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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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education Through Public-Private Partnership

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Energy Service Companies (ESCO's) that partner with campuses to reduce their energy bills by millions provide an unprecedented opportunity for multi-stakeholder educational programs that engage students in cutting edge ...

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A Case Study of Multi-Campus, Interdisciplinary Energy Education to Empower Student Engagement

  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (HI)

Today's students are tech and media savvy and ready to work at a professional level with mentors and stakeholders who can help them make a measurable impact in the ...

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Institute on the Environment Shorts: Answers to "Big Questions"

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

Four short, animated videos illustrate critical research done by researchers at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. These videos address "Big Questions"" related to global ...

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SPIRIT OF PLACE A short film by Monty Hempel

  • University of Redlands (CA)

SPIRIT OF PLACE presents a moving story about human relationships with Nature, as seen through the eyes of Dr. Marilee Scaff, a 95-year-old educator and explorer. Filmed in the American ...

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SUSTAINABILITY: CHANGING THE OPERATING SYSTEM A new film by Monty Hempel (coming fall 2012)

  • University of Redlands (CA)

Almost everyone knows something about sustainability, yet relatively few people know anything about the operating system that is needed to achieve it. This film examines the basic features of that ...

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More Than Just a "Green Building": How the Green Quad Has Become a Leader in Faculty, Staff, Student, and Community Collaboration

  • Clemson University (SC)

The University of South Carolina's Green Quad was one of the early pioneers that raised everyone's awareness regarding sustainability and green issues in the Southeast. Today, the Green ...

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Green Leadership: Engaging and Supporting Civic Leaders Through Campus Sustainability Programming

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Campus sustainability organizations can be an important avenue for student leadership development. Sustainable Carolina, the umbrella sustainability organization at the University of South Carolina, is a non-hierarchical organization focused on ...

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PAC12 Sustainability Athletic Meeting

  • University of Southern California (CA)

PAC12 Sustainability Athletic Meeting

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Environmental Leadership Program

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The ELP Fellowship Program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. The Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership, diversity ...

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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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Launching Green Office and Green Event Certification

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

Certification programs that encourage best practices for sustainable actions were developed for campus organizations as a means of educating and recognizing staff and students. It was also viewed as an ...

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Eco Adventures: Combining Recreation with Civic Engagement to Enhance Learning

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Eco Adventures is a collaborative program offered by university recreation and service learning departments, providing outdoor recreational trips that include a service learning project. These adventures have been successful as ...

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Using Experiential Activities to Introduce and Enhance Sustainability Education

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Through experiential games and activities, student leaders and faculty/staff can provide a framework and enhance understanding of sustainability concepts in a variety of settings including boardrooms, classrooms and workshops ...

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Why Would We Work Together?: Sustainability Projects and Interdisciplinary Student Learning

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)

Sustainability, as a concept, is a familiar part of curriculum and a high priority for colleges and universities throughout the world. In an effort to meet the interdisciplinary research goals ...

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Green Experience to Green Career

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

We have all had that amazing student who has worked so hard for their university on sustainable programming. Now, that student is a senior about to graduate into an economy ...

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Communicating Sustainability to Create Change

  • Natural Capitalism Solutions (CO)

The early trickle of sustainability adoption has now turned into a movement, with colleges and universities leading the charge. Though, the way in which we communicate sustainability has not changed ...

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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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GUPES: The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability

  • United Nations Environment Programme

On June 5, 2012 UNEP launched the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Hosted at the UNEP-Tongji Institute for Environment and Sustainability, GUPES ...

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The Partnership for a Green City - public partners promoting sustainability

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The Partnership for a Green City is an innovative sustainabiity collaboration of a metropolitan research university, a large metropolitan school district and the merged municipal government, three of the largest ...

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Universities Adopting Cities to Address the Climate Challenge

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Local governments are increasingly compelled to take action on climate and energy issues, but are challenged to respond as a result of limited capacity. At the same time, universities are ...

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Appalachian State University Sustainability and the Arts

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Psychotherapist James Hillman questioned, "Could the causes of major social, political, and economic issues of our time also be found in the repression of beauty?"* Appalachian State University believes sustainability ...

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Engaging Communities in Planning for Sustainability: Lessons from Community-University Partnerships in the Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Community Growth Planning Assistance Center (CGPAC), housed at a university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, provides land-use planning assistance to local communities on the developing edge of the ...

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Moving to the Next Level: Are we are preaching to the choir?

  • Wright State University (OH)

As professionals committed to sustainability, we read the books and reports, we study the literature on how to implement programs to get our campus educated about sustainability in their daily ...

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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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Fostering a Local Food Procurement System: UVa Dining's Relationship with the Local Food Hub

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Interest in local and sustainably produced food is at an all-time high on college campuses, as illustrated by the rising number of campus gardens and courses on local foodsheds. The ...

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Accelerating Participation in Sustainability through Strategic Communications and Engagement Programs

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Effectively communicating sustainability to a diverse campus community exceeding 35,000 individuals is challenging. This challenge is amplified when the goal of those communications is to instigate positive behavioral changes ...

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Connecting Campus and Community on Earth Day

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The Center for a Sustainable Future celebrates Earth Day as an international day of awareness of environmental policy, education, and public engagement. It is also celebrated as an anniversary for ...

