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Incorporating Reuse Water and On-Site Storm Water Management

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

As a major regional university located in the southeast, this presentation will focus on sustainable techniques used to address both drought and storm water management issues. Be it climate change ...

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Trinity Tracks

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The Great Trinity Forest runs along the Trinity River through downtown Dallas and constitutes one of the largest urban forests in North America. This 6,000 acre swathe of vegetated ...

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Natural Dye Campus Garden: Art and Permaculture

  • University of North Texas (TX)

Funded by the environmental services fee, the University of North Texas Natural Dye Garden is a student initiated project in the College of Visual Arts and Design. Inspired by a ...

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Willamette University’s Zena Forest & Farm: Serving Sustainability Plus Broader Institutional Goals

  • Willamette University (OR)

As more liberal arts institutions establish and acquire nearby farms and undeveloped properties for sustainability education and programming, it is of increasing importance to critically examine these decisions and see ...

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Building a Permaculture Garden with Community

  • Xavier University (OH)

Building a permaculture garden with community members, students, faculty and local farmers, has been an exhilarating experience. It started with an alumni neighbor asking if she could work on a ...

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Campus Community Garden Completed its First Successful Harvest

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

After their first successful harvest, members of the UAF Campus Community Garden are looking forward to new opportunities next season. After being conceived last spring, gardening enthusiasts constructed a working ...

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Sustainable Campuses: Integrating Sustainability into Your Institution

  • Audubon International (NY)

Audubon International (AI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in all places people ...

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Documenting the Evolution of a Student Garden: How LOGIC Grows Campus Sustainability

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This poster examines the evolution of a student organic garden at a large public university, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as an example of student initiatives that focus on sustainability education ...

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From the Ground Up: Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes

  • Denison University (OH)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

This panel explores the benefits of sustainable campus landscapes and how to build long-lasting support for them by publicizing your initiatives, educating and engaging others, and earning recognition locally and ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Post-Consumer Composting Program for a Large Campus Community

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

At most universities food service operations generate a substantial amount of waste.

At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), the university recycling program, UT Recycling, and the Dining Service Company ...

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Managing Campus Forests to Meet Carbon Neutrality Goals at Colgate University

  • Colgate University (NY)

Deforestation, land use changes and poor land management practices are major contributors to global climate change. Alternatively, sustainable forest management and conservation of open lands must be an important part ...

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The Campus Landscape: Turning Site Problems into Green Infrastructure Solutions

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

In the fall of 2012 our faculty and student design team submitted a plan for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Rainworks Challenge. Teams were invited to create ...

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Student Nanook Grown Garden Supports Sustainability Efforts on Campus

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Growing and eating “Alaskan Grown” has become a priority on the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) campus. Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability planted a vegetable garden outside the ...

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Warren Wilson College Campus 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 ...

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Partnership: Nurturing Community in a Garden Setting

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

In the last few years, school gardening projects have sprouted across the country. School gardens influence improved eating behaviors in children, specifically, increased fruit and vegetable consumption. In addition, school ...

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Arbor Day Tree Campus USA Workshop and Tree Planting Service Event

  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

In this workshop, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation, attendees will learn to take their campus trees to the next level and participate in our tree-planting community service event. First ...

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Engaging the Campus Community in Green Landscaping: A Case Study

  • Life University (GA)

This case study details the steps we took to revise our landscaping plan after our University was faced with lots of negative press on social media when a landscaper with ...

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Sprouting (Literally!) Engagement in Sustainability in the Undergraduate Curriculum: the “Heritage Garden Project” in Beginning German at Luther College

  • Luther College (IA)

The students know that Diane is coming to tell a special story on cold February morning. To their surprise, as she appears, however, she opens a little package and empties ...

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Making College and University Green Space More Resilient to Climate Change – Gardens, Landscaping, Habitat Restoration, and More

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Colleges and universities are more than a collection of buildings and paved roads. Many campuses have a tree-lined quad or other park-like areas. Wilder corners on campus protect wetlands, woods ...

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How Colleges and Universities Can Use Their Forested Holdings for Carbon Offsets and Other Sustainability Opportunities

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Forests are indisputably essential to the health of the planet, yet globally face intense pressure. They not only provide everyday products such as timber and paper, but also other critical ...

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Smart Sustainable Landscape at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Smart Home has participated in the new Sustainable SITES Initiative pilot program and created a new garden and landscape on the Duke central campus which includes water management ...

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A Guide to Getting Your Hands Dirty: How Campus Green Spaces Promote Real World Problem Solving

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Green spaces on campus create opportunities for direct, participatory, interdisciplinary learning. They can include student gardens, campus garden-boxes, native landscape installations, greenhouses and even indoor displays. A number of student-led ...

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Creating a Learning Environment With Storm Water Management

  • Delta College (MI)

Utilizing the physical campus environment can create an engaging experience for teaching and learning and can serve as an invitation for community partnership and participation. With Federal government placing more ...

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Permaculture Gardens at UMass Amherst: A Case Study of Sustainable Edible Landscaping

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Over 1000 different individuals have been involved in planting over 1500 fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables on the UMass Amherst campus ...

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Rural Communities: The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is a National Science Foundation funded collaboration between Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop climate change education programs for ...

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Georgia Tech's Innovative Landscape Master Plan...Is A Living Learning Laboratory

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

While most universities have a Campus Master Plan, very few have a Landscape Master Plan. Fewer have a Cistern Master Plan. Learn how to think beyond a traditional Campus Master ...

