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Making Room for Millennials: Strategies for creating an office culture that we want to work in

  • University of Florida (FL)

Standard values for workplaces are shifting and members of the emerging workforce are expecting more from their office culture. At the University of Florida (UF) Office of Sustainability, our team ...

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Looking ahead to 2030: Updating the University of California Sustainable Food Policy

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2009, the University of California (UC) developed a goal to meet 20% sustainable food by 2020, asking each UC campus to integrate sustainable food into their menus while remaining ...

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Climate Action Planning: How to build momentum for a new plan despite missing the deadline

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Northern Arizona University (NAU) launched an ambition Climate Action Plan in 2010 with the target date of Carbon Neutrality of 2020. This set in motion a series of efficiency upgrades ...

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2 Universities, 1 Climate Goal

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

William & Mary and the University of Virginia jointly announced a carbon neutrality date of 2030 along with a climate action partnership between the two. Choosing to collaborate, each university ...

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Leveraging Town Gown Relationships to Promote Community Sustainable Development Initiatives

  • Denison University (OH)

Colleges and Universities are uniquely positioned to leverage resources to drive sustainable development initiatives in their respective communities. These efforts can and should be mutually beneficial to the school and ...

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Just Transition in Action: Lessons from Freiburg, Germany and New York

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

This dynamic workshop inspires participants with detailed case studies of just transition in action. It challenges participants to engage in practical solutions in ways that build economic and community solidarity ...

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A Communiversity Resiliency Mobilization

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

In response to partisan and divisive politics and relationships in our nation and our communities, the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with Indiana University South Bend and the city ...

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When the Silos Break: Creating Connections and Coalescing Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Through research, and teaching, and by serving as a testing ground or model for sustainable physical spaces, colleges and universities have the potential to help solve the most complex environmental ...

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Creating Organizational Culture Change to Advance Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Culture is a shared set of assumptions that guides people's thoughts and behaviors. Within organizations, aligning structures and process with organizational culture is crucial for maintaining successful organizational functioning ...

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Campus as a Living lab: Building Resilient Teams Across Operations, Academics, and Administration

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Building resilient systems is now more critical than ever, particularly in realizing the promise of preparing a climate ready workforce for a just and equitable transition. California institutions of higher ...

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The Post Carbon Neutrality Story: A Student Perspective on how to Pursue Meaningful Peer Engagement

  • Colgate University (NY)

In 2019, Colgate University became the first university in New York, and one of the first in the country, to achieve carbon neutrality. While the road to carbon neutrality was ...

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Imagining New Realities: the Green Fund and Student-Led Change

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Come learn from the experiences of students involved with the Green Fund at a large public university. A Green Fund offers money to student-led projects that reduce the operating costs ...

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Building Campus-Community Relationships and Resilience

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Precipitate, PLLC (MN)

Located in Northern Minnesota, Bemidji State University (BSU) operates within a dispersed, rural, and diverse community. Bemidji State staff and faculty will be joined by planning consultant Precipitate to share ...

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Using Smartsheets, Dashboards and ArcGIS Insights to Track and Analyze Waste Stream's Weights

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky's (UK) Waste and Recycling Department is using Smartsheets, Dashboard and ArcGIS Insights to collect and analyze the different waste streams. UK has about 300 dumpsters ...

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The Nature and Contents of Current Campus Sustainability Plans in the United States.

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

A campus sustainability plan is a detailed document that integrates sustainability within an institution of higher education's operational, academic, and administrative aspects. These plans are significantly different from campus ...

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Campus as a Living Lab Curriculum: Lessons from a Diversity of Institutional Types

  • Michael Roy Iversen, Urban and Campus Sustainability Consultancy (IL)

The 'campus as a living lab' approach blends academic curriculum and campus facilities management, so as to both benefit students with experiential, real-world learning, and institutions with a purposeful means ...

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Emotional Intelligence, Effective Advocacy and Sustainable Operations: The Path to Zero Waste

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S. Landfills have also been shown to be environmentally unjust. Since the 1980's, studies ...

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GHG's and EIS: Automating the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Universities nationwide have made impressive commitments to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that drive climate change. This has led to a variety of emission-tracking tools and methodologies, ranging widely ...

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Creating Pathways to Empower Sustainability Professionals

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (OR)

Sustainability professionals lead organizations and communities in driving social justice, environmental health, and a regenerative economy. For graduates of sustainability-oriented academic programs, professional, post-nominal, credentials help create an immediate on-ramp ...

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Resilient Recycling- Build a Strong Recycling Program Against Market Forces and Beyond Good Behavior

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Contamination, 'wish-cycling', and global market changes are shaking the very foundation of recycling. The barriers to recycling and zero-waste are not just in marketing & campus behavior, but rather they ...

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Transitioning from Ideation to Implemention: How to Launch an Impactful Campaign or Program

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

As sustainability staff or students, we often want to create innovative campaigns or programs on campus to reach a large audience. Sometimes we skip the basics of designing a program ...

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Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop

  • Second Nature (MA)

This workshop will train participants in how to organize and facilitate a Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop. The CRB Workshop is a community-driven process, rich with information, experience, and dialogue ...

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Preparing a Faculty Cohort to Facilitate Internal Curriculum Integration Workshops

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Dallas College (TX)

An increasing number of colleges & universities are working to integrate sustainability & social justice into the curriculum. This often involves faculty development workshops led by external facilitators. In-house efforts ...

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New Methodology and Measurement Tool Linking Curricula to the 2030 Agenda and University Strategy

  • Copenhagen Business School

At Copenhagen Business School (CBS), 2008 marked the beginning of a university-wide effort towards connecting curriculum to Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainability (RES). As a United Nations PRME (Principles of Responsible ...

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Embedding SDG competencies into global education curriculum

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

This session will discuss the process of designing global education programs that educate for SDG competencies and measure progress in SDG comprehension through pre- and post-program assessment. The session will ...

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STARS 101

  • AASHE (PA)

In this session, hosted by AASHE staff, first-time participants will share information about how they approached the STARS reporting process. This will be a great opportunity to learn strategies for ...

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University Sustainability Funds 2.0: A Model for the Next Generation

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • McGill University (QC)

The University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) and McGill University's Sustainability Project Fund (SPF) are two of the largest university sustainability funds in North America with yearly ...

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A Global Affairs Office and a Sustainability Office: What's the Connection?

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Over the past year, the University of California, Davis Global Affairs office and the Office of Sustainability have collaborated in ways that are mutually supportive of each office's mission ...

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Sustainability Strategic Planning: Meaningfully Integrating Sustainability into Campus-Wide Planning

  • Williams College (MA)

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Williams College embarked on a college-wide strategic planning process. Sustainability was designated as one of the eight working groups and as one of three principles ...

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Approaches to Strategic Zero Waste Planning and Implementation

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Zero Waste requires reimagining the notion of 'waste' and navigating the tension between meeting the desires of a University's young, climate-concerned community and convincing University leadership and staff to ...

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Leverage Your Renewable Energy Impact Through Avoided Emissions Power Purchase Agreement Strategies

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Renewable energy procurement is a critical strategy for reducing an institution's greenhouse gas emissions, however not all renewable energy projects avoid the same amount of GHG emissions per kWh ...

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Building a Comprehensive Internship Program for Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

  • University of Denver (CO)

Internships can provide students with deep experiential learning that supports and enhances their curricular pathways. Managing internships can be complex and time consuming for both student and supervisor. At the ...

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Student Peer Educators as the Primary Communication and Outreach Strategy for Campus Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

A programming methodology was developed for applying student peer educators (EcoReps) for campus-wide communications and outreach. The idea was to emphasize direct, face-to-face engagement with students and staff in place ...

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We Can Submit: An Authentic Discussion of a First Time STARS Submission

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)

Calling all STARS wannabes! Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about starting the STARS process? Has your office tried to submit and is yet to be successful? Are other ...

