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Introduction

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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Beyond the Campus: Developing Students into Employable Graduates Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Recent research suggests that 87% of employers give positive weight to sustainability skills when making hiring decisions. The concept of 'green careers' continues to expand as a professional niche including ...

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Meet Universities who are Reinventing Relevance via Innovation Districts that include Corporations and Cities. Membership Required

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Morphosis Architecture (NY)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Join Jane Talkington for a national overview on Innovation Districts, a burgeoning new form in which the university can GO BEYOND campus boundaries to create relevance by building interdisciplinary capacity ...

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Educational Sustainability Leadership Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this session, there will be a discussion about the importance of creating leaders in education that understand sustainability. The term educational sustainability will be defined and described in order ...

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From Bird Houses to Tiny Houses: Courage Changes Everything! Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

A two-term project of building a tiny house for a homeless community produced a community-building learning process for students and local residents, with practical, long-lasting benefits for the City of ...

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Building Social Capital: Fostering Inclusion and Trust on Campus and in the Community Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The largest challenge facing communities who are trying to make the sustainability transition is often social. Although sociologists have found declines in social capital nationally and internationally, few higher education ...

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Building Sustainable Communities: an International Collaboration Between Island Communities and Academia Membership Required

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

Through community engagement and a plan for economic rejuvenation Samsø¸ Island, Denmark became one of the first carbon negative communities in the world. In 2014, an international partnership between Samsø ...

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Teacher preparation for Education for Sustainable Development: A participatory video research in Canada Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

This presentation will discuss a study that examines prospective teachers' understanding of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and competencies in relation to teaching sustainability concepts in K-12 settings in Quebec ...

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Impact beyond the campus: Promoting non-competitive and caring sustainability scholars training through collaborative writing. Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

This session explores experiences of four doctoral students engaged in a collective project of place exploration at the university of Saskatchewan. Our goals for the project include: contesting the paradigm ...

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Community Based Teaching - Carbon accounting with local businesses from the Prince George Chamber of Commerce Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Climate change has given rise to a new generation of opportunities for sustainable business. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, British Columbia has implemented several policies, including a carbon ...

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Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Spaces to Accelerate Innovation in Higher Education. Membership Required

  • SERES (Sacatepequez)

How do we transform our existing institutions and centers of learning at a scale and pace fast enough to prepare young people for the challenges that lie ahead? SERES - winner ...

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The Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative - Creating and Supporting a Multi-Institution Course Community Membership Required

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

Creation or replication of multidisciplinary courses with real-world context is limited by technical and economic constraints at many institutions. Efforts that connect multiple institutions to multidisciplinary resources can enable success ...

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More than the environment! The journey to a community-engaged, multi-dimensional sustainability course Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

In 2014, we began a program called Educating Sustainability Ambassadors (ESA) which aims to broaden the understanding of sustainability on campus and emphasize the interconnections between a healthy natural environment ...

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The Process of Progress: Involving Multiple Academic Partners and Disciplines Membership Required

  • Daemen College (NY)

The East Side of Buffalo represents one of the most neglected neighborhoods within the fourth poorest US city. In 2012, a grassroots coalition began brainstorming ways to improve their community ...

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Sustainability Education in Northern Appalachia: Connecting Gender, Race and Class in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies Membership Required

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This case study will address our efforts to connect gender, race and class in an interdisciplinary sustainability program at a university historically tied to the fossil fuel industry. Our efforts ...

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: An Integrative Education Model for Sustainability and Global Citizenship Membership Required

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Two Sides of the Same Coin' is a case study of curricular and co-curricular education programs at North Lake College in Irving, Texas, part of the Dallas County Community College ...

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Experiential Sustainability Certificates - Connecting the Classroom to the Real World Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Kansas (KS)

The 'living lab' concept is not new in the higher ed. sustainability world. However, developing robust programs that allow students, across disciplines, to study these complex issues while linking curricular ...

