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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Harvesting Hope for the Future Through Green Infrastructure

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Tucson is situated in one of the most arid regions of the world. Consequently, conserving water for the use of both people and the environment is of utmost importance. Doing ...

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On-Campus Water Reclamation: A Tale of Two Cities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Think globally. Act locally. Water is a critical issue in many parts of the world. See how Emory University and Arizona State University have turned to on-campus water reclamation as ...

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Resource Management Contracting- How It Can All Go Wrong When You Do Everything Right

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

With stagnant recycling and diversion rates, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sought to get aggressive with its haulers, data collection, and its plan for waste reduction. UWM set out to achieve ...

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Bin There, Done That: Mapping CSUN's Outdoor Waste Infrastructure

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

To prepare for the implementation of CSUN's Zero Waste Plan, and to comply with new stormwater pollution mandates, the Facilities Planning department at CSU Northridge created an internship for ...

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Implementing an Effective Campus Recycling & Waste Bin Infrastructure

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • CleanRiver Recycling Solutions (ON)

A uniform system of well-designed recycling and waste bins is crucial for colleges to achieve significant diversion rates. The challenge is to identify bins that can address four key needs ...

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Identifying Holistic Metrics to Redefine Zero Waste

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

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Western State Colorado University Role in Advancing SDGs- Road Map to Institutionalizing Zero Waste

  • Western Colorado University (CO)

Higher education plays critical roles in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, higher education should strategically strive in its physical operations in advancing the ...

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A Residential Recycling Competition at Skidmore College

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Energy conservation competitions are a cornerstone project in many schools' outreach efforts, and this program utilized a similar approach to address apartment waste patterns. This recycling and compost-oriented competition involved ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop we will facilitate student discussion around the waste crisis including the problems, solutions, and then empowering them to take action on their campuses. We draw on our ...

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Thinking Outside of the Trash: Waste Policy Implementation and Education at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University consulted with Cascadia and Burns & McDonnell during 2016-2017 to assess Emory's materials management program and make recommendations for innovative and programmatic strategies to help Emory achieve ...

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Using Waste Audit Data to Drive Waste Reduction, Diversion, and Engagement

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Oakton Community College (IL)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Richmond (VA)

Unlike other utilities, such as electricity and natural gas, actual waste and recycling data are more difficult to track. The lack of ready to use data creates challenges in goal ...

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Utilizing Waste Management Plans in Residence Halls: A Case Study

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

In large universities, waste and recycling can be a daunting task to take on and fix. At the University of South Carolina, there are 28 residence halls, all built slightly ...

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From Cars to Bikes - A Campus Transformation

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) (IN)

The transformation of physical environments on college campuses typically comes in the form of a formal master planning effort with great vision and fanfare. BUT there are other, more granular ...

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Data-Driven Planning for Campus Materials Management - From Inputs Through Outputs

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

While the higher education sustainability field is grappling with materials management challenges, from procurement through waste operations, there are limited tools and processes for data-driven planning. University campuses yield the ...

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EAN Sustainability Index: How to Measure the Sustainability in an University Incubator?

  • Universidad EAN

The implementation of sustainability at the EAN University is a process that takes more than eight years, however, being an institution whose focus is entrepreneurship, it is clearly necessary to ...

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Educating, Engaging and Empowering Sustainable Businesses Through a Smart Business Challenge

  • Iowa State University (IA)

A vital facet in ensuring a sustainable community is sustainable awareness and commitment of its businesses. As part of the Town Gown Collaboration with the Iowa State University Office of ...

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Using the UN SDGs to frame community resilience assessment and planning for students and partners

  • Allegheny College (PA)

After Allegheny signed Second Nature's Resilience Commitment (Climate Commitment signed in 2007), the sustainability coordinator cultivated collaborative partnerships in the community and explored ways to support existing work while ...

