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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How Resource Innovation and Solutions Pioneered on the ASU Campus is Growing a Worldwide Network

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This is the story of how Arizona State University, through a systems approach to public engagement and a unique collaboration with the city of Phoenix, created the Resource Innovation and ...

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Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact Through Home Weatherizations in Greenville, SC

  • Furman University (SC)

This case study will tell the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), the program highlighted by Second Nature in Furman University's selection as a Climate Leadership Finalist in ...

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Creating Resilient Communities: Climate Change and the Power of Public/University Research Service Learning Partnerships

  • University of Virginia (VA)

New research and bold actions are essential as climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal communities. According to NASA, 53% of the US population lives near the coast. How ...

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Experiential Sustainability Certificates - Connecting the Classroom to the Real World

  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Kansas (KS)

The 'living lab' concept is not new in the higher ed. sustainability world. However, developing robust programs that allow students, across disciplines, to study these complex issues while linking curricular ...

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Green Demonstration Buildings - A Facilities Management Perspective on the Benefits (and Challenges) of Being Innovative

  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)

15 years ago the Nova Scotia Community College made a commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability. This commitment aligned with major infrastructure changes at all 13 campuses, including ...

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A New Way to Turn Trash Into Cash - The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center

  • University of San Diego (CA)

The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (USD ERC) will present updates on successes and challenges in the 5+ years of operating a sustainable business enterprise. This highly transferable ...

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Green Meets Brown: University of Louisville Eco-Reps and Community Composting

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville Eco-Reps are a sustainability training & networking group offering certifications, hosting monthly lunches, local speakers, & field trips, and organizing volunteer projects. Our longest-running project was ...

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From Baltimore to Burundi: The Case for Crossing the Divides of Diversity by Building toward Sustainable Peace and Development

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Amahoro' is the Kirundi word for peace. After forty years of genocide and civil war during which a large percentage of its educated citizens were targeted, exiled or killed, impoverished ...

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Energize Colleges: Energy Education and Internships for the Campus and Community

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Energize Colleges is an innovative program bringing energy education and project-based internships to 12 California community colleges and universities. Launched earlier this year, the program employs clean energy as the ...

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Sustaining the Memory of Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia: a Participatory and Collaborative Public Art Project

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia's Rotunda and Lawn are majestic institutional symbols of the only US campus recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Yet Jefferson's architectural masterpiece harbor ...

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The Prize of Collaboration is Resilience. Universities Lead on Inter-Organizational Reuse of Surplus Assets and Equipment.

  • GetWarpIt

This presentation explores a UK case study where Universities are leading on the sharing of surplus assets and collaborating with other Universities, Municipal Councils, Hospitals, schools and not-for-profits. This is ...

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Finding the Hidden Gems While Building Community: Place-based Pre-orientation Programs at Earlham College

  • Earlham College (IN)

Earlham College's PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) Program, first offered in 2015, aims to connect incoming students with the local community, student and faculty leaders, and one ...

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The Climate Narrative Project: Training a New Generation of Climate Storytellers

  • University of Iowa (IA)

What accounts for the gap between science and action on climate change, and what can we do more effectively to communicate informed stories and galvanize action? The Climate Narrative Project ...

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Global Collaboration, Local Action: Insights and Ideas from two International Networks

  • Yale University (CT)
  • International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN) (MA)

Comprised of 11 members, the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009.This group's outputs to-date include a student exchange program, conferences, and ...

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Assessing Effectiveness of Sending Students to AASHE Conference

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Having brought several students to AASHE over the years, Ohio State's Office of Student Life was challenged to determine if spending 'all that money' has been 'worth it.' How ...

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Energy Feedback Sculpture: Using Public Art to Motivate Sustainable Behavior

  • Iconic Energy Consulting

Public art, particularly interactive art, is uniquely positioned to communicate and engage. How might universities, institutions, and cities take advantage of public art to motivate sustainable behaviors among their constituencies ...

