Diversity & Affordability

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Connecting Diversity with Sustainability - Penn State Overview

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Educational Equity Green Team was invited by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute to present a webinar connecting sustainability with diversity as part of the Green Bag Lunch Series on ...


Social Justice and Sustainability Go Hand in Hand at Northwestern

  • Northwestern University (IL)

Kathia Benitez is the sustainability director of sustainNU, Northwestern University's comprehensive and inclusive sustainability program. She writes about the initiatives at the University that address the triple bottom line ...


Draft Environmental Justice Framework

  • Princeton University (NJ)

We in the Office of Sustainability, as a primarily white staff in a predominately white field, recognize the inherent privilege assigned to us by a broken system. While we cannot ...


Making the Business Case for Campus Sustainability

  • Gordian (SC)

In this report, Sightlines (a Gordian company) highlights how environmental sustainability programs at higher education institutions would reduce operating costs via increased efficiency measures as well as attract sustainability-minded students ...


Harvard College Women's Center Commitment Environmental Justice

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard College Women’s Center values environmental sustainability in our programming and office work/space/management. We acknowledge that neglect and destruction of the natural environment disproportionately affects women ...


Diversity in Higher Education: Creating Equity in Evaluation of Faculty

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

Despite efforts to improve hiring practices to diversify the faculties of colleges and universities in the US, a lack of strong attention to retention practices may negate progress. At predominantly ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Combating Incivility, Harassment, and Sexual Assault in Environmental Fields and Fieldwork

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

Increased attention on the pervasiveness of harassment and assault in the daily professional lives of women and men calls for open dialogue and institutional culture change, particularly around issues of ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Dartmouth Sustainability Office Inclusivity & Diversity Action Plan

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

The Dartmouth Sustainability Office challenges and empowers Dartmouth College and our students to solve the human and environmental problems presented by a rapidly changing planet. We do this via hands ...


When Kids Fight for Environmental Justice, Words Have Power

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

“Why aren’t all kids taught civics in schools?” Jaysa Hunter-Mellers asks. There has never been a more critical time in our history for young people, especially those from marginalized ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Just Sustainability - Julian Agyeman Keynote from AASHE 2010 Conference

  • AASHE (PA)

Julian Agyeman Keynote from AASHE 2010 Conference.

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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The Path to Environmental Justice is Local

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

The time has never been more urgent for environmental advocacy. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequity are creating an increasingly unstable and impoverished world. The magnitude of the problems ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Racial Diversity in the U.S. Climate Movement

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

People of color are projected to become a majority of the U.S. population by 2043 but are grossly underrepresented in environmental organizations that work on climate change. They are ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Tim Wise: Higher Education's Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Timothy Jacob Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer and is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Race and the Environmental Movement: History and Legacies

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This webinar explores some of the roots of the American conservation movement as they relate to white supremacy and patterns of discrimination and marginalization. The webinar explores four windows into ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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San Jose State University - Housing Crisis Mitigation Plan photo

  • San Jose State University (CA)

SCI 2020 Housing Crisis Mitigation Plan photo submission


Racial Equity, Social Justice & Sustainability Discussion Series: Session 4

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Panelists discussed and reflected on the three earlier sessions that explored racial equity, social justice and its intersection with sustainability. Open Q&A took place throughout the recap session.

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Racial Equity, Social Justice & Sustainability Discussion Series: Session 3

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Panelists discussed how the only way to eradicate racism is to do the personal work of becoming antiracist and leverage our voices. Anyone who is not willing to do the ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Racial Equity, Social Justice & Sustainability Discussion Series: Session 2

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Power Shift Network (DC)
  • RE Tech Advisors (VA)

Panelists discussed how we can’t continue to package sustainability efforts in the same way, but rather that we need to include the lens of racial equity and social justice ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Racial Equity, Social Justice & Sustainability Discussion Series: Session 1

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Panelists discussed how Sustainability and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion managers need to work together, as well as the need to address how sustainability managers can elevate their status and have ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Universities of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) Guidelines on Becoming a University of Sanctuary

  • Places of Sanctuary Ireland

Places of Sanctuary Ireland has a Universities of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) stream, a sister network to the Universities of Sanctuary UK stream, that encourages and celebrates the good practice of ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2020
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Universities of Sanctuary Resource Pack

  • City of Sanctuary UK

The City of Sanctuary organization has a Universities of Sanctuary stream that recognizes and celebrates universities that welcome sanctuary seekers into their communities and foster a culture of inclusion.

This ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2020
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Webcast: COVID-19, Climate and Higher Ed: A Second Nature Panel Discussion

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • Second Nature (MA)

COVID-19, climate and higher ed: Defining the sector’s responsibility in solving global challenges

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the response to it offers lessons for addressing other global problems ...

  • Posted Aug. 4, 2020
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Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

  • Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity (2020) is a timely book, as across the globe more and more of us awake to our always interconnected selves. The Handbook brings the ...

  • Posted July 10, 2020
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Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources for the Sustainability in Higher Education Community

  • AASHE (PA)

This collection of racial equity and social justice resources includes links to programs and resources related to solidarity and messaging, understanding racial/social/environmental justice, race and sustainability, anti-racism, prominent ...


Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030

  • Bard College (NY)

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Bard College in a sixty-minute session about how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensure justice in the economic transformation ...

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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Sustainability Education as a Pathway to Minority Participation in STEM

  • Columbia University (NY)

Sustainability education offers higher education institutions opportunities to broaden the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This chapter focuses on an exploratory ...


