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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Sustainable design and construction contest

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Universidad de Monterrey created a multidisciplinary contest were students must develop an alternative energy systems and sustainable building proposal on a non-profit organization that attends people in situations of vulnerability ...

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Compost Diplomacy and Harvesting the Waste of Nations

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The student-run compost program at the University of Arizona provides a model for how institutions of higher education can engage profoundly with their communities and the social and environmental challenges ...

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Northern Roots: Growing Food in the Western Lake Superior Region: A Participatory, Public Ethnography in Film Form

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Planting and cultivation instructions: 1) Combined engaged students, hard-working farmers, a supportive university, dedicated nonprofit leaders and the fertile potential of participatory media. 2) Seed the ground with community coordination ...

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Project-based courses provide practical educational experience for students and advance sustainability within local community

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), a local non-profit that promotes sustainable energy and six area businesss has resulted in a series of class projects implemented into two ...

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Engaging Beyond the Sustainability Circle

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Our universities have the potential to create diverse ways of producing sustainable change both on and off campus. This student summit presentation would be a collaborative brainstorm cafe of ways ...

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MinuteEarth: Sustainability Science Education through Online Videos

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We propose to discuss the diversity of approaches to sustainability science education. As one example, we will share some of our MinuteEarth videos (https://www.youtube.com/minuteearth) with the ...

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Toy Totem

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Toy Totem is constructed small plastic toys of the McDonald's Happy Meal variety. The toys are cheap and cute or fun. However, their use is limited and often discarded ...

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Seed Diversity and Locality: Using seed libraries to explore the importance of regional crop diversity in the past and future

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Since the Green Revolution, modern agriculture has shifted from a local to a more global industry. In order to provide food for the growing population, monocultures, or large swaths of ...

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Stewardship Science: Connecting undergraduate-led sustainability research with community service

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Growing environmental challenges make sustainability science training a pressing educational goal. Given the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems, strategies are needed to recruit students with diverse skills to ...

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Virginia Commonwealth University High-Output Learning Garden: Coordinating Resources and Partnerships to Relieve Food Insecurity

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Food deserts are areas with limited access to healthy food options and are a major contributor to health issues and inequality in the United States. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU ...

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New Documentary Film 'The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson' (52 min) + Q/A

  • Blue Lens, LLC (PA)

Rachel Carson remains a heroic role model for living in harmony with nature. This new documentary film offers perspectives on the impact of her message and her life from her ...

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Balanced Rock Sculptures

  • Canukshuk Artworks (MN)

On site designed balanced stone/rock sculpture - constructed on site to fit the space uniquely for design and creative perspective. Material would be inclusive of native Minnesotan components - rocks/stones ...

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Closing Keynote - Shalini Gupta

  • Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (MN)

Shalini Gupta has worked at numerous local, regional and national organizations on state/regional regulatory and legislative policy analysis and advocacy related to renewable energy and climate change issues. Her ...

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Public/Private Partnerships Utilizing Service and Experiential Learning to Facilitate Student Engagement

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

There are a number of local municipalities in the Metropolitan Atlanta area that are in need of developmental plans to transition their communities into sustainable, self-sufficient enterprises. The most obvious ...

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Oskēh-Mamāceqtāwak Kēketōwak: Youth Speak

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

High school students who are participating in College of Menominee Nation's Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program (SLC) will present two videos. The first video, Nama'o The Ancient Story Teller ...

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George Washington Carver, A Role Model for Sustainability

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Through a brief presentation and a clip from a recent documentary, learn about George Washington Carver, arguably one of the premier forefathers of the sustainability movement in the United States ...

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Life Long Learning inspired by a Sustainable Building Course in Costa Rica

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This case study introduces a study-abroad program in Costa Rica, which focuses on Sustainable Building Practices. During the past two years, Colorado State University (CSU) and EARTH University formed a ...

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HBCU Meet up

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FL)

The HBCU meet up is a networking session for sustainability professionals working at historically black colleges and universities as well as others interested in collaborating with HBCUs to advance sustainability ...

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The GW Eco-Equity Challenge: student innovators and community partners address environmental and climate justice

  • George Washington University (DC)

Universities as anchor institutions have an important role to play in their communities. Students often bring their innovative ideas to solve social problems to university leaders for support. This case ...

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Lessons from Germany to the US 1: Change

  • Grinnell College (IA)

To think about how we can institute sustainability efforts at Grinnell College, we visited Germany to ask how institutions there have achieved such great success, hoping to bring successful ideas ...

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Putting Classroom Skills into Practice: From Curriculum to Community Sustainability Planning

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

This session will share a case study about how faculty can engage in sustainability in the community, and in the process provide pathways for positive change, increased awareness of sustainability ...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Practicum

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

In this session we will explore how we have used integrated design and a holistic approach to leverage our capstone sustainability practicum to not only offer our students practical experience ...

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Connecting Students and Community to Sustainability with Short Videos

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

In this session we will explore how to incorporate students and alumni in the teaching and learning process in sustainability studies through the use of short videos. We will discuss ...

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Campus Farm to Campus Table: Highlighting Local Foods and Student Work in a Campus Harvest Lunch

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2014, several dozen students, faculty, staff, and volunteers worked together to source a campus farm lunch at Johnson County Community College, a large, suburban ...