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The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community

  • University of Baltimore (MD)

The University of Baltimore Know Your Bay Learning Community involved 3 courses: Urban Solutions, First Year Seminar, and Great Issues in History. Students in the learning community explored the historical ...

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The University of Texas at Austin Green Tours Program

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

UT Green Tours began in 2014 as an effort to connect all of the sustainability efforts on campus with the University and wider community. Initially all of the information regarding ...

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Ecological Restoration on a Liberal Arts Campus: On-site and Community Development

  • Drew University (NJ)

Situated on a small suburban campus in Madison, New Jersey, in a densely populated region of the US, Drew University attracts students to come live in the 'forest,' while accessing ...

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Zero Waste Restroom Hand Towel Pilot: Kimberly Clark and Purdue University Partner in Mackey Arena

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

Kimberly-Clark Professional and Purdue University partnered to develop and implement a zero waste restroom paper hand towel compost pilot in Purdue's Mackey Arena (seats 14,846) for the 2015-16 ...

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Arbor Day Event Trains Environmental Stewards

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Since 2014, SOU's Landscape Services Dept has hosted an annual Arbor Day Celebration inviting local K-12 schools, members of the surrounding community, our own student body, faculty, staff, and ...

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Higher Education Food Task Force: Institutional Cooperation Addressing Food Security and Sustainability Issues

  • University of Utah (UT)

We created a Higher Education Food Task Force with the seven major institutions along what is known as the Wasatch Front in Utah, which is the major population center for ...

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Sustainable campuses: best practices and sustainable innovations in French-speaking Higher Education by 2030

  • Graines de Changement

How green are French-speaking campuses ? What is at stake regarding teaching, IT/digital, student life, housing or building ? What is really going on in French-speaking European countries for HEE ? 'Campus ...

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Make a Ripple. Join a Wave: Developing experiential communication campaigns to accelerate positive perceptions in sustainability

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Encouraging positive perception & behavior change requires an integrated approach to communication, education & awareness. UBC's annual Ripple Effect is a multi-channel, student-focused campaign that explores & exemplifies all ...

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Greening Laboratories: US Freezer Challenge

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (GA)

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted its first Freezer Challenge, a two-month agency-wide competition addressing cold storage practices in laboratories. CDC reduced energy use by 320 ...

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New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network

  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Join us for this networking session. The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network formed in 2015 in order to help connect campus-based stakeholders and other food system stakeholders ...

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Phoenix Project: scheme of assistance to victims of fire

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

In the need to provide quality care to victims of fire in the Metropolitan Area of Monterrey, Mexico, Project Phoenix was created. Project Phoenix seeks to help out improving basic ...

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Building Student Leadership Through Networks: Connecting Higher Education Institutions Through Behavior Change Projects

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This poster focuses on the value of connecting students, faculty and staff across boundaries. In this case, we connected across institutions, learning from each other and developing a network for ...

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From "me" to "we" in the Academic World Towards Sustainability: Path and Purpose

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

My passion to create a shift in society will hopefully show you how to switch from "me" to "we" and build a Sustainable World. Two years ago, I discovered my ...

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Powering a New South: Sustainabilty through Student Engagement in the University Press and Beyond

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Through an examination of the processes, experiences, and outcomes of a yearlong, multi-disciplinary, experiential university press project, instructors and press advisors will examine energy through the lens of our local ...

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How Higher Education can Foster Innovations for Sustainability

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Using a historical methodology to review places of innovation and intentional communities, three commonalities were identified as fundamental to the process of creating sustainable and innovative environments. For those interested ...

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Knowledge Flows Downstream: Partnering to Build Watershed Awareness on Campus and at Local Elementary/Middle Schools..

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A collaboration between Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College provided undergraduate students with science-based information about watershed health, water quality and the impacts of excess storm ...

