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SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Forest Carbon Inventory Report and Sequestration Estimates

  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (NY)

This report takes initial measurements for existing SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus forest carbon stocks and estimates projections for annual rates of carbon sequestration. Establishing a baseline for campus forest carbon ...


Renewable Energy for Campus Facilites Services

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Demonstrating the effectiveness of the use of renewable energy at low costs in campus facilities services vehicles will help Black Hills State University reach its carbon and waste reduction goals ...


College Campus Landscapes Within a Learning Ecosystem

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

College campus landscapes may help restore student attentional capacity for learning when intentionally viewed as educational resources or integrated with academic content.


Gardening for a Changing Climate

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Thousands of students enjoyed the spring weather as they celebrated Earth Day and the UIC Climate Commitments at the Earth Day fair. This outdoor pop-up event, planned by UIC students ...


Arbor Day Tree Planting

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

UIC is a Tree Campus USA and on crisp, cool and sunny morning, we celebrated Arbor Day with many UIC students, staff, faculty, and other tree enthusiasts. We planted two ...


Emory Pollinator Protection Program

  • Emory University (GA)

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, which are essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment ...


Composting for a Greener Campus: the Texas State University Bobcat Blend program

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Bobcat Blend is a faculty managed, student-run and grant-supported research and teaching-oriented waste management campus composting program at Texas State University. The goals of the organization are to teach students ...


Greener Grant Week! Earth Week 2018

  • Suffolk County Community College (NY)

A week of Earth Day Events!

Students watched a seed library demonstration and then were able to take home whichever seeds they pleased. They also planted sunflower seeds. Volunteers for ...

  • Posted April 30, 2018
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PCC Earth (Extended) Week events across the district!

  • Portland Community College (OR)

A look at a couple great moments from this years extended Earth Week! There were so many events, service projects, and good times to choose from that I'm going ...

  • Posted April 30, 2018
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Earth Day 5k

  • DePauw University (IN)

Participants at DePauw University's Earth Day 5K ready to start the race. Students and community members participating in the DePauw University Earth Day 5K. Participants at the finish line ...

  • Posted April 26, 2018
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Suffolk County Community College's Arbor Day Celebration!

  • Suffolk County Community College (NY)

Celebrating being recognized as a Tree Campus USA for the second year in a row. Students gathered as the award was presented to the Campus Dean. They then took advantage ...

  • Posted April 26, 2018
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Restoring our Lake

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The North Shore of Lake LaSalle is currently a non-vegetated section of shoreline. Erosion has left steep slopes, exposed soil, and undercut shorelines. Beginning in late April of 2018 a ...

  • Posted April 25, 2018
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2018 Earth Week at Wake Forest

  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Students, faculty, staff, and friends from the community worked together to remove leaf litter and tree limbs from the Wake Forest cross-country trails on Friday, March 23, as part of ...

  • Posted April 19, 2018
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The FIU Nature Preserve: Achieving Biological Conservation Through Diversification of Stakeholders

  • Florida International University (FL)

Many institutions of higher education have sustainability initiatives; however, not all consider the importance of proximity to nature in the psychological well-being of their associated human community. Florida International University ...

  • Posted April 18, 2018
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BS in Agriculture, Major in Sustainable Agriculture Systems

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Students will develop the skill needed to lead in sustainable agricultural systems with this major stream. Students will have the opportunity to widen their knowledge base by: Studying agriculture in ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Water Efficient Landscaping Specialization, Horticulture MPSH

  • Utah State University (UT)

The purpose of this degree is to provide horticulturalists with knowledge and skills needed to effectively promote landscape water conservation. As water becomes more precious, the demand for these skills ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Bachelor in Horticulture

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Horticulturists grow fresh fruits and vegetables, plan and create beautiful landscapes, cultivate and maintain acres of turfgrass for recreation and function, breed new plants for pest resistance and environmental tolerance ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Sustainable Agriculture Co-op Program

