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The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban University Campus Membership Required

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The University of Pennsylvania is situated on a rapidly growing and highly urbanized campus that, as of the summer of 2015, contained over 6,000 trees. Trees play an important ...

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Pollinator-Friendly Programs and Campuses Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Milkhouse Design Studio and Workshop (PA)
  • Friends of the Earth (DC)

This presentation provides information on how to pass a pollinator protection policy on campus.

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New Models for Campus Food Production: Orchards and Community Collaborations Membership Required

  • Saint Joseph's College - IN (IN)
  • University of Baltimore (MD)
  • Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project (MD)

This panel session will feature how campus food production programs can serve as vehicles for community collaborations, as well as a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning and campus ...

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Growing Beyond the Campus Garden Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In 2016, many campuses have developed community gardens on our campuses as tools for co-curricular engagement, reducing food insecurity, and iconic sustainability learning tools. But, after the initial excitement of ...

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Ahead of the Curve: Connect with Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping Experts Membership Required

  • Sustainable Gardening Institute (NJ)
  • Garden Writers Association (NY)
  • North Creek Nurseries (PA)

Searching for professional writers, editors, photographers, landscape design professionals, media personalities, or faculty who can help you gain support for your sustainable gardening and landscaping goals? Want to find out ...

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Rating the New Campus Landscape: How SITES Can Engage Students + Energize your Sustainability Mission Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

SITES is to campus landscapes what LEED is to buildings. Two public institutions, Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and Nassau Community College (New York) have shown their highest commitment to ...

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WattTime: Energy Management to Reduce Emissions and Support Clean Energy Future Membership Required

  • WattTime (CA)

Every time any device in a building on any campus turns on, a single power plant must produces slightly more electricity to power it. But what kind of power plant ...

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Ecological Restoration on a Liberal Arts Campus: On-site and Community Development Membership Required

  • Drew University (NJ)

Situated on a small suburban campus in Madison, New Jersey, in a densely populated region of the US, Drew University attracts students to come live in the 'forest,' while accessing ...

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Employing Urban Ecology in Grounds Management at New York University Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

The emerging field of urban ecology has taken on a new urgency in recent years as most of the world's population now lives in cities where open spaces are ...

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Arbor Day Event Trains Environmental Stewards Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Since 2014, SOU's Landscape Services Dept has hosted an annual Arbor Day Celebration inviting local K-12 schools, members of the surrounding community, our own student body, faculty, staff, and ...

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Sustainable Buildings: Utilizing BOMA BEST (Green Globes EB in Canada) to Enhance the Sustainable Operations of Your Campus Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

As part of The University of Alberta´s institutional Sustainability Plan we build all our new buildings to LEED or Green Globes standards. But as we operate and manage ± 200 ...

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Post Occupancy Evaluation for Landscapes Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

Landscape design has the power to address multiple sustainability issues. These include providing shade, creating habitat, managing stormwater quality and quantity, minimizing light pollution, and providing usable outdoor spaces for ...

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Making the Case for the Living, Learning Lab & Quantifying Ecosystem Services: IU Bloomington's Tree Inventory Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University Bloomington initiated a campus-wide geographic information systems tree inventory effort in the spring of 2015. The tree inventory data is housed through ArcGIS online and led primarily by ...

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Exploring LEED-EB: O+M for A Smarter, Healthier and More Efficient Campus: Lessons Learned at Portland State University Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Green Building Services (OR)

Portland State University is working on multiple fronts to institutionalize sustainable operations and support the campus goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. In 2015, PSU became a founding signatory of ...

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Green Roof Strategies for Success: Making It Work Beyond the First Year Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Green roof failures are all too common, often leading to expensive replacement plantings, unmet aesthetic expectations, and invasive plant problems. In the fall of 2011, a 3,700 square foot ...

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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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Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

This poster will tell the multi-faceted story of how Furman University has leveraged longstanding partnerships with two local horticultural organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape ...

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Moving Towards Environmentally Responsible Landscaping on Campus Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU works earnestly to foster sustainability advancement in our region. Likewise, our Landscape Services Dept is deeply committed to minimizing negative impacts on our campus and surrounding ecosystems. Our landscaping ...

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Sustainability & Botanical Tours: Educating our Communities Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU's Landscape Services collaborated with students, faculty, and staff across campus to develop signed Sustainability and Botanical Tours to educate our regional community about SOU's myriad of sustainability ...

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New Approaches to High Performance Low Maintenance Urban Campus Landscapes Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Budget and site constraints present a variety of challenges for the design, installation, and maintenance of urban landscapes. New approaches to planting design seek to reduce long term maintenance costs ...

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UA Campus Garage Rain Water Harvesting Project Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona Community Garden was started by a group of students in 2011. As of today, the community garden is being used to its full potential. Every plot ...

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Using a High Tunnel to Extend the Growing Season and Engage the Whole Campus With the Campus Garden Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Six years ago, students championed the creation of a small organic garden on Concordia College's urban campus in northern Minnesota. Although the garden was successful in attracting student interest ...

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Sticky Sustainability: Tapping Untapped Resources on Campus #ULMapleMadness Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

In spring 2016, a maple sugaring community partner collaborated with faculty, staff & students at the University of Louisville to launch a new Sustainable Community Engagement section of the Intro ...