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Infusing Sustainability Across the Campus: Sustainability Learning in Expected and Unexpected Places at Beloit College Membership Required

  • Beloit College (WI)

Beloit College's Pathways to Sustainability Leadership Program engages students in sustainability learning and leadership development through its 'Liberal Arts in Practice' curriculum. Students develop expertise and capacity for action ...

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Finding Heart: Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Indigenous educator Gregory Cajete (2000) articulates the motivations and questions that drive the presenter's research. For Cajete, effective education entails 'finding heart,' an active process within and beyond the ...

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From Baltimore to Burundi: The Case for Crossing the Divides of Diversity by Building toward Sustainable Peace and Development Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Amahoro' is the Kirundi word for peace. After forty years of genocide and civil war during which a large percentage of its educated citizens were targeted, exiled or killed, impoverished ...

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Energize Colleges: Energy Education and Internships for the Campus and Community Membership Required

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Energize Colleges is an innovative program bringing energy education and project-based internships to 12 California community colleges and universities. Launched earlier this year, the program employs clean energy as the ...

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Sustainability as a Lifestyle from Campus to the Community Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Grand Valley State University piloted an introductory course called 'Sustainability as a Lifestyle.' This 1-credit course was designed to examine sustainability through an academic lens and use the campus as ...

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Urbanism and the Search for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Natural Sustainability (MA)

With the majority of humans now living in urban centers, with both numbers and percentages trending up, the study of urbanism is an excellent format to consider what sustainability really ...

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Finding the Hidden Gems While Building Community: Place-based Pre-orientation Programs at Earlham College Membership Required

  • Earlham College (IN)

Earlham College's PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) Program, first offered in 2015, aims to connect incoming students with the local community, student and faculty leaders, and one ...

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The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community Membership Required

  • University of Baltimore (MD)

The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community involved 3 courses: Urban Solutions, First Year Seminar, and Great Issues in History. Students in the learning community explored the historical ...

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Engage, Steward, Discover: Aligning Global Sustainability Curriculum with Strategic Student-Led On-Campus Projects Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's interdisciplinary Global Sustainability course prepares students to understand, innovate and lead efforts to confront challenging sustainability issues. The course provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted ...

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Immersive Learning in Sustainable Building Design and Construction Practices Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability registers a high appeal among students as they face climate change. At Florida International University, a research program has been established to test if the Technology Mediated Learning Environments ...

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Strategic Sustainability Planning for a Community College District Membership Required

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)

The San Mateo County Community College District, located just south of San Francisco, consists of three colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Sustainability is the ...

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Homestead Campus to Cure Higher Ed's Hang-Ups: Affordability, Access, & Sustainability Lip-Service Membership Required

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Students and families complain that college is too expensive and exclusive. Employers complain that college graduates lack practical skills and critical thinking abilities. Sustainability educators call it systems thinking but ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Behaviors: Reflection and Action in the UW Carbon Challenge Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Many sustainability educators hope to provide students with not only information, but also opportunities to reflect on, and perhaps change, their own attitudes, values, and beliefs leading to pro-environmental behaviors ...

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Developing a Campus-wide Sustainability Assessment Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This presentation will describe a dissertation project from Colorado State University that examines individuals' knowledge of sustainability in relation to the concepts of the Triple Bottom Line; economic sustainability, environmental ...

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Sustainability Transformation at a Rural University: Building New Linkages across the Campus Membership Required

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University's commitment to sustainability has developed over a number of years as new linkages allowed to University to connect academic, residential, co-curricular, and community activities under the ...

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Advocating for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

During Fall 2015, the Sustainability Advocate program was instated in each of the Panhellenic sorority chapters with house facilities at the University of Arizona. The advocate's job is to ...

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Understanding Sustainability in Light of Our Changing Climate Membership Required

  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

How can students lead the change to live sustainably? The American Meteorological Society (AMS) believes it starts with education. As students learn of their impact on the climate system, they ...

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Knowledge Flows Downstream: Partnering to Build Watershed Awareness on Campus and at Local Elementary/Middle Schools.. Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A collaboration between Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College provided undergraduate students with science-based information about watershed health, water quality and the impacts of excess storm ...

