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

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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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Plant to Plate: A model for student-run urban gardens Membership Required

  • Plant To Plate

Plant to Plate was born during the Fall of 2009, when two undergraduate students recognized a need for a hands-on means to educate students on local food systems and sustainability ...

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Leasing Land to Farmers to Support Sustainability Membership Required

  • St. Paul's School (NH)

For land-rich institutions, leasing parcels of land to local farmers can support all facets of sustainability. Small farms gain acreage, enhancing the local food system; dining halls get direct access ...

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Adopting the "Swamp": Creating a Sense of Ownership through a Litter Prevention and Maintenance Program Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida campus provides a beautiful collegiate atmosphere for students, staff and faculty to study and learn. Amidst the over 900 buildings housed on campus are numerous ecologically ...

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Creating Sustainable Urban Infrastructure One Seed at a Time Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Rationale: Many students and universities are interested in the integration of sustainable systems but don't have a means to empower students, faculty and the wider community to take an ...

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Education through Restoration: The Campus Landscape as a Living Laboratory Membership Required

  • Wellesley College (MA)

"Campus," from Latin, translates as field or open plain. In support of sustainability initiatives, some colleges and universities have undertaken the restoration of campus open spaces as a "living laboratory ...

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Community gardens and access to green space for near-poverty populations Membership Required

  • Western Illinois University (Il)

Backyard gardening has become more popular in recent years both as an outdoor recreation activity and a means of food safety and security. Access to open space for gardening is ...

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Addressing Land, Water & Biodiversity on an Urban Campus Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)

Many urban campuses are intertwined with the layout of the surrounding city. Sharing streets, neighborhoods, and green spaces requires that we manage the physical campus in a locally, integrated way ...

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Installing an Organic Garden on Campus Membership Required

  • LaGrange College (GA)

Beginning an organic garden on a college campus poses more challenges than one initially assumes, as the community of LaGrange College quickly learned; issues that arose included administration buy-in, construction ...

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Campus Organic Gardens On the Rise Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Saint Michael's College (VT)

Program organizers from several different colleges plan to lead an interactive discussion on different approaches to community and organic gardening on college campuses. Campus gardens are known for being one ...

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Calculating and Communicating the Carbon Benefit of Campus Trees Membership Required

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

This dialogue and discussion session will facilitate creation of a peer-reviewed methodology for calculating and reporting the carbon sequestration of campus trees, to further the design of responsible policies for ...

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Local Organic on Campus: Commitment, Education, Outreach Membership Required

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

The Sustainability Coalition, a student group at Western State College of Colorado (WSC), is committed to promoting local organic agriculture both on campus and in the greater community of Gunnison ...

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Assessing the Sustainability of Carbon Sequestration through Reforestation Membership Required

  • George Mason University (VA)

Ashley Mott, M.S.

George Mason University, 2010

Project Director:

Dr. Sharon DeMonsabert

George Mason University began to address its greenhouse gas emissions with its Climate Action Plan commitment to ...

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Using campus green space for learning about learning and teaching Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This action research project explores the student experience of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) embedded into a postgraduate course on teaching and learning at the University of Plymouth, with particular ...

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Planning sustainable campus urban forests: Indiana University-Bloomington and Tree Campus USA. Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Many universities are creating or updating their campus master plans with an eye toward sustainability, going beyond traditional development-based plans centered on new building construction and instead focusing on protecting ...

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Student Agriculture at Whitman - A New Approach to Student Initiatives Membership Required

  • Whitman College (WA)

A group of Whitman students with a lofty goal, a student-run organic farm to provide produce for campus dining halls, developed a novel approach to generate student and faculty support ...

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Gardening with seniors: Benefits across socioeconomic status Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Recently, researchers have become interested in the psychological benefits of engaging in nature-based activities. Thus far, research has shown that gardening can increase well-being and sense of community (Armstrong, 2000 ...

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Let's talk about poop! Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

This study examines the effects of the installation of pet waste bag dispenser stations on the compliance of dog owners to pick up after their pets. Our study site is ...

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Promoting Sustainable Communities: The Randolph College Permaculture Program Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

Randolph College has a thriving permaculture and organic garden program, well-integrated into the college curriculum and offering semester and summer internships. The garden includes an orchard of heirloom fruit and ...

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Demonstrating Carbon Sequestration with a Verifiable Land-Use Change Membership Required

  • Truman State University (MO)

The use of degraded agricultural lands for carbon sequestration has the potential to store significant amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Through verifiable land-use changes, property owners could realize revenue by ...

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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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