Diversity & Affordability

Introduction

Higher education opens doors to opportunities that can help create a more equitable world, and those doors must be open through affordable programs accessible to all regardless of race, gender, religion, socio-economic status and other differences. In addition, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff provide rich resources for learning and collaboration.

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Our Story of Stuff: Sharing “waste” with a campus Free Store Membership Required

Like many large, urban universities with a residential population, the University of Louisville (UofL) has faced two major challenges at the heart of sustainability: an over-abundance of discarded, useful items ...

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Advancing Student-Led Community-Based Health Equity Research: CPHE Membership Required

Since 2009, the Community Partnership for Health and Equity (CPHE), an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, and community leaders, has focused on promoting social sustainability in the Portland, OR metropolitan ...

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The Wisdom Project: The Native American Youth Leadership Initiative Membership Required

America needs the talents and perspectives of Native Americans, America’s first scientists, to enhance innovation and diversity across disciplines. However, the lack of Native representation in programs, particularly STEM ...

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Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges Membership Required

Aha- Yes We Can! Engaging Diverse Student Groups at Community Colleges Practiced and Proven. It is widely understood that engaging students in sustainability within a community college is incredibly and ...

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Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives Membership Required

Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives: Findings from a national research project Students are often the initial driver of new community-benefit initiatives on campuses. Regenesis, a Canadian on-campus sustainability ...

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Liberate your Literacy: How Sustainability & Social Justice Interact Membership Required

Ecoliteracy pioneers Stone & Barlow (2014) emphasize that creating social change requires resilient relationships within the larger ecological and social community. However, we are born into a society in the ...

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Portland State University - Cultural Sustainability Walking Tour Map Membership Required

Portland State University is situated on a large urban campus in downtown Portland, Oregon. Disseminating information about cultural and resource centers as well as other services on campus to the ...

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The Downtown Fitchburg Urban Revitalization Development Plan Membership Required

This research project is a multi-tier economic development plan to revitalize downtown Fitchburg by establishing affordable student housing for Fitchburg State University (FSU) students in historic mill buildings which utilize ...

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Sustainability, aging, and human rights: Interconnections and inclusion for the classroom and beyond Membership Required

The idea that the future is in the hands of our young people has become somewhat of a truism in sustainability dialogue. As a society, we are fortunate that our ...

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The “Three Es” of Sustainability Portland Style Membership Required

This is a three-part poster presentation with each poster (24” x 36”) representing one of the “three Es” of sustainability: Environmental, Economic, and Equity, as can be viewed locally in ...

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Plenary Session 2: Indigenous Practices for Sustainability with Judy Bluehorse Skelton Membership Required

In a post 20th century industrialized world many may wonder, how are Indigenous ways informing regional strategies for a sustainable future and what role can colleges and universities play in ...

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Lower Socioeconomic Status and Sustainable Campus Housing Access Membership Required

In 2011, The University of Arizona (UA) took two huge leaps towards a more sustainable future through the erection of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum buildings ...

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Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm Membership Required

The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm, is an Appalachian love affair between a man, his farm, and his desire to make the world a better place ...

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Establishing Sustainable Urban Communities: HBCU Experiences as Learning Models Membership Required

Sustainable Community Development

“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

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Conversations on Equity & Resilience Membership Required

The ongoing national dialogue about "Just Sustainability" on our campuses is a critical component of social resiliency and adaptability. Without thoughtful attention to the inequities and social divisions in our ...

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The Social Life of Smartphones Membership Required

Our institution has taken a unique approach to education and outreach initiatives by deliberately highlighting the social aspects of sustainability, fostering the power of storytelling to elicit emotional responses in ...

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Stronger Together: Collaboration Opportunities for Campus Diversity Officers and Campus Sustainability Officers Membership Required

Campus diversity and inclusion departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty to promote inclusion, diversity and equity. Campus sustainability departments educate and engage students, staff and faculty about how ...