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Edinboro University Green Initiatives Membership Required

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In the past decade Edinboro University has made sustainability a hallmark of its facilities management. This poster summarizes EU's projects including a solar array, use of passive solar architecture ...

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BEE / HOUSE / LAB International Design Competition: Provding habitat for urban bees Membership Required

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

BEE / HOUSE / LAB: An International Design competition at the University of Manitoba that resulted in innovative bee houses built, installed around campus and used for research. The reason for the ...

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‘The Biophilic University’: a de-familiarizing organizational metaphor for ecological sustainability? Membership Required

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

A new primary, root metaphor the ‘Biophilic University’, is introduced here, underpinning a potential de-familiarizing human-nature narrative and heuristic to contest and break free of what is conceptualised as the ...

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SUNY Cortland Grounds Initiatives Membership Required

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

Located on the edge of a sensitive aquifer, SUNY Cortland’s Student Life Center uses bio-swales, strategically planted native vegetation and permeable pavement to control storm runoff. The campus maintains ...

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Goats Eating Ivy Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

A large herd of goats relaxing on a hillside eating ivy.


Newark Road Prairie-Beloit College Membership Required

  • Beloit College (WI)

Newark Road Prairie is owned by Beloit College and was designated a State Natural Area in 1974. It is the largest known wet-mesic prairie in Rock county. A moisture gradient ...


Muhlenberg College Water Conservation Native Plants Membership Required

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Muhlenberg College has a living learning experience for undergraduate students at the Treehouse. Here, students manage the permculture garden and community vegetable garden which includes a rainwater collection system. The ...


American University SCI Photos Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

Chatham University Grounds and Eden Hall Campus Membership Required

  • Chatham University (PA)

Building on the legacy of alum Rachel Carson (‘29), Chatham University has practiced a pest management plan since 2000 that bans chemical pesticides on all campus grounds and actively preserves ...


Water is a priority at Wellesley College Membership Required

  • Wellesley College (MA)

Photo shows the importance of water at Wellesley College. We have our own wells and water treatment facility for potable water. The college is also located within the Charles River ...


Draft Horses on the Farm Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Gwilym Walker ' 17 drives draft horses on the college farm.


Timber Frame Bike Shelter Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Renewable Energy & Ecological Design Major (REED) Adam Zais '16 building a Timber Frame bike shelter on campus.


University of Minnesota Living Lab Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Campus grounds are more than a a backdrop at the University of Minnesota. Our Living Laboratories have transformed otherwise un-programmed areas into outdoor spaces for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning ...


Waste Minimization at Mohawk College Membership Required

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College campuses feature two-stream waste receptacles throughout grounds and outdoor spaces to encourage recycling.

Mohawk College’s pan-campus electronic waste and battery recycling program collects tens of thousands of ...


Pack Forest at UW Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Pack Forest is a working forest and owned by the University of Washington. Located outside of Eatonville, Wash., the University of Washington’s Pack Forest began with the purchase of ...


Working with vegetables, mulch and compost at the Guilford College Farm Membership Required

  • Guilford College (NC)
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Solar field and rooftop installations at the David Ames Clock Farm at Stonehill College Membership Required

  • Stonehill College (MA)

The 15 acre solar field and two rooftop installations include 9,625 panels with a combined production of 3.384 million kWh per year, which covers 20% of Stonehill’s ...

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Tapping campus maple trees Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Students, faculty, and staff working together to tap campus maple trees to make maple syrup.

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Learning our campus trees Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Ecology course studying trees on campus

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Alfond Draft Horse Barn at Sterling College Membership Required

  • Sterling College (VT)
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Indiana State: Green Infrastructure for Water Membership Required

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Combined Sewer Overflows are a big problem for post-industrial towns like Terre Haute, Indiana, and as Indiana State University provides one of the largest concentrations of users of impervious surfaces ...

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CSUN's Saves 55 Million Gallons per Year Through Various Water Conservation Efforts Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In an effort to meet the State of California's mandated water conservation targets, California State University, Northridge has made significant strides in reducing water use through irrigation improvements and ...

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Parkerson Mill Creek restoration after one growing season Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)

This is Parkerson Mill Creek one growing season after completion of the stream restoration project.

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UOIT Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System Membership Required

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (ON)

Located underneath the Campus Polonsky Commons shown here is the second largest geothermal well system in North America. The system serves all north campus buildings and is made up of ...

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University of Manitoba BEE / HOUSE / LAB Open International Design Competition Membership Required

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

BEE / HOUSE / LAB is an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers in the field of environmental design, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial ...

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BS in Sustainable Horticulture

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Sustainable Horticulture Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide students science-based education which can be applied in a wide variety of careers in landscape plant production and use ...

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AS in Sustainable Horticulture

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Students are prepared for careers in greenhouse crop production, nursery crop production, and horticulture opportunities at parks, recreational areas, tourist attractions, and historic sites. Sustainable and environmentally sound methods of ...

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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).

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Grounds Partners

Arbor Day Foundation

Lincoln, NE
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

Max-R

Sussex, WI
Business Affiliate
Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

WFF Facility Services

St. Louis, MO
Business Affiliate