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Mapping our Participation in the United Nations Global Compact: Storytelling and Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

As a participant of the U.N. Global Compact, the State University College of New York at Geneseo uses the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to talk ...

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Community Outreach on Steroids: Impacting People in 8 Counties While Recruiting Great Students

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

In June 2017, Slippery Rock University's Office of Sustainability launched the 'Healthy Planet, Healthy People Environmental Summer Camp and Community Project Incubator'. The focus of this program was to ...

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Celebrating Anniversaries: Reflecting and Adapting within Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Adaptability is key for any successful program. In spring of 2016, students renewed The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley for an additional 10 years, celebrating 10 years of ...

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Solutions for Evaluating Projects: Quadruple Bottom Line & Financial Models for Climate Neutrality

  • Cornell University (NY)

It's time to move the conversation beyond 'financing climate neutrality.' In order to move away from traditional financial, single bottom line decision making for large capital investments, institutions must ...

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Leadership in Sustainable Grounds Management: The Audubon International Experience

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Niagara College Canada (ON)
  • Audubon International (NY)

This presentation will provide an open dialogue and best practice sharing on the process of achieving Audubon International's (AI) Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) certification at both public and ...

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Leveraging Sustainability in Food Service Across Campus

  • University of Houston (TX)

The University of Houston has undergone a physical and culture transformation with a different food service provider and new collaboration with our Office of Sustainability. In spring 2017 the Food ...

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Food Service Contracts and RFPs as Vehicle for Sourcing More Sustainable Food

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Farm Forward (OR)

College and universities need new strategies to scale sustainable food procurement. Programs like STARS and the Real Food Challenge have institutionalized sustainable food purchasing targets and many campuses have made ...

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Hitting Bumps in the Road to Renewables

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Almost every month it seems like a new renewable energy project is announced on a college campus, feeding a sense of urgency at those colleges and universities who have not ...

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Student-Developed Energy Management Information System

  • Macalester College (MN)

Like many other educational institutions, our college cares about the efficient use of energy and seeks ways to reduce its impact on the environment. We promote energy-wise behavior among students ...

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Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Campuses are increasingly looking to renewable energy as the most financially attractive strategy for making dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieving their GHG goals. The costs of ...

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Sustainability Best Practices to Contain the Uncontainable: Lessons Learned From UVA & August 11/12

  • University of Virginia (VA)

UVA's responses to the white supremacist rallies at UVA and Charlottesville during the summer of 2017 can serve as an example to other institutions as white supremacy and violence ...

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Anti-Oppressive Youth Facilitation

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

From organizing campaigns to coordinating community engagement events. From engaging in political advocacy efforts to training with youth. Wherever your youth engagement falls, there are best practices for working with ...

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How Higher Education is approaching its commitment to sustainability through sustainability courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

For over a decade, the concepts of education for sustainable development have been recognized by many higher education institutes. A significant number of higher education institutions have signed agreements and ...

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Campus Sustainability Plans as Pedagogical Opportunities for High Impact Student Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

As universities strive for increased sustainability, there is a growing need for coordinated and comprehensive campus sustainability plans that provide specific action items and clear roadmaps to improved sustainability within ...

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Demonstrating Impact Through SDG Cases - Creating Common Language and Shared Purpose Across Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Danish Energy Management

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exist as a Global platform for taking action to achieve sustainable development. The SDGs recognize that staying within our planetary boundaries and achieving sustainable ...

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STARS Reporting as an Undergraduate Educational Opportunity

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The University of Illinois, a STARS Gold Campus, has a strong focus on expanding its campus sustainability efforts. Since our 2017 report, administrators have made an increased effort to align ...

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Scenario Planning and Applied Learning in Sustainability Practica

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Scenario planning is a versatile and widely applicable tool for developing robust strategies for dealing with uncertainty. It is used across numerous domains including national visioning and transition efforts, military ...

