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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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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A holistic approach to culture change on campus: a new model of liberal arts education

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Making the transition to sustainability in higher education will require a significant culture change across the campus. The current approach in which sustainability is pursued as a collection of isolated ...

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Flash Strategy Workshop: Moving From Reactive to Proactive in 60 Minutes

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • GreenerU (MA)

In our role as sustainability professionals, we serve as organizational change agents. At the same time, we have many “balls in the air” and we “wear many hats” in our ...

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New Kid on the Block: How Our University Launched its New Sustainability Program

  • University of North Texas (TX)

Each year more and more universities and campuses realize the importance of sustainability as seen by the growth of sustainability programs, academic degrees and certifications, and professionals employed in higher ...

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Sustainability Planning 2.0: Strategic Sustainability Planning to Achieve Ambitious Resource Conservation Targets

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is using the campus as a living lab to develop long-range resource conservation action plans that are ambitious, yet have tangible, achievable targets and ...

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Campus Sustainability Assessment System at a Japanese University through STARS International Pilot

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

Campus Sustainability Assessment System 2013 for Hokkaido University was formulated not only to assess the outcome obtained by activities which we intended to carry out according to Action Plan 2012 ...

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STARS Intro. Pre-Conference Workshop: Edmonds Community College: Our Journey to (the) STARS

  • Edmonds Community College (WA)

Community colleges are a little different. We have less money per student and ever-shrinking budgets to work with. We have a revolving door of students. A successful student is usually ...

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Adaptable model to assess sustainability in higher education: Application to five Chilean institutions

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

The present study has two main objectives. In first place, the development of a model, the Adaptable model for Assessing Sustainability (AMAS), to assess the degree of implementation of sustainability ...

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An Assets-based Approach for Sustainability Strategic Planning and Engagement

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

We will conduct a workshop to introduce an innovative approach to sustainability strategic thinking and planning. This process was used at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to broadly ...

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Sustainability in the Boardroom: Perspectives from a Provost & CFO

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University has long embraced sustainability in the campus culture. Early operational initiatives were conceived and implemented within the Business Affairs area and sustainable principles were included in focused ...

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Using Developmental Evaluation to Advance Innovation in Sustainability Programs

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Sustainability in Higher Education is an exciting emergent field filled with energetic and good-intentioned efforts to innovate teaching methods, curriculum, learning outcomes, and programs. As new sustainability programs emerge in ...

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Dutch National Pilot with STARS

  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Maastricht University
  • University of Twente
  • Utrecht University
  • Wageningen University

In 2013 six Dutch universities started participating in the STARS International Pilot. From January until June they are doing a pilot on their own to find out if STARS is ...

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Engaged learning and sustainability leadership: A case study approach

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

The Sustainability Leadership Certificate (SLC) program is a new and innovative program developed and implemented by a North American university. This case study presentation focuses on the program components implemented ...

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Establishment of a Campus Sustainability Network in Japan

  • Kyoto University

After the Great East-Japan Earthquake and the followed nuclear reactor’s accident in Fukushima which occurred on March 2011, fostering a culture of sustainability, reducing energy consumption, installing energy more ...

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Green Fund Implementation Guide- Campus Green Fund Collaborative

  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

The Campus Green Fund Collaborative (CGFC) is a non-registered group of campus sustainability staff involved with coordinating and managing green funds on their respective campuses. In partnership with the Association ...

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A Distributed Reporting Model for Implementing STARS

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Attendees will gain knowledge of STARS based on Humboldt State University's experience with STARS. The university earned STARS Silver on May 8, 2013.

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Collective Impact of Sustainability!

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Sustainability reporting has grown to increased levels of importance both for shareholders on campus including faculty, staff, and students, as well as for community stakeholders such as businesses, NGO’s ...

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Knowing the Full Story: Creating a Blueprint for Effective Program Evaluation

  • Brown University (RI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

There is so much talk about the value of sustainability outreach programs, yet there is little data which proves their value. In order to make sure the hard work many ...

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STARS 101 (2013)

  • 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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Sustainable Planning, Development and Implementation at a Multi-Campus Community College

  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)

This presentation will cover a case study about planning, implementing and operating a LEED Gold Academic Facility. The presentation will follow how from the initial concept of the development of ...

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Shooting for the STARS and Beyond: Green Mountain College's Attempt to Measure Authentic Sustainability

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

At Green Mountain College we have developed a suite of metrics for measuring authentic sustainability in higher education that reaches beyond STARS, AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System ...

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Cross-Institution Collaboration: Composting Pre-and-Post Consumer Food Scraps In An Urban Environment

  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

According to a 2011 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, the average American wastes over 200 pounds of food ...

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STARS Advanced Workshop: A Conversation on STARS 2.0 and Continuous Improvement

  • American University (DC)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This workshop is geared towards conference participants that would like to engage in a high-level discussion about STARS 2.0. AASHE staff will share a detailed overview of major changes ...

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Climate Adaptation – The Role of Higher Education Institutions

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Arup (NY)

As global action languishes, institutions of higher education are beginning to ask questions. If the global community is successful in greenhouse gas mitigation, there will still be changes in climate ...

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Stronger Together: Collaboration Opportunities for Campus Diversity Officers and Campus Sustainability Officers

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • McGill University (QC)

Campus diversity and inclusion departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty to promote inclusion, diversity and equity. Campus sustainability departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty about how ...

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A Framework for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Leadership

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

With an eye to the future, AASHE, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature will share their vision for resilient and sustainable ...

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Divestment: Successful Case Studies

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

With active campaigns on over 250 college campuses, divestment from fossil fuels has shifted the sustainability conversation significantly over the past year, pushing the “operational boundary” for campus sustainability, and ...

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Transforming Enemies Into Allies: How to Have Difficult—But Necessary—Conversations in Our Roles as Sustainability Change Agents

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop will give us the space to learn and practice some tactics for having those difficult conversations that are unavoidably part of the work of making change happen within ...

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Starting Over: Strategies for Building a New Sustainability Program

  • Alfred State College (NY)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

In this session, three professionals with long experience in the campus sustainability movement who in the past several years started jobs at institutions that were just beginning the journey to ...

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Beyond Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities at the Growing Edge of Campus Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the past 15 years, sustainability has grown from obscurity to a mainstream higher education phenomenon. The field’s maturity was evident in three questions raised during informal conversations at ...

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Sustainable Purchasing: Developing a "LEED for Purchasing"

  • American University (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

The potential for purchasing to positively influence supply chains has yet to be realized at scale, due largely to the lack of an overall sustainable purchasing framework. Lacking a coherent ...

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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

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