Public Engagement

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Universities and Climate Change Mitigation: Advancing Grassroots Climate Policy in the US

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)

While US climate change mitigation policy has stalled at the national level, local and regional actors are increasingly taking progressive steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Universities are poised ...


Does the Gown Help the Town? Examining Town–Gown Relationship Influence on Local Environmental Sustainability in the United States

  • Missouri State University (MO)

A US municipality environmental sustainability index, the OSSPI (Opp-Saunders Sustainability Practices Index), found an overwhelming percentage of top-ranked sustainable cities were home to higher education institutions. While this may be ...


Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships

  • American University (DC)
  • Cornell University (NY)

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...


American Democracy Project

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (DC)

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed ...


Infusing Sustainability Principles and Practices into Study Abroad

  • Concordia College (NY)
  • Delta College (MI)
  • Lawrence University (WI)

Sustainability, a common thread across curriculums, can serve as the connection for engaged learning. Tie it to international travel and it links our students with opportunity for greater understanding of ...

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Community as a Living Laboratory: Promoting Community Engagement Through Student Internship Programs

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Community and campus sustainability issues can be addressed simultaneously while creating a hands-on learning opportunity for students. In this presentation, representatives from three universities (Furman University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ...

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Renewably Powering and Empowering our Communities

  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Wells College (NY)

Weber State University worked with a local nonprofit and community members to develop and implement a community-solar program during the 2015-2016 school year. The project served the three-county area surrounding ...

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Campus and Community Involvement in Move-Out Waste Reduction Programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Move-Out! Classes end and our students vacate the rooms in their residence halls, cleaning up so that other students may become the new occupants. In the process, students discard lots ...

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New Models for Campus Food Production: Orchards and Community Collaborations

  • Saint Joseph's College - IN (IN)
  • University of Baltimore (MD)
  • Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project (MD)

This panel session will feature how campus food production programs can serve as vehicles for community collaborations, as well as a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning and campus ...

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Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Waste Reduction

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Though composting is a great step away from creating landfill waste, it is still very low on the EPA's food waste hierarchy. This study presents how a group of ...

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Powering a New South: Sustainability and Energy in the Southern US

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

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

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Experiences and Strategies of a Student-Run Massive Monarch Restoration on Off-campus Sites

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The White House recently released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. One of its primary goals is a national effort to increase the ...

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Zero Waste: Data, Infrastructure, and Engagement Return Recycling Case Study

  • New York University (NY)
  • Return Recycling (NY)

Return Recycling is a student-led organization devoted to building a concrete understanding for waste data, infrastructure, and engagement. Over the past year we've prototyped new (self-designed) recycling bins, developed ...

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Engaging the Campus, Community, and Future: A Student's Guide to Organization Development

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Developing an organization, especially one that deals with a sustainability issue, may seem to be a daunting task. By examining the case-study of Lexington Environmental Youth Outreach (LEYO), a sustainability ...

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Enhancing Community Networks through Sustainable Events: Case Study

  • Iowa State University (IA)

At colleges and universities across the world, students are engaging their campus and community in sustainability through creative event programming. As local organizations and on-campus organizations collaborate on meaningful projects ...

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To Serve or Not to Serve?: The Role of Gender Socialization in Community Engagement and Connections to Toxic Masculinities

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Across various measures of civic and community engagement, whether across the country or here at Oregon State University, men tend to be less active in these activities, which can be ...

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What Professional Diplomacy can do for You: Putting the Ability in 'Sustainability'

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Diplomacy and negotiations permeate all aspects of life. It can either serve as a stepping stone for students advocating sustainability, or a stumbling block for those who lack diplomatic knowledge ...

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Sustainability Marketing and the Arts

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Briefly covers general popular advertising avenues on campus and ways to uncover new marketing platforms through faculty and staff engagement. Focus is placed on an interaction with the arts and ...

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Student-led Technical Design Projects: From Conception to Implementation

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

Engineering students are often interested in contributing directly to sustainability in their communities by conducting local technical projects. In this interactive workshop, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), a non-profit ...

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Strategic Power: Public Leadership & Change Maker Skills

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills to create massive ...

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Inclusion for Impact: Discourse on Diversifying the Sustainability Movement

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

How can each of us answer the call toward a more inclusive and integrative approach to sustainability at our institutions, in our communities, and beyond? This session will explore the ...

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Connecting Higher Education to Agenda 2030

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • United Nations University

Sustainability efforts have grown across higher education institutions, schools, non-profits, government agencies, and the private sector. As established in the Ahmedabad Declaration, higher education is necessary for helping achieve a ...

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Five Job Skills to Save the Planet: Why Political Campaigning is a Must Do

  • Bard College (NY)

The 2016 election will be a defining one for climate change and many other sustainability issues. But Presidential election-year campaigns also provide students with unique, once-every-four-year, high-impact opportunities to gain ...

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Seize the Grid for 100% Clean Energy

  • Sierra Club (DC)

Join this hands-on workshop where you will learn how to spark a youth-led movement for energy democracy on your campus. We are at a turning point in history. The clean ...

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Place-Based Art, Science, and Agency: Transformative Action and Connection for Climate Change Times

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Climate change is often framed as a scientific problem, fossil fuel, or greenhouse gas problem. Digging past these framings to the wound, not just the symptoms, we see sustainability as ...

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Leading Climate & Resilience Action on Your Campus & Community!

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • National Campus Leadership Council (DC)

Students have long been the champions and implementers for campus sustainability efforts. NCLC & Second Nature will engage student leaders on emerging climate issues, providing tools/support to make a ...

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Fighting Waste, Feeding People: Student Solutions for the Long Term

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Forty percent of all food produced in America is wasted, while one in six Americans is unsure where his or her next meal will come from. If food waste were ...