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Using STARS reporting as a framework for a modular campus sustainability plan

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Creating a campus sustainability plan can be a daunting and complex task. In addition, limited staff and financial resources may also be barriers to creating a robust sustainability plan. The ...

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Sustainability Workshop Series

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

Northern Michigan University: EcoReps cohort one Sustainability Workshop Series This poster highlights the structure, funding, and success of the Sustainability Workshop Series piloted by Northern Michigan University EcoReps in the ...

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State of the Association Address: AASHE Member Meeting

  • AASHE (PA)

Come join the AASHE Board and Staff while we present the AASHE 'state of the organization' address. You'll hear highlights from the member survey, programmatic priorities, and AASHE's ...

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Strategies for an Actionable Sustainability Plan: Tools and Lessons Learned From the Field

  • American University (DC)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • LINK Strategic Partners (DC)

A common institutional challenge is to find an appropriate process for developing or revisiting strategic plans to advance sustainability, resilience, and climate action. Though a one-size-fits-all model has not emerged ...

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Leveraging the Campus Sustainability Committee: Zombie Committees vs Robust Change Agents

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

What is the secret to successful sustainability committees? Is there a magic formula for long-term effectiveness or do the committees need to evolve over time? Once sustainability programs become more ...

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Sustainability in the C-Suite: Preliminary Study Results

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Koya Leadership Partners (DC)

Sustainability can be a strategic driver when the function is included at the highest level of an organization. What are the most innovative leaders in higher education, business, and government ...

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Shooting for the STARS - How your Campus can use STARS to Measure Progress Toward the SDGs

  • University of Calgary (AB)

In late 2017, the University of Calgary was selected by public vote as a UN Sustainable Development Goal winner in Canada. The majority of outcomes that attracted this positive recognition ...

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STARS Town Hall

  • AASHE (PA)

This session will feature a preview of the next version of STARS (2.2) from AASHE staff and will also provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions and participate ...

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Is STARS Pre-Submission Review Required Now?

  • Connecticut College (CT)
  • Creighton University (NE)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As part of our efforts to improve STARS data quality, AASHE released a STARS Review Template and conducted a STARS Review Pilot in spring 2018. Over a dozen Pilot participants ...

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Overcoming Administrative Barriers in Waste Management Projects

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

My project will be primarily covering the barriers that many students face when trying to implement new sustainable projects on their campuses. The focus of my project will be a ...

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Case Study Revisited: Confirming how to Achieve Progressive Campus Sustainability Measures

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

A decade has passed since previous qualitative research was collected and evaluated to determine how three campuses achieved progressive measures of environmental sustainability. The findings of this comparative case study ...

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Global Priorities, Educated Solutions: the Role of Academia in Advancing the SDGs

  • Yale University (CT)

In 2015, the Office of Sustainability created a project aimed at understanding how Yale's teaching and research aligns with the SDGs, with the purposes of: (i) identifying pathways for ...

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Incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Collaborative Sustainability Planning

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University is proud to have an ambitious and community-created Sustainability Plan, and to reside in a community that values sustainability. Both the City of Athens and Athens County have ...

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The Role of Private Sector Partnership in Sustainable Higher Education Operations & Education

  • American University in Cairo (Cairo)

Throughout the American University in Cairo's 100-year history, we have strived to be leaders in all we do. Recently, that mission has been applied to sustainability. AUC has implemented ...

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The Power of Process: Thoughtful Engagement for Successful Projects

  • Brown University (RI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

You probably know best practices in, say, composting. Maybe you have researched the best compost haulers, how composting food can reduce GHG emissions, and how it saves water and energy ...

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Developing an Energy Strategy for Sustainability to meet Climate Action Planning Goals

  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • Stone House Group (PA)

As ideas related to sustainability continue to grow on college campuses, college administrators and facilities directors look to develop plans that align campus infrastructure and facilities to fulfill sustainability goals ...

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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

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
Business Affiliate

Textbooks for Change

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