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Sustainable Spelman: HBCU Climate Action Planning Membership Required

The Vision of a Sustainable Spelman requires all of us to adopt an ethic of conservation. In January of 2013, Spelman College completed its Climate Action Plan (CAP) and submitted ...

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Plenary: MSI Panel Membership Required

Plenary Panel including Clark Atlanta University President, Dr. Carlton Brown, and Felicia M. Davis, UNCF.

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Building an Inclusive Climate Justice Movement on Campus across Race, Class, and Gender Lines Membership Required

The climate isn’t just for the 1%. How can students ensure their climate planning and action are gender, race, and economically inclusive? The American College & University Presidents’ Climate ...

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Inclusion, Coalitions, Fun, and Parties: Adapting Approaches to Encourage Student Involvement and Awareness of Sustainability. Membership Required

Student’s participation in community outreach and educational activities outside of those required by classes is decreasing. Sustainability has become an increasingly popular subject among university students in online blogs ...

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Gardening with Neighbors: Community Gardening and Food Security in West Louisville Membership Required

The “West End” of Louisville is characterized by many low-income neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by high levels of food insecurity and poor health conditions. Still, community groups and neighborhoods ...

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Cultivating Grassroots: Emerging Platforms for a Sustainable Food System and Economy in Blue Ridge Appalachia Membership Required

Appalachian scholar and activist Helen Matthews Lewis writes that “It is important to talk and plan together for the future, to have dreams and hopes and visions.” Lewis believes in ...

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Regional Cultures and Campus Sustainability: The Quebec Case Membership Required

While no one would argue that many issues related to sustainability can only be understood on a global level, international negotiations confront us with the fact that cultural differences can ...

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Biodiversity Of Humans And Agriculture Membership Required

The University Of New Mexico has worked to build local food hubs in and around the University as demonstration gardens for students and local residents. As SouthWest native tribes have ...

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50 Shades of Green: An Examination of Sustainability Policy on Canadian Campuses Membership Required

While there is an abundance of literature on sustainability in higher education emerging within academic journals, there has been a paucity of research examining the uptake and implementation of sustainability ...

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Aggie Blue Bikes; How AmeriCorps Grants Can Bring Bicycle Lending to Your Campus Membership Required

Aggie Blue Bikes (ABB) is Utah State University’s (USU) premier bicycle lending, education and advocacy program; its mission is to get more people on more bikes, more often. Throughout ...

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Waste and Access: Communicating about sustainability between universities in developed and developing countries Membership Required

Sustainability initiatives in the United States are largely focused on reducing waste in terms of materials, water, energy, fuel, and even time and money. In less economically developed countries, however ...

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The Eco-Reps' Sister Organization: Including Social Justice Peer Educators on Your Campus Membership Required

Research shows peer education is one of the most effective ways to reach students today. Many campuses host an Eco-Rep program, often as paid positions. These programs tend to focus ...

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Equity, Well-Being, and the Environment: Building New Programmatic Bridges Membership Required

Healthy people working together across differences are critical to building a sustainable campus and community. Today there are new approaches on our campuses that simultaneously enhance the well-being and equity ...

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The Yale Community Carbon Fund; Reducing Emissions and Increasing Economic Security in Local Communities Membership Required

The Yale Community Carbon Fund seeks both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase economic security for low-income people living in New Haven. Funds are raised through a combination ...

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A Roadmap Toward a Future Where Social Equity, Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Inclusion Promotes Student Success Membership Required

Based on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) initiative to facilitate cultural change and diversity across the system of 16 colleges, the presentation will use open space technologies ...

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Social Sustainability Month: Creating Campus-wide Networks to Build a More Holistic Sustainability Movement Membership Required

By institutionalizing an annual designated time for dialogue between students, staff, faculty, and community, projects like Social Sustainability Month (SSM) can increase capacity for university collaboration and partnerships. This session ...

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Visualizing and Modeling the Drivers in a Holistic Built Environment: Social Justice through Spatial Tools Membership Required

Through years of teaching real projects in architecture and environmental design to a diverse mix of urban Los Angeles students, a new innovative model was born. The model drives change ...

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Creating Hubs of Indigenous Innovation through Public/Private Partnerships: the Collaboration between MA`O Organic Farms and University of Hawai`i West O`ahu Membership Required

This panel will present an innovative partnership between Ma'o Organic Farms, Leeward Community College (LCC), and the University of Hawaii West O'ahu (UHWO). MAO is a non-profit youth ...

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A World Café on the professional challenges of working at the intersections of equity, environment, and economy Membership Required

At the AASHE 2010 Conference, Julian Agyeman urged the audience to begin an important conversation about "Just Sustainability" on our campuses. He made a compelling case for the need to ...

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Sustainability & Social Justice; How College Students Engage with Subjugated Populations in the Community Membership Required

What is social sustainability and why is it important? Master's students and undergrads join together to work with subjugated groups in the community to combat the powerful forces of ...

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How Sustainability Shapes Pedagogical Approaches to Building Equity and Diversity Competencies at McGill University Membership Required

This presentation will examine lessons about the relationship between social justice and sustainability that the staff at McGill University's SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education) Office have learned through ...

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Free Sustainability! From Theory to Action in the Poverty Class Membership Required

Sustainability has become one of our cultures most popular virtues. Often sustainability is seen as something to be purchased whether it's higher priced organic vegetables or a carbon offset ...

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Partnering Social Justice with Sustainability: A Challenge to Expand Our Understanding of Inclusivity Membership Required

As humans are the one animal responsible for (and capable of mitigating) the conditions, which make the work of sustainability a pressing necessity, we have a tremendous responsibility to embrace ...

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Getting a Handle on Your Campus Carbon Footprint: A Workshop for Minority-Serving Institutions Membership Required

Attendees (up to 12) will be asked to come with data from on their campuses and will be walked through the process of putting that data into the new, online ...

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Incorporating Sustainability into the Phonetics Classroom Membership Required

This presentation illustrates how concepts of sustainability were introduced into a course on phonetics for students pursuing degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology. This course, which is required by our ...

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WKU-Habitat for Humanity Integrated Green Infrastructure Statewide Demonstration Project Membership Required

This session will demonstrate a grant-funded University partnership statewide demonstration project that will use low impact development (LID) and Light Imprint techniques as part of a planned medium density green ...

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Can We Be Sustainable Without Being Utopian? Membership Required

When introducing students or colleagues to the concept of sustainability, we frequently use a three-dimensional model that includes not only environmental concerns, but also economic and equity considerations. This is ...

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Creating Sustainable Social Change: Student Engagement on Environmental Justice at Campuses Membership Required

A series of panelists sharing the ways in which Environmental Justice is addressed on campuses as an opportunity for education, engagement and sustainable change in both the campus community and ...

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Educating for Sustainability: Liberal Arts, Social Justice, and Environment Membership Required

Within sustainability education it is important to create the conditions for a transformative experience for students. In order to offer a holistic education for sustainability in the truest sense, we ...

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Equity and Ecology: Incorporating Environmental Justice into Campus Sustainability Membership Required

Equity is as important an aspect of sustainability as ecology - so why have campuses had such difficulty including these concepts in sustainability programming and planning? This session provides an overview ...

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Are Green Campuses Walking the Talk? Providing Underrepresented Students with Access to Sustainability Membership Required

Have you had a difficult time articulating why sustainability assessments such as STARS include diversity as an indicator? This presentation will offer a few explanations through a brief review of ...

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Community gardens and access to green space for near-poverty populations Membership Required

Backyard gardening has become more popular in recent years both as an outdoor recreation activity and a means of food safety and security. Access to open space for gardening is ...

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Campus Sustainability as a Driver of Social Justice Membership Required

Oftentimes, we think of our sustainability efforts independent of social justice.

This panel will discuss innovative ideas for combining recycling while funding social justice initiatives. The panelists, representing both private ...

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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).

Diversity & Affordability Partners