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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Setting better environmental goals: baselines are just the beginning!

  • New York University (NY)

Setting goals and targets based upon future outcomes, rather than past performance, is the next step for institutions aiming to achieve high levels of environmental performance. Most AASHE member institutions ...

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Building Multidisciplinary Sustainability Programs in the Comprehensive Universities

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Developing a new program frequently requires the cooperation of faculty from many different departments who face heavy demands on their time and expertise. Gaining the cooperation and commitment of faculty ...

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USGBC's Roadmap to a Green Campus: Lessons Learned on the Path to Campus Sustainability

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

Colleges and universities are making great strides on the journey to a sustainable future. In response to the growing momentum, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green ...

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Sub-institutional Planning for Sustainability: developing community-scale concepts and actions

  • Yale University (CT)

Universities around the world are developing and implementing institutional-scale sustainability strategic plans. Most of these strategies emphasize the three-way balance of sustainability and include concepts and tactics for communications. At ...

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Mastering the Climate Action Plan: Managing Implementation Strategies from Diverse Campus Perspectives

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In the last two years, over one-third of those institutions that signed the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment have submitted their Climate Action Plan (CAP). These plans range ...

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Creating an Energy Management Program from Limited Resources, Expertise and Funding

  • Meredith College (NC)

This session will examine methods to establish an energy management program at a small college. Using a women's college in Raleigh, North Carolina as a case study, the presentation ...

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Designing and implementing a robust and sustainable student green fund: Recommendations from Sustainability Officers

  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. One of the barriers to implementing sustainability initiatives ...

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Implementing a Systems Approach to Sustainability versus Behavior Modification

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Consider the difficulties a rider faces in trying to get an elephant to take a new path as opposed to a well-worn and less rigorous path. Promoting increased levels of ...

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The Sustainability Officers Communications and Project Management Toolkit- Organizational Tips for Long-Term Sanity

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Do you feel like you have a million projects going on at your campus? Are you having a difficult time keeping track of and managing these projects? This briefing will ...

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Owning Your Recycling Infrastructure: How to Understand It, Manage It, & Improve It

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

At many institutions large and small it is difficult to understand, manage, and improve your recycling infrastructure. It is especially difficult, if you entered the picture after it already started ...

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Using Free Google Tools to Manage Sustainability Projects

  • Luther College (IA)

Google has many free, user-friendly tools that can easily be used to turn your sustainability department into a well-oiled, student driven machine. In addition to an overview of Google Docs ...

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Master Planning: Aligning Strategy with Sustainability

  • Delta College (MI)

For institutions who may be hesitant about adopting benchmarking programs that have defined standards and requirements, this presentation will illustrate how voluntary reporting mechanisms can be a toolkit for systematically ...

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Low-Carbon Study Abroad: A Greenhouse Gas Inventory of an International Education Office

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This poster will present the findings of a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of an international education office at a US university. The assessment will measure GHG emissions related to office ...

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A Model for Implementing a Successful Sustainability Strategy

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Sun Tzu said, "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." This is true today. Implementation of a successful sustainability program ...

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STARS and GRI: Finding the Common Ground

  • Ball State University (IN)

This paper describes a comparative examination of these respective Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and makes clear the value in using both reporting tools as universities seek to position their sustainability efforts ...

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A Business Case for Sustainable Procurement of Office Supply Commodities at West Virginia University

  • West Virginia University (WV)

Today, sustainability in higher education is permeating beyond conventional green practices into purchasing, spending, and investment decisions. It is seen as an opportunity to minimize costs, reduce negative impacts, and ...

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Natural Environment Planning for the Urban Campus

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Dalhousie University is located in the heart of the urban core. The Office of Sustainability, with committee guidance, has developed a natural environment plan for the University. The plan considers ...

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Maximizing Dorm Energy Savings with Intelligent HVAC Controls

  • New York University (NY)

Universities can reduce their HVAC energy use in Residence Halls by 25-32% by installing occupancy based thermostat controls. Traditionally when occupants are allowed to heat and cool as much as ...

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An Overview of Biomass Energy Technologies for Campuses

  • Biomass Energy Resource Center (VT)

Biomass is a renewable energy option that can be used for heating, cooling, power, and combined heat and power for college and university campuses. There are many biomass technology options ...

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Analysis of Successes, Failures, and Characteristics of an Established Campus Sustainability Granting Program

  • New York University (NY)

In 2011, our university conducted the first full operational analysis of its campus sustainability granting program, one of the most established such programs in the nation. Our program offers grants ...

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Energy Isn't "Free"

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Our university recently undertook a campuswide program designed to ensure that the excellence of our administrative environment matches its research and teaching, and to direct the maximum level of resources ...

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Annual Sustainability Reporting: Outputs versus Outcomes

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Many universities report on their progress toward sustainability goals. The reports detail a range of sustainability metrics and information, from those contained in greenhouse gas inventories to waste, water, purchasing ...

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Identifying Energy Conservation Measures. Tailoring Retro-commissioning to meet your needs.

  • New York University (NY)

Retro-commissioning (RCx) has been identified as a definitive way to determine Energy Conservation Measures at an often less than one year payback. This briefing will discuss lessons learned and best ...

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Water Management Planning at Universities

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

As bulk consumers of water, universities can have a significant impact on their community's water resources. One particular public university in Virginia consumes over one million gallons of potable ...

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Advancing Sustainability in Student Activities

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) advances campus activities in higher education through a business and learning partnership, creating educational and business opportunities for its school and professional members ...

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Competitive Campus Greening Funds: An evaluation of successes and challenges for an emerging sustainability strategy

  • New York University (NY)

This briefing will share the major findings of a nation-wide survey of campus greening grant programs in the United States. A selection of thirteen established university programs that provide grants ...