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Creating effective service-learning projects for the sustainability curriculum

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

Service-learning (SL) cultivates academic development, personal growth and civic engagement among students; enables them to contribute to community and recognize their ability to act as agents of social change. I ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of a Sustainable Micro-Housing Prototype.

  • Randolph College (VA)

The planned Tiny House at Randolph College is multi-function: As a public resource on sustainable design and its significance; as a teaching tool for environmental sustainability and assessment; temporary accommodation ...

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The secret life of one 'ice cube' and it's wasteful journey to your cup at the ballgame

  • Eden's Song, LLC (GA)

Environmental efforts permeate every aspect of campus life. So it may surprise some to know that in one crucial area of vigorous waste efforts, a nasty little culprit has just ...

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Showcasing Community Sustainability Champions on Campus: Why? How?

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

For several years, the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future has held a Sustainability Lecture Series on campus. The format has evolved over time to best meet the ...

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Mapping the St. Croix Valley: Beyond Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, established on the UWRF campus in 2007, branched out across the watershed and state boundaries to become the St. Croix Institute LLC ...

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Classroom, Campus and Community Sustainability Engagement: Resources for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Sustainability education and engagement should encompass more than mere knowledge acquisition, instead integrating a transformative learning process that engages the whole person. This 30 minute workshop highlights why participatory, dialogue-based ...

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Compost Cats in the K-12 Classroom: Building a Zero Waste Culture from the Ground Up

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Compost Cats program at the University of Arizona has diverted 10.5 million pounds of material from local landfills. While turning garbage into gardens is important, changing the culture ...

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Healthy Materials: Agents of Change

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

Building materials can create adverse effects in built and natural environments. In addition to depleting natural resources and causing pollution, certain materials expose us to harmful chemicals. Advocating for transparency ...

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Sustainable Video Production

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The community of sustainability is constantly growing. With new practices from around the world on how we can build a better understanding of sustainability, key aspects arise from the ability ...

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Using Service-Learning to Integrate Sustainability into the Business Curriculum

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This proposal describes a service-learning project used in a graduate business course to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. Benefits included the ability of students to bring best practices to management ...

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Participating in City and State Sustainability Initiatives and Challenges

  • New York University (NY)

As sustainability professionals in institutes of higher education, many of us have seen first-hand the impacts of our work. We have seen how large-scale energy, waste management, and engagement projects ...

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Enhancing Appalachian's Sustainability-Related Community Engagement

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

This presentation will provide an overview of efforts at Appalachian State University to expand and improve sustainability-related community engagement. For years, Appalachian's Sustainability Council has been charged with setting ...

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Branding a Sustainability Program: The University of Rochester Go Green Initiative

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Like many universities striving to make sustainability a priority without a central office for sustainability, the University of Rochester's efforts and achievements occur among multiple departments and programs. Communicating ...

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HydroCats: Research and Citizen Science Applications for Water Harvesting

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

From its inception, University of Arizona HydroCats has been structured on community involvement and off-campus project development. This year, HydroCats interns have expanded the program's role in Tucson neighborhoods ...

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Drones, Geographic Information Systems, and Streetlights: Community Partnerships for Safer Streets

  • Furman University (SC)

When we began our partnership with the neighborhood of New Washington Heights our goal was straightforward: Within the context of a class project, use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map ...

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Communicating Sustainability: Use Design Thinking To Make Your Website Better, Stronger, Faster

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Your website is, without question, the superhero of your marketing team. It's sharing the story of your campus, directing traffic, and handing out information to your users. Problem is ...

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Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships

  • Furman University (SC)

This poster will tell the multi-faceted story of how Furman University has leveraged longstanding partnerships with two local horticultural organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Smelly: Changing Sustainability Perception through Behind the Scenes Tours

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Much has changed during Appalachian Food Services' 90 years of operation, but our commitment to being affordable, fresh and sustainable has remained constant. None of our efforts and accomplishments matter ...

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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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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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