Efficiency Master Plan

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • ERS (MA)

Across the nation, campuses striving for leadership on sustainability and climate change need to make energy efficiency the cornerstone of their efforts. The first step to achieving every aspect of ...

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Implementing Campus Sustainability in an Age of Transparency

  • University of Kansas (KS)
  • Staples Business Advantage (MA)
  • Prairie Paper Ventures Inc. (BC)

We’re in the age of information and accessibility, making it easy for the education community to find information quickly and easily. This has led to increased awareness regarding university ...

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Sustainability on a Grand Scale: Large University Networking

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Large universities (e.g., 20,000 or more students) face unique challenges when it comes to implementing sustainability. Whether it is making a stadium that seats 100,000 zero waste ...

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Breaking Down the Silos – Lessons Learned from a Campus wide Behavior Change Program

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

With a campus of roughly 19,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, the Green NAU Energy Initiative (GNEI) has taken on the challenge of augmenting an $18 million ...

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Transformation from the Inside Out: Integrating Sustainability Into Unit Level Planning

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute (SI) led an unprecedented effort this academic year to integrate sustainability into every unit. With 24 campuses, 12 academic colleges and 11 major support units ...

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Liberate your Literacy: How Sustainability & Social Justice Interact

  • Portland State University (OR)

Ecoliteracy pioneers Stone & Barlow (2014) emphasize that creating social change requires resilient relationships within the larger ecological and social community. However, we are born into a society in the ...

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How a Mid-Scale University Can Have a Large-Scale Impact

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) at Appalachian State University was founded in 2004 by a group of 7 graduate students. At the time, a fee of 5$ per student per ...

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Modeling Equity Through Collaboration: A Co-Directed Office

  • Connecticut College (CT)

The typical hierarchical structure of any office or department at a college or university has one leader with a chain of responsibility and reporting running down from that person. For ...

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Managing Campus Politics to Build a Sustainability Coalition

  • DePauw University (IN)

On many campuses, energy and initiative for sustainability efforts begins with faculty and students. The path forward from that initial enthusiasm inevitably requires collaboration with senior administration and, given the ...

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Facilitation In Action: How to cultivate group consensus that matters

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often understated skills of any profession is the ability to be a strong group facilitator. Whether it is a small internal meeting with staff ...

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Capturing and Managing data with shoestring staffing and funding

  • Macalester College (MN)

In today’s age, data surrounds us. Sustainability offices are increasingly expected to collect and manage data in order to inform students, staff and faculty about progress towards sustainability goals ...

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The Playbook: Systems Thinking for Sustainability Initiatives

  • Portland State University (OR)

Ideally, sustainability is infused throughout an university—from operations to curriculum. Different people hold different pieces of the puzzle that, when put together, create a whole picture that is greater ...

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Educating for Sustainability: A Solution to Student Retention?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In the current climate of increased governmental oversight of higher education and fiscal downturns, increased scrutiny is being paid to retention and graduation rates as markers of an institution’s ...

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Tying Together Tradition and Core Values to Share Your Message and Foster Connections

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Your institution has unique attributes that help define your organizational culture. Understanding this culture can be a critical key ingredient to help spread your sustainability message. This session will demonstrate ...

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Regenesis: Cultivating Change through the Campus ’Perennials’

  • York University (ON)

As noted by Ackerman et. al. (2011), sustainability initiatives on campus typically either take a "top-down" or "bottom-up" approach. Top-down approaches involve administrators who create plans and policies and then ...

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The University North Carolina’s System-Wide Energy Initiative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit is the third annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this ongoing, year-round initiative, campus leaders from across higher education ...

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What Are We Advancing? Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education: Integration of the University and College Development Office

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

The pressing need to develop more financially, environmentally and socially sustainable institutions creates an opportunity to advance the next philanthropic era in higher education – one that promotes a more comprehensive ...

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Training: EcoDistricts for Practitioners

  • EcoDistricts (OR)

EcoDistricts for Practitioners is a half-day training session that gets you prepped to start remaking cities from the neighborhood up. Ecodistricts comprise the best thinking on urban equity, sustainability and ...

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Disruptive Sustainability: Core Business Integration of Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)

’Disruptive sustainability’ is this potential for unleashing incredible new human potential for transforming everything we create. In the business space it gets framed in terms of a technological or business ...

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Executive Education for Disruptive Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability of Higher Education (AASHE) presents Leith Sharp from Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, in collaboration with the Center for ...

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Levers For Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Organizational Change

  • Linfield College (OR)

Often times sustainability is relegated to the pigeonhole of environmentalism. At Linfield College, an interdisciplinary partnership between two sociology courses and a business course found common ground in sustainability through ...