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Developing partnerships to reach campus sustainability goals: ASU's Collaboration with UPS

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • UPS (GA)

Leading universities are looking closely at their campuses environmental impact, and finding novel ways to reduce carbon emissions and waste. ASU has four specific sustainability goals including Carbon Neutrality, Zero ...

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Developing an effective sustainability communications program without breaking your budget.

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Communication is a critical tool for a campus sustainability program, especially when newly established. This session will cover lessons learned and tips that we've found valuable in making the ...

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Grounding Sustainability in Faith-Based Mission and Identity

  • CHA (NY)

There is much to celebrate on faith-based college and university campuses as environmental sustainability is increasingly seen as a core value. Yet while many faith-based schools have successfully taken steps ...

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Community Partnerships for a University-based Renewable Energy Biodigester

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The university is operating the first commercial-scale dry anaerobic biodigester in the western hemisphere. The facility will provide the equivalent of up to 10% of campus electricity and heat, and ...

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University Energy Conservation Measures: It Takes a Community

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Energy Conservation Measures ("ECM") is an immense undertaking by the university to retrofit 45 buildings on campus with an end goal of increasing energy efficiency. A multimillion dollar project begun ...

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Sustainability Walking Tour

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

A major research university has established a sustainability walking tour. Tour participants can choose to go on a guided tour led by a volunteer group of students and staff or ...

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Communicating Sustainability: Princeton University Programmatic and Academic Initiatives

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Both programmatic and academic initiatives in communicating sustainability are becoming part of the landscape of sustainability programs at many institutions of higher education. In this session we will explore an ...

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Connecting the Community College to the Community: Collaboratives for Green Transportation

  • Delta College (MI)

For most commuter campuses, the carbon emitted via transportation translates into significant emissions. Commuter campuses whose faculty, staff, and students overwhelmingly rely on the automobile for their primary means of ...

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Ecochallenge: Tips for creating and implementing cost effective behavior change programs for your campus

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Ecochallenges encourage people to experiment with simple environmentally friendly changes in their daily routines. These highly participatory events help build an environmentally and socially responsible campus culture, an important pre-condition ...

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The Bearathon: Striving to be America's greenest student-run half marathon

  • Baylor University (TX)

The Bearathon is a student-led half-marathon and 5k held every spring semester and serves as the Student Foundation's main fund raising event. Over the course of the last two ...

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A Service Learning Course that Engages a Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Programs

  • Stanford University (CA)

As a leader in resource management, demonstrated through infrastructural improvements and efficiency programs, Stanford has great potential to couple operational achievements with program-based local actions that promote both resource conservation ...

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Establishing a Service Bus Route to Meet Student and Community Needs

  • Elon University (NC)

Over 80% of students participate in service, some as a course requirement, while attending Elon University. Many of the community partners at which students do service are within 15 minutes ...

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Science at the Service of Society

  • Duquesne University (PA)

Science continues to evolve and expand. As it does, some major areas of Service Learning turn out to be multi-disciplinary in nature. This seminar is designed to help university students ...

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Enforced Dependency in Globalized Political Economy

  • Prescott College (AZ)

This presentation examines mutually- and self-reinforcing systems of concentrated political and economic power of neoliberal globalization. The presenter defines the concept of enforced dependency and then analyzes the structural and ...

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Living and Learning Sustainability: Pedagogy and Praxis in Sustainability Education

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The presenter offers a summary of her recent dissertation in Sustainability Education within which she develops a critical pedagogy of sustainability and promotes its application in higher education. This pedagogy ...

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Developing a Service Learning Course on Sustainability Focused Nonprofit Organizations

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The objective of this service learning course offered during the fall 2010 term was to generally provide students with a clearer understanding of the ways nonprofit organizations individually and collectively ...

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Generating Success in Conservative Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Sustainability can often be politicized along party lines; however, sustainability in its ultimate form cuts across all political spectrums. Many campuses openly embrace sustainable ideas and readily advance sustainability programs ...

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Mapping Sustainability: Visual Representation of Campus Sustainable Features

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Initiatives to improve the sustainability of campus operations can vary widely in type, scope, and level of recognition among users. This diversity of sustainable features makes it difficult to access ...

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Sustainability Challenges and Solutions at CU-Boulder: Inception to Implementation

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Implementing sustainability initiatives in large universities is a challenge. Taking an idea from the brainstorming period, through the many different departments, to implementing the projects, to finally measuring the effectiveness ...

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Using community-based social marketing to increase the visibility and usage of new ridesharing program

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Our campus climate action plan identifies reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting as the largest opportunity for decreasing GHG emissions through behavior change. A team of graduate students designed, implemented, and ...

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Partnership and Collaboration: Establishing a farmers market program on a university campus

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The campus farmers market is in its second year. Success has been largely due to cross-departmental cooperation as well as partnerships with third-party market association vendors and University dining services ...

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Sustainability beyond the campus with service-learning: Case study with village street trees

  • Colgate University (NY)

The Environmental Studies Program at our university is emphasizing community-based service and research in a recently-revised curriculum. A required service-learning course connects students with the sustainability mission of our institution ...

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From Acid Rain to Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling: Student Benefits of Community-based Learning

  • Dickinson College (PA)

A co-curricular, service learning program (CCSLP), housed in the Environmental Studies Department at a small liberal arts college, promotes a national model for college-community partnerships by 1) building and enhancing ...

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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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