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.

1944 resources

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 (NACUBO) (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)
  • Technische Universiteit 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)
  • Technische Universiteit 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

  • Xi'an 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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Use of Life Cycle Assessment methodology in the analysis of Ecological Footprint Assessment results to evaluate the environmental performance of universities

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Application of the componential method for ecological footprint calculation of a Chinese university campus

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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Composite indicators for a sustainable campus—Design rationale and methodology: The case of the Catholic Institute of Lille

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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Using ecological footprint analysis in higher education: Campus operations, policy development and educational purposes

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • KU 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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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Framework for the inter-comparison of ecological footprint of universities

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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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An urban university’s ecological footprint and the effect of climate change

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 28, 2016
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From Ecocity To Ecocampus: Sustainability Policies In University Campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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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 ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2016
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Climate & Energy Strategy

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - University Boulevard

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability Engagement Initiatives

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability - Canadian Flag

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UBC Sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

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

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Mills Sustainability Center Grand Opening

  • 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.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Climate Ready BU - Assessing the Campus for the Impacts of Climate Change

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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A proposal for measuring sustainability in universities: a case study of Spain

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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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The comprehensiveness of competing higher education sustainability assessments

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sustainability Path

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

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

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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UNCG Collaborative Planning for Key Thoroughfare

  • 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.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Sustainable Business Roundtable at UBuffalo

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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New Student Sustainability Fee Impacts Buildings, Research, and Student Activities

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Ecoroof Management Plan

  • 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 ...


Making an Impact with STARS Benchmarking

  • 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 Sept. 8, 2016
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A Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions

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.

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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CSR Reporting and the University

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 6, 2016
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Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus

  • 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 Aug. 29, 2016
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Health Educators Climate Commitment

  • 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 ...


Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector: HEASC 2008 Annual Report

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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Understanding the Management of Sustainability on One Public Midwestern College Campus

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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From theory to practice : an analysis of transformative social innovation at the University of British Columbia

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2016
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Sustainability Assessment of Higher Education Institutions in Saudi Arabia

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Aug. 12, 2016
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Net Zero Water Planning Toolkit

  • 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 ...


Sustainability in higher education through the perspective of CSU campus presidents

  • 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 ...


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 ...

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
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Textbooks for Change

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