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TreeCATs (Collegiate Arborist Trainings): A Model for Campus Tree Engagement

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The TreeCATs (Collegiate Arborist Training) workshops, facilitated by the UK Urban Forest Initiative (UFI), promote knowledge, insights, skills, and engagement for college students, emboldening them to take a more active ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Herbicide Free Campus: Re-Engaging Students With Their Environment

  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide-Free Campus (HFC) envisions a toxin-free world created by student action. Founded by students, HFC empowers youth leaders to re-engage their campuses with creative outdoor work to end campus reliance ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University Leadership: Elevating the Value of Outdoor Spaces Using the SITES® Rating System

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Green Business Certification Inc (DC)

Landscapes are an integral part of the built environment that provide a multitude of essential services such as flood control, improved water quality, climate regulation, pollination services and improved health ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future Is Interdisciplinary: A Campus Farm Model

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will focus on the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, an interdisciplinary, four-acre, student operated farm. The mission of the SAP is to seed sustainable agriculture best practices, cultivate leadership ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Bee Campus USA Certification: Collective Efforts and Benefit-Cost Analysis

  • Louisiana State University (LA)

In recent decades several pollinator species such as bumble bees and monarch butterflies, among others, have experienced massive population declines in the US and other parts of the world, coinciding ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Earth Law and the Rights of Nature: A New Generation of Laws Built for Nature

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)
  • Environmental Education Fund (NJ)

Forget doom and gloom. Let's educate students about the Rights of Nature, an inspiring, evolving legal development which is gaining traction in the US and around the world, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future of Life on Earth: A Case for Academia’s Role in Advancing Conservation and Biodiversity to Address Climate and Human Health

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (MA)

In a January 2021 executive order addressing the climate crisis, President Joe Biden committed the U.S. to an ambitious conservation goal: to protect 30 percent of U.S. land ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Saving the Campus Farm: One Approach to Leveraging Institutional Support for a Campus Farm Space

  • Butler University (IN)

Although there has been a dramatic increase in the number of campus farms in the past thirty year, most farms serve as co-curricular resources or have limited use in formal ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2022
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CSUF Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Planting Ceremony

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Cal State Fullerton, in cooperation with the City of Fullerton, celebrated Arbor Day by planting several trees throughout campus. The mayor, city council members and administrators from the City of ...


Biosequestration at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Biosequestration Internal Analysis Team. The Biosequestration ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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Biodiversity Assessment for Non-Biologists: Tools for Completing the STARS Credit

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Are you intimidated by the STARS Biodiversity Assessment credit? If so, you're not alone. Thirty percent of STARS reporters do not complete this credit. And yet biodiversity loss and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Herbicide Free Campus: Transitioning Away From Synthetic Herbicides Use on School Campuses

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide Free Campus is a student-founded organization that work directly with groundskeepers and school campuses to end campus reliance on synthetic herbicides. Modern science has proven time and time again ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Course on Landscaping with Native Plants for Benefit of Students and Campus Grounds

  • Eureka College (IL)

People in general are spending less time indoors and more time looking at screens, leaving them less active and less connected with nature. Students face struggles learning to balance a ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Goats, bees, and native species: A 'living' lab stream restoration experience

  • University of Richmond (VA)

The Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor revitalized 13 acres of campus at the University of Richmond. What began as a plan to upgrade a trail, turned into the creation of a vibrant ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Accessibility in Campus Green Spaces

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This presentation will discuss the beneficial role UNC Asheville's urban green spaces play on campus, with a special focus on accessibility. When considering college enrollment, I was worried by ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Examining the Transition to a More Regenerative Growing System

  • Knox College (IL)

The Knox campus farm, established in 2014, has historically focused on vegetable production for our campus dining services. In the past year, our focus has shifted to more regenerative practices ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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New Ways to Love a Tree

  • Hope College (MI)

The tree outside your window is providing ecological, economic, and health benefits that most folks take for granted. As urban development continues to replace natural forests at a rapid pace ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Feeding the Campus Community & Beyond Through On-Site Agriculture

  • Green Building Initiative (OR)

On campus agriculture presents students, faculty and staff the opportunity to provide for their community as well as contribute to transitioning from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. As ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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A Living Lab Approach to Saving The Farm

  • Butler University (IN)

The Farm at Butler University has existed for 10 years without dedicated administrative funding. With no immediate funding support from the University planned, the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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The MycHotel: A novel mycelial building material used to augment solitary bee and wasp conservation

  • Central Community College (NE)

Rapidly declining bee populations have become increasingly common across the globe. Concerns are focused on European honey bees while North America's native pollinators are in peril. Solitary bees are ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Engaged Learning in the Landscape

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

Land grant institutions have historically used the campus landscape as a classroom and laboratory for teaching, research and outreach on agricultural topics. Contemporary challenges urged us to expand this model ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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UW-Stevens Point Organics Diversion Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) has been actively managing its organics for decades. Over the past 10 years, UWSP has managed upwards of 140,000 pounds of organics per ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Creating Engaging and Equitable Outdoor Experiences for Students and Staff

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Legrand North America, LLC (CA)

Outdoor spaces are transforming the way we live, learn, work and play. Aside from the many health benefits that being outdoors can bring, people want to be productive outside-and spaces ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Protect the Roots: Promoting Sustainability with Policy and Planning that Prioritizes Campus Trees

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

As the popularity of programs like Tree Campus USA demonstrate, there is widespread agreement that trees provide tremendous value to our campuses across a broad spectrum of key campus metrics ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Campus Farmers and Growers Networking Meeting

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Join other campus farmers and food system advocates in creating a robust, interdisciplinary network of campus-based growers and partners at our second annual networking meeting. Find someone in your region ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Landscape Master Plan

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

This Landscape Master Plan provided for CSULB seeks to identify important aspects of the campus landscape and its systems and provide recommendation on how to preserve and enhance the campus ...


GIFT GRANT

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The GIFT (Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow) Grant is funded by the Student Council’s Sustainability Committee with assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students. GIFT has provided tens ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
  • Green Funds
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Drains on the System

  • Macalester College (MN)

Macalester student volunteers stencil signs near storm drains in Saint Paul, Minn. to raise awareness about runoff pollution in the Mississippi River. This event was a collaboration between the Civic ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2021
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Principia College students routinely participate in multidisciplinary internships that challenge them to develop solutions to complex problems, such as biodiversity loss.

  • Principia College (IL)

Truett Sparkman, an environmental studies major with a minor in sustainability at Principia College, has a passion for the management and conservation of complex ecosystems threatened by inadequate policy regimes ...


FGCU1

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

FGCU photo for 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)


FGCU2

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

FGCU photos for 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)


Bates College students working in the organic, no-till student garden.

  • Bates College (ME)

Bates College students working in the organic, no-till student garden.


Water Management at American University

  • American University (DC)

Submission for SCI 2021. Top performer in the "Water" area.


HEC Montréal

  • HEC Montréal (QC)

HEC Montréal CSC building is located in an urban area on the iconic Mont-Royal. Even if outdoor space is limited, we take great care of our green spaces by choosing ...


PCC Students Visit Portlandia Farmstandia

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Students shop for fresh veggies and honey harvested on campus while visiting Portland Community College's farm stand, also referred to as Portlandia Farmstandia. This photo was taken prior to ...


Farm Animals Among Solar Panels at PCC Rock Creek

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Talisman the guard llama and other farm animals graze between the solar panels at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.


Eric Champagne, Horticultural Supervisor for McGill’s Downtown Campus

  • McGill University (QC)

Eric Champagne, the Horticultural Supervisor for McGill’s Downtown Campus, has been indispensable since he joined the Grounds team in 2003. Through his work, a campus that was once filled ...


Monarch Nursery Program

  • Dawson College (QC)

The flowers of the Dawson College Ecological Peace Garden and naturalized rooftops are part of a nectar corridor for monarchs flying over Montreal. College students and staff have been rearing ...


The R'Garden

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

The R'Garden is a community garden at University of California, Riverside that is committed to increasing local food access in Riverside and emphasizing the importance of a sustainable food ...


Alumni Memorial Hall within Randolph Hall, College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This is the central ceremonial space of the College, within one of its oldest continually used buildings.


Lightsource bp Module Installation

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 3 Solar Farm - Southern View

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 3 Solar Farm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


Nittany 1 Solar Farm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

70-MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement - Pennsylvania State University partnered with solar developer Lightsource bp on a 70-megawatt, off-site solar energy project to supply about 25% of the University's electricity ...


UQ 64MW Warwick Solar Farm, Relief from the rain

  • University of Queensland (QLD)

The University of Queensland's own residential sheep taking shelter from the rain at the 64MW solar farm. They are on a break from maintenance tasks where they mow and ...


University of Virginia - Memorial for Enslaved Laborers

  • University of Virginia (VA)

A Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at University of Virginia was completed in 2020. The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers seeks to formally acknowledge the work and the individual lives of the ...


Plant blindness and sustainability

  • Aberystwyth University
  • University of Gothenburg

Abstract Purpose

The present paper aims to examine the concept of “plant blindness” in the context of current sustainability debates. “Plant blindness” was the term introduced in 1999 by the ...


Farming on the Campus Quad

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

This article covers how universities have promoted local and organic farming by giving their students land to grow their own gardens on campus.


Sneed Prairie Restoration Project

  • Austin College (TX)

From website: "In 2001, Austin College initiated an ecosystem restoration project at a former family farm. The Clinton and Edith Sneed Environmental Research Area and Prairie Restoration site, named after ...

  • Posted May 26, 2021
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Redefining Environmental Aesthetics at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Emory defines sustainability as relating to the quality of life, emphasizing the necessity of community health, wellbeing, and happiness. In approaching sustainability, Emory has created a comprehensive strategy to foster ...

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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