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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Mentor Meet Up

  • AASHE (PA)

Matched pairs of the Mentorship Program are invited to join us AASHE staff for a brief meeting immediately after the opening keynote. We'll say a few words about the ...

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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 and those who are interested in international issues are invited to join in a networking meeting to share challenges ...

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Applied learning for sustainability projects: Developing high impact student-community collaborations

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Applied learning opportunities, from internships, to community-based learning courses to student research provide exceptional training for students in addressing complex sustainability challenges. These endeavors are mostly designed to optimize the ...

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The Ripple Effect: Taking Hydroponic Growing From Missouri State to 32 Other Schools and Eventually the World

  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • Compass Group (NC)

What began as an effort to showcase herbs grown on campus has already grown to 896 grow towers across the country, with an annual produce yield of 35,000lbs, a ...

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Climatepedia: A Climate Action Network for the Nation

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Climatepedia was founded by undergraduate students in 2011 by UCLA students. It is now an emerging 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters at UC Irvine, UCLA, and Yale University ...

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Environmental Arts: How Sustainability and Art Can Create Meaningful Community Relationships

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Art in the environment is a constant evolving idea that challenges the notion of how we approach sustainable practices. Using fine arts practices like painting and drawing express creativity that ...

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Hall Move out, With a Twist.

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This session will review the University of Arizona's Hall Move-Out project. Project goals are to collect sellable goods from students moving out of residence halls and hold a rummage ...

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Using Compost to Seek Green Justice Beyond the Campus

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona Compost Cats is an organization that works to divert organic waste from landfills and converts it into valuable soil amendment for Southern Arizona's arid soils ...

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Developing Community Solidarity Through Beekeeping

  • Central Community College (NE)

This presentation will cover how a college beekeeping course resulted in an informed community of concerned honey bee supporters. Central Community College started a beekeeping course that drew participants from ...

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Oral History and Sustainability: Campus and Community Engagement Through Student Research in the Humanities

  • Central College (IA)

This session introduces oral history as a tool for students to investigate and influence the cultures of sustainability on campus and in the community. Since 2015, Central College in Pella ...

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From the Iowa Caucus to the Iowa State House: Strategies for Sustained Civic Engagement

  • Central College (IA)

In 2015-16, leading up to the Iowa caucus and presidential election, Central College focused sustainability education efforts strongly on civic engagement, hosting a mock caucus, debate watch parties, guest speakers ...

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Forming campus collaborations to support student advocacy skills

  • University at Albany (NY)

The recent Presidential election has inspired a new activism in our students. They want to be heard by not only campus administration, but by local, state and federal representatives, but ...

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Grow Native - A Plant and Pollinator Garden Catalyzes Engagement and Learning

  • Brookhaven College - DCCCD (TX)

Over the past two years a small, inspired group of students, employees, community friends and alums of Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community Colleges) proposed, designed, crowd-funded, and installed a 4 ...

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Building infographics at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

These posters showcase the environmental impact of buildings on campus, they're informative and show how much impact buildings have on the campus community.

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Nourishing U: Reclaiming Food, Alleviating Hunger, Redressing Health Inequities, and Serving up Food Justice

  • University of Utah (UT)

Salt Lake Excess, created by University of Utah Honors College students, is a novel real-time food recovery model focused on eliminating the transportation and coordination barriers to food recovery. Via ...

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Data Mapping Academia's Voluntary Commitments to the United Nations' Ocean Conference 2017

  • Tarleton State University (TX)

The purpose of this research is to examine academic institutions voluntary commitments to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals as published in the Partnership Data for the Sustainable Development ...

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Carbon Pricing & Higher Ed: Internal Carbon Fees, Using Shadow Prices for Life Cycle Analysis, & Engaging Beyond the Campus

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

This interactive workshop will examine different models for internal carbon pricing, including models adopted by Yale, Vassar and Swarthmore. We will cover revenue neutral prices, prices that generate funds for ...

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Models for Collaborative and Implementable Pan-Campus Sustainability Plans

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community ...

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Empowering Solidarity Through Shared Sustainability Vision and Leadership

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Solidarity unifies diversity, creativity and passion toward a common goal. Through a shared sustainability position, Iowa State University's Office of Sustainability and the City of Ames, Iowa, unite together ...

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Campus Sustainability Reporting and WikiRate

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Worcester

The University of Michigan (US) and the University of Worcester (UK) are using their sustainability data (STARS and HESA [UK Higher Education Statistics Agency]) to create and test a common ...

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Utilizing the Garden to Integrate Community-Based Learning in the Classroom

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The purpose of this presentation is to explore, discuss and reflect on Community-based Learning (CBL) as a form of civic education utilizing a school learning garden or community garden. CBL ...

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It's not just Earth Day, it's Every Day! Building a Sustainability Movement

  • New York University (NY)

With the new administration in the White House it is imperative that sustainability offices and clubs build a strong, effective movement to act on climate change by unifying with other ...

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University-Local Government Collaborations on Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Climate change can be effectively addressed at a local, rather than national, scale. Cities and universities represent the centers of commerce and culture, as well as the world's population ...

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Resilient Randolph: analyzing risks and establishing measurable strategies for campus-community climate resilience

  • Randolph College (VA)

Institutions, businesses, and communities are increasingly incorporating resilience strategies as an essential element of climate action planning to help prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change. In January 2017 ...

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High Priests of Sustainability?! The Promise and Perils of Becoming Your School's Moral Compass

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It began as a joke. When I first arrived, colleagues introduced me as the university's 'Green Guru.' Later I got a surprising compliment: 'You are the conscience of this ...

