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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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Boundary Crossing, Experiential Learning, and Sustainable Agriculture at Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborated to conceptualize, develop, and propose undergraduate curriculum for a transdisciplinary and experiential-based Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor ...

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The University at Albany's Purple Path: A Vision for Sustainable, Non-Motorized Travel

  • University at Albany (NY)

The University at Albany has begun construction on an ambitious and student driven project called the Purple Path. Named after our school's colors, the path is a five kilometer ...

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Sustainable Agriculture on a Community College Campus

  • College of DuPage (IL)

This presentation discusses work at a community college in Chicago's western suburbs, where we combine the interdisciplinary (English and Biology) academic study of food and agriculture with hands-on experience ...

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Comparison of Third Party Forest Certification Systems for their Impact on University Environmental Footprints

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Forest certification systems are meant to guarantee responsible harvesting and manufacturing practices of forest products. Certified products are now common in the market place and may represent an opportunity for ...

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Sustainable Stormwater Management at Old Dominion University: A Low Impact Approach to a Greener Campus Community

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

Located in an urban setting in Norfolk, Virginia, the 188 acre campus of Old Dominion University is nestled between the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers in the sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed ...

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Restoring the Wellesley Campus Community: Landscape as Infrastructure and Learning Resource

  • Wellesley College (MA)
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc. (MA)
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (MA)

Over the past decade, Wellesley College has executed two major projects that have addressed campus needs while providing substantial environmental benefit and educational opportunities through the living classroom of the ...

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Teaching Sustainability Using an On-Farm Community Supported Agriculture framework

  • New Mexico State University (NM)

An organic garden operated as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at New Mexico State University (NMSU) was used as the framework for teaching sustainability concepts. The CSA model of ...

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Tree Campus USA: Supporting Sustainability Efforts with Community Forestry

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In 2008, The Arbor Day Foundation is launching the Tree Campus USA program aimed at recognizing those colleges and universities who meet core standards of forestry management, planning, student involvement ...

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Conserving Potable Water through Stormwater Irrigation

  • Elon University (NC)

As the demand for potable water increases and supply remains constant or diminishes, the need to conserve water is more evident than ever. Elon University is responding to this need ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association: Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Higher Education

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Sustainable agriculture as an academic discipline is an emerging field. In the past five to ten years, numerous U.S. colleges and universities have formed courses and programs dedicated to ...

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Ecotrail Design: Integrating Art, Nature and Sustainability

  • Daemen College (NY)

In an interdisciplinary collaboration between a biologist and artist/designer at Daemen College, we have initiated a multi-year project to engage students in environmental science through the creation of a ...

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The Furman Sustainable Agriculture Project

  • Furman University (SC)

At a small liberal arts school in upstate South Carolina, a quarter acre garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers is being cultivated and promises to be integral to Furman ...

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Prairie Restoration and Community Building through Service Learning

  • Carthage College (WI)

In a unique partnership, Carthage College and Harborside Academy (a high school specializing in expeditionary learning) recently paired with a local nature center in Kenosha, Wisconsin to design and implement ...

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Expressions of an Environmental Framework: Campus as an Arboretum

  • Hughes Good O'Leary & Ryan (GA)

As universities and colleges expand at a record pace, they are also increasingly expected to be models of sustainable development. Henceforth, the expression of a tangible campus environmental framework and ...

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Incorporating Native Systems into the Academic Campus Landscape

  • JFNew (IL)

Much of the modern campus has been encroached upon by ornamental landscaping, and native plants have been replaced by a small number of non-native species such as turf grass and ...

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District Approach to Campus Stormwater Management

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

As part of a precinct master plan commissioned by Virginia Tech, SmithGroup/JJR developed a district storm water management plan utilizing principles of sustainable design to maintain, or reduce, current ...

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Campus Habitats: Conserving Energy, Sequestering Carbon, and Providing Homes for Wildlife

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This presentation will feature the different kinds of habitats found on college and university campuses including forests, prairies, wetlands, gardens, and green roofs and highlight, through case studies, the benefits ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Careers for Undergraduates through a Collaborative Experiential Learning and Research Program at Cornell University: The Sustainable Agriculture Scholars Program

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The number of undergraduate students majoring in agricultural fields is steadily declining, resulting in fewer trained agricultural professionals able to address complex problems concerning agricultural sustainability. We developed and piloted ...

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Developing Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach Programs in Sustainable Agriculture at NC State University: A Model for Land Grant Universities

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Land grant universities (LGUs) play a vital role in educating students and training extension agents in organic and sustainable agriculture. Incorporating research, education and extension outreach into their missions, LGUs ...

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Establishing Carbon Offsets for Univerities through Tree Planting in Rural Africa

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

In February of 2008, a representative of The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST), gave a presentation at Northern Arizona University outlining the function and methods used by ...

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Greening Pest Management on Campus - Demonstrating Termite Management using Low-Insecticide Input Application Strategies

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Termites are the most economically important pest of structures in the United States resulting in an estimated annual cost to US consumers of over $2.5 billion. A typical whole-house ...

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Partnering for Sustainable Stormwater Management on Campus and Beyond

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Sustainability requires working together for a common goal. At universities, effective partnerships can result in improved water quality on campus and beyond. Collaboration between campus departments and innovative town-gown relationships ...

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Addressing Food Insecurity with Campus Gardens

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Our campus community faces food and nutritional challenges like much of the nation. During this interactive case study presentation, we will share our experiences and lessons learned in growing our ...

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Campus Gardens & Farms: A discussion of best practices for student and faculty engagement

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Sustainable agriculture on campuses in the form of farms or gardens have their own unique challenges for student and faculty engagement. During this moderated networking session we will facilitate the ...

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A Learning Garden: Different Strategies for Student Engagement

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This poster will visually guide you through Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus Learning Garden and the multiple ways we engage students in the garden. The Learning Garden functions ...

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Growing a Crop of 21st Century Innovators: Adapting our Learning Garden to Changing Times at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This interactive session will provide the historical perspective of developing a large learning garden at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. The Learning Garden includes 51 raised beds, 2 ...

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Ecosystem Restoration on a Suburban Campus

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The University of Toronto Mississauga is bound by three sides with the Credit River and a residential area bounds the forth side. In 2003 the campus committed to doubling its ...

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No Mow Zone Sign

  • Rosemont College (PA)

In 2008, Rosemont College created a No Mow Zone along a creek bed between Cardinal Hall & Alumni Hall. The no mow zone conservation area is intended to prevent sediment ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center For Sustainability

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Regional Food Systems

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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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
Business Affiliate

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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