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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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Zero Waste Program

  • University of Southern California (CA)

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has influenced generations across the world through events such as the Olympics, World Series, and Super Bowls as well as community events like papal and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Does the knowledge economy advance the green economy? An evaluation of green jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the United States

  • Australian National University
  • Wageningen University

Institutions of higher education are significant economic engines and innovative places in local economies: they directly employ large numbers of people, often with well-paying jobs; they are magnets for businesses ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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University Contributions to the Circular Economy: Professing the Hidden Curriculum

  • Cranfield School of Management

In a world dominated by linear economic systems, the road to improving resource use is multi-faceted. Whilst public and private organisations are making progress in introducing sustainable practices, we ask ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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Expanding Student Engagement in Sustainability: Using SDG- and CEL-Focused Inventories to Transform Curriculum at the University of Toronto

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

The Expanded Student Engagement Project (ESE) has developed three comprehensive inventories which aim to increase student knowledge of sustainability-related course content and increase student engagement in on- and off-campus, curricular ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
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From contracts to culture: Exploring how to leverage local, sustainable food purchasing by institutions for food systems change

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (ON)

In recent years, certain hospitals, schools, and campuses across Canada have shown that they can transform their practices to serve more local and sustainable food. These changes have often been ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Building actor-centric transformative capacity through city-university partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Cities worldwide are rising to the challenge of sustainable development, calling for large-scale and fast-paced transformations towards sustainability. Urban sustainability challenges are now being reframed as a lack of capacity ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm – Assessing effectiveness in the graduates’ workplaces

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • RMIT University

Over recent times concern about the physical environment has fluctuated. Even after the coverage of environment and sustainability issues in the education of many professions, a decline of community concern ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Mountain View College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Richland College - DCCCD (TX)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (TX)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

Why UT Arlington Deserves the Excellence in Sustainability Award

Under the leadership of Office of Sustainability at the University of Texas at Arlington, North Texas was recognized on Feb 7 ...

  • Posted March 1, 2019
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PCC, Sustain Me! A Higher Education Sustainability & Environmental Justice Podcast

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This has been an ongoing project that has blossomed from a local/regional production and has now been promoted, recognized, listened to, and presentations have been given nationally and internationally ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series: Engagement

  • AASHE (PA)

Expanded from last year, the STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will help you gain the insights you need to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2019
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A - B Tech's Apiary Overview

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (NC)

A look at A-B Tech's very own Apiary. Created by Erik Moellering (English), Josh Littlejohn (former instructor Sustainability Technologies), and Russ Palmeri (Biology). The Apiary was constructed by A ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2019
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A New Alliance for Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Cultivating Citizens with an Ecocentric Vision of Justice

  • Wingate University (NC)

A core conviction that should inform service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) courses is that we cannot have thriving human communities, robust democratic citizenship, and authentic community/civic engagement when the ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Heartware as a driver for campus sustainability: Insights from an action-oriented exploratory case study

  • University of Malaya
  • Kyoto University

Literature on campus sustainability transitions is mainly focused on the hardware and software approaches, with less attention on the so-called ‘heartware’ approach. Heartware refers to the internal and voluntary motivation ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Assessing Air Quality through a Sustainable Educational Model

  • San Diego State University (CA)

The purpose of this paper is to describe the application of a sustainable learning framework through a community-based project in the Southern California region. The Sage Project is a partnership ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Skills for Employment in the Environment Profession: Insights from Australia

  • RMIT University

Like other professionals, the skills expected to be exercised by those working in the professional environment and sustainability sector cover a wide range. There has been considerable discussion given to ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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The University, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Civic Engagement: Toward Civic Engagement 3.0

  • SUNY Buffalo State (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This essay analyzes and syntheses key theories and concepts on neighborhood change from the literature on anchor institutions, university engagement, gentrification, neighborhood effects, Cold War, Black liberation studies, urban political ...

  • Posted Jan. 11, 2019
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Service Learning Catalyst

  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a non-profit network that creates solutions to local and global sustainability challenges through service learning projects. Current and past projects have centered around ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Network Analysis of Goal 14 Within the PD4SDG Database

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

Research is being done to analyze how networks promote regime formation. The goal of the project is to understand if an increase in cooperation will lead to sustainable development transforming ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Reduce Peak Demand and Increase Grid Stability with On-Site Energy Storage

  • Austin Community College (TX)

SHINES, or Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar, is a three-year project focused on making solar energy cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. The goals of this project ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Making the World Safe for Pollinators, One Campus at a Time

  • Abilene Christian University (TX)

Bee City USA is an organization that is dedicated to protecting declining pollinator populations. These organisms are keystone species in the environment and one third of human food production depends ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Transitioning to Renewables

  • Dallas County Community College District System Office (TX)

Each year, a transition to all-renewable sources of energy seems more feasible for colleges and universities. The Texas Higher Education Renewable Energy Consortium is a coalition of colleges committed to ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Healthy Communities

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)

Student activists at North Lake College researched tobacco usage on campus and how it affected students and faculty. Through activism the students were able to have their district pass a ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Strengthening sustainability leadership competencies through university internships

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Beyond Chacay Foundation
  • Asociacion Humboldt

This paper aims to determine whether high school students can become agents of change in their local communities by participating in a formal internship program implemented through a partnership between ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Sustainability and academic air travel in Australian universities

  • RMIT University

Air travel is becoming increasingly recognized as a source of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. This is particularly relevant for the university sector, which relies heavily on staff ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Public festivals and events generate a tremendous amount of waste, especially when they involve food and drink. To reduce contamination across waste streams, we evaluated three types of interventions at ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Bill McKibben’s Influence on U.S. Climate Change Discourse: Shifting Field-Level Debates Through Radical Flank Effects

