Public Engagement

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Doing Our Part: Innovative Work by Networks of Higher Ed Associations

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Portland State University (OR)

This briefing describes some innovative efforts by consortiums of higher education associations to accelerate the transition to sustainable communities and campuses. Collaborations such as the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium ...

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Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Networking Session

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This is a networking meeting for members of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) to meet and discuss related sustainability topics with a regional focus. It is also ...

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Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC): Campus, Community, and Corporate Partnership for Climate Adaption and Resilience

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Van Ness Feldman (DC)

Addressing climate-related risks and the need for corresponding adaptation strategies is both a necessary and strategic priority for institutions of higher education in the 21st century. Colleges and universities face ...

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Broadening the Definition of Campus: Creating a Collaborative Place to Live & Learn to Reinvent a Sustainable Future with Innovation Districts

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Via Suzuki Architecture (WA)

How can we be relevant? How can a town and gown community create a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters genuine green innovation, house & grow students to become game changers ...

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UR vs. VCU: A Campus ConseRVAtion Nationals Cross-Town Competition

  • American University (DC)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In 2013, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University partnered in a cross-town energy competition, Campus Conservation Nationals. The schools wanted to capitalize on an existing basketball rivalry and ...

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Post Consumer Composting at the University of Florida: A Partnership Between ARAMARK, WCA and the University of Florida

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • WCA (TX)

Overview: As part of its goal to be zero waste by 2015, the University of Florida developed a comprehensive organics composting solution to address almost 25% of the total campus ...

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Cultivating community and sustainability at the Learning Gardens Lab

  • Portland State University (OR)

Learning gardens serve as rich sustainability learning sites due to their ecological and sociocultural benefits, and provide a hands-on way for learners of all ages to engage in interconnected issues ...

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From Home to Haiti: Hooking Students on the Public Interest

  • Portland State University (OR)

In this Rapid Fire Panel Discussion, Fellows at the new Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University will discuss innovative methods for student and community engagement through a ...

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Connecting Higher Education and Sustainable Practices in Prisons

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) offers students and faculty of The Evergreen State College (Evergreen) opportunities to experience and influence sustainability beyond the college campus; we connect educators, researchers ...

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Sustainability in Prisons Project: Essential Components

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) is a partnership founded by The Evergreen State College and Washington State Department of Corrections, and fulfills a mission to bring nature and science ...

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Transdisciplinary Model for Sustainable Placemaking and Engagement

  • James Madison University (VA)

This case study discusses an innovative faculty-led approach to investigating sustainable placemaking and community engagement for the planning, design and management of public spaces around James Madison University. The Applied ...

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Reclaiming the Urban Forest for Food, Medicine and Ceremony: A Collaborative Process

  • Portland State University (OR)

American Indian and Alaska Native communities suffer from the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the country. This project seeks to address the impact of colonization ...

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Pursuing Impact: PSU’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University (PSU) takes its role as an urban-serving university seriously. For decades, PSU has been nationally recognized for our commitment to “Let Knowledge Serve the City” by engaging ...

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10 Years of Talking - and Doing: PSU Social Sustainability Colloquium

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Social Sustainability Colloquium at Portland State University is a weekly speaker series that gathers students, faculty, and staff from PSU and other universities, community members, community organizations, and government ...

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Women in Sustainability Network (2014)

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Who this session is for: Administrators, faculty, and program leaders concerned with innovation, gender equity, and social justice, including women in the field of sustainability who want to share our ...

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Global Sustainability for Social Justice

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Santa Clara University’s Food & Agribusiness Institute (FAI) offers a unique approach to immersion trips; they are designed differently than other trips sponsored by universities, and even from other ...

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SCU CLASP-Hero Projects: A Collaborative Immersion Production

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In 2012, the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and "voluntourism" company Hero Projects partnered to create the CLASP (Co-creative Leadership and Sustainability Program) Alaska Immersion trip. The ...

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Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) Lunch Table Dialogue Session

  • Second Nature (MA)

Beyond Divestment: Investing in a Sustainable Future The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and ...

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Tying Together Tradition and Core Values to Share Your Message and Foster Connections

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Your institution has unique attributes that help define your organizational culture. Understanding this culture can be a critical key ingredient to help spread your sustainability message. This session will demonstrate ...

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Community Engagement Through the Arts

  • Transylvania University (KY)

This presentation will focus on “Community Engagement Through the Arts” (CETA), a course we teach at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with the stated goal of creating and maintaining sustainable ...

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Environmental Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Sustainability and Justice

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

If we as citizens of the world are set on combatting industrial pollution, environmental degradation, and social injustices committed on Earth, we must find ways to collaborate as a collective ...

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The Nuts & Bolts of Adapting the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In 2010, the New York Times called the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability ...

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Building Communities and Community Gardens on Campus

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Project Grow - Growing Community and a Garden at Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University (WKU) is building its first Community Garden on campus, a research-based project that includes four components ...

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MN GreenCorps: Building Sustainable Communities with AmeriCorps

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Community engagement and public outreach are initiatives with which we are familiar as we work to invoke sustainable changes within our communities. Sustainable action requires that we serve our communities ...

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Keynote Address: Rob Bennett

  • EcoDistricts (OR)

Rob is the founder and CEO of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 16 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy ...

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Training: EcoDistricts for Practitioners

  • EcoDistricts (OR)

EcoDistricts for Practitioners is a half-day training session that gets you prepped to start remaking cities from the neighborhood up. Ecodistricts comprise the best thinking on urban equity, sustainability and ...