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Fair Trade Advocacy: Connecting Campuses & Local Communities

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

This session will explore the Fair Trade movement in the U.S. Students will learn how Fair Trade campaigns on campuses collaborate with local communities to increase Fair Trade purchasing ...

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Decarbonizing the Global Economy: Student Coalition to Garner Higher Ed Support for Widespread Carbon Pricing Legislation

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Scientists and the United Nations agree that we urgently need to decarbonize the world's economy to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Unfortunately, developing a cohesive policy ...

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KEEPING WATCH: Locally Produced Films for Art, History and Public Awareness

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

The University of North Carolina Charlotte will present and discuss the use of a series of locally-produced short films used as components of a highly successful public awareness program called ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)

This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the Lone ...

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Women in Sustainability Network

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Come join us to build a collaborative network, share synergy, and catalyze collaboration. Who this session is for: Administrators, faculty, and program leaders concerned with innovation, gender equity, and social ...

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The Future of Sustainability Workforce Preparation and Hiring: A Networking Session

  • The GREEN Program (PA)

The GREEN Program will be hosting this networking session. The GREEN Program offers short term, career accelerating, abroad opportunities on topics connected to sustainability and sustainable development for students & ...

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Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Collaborate with your library to disseminate and implement sustainability solutions - on campus and beyond! Join us in this networking session to share your ideas and experiences and learn about exciting ...

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AASHE International Networking Meeting

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference are invited to join in a networking meeting to share ideas and successes in their countries. Let's discuss ...

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Connecting with community for striking a sustainable balance: a documentary about student experience in a biosphere reserve

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (SK)

Striking Balance is a documentary series, launching Fall 2016, to celebrate Canada's 16 biosphere reserves-learning sites for research and education about biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Created by UNESCO, biosphere ...

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Universal Designs, Part 1: Nicaragua

  • Villanova University (PA)

Universal Designs' documents the decade plus long relationship the Villanova engineering and nursing schools have with the remote region of Waslala, Nicaragua by highlighting the ways the relationship has transformed ...

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Environmental Visionary

  • Garden Writers Association (NY)

A dramatic presentation on the life of the father of Landscape Architecture who created cities out of the American wilderness and began a sustainable conservation movement still challenging the world ...

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John Bartram: America's First Botanical Pioneer

  • Garden Writers Association (NY)

America's first and foremost botanist and plant collector is again on the speaking circuit. Close friends with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington as well as many of ...

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Academia is a Training Ground: Applying the 6 Pillars of Holistic Sustainability to Build Within and Move Beyond the Campus

  • Sierra Nevada College (NV)

Teachers must foster the role their students play in theorizing sustainability, implementing sustainability lessons, and applying work from their classrooms outside of academic settings. After the celebratory, supportive, and important ...

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Building Bridges: An Institutional Initiative to Create Dialogue Around Issues of Environmental Justice, on Campus and Beyond

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Office of Sustainability is currently seeking to educate, engage, and mobilize the Washington University campus on issues pertaining to environmental justice. In our presentation, we will outline the strategies ...

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Identifying alignment between common institutional priorities and sustainability objectives: one higher ed network's findings

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As higher education grapples with a shifting landscape of priorities for the 21st Century, common themes across institutions are emerging. Simultaneously, regional or peer-group sustainability networks continue to seek effective ...

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The Purdue Recycling Project (PuRe): Developing a Scientific Approach to Study Recycling Signage

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)
  • Purdue University (IN)

The Purdue Recycling Project (PuRe), funded by Keep America Beautiful, has three major goals: 1) The first goal is to test recycling behaviors in a controlled lab study in which ...

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Wearing Dual Town-Gown Hats: Catalyzing Ambitious Action as Elected Officials & Sustainability Professionals

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Elected Officials to Protect America

The US and China made history by ratifying the Paris Agreement, signed by 196 countries in December at COP21 (or the Paris 2015 Climate Conference). President Obama said,'our willingness ...

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Towards Collective Impact: The Role of the University in Facilitating Social Change for Sustainability

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

UNH's Sustainability Institute has focused significant effort in the past ten years on facilitating collaborative approaches by diverse stakeholders to the complex dynamics of social change for sustainability. Two ...

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What the bleep?

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

This year's conference focuses on solutions in surrounding communities and the world. This assumes that 'higher education (HE) institutions have been modeling sustainable solutions on their campuses for many ...

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There's an App for That - CommUniverCity San José's Partnership for Combatting Illegal Dumping

  • San Jose State University (CA)
  • City of San Jose (CA)
  • CommUniverCity San Jose (CA)

The City of San José, California has experienced an increase in both the frequency and volume of illegal dumping. Since 2012, incidences of illegal dumping on public property have increased ...

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DC Climathon at GW: University Partners With City to Innovate on Climate Solutions

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • District of Columbia Government (DC)

DC Climathon cultivates social start-ups and provides experiential and collaborative learning to self-identified students, social entrepreneurs, and pioneering professionals to provide climate change solutions for their cities. As part of ...

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Higher Education Endowments & the Paris Climate Agreement: Investing for a Sustainable Future

  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Impax Asset Management
  • Cambridge Associates (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Higher education has been leading by example on climate change, striving for climate neutrality in campus operations and promoting education, research, and community engagement for climate solutions. In recent years ...

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Environmental Health and Sustainability: Collaborating with Local Environmental Health Professionals for Sustainable Solutions

  • The University of Findlay (OH)
  • National Environmental Health Association (CO)

Environmental health (EH) professionals have an opportunity to reach out to higher education as the next step to disseminate and implement sustainable solutions in communities. There is not always a ...

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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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