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Sustainability Through the Eyes of Nature

  • Atwell, LLC (MI)

Important institutions and systems-including our governments, capitalist economies, food production systems, and urban designs-often seem to produce problematic political, economic, environmental, and social outcomes. In addition, many of these human-designed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bee Campus USA: Making the World Safer for Pollinators, One Campus at a a Time

  • Bee City USA (NC)

Pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we consume-actually, the most nutritious and, some say, delicious bites! Equally important, pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 90 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The effect of smoke exposure on the germination of native plant species of North America

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Smoke exposure is known to influence germination of a wide variety of species. However, the influence of smoke on germination of grasses is poorly studied. In order to investigate the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Development: Transformational Outdoor Spaces

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Sustainable Landscape Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the design and programming of campus open spaces, supporting the creation of sustainable campuses with high quality outdoor spaces ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Promoting Diversity in the College Landscape: Using Native Species to Create Ecosystems

  • Skidmore College (NY)

As institutions of progress and higher learning, colleges have a responsibility to model sustainable landscaping practices. This is true now more than ever with threats of climate change and concerns ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability and Agricultural Science - A Practical and Combined Effort to Engage and Educate

  • Central Community College (NE)

Agriculture is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, many don't understand the true connection to our food and fiber systems and how sustainable agriculture production systems are. Being an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus and Community Partnership: The Results of a Feasibility Study on a Nature Prescription Network

  • James Madison University (VA)

Emerging research continues to support the notion that exposure to or interaction with nature enhances creativity and vitality, attention and focus, and an overall sense of well being. Nisbet, Zelenski ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Learnings in Advancing Sustainability, Measuring Progress, and Keeping Campus Clean with Smart Waste & Recycling Solutions

  • BigBelly Solar (MA)

Now more than ever, colleges and universities are placing emphasis on creating a comprehensive campus-wide approach to increase commitment to sustainability, efficiency, and the environment. This commitment is embodied by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Fresh Start: From Soil-Grown Greenhouse to Hydroponics

  • Dominican University (IL)

The study of the sciences occupy a prime place in Dominican University's curriculum. In the late 1930s, Dominican sister, Hilaire Ryan, OP built a greenhouse to provide botany students ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How could the grass on your campus be as 'green' as it looks?

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The poster seeks to inform conference attendees about a new country wide research project. In cities across the U.S. temperate zone appropriate for fine fescues, we will collaborate with ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Closed Loop Food System at Warren Wilson College

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Sustainability and environmental stewardship are woven into the fabric of Warren Wilson College. At the small work college in southern Appalachia, students participate in community gardens, live in co-op housing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Joining Forces to Restore Urban Woodland and Reconnect Students with Nature: A Model for Campus-Community-Commerce Collaboration

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project brings campus, community, and business together to achieve on-the-ground conservation results, enhanced awareness of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and behavioral change that supports sustainability. Working ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Grow Native - A Plant and Pollinator Garden Catalyzes Engagement and Learning

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)

Over the past two years a small, inspired group of students, employees, community friends and alums of Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community Colleges) proposed, designed, crowd-funded, and installed a 4 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Gardens: Increasing Sustainability and Lowering Food Insecurity

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In this session, we will focus on the role campus gardens can play in educating faculty, students, and staff about sustainable food systems as well as their role in alleviating ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Introducing Students to Campus Sustainability through Interactive Tree Labeling

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University, recognized as Tree Campus USA for five years, has recently introduced an interactive tree labeling system. The labeled trees directly connect to a customizable webpage through smartphones ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting Started with Local Carbon Offsets: Spotlight on Urban Forestry

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)

For many schools working towards carbon neutrality, carbon offsets will play an important role. While offsets can be purchased on the open market, it is possible to have an even ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Valuing and Conserving College Land for Community Resilience

  • Middlebury College (VT)

This is a case study of the conservation of 2,100 acres of forest lands owned by Middlebury College at its Bread Loaf campus. This project established the permanent protection ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Middlebury College Land Conservation at Bread Loaf

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury's conserved lands around the Bread Loaf campus provides a scenic backdrop for numerous activities.


Middlebury's Bread Loaf Mountain Campus and Surrounding Conserved Lands

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury College's 2100 acres of conserved land is surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest land. Middlebury's conserved lands are enjoyed by participants of its summer programs at the ...


Full Circle Composting

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Macalester College highlighted in AASHE's 2017 Sustainable Campus Index!

  • Macalester College (MN)

Caption: Kira Liu '17, left, and Emily Sylvestre '16, right, winterizing the bee hives with Pollinate Minnesota staff at Macalester College's Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area. The photo ...


SOU Students Celebrating Arbor Day

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU students and the community came together to celebrate Arbor Day and Bee Campus USA by planting 6,000 native plants for pollinators throughout campus.


Closed Loop Composting at Central Michigan University

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Through its commitment to utilizing organic waste as a valuable resource, Central Michigan University engages in a full-circle, closed system composting program that also promotes economic prosperity. Material from compost ...


Campus Engagement; Diversity & Affordability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Change Makers program at Northwestern University allows professional staff and faculty members to engage in a personal journey to create a more inclusive environment at Northwestern University. Change Makers ...


