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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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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 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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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.

Programs and Initiatives

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Arbor Day Foundation

Lincoln, NE
Business Affiliate

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
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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