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Regional Sustainability as Social Innovation

  • Luther College (IA)

This case study will present research on the connections between sustainability and the growing fields of social innovation and collective impact. How do organizations and communities best address complex social ...

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Spreading the Word: Effective Communication on Campus

  • Luther College (IA)

Effective communication is essential in promoting and running any sustainability initiative. Every day, institutions are coming up with projects that further our energy efficiency, connect us to local food systems ...

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Life After College: Speed Networking with Peers and Graduates

  • Macalester College (MN)

This networking event will allow students to build relationships with peers and small groups of recent graduates. Participants will first ask predetermined conversation starters regarding their own work or interests ...

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Macalester College Tour

  • Macalester College (MN)

Macalester College has been a leader in sustainability since the 1960s when students started a recycling program and Facilities Services started working on energy conservation. The school also hosts the ...

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Look Here exhibition - at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MN)

This exhibition spotlights seven Minnesota artists and designers working to change people's perception and understanding of our impact on the natural world. A focal point of this show is ...

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NYU Microgrid: Resiliency During Super Storm Sandy

  • New York University (NY)

A case study of the design, construction, operation and benefits of the NYU cogeneration plant and the NYU microgrid which supplies electricity to 26 buildings and heating and cooling to ...

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Transforming Sustainability Education: Curricular and Co-Curricular Tools for Engaging the Social Dimensions of Change

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

This interactive, participatory round table workshop will provide context around why transformative learning and deeper engagement in sustainability issues is important, drawing from the work of the Northwest Earth Institute ...

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Transforming Despair

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Understanding the implications of climate change can leave people at a loss, pushing them into a state of despair. Lertzman (2012) argues that emotions associated with negativity and despair can ...

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Washington State Higher Education Sustainability Coalition Meeting (2015)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (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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Feeding Two Birds with One Scone: Building Sustainable Communities and Student Leaders through Place-based Projects

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to assist local communities to address climate mitigation and adaption by translating research into practice. Colleges and universities also have a moral obligation ...

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Rice University's Farmer's Market: a case study of a Farmer's Market at a private University

  • Rice University (TX)

The Rice Farmer's Market was established in 2010 with the primary goal of making locally grown food available to as many consumers as possible, providing a growing marketplace for ...

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium

  • Smith College (MA)

This is a networking meeting for participants in the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC). All are welcome.

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Sustainability and Theater at St. Olaf College

  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Five senior Environmental Studies students asked: what is the environmental impact of theater at St. Olaf College? Inspired by experiences in theater and by an alumna's work on energy ...

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Art and Sustainability: Creative Problem Solving, Visual Communication, Active Learning and Sustainability Awareness

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

I am a practicing artist and a former tenured faculty member that recently switched paths to the administrative side of the college, to more directly address sustainability on our campus ...

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The Hive Project: Three Short Plays with Music

  • The Hive Project (MN)

The Hive Project is a triptych of short plays with music exploring the relationship between humans and bees. Inspired by the techniques Bertolt Brecht developed in the Lehrstuck (or 'learning ...

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Storytelling: The Buzzword That Can Actually Get You A Job

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Your last year of school looms ahead, perhaps even that dreaded G word in May. All those times your advisors tried to convince you to follow their career path, or ...

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Service Learning a tool for teaching sustainability and local development

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

For Universidad de Monterrey, Service - Learning is a pedagogy that fosters the improvement of academic quality and civic education, promoting an active participation and solidarity contributions for the local development ...

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New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE)

  • University at Albany (NY)

Networking meet up for those involved with sustainability in New York State higher education institutions.

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The UC Global Food Initiative; Leveraging University Research and Best Practices to Achieve Ambitious Global Goals

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano challenged the University of California system to leverage the innovative research and best practices that we have developed through our operations and curriculum ...

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Green Sports Alliance networking lunch

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

One of the most visible and global platforms for sustainability leadership is sports. In the past five years, hundreds of collegiate and professional sports teams, conferences, and leagues have rapidly ...

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UKnTrees: Growing urban forestry awareness, outreach, and education

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Many aspects of sustainability in urban environments, from environmental (stormwater management, climate regulation, urban heat island effects, air pollution removal) to economic (neighborhood and retail desirability, property values) to social ...

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The Real Food Campus Commitment; Student and Community Partnership at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Real Food Campus Commitment is a pledge for colleges and universities stating that they will buy at least 20% Real Food by 2020. Signing onto the commitment can be ...

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Self-Sustain Conferences - connecting sustainability students within the multi-campus, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities system.

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)

In 2008, a multi-disciplinary, system-wide sustainability committee was organized at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to improve sustainability related communication and collaborations between campuses at Minneapolis, St. Paul, Morris ...

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Art & Design Students Collaborate with University and Community to Mitigate Birdstrikes on Campus Buildings

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Summary: We present an innovative, grant-funded partnership between the university department of Art & Design, department of Writing Studies, Office of Sustainability, UMD Facilities Management, local wildlife rehabilitators, and local ...

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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Bike Tour

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Participants - limited to 20 - will take the Green Line light rail from DT Mpls. to the University's East Bank station. Once on campus, participants will be provided with bikes ...

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Ark of the Anthropocene a model for preservation and survival in a changing climate

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sean Connaughty has been making biosphere floats, they are self sustaining ecosystems that float in water. they range from seven feet in diameter to a few inches. The largest of ...

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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 (EAUC)

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Rivanna Natural Designs

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