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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Making meaningful curricular connections to campus operations and community initiatives

  • Carleton College (MN)

Using the campus or the local community as a living lab is a powerful approach to teaching sustainability, providing students the opportunity to better understand environmental issues in their real-world ...

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Football Fans and Waste: Can Their Behavior Be Changed?

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Waste separation and diversion at sporting events is gaining more popularity because of the large amount of waste generated, the visibility of athletic events, and the goal of reaching Zero ...

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Stormwater Management Approaches on Campus Connect Community to Local Waterways Through Water Innovations Walking Tour

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Our proposed poster will showcase a novel approach to community partnerships and out-of-classroom learning experiences. As an official event of Canada Water Week 2015, Laurier partnered with REEP Green Solutions ...

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835 People - 1 Day - 1 Community - A Service Learning Story

  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

All faculty, staff and administrators at Moraine Valley Community College stood behind the 'community' in the college's name to set an example in the MVUnity day by joining forces ...

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The Food Recovery Network on college campuses: How to reduce food waste while addressing hunger within the local community

  • Carleton College (MN)

Today, 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. In Rice County alone, there are 1.14 million missed meals per year. But despite high rates of food insecurity throughout the ...

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A Collaborative Teaching Approach: Mindful Writing and Drawing to Understand Culture & Place Based Identity

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This interactive session focuses on best practices in collaborative teaching and learning, specifically directed at the melding of writing and drawing as processes of discovery in culture and place- based ...

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Greening Collegiate Sports: Facility Tour and Networking Event

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

Over the past decade, an increasing number of collegiate athletic and recreation departments have initiated or expanded sustainability programs. This workshop builds on this momentum, providing both green sports novices ...

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Mapstories

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Mapstories, 2011, is a large, interactive, multimedia artist's book with moveable, layers of map and photo images under plastic film, mounted on a fabric-covered plywood base. Viewers/participants explore ...

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Plenary: Campus Sustainability: The Next 10 Years

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The campus sustainability movement has grown enormously since AASHE's founding in 2005. The members of this all-star panel of leading campus sustainability practitioners and advocates will reflect on this ...

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Student and Community Transformation: Addressing Civic Responsibility, Sustainability and Values through Engaged Scholarship

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Civic responsibility and sustainability are often seen as separate issues, yet in practice these concepts intersect and reinforce one another. At the core of this intersection today is our citizens ...

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Ramping Up Renewables in Higher Education

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

You are responsible for managing your institution's energy-related emissions and costs: You may have implemented on-campus projects or have aspirations to do so. Maybe you are buying unbundled Renewable ...

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Uncomfortable Dinner Parties and Farmer Photo Booths: Interactive Session on Discovering and Sharing Campus Food Sustainability

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark (PA)

This session offers a chance to practice exercises from a toolkit archive developed with Aramark at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to support campus food sustainability discussions. Engaging participants ...

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Community College Networking Session

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • AASHE (PA)

Meet and network with sustainability leaders from community colleges. We'll discuss the unique challenges and opportunities faced by community colleges working to advance sustainability.

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Student Summit Opening - Students Organising for Sustainability

  • AASHE (PA)
  • National Union of Students

To celebrate the launch of Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS), keynote speaker Charlotte Bonner will be discussing the role of young people, students and education in making society more sustainable ...

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The Uncomfortable Dinner Party: Bridging Local, Regional and Global Perspectives around Sustainable Food Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark (PA)

Tour Meeting Time: 5:45 PM Tour Meeting Location: 1st floor lobby, located right by the Visitor Information desk and Dunn Coffee. Tour Departure: 6:00 PM Tour End/Return ...

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The Global Classroom Experiment. Challenges and Opportunities for International Education for Sustainability

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

Sustainability problems need to be addressed by concerned citizens, who are able to (1) critically understand the complexity of the world, (2) take action in appropriate ways to address those ...

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Pioneering International Sustainability Education: A SMART Perspective

  • SMART Eco Park India
  • Broadway Green Alliance (NY)

This presentation will focus on the educational elements of SMART Eco-park, a 20 acre edu-tainment space near Mumbai, India. The park was founded with the goal of equipping future generations ...