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Product Based Sustainability Framework for Universities

  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)

The transformation of a University towards sustainable development requires a paradigm shift from an activity based focus to a product based focus. In an activity based focus, several projects are ...

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Using Competencies in the Design and Assessment of Sustainability Programs

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

At Penn State University, the Sustainability Leadership Minor has been administered using a list of sustainability and leadership competencies that are the basis of the expectations of the program. Now ...

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Time is money: accounting for the true cost of a campus waste initiative

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Universities across the country are developing and implementing campus sustainability initiatives. Such initiatives may be designed to save money or reduce waste, or they may have more intangible goals related ...

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The “Three Es” of Sustainability Portland Style

  • Portland State University (OR)

This is a three-part poster presentation with each poster (24” x 36”) representing one of the “three Es” of sustainability: Environmental, Economic, and Equity, as can be viewed locally in ...

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Cross-institutional collaboration for compost on an urban campus

  • Portland State University (OR)

Implementing an effective composting program on any campus is difficult. Common issues that may arise are public buy-in, infrastructure, information accessibility, and contamination. Appreciating the context of a new compost ...

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Pathways to Leadership: Sustainability & Career Development

  • Princeton University (NJ)

As college students increasingly aspire toward careers that allow them to make a difference in the world, campus sustainability programs are uniquely positioned to provide enduring student leadership and career ...

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Measure That! Integrating Sustainability into your Institutional Assessment

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Institutions across the county depend on their status as accredited organizations. While the accrediting agencies are not yet requiring schools to engage in sustainability, our institution looked for a way ...

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Graduating Global Stewards: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

For my research, I am arguing that institutions of higher learning are important sites for sustainability, as they can propel the overall national and international agenda towards renewable energy and ...

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Developing a sustainability focused campus against all odds

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Institutions of Higher education can be the most conservative of places in which to get sustainability established. While passion and enthusiasm abound throughout a campus, getting all the different stakeholders ...

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Maintaining Sustainability (and your Sanity): A Systems Approach

  • URS Corporation (MD)

University campuses are analogous to small cities, military installations, and in some cases, industrial facilities. The diverse operations and activities include research laboratories, conference centers and lodging, art studios, cafeterias ...

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Why Math Is Important - Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

  • Florida State University (FL)

How do we understand the impacts of our decisions? Most of us want our lives to reflect our sustainable values. We want our efforts to make a difference. We want ...

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Data 101: Measuring What You Manage

  • American University (DC)

What are the most important things to measure on my campus? What pieces of information can help me report to the most outlets? How can I use the data that ...

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Harnessing the social change model: A strategy for deeper sustainability engagement

  • University of Calgary (AB)

This poster uses the social change model to promote sustainability engagement. It describes the individual values, group values, and community values of the social change model and outlines how these ...

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Planning and Managing the Urgent Implementation of Sustainability at a West African University

  • American University of Nigeria (Adamawa,)

Since its founding in 2005, American University of Nigeria (AUN’s) has increasingly committed itself to development, specifically to advance economic, social, and environmental conditions in its host community and ...

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Twelve years of campus sustainability at Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)

Ibero Campus Verde (ICV) is the given name of Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico’s environmental management system. Its action plan includes several policies, activities, goals and performance indicators that ...

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Establishing Sustainable Urban Communities: HBCU Experiences as Learning Models

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

Sustainable Community Development

“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

  • United Nations World Commission on Environment and ...
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Sustainability: A Solution to Student Retention

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Recent statistics from The Princeton Review indicate that 69 percent of college applicants now cite an institution's level of commitment to environmental sustainability as a factor in their college ...

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A Comprehensive Campus-wide Water Management Plan

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

As a campus, we are committed to sustainable growth in order to improve the human condition. Sustainable water management has become a critical issue for the region, which has struggled ...

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Warren Wilson College Sustainable Dining Policy: A Strategic Partnership Case Study

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

This case study presentation will delve into the collective research and actions by Warren Wilson College (WWC) students, staff, and Sodexo employees to create a resilient and adaptable dining service ...

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Lessons from the Rookie Years: Building a Sustainability Program on a Shoestring Budget

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

When first starting a sustainability program at the university four years ago, our division of facilities services created a strategic plan that identified “environmental resource optimization” as an initiative. It ...

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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

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Scores

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Coordination & Planning Partners

AMP Green Solutions, LLC

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
AMP Green Solutions exists to solve the critical sustainability and climate change issues facing our clients, both large and small. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change and achieve their vision.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide