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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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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International Luncheon

  • Portland Community College (OR)

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

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Systems in Perspective: Our Collective Ecoliteracy of Home

  • Portland State University (OR)

For this temporary community we create at the 2014 AASHE Annual Conference, this installation provides an opportunity for us to fold together our ecological literacy, social sustainability, and collective creativity ...

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Cross-institutional collaboration for compost on an urban campus

  • Portland State University (OR)

Implementing an effective composting program on any campus is difficult. Common issues that may arise are public buy-in, infrastructure, information accessibility, and contamination. Appreciating the context of a new compost ...

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Using Bluegrass Music to Power Careers in Sustainable Energy

  • Portland State University (OR)

This presentation will analyze the problems of human capital flight and ecological decline in the coal fields of Appalachia. An affective strategy for engaging these economic and ecological problems using ...

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Collaborative Vision Tree for the AASHE Community

  • Portland State University (OR)

During the most recent call of the AASHE Advisory Council, incoming Executive Director Stephanie Herrera posed a question: Are there untapped methods for understanding the AASHE community’s vision? So ...

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium: Networking Lunch

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Join the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) for a lunch time regional networking event. Founded in 2004, each year NECSC has convened over 80 institutions of higher education from the ...

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Sustainable Food Collaborations

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The way most food is currently produced, processed, distributed, and consumed has significantly negative impacts on human health & well being, climate, air and water pollution, and the viability of ...

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COAL: Storytelling, Music, and Community for Climate Stability

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

COAL is a national arts and culture project that combines mythical storytelling and music to engage communities for climate stability and explore the most challenging paradox of our times: the ...

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The Green Citizen Campaign

  • Seneca College (ON)

In 2011, Seneca College, a Canadian leader in post-secondary environmental programming, laid the groundwork for a multi-faceted initiative intended to take the college’s environmental focus to the next level ...

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Trinity Tracks

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The Great Trinity Forest runs along the Trinity River through downtown Dallas and constitutes one of the largest urban forests in North America. This 6,000 acre swathe of vegetated ...

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Collaboration and Communication Across the Administrative Divide

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Colleges and Universities often struggle with change and innovation. In a fiscal climate of decreasing funding, changes requiring large capital investments are frequently met with skepticism at best and may ...

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NYCSHE Networking Event

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) will offer New York campus faculty, staff and students the opportunity to come together to both learn more about the ...

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Zero Waste Outreach Strategies - Operational vs. Promotional

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

A new day is dawning over the coalfields of Appalachia. A region which has been at the heart of fossil fuel dependence, leading the nation in per capita carbon emissions ...

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Passport to carbon neutrality: study abroad and voluntary offsets

  • University of Denver (CO)

The University of Denver is uniquely situated near a thriving downtown and in the shadow of the stunning peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Studying abroad enhances and shapes the undergraduate ...

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Integrating Service-Based Learning and the Flipped Classroom through the National Energy Leadership Corps Program

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Engineering pedagogies traditionally aim to teach students technical skills and large quantities of information over relatively short periods while in a classroom setting. The successful construction of buildings that reach ...

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Institutional Behavior Change and Sustainability

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It is well established that human behavior underlies almost all environmental problems, e.g. air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource overuse, waste generation and recycling, etc ...

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Growing Sustainable Economies: From Seeds to Restaurant Tables

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The case study presentation, Growing Sustainable Economies: From Seeds to Restaurant Tables, located at and near Gandhi Mahal in Minneapolis, will tell the story of a special educational and business ...

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Campus Sustainability Tours: Seeing is Teaching

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The University of North Texas offers special sustainability tours year round to primary, secondary and college level students. The tours also engage the off campus community to include sustainability professionals ...

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Washington State Higher Education Sustainability Coalition Meeting (2014)

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

Individuals from Washington state higher education institutions attended this business lunch held by the Washington State Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC). During this session, WAHESC advisory committee members discussed the ...

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Fostering Sustainability Through Place-based Ecological Design

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This presentation will feature the activities and philosophy of the Ecological Design Collaboratory recently established at UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. The Collaboratory has become the hub of design-build ...

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Environmental Leadership Program Networking & Professional Meeting

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging ...

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Enterprise Geodesign: University-Community Sustainability Partnerships

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

This brief describes University-Community partnerships initiated within the Masters of Geographic Information Systems for Sustainability Management program at the University of Washington. Enterprise Geodesign University-Community Partnership have been established between ...

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Willamette University’s Zena Forest & Farm: Serving Sustainability Plus Broader Institutional Goals

  • Willamette University (OR)

As more liberal arts institutions establish and acquire nearby farms and undeveloped properties for sustainability education and programming, it is of increasing importance to critically examine these decisions and see ...

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Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm

  • Xavier University (OH)

The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm, is an Appalachian love affair between a man, his farm, and his desire to make the world a better place ...

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Building a Permaculture Garden with Community

  • Xavier University (OH)

Building a permaculture garden with community members, students, faculty and local farmers, has been an exhilarating experience. It started with an alumni neighbor asking if she could work on a ...

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Sponsored Theater Presentation: Partnerships in Sustainability: A Collaborative Approach Presenters

  • GSE Research (West Yorkshire)

Building responsible businesses in a sustainable society is a challenge which faces citizens and governments, employers and employees, producers and consumers alike. Possibly most of all, it is a challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Payment for Ecosystem Services for Carbon Sequestration in Haiti: Offsetting University Air Travel Emission to Meet Sustainability Goals

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This case study explores the institutional dimension of a university program taking climate action at the community level, with a goal to contribute to sustainable development in Haiti, while building ...

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Campus Community Garden Completed its First Successful Harvest

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

After their first successful harvest, members of the UAF Campus Community Garden are looking forward to new opportunities next season. After being conceived last spring, gardening enthusiasts constructed a working ...

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Service Learning and Sustainability: Students prepare environmental risk assessment reports for urban homeowners in Nashville

  • Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

In 2010 the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Tennessee State University (TSU), a historically black college, presented a proposal to the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD ...

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Adaptation and Sustainability Planning for Metro Davidson County Tennessee

  • Lipscomb University (TN)

The City of Nashville experienced a historic flood in 2010 that resulted in $2 billion in estimated damages to private property; rainfall that exceeded 17 inches, highest in 140 years ...

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A Call to Action: Higher Education, Civic Engagement & Resilient Communities

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Climate risk is a function of exposure and vulnerability to impacts, and some communities are at greater risk than others. Impacts of climate change will be felt both as sudden ...

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Partnerships for Youth Development: Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE)

  • Missouri State University (MO)

The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is a week-long academy for high school students sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri State University, Missouri Department of Conservation ...

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Reinventing Community: Oberlin College's Green Arts District

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

The Green Arts District (GAD) is the heart of a regional plan launched in 2009 to transform the progressive college campus and city into a sustainable model of a post ...

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Lessons from Lama: The Importance of Community in Sustainability

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Sustainability creates communities. Or perhaps it is that communities create sustainability. We in the sustainability field have known for a long time that to get the job done, we need ...

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Building Resilient Communities through Community-University Partnerships

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

The University of Minnesota builds resilient communities throughout the state: At scales from neighborhood to community to regional to statewide; In duration, from months to semesters to year-long to multi-year ...

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Developing Resilient Communities through Community-University Partnerships

  • Luther College (IA)

One of the key strategies for dealing with global climate change is campus–community collaboration (M’Gonigle & Starke) to develop resilient, sustainable communities (Ausubel); as demonstrated at two small ...

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Don't Go it Alone: Collaborations for Community Resiliency

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

This session will discuss four important mutually beneficial collaborations that Ithaca College and Cornell University have undertaken together or in which they are major participants, along with other sectors of ...

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Closing the Loop on Waste: How Student Waste Becomes a Community Resource

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

At the end of every school year, students leave unwanted goods behind…literally tons of it. Faced with the question of how to handle this wanton waste, Appalachian State University ...

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From the Bayou to our Campus: Immersive Experience as an Opportunity for Student Leadership

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Over the last two years, our students have travelled to southern Louisiana as part of our Alternative Winter Break program to help transform and adapt the landscape into one that ...

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The Sustainable City Year Program: An Adaptable Model for Large Scale, University Engagement and Impact

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In 2012, AASHE recognized the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) leaders with the Faculty Innovation Award. The award recognized the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which the ...

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Rehearsing Change: Using Creative Means to Empower the Sustainability Dialogue

  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Pichincha)

This workshop shares methodologies that can be used to addresses several obstacles to engagement and understanding: 1) we work in a multi-faceted field in which the many actors (students, faculty ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Local Food in the Carolinas Program: Campuses to Communities

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

The Duke Endowment (TDE) schools, Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University, all have significant interest in promoting sustainable farm and food systems in the Carolinas ...

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Playing Like A Team: Advancing Campus Sustainability By Greening Sports

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)

With help from organizations such as AASHE and the U.S. EPA, colleges and universities across the nation are implementing campus-wide sustainability programs to enhance their environmental performance. Many of ...

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What to Know When Building Bridges With Evangelical Christians on Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Carroll University (WI)
  • Houghton College (NY)
  • Center for Environmental Leadership (CA)

Both what American evangelicals believe about the nexus of faith, science and culture, and the fabric of the social institutions they inhabit, influence their responses to environmental sustainability and climate ...

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Transforming Enemies Into Allies: How to Have Difficult—But Necessary—Conversations in Our Roles as Sustainability Change Agents

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop will give us the space to learn and practice some tactics for having those difficult conversations that are unavoidably part of the work of making change happen within ...

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Beyond Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities at the Growing Edge of Campus Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Warren Wilson College (NC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Over the past 15 years, sustainability has grown from obscurity to a mainstream higher education phenomenon. The field’s maturity was evident in three questions raised during informal conversations at ...

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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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Scores

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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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