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Real Food, Real Communities: Mobilizing Students, Community Members and Staff to reform College Food Procurement Policies

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

Where our food comes from and how it is produced is question that is becoming extremely important to students and administrators alike. Carleton College has demonstrated a commitment to answering ...

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Colorado State University and Coca-Cola Partner to Deliver Hands-on Sustainability Education

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Coca-Cola (GA)

Colorado State University entered into a unique multi-year partnership with Coca-Cola in 2012. This partnership includes extensive hands-on sustainability education for CSU's students from a variety of schools (Agriculture ...

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Sustainability Partnership of the Northern Rockies (SPNR) Networking Session

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • University of Montana (MT)

Please join us for a networking session for colleges and universities that are a part of the Sustainability Partnership of the Northern Rockies (SPNR)!

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360 Degrees of Recognition: How and Why It Matters

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

Recognition is about noticing and honoring. It may encourage and support an action' (Hansen, Smith, & Hansen, 2002). Recognition can be a powerful and transformative tool for sustainability education by ...

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Co-creating sustainable futures: American and Middle Eastern visual design students explore behavior change

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Global sustainability requires global collaboration. Understanding how local and distant communities deal with various issues and complexities of sustainability and cooperating internationally to share effective ideas are paramount to our ...

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Art of Conversation: Overcome Obstacles by Making Connections

  • Smith College (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

As a sustainability professional good relationships are essential. You are responsible for making sure your institution sets and meets ambitious goals; however, you will not be the person who does ...

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The Global Campus: Linking Student Educational Experiences to Global Realities

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • SERES (Sacatepequez)

Presentation highlights the collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and SERES, a Central American NGO working on youth sustainability leadership. Their joint effort - manifested through the Global Sustainability Resource ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • University of Houston (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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Sustainability Professionals in Student Affairs Networking Session

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

This networking session is designed to give sustainability professionals that work in student affairs departments an opportunity to interact in a structured environment. The session will begin with introductions and ...

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Embedding undergraduate-led ecology experiments into temporary public art to transition vacant urban spaces

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Public Art Saint Paul (MN)

Over 50% of the global population currently lives in urban areas, and 3.2 billion more urban residents are predicted by 2050. Urbanized areas already produce most human-associated carbon emissions ...

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Campus Agriculture Networking Meeting: Identifying the Future of Campus Grown Food

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

Campus agriculture initiatives are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous part of campus life around the country. In the last fifteen years agricultural education, in the form of campus gardens and farms ...

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Zanmi Kafe: Using on-farm research to facilitate the adoption and management of more sustainable coffee-based agroecosystems in Haiti's Central Plateau

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Zanmi Kafe is a collaboration between Sewanee: The University of the South, and Zanmi Agrikol, a Haitian non-profit agricultural organization that aims to promote the adoption of more sustainable agroecosystems ...

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The Sustainability Seminar: A model for sustainability curriculum connected to the local community

  • Macalester College (MN)

In 2014, Macalester College began a new initiative called Educating Sustainability Ambassadors (ESA) with the purpose of infusing sustainability across all the units of campus. The flagship program of ESA ...

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Zanmi Kafe: Using payments for carbon sequestration to promote climate action on Sewanee's campus, and more sustainable agroecosystems on Haiti's Central Plateau

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Zanmi Kafe is a collaboration between Sewanee: The University of the South, and Zanmi Agrikol, a Haitian non-profit agricultural organization that promotes the adoption of more sustainable agroecosystems in the ...

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Community Electronic Recycling Drives

  • Southwestern College (OH)

The Southwestern College Green Team has partnered with the City of Winfield and a local church to host three very successful electronic recycling drives in the Winfield community. We have ...

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Growing Up Green

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Three interns from the University of Arizona's Students for Sustainability (SfS) program will present the necessity for linking environmental education programs from universities to K-12 classrooms. The SfS program ...

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A Sip of Science

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Participants will pick-up bus/rail passes at the registration desk upon checking-in for the convention. Names will be checked off tour registrant list before departing MCC. A Sip of Science ...