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Managing a Global Resource: Campus Water Management Practices

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is located approximately 2 miles from Lake Michigan, one of the six Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system ...

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Sustainable Grounds Practices in a Northern Climate: Three Minnesota Campuses Share Their Experiences

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Experienced sustainability coordinators from three institutions in Minnesota will share their varied experiences working to create a more sustainable landscape at their individual campus. Macalester College completed a Sustainable Landscape ...

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Design and Implementation of Outdoor Learning Environments

  • Judson University (IL)

Investing in our future, we will teach environmental advocacy through immersion in our campus outdoor learning environments. When present in nature all senses are stimulated, which is the optimum state ...

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Sustainable Site Initiatives: Incorporating Reuse Water and On-Site Storm Water Management Techniques

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

As a major regional university located in the southeast, this presentation will focus on sustainable techniques used to address both drought and storm water management issues. Be it climate change ...

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Water, Waste and Landscaping:How Old Dominion University Facilities Management Manages and Practices Sustainability

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

The main goal for my presentation is to share information with attendees on how Old Dominion University Facilities Management manages water, waste and landscaping into our sustainability efforts. ODU made ...

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Community Gardens Engage Students to Serve as a Bridge between University and Community

  • Antioch University Midwest (OH)

Food security has been identified by the city of Keene, NH as an area of critical importance for community resiliency. Our city's efforts have been supported by a growing ...

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Making Every Drop Count - Impact of Irrigation Retrofit at the U of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the spring and summer of 2012 our university is conducting a joint applied research project with The Toro Company to evaluate the impact of optimizing irrigation control systems and ...

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Green Mapping of College Campuses

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Lewis & Clark College has recently made significant improvements in green infrastructure and sustainability services, and has seen improvements in the capacity to support student endeavors of sustainability. However, there ...

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A Saskatchewan Prairie Partnership: Collaborating To Advance Sustainability Research

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), a graduate school at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR ...

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The Silent Killer Project: Student Engagement Across the Curriculum

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University's usual winter weather is characterized by high snow precipitation and low temperatures. Salt is used liberally on campus to melt snow and ice. Misuse of salt ...

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In-Vessel Composting - From Farm to Kitchen to Compost, and Back to Farm

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Space on any campus is limited especially when you mention you want to compost food. In-vessel composting is a viable way to compost all your food while keeping odor under ...

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Seeing the Campus Through the Trees: Transforming Campus Sustainability Through the Tree Campus USA Program

  • Denison University (OH)

Most everyone agrees that trees are an integral part of any college campus. Trees can be a common unifier among campus stakeholders and a springboard to promote campus sustainability initiatives ...

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Building Trust with Agricultural and Rural Decision-Makers through Climate Change Education in the Rural U.S. Central Great Plains

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is developing climate education programming for agricultural producers, rural communities, and rural schools throughout Kansas and Nebraska. It is a National Science Foundation ...

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Innovating Parking; A Necessary Evil

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

This session will describe recent efforts at Lewis & Clark College to design and build innovative and more environmentally friendly parking lots. While parking lots are often associated with all ...

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Growing Awareness: Moving Maine, Moving Planet

  • Unity College (ME)

This short film explores the connections between local agriculture and climate change solutions. Produced by Unity College students, the documentary follows locally grown pumpkins through last year's 350.org ...

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Green Infrastructure at the University of Louisville

  • University of Louisville (KY)

On August 4, 2009 a storm hit the University of Louisville with 7" of rain in 30 minutes. Although not located on a stream or river, flooding damage exceeded $22 ...

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Collaborating around Art + Architecture: Designing the Paradise Creek Nature Park

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The recently designed Paradise Creek Nature Park proves the value of the arts in sustainability education. University students and faculty collaborated with the City of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Public Schools, and ...

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Getting The Entire Campus Involved In A Campus Garden Project

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Examines the design and planning features encountered when building the Gitigaan Campus Garden at Bemidji State University (BSU), Bemidji, MN. This presentation addresses specific goals and outcomes such as local ...

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A New Sustainable Method for Filtering Storm Water Runoff

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Storm water runoff is a major source of surface water contamination that contains oil and sediment. Conventional filters create waste because they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown ...

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Community Garden Connections: strengthening resilience through university-community partnerships

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Our city identified food security as a priority issue given likely disruptions in the commercial food supply due to climate change and peak oil, in addition to food insecurity (hunger ...

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Habitat Preservation in Agnes Scott's Urban Forest: Arboretum Guide

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

Striving to sustainably maintain a campus landscape is on the horizon for all college's and universities' agendas. The Arboretum Guide will educate the wider community about the many assets ...

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Sustainability Practices of a Campus Grounds Department: Utililizing Technology to Improve Stewardship

  • Calvin College (MI)

The Grounds Department of our Institution has taken the initiative over the last 10 years to adopt sustainable practices that incorporate our mandate for creation care with the desire for ...

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EcoCommons establishes Ecological Performance for entire campus, provides distinctive sense of identify, place, sustainability

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

In the higher education arena, our institute has one of the most advanced and forward-thinking sets of building standards for environmental stewardship, sustainable design, and energy management. Strategically, sustainability is ...

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Native Woodland Garden: The New Paradigm in Ecology Takes Root on Manhattan Island

  • New York University (NY)

Does the high density of our cities mean that we have to leave the city center to experience biodiversity? Do we have to sacrifice aesthetics for the sake of ecological ...

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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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The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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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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