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Sustainable Food & Farming Certificate

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The 15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming was developed in response to growing student demand and emerging job opportunities. This online program has been particularly attractive to the fastest ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Sustainable Local Foods Farming Certificate

  • John Wood Community College (IL)

JWCC's new Sustainable Local Foods Farming program provides courses and hands-on training in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Students gain the practical skills and knowledge needed ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Sustainable Trails Certificate

  • Fleming College (ON)

Gain insight into best practices related to the design, construction and maintenance of trails. Learn about and apply techniques that can enhance, rehabilitate and protect trails and greenways. Interpretive studies ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Natural Area Stewardship as Part of Campus Sustainability

Despite a growing body of evidence that spending time in nature through leisure, stewardship, and related activities is critical to the healthy development of humans and can lead to pro-environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Making Inroads for Learning to be Green: Audubon International Partners with AASHE

  • Audubon International (NY)

For over 25 years, Audubon International (AI) has worked with partners to make development more sustainable and to educate their patrons, staff and community members how to improve environmental quality ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Campus Sustainability and Natural Area Stewardship: Student Involvement in Adaptive Comanagement

University campus sustainability initiatives have proliferated over the last decade. We contend that such initiatives benefit from applying conceptual frameworks to help understand and guide their activities and from a ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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How-to Guide: Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

The campus landscape, like its buildings, can be seen as the physical embodiment of a college’s values. It is a vital part of the life of a campus, providing ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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AASHE Student Diary Series: Permaculture Pioneers

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

As I look out onto the dormant January garden in front of Franklin Dining Commons at UMass, I can’t help but feel a sense of utter amazement at how ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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University Avenue Redevelopment: Prioritizing Pedestrians and the Environment

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

This report presents a redevelopment plan for the main road on the Dalhousie University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The plan is designed to achieve three goals: promote active transportation ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Potter Lake Project

  • University of Kansas (KS)

The following report details problems of neglect and eutrophication of a prominent campus lake at the University of Kansas (KU), and proposes sustainable and cost-effective solutions. The reported was generated ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A rainwater system for the University of Washington construction materials laboratory

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

University of Washington Construction Materials Laboratory (CML) is an instruction laboratory where undergraduate students of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the College of Built Environments (CBE ...

  • Posted June 12, 2015
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Bee Campus USA as a Model for Pollinator-Friendly Campuses

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Southern Oregon University collaborated with Bee City USA, a private nonprofit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina, to establish a Bee Campus USA designation. This designation recognizes campuses that commit ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Planting a Colossal Monarch Waystation

  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

To support dwindling Monarch Butterfly populations, 83 volunteer faculty, staff, administrators, students, and preschoolers (from the Campus Childcare Center) planted 345 Milkweed and nectaring plants at 8 locations around campus ...

  • Posted June 10, 2015
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4th Avenue Parklet

  • Portland State University (OR)

The 4th Avenue Parklet was researched, designed and built by students from Portland State University's School of Architecture to creatively addresses sustainability based place-making issues in Portland's South ...


Watershed UGA

  • University of Georgia (GA)

With funding from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the University of Georgia (UGA) is leveraging a current town/gown campus stream restoration initiative to create a transformative experience in sustainability ...


Warren Wilson College Tree Inventory and Carbon Sequestration/Storage Analysis

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

In a partnership with the North Carolina Forest Service Warren Wilson College Landscaping Crew students and staff conducted an assessment of the vegetation composition, function, and value of the urban ...


Baylor University's Centralized Irrigation System

  • Baylor University (TX)

ARAMARK-Baylor Facility Services maintains all of the facilities and grounds on the Baylor University campus, including all irrigation systems. The former irrigation system for the campus of Baylor University was ...


Sustainable Urban Eco-Garden at St. Louis Community College

  • St. Louis Community College (MO)

St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley campus, has created an educational, sustainable eco-garden that provides opportunities for participants to engage in raising food as well as providing native habitat for ...


Combining technology and water to conserve irrigation

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The University of Texas at Austin's facilities management initiated a comprehensive program in fall 2007 to develop and implement demand-side water conservation measures. During this project it was determined ...

  • Posted June 29, 2012
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Lakeshore Technical College Old Growth Forest

  • Lakeshore Technical College (WI)

The Lakeshore Technical College's Old Growth Forest is a unique biological feature that has evolved over more than 10,000 years without any significant intervention. The 25 acre forest ...

  • Posted June 27, 2012
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Sustainable Sites Certification for The Green at College Park on the Campus of The University of Texas at Arlington

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

The Green at College Park at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) received one of the first three certifications issued worldwide by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) in February ...


Connecting the Next Generation to Urban Landscapes

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The International Society for Land care Emissions (ISLE) has proposed a Next Generation Land Care project for the University of Colorado at Boulder to assess and measure the ecological, human ...

  • Posted June 27, 2011
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Warren Wilson College Native Grass Landscaping: Changing the Way We Plant the Campus to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Improve Wildlife Habitat and Minimize Maintenance

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Since 1999, students on the College's Landscaping Crew have collected native grass and wildflower seeds, established a six-acre campus nursery and acres of prairie meadow habitat, and helped restore ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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A New Educational Landscape- Transforming Campus Grounds through Non-Traditional Collaboration

  • James Madison University (VA)

During the 2010-11 academic year, faculty, students, campus facilities staff, a dean, the campus environmental stewardship director, and community representatives collaborated with a Scholar-In-Residence to develop a naturalized landscape on ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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The Bagley Classroom: Supporting environmental and outdoor learning at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • Salmela Architect (MN)

The Bagley Classroom supports learning in a 55-acre natural preserve within the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The Bagley Nature Area has taught and inspired students about the natural environment ...

  • Posted June 23, 2011
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Transforming the Higher Education Landscape: Researching, Planting and Seed-saving Native Grasses and Wildflowers at Warren Wilson College

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Since 1999, students on the College's Landscaping Crew have collected native grass and wildflower seeds, established a six-acre campus nursery and acres of prairie meadow habitat, and helped restore ...


Harvard Facility Maintenance Operations Organic Landscaping

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard University's Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) group has developed a highly successful Organic Landscaping Program. It is currently implemented across more than 25 acres of University landscape. The program ...


Grounds Services Green Waste Re-Use Program at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The Grounds Services department initiated a pair of programs that convert ASU's Tempe campus landscape green waste into valuable assets. One program collects green "waste" and sends it to ...


Sustainability Par None: The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Southern IPM Center (NC)

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University is an Audubon Signature golf course, designed by famous golfer Arnold Palmer. Sport and environmental responsibility are not normally seen ...

  • Posted June 29, 2010
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Water Savings Through Non-Traditional Irrigation Control at Western Michigan University

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Upgrade the campus irrigation controls, moving from stand-alone time clocks to a fully networked and automated control system with a web user interface.

  • Posted June 25, 2010
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Forest Restoration in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park- Collaboration with Temple University, Philadelphia Zoo, Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Germantown Friends School

  • Temple University (PA)

Restore eight acres of Philadelphia's degraded urban forest and provide education on carbon sequestration through reforestation. A collaborative effort between institutional faculty and staff from Temple University, Philadelphia Zoo ...

  • Posted June 22, 2010
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Harnessing the Storm: Sustainable Stormwater Management at Delta College

  • Delta College (MI)

With Federal government placing stringent mandates on the discharge and filtering of storm water, Delta College took the forward-thinking initiative to transform our exterior space into a place of learning ...

  • Posted June 15, 2010
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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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