  • Fleming College (ON)

Throughout the Sustainable Agriculture program Students will Learn from experienced farmers and practitioners in class, on farm field days, and during panel discussions,Develop a business case and farm plan ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Horticulture (AAS)

  • College of Lake County (IL)

Today’s horticulture industry offers careers that go beyond landscaping and floral design. Associate degree graduates of horticulture programs can become natural area managers, arborists and owners and managers of ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Designing a Model Landscape for Multiple Values: Envisioning a Sustainable Future for Middlebury College Lands

  • Middlebury College (VT)

As an institutional leader of the environmental movement, Middlebury College must steward its lands for the development of a sustainable, multi-use landscape. Managing the college’s 3,212 acres of ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Put a Price on It: Measuring Ecological Value of a Diverse Landscape

  • Skidmore College (NY)

This research is a case-study measuring the value of ecosystem services in a 138 hectare parcel of Skidmore’s undeveloped land. We estimate the parcel’s annual value is $150 ...

  • Posted April 6, 2018
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Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes: Making a Case for Campus Trees

  • Old Dominion University (VA)
  • Penn State Mont Alto (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)
  • Bartlett Tree Experts (IL)

This webinar explores the benefits of sustainable campus landscapes and how to build long-lasting support, specifically for the trees on your campus, by conducting tree inventories, publicizing your findings, educating ...

  • Posted April 3, 2018
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An economic value assessment of ecological services in the tree community at Winona State University Arboretum

  • Winona State University (MN)

Trees possess intrinsic and extrinsic attributes that contribute to enhancing high environmental standards in a majority of landscapes, also while improving quality of life for human communities and other biota ...

  • Posted March 29, 2018
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Promoting Sustainable Landscapes

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

Co-hosted by AASHE and the Arbor Day Foundation, this webinar explores the benefits of sustainable campus landscapes and how to build long-lasting support for them by publicizing initiatives, educating and ...

  • Posted March 9, 2018
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Arizona State University Urban Forestry and Carbon Offsets Pilot

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In 2017, the University Sustainability Practices (USP) office at Arizona State University (ASU) piloted a new urban forestry program to explore the viability of generating carbon offsets through local tree ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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Sustainability Through the Eyes of Nature

  • Atwell, LLC (MI)

Important institutions and systems-including our governments, capitalist economies, food production systems, and urban designs-often seem to produce problematic political, economic, environmental, and social outcomes. In addition, many of these human-designed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bee Campus USA: Making the World Safer for Pollinators, One Campus at a a Time

  • Bee City USA (NC)

Pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we consume-actually, the most nutritious and, some say, delicious bites! Equally important, pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 90 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The effect of smoke exposure on the germination of native plant species of North America

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Smoke exposure is known to influence germination of a wide variety of species. However, the influence of smoke on germination of grasses is poorly studied. In order to investigate the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Development: Transformational Outdoor Spaces

  • Mohawk College (ON)

Mohawk College's Sustainable Landscape Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the design and programming of campus open spaces, supporting the creation of sustainable campuses with high quality outdoor spaces ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Promoting Diversity in the College Landscape: Using Native Species to Create Ecosystems

  • Skidmore College (NY)

As institutions of progress and higher learning, colleges have a responsibility to model sustainable landscaping practices. This is true now more than ever with threats of climate change and concerns ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability and Agricultural Science - A Practical and Combined Effort to Engage and Educate

  • Central Community College (NE)

Agriculture is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, many don't understand the true connection to our food and fiber systems and how sustainable agriculture production systems are. Being an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus and Community Partnership: The Results of a Feasibility Study on a Nature Prescription Network

  • James Madison University (VA)

Emerging research continues to support the notion that exposure to or interaction with nature enhances creativity and vitality, attention and focus, and an overall sense of well being. Nisbet, Zelenski ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Learnings in Advancing Sustainability, Measuring Progress, and Keeping Campus Clean with Smart Waste & Recycling Solutions

  • BigBelly Solar (MA)

Now more than ever, colleges and universities are placing emphasis on creating a comprehensive campus-wide approach to increase commitment to sustainability, efficiency, and the environment. This commitment is embodied by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Fresh Start: From Soil-Grown Greenhouse to Hydroponics

  • Dominican University (IL)

The study of the sciences occupy a prime place in Dominican University's curriculum. In the late 1930s, Dominican sister, Hilaire Ryan, OP built a greenhouse to provide botany students ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How could the grass on your campus be as 'green' as it looks?