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Creating effective service-learning projects for the sustainability curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Service-learning (SL) cultivates academic development, personal growth and civic engagement among students; enables them to contribute to community and recognize their ability to act as agents of social change. I ...

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Measuring Undergraduate Students' Learning Over Time Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

The Environmental Stewardship Reasoning and Knowledge Assessment (ESRKA), a validated, 50-question test with good reliability, is being used to measure undergraduate students' learning over time at a large, public university ...

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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change Membership Required

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

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Systems Thinking for Campus Sustainability: Utilizing the University of Central Florida Campus as a Living Laboratory Membership Required

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

In Spring of 2016, UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science offered a new honors-level course titled Systems Analysis for Sustainability in Engineered Systems. The 14 week course introduces ...

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Integrating Resilience Across the Campus and the Curriculum: The Climate Change Risk and Resilience Open Lab Membership Required

  • Plymouth State University (NH)

Within higher education sustainability efforts have integrated resiliency by creating a new generation of climate commitments that combine existing pledges to reduce carbon emissions with new frameworks for engaging stakeholders ...

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Breaking Barriers to Innovation: The Sustainable Gardening Library Membership Required

  • Sustainable Gardening Institute (NJ)

Meet the creators of the Sustainable Gardening Library, a centralized, easy-to-use repository for science-based information on sustainable gardening and farming that's built on state-of-the-art, user-friendly, device-responsive GIS mapping technology ...

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Importance of Student-led Efforts in Initiating Sustainability Programs in a Location With Predominantly Conservative Values Membership Required

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

Tarleton State University provides an interesting dichotomy It is located in a small town in rural Texas where sustainability has neither been promoted nor required. For years, faculty were stymied ...

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Greeks Go Green Membership Required

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Greeks Going Green is a collaborative project with the student government at the University of Nebraska, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to ...

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A first year Honors seminar, Exploring Sustainable Solution, challenges students with interdisciplinary case-based learning. Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The first year Honors Seminar--Exploring Sustainable Solutions: A Case-Based Approach--is intended to prepare students to deepen their understanding of sustainability through active involvement in campus projects and how these can ...

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Core Concepts for Teaching Sustainability: Using 'Tips' to Deepen Learning across the Disciplines, Grade Levels and Cultures Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Sustainability is one of those big, complex concepts that defy easy definition or simple responses yet demand attention to our collective well-being. Some Native Americans would judge the worth of ...

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Agentic educators for a sustainable future: Hopeful voices from the field Membership Required

  • Manhattanville College (NY)

At last year's AASHE conference, representatives of a band of autoethnographic researchers presented a case study in which conference participants explored the ways in which theories of collective hope ...

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Using Service-Learning to Integrate Sustainability into the Business Curriculum Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This proposal describes a service-learning project used in a graduate business course to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. Benefits included the ability of students to bring best practices to management ...

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Using the Campus as a Living Learning Laboratory: Experiential Learning & Scaffolding in Informal Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This poster will explore how new and existing sustainability projects at the University of Michigan are being integrated into a pathway for student sustainability engagement and leadership as we aim ...

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Drones, Geographic Information Systems, and Streetlights: Community Partnerships for Safer Streets Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

When we began our partnership with the neighborhood of New Washington Heights our goal was straightforward: Within the context of a class project, use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map ...

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Sustainable General Chemistry: Incorporating Sustainability into Both Theme and Experiment Design in the Freshman Chemistry Lab Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Over the past decade, the general chemistry laboratory experience at Concordia College has evolved from a traditional expository style program to an inquiry based program which incorporates a number of ...

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Creating Global Impact Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Science museums in the U.S. provide trusted venues and foot-traffic of 95 million visits per year by people who seek to be inspired and to stretch their minds. Schools ...

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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.

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Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program creates short-term, experiential education programs focused on sustainable development. TGP's accredited model has attracted university students representing over 470 universities and 70 countries globally.