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Student-Led Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project: Low-Cost Implementation and Potential Applications

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Even at its outset, the new presidential administration has made it clear to the public that it is unwilling to support environmental protection at the federal level. In particular, the ...

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Advancing the Green Building Movement through Community Action & Learning

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Every story about a green building is a story about people.' While many academic courses train students on the technical and philosophical aspects of sustainability, professional skills working with people ...

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Advancing Sustainability Through Health and Wellness Partnerships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Thomas will highlight key partnerships between the Office of Sustainability and Human Resources at Washington University (WashU): the expansion of a Community Supported Agriculture program that encourages students and employees ...

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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of 'peer reviewed' and 'innovative' carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. Please join us if you are interested in exploring options ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!: How $50,000 Created a Replicable Model for Citywide Composting

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

At the 2016 AASHE Conference, IUPUI and Butler University were awarded $50,000 as part of the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!, a collaboration between AASHE and Kimberly Clark. Because both ...

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Arizona Tri-University Meet and Greet

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Group meeting for Arizona higher education staff and students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University to plan a future in-state student summit. This meeting not ...

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Sustainability: Formative Assessments Across the Curriculum

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Formative Assessments are the cog in the wheel of the educational assessment cycle. These assessments drive daily instruction, before, during and after instruction, informing the teacher of student understanding and ...

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The Mindful Praxis of Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

This longitudinal inquiry involving 250 teacher candidates per year for five years, explores methods that motivate teacher candidates to create and integrate mindful sustainability curriculum in practice. Elementary and secondary ...

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Art, Science, Ways of Knowing and Agency in Place: Backyard Phenology as a Tool

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We are inspired by a successful art-science collaboration featuring an adorable silver camper (the 'Climate Chaser') serving as a tiny natural history museum and recording studio to capture stories of ...

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We Are Still In! Using the STAR Community Rating Framework to Strengthen Your Community Outreach Efforts on Climate and Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • STAR Communities (DC)

Campuses and communities across the country have publicly declared, 'We Are Still In', confirming their support for the Paris Climate Agreement. Campuses and communities are also looking for ways to ...

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Sustainability Competencies: What are They, how to Address Them in Sustainability Courses, and how to Assess Students' Learning

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This workshop introduces the following set of sustainability competencies: systems, future, values, and strategic thinking as well as interpersonal competence. The workshop explores how to use these competencies to design ...

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Managing for Triple-Bottom-Line Sustainability from the C-Suite to the Front Line Management Team

  • North Lake College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Waste Management (TX)
  • Butte County Air Quality Management District (CA)

Attendees of this networking session will have the opportunity to interact with peers in all areas of sustainability through the lens of management, or 'Sustainability Management.' After a round of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Stay Rad(ical) Post Grad

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it's just a matter of making it happen. Join the staff and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (and regional friends!) Meeting

  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden (MO)

The Saint Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium would like to invite members and regional friends to this informal meet-up time to compare notes, discuss ideas, and share inspirations from the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Free, Open Source Energy Dashboard: A Platform for Collaboration Between Students, Faculty, and Facilities Management

  • Beloit College (WI)
  • Central College (IA)
  • Macalester College (MN)

Beloit College is spearheading an effort to create a free, open source energy dashboard that will be usable and customizable across a range of institutions. Features include: acquiring, archiving and ...

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EcoExchangeEdu: Promoting Inter-Campus Collaboration to Strengthen the Culture of Sustainability in South Texas

  • Trinity University (TX)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)
  • University of the Incarnate Word (TX)

EcoExchangeEdu (EEE) is a group of students, staff, faculty, and administrators from South Texas colleges and universities united by a shared commitment to sustainability. Established in 2014, EEE has been ...

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Carbon Pricing in Higher Education: Panel with 3 Models for Internal Carbon Pricing and Engaging in National Leadership

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

Learn about what models other colleges are using to inform your own carbon pricing design and implementation strategy! At our panel discussion, we will discuss the systems that Vassar, Swarthmore ...

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Engaging Students and Community: Creating Safe Spaces through Community Sensitivity Training Programs

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University and the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability work to create a student experience that promotes real world student learning experiences and meets community needs. In order to ...

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Creating a Space for Collaboration and Cohort Building through Community Based Student Work Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has a very strong Student Sustainability Fellowship Program through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. This program provides students with project-focused, sustainability related work experiences at a ...

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Creating political will for climate action: the role of higher education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • CitizensΓÇÖ Climate Lobby (CA)

Political engagement in America is at an all time high; how do we channel that energy to create meaningful change? How can higher education avoid being partisan while building the ...

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Connecting Community Partnerships with Curriculum to Strengthen Sustainability Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This session will discuss the role of community partnerships (CP) for strengthening sustainability education at the University of St. Thomas (UST), a liberal arts university, and Virginia Tech (VT), a ...

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Sustainability Solidarity on Multi-Campus Community Colleges

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)

Community colleges with a single sustainability office but multiple campuses in different cities and locations face challenges to create a sustainability solidarity that extends to all sites. One main campus ...

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Thinking Beyond the Fork: Utilizing the Campus Food Truck as a Vehicle for Teaching Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

What do you get when you combine a university food truck, a chef, a farmer, and a FoodCorps service member? The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Campus Dining program ...

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Black Hills Food Hub: Rural Food Hubs Serving a Wider Demographic

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University and Spearfish community partners are creating a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of our regional local ...

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From Gown to Town: Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to the Community

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities (VT)

Solar energy programs present a unique opportunity between colleges and their communities. We'll explore three areas where collaboration on and off campus are making a difference, including programs that ...

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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.

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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