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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Education as the Engine for the Global Goals

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In 2016, 750 experts from around the world came together in Ahmedabad, India, to drill down into each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), or Global Goals, to identify how ...

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Social Environmental Case Study on Mining, Wild Rice and Water Protection in Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This session involves participants in a social environmental synthesis case study, using methods taught by the National Social Environmental Synthesis Center (sesync.org) in Maryland, where this case was developed ...

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Applied Learning: Interventions for Sustainability Impacts

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Applied learning (AL) for sustainability is an umbrella term and encompasses student engagement activities (e.g., internships, courses, research practicums) that deliver exceptional student experiences and a positive outcome for ...

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Key Competencies in Sustainability: Overview and Next Steps

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

The Panel-discussion is part of a nationwide process to solicit feedback on an initiative with the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). The goal of the initiative is ...

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Experience The SDGs Abroad: Reimagine Your Curriculum with The GREEN Program

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for ...

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Pursuing the SDGs in Education Abroad: Tools, Techniques, and Assessment Strategies

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

Well-designed education abroad programs expose students to the many ways other cultures prioritize and pursue the UN SDG's. Foreign approaches to sustainability, biodiversity, and social justice reveal to students ...

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Uniting Human Rights and Sustainability Across the University

  • University of Dayton (OH)

The United Nations Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a powerful framework for alleviating human suffering and achieving social and environmental justice. However, making progress on the the ...

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From Theory to Practice: Applied Community Projects in Environmental Capstone Courses

  • Earlham College (IN)

Over the past five years, Environmental Studies and Environmental Sustainability seniors at Earlham College have completed an 'integrated research project (IRP)' in collaboration with a community partner. The IRP is ...

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Service and Community Engaged Learning for Social and Environmental Justice

  • Champlain College (VT)
  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • Villanova University (PA)

Service-Learning / Community Engaged Learning is a common practice in higher education and is increasingly found being paired with sustainability. This networking session will allow practitioners to share best practices, learn ...

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AIM2Flourish: Transforming Management Education Through Positive Business Innovation Stories

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

The UN Global Goals are the 'World's Must-Do List' to end poverty, combat climate change, protect life on land, and ensure a livable future for all people. Many business ...

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Teach Environmental Sustainability via Children's Literature

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

We propose to share methods of integration into curriculum and resources for teacher-educators to reach their students, starting with elementary students and continuing on up the grades, K-12. Because children ...

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Incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Collaborative Sustainability Planning

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University is proud to have an ambitious and community-created Sustainability Plan, and to reside in a community that values sustainability. Both the City of Athens and Athens County have ...

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The Role of Private Sector Partnership in Sustainable Higher Education Operations & Education

  • American University in Cairo (Cairo)

Throughout the American University in Cairo's 100-year history, we have strived to be leaders in all we do. Recently, that mission has been applied to sustainability. AUC has implemented ...

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Leveraging the SDGs to Build a System-Wide Higher Education Sustainability Strategy

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

Sixty-Four schools, nearly half a million enrolled students, 33,000 faculty and 96,000 degrees granted annually--the higher education scope and impact of the State University of New York system ...

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How to Overcome Challenges at Large, Urban Campuses

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This will provide a space for large urban campuses to discuss challenges and accomplishments of working on sustainability on Urban campuses. AASHE has lacked the spaces for these types of ...

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The Design Thinking Process: User-Centered Solutions to Complex and Confounding Problems

  • University of Denver (CO)

Coming out of Stanford's Institute of Design, the Design Thinking (DT) framework has taken the Architecture, and now the business world, by storm. However, this solution- and user-focused design ...

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How a Team of Student Ambassadors Can Amplify and Accelerate Wins for a Small Sustainability Staff

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Facing the Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals of campus sustainability work with small offices can feel impossible; however, despite having a small staff, college and university sustainability offices can effect real ...

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Top Down and Bottom-Up: The Pitt Sustainability Planning Process

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

In 2017 Pitt embarked on their first comprehensive sustainability plan which launched early this year. This session outlines the top-down approaches to connect with leadership and link this planning effort ...

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International Networking Meeting

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

Members of the international community who are attending the AASHE conference and those who are interested in international issues are invited to join in a networking meeting to share resources ...

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How to Design an Annual Report People Actually Read

  • Pomona College (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Have you struggled with keeping up with annual reporting for your sustainability program? Are you somebody who's on top of their annual reporting but feel like nobody reads your ...

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ISSP Networking Session: Do You Have All It Takes to Be an Effective Sustainability Professional?

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) (PA)

Calling all active and aspiring sustainability professionals: come learn about the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) community and earning ISSP's sustainability credentials. Meet with ISSP members and hear ...

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Latin Flavor in AASHE: Contributions to Sustainability Offices

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • Universidad EAN

In many institutions of higher education and universities around the world, there are offices that manage the issue of sustainability for years. AASHE is a multicultural space where many of ...

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Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)

This workshop will train participants in how to organize and facilitate a Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop. The CRB Workshop is a community-driven process, rich with information, experience, and dialogue ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

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

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WCUPA Student Brandywine Project

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The Student Brandywine Project was a student led half-day workshop to engage West Chester University students in helping design, implement, evaluate, and improve the various environmental, social, and economic sustainability ...

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Four Steps for Leading Impactful Environmental Change On-Campus

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

How can students effectively foster an environmentally conscious and sustainable community within their university? You can have the best and brightest ideas, but if their implementation is not strategic, they ...

