Public Engagement

Introduction

Engagement in community problem-solving is fundamental to sustainability. By engaging with community members and organizations in the governmental, non-profit and for-profit sectors, institutions can help solve sustainability challenges. Community engagement can help students develop leadership skills while deepening their understandings of practical, real-world problems and the process of creating solutions.

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Developing High Impact Applied Learning for Sustainability Programs Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar explores leading examples of applied learning in sustainability programs that are designed create exceptional student experiences and a lasting impact on the sustainability goals pursued by the community ...

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Higher Education in the World: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local Membership Required

The 6th Higher Education in the World Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both ...

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Sharing the Load: Aggregating Renewable Energy Purchases with Others Membership Required

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

The idea of pooling resources to increase bargaining power is not new. But it is being newly applied to renewable energy purchases. Now, no matter the size or location of ...

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Preparing for Campus Sustainability Month 2016 Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • University of North Florida (FL)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • AASHE (PA)

October is Campus Sustainability Month (CSM)! Watch this webinar to gain ideas and inspiration for how you can take advantage of CSM to engage and inspire incoming students and other ...

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Future Leaders Survey 2006/7 Membership Required

This report presents the results of a survey distributed to UK residents aged 21 and under who applied to universities and colleges in 2006. Key findings include:

  • 46% say that ...
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Community Partnerships: A Key Component of Sustainability

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Partnerships between higher education institutions and their surrounding communities are a powerful tool for advancing sustainability and educating for sustainability. Colleges and universities, longtime leaders in sustainability, are increasingly realizing ...


Sustainability Career Resources List

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This Google sheet lists job boards focused on sustainability as well as related resources.


Beyond Doom and Gloom - Include Solutions to Climate Change

  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage ...

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Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK Membership Required

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

This paper draws on a series of five ESRC-funded seminars held between 2006 and 2008 on 'Sustainability as competitive advantage in higher education in the UK'. We sketch the background ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar tells the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was ...

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Good Practices on Campus Sustainability in Japan 2016 Membership Required

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)
  • Chiba University
  • Kyoto University
  • Fukushima College

Released by the Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan), the booklet was created to share campus experiences in conducting environmental activities and efforts to find solutions to environmental problems ...


Towards a Real-world Laboratory: A Transdisciplinary Case Study from Lüneburg Membership Required

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Real-world laboratories have gained currency in transdisciplinary sustainability research. Establishing real-world laboratories by means of a transdisciplinary process offers promising prospects since it fosters trust among the participants and leads ...


Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem-Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)

This case study describes a problem-based and service learning module in which undergraduate students participated in a community-based project. Students joined a group consisting of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public ...


Energy and development: the role of academia in education, research, and technological cooperation for sustainability Membership Required

Over the last decades, the interest of the international community for the multiple interconnections among energy, environment, and society has widely increased. Today, the close link between energy and development ...


Universities’ intermediary role in the “design for sustainability” field: Case studies from the Netherlands and Turkey Membership Required

  • Technical University of Delft

Purpose - This paper aims to investigate the intermediary role of universities in spreading design for sustainability into industry.

Design/methodology/approach - Three case studies were undertaken on Delft University of ...


Ethics in Higher Education: Values-driven Leaders for the Future Membership Required

The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence the leaders of the future, but outside the limelight of excelling education institutions there is a concerning violation of good practises ...

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The use of educational game design and play in higher education to influence sustainable behaviour Membership Required

  • Cardiff University

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss a novel life cycle approach to education for sustainable development (ESD) where the students become “design thinkers”.

Design/methodology/approach - A ...

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Higher education for sustainable development at EARTH University Membership Required

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)
  • EARTH University

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to present the experience of a Central American university that has been successfully advancing an educational model focused on sustainability for over 25 ...

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What do people know about key environmental issues? A review of environmental knowledge surveys Membership Required

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

This paper presents results from 15 little publicized state and national environmental surveys in the US that used similar questions. Our analysis reveals trends in adult understanding of environmental issues ...

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European university-community partnership-based research on urban sustainability and resilience Membership Required

  • University of East London
  • University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin

The Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS) project is based on the partnership between decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academic institutions to develop and demonstrate transition ...

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Towards an engaged campus: Measuring and comparing definitive stakeholders’ perceptions of university social engagement in South Korea Membership Required

Purpose - This paper aims to measure and rigorously compare the perceptions of South Korean university social engagement between faculty and students, two definitive stakeholders identified by stakeholder theory – but considerably ...

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Green Gigawatt Partnership: How to Apply for AASHE's On Campus Solar Project Support Membership Required

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Altenex (MA)

AASHE is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses (http://greengigawatt.org/aashe-campus-project.php) to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects.This webinar presents how the ...

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Using Photovoice to Explore Environmental Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures Membership Required

  • Bellarmine University (KY)
  • Centre College (KY)
  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Though work in the area of photovoice (in which students take photos to structure a dialogue that can serve to advance social action as the community responds to the participants ...