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Sustainability Challenges and Solutions at CU-Boulder: Inception to Implementation

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Implementing sustainability initiatives in large universities is a challenge. Taking an idea from the brainstorming period, through the many different departments, to implementing the projects, to finally measuring the effectiveness ...

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Degrees Cooler - a behaviour change programme that resulted in institution-wide sustainability

  • National Union of Students

The National Union of Students UK (NUS) was selected as part of the UK Government's Third Sector Strategy to promote greener living across England. Our two-year flagship programme, called ...

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Current Drivers and Barriers for the Implementation of Sustainability in Germanys Higher Education System

  • University of Vechta

Sustainability was meant to be implemented into all levels of the educational system in Germany within the UN-Decade 'Education for Sustainable Development', driven by the governmental level with research programs ...

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A Focus on the Near-term: Analysis and Prioritization of Actionable Carbon Reduction Strategies

  • Carleton College (MN)

XYZ College's Climate Action Plan was the product of an enthusiastic committee effort involving students, faculty and staff. The CAP goal was to prioritize actions for the near-term that ...

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STARS: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation

  • American University (DC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) is rapidly becoming the leading sustainability reporting tool for higher education. This research presents an analysis of STARS' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities ...

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A Framework for Integrating Sustainability Education, Research, Engagement, and Operations through Experiential Learning

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • CHA (NY)

This paper summarizes the University of Illinois' four-step strategy for experiential learning, integrating research, education, engagement, and operations. As a first step in this strategy, a task force created a ...

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Campus Sustainability XLR8R: Zero to Sixty in Twelve Months

  • George Washington University (DC)

"Campus Sustainability XLR8R: Zero to Sixty in Twelve Months" will be a combined field report and a series of take-away recommendations for attendees to put toward practical use. The session ...

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Creating a Water Action Plan: Water Footprinting at Higher Education Institutions

  • George Washington University (DC)

Universities are increasingly well versed in the measurement and tracking of their carbon emissions. While it is important for institutions to continue to tackle global climate change, water scarcity is ...

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Destination Green: Its Within Reach

  • University at Albany (NY)

Transportation choices will continue to play an important role in the development of a carbon neutral society. Like many other institutions, single occupancy vehicles account for the third largest piece ...

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Program Recognizing Offices Practicing Sustainability: A New Approach to Green Office Certification

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

By applying research of community based social marketing techniques and utilizing funds from grants produced through student fees, students and staff housed under the campus sustainability office have developed Program ...

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Sustainable Cities Network: Bridging the University with Arizona Communities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Sustainable Cities Network was created to be a bridge between Arizona State University's (ASU) research and technical capabilities in sustainability and the front-line challenges facing Arizona communities. Convened ...

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Using STARS to transform sustainability pedagogy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

STARS is being adopted across the country by institutions wishing to assess sustainability initiatives in education, operations, and research. A key attribute of STARS educational assessment is the classification of ...

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Changing Travel Behavior One Trip at a Time: Meeting the Challenge of the Large Suburban Campus

  • University of South Florida (FL)

In the late 1950s, a small suburban university was built on old farmland. It was envisioned that this school would primarily serve students in the region and would operate as ...

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Understanding, teaching, and influencing campus sustainability from a systems perspective

  • University of Vermont (VT)

One of the first steps in developing a campus sustainability program is to assess the degree to which sustainability currently exists on campus and trends toward or away from this ...

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A New Approach to Offsetting: The College of William and Mary Carbon Offset Program

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

Carbon offsets are a means by which individuals or groups (i.e. corporations) compensate for their carbon footprint. These parties donate a calculated proportion to a project that reduces carbon ...

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Sustainability in Campus Operations at Three Higher Education Institutions in Tompkins County, New York.

  • New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus (NY)

This paper demonstrates how the three higher education institutions in Tompkins County, New York are making good progress in the planning and implementation of actions to make campus operations more ...

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Fostering a Culture of Sustainability in a Japanese University

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

Hokkaido University is committed to the creation of an environmentally friendly campus. Its 65,000 hectares of campus resources, which include experimental forests and a variety of other facilities, are ...

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The Values-Based Revolution

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Values-Based Revolution

This presentation could have been titled From Green to Gold to Platinum, as the 2008 book written by David C. Etsy and Andrew S. Winston titled Green ...

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Strengthening student grassroots networks

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This big-picture survey of different initiative types examines student engagement. Presenters will use two detailed diagrams to explain how they worked to strengthen all areas of student engagement. The first ...

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Town-Gown Sustainability Partnerships: How to leverage efforts for mutual support & improved relations.

  • Northwestern University (IL)

How can institutions of higher education partner with host cities to further sustainability efforts? From a landfill gas-to-energy project to a community reuse sale to a Green Ribbon Committee campuses ...

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Sustainable Investment Engagement on Campus

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)

The panel will examine: 1) the case for encouraging schools to take action on issues affecting companies in which their endowments own stock, 2) the range of additional options schools ...

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Bridging Operations and Academics: Princeton University Sustainability Working Group Initiatives and Collaborations

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Are sustainability endeavors with inclusive and comprehensive scope - bridging across operations, administration, academics and student life - more effective at accelerating culture change than those that are focused on single facets ...

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Straight to the Top: Why Sustainability Officers Should Report to the President

  • Unity College (ME)

According to AASHE's 2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey, 28 of the 433 respondents report directly to the president at their colleges and universities. We maintain that successful sustainability ...

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Implementing Clean and Green Campus Action

  • Cramer-Krasselt (IL)

The higher education sector has always taken the lead on social change. And just as campuses and students are often society's most outspoken critics, fighting for campus settings that ...

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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
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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
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Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide