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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The Social Life of Smartphones

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

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

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • McGill University (QC)

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

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • O'Brien & Gere (NY)

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

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

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

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building an Inclusive Climate Justice Movement on Campus across Race, Class, and Gender Lines

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

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.

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

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

  • University of Louisville (KY)

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

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

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

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

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

  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

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

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

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

  • Utah State University (UT)

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

  • Yale University (CT)

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

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

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

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

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

  • Yale University (CT)

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

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)

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

  • Portland State University (OR)

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

  • Los Angeles Community College District (CA)
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA)

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

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

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

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • McGill University (QC)

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

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

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

  • McGill University (QC)

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

  • Portland Community College (OR)

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

  • Prescott College (AZ)

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

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Incorporating Sustainability into the Phonetics Classroom

  • San Diego State University (CA)

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

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

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?

  • Philadelphia University (PA)

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

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

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

  • Northland College (WI)

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

  • Pomona College (CA)

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

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

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

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

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

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Better World Books (GA)

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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UNCF Building Green with Black, Tribal and Hispanic Serving Institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)
  • Spelman College (GA)
  • Lancaster Craig & Associates (NC)

United Negro College Fund Panel

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Addressing Sustainability, Diversity, Peace and Justice

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Case study research and development can be effective for addressing aspects of sustainability but learning does not just happen (Timpson & Doe, 2008). To serve as effective guides, instructors must ...

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Poverty and Homelessness: Improving Disadvantaged Communities through Sustainable, Urban Gardening

  • University of North Florida (FL)

This is a multidisciplinary, community based TLO (Transformational Learning Opportunity) that will offer students the opportunity to learn about poverty and homelessness through a partnership with the Clara White Mission ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Integrating Social Sustainability into Capital Improvement Plans

  • Emersion Design (OH)

Social sustainability is at the core of many campus sustainability plans in theory, but to what degree is it in execution? This presentation will review a proposed method of measuring ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Defining, implementing, and measuring social sustainability in universities

  • University of Denver (CO)

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Community Energy Connection

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

CU Community Energy Connections (CEC) is a collaboration between the CU Environmental Center's Energy Program and the CU Environmental Justice Steering Committee. The CEC focuses on social justice and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Education in the Developing World

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • SolarQuest (VT)

Of the more than 3 billion people currently living in the world's urban areas, over 2 billion are in less-developed regions. By 2015, these regions will include an estimated ...

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Walking our Talk: Strategies, Challenges & Successes in the Pursuit of Sustainability and Social Justice on Campus

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

This presentation will focus on identifying the tensions, obstacles and openings for moving higher ed institutions towards greater sustainability and social justice. The presentation will draw on the experience of ...

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Tribal College Sustainability Indicators

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) within the College of Menominee Nation (Menominee Indian Reservation, WI) is spearheading the Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Research Project. Prompted by the success of the ...

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Dialogs in Green: Creating a Climate of Sustainability, Community, and Diversity at Colorado State University.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

What is a climate of sustainability for a land grant institution's campus? Colorado State University is a land grant institution of 24,000 students located in the foothills of ...

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A Partnership Model: Emergent Properties of Learning and Leadership for Sustainability

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The most fertile field of sustainability and sustainability education is caught in a tension between those who seek nature-based designs and solutions to human predicament and those who seek human-based ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Social Sustainability in U.S. Higher Education

  • University of Denver (CO)

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Sustainability and Justice

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Hackman Consulting Group

CU Boulder's Environmental Center has been working to make the connections between sustainability and justice evermore clear while changing the campus conversation. With students, we spread awareness about eco-social ...

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Deepening the Conversation: Making the Connections Between Social Justice Education and Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Hackman Consulting Group

This case study seeks to help those who are not familiar with social justice educational frameworks gain an initial understanding of what they are and then how they connect to ...

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Using a Social Justice Lens to Address the Doubt, Denial and Dismissal of Climate Change and the Need for a Sustainable Future

  • Hackman Consulting Group

This half-day workshop is designed to help participants respond to campus doubt, denial and dismissal regarding climate change through the utilization of a social justice perspective on climate change and ...

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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).

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