  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • 350.org (NY)

This article examines the influence of radical flank actors in shifting field-level debates by increasing the legitimacy of preexisting but peripheral issues. Using network text analysis, we apply this conceptual ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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The challenge of coordinated civic climate change education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Many sustainability educators want to more effectively engage their students with climate policy. They also seek to support students’ civic and change agent skills and dispositions to take on critical ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Why do people accept environmental policies? The prospects of higher education and changes in norms, beliefs and policy preferences

  • University of Gothenburg

Pressing problems of environmental degradation are typically argued to require coordination, primarily through state intervention. Social scientists are struggling to understand how attitudes toward such state interventions are formed, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Sustainability Competition and Interactive Map

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This project was developed to accomplish grant deliverables focusing on campus education surrounding sustainability initiatives and upgrades to Illinois electrical infrastructure. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Office of ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Transferring Sustainability Solutions across Contexts through City–University Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The urgency of climate change and other sustainability challenges makes transferring and scaling solutions between cities a necessity. However, solutions are deeply contextual. To accelerate solution efforts, there is a ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Communicating a social agenda within HEIs: the role of the social enterprise mark

  • University of Salford
  • University of Huddersfield

By using the lens of the social enterprise mark (SEM) accreditation which enables social enterprises to “prove” that the interests of people and planet are put before shareholder gain, this ...

  • Posted Nov. 26, 2018
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Enhancing university students’ global citizenship, public mindedness, and moral quotient for promoting sense of environmental responsibility and pro-environmental behaviours

  • Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Many universities have attempted to courage their students to engage in sustainable, green behaviours. However, the mere role of environmental knowledge cannot contribute to students’ engagement in pro-environmental behaviours. This ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • SEA Education Association (MA)

Academic enterprises seeking to support society’s efforts to achieve global sustainability need to change their legacy reward systems. We need new structures to foster knowledge that is deeply integrated ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Setup a Food Hub as a Community Resilience Tool

  • Black Hills State University (SD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Spearfish community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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Prefiguring Sustainability through Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Reflections and Recommendations for Student Development

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

PAR-based UREs are undergraduate research experiences (UREs)—built into university-community partnerships—that apply principles of participatory action research (PAR) towards addressing community-defined challenges. In this paper, we advance PAR-based UREs ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Gameday Waste Minimization

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Rochester (NY)

The University of Arizona will share the success story of their student-run program working to ingrain zero waste practices within athletic events. This workshop will describe the trials and tribulations ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Stadium Clean-up: Invest in & Engage Student Organizations, Promote Sustainability, Reduce Costs

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

The Diddle/Smith Recycling Program engages student organizations to clean the arena/stadium after football and basketball games, as well as other special events. In exchange for cleaning, volunteers receive ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Building an Open Source Food Recovery Website: Pairing University Dining Halls With Shelters

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

About one-third of food is wasted globally each year (Smith). Further, 30-40% of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year, resulting in 133 billion pounds of waste ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Membership Meeting

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Members and non-members alike are invited to join this annual CURC membership meeting. Board members will provide organizational updates, discuss current projects, and share opportunities to get involved. The meeting ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Zero-Waste Initiative: Composting at Events

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Public events tend to be extremely wasteful. When a county fair, culinary festival, fundraising campaign, or community garden potluck are organized, the overall aim is to create an enjoyable atmosphere ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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University Zero Waste Research Center Networking Session

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The student-led Zero Waste Research Center at UC Berkeley works to create circular economies on the UC Berkeley campus by investigating innovative upstream and downstream solutions to campus waste problems ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Engaging College Students With Sustainability and Human Rights Through Bottles and Cans

  • Colgate University (NY)

The subject of my presentation will be UCan, a not-for-profit recycling system I launched as a first-year student at Colgate University in the Fall of 2017. UCan is a recycling ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Off-Campus Student Housing Recycling Program

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Over 68 percent of students at the University of Nebraska Lincoln live in off-campus student housing, and many are conforming to the trend of residing in luxury student apartments. In ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustaining the Borderlands: A Discussion on Food Waste in the Southwest

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Tucson, Arizona is situated 60 miles from the United States/Mexico International border. The nearest port of entry, Nogales, is one of the largest landlocked ports in North America. This ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Case Study of Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Programs at Eight US Universities

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Many universities across the US address sustainability on campus and aim at reducing the environmental footprint. Universities' strategies to reduce the carbon footprint include promoting alternative modes of travel, such ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Research In Costa Rica: 5 Week Faculty Led Study Abroad Model

  • Central College (IA)

This session explains the process and lessons learned as Central College (Pella, Iowa) faculty and staff developed undergraduate research opportunities within the model of a short-term faculty-led study abroad program ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Achieving Intertwined Sustainable Development Goals Through Coastal Resilience Research

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Sustainable policy, design, and visualization strategies are essential as climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal cities. Higher education institutions in coastal regions have the opportunity to conduct meaningful ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Taking It to the Next Level: Campus-Community Partnerships

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Engagement between campus and the local community is a strong priority for many institutions, often focused in service learning and volunteerism. But siloed approaches to service learning and volunteerism do ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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What, So What, Now What: The Development of the RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

This session will introduce participants to the United Nations University Youth Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (YRCE) Presenters will explain the purpose and elements of a ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Localizing UN Sustainable Development Goals in Hawaii: The Community as our Living Laboratory

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The 2018 State of Hawaii legislative session saw the introduction of bills to codify the UN SDG framework at the local level. Hawaii has a long history of sustainability, and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Public Engagement Partners

Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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Fostering Sustainability

Toronto, ON
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Global Footprint Network

Oakland, CA
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Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
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