Learning and Teaching Through the Online Environmental Justice Atlas: From Empowering Activists to Motivating Students

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona)

The chapter analyzes how the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas.org), an online interactive platform developed to visualize and study struggles against environmental injustices worldwide, is used in higher education curricula ...


Does higher education prepare students to bridge divides in today’s democracy?

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Recent political events serve as a reminder that American society comprises groups with divergent visions for the future and mutually incompatible ideas of how to achieve those futures. Despite this ...


Creating a Digital Environmental Justice Toolkit

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

With the help of University of Connecticut (UConn) students, staff and faculty members, and local and national rights-based organizations, I created an environmental justice toolkit. This novel toolkit addresses what ...


Expanding Sustainability: University of California, Santa Cruz’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program featuring the “Intersections Between Diversity & Environment” course

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The UC Santa Cruz Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP) educates staff, faculty, and graduate students to undertake in-depth examinations of how we, through recognizing and understanding of our differences ...


SDG Week

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Week [https://sustain.ubc.ca/sdg] was a week-long occasion at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus that consisted of ten multidisciplinary events—six ...


UVA’s Equity & Environment Fund: Catalyzing student-driven, intersectional projects that connect and advance the work of community leaders

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Historically, many UVA student-led projects focused on the environmental issues of sustainability, without much connection or thought to how these projects connect or address social or equity issues. To help ...


Swarthmore College Sustainability Research: Equitable Zero Waste

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

A year long research project developed by students to help and develop an equitable zero waste mindset and framework of thinking.


A Multi-Perspective Reflection on How Indigenous Knowledge and Related Ideas Can Improve Science Education for Sustainability

  • Universität Bremen
  • Malmö University

Indigenous knowledge provides specific views of the world held by various indigenous peoples. It offers different views on nature and science that generally differ from traditional Western science. Futhermore, it ...


Diversity Content in STEM? How Faculty Values Translate into Curricular Inclusion Unevenly for Different Subjects in Environmental and Sustainability Programs

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Vincent Evaluation Consulting (OK)

While addressing racial inequality in the higher education curriculum and promoting an inclusive curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) remain contentious issues, little is known about the processes ...


Digging In: Specific Examples of Diversity in Sustainability Work

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Central College (IA)
  • AASHE (PA)

We all have to make sure the sustainability movement is not a white, elitist movement. Join two Sustainability Directors as they share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned through integrating ...

  • Posted March 11, 2020
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Evaluating the prevalence and quality of conference codes of conduct

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens (IL)

Efforts to increase inclusion in science face multiple barriers, including cultural and social behaviors in settings such as academic conferences. Conferences are beneficial, but the culture can promote inequities and ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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College students’ understanding of social justice as sustainability

  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Saint Louis University (MO)

Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore college students’ understanding of sustainability and, specifically, the extent to which students see social justice as being integral to sustainability.

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  • Posted March 5, 2020
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The role of gender, race, and ethnicity in environmental identity development in undergraduate student narratives

  • Duke University (NC)

Recent work in environmental psychology and education emphasizes environmental identity as important in predicting a broad array of environmental behaviors. However, there are gaps in understanding how other social identities ...

  • Posted March 5, 2020
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Weaving Equity and Sustainability into the Fabric of Higher Education: The University of Utah Experience

  • University of Utah (UT)

Sustainability is an idea that is celebrated, loathed, or deemed entirely useless given its many meanings and approaches. While scholars broadly agree it must include merging ecology, economy, and equity ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Intersectional sustainability and student activism: A framework for achieving social sustainability on university campuses

  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)

In recent decades, universities have made significant progress toward environmental sustainability and have likewise tightened their budgets and restructured economic models in the name of financial sustainability. However, institutions of ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Institutionalizing Environmental Justice

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Over the past few years, the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has been working to institutionalize environmental justice operations, programs, and projects for ...

  • Posted Feb. 27, 2020
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The Partial Deinstitutionalization of Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education, 1988 to 2014

  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of Toronto (ON)

Since the 1990s, affirmative action opponents have targeted colleges’ and universities’ race-conscious admissions policies and secured bans on the practice in eight states. Although scholarly and media attention has focused ...


A Key to Co-Creation: The Development and Utilization of a Social Justice Lens

  • Hackman Consulting Group

As evidenced by this national moment, a lack of critical understanding of social justice issues makes co-creating real sustainability goals near impossible. Conversely, thoughtful attention to social justice issues affords ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Workshop

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Are you ever the only womxn in a room of men? Have you ever had a male colleague take credit for your work? Have you ever been spoken over by ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Can a Campus Become a Cornucopia?

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As an urban campus in a food desert, the College of Charleston (CofC), lacks accessible produce. The only grocery store within a mile of campus caters to a high-income area ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Illuminating the Invisible: How Institutions Address and Afford Social Sustainability

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Rising income inequality, compounded by the eroding purchasing power of low and minimum-wage jobs, make social sustainability a subject of increasing urgency and importance to the most vulnerable members of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Women in Sustainability Education - Networking Meeting

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Come join us to build a collaborative network, share synergy, and catalyze collaboration. Who this session is for: administrators, faculty, and program leaders concerned with innovation, gender equity, and social ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Social Sustainability at NAU: Implementing Menstrual Cups on Campus

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation describes an initiative carried out in Spring of 2019 at Northern Arizona University (NAU) that made free menstrual cups available to the NAU student body. The NAU Green ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Good as New: A Discussion on Reducing Waste While Increasing Equity

  • The New School (NY)

For the past three years, the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School has coordinated and executed a free sale event for students called 'Good as New' in ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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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

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Scores

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