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Campus Begins Turf Removal

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Six months ago, Cal State Fullerton announced that it was letting sections of lawn die as part of its ongoing efforts to meet statewide mandates, due to the statewide drought ...


Campus Drought Response Is Evolving

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Lawns Will Be Replaced, Other Ideas Sought to Save Water

Cal State Fullerton will be going brown — briefly — in response to the state’s current drought conditions.

The result is ...


Earth Month Activities at CSU Channel Islands

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

California State University Channel Islands celebrates Earth Day throughout the entire month of April. In April 2024, the university organized a series of events to celebrate the earth and promote ...


Sustainable Garden

  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)

Master Gardener and Gardening Specialist Hector Vera leads a tour at the Sustainable Garden at Stanislaus State. In partnership with the agriculture department, this tour was organized and promoted by ...


Concordia University's Earth Week BioBlitz

  • Concordia University

Concordia community members gathered on Loyola campus to participate in the 2024 City Nature Challenge (BioBlitz). This is an international competition encouraging citizen scientist to help out the scientific community ...

  • Posted April 30, 2024
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Nebraska Native Pollinator Garden at Creighton University

  • Creighton University (NE)

For Earth Day 2024, students, faculty and staff were invited to prepare the Nebraska Native Pollinator Garden, located on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, NE, for its next growing ...

  • Posted April 29, 2024
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Earth Fest Celebration for Earth Month at Oklahoma State

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Each year on Earth Day, we hold our campus Earth Fest, bringing together sustainability-focused student and faculty groups. The event features information about Energy Services, SGA sustainability initiatives, and various ...

  • Posted April 29, 2024
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MIT adds another pollinator garden installation

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

MIT students at MacGregor House worked with horticulturalist Grace Coburn to plant two new raised gardens filled with pollinator plants. The planter gardens are the latest installation building off MIT ...

  • Posted April 23, 2024
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Lyon Software Earth Day 2024 Clean Up

  • Lyon Software (OH)

The Lyon Software team cleaned up our business park for Earth Day.

  • Posted April 23, 2024
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UNC Charlotte Campus Beautification Day

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

University of North Carolina Charlotte staff, students, faculty, and alumni planted trees and picked up litter around campus on April 17th in celebration of Earth Month.

  • Posted April 23, 2024
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Who Owns the Campus Forest? A Tree Campus Conversation

  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

Trees play a critical role in creating healthier, safer, and more connected communities. They clean our air, filter our water, and even slow storm surge and flooding in our cities ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2024
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Utilizing Bees to Strengthen Relationships in Higher Education

  • Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Finding funding to support sustainability related initiatives can be difficult in any institution. Come learn about how a Florida community college utilizes their bee hives to strengthen relationships throughout the ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2024
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Rewild Your Campus With the Green Grounds Certification Program

  • Re:wild Your Campus (TX)

Re:wild Your Campus’s Green Grounds Certification offers a new pathway for schools to improve upon campus sustainability goals, reduce synthetic pesticide usage and implement organic grounds maintenance practices ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2024
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Exploring Conservation Land Management at the University Level

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Richmond (VA)

Be inspired as we discover the transformative world of campus land conservation planning. This interactive presentation invites you to join the discussion and discover strategies that engage a diverse conservation ...

  • Posted Feb. 21, 2024
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Landscape Architecture (MA)

  • Auburn University (AL)

The Auburn Master's in Landscape Architecure involves three areas of inquiry, which guide and regulate its teaching and learning strategies. These are ecological urbanism, environmental justice and global challenges ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2023
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Landscape Architecture (Master)

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

Landscape Architecture is a creative profession concerned with the analysis, planning, design and management of the land at scales varying from whole regions to small individual sites. Landscape architects integrate ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2023
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Environmental Engineering and Landscape Architecture (BS) (Combined)

  • Northeastern University (MA)

This combined major provides students an opportunity to obtain the fundamental scientific background and practical training to tackle environmental and landscape-related issues. The program seeks to prepare students for advanced ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2023
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Rewild Your Campus with the Green Grounds Certification

  • Seattle University (WA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)
  • AASHE (MA)
  • Re:wild Your Campus (TX)
  • PJC Organic (MA)

Re:wild Your Campus’s Green Grounds Certification offers a new pathway for schools to reduce synthetic pesticide usage and implement organic grounds maintenance practices. This webinar will guide participants ...

  • Posted Sept. 29, 2023
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Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus solar array

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

The Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs is one of the college's 11 campuses. and is home to one of the largest solar arrays in Colorado. Besides ...


Agora Pond

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The natural amphitheater, with its pond, has been landscaped to preserve biodiversity, and is a popular place for the Université de Sherbrooke community.


Back to school

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The start of the new academic year at the Université de Sherbrooke is an opportunity for the university community to take advantage of the campuses and its beautiful nature in ...


Student on the Main Campus

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The Université de Sherbrooke, nicknamed the “Green University”, provides its community with various extraordinary green spaces.


Main Campus from the air

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The Université de Sherbrooke, nicknamed the “Green University”, offers its community a wide range of opportunities to take advantage of Quebec's natural beauty.


Historical garden

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

Since 2018, a professor specializing in cultural food history and his students from the Department of History of the Université de Sherbrooke have established a historical garden on the university ...


Deer on the Main Campus

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

The Main Campus of the Université de Sherbrooke is adjacent to the Mont-Bellevue Park, and benefits from its multiple ecosystems. The Mont-Bellevue Park, which covers an area of 202 hectares ...