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The poster seeks to inform conference attendees about a new country wide research project. In cities across the U.S. temperate zone appropriate for fine fescues, we will collaborate with ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Closed Loop Food System at Warren Wilson College

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Sustainability and environmental stewardship are woven into the fabric of Warren Wilson College. At the small work college in southern Appalachia, students participate in community gardens, live in co-op housing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Joining Forces to Restore Urban Woodland and Reconnect Students with Nature: A Model for Campus-Community-Commerce Collaboration

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project brings campus, community, and business together to achieve on-the-ground conservation results, enhanced awareness of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and behavioral change that supports sustainability. Working ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Grow Native - A Plant and Pollinator Garden Catalyzes Engagement and Learning

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)

Over the past two years a small, inspired group of students, employees, community friends and alums of Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community Colleges) proposed, designed, crowd-funded, and installed a 4 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Gardens: Increasing Sustainability and Lowering Food Insecurity

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In this session, we will focus on the role campus gardens can play in educating faculty, students, and staff about sustainable food systems as well as their role in alleviating ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Introducing Students to Campus Sustainability through Interactive Tree Labeling

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University, recognized as Tree Campus USA for five years, has recently introduced an interactive tree labeling system. The labeled trees directly connect to a customizable webpage through smartphones ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Getting Started with Local Carbon Offsets: Spotlight on Urban Forestry

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)

For many schools working towards carbon neutrality, carbon offsets will play an important role. While offsets can be purchased on the open market, it is possible to have an even ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Valuing and Conserving College Land for Community Resilience

  • Middlebury College (VT)

This is a case study of the conservation of 2,100 acres of forest lands owned by Middlebury College at its Bread Loaf campus. This project established the permanent protection ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Middlebury College Land Conservation at Bread Loaf

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury's conserved lands around the Bread Loaf campus provides a scenic backdrop for numerous activities.


Middlebury's Bread Loaf Mountain Campus and Surrounding Conserved Lands

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury College's 2100 acres of conserved land is surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest land. Middlebury's conserved lands are enjoyed by participants of its summer programs at the ...


Full Circle Composting

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Macalester College highlighted in AASHE's 2017 Sustainable Campus Index!

  • Macalester College (MN)

Caption: Kira Liu '17, left, and Emily Sylvestre '16, right, winterizing the bee hives with Pollinate Minnesota staff at Macalester College's Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area. The photo ...


SOU Students Celebrating Arbor Day

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

SOU students and the community came together to celebrate Arbor Day and Bee Campus USA by planting 6,000 native plants for pollinators throughout campus.


Closed Loop Composting at Central Michigan University

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Through its commitment to utilizing organic waste as a valuable resource, Central Michigan University engages in a full-circle, closed system composting program that also promotes economic prosperity. Material from compost ...


Campus Engagement; Diversity & Affordability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

The Change Makers program at Northwestern University allows professional staff and faculty members to engage in a personal journey to create a more inclusive environment at Northwestern University. Change Makers ...


Building commitment to sustainability through habitat restoration: A case study of Valley Forge Christian College

  • Valley Forge Christian College (PA)

This sustainability initiative was created to improve the campus habitat for wildlife and to motivate students to begin new sustainability initiatives. A habitat restoration and educational outreach plan called “Habitat ...

  • Posted Sept. 28, 2017
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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

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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