Building commitment to sustainability through habitat restoration: A case study of Valley Forge Christian College

  • Valley Forge Christian College (PA)

This sustainability initiative was created to improve the campus habitat for wildlife and to motivate students to begin new sustainability initiatives. A habitat restoration and educational outreach plan called “Habitat ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2017
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Natural Herbicides Project

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

First experiment (for Google Science Fair 2012). Weedy check (control plot in which no natural herbicides were applied) shown to left; treated areas shown to right.


Natural Herbicides Project

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

The Natural Herbicides Project focuses on addressing the issue of the usage of chemical herbicides with detrimental health and environmental impacts on- and off-campus. Our team developed an effective natural ...


Sustainable Biodiversity on the Georgia Southern Campus

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Our project recorded the biodiversity of vertebrates on the 700 acre rural campus of Georgia Southern University. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students were involved in collecting the data. Students ...


Adding a Nitrogen Footprint to Colorado State University’s Sustainability Plan

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a large land grant university with more than 32,000 students, Colorado State University (CSU) has both on-campus non-agricultural and agricultural sources of nitrogen (N) released to the environment ...


Funding Strategies for Non-Traditional University MS4 Stormwater Programs

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Stormwater programs have historically been stymied by lack of proper funding resources. Unlike drinking water and sanitary sewer utility services that long ago transitioned to enterprise funds, a stormwater utility ...


Stanford University's R&DE Creatively Responds to the California Drought

  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a core value to Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). R&DE is responsible for about 1/3 of Stanford's campus, housing over 13,000 residents ...


Community Engaged Scholarship and Learning in Urban Forestry helps UTRGV earn Tree Campus USA Designation

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

In 2014, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (through its legacy institution UTPA), one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country, proposed and offered three iterations of ...


Tree Eyes

  • Duke University (NC)

Tree eyes were placed in key locations on campus during Earth Week for a photo contest to celebrate Duke's Green Spaces!


Arbor Day Tree Planting SUNY Fredonia 2017

  • State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)

Fredonia planted several Red Maple trees for Arbor Day 4/28/2017


An On-Campus Botanical Tour to Promote Student Satisfaction and Learning in a University Level Biodiversity or General Biology Course

  • Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)

Outdoor, hands-on and experiential learning, as opposed to instruction-based learning in classroom, increases student satisfaction and motivation leading to a deeper understanding of the subject. However, the use of outdoor ...


Sustainability Week @ KU Medical Center

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

KU Medical Center Sustainability Week was held to celebrate Earth Day and the one-year anniversary of the revamped recycling program. This included an Earth Day Celebration to share ways to ...


Suffolk County Community College Earth Week!

  • Suffolk County Community College (NY)

Orchard Planting: Earth Week

  • Mills College (CA)

Planting the first portion of an orchard at the Mills Community Farm in collaboration with the nonprofits Growing Together and Hip Hop for Change.


State University of New York at Cortland Campus Garden Spring Planting

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The SUNY Cortland Campus Garden Advisory Committee (consisting of students, staff and faculty) held a bed preparation and planting party at the campus garden.


Earth Day Pollinator Garden at Towson University

  • Towson University (MD)

Students, faculty and staff work together on Earth Day to install a student-designed pollinator garden.


Building a Monarch Waystation

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

Building a Monarch Waystation is an easy way to support plant diversity and insect habitat. By engaging students and faculty in the creation of a ecological habitat, the campus both ...


Arbor Day Tree Planting

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

To celebrate National Arbor Day and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's second certification as an official "Tree Campus USA," students, faculty and staff gathered to hear a proclamation ...


San Francisco State University Facilities Grounds dept. & Housing Sustainability Committee

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Students learned about the role Bioswales play in storm water management . A Bioswale is a large depression in the landscape that holds rain water and allows it to slowly percolate ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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FIU Nature Preserve Pollinator Garden Planting

  • Florida International University (FL)

Florida International University's Nature Preserve is an 11-acre environmental education facility, representing the Florida Everglades. It is used to share ecological knowledge gained by university researchers with FIU students ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Earth Week

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

The Sustainability Office celebrated Earth Day with an entire week of activities recognizing the relationship each individual has with the environment. A variety of interactive events included garden and greenhouse ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Green Roof Dedication

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State President Eric Barron spoke at the dedication of the HUB Green Roof, 2014 class gift, on April 21.

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Eco Action tree planting

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State’s Eco Action chapter helped the Office of the Physical Plant (OPP) plant two red oak trees on Tuesday, April 25 along the President’s house driveway. They ...

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Ryerson Earth Day Fair

  • Ryerson University (ON)

At Ryerson's Earth Day fair, students and staff were invited to get outdoors and participate in some fun activities including pollinators, cycling, seeds and more!

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Earth Day 2017: Campus Program and Activities

  • Bridgewater College (VA)
  1. Earth Day 2017 Celeberation on Campus
    • Tree planting ceremony *Pictures showing is part of an effort to raise awareness on campus about the ubiquitous nature of plastic in our lives ...
  • Posted April 27, 2017
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UIC Growing Green

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Did you know that the University of Illinois at Chicago has been a designated as a Tree Campus USA since 2011? UIC is dedicated to the health and preservation of ...

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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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.

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Arbor Day Foundation

Lincoln, NE
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Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
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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.

Demonstration Gardens @ UC Hastings College of the Law

San Francisco, CA
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Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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Max-R

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

WFF Facility Services

St. Louis, MO
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