John Brong Planting Day at CCU

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Each year, the CCU community will comes together for a day of service to honor the life of the late John Brong, who served as the CCU greenhouse manager for ...


Central Community College-Grand Island Pollinator Garden

  • Central Community College (NE)

CCC Environmental Sustainability Director Ben Newton conducts a tour of the pollinator garden at the Grand Island Campus.


Ruche campus

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

A student beekeeper from the Ruche Campus student group of the Université de Sherbrooke checks the condition of one of the campus hives. Made up of student volunteers, Ruche Campus ...


Research and teaching areas

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

In addition to the largest solar park dedicated to applied research in Canada, the Université de Sherbrooke owns the Johnville Bog and Forest Park, a 225 hectares research and teaching ...


Humber College SCI 2023 Photos - Grounds Category

  • Humber College (ON)

Photo submission for Humber College's Top Performance in the 2023 SCI Grounds category.


Taking Stormwater Seriously at the University of Vermont

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The soils on UVM's campus are glacial till on bedrock, limiting infiltration of runoff. UVM’s diverse stormwater systems slow and filter runoff rather than letting it run directly ...


Bennington College Commons Building

  • Bennington College (VT)

This holistic remaking of the historic and beloved center of campus community life combines dining, social, and academic areas within a collection of dynamic spaces. The building is animated by ...


Bennington College Commons Building

  • Bennington College (VT)

This holistic remaking of the historic and beloved center of campus community life combines dining, social, and academic areas within a collection of dynamic spaces. The building is animated by ...


Bennington College Commons

  • Bennington College (VT)

This holistic remaking of the historic and beloved center of campus community life combines dining, social, and academic areas within a collection of dynamic spaces. The building is animated by ...


University of Manitoba campus

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

Top Performer, Water University of Manitoba campus


Solar Panels at The Catholic University of America

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)

Solar Panels at The Catholic University of America.


Aligning with Place: A case study in xeriscaping at Gonzaga University's Office of Sustainability.

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

This project's goal was to xeriscape the front lawn of the Office of Sustainability, transforming it from a grass lawn into a lawn with mulch and drought-tolerant plants. The ...

  • Posted July 17, 2023
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Sustainability Tour of the Yale Farm

  • Yale University (CT)

As part of Celebrate Sustainability Week at Yale in October 2022, the Yale Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Office of International Students & Scholars, organized a “Lunch and ...


Benefit-cost analysis of becoming certified pollinator friendly

  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Despite significant drop in pollinator abundance, no studies exist on the benefits and costs of pollinator conservation in the public domain. An in-person survey was conducted at three large, public ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Co-producing an ecosystem services-based plan for sustainable university campuses

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes

In the context of global change, social-ecological perspectives for organisations and territorial planning schemes are key to facilitate a transition towards sustainability. Consequently, Ecosystem Services (ES) assessment and mapping are ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Is the grass always greener? Access to campus green spaces can boost students’ sense of belonging

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Purpose: An important facet of student’s sense of belonging is students’ relationships with, and time spent in, the university campus. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Moving Towards Increased Biological Diversity on Campus Through Environmental Stewardship

  • Radboud Universiteit

Moving towards higher sustainability on campuses is the priority in the majority of university agendas. However, when it comes to biodiversity loss, many people tend not to recognize the urgency ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning in Midwestern Higher Education Institutions

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an innovative approach to stormwater management that has the potential to provide a variety of operational, environmental, and human benefits beyond those offered by more ...

  • Posted June 15, 2023
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CSUCI Sustainability Staff Tabling for Clean Air Day Tree Planting

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

CSU Channel Islands sustainability staff welcome guests to the tree planting event at the university's Clean Air Day celebration. Featuring Roxane Beigel-Coryell, sustainability & energy director, and Rhianna Torres ...


Cities Need Trees

  • Boston University (MA)

Over the past year, I have dedicated myself to promoting sustainability in Boston, Massachusetts by advocating for an increased urban forest to combat climate change and rising summer temperatures. The ...


Student-Led Organic Pilot Project at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Re:wild Your Campus (TX)

Emory University, in partnership with Re:wild Your Campus, launched an organic pilot program to transition the campus away from synthetic weed-killers and towards organic land management. The Emory student ...


Demonstration Gardens as Informal Education Strategies in Rehabilitation Efforts

  • Missouri Southern State University (MO)

Use of demonstration plots showcasing native forbs and grasses in public green spaces or along well-traveled paths can be helpful in increasing awareness of beneficial plant species. Signage can be ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Pollinating Hearts & Minds on Native Wildflowers

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

This presentation will explain the critical importance of why Universities, more so than any other type of institution, should be installing Native wildflower areas on their campuses. It will also ...

  • Posted May 17, 2023
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Creation of a Pollinator Garden at Farmingdale State College

  • State University of New York at Farmingdale (NY)

In the Spring of 2023 Farmingdale State College's Office for Sustainability partnered with the college's Horticulture department to design an on-campus pollinator garden. The site is currently a ...


CSU Channel Islands Teaches About Sustainable Land Management During Earth Month

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

CSU Channel Islands kicked off Earth Month celebrations with an event focused on targeted grazing and its use as a sustainable land management strategy. The event included a presentation from ...

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.

All responses reference content from reports under the latest version of STARS, version 2.2. AASHE membership and log-in is required.

OP 9: Landscape Management

OP 10: Biodiversity

Additional analysis on scores and quantitative fields can be conducted using the STARS Benchmarking Tool.

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