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The Downtown Fitchburg Urban Revitalization Development Plan

  • Fitchburg State University (MA)

This research project is a multi-tier economic development plan to revitalize downtown Fitchburg by establishing affordable student housing for Fitchburg State University (FSU) students in historic mill buildings which utilize ...

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Postcards from Peru: IAU 2014 International Conference Share-Out

  • Franklin Pierce University (NH)

This briefing will highlight the experiences and take-home lessons of an educator/traveler and panelist at the 2014 International Association of Universities (IAU)’s International Conference, "Blending Higher Education and ...

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Keynote Address: Annie Leonard

  • Greenpeace USA (CA)

Annie Leonard is a tireless fighter for the environment and a longtime leader in the movement to change the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff. She has over ...

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Infiltrating Sustainability Into City Government

  • Indiana State University (IN)

The Indiana State University Institute for Community Sustainability partnered with Mayor Duke Bennett of the City of Terre Haute to add sustainability to the city’s vocabulary by placing a ...

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Students Heat Up Las Pintas: An immersive service experience in solar technology

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Water is a necessity for all of us, but to some, heating it is a luxury. Now in its second year, the Las Pintas Solar Experience takes Johnson County Community ...

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From Positivist to Post-normal Science: Rhetoric and Stakeholder Communication and Action Surrounding Complex Environmental Issues

  • Kent State University (OH)

This presentation looks closely at rhetorical communication issues surrounding complex environmental topics. In what ways can and does sustainability science research include both academic and community, or local knowledges? The ...

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Building a community farming network with the KPU Lab Farm

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture is a unique program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) that seeks to advance sustainable communities and food systems through integrated education, applied ...

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Left Behind: The Religious Right and the Environmental Equation

  • Lane Community College (OR)

One long-time faith-based environmentalist declares, "Evangelicals can change at the drop of a hat…. They have no one to answer to other than the Bible. So if the Bible says ...

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Talking about Campus Sustainability: Some Tips from a Psychologist

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

“How to talk about sustainability so people will listen, and how to listen so people will hear.” This skill building session provides a psychological perspective on the dynamics of defining ...

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Gaia Education Curriculum for Sustainable Community Development

  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)

We need to continually develop curriculum that can equip citizens and decision-makers to respond to current challenges and help create a viable world. This Case Study will describe a well-developed ...

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Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Networking Session

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Members of the 28 American Jesuit Colleges and Universities are invited to join us for a networking meeting to talk about our work and common goal to advance sustainability in ...

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Campuses as Leaders and Partners in Comprehensive Food Systems Change

  • Luther College (IA)

Too often efforts to enact changes to the food system are approached piecemeal with an excess focus on individual consumption. This presentation will present an alternative model of sustainable food ...

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Cafeteria to Community: Reducing Waste and Feeding the Hungry

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will illustrate a program that simultaneously reduces food waste from Luther College’s cafeteria while providing needed food assistance to hungry families in the surrounding community. The Cafeteria ...

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Community Sustainability in the Post Graduate World – How Does a Liberal Arts Education Matter?

  • Middlebury College (VT)

A higher education degree is a big investment. The value and relevance of that investment is a key concern of many students and their families. The numbers say that it ...

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Transforming the Local Food Economy in Louisville and Vermont via Summer Consulting Internships

  • Middlebury College (VT)

FoodWorks is Middlebury College’s Fellowship program for students interested in food systems and sustainable development. Middlebury students participate in this for credit summer program every summer through a nine-week ...

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Engaging Sustainability Stakeholders across Cultures A How-To Guide

  • Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA)

A generic cost-benefit analysis or a consideration of the Keeling Curve (the canonic visualization of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since 1958) by itself seldom motivate potential sustainability ...

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A National Online Community for Student Sustainability Leaders

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

We will share stories from student sustainability leaders from across the country that are connecting with one another, building relationships and sharing ideas about how they are making their campuses ...

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Using Online Tools to Support Offline Action and Innovation

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

If you plant a tree in the forest but didn’t tweet about it did it really happen? While the real results of sustainability projects and programs take place offline ...

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Sustainability Service Learning Through Global Tourism Micro-Entrepreneurship

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

NC State University’s Alternative Service Break (ASB) program is a unique service-learning experience in which students engage in direct service to a community, while being immersed in the culture ...

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Campus Cookbook: The Real Food Challenge Sodexo Partnership; Northern Arizona University Case Study

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national network of student leaders working to create a more just and sustainable food system. The national goal of Real Food Challenge is ...

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Community Colleges Updates and Networking Luncheon

  • Oakland Community College (MI)

The American Association of Community College is hosting this session for an update of resources now available from its Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative (www.theSeedCenter.org), including its ...

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Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium Lunch

  • Oakland Community College (MI)

The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) is a network of over one dozen higher education associations covering many of the different staff positions that need to be involved for ...

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Creating a Sustainable Community Together

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

‘Town – Gown’ collaborations, initiated around sustainability challenges, seem to be re-defining Happy Valley, with big impacts on both Penn State and the Commonwealth. Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC) is an initiative ...

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Zero waste as a supply chain challenge: the importance of partnerships

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This presentation will discuss the successes and challenges of Penn State’s initiative to move its Athletics facilities toward zero waste, and the story of how silos had to be ...

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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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