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An experience-based learning framework: Activities for the initial development of sustainability competencies Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg

Purpose - This paper aims to present an experience-based learning framework that provides a bottom-up, student-centered entrance point for the development of systems thinking, normative and collaborative competencies in sustainability.

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Creating sustainable cities through knowledge exchange: A case study of knowledge transfer partnerships Membership Required

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of knowledge transfer partnership (KTP)as a means for universities to generate and exchange knowledge to foster sustainable cities ...

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Are we educating engineers for sustainability?: Comparison between obtained competences and Swedish industry's needs Membership Required

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose – The aim of this study is to contribute to the quality improvement and long‐term strategic development of education for sustainable development (ESD) in engineering education curricula.

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A New Era of Sustainability: CEO reflections on progress to date, challenges ahead and the impact of the journey toward a sustainable economy. Membership Required

This report describes the results of a survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact member CEOs. Findings include:

  • 93 percent of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s ...
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Responding to environmental challenges: an initial assessment of higher education curricula needs by Australian planning professionals Membership Required

  • University of Melbourne

Environmental planning education has become crucial given the projected implications of climate change for human settlements and nature. However, despite the identified importance of educating planners with regards to sustainability ...

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Education for Sustainability, Graduate Capabilities, Professional Employment: How They All Connect Membership Required

  • RMIT University

Education for Sustainability (EfS) has an intimate relationship with professional employment as we seek to develop graduates who will take EfS values and understanding into their workplaces to build a ...

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Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance Membership Required

It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings tangible and useful outcomes in terms of understanding and skills, and also reinforces the ...

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Connecting curriculum, capabilities and careers Membership Required

  • RMIT University

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The reported research aims to examine the extent to which sustainability capabilities have been delivered by a specific example of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Education for Sustainable Development ...

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2015 National Solar Jobs Census Membership Required

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...

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The Role of Transacademic Interface Managers in Transformational Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Working towards sustainable solutions requires involving professionals and stakeholders from all sectors of society into research and teaching. This often presents a challenge to scholars at universities, as they lack ...

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Utilizing international networks for accelerating research and learning in transformational sustainability science Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Tokyo
  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Maastricht University
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Lund University

A promising approach for addressing sustainability problems is to recognize the unique conditions of a particular place, such as problem features and solution capabilities, and adopt and adapt solutions developed ...

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The Sustainability Literacy Test: Implementation strategies for campuses

  • McGill University (QC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

The Sustainability Literacy Test provides higher education institutions, companies and other organizations around the world with an internationally recognized and locally relevant tool to measure and improve sustainability literacy. This ...

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Green chemistry = social and environmental justice Membership Required

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. Ed Brush Professor of Chemistry ...

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Engaging the Community Through Student Led Initiatives: Highlights and Opportunities Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Martin (TN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)
  • American Chemical Society (DC)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Jennifer MacKellar ACS, GCI

Dr. S ...

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Greening Your ACS Student Chapter - Models of Success Membership Required

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Jennifer MacKellar Program Manager American Chemical Society ...

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Student Led Green Chemistry Initiatives Membership Required

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Anna Ivanova Communications Director Network of Early-Career ...

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Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry Membership Required

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. Jane Wissinger Associate Professor, Department of ...

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Green Chemistry: The missing element in chemistry education Membership Required

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. John C. Warner Founder ...

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Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Membership Required

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America Membership Required

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America Membership Required

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

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Student Interest for Environment/Sustainability Undergraduate Programmes: Recent Australian Experience Membership Required

  • RMIT University

Increasingly, employers are seeing the need to have employees who have capabilities in sustainability. The hope is that there will be a sufficient number of appropriately educated people to enter ...

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Educating for Sustainability: 2017 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and GULF Universities Membership Required

  • International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN) (MA)

This report, which was released in conjuction with the 2017 World Economic Forum, contains case studies on educating for sustainability provided by 30 members of the International Sustainable Campus Network ...

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Transdisciplinary learning and teaching as answers to urban sustainability challenges Membership Required

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This paper aims to explain the relevance of science-society interfaces and their potential for higher education institutions to engage stakeholders in supporting sustainable change in cities, via the transdisciplinary ...

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University’s multi-scale initiatives for redefining city development Membership Required

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The purpose of this paper is to present the varied roles played by the University of Lódz (UL) in maintaining and restoring the natural capital of a city as ...

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Environmental awareness raising through universities – city authorities’ cooperation Membership Required

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This paper aims to the environmental awareness raising as a key issue of education for sustainable development. Youth Environmental Volunteers Movement in the area of coastal oil response operations ...

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New Book: Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies Membership Required

Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. The essays in this collection examine the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in ...

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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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Public Engagement Partners

American Association of Community Colleges

Washington, DC
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Washington, DC
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate

Fostering Sustainability

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate

National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities

Washington, DC
Non-profit/NGO Affiliate