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How universities understand sustainability and its implications for action

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The integration of sustainability across Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has produced an emerging field around defining sustainability. Despite the increase in universities transitioning towards more sustainable institutions, and the importance ...

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Green Events Ambassadors: Student Interns Share Zero Waste Knowledge Across Institutions

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This informational session will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability's intern-run Green Events Program, its zero waste planning, and how this ...

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Move Out Programs: Finding the Solution for your Campus

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Every year when students move out of their dorms and apartments, tons of useful stuff is left behind or discarded. Over the past decade or so, campuses all across the ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop we will facilitate a discussion around how students can lead specific efforts to solve waste issues on their campuses. We start with a short presentation on the ...

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Achieving University Circularity in 2050

  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)
  • CannonDesign (NY)
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

It's 2050 and the world's civilizations have successfully implemented 100% recycled materials, 100% material waste diversion, 100% renewable energy-fueled systems and perpetual environmental regeneration. Within the design field ...

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Project Management for Sustainability Offices to Keep Moving Forward

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

Whether you're a single-person operation, have a team of staff members, or have a group of fantastic student volunteers or interns, we are all facing more requests for our ...

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Go DefaultVeg: Using Behavioral Nudges to Reduce Food-Related GHG Emissions at Your Institution

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Better Food Foundation (DC)

Colleges and universities are increasingly attempting to measure and reduce their Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. Among the largest contributors of Scope 3 emissions are transportation and food. In 2019 ...

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Transforming Your Supply Chain for a Sustainable Future

  • Aramark (PA)
  • Better Food Foundation (DC)
  • Harvest Table Culinary Group (PA)

Developing a resilient food system is a crucial task for de-escalating and reversing the interrelated social and ecological crises unfolding as a result of industrial scale animal agriculture. Universities and ...

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Beyond the Ivory Walls: Community Based Sustainable Solutions for Building Local Resilience

  • University of Dayton (OH)

In an era of climate change, a just transition requires solutions that marry sustainability and resilience. Commonly, resilience is perceived as an adaptation strategy that builds capacity to withstand disturbances ...

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The Challenge and Promise of a Living Building Project in a Dynamic Urban Ecosystem

  • Unity College (ME)
  • Thornton Tomasetti (ME)
  • Simons Architects (ME)

Where many people see an unassuming drab brick building in a corner of Portland, Maine's, historic waterfront, Unity College sees an unprecedented opportunity for a physical manifestation our sustainability ...

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Incorporating Social Equity Considerations into Sustainability & Climate Action Planning

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Equity is playing an increasing role in the process of sustainability and climate action planning. Asking 'Who benefits?' and 'Who gets to decide?' from the outcomes is a critical component ...

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Organics for Everyone: Lessons Learned from a Large-Scale Campus-wide Organics Rollout

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Implementing post-consumer organics collection on campus is a big step. But it can be done! The University of Minnesota has confronted the challenges associated with front-of-house organics collection head-on with ...

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Navigating Options for Scaling-Up Campus Renewables: PPAs, Onsite, Offsite, Leases, & More

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

The renewable energy marketplace is opaque and complex. Onsite solar, community solar, offsite wind and solar, direct ownership, lease, utility partnerships, third party PPAs? What's legal? What's prohibited ...

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Collaborating for Resilience: The Power of Campus-Community Conversations

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

We are already beginning to feel the impacts of climate change on our campuses and within our communities. It is increasingly important that universities and colleges anticipate these impacts by ...

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Creating Intersectionality with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sustainability with UC Berkeley

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In the realm of establishing a sustainable campus, a clear understanding and commitment from leaders (staff and students) are necessary to execute those goals. Often times, communities who are underrepresented ...

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Student Support 101: A Guide for Sustainability Professionals

  • Florida State University (FL)

Across the country, universities are solidifying their commitment to a more sustainable future through the creation of sustainability offices. Often times, these offices are located within facilities departments with professionals ...

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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

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Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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