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Global Cities as a Learning Environment for Sustainability: Comparing Field Experiences in Austria, China and India.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This presentation will bring in students and faculty from from multiple courses offered at different Schools who have participated in and/or delivered study abroad courses on sustainability, focusing on ...

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Engaging K-12 educators in Sustainability Science: Case study on urban sustainability systems at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Universities often include education & outreach as part of their broader impacts. However, research endeavors of faculty are typically presented through one-way forms of dissemination (i.e., presentations, articles, and ...

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Monday Keynote: From Fear to Discovery: Harnessing the Power of Your Mindset to Fuel Transformation, Mid-Keynote Workshop

The Minneapolis-based Brave New Workshop has been performing original satirical sketch comedy and improvisation since 1958, longer than any other theatre in the United States. In this laughter-filled, interactive keynote ...

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Greening Your Theater Program with the Broadway Green Alliance

  • Broadway Green Alliance (NY)

Our session will focus on the sustainable design and operation practices that can be incorporated into college arts and theater programs to show that these two subjects can be merged ...

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Bridging the Gap: Building High Performing K-12 Schools That Ready Students for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Healthy school environments are an important part of maintaining the safety, health and well-being of students in their everyday lives in both K-12 and higher education. Higher education institutions have ...

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Getting in Touch with the Pachamama: An Interdisciplinary course with emphasis on Global Sustainability and Study Abroad

  • Central College (IA)

Pachamama Never Left: Nature and Culture of Peru is a liberal arts course at Central College. The course has a study abroad component with an emphasis on global sustainability. The ...

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Using Technology for Live Intercampus Conversations and Student Engagement Across a Region

  • Central Community College (NE)

Central Community College (CCC) is a college system with multiple campuses and centers in rural Nebraska. As a way to increase student engagement in sustainability, CCC created a monthly (facilitated ...

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Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls: Developing Transdisciplinary, Community-Based Living Laboratory Partnerships

  • Colby-Sawyer College (NH)

The Sustainable Learning Initiative at Franklin Falls is a partnership between Colby-Sawyer College and the city of Franklin, NH, which has plans for a comprehensive revitalization of their downtown that ...

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Engineering Meetup & Mixer

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

In our past attendance at AASHE, we have found that there was no nexus for technical faculty and students to gravitate towards. While we are strong supporters of interdisciplinary collaboration ...

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Building School-to-Farm Traffic: Small-farm Infrastructure as Sustainable Technology Design

  • Lafayette College (PA)

Farm-to-school projects have flourished in recent years. By aggregating and delivering food from local sources to regional institutions (like schools), they help rebuild the missing middle between producers and consumers ...

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How Connected Buildings Close The Gap Between People and Technology and Enable Opportunities for Energy Efficiency

  • Lucid (CA)

People spend 90% of their lives in buildings, which are responsible for the consumption of two-thirds of the world's electricity. Yet the technologies we use to manage buildings today ...

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Waste Reduction Strategies and Building Community Through Food Donations

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

NAU Campus Dining uses several strategies to reduce food waste; tracking with LeanPath, composting, staff training and cooking techniques. The University received an Award of Recognition from the EPA's ...

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Pursuing impact: Facilitating and assessing curricular partnerships that advance neighborhood sustainability

  • Portland State University (OR)

Neighborhoods are advancing urban sustainability in powerful ways. In cities like Portland, Oregon, non-profits, businesses, government, and residents are learning that by working together they can effect more sustainable change ...

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Give them hope: How PSU's partnership with the Port of Portland is preparing students to be agents of change in their community

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University's motto, 'Let Knowledge Serve the City' is strongly embodied in the 12 year community partnership between PSU's Community Environmental Services and The Port of Portland ...

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Interactive Tree Map of SUNY Geneseo

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

Our project is an interactive map of the trees on the SUNY Geneseo campus, created utilizing GIS technology. It would act as an interactive digital field guide that would emphasize ...

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The Sustainable Gardening Library

  • Sustainable Gardening Institute (NJ)

The Sustainable Gardening Library is a single, centralized, easy-to-use repository for science-based, authoritative information on sustainable gardening and biodynamic agriculture that is accessed via a state-of-the-art, web-based mapping portal. Right ...

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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

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Public Engagement Partners

Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass