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Middlebury College's Innovative Land Conservation and Financing Project Membership Required

  • Middlebury College (VT)

In 1915, a visionary Vermont environmentalist bequeathed to Middlebury College a large tract of land, located 12 miles from the main campus, part of which became home to the College ...

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Facilities and students working together for water conservation Membership Required

  • 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 ...

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BEE / HOUSE / LAB International Design Competition

  • 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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Duke Water Reclamation Pond Membership Required

  • Duke University (NC)

After a severe drought in 2007, Duke spearheaded water reclamation projects across campus. The 5.5 acre reclamation pond collects storm water from 22% of Duke's main campus, over ...

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Emory University's Pollinator Protection Program Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment, which includes ...

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UTRGV Campus Tree Care Report: Proposal for sustaining a healthy and vibrant campus community forest Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

The benefits the forest will provide are myriad. Large trees give us a sense of place and belonging by ensuring landmarks for the future, and add aesthetic beauty to the ...

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CSUN's Approach to Water Conservation Through an Irrigation System Upgrade Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge is located in Southern California, an arid region that has been in a drought for several years. With the drought conditions continuing all Californians have been ...

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Map More, Waste Less: A Study in How GIS Helps Texas A&M Prevent Waste Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

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During the Spring of 2016, the Texas A&M Geography Society, a student organization that performs undergraduate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research, set out to help SSC Services for Education ...

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UNT Community Garden Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

University of North Texas' first on-campus community garden is in the final stages of planning, with construction begining this fall, in a vacant lot next to the Legends hall, just ...

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American Chestnut Partnership Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

Unity College has partnered with the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to help restore the iconic American Chestnut in Maine.

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Campus greenhouse for local and sustainable tropical food production and education at Bellairs Research Institute Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Bellairs facility is located at Folkestone, Barbados. It hosts many students and scientists from McGill and around the world for field courses, workshops and research projects. This project's ...

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Creating Tree Ambassadors: Fostering a campus culture of sustainbility through urban trees Membership Required

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Urban trees contribute substantially to ecological, economic, and social sustainability, but are often overlooked both as a method to achieve greater sustainability and as a vehicle for engagement in sustainability ...

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Community Garden 2.0 – transcending silos on campus and in the community Membership Required

  • Northern Kentucky University (KY)

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has joined forces with local stakeholders to create a network of community gardens on campus and within the surrounding community. The network is comprised of fifty ...

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Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Membership Required

  • Sterling College (VT)

Recognizing that building a healthy and just food system is among the most critical challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food ...

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UC San Diego Earth Day: Annual Sustainability Fair & Tree Planting Membership Required

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

UC San Diego celebrated Earth Day with student organizations, campus departments and vendors at their annual sustainability fair. Tablers included: AQUAholics, ASEJA, CALPIRG, Dr. Bronner, EcoGrounds, EcoNauts, EWS, Green Office ...

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We Are All In This Together: Arbor Day Tree Planting Membership Required

  • Roosevelt University (IL)

Arbor Day Observance in which kids from Bright Horizons Daycare (located on Roosevelt University's (RU) Schaumburg Campus), and RU tradesmen, staff, and students, and RU's arborist planted a ...

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Austin College GreenServe 2016 Membership Required

  • Austin College (TX)

This year Austin College celebrates another successful GreenServe - a student organized and campus wide event that reaches to support and encourage environmental responsibility as well as sustainability. Volunteers contributed roughly ...

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CNU Green Earthday Clean-up Membership Required

  • Christopher Newport University (VA)

Christopher Newport University's Office of Sustainability (CNU Green) hosted a volunteer event to clean up Lake Maury. Lake Maury is a lake in Newport News, VA which is part ...

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Organic Educational Opportunities at the University of Minnesota: The Role of a Student-run Organic Farm Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Although the number of students in conventional production agriculture is declining, there is increased interest and opportunity in growing organic fruits and vegetables. Land grant universities need to invest in ...

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Campus Sustainable Food Projects: Critique and Engagement Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Campus sustainable food projects recently have expanded rapidly. A review of four components—purchasing goals, academic programs, direct marketing, and experiential learning—shows both intent and capacity to contribute to ...

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Re-visioning agriculture in higher education: the role of campus agriculture initiatives in sustainability education Membership Required

The number of colleges and universities with campus agriculture projects in the US has grown from an estimated 23 in 1992 to nearly 300 today with possible increased numbers predicted ...

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Indiana University Celebrates Earth Day Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Indiana University celebrated Earth Day 2016 by engaging students in creating a rain garden. The installation of a rain garden outside the IU Student Recreational Sports Center began April 15 ...

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Spring FARMal at American University Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

Spring FARMAL, Co-hosted by the AU Community Garden and Office of Sustainability, celebrated Earth Day with a screen on the green of "Plant This," outdoor crafts and activities, local food ...

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Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide Membership Required

  • FOR Solutions, LLC (NJ)

In "Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide", you will learn:

  • How to select the proper technology for composting on your campus.

  • How to implement that technology ...

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University food gardens: a unifying place for higher education sustainability Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This research describes the key characteristics of campus food gardens and investigates their contribution to overall campus sustainability. An email-survey of 52 campus garden managers in North America provided quantitative ...

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Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) Membership Required

  • Conservation International
  • United Nations Environment Programme

IBAT for Research and Conservation Planning is an innovative tool designed to facilitate access to a range of global and national data layers, such as protected area boundaries, biological information ...

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i-Tree: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests Membership Required

  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)
  • USDA (IL)

i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to ...

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IPaC: Information for Planning and Conservation Membership Required

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

IPaC is a project planning tool that allows the user to:

  • See if any threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds or other natural resources may be impacted by ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Biodiversity-friendly Campuses Membership Required

  • Audubon International (NY)
  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Salmon Safe (OR)

Colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats on and off campus, and students, faculty, administrators, and staff are champions for sustainable environmental practices ...

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The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students Membership Required

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This richly detailed guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces - including on-campus landscapes and natural areas ...

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Watershed UGA; A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service. Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

This case study will introduce a new initiative at the University of Georgia, Watershed UGA, designed to engage the campus community in sustainability through campus watersheds. This transformative university-wide model ...

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Top Three Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting Systems Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

This presentation will focus on the benefits of large-scale rainwater collection on campuses. Our presentation and charrette will be organized around the top three direct benefits of rainwater collection: Resiliency ...

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Educating About Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecosystems of the World Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This panel discussion will (virtually) bring together instructors collaborating on a course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities titled 'Agroecosystems of the World.' The course evaluates agroecosystems in ...

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Taking it to the Streets: Butler University's Sunset Avenue Complete Street Reconstruction Project Case Study Membership Required

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Williams Creek Consulting (IN)

Butler University's campus in Indianapolis, Indiana is located adjacent to the Indiana Central Canal and White River. The majority of Butler's stormwater discharges directly to these waterways and ...

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The Outdoor Education Space Design Challenge: A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Design on Campus Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In 2014, the Office for Sustainability at Western Michigan University conducted a multidisciplinary design competition for the design of an Outdoor Education Space at the Gibbs House. The Design Challenge ...

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A Campus Tree Inventory: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Class, Mega-Lab Project Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Trees provide a number of valuable ecosystem services, including reducing stormwater runoff, increasing air and water quality, storing and sequestering atmospheric carbon, and reducing energy consumption due to direct shading ...

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Growing Community: University of Louisville Eco-Reps and Blackacre Nature Preserve Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville's Eco-Reps is a sustainability training and networking group offering certifications, hosting monthly lunches, local speakers, and field trips, and organizing volunteer projects. Blackacre State Nature ...

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Transforming the WKU Office of Sustainability's Front Yard into an Edible Landscape Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

The Western Kentucky University (WKU) Office of Sustainability, located in a University-owned residential property, seeks to demonstrate sustainability best practices for current and future homeowners. Since May 2014, the office ...

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The UAlbany Heritage Garden: An Educational Tool for the Whole Campus Membership Required

  • University at Albany (NY)

In fall 2013, a task force of students, staff and faculty began developing a plan to institute a campus heritage garden. With the understanding that many student garden projects fall ...

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Reclaiming Urbanity with Permaculture: The First Years of a Food Forest Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Food forests use sustainable methods to garden within a closed-loop system. PSU students started a community orchard in 2011 with a plot of vacant land, 21 fruit tree varieties and ...

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A Multiple Methods Approach to Exploring Conservation Decision Making on the Farm: From Theory to Application Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Balancing agricultural production and water resource protection is a major challenge across the U.S. In Minnesota, where both water and agriculture are fundamental to the state's heritage, modern ...

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Open-Ended Cases for Improving Farm Sustainability Membership Required

  • Dordt College (IA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The method of open-ended cases is an ideal format for students when they are analyzing the sustainability of a farm. Students learn about several of methods used for analyzing an ...

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Pioneering International Sustainability Education: A SMART Perspective Membership Required

  • SMART Eco Park India
  • Broadway Green Alliance (NY)

This presentation will focus on the educational elements of SMART Eco-park, a 20 acre edu-tainment space near Mumbai, India. The park was founded with the goal of equipping future generations ...

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Campus Agriculture Networking Meeting: Identifying the Future of Campus Grown Food Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

Campus agriculture initiatives are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous part of campus life around the country. In the last fifteen years agricultural education, in the form of campus gardens and farms ...

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Zanmi Kafe: Using on-farm research to facilitate the adoption and management of more sustainable coffee-based agroecosystems in Haiti's Central Plateau Membership Required

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Zanmi Kafe is a collaboration between Sewanee: The University of the South, and Zanmi Agrikol, a Haitian non-profit agricultural organization that aims to promote the adoption of more sustainable agroecosystems ...

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Zanmi Kafe: Using payments for carbon sequestration to promote climate action on Sewanee's campus, and more sustainable agroecosystems on Haiti's Central Plateau Membership Required

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Zanmi Kafe is a collaboration between Sewanee: The University of the South, and Zanmi Agrikol, a Haitian non-profit agricultural organization that promotes the adoption of more sustainable agroecosystems in the ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Project at Univ of MN Duluth: A Site-Based Land Lab for Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

This proposal presents multiple perspectives on the creation and use of the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP). Founded in 2009, the SAP Farm is a site based laboratory for sustainability with ...

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The effect of Infiltration basins and raingardens to clean snowmelt: An integrative learning project in sustainability Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Infiltration basins and raingardens have growing popularity for their effectiveness as well as being aesthetically pleasing. In 2012, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN put in an infiltration basin in an ...

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Growing With Faith: Community Gardening in a Jesuit Context Membership Required

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Under the umbrella of our Jesuit university's mission, which encourages a faith that does justice and service, we have engaged in new sustainability initiatives. One of these is the ...

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Management of an Urban White Oak Savanna: Blending Indigenous Permaculture with City Life Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

White Oak Savannas are among the most endangered ecological communities in the Pacific Northwest. Historically, annual burnings of these sprawling grasslands inhibited encroaching forests to allow for plentiful hunting, gathering ...

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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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