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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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Student Designed Sustainability Curriculum Intended to Create Shift in Campus Culture

  • Babson College (MA)

Creating a culture of sustainability is a challenge for all colleges. The Eco Reps here recognized this problem and strived to create a solution to generate a positive culture of ...

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Internships to Implement Institutional Change: Sustainability on a Shoestring

  • Ohio Dominican University (OH)

While many institutions are developing sustainability offices or hiring sustainability coordinators, economic constraints may play a role in limiting this option for all universities. In order to begin institutional reporting ...

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Weaving Sustainability Education through the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Ohio Dominican University (OH)

As centers of education, research, and outreach, universities have the potential to become the catalyst in a change to more sustainable societies. The university provides a learning laboratory for combining ...

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An Interdisciplinary Sustainability Coordinator Associate of Applied Science at Lane Community College

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The Sustainability Coordinator Associate of Applied Science is an interdisciplinary degree developed through a collaborative process. It is the first program of its kind in the nation. Unlike other, discipline-specific ...

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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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Realizing sustainability across curricula and campuses, lessons from George Mason University in Northern Virginia

  • George Mason University (VA)

In 2007, the university leaped into sustainability initiatives with a commitment to climate neutrality, hiring of full-time energy and sustainability managers, and creation of "sustainability across the curriculum" faculty workshops ...

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Collaborative Sustainable Building Practice: Innovative Curriculum Design

  • Cornell University (NY)

There is no doubt that the unprecedented challenge of sustainable development calls for cross-disciplinary collaboration. For the building sector, recognizing the fact that technological solutions for low-energy high-performance buildings have ...

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Campus Greenhouse Provides Local Food and Research on Vegetable Production in Cold Climates

  • Clarkson University (NY)

A student team designed and built a 450 sq. ft. pilot greenhouse to test the feasibility of maximizing produce yields while minimizing energy requirements for local food production in cold ...

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Natures Coordinate System: Vertexia, Vector Equilibrium, C60 carbon molecule, explained using hands on modeling techniques.

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute (NY)

The basis of Natures Coordinate System comes from understanding the topological reasoning of R. Buckminster Fuller. He used the terminology "Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" as the subtitle to ...

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Engaged Scholarship for Sustainability: University of New Hampshire's Initiative to Facilitate Regional Food System Collaboration

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is an example of a university-based effort to advance regional food system sustainability through collaboration using an engaged scholarship model. Engaged scholarship promotes mutually beneficial ...

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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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Studying Sustainability Abroad with a European Perspective - Case Stories and Best Practices

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

Students and faculty often look to Europe for best practices when working with sustainability issues such as renewable energy, public policy, food systems, corporate social responsibility, climate change and overall ...

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Using the 'Faculty Sustainability Ambassador' Model to Catalyze Sustainability Curriculum Initiatives

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This panel discussion will introduce the 'Faculty Sustainability Ambassador' model as an effective strategy for catalyzing campus-wide sustainability curriculum initiatives. In this case, a small internal grant provided stipends to ...

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Sustainability Course Inventory as a Foundation for Sustainability and Environmental Program Development using STARS

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada, recently conducted an inventory of sustainability-related, sustainability-focused and environment courses as part of the requirements of the STARS accreditation process. The results of the ...

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Infusing the Study of Sustainable Design Methodology and Epistemology into the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

  • Maryville College (TN)

Abstract: Arguably one of the most challenging places to infuse sustainable design methodology and epistemology, yet one of the most logical, is among the 225 liberal arts colleges and universities ...

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Pushing Sustainable Development to the Outer Limits

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

Sustainable development is predominantly thought of in terms of alternative energy, recycling, food security, biodiversity, waste reduction and green building products. For the past 7 years I have taught an ...

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The NSSE Sustainability Education Consortium: A First Year Report

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

In fall 2010, eight institutions formed a consortium to assess student engagement in sustainability education across the curriculum. The consortium adds 20 sustainability questions to the National Survey of Student ...

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Infusing Sustainability Through the General Education Curriculum

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)

As pressures on global and local systems mount, and as population and consumption increase world-wide, the imperative for sustainability education gains increasing urgency. More than educating those interested in, or ...

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Academic Infusion of Sustainability: Leading Faculty and Curriculum Developers Share Best Practices

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Training emerging professionals about sustainability concepts needs to happen both in and out of the classroom in order to meet ambitious national workforce education and training goals. The process of ...

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Zero energy home constructed by students built to NAHB green standards

  • Alfred State College (NY)

The college has been constructing homes with a student workforce as part of the curriculum since 1966 and selling them to the public. House number 51 is built to the ...

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Enhancements of Marina Piccola, the ferry boat terminal for Sorrento, Italy

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Architecture, business and interior design students, studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, are working collectively to create proposals for upgrades, physical improvements and expansion of the current port facility which will ...

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A Remote Controlled 2-Axis Photovoltaic Mount with Metering

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Senior students designed a remote controlled azimuth and altitude adjusting PV mount. The project allows students in an alternative energy course to change the PV module's slope and azimuth ...

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Building Pathways to Green Careers: Transforming Campus Service Learning into Green Workforce Training

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

The demand for a highly skilled workforce in the energy sector and green industries is rapidly growing as the nation moves towards a greener economy. Students involved in our multi-campus ...

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Broadening the Boundaries of Campus: How Far Should Sustainability Go?

  • Alma College (MI)

Alma College, like many small, liberal arts institutions, is tucked away among the rural small towns that surround it. These campuses serve as cultural centers for the community, but what ...

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AASHE Curriculum Convocation

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Advancing sustainability education through the development of dynamic and academically rich curriculum is a strong priority of AASHE. What is needed is curriculum that prepares learners for living in a ...

