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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Bridging the Gap Between Students and Administration

  • Colorado State University (CO)

There is a disconnect between students and the administration. The disconnect plays out in student and admin vision, in project proposals, and strategies for change and growth. It plays out ...

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Sustainability Planning on a Decentralized Campus

  • University of Denver (CO)

Taking an organized approach to sustainability planning on a university campus can be a challenging and daunting task; however, if managed well, it can also be a fulfilling and unifying ...

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Analysis of Canadian STARS-rated Campus Sustainability Plans and Policies

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Sustainability governance, including the creation of campus sustainability policies and plans, can help institutionalize sustainability on campus. This study aims to deepen our understanding of Canadian higher education institutions (HEIs ...

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Zero Client System: Computing to reduce energy consumption

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

This case study demonstrates how a Zero Client System, a type of cloud based computing, reduces energy consumption by at least 88%. The system reduces user and administrative power loads ...

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Mind Mapping: A Systems Thinking Application for Change Management

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Environmental Leadership Program (MD)

A growing number of students, faculty, and staff are increasingly concerned about their environmental impacts and demand immediate action to be taken. Despite good intentions, these same people can act ...

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Climate Adaptation & Resiliency in Colgate’s 2013 Campus Master Plan

  • Colgate University (NY)

Changing weather patterns due to climate change are beginning to have profound impacts on campus operations and budgets while also disrupting the academic mission, study behaviors, and overall quality of ...

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Envisioning Sustainable Futures with Scenario Planning

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Predicting the future is not easy. We live on a rapidly changing planet that is fundamentally different than it was when any of us were children. Technology is changing fast ...

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The Evolution of an Eco-Reps Program to Advance Institutional Goals

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Eco-Reps program at Lehigh University began in the fall of 2010 as a pilot project by environmentally-minded students. Eco-Reps started out as an informal club but quickly became a ...

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Sustainability 3.0 - Navigating the New Economic Frontier in Higher Education

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Like many organizations, higher education is going through a time of transformation. We are called to action to respond to competing demands, funding pressures, risk mitigation and governance, all while ...

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Plenary Session 4: Data to Action: Advancing Sustainability Investment Decisions

  • Denison University (OH)
  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Discover how data and metrics play pivotal roles in generating positive sustainability investments through stories of field-tested best practices on two data-driven programs that encourage bold sustainability investments: STARS 2 ...

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STARS Strategies for Large/Public Universities

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Since Colorado State first submitted a full report under STARS in 2011, the question has been continually raised about how the reporting framework might favor small private schools. After all ...

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Captain of the Canoe: Leading a 1 Man Office with FREE Digital Resources

  • St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY)

You’re either at a very small school with one person departments or at a lean institution where it’s hard to get additional help to run your unit. Either ...

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Engage. Inspire. Act.- Pioneering Mid-Course

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee grew from the middle, up and out across campus over the years. Beyond the Office of Sustainability there are champions in facilities, student life ...

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ECOPUMA, the strategy for Sustainable University of UNAM

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is the main cultural project of Mexico and the most important university in Latin-America. Attends 330,382 students and produce 35.2% of ...

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Institutionalizing Sustainability Bringing Academics & Operations

  • Lane Community College (OR)

At Lane Community College, Sustainability is one of six Strategic Directions. Lane has embarked on a process to develop policies and procedures that support and encourage students and staff to ...

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Sustainability Committee Structures

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Committees are a common organizational tool for sustainability on campuses and in our communities and businesses. Leaders and sustainability staff have needs that can be met by committees, including expertise ...

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STARS 101: Everything You Need to Know

  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • 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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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (DC)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

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Sustainability Officers’ Workshop: Essential Facilitation Tools & Technology to Advance Communication Skills, Leadership, and Project Management on Your Campus

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

Having strong facilitation skills enables sustainability staff and leadership to engage their communities in designing and implementing successful programs. From effectively facilitated meetings to purposeful project designs, these skills are ...

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Building a Statewide Sustainability Strategy in Higher Education (2014)

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (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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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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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