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NEXUS: Demonstration site for biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource-limited farmers.

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian farmers struggle to maintain profitability with limited acreage, low profit margins, small markets and short growing seasons. To extend growing seasons, farmers dedicate some of their acreage to greenhouse ...

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Lessons from Germany to the US 2: Water

  • Grinnell College (IA)

Despite the economic and social costs of frequent flooding in Iowa, stormwater handling and agricultural runoff are perennial problems, while in Germany, rainwater infiltration systems are required in most cities ...

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Campus Farm to Campus Table: Highlighting Local Foods and Student Work in a Campus Harvest Lunch

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2014, several dozen students, faculty, staff, and volunteers worked together to source a campus farm lunch at Johnson County Community College, a large, suburban ...

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Stormwater Runoff Management and Green Infrastructure on Loyola University Chicago

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Stormwater runoff is a major problem all cities face. The Stormwater Runoff Management Project is a student-led project working with campus sustainability staff who's goal is to reduce the ...

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UKnTrees: Growing urban forestry awareness, outreach, and education

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Many aspects of sustainability in urban environments, from environmental (stormwater management, climate regulation, urban heat island effects, air pollution removal) to economic (neighborhood and retail desirability, property values) to social ...

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Design, Installation and Evaluation of Sustainable Concrete Sidewalks on UMD Campus for Research and Learning

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material on the planet; however, the production of cement, the binder that holds concrete together, is responsible for 5-8% of global anthropogenic CO2 ...

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Mitakuye oyasin (All My Relations): Manifesting Sustainability through Cultural Understanding

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Culture provides the structure for how we interact with our natural environment. For centuries, proclaiming a religious right to manifest destiny has justified actions that have enabled cultural values which ...

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Cornercopia Student Organic Farm at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Cornercopia is an organic farm that provides students hands-on whole farm learning opportunities, food for the local community and a place for community building, multi-disciplinary education, research and outreach. Started ...

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The Gibbs Farm: A Permaculture Learning Lab

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Gibbs Farm is a 2-acre historic homestead currently undergoing a landscape reimagining to create an engaging environment for students, staff, and the greater community. Students with diverse backgrounds and ...

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Learning Gardens: A Platform for Sustainability Education

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

How can learning gardens be used as a platform to teach sustainability principles? This session will introduce an adaptable framework that uses a three-dimensional living model to clearly communicate the ...

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Gardens in the City: New Paradigms for Urban Community & Campus Gardens

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

While urban community gardens and campus farms are not a new concept, at Carnegie Mellon we are pioneering our own avenues for food production, health and wellness and community engagement ...

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Should Higher Education Go Carbon Neutral?: A Look at Forest Carbon

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Nearly 700 signatories to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have voluntarily committed to taking measurable steps towards climate neutrality. For a college or university to achieve ...

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How to Justify the Cost of a Compost Facility for your Campus and/or Community

  • Xavier University (OH)

Appalachian State University began an in-house composting program on campus in 1999, and built a state-of-the-art positive forced aeration facility to expand composting opportunities, which opened in October 2011. This ...

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Encouraging the Design and Development of High Performance Landscapes with the SITES Rating System

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As the world’s population grows, so too does the pace of urbanization and development. What is built on the land profoundly impacts ecological systems as well as the health ...

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Cultivating community and sustainability at the Learning Gardens Lab

  • Portland State University (OR)

Learning gardens serve as rich sustainability learning sites due to their ecological and sociocultural benefits, and provide a hands-on way for learners of all ages to engage in interconnected issues ...

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Campus Composting

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Southwestern University students led a composting initiative in Fall 2011 which has evolved into a campus wide program which has made a significant impact on the community and University. The ...

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Improving the Efficiency of Land Management Agencies with the use of Sustainability Assessments

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

The ability to assess the sustainability of an organization is becoming increasingly important for organizations across the globe. The tools developed for this task are as diverse as the organizations ...

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Developing Space: Community Areas that Engage

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, my department has taken on the remodel of the courtyard in our Freshman dorm area. As the design evolves, there are an ...

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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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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
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
Business Affiliate

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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