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A Five Year Retrospective of Teaching Sustainable Building Design and Construction

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will focus on the curriculum development and implementation of an undergraduate and graduate level course titled Sustainable Building Design and Construction. The focus of this course is on ...

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The Ten-Year Vision: A Global Network of Centers for Regenerative Studies

  • Ball State University (IN)

As noted in the writings of David Orr, our built environments teach. A proposed global network of Centers of Regenerative Studies would do just that - in real time and vicariously ...

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Best Practices in Global Sustainability: A Course Offering

  • Bryant University (RI)

As a result of this slow economy, university resources are limited and most schools experienced several budget cuts. Therefore, the authors decided to streamline efforts in satisfying the three pillars ...

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Charting Pathway into a Sustainable Future: Reforming General Education

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

The next generation will confront an increased number of global issues that interface the complexities of socioeconomic perspectives, environmental stability, poverty and development. Recently we undertook a general education reform ...

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Extending our Reach: Taking Sustainability into the Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The sustainability charge at this state university is led by the Institute for Sustainability whose mission is to promote, facilitate, and develop educational, research, and University and community programs related ...

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Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities' (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency ...

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Faculty Development for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Calvin University (MI)

The five panelists, faculty at a MidWest comprehensive liberal arts college, were participants in a cross-disciplinary workshop enacting the idea of sustainability across the curriculum. The workshop, which grew out ...

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The Prairie Project: Place-Based Faculty Development for Global Sustainability Education

  • Central College (IA)

Today there is an urgent need to provide global sustainability education to all college students through a curriculum that is integrative, transdisciplinary, and addresses all three dimensions of sustainability: ecological ...

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Rethinking Education: Building for a Sustainable Future

  • Chatham University (PA)

This session will tell the story of the creation of a new "ground up" School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) that will integrate the principles of sustainability and across ...

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Sustainability as a design challenge: Learning by doing at the Columbus College of Art & Design

  • Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)

Sustainability programs are rapidly growing in America's colleges of art and design. Because artists and designers are the people who choose the materials used to make almost everything, sustainability ...

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A Pedagogical Model for Successful Integration of Sustainability Across the Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

Think sustainability in the curriculum, and you may think "science"--arguably the "obvious" disciplinary home. But the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability in higher education offers faculty from across the curriculum ...

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Ecological Economics 101: Integrating Core Principles into Science and Social Science Courses

  • Creative Change Educational Solutions (MI)

For sustainability to take hold across the curriculum, educators must gain the skills to integrate ecological economics concepts into science and humanities courses. Yet the disciplinary boundaries of secondary and ...

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Sustainability as a Study Abroad Experience in Europe

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad has created a unique opportunity for American undergraduate students through their sustainable development program in Copenhagen. This is one of the first semester long ...

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The Laboratory of Democracy: Sustainability Research, Education and Action at the State Level

  • DePauw University (IN)

College students often feel they can do very little to effect political change beyond their local communities and campuses. Traditional political internships sometimes provide glimpses into the inner-workings of politics ...

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Experiencing Sustainability: Thinking Deeper About Experiential Education in Higher Education

  • Earlham College (IN)

Jack Turner once wrote "we treat the natural world according to our experience of it."" How are our students "experiencing sustainability" in U.S. colleges and universities? With the rise ...

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City Studio Vancouver: The City is the Classroom

  • Emily Carr University of Art & Design (BC)

Vancouver, BC is often ranked as one of the world's most livable cities because, as ecological footprint inventor and Vancouver Professor Bill Rees has noted, "25 or 30 years ...

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Eat Local, Live Local, Teach Local: Curriculum for Sustainability

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Developing curriculum for sustainability presents a new challenge for modern instructors: getting students to think more locally in order to appreciate the global consequences of their actions. For many faculty ...

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Growing community: healthcare sustainability in higher education

  • Georgetown University (DC)

Higher education is evolving to include healthcare sustainability training. At its core, sustainability is a natural component of healthcare. Sustainability supports the basic healthcare mission to provide safe, quality, compassionate ...

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Building Automation Systems - A New Program for Sustainability and Technical Education

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)

A two-year vocational college located just outside of Atlanta, GA is developing innovative academic programs to serve energy efficiency technology industries. In particular, the Building Automation Systems (BAS) program has ...

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Inter-Institutional and Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Developing Sustainability Curriculum- a Unique Role for a Technical College.

  • Georgia State University (GA)

The metro region of Atlanta, GA is home to a wide range of institutions of higher education. Inter-institutional collaborations can an important mechanism towards enhancing sustainability literacy. A 2-year vocational ...

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Illinois Green Economy Network- Greening Your Curriculum Faculty Development Program

  • Green Economy (MA)

This panel presentation will address the role of higher education in sustainability and green economy education. In 2010, in partnership with 14 Illinois community colleges, the Illinois Green Economy Network ...

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Creating, Implementing and Sustaining a Themed Semester in Sustainability

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

"Themester" is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines. The Themester topic ...

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Pathways to Transforming Society: I vs. We

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Making the change to a sustainable society requires perspective transformation at many levels: personal, social, cultural, organizational, institutional and governmental. Transformative learning (the theory of how perspective transformation occurs) was ...

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Mission-Driven Sustainability Studies for the Small College

  • La Roche College (PA)

La Roche College, a small, private, Catholic institution in the north hills of Pittsburgh, has recently undertaken steps to enhance the sustainability of its physical operations: the newly created "La ...

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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.

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).

Curriculum Partners

Bound International

San Antonio, TX
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We navigate the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation.

FIE: Foundation for International Education

London, London
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Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium

Bethesda, MD
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The GREEN Program

Philadelphia, PA
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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.