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Advocacy for the Global Goals

  • United Nations Foundation (NY)

Be an advocate for the UN and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in your community! Learn advocacy strategies from the United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) to creatively engage with community partners ...

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United Nations Association Campus Network

  • United Nations Foundation (NY)

Advance the UN's Sustainable Development Goals on your campus through the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) campus network. Learn about how to bring innovative SDG programming ...

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Building and Supporting Social Movements for Institutional Change and Beyond

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Even as the campus sustainability movement has grown, the issues in our food system have continued to deepen. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is over 65 ...

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Becoming a 'spokes' person for campus sustainability: The smoothie bike & other outreach efforts.

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University, like many universities nationally, has been affected by budget and staffing streamlining. Campus services and departments, like the Office of Sustainability, were profoundly affected. However, presidential strategies and ...

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Back to Basics

  • Ohio University (OH)

Eco-Reps is turning over a new leaf at Ohio University. This year we will focus on being a community-service based sustainability student group. Through community clean-ups, we will be actively ...

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Activism or Silence as a Sustainability Office?

  • New York University (NY)

We live in a time when activism has become a regular part of our lives and addresses a multitude of issues. As Sustainability Officers, our passions and worldviews are often ...

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Building a Consistent Sustainability Brand

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In order to reap the full benefits of consistently communicating the values and messages that are core to your sustainability brand, it is important to design brand guidelines the define ...

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Bridging the gap: Community Engagement Programs, Sustainability, and the SDGs

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

During this session participants will gain an understanding of how alternative breaks can support and collaborate with sustainability initiatives towards the SDGs. How do sustainability and community engagement offices engage ...

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Mobilizing Colleges with Earth Integrity Training

  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)
  • Environmental Education Fund (NJ)

Earth Integrity Training (EIT) is a program for colleges to mobilize their communities about urgent environmental issues. It provides creative and multimedia content for a 2-3 hour seminar that colleges ...

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Communication Strategies to Reach Beyond the Choir

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Often times, sustainability professionals and communicators can reach a plateau when working to reach new audiences. Our institutions can often be so siloed that it is challenging to draw in ...

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Develop Your Toolkit for Sustainability Communications

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Communications play an increasingly important role as we rise to the challenge to reach the global Sustainable Development Goals. However, many sustainability professionals may find their toolkit a bit empty ...

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Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Every institution of higher education already has an academic library that can be a partner in campus sustainability. This program offers specific ideas for how faculty, sustainability staff and administrators ...

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Reel Sustainability: Connecting to Audiences Through Video Storytelling

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

From television commercials to YouTube, Snapchat, and even Facebook Live, it's no secret that video has become a staple of our everyday lives. Video provides an easy and efficient ...

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Advancing Organizational Change for Sustainable Development Goals Through Neuropsychology

  • University of Southern California (CA)

What role does neuropsychology play as a determinant for successful organizational change toward Sustainable Development Goals? This session explores the inter-related notions of reflective practice, metacognition, cultural norms, and critical ...

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The Intersectionality of the Arts and Environmental Activism

  • University of Denver (CO)

At the University of Denver, the Center for Sustainability has established a Zero Waste Program at all sports games, and the average diversion rate of waste from landfill is approximately ...

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Community-Driven Reuse Initiatives

  • Flower City Pickers (NY)

This session will explore examples where waste, whether that is food, electronics, clothing, and more are recovered and either resold or redistributed by creating and leveraging purpose-driven communities. It explores ...

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Local to Global - 5 Strategies for Leaders to Win Change Now and After Graduation

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

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

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Sustainability, Equity & Inclusivity: Diversifying the Conversation

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Sustainability Weekend is a conference organized by graduate and undergraduate students from various departments at CMU. This year's theme, 'Sustainability, Inclusivity & Equity' seeks to expand the scope of ...

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Sustainabili-TEA: The Evolution and Efficacy of Podcasts as a Medium for Sustainability Literacy

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The Office of Sustainability has seen a strong response to using Podcasts to highlight stories, perspectives, and information to the campus and greater community. The efforts were first introduced as ...

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An Environmental Sustainability Badge Program Using Co-Curricular and Community Service Learning

  • Central Community College (NE)

Integrating environmental sustainability community service learning into curriculum requires faculty, staff, and community engagement. Students and faculty that are passionate about implementing change in the community are developing mutually beneficial ...

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GreenTech LIU: A Digital Platform for Campus SDG Collaboration

  • LIU Post (NY)

Sustainability and education for global citizenship are essential literacies for the 21st century. LIU Post's Center for Sustainability wants faculty and students to have powerful and effective digital tools ...

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Acts of Art for the Environment

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In Sustainable Earth, there are two different project groups, one focusing on the intersection of environmentalism and technology, the other on environmental art. My poster will focus on how art ...

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Learning From the Past to Inform the Future: Leveraging Campus-Community Partnerships With Dialogue

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

Achieving complex sustainable development goals that integrate human and natural systems, including health and wellbeing as well as sustainable cities and communities, requires open and transparent collaboration with stakeholders. At ...

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Sustainability Week: A Case Study in Diversity of Programing to Maximize Outreach Across Barriers

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The College of Charleston's Office of Sustainability has had several flagship programs and series over the years, but none near the scale and dynamism of the annual Sustainability Week ...

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Programs and Initiatives

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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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