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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Philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability: It’s all about Inspiring Deep Thinking

  • Wright State University (OH)

Come to our campus, learn about our school, interact with other students, tour our facilities, meet our faculty – You’ll want to invest 4 or 5 years with us! Sound ...

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Growing An Integrated Urban Farm, Modular and Mobile

  • Xavier University (OH)

With space constraints, a Master Plan that is a "moving target," and limited funds, Xavier University undertook to build a farm on-campus. The design choices at every step of the ...

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Waste and Access: Communicating about sustainability between universities in developed and developing countries

  • Yale University (CT)

Sustainability initiatives in the United States are largely focused on reducing waste in terms of materials, water, energy, fuel, and even time and money. In less economically developed countries, however ...

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Experiential Learning in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship': A Costa Rican Case-Study

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

This session will provide an overview of a sample interdisciplinary experiential study abroad program in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship' in Costa Rica. This will include a summary of program design through ...

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Zero Waste Stadiums: Don't Be Scared (Or Maybe A Little)

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Join us for an interactive session on Zero Waste sports venues. A zero waste stadium is commonly defined as one that achieves or seeks to achieve 90% diversion rate or ...

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Environmental Sustainability in Information Technology: It's a Culture Thing

  • University of Michigan (MI)

We have found that IT professionals and users of technology have not traditionally considered the impact of their computing choices on the environment. Yet, nearly every computing choice has an ...

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Getting to the Point: Teaching STEM Content Through Societal Challenges

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Our planet and its inhabitants are under unprecedented stress. More than ever before, we need people - citizens, scientists, engineers, and teachers - who not only understand the scientific and societal dimensions ...

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Hope and Sustainability Education: Initiating a Research Collaborative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Generating and maintaining hope among students is recognized as a challenge for sustainability educators, but what do we really know about course content and experiences that generate hope rather than ...

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Community and Sustainability - Tour and Discussion at an Urban Ecovillage

  • Fellowship for Intentional Community (MO)

Learn the history, context, accomplishments, pitfalls, transitions, plans and visions for this 13-year old two block central city eco-village and sister communities around the world. On-site tour showcases systems for ...

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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 Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • 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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Student Led Weatherizations at Harvard: Delivering Exponential Impact from Small Energy Retrofits

  • Harvard University (MA)

Finding a way to give a broad number of students hands on experience in facility operations while making a significant impact on energy consumption is a complex process. After four ...

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Changing the Default: Using Social Marketing Research to Promote Behavior Change Campaigns

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Tackling sustainability issues usually means change at every level of an organization. Even within large powerful organizations change has to begin with someone acting differently. Sometimes highlighting financial benefits can ...

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Stakeholder Connectedness on the Susquehanna River: An Ecosystem Approach to Fracking

  • Susquehanna University (PA)

This paper proposes an inventory of the Susquehanna River Basin stakeholders as an initial step toward conceptualizing a self-sustaining, resilient ecosystem comprised of the natural environment and humans. The urgency ...

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A Collaborative Approach: Community Waste Management at Carleton College

  • Carleton College (MN)

Successful waste management should engage and involve the entire campus community. Through the Community Waste Program, we collaboratively sought to provide composting in academic and administrative campus buildings, reduce the ...

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Regionally Organizing for Sustainability: South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC)

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • Prairie State College (IL)
  • South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (IL)

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) is a regional consortium of 12 higher education institutions, representing non-profit, private, for-profit and four- and two-year universities and colleges. This consortium is led ...

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Nurturing Sustainability Leaders: Pedagogical Practices and Guiding Stories

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) graduate program at Portland State University focuses on preparing sustainability leaders by developing: 1) a reflective understanding of self 2) an understanding the world ...

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Fostering University-Wide Sustainable Behaviors Through Service Learning: A Classroom Transition From Theory To Real World Application.

  • Utah State University (UT)

This presentation will introduce 1) a redesigned Sustainable Living mixed undergraduate/graduate service learning course offered at a major Land-Grant university, 2) key service learning strategies that have and have ...

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Rural Communities: The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is a National Science Foundation funded collaboration between Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop climate change education programs for ...

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Low Income Weatherization: At the Intersection of Environmental Engagement and Community Service

  • Williams College (MA)

One of the ongoing challenges in campus sustainability is the need to engage students who may not primarily identify with environmental issues. For the past four years, students at our ...

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The Yale Community Carbon Fund; Reducing Emissions and Increasing Economic Security in Local Communities

  • Yale University (CT)

The Yale Community Carbon Fund seeks both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase economic security for low-income people living in New Haven. Funds are raised through a combination ...

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The CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership

  • Chaffey College (CA)
  • Mt. San Antonio College (CA)
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CA)

The California Community Colleges (CCC) and Investor Owned Utility (IOU) Energy Efficiency Partnership has been helping the Community College system become more environmentally and fiscally sustainable since 2006. This innovative ...

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Campus Farmers' Market: An Innovative Partnership Approach to Building Consensus and Gaining Approval

  • Purdue University (IN)

A successful farmers' market on campus provides access to local, healthy food, connects the campus to the local community and the regional landscape, and teaches students about where their food ...

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Higher Education and Student Affairs Networking Luncheon

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Oregon State University (OR)
  • Waubonsee Community College (IL)

Drop by and join your student affairs colleagues for a conversation about the role of student affairs professionals in the sustainability movement. Hosted by the NASPA Knowledge Community on Sustainability ...

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The Commons Movement: A New Lens for Sustainability Education

  • Portland State University (OR)

A growing number of scholars and change agents have embraced a commons framework for raising consciousness and action related to sustainability. The national "On the Commons" movement describes the commons ...

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Connecting Campus Sustainability at Macalester College with the United Nations

  • Macalester College (MN)

At Macalester College, internationalism remains a long-standing part of our college mission. More recently, sustainability rose as another strong commitment. However, these two areas have been parallel, but separate, activities ...

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Community Energy Generation and Storage (CEGS): Missouri Homes Will Share the Load

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Community Energy Generation and Storage (CEGS) is a new project beginning at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. This CEGS concept describes a new vision for renewable energy generation ...

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Getting the Word Out

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Universities do a great job of educating their students in their chosen fields of study. Why is it then that it can be such a challenge to educate students, faculty ...

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Strategies for Building and Reinventing Effective Sustainability Committees

  • New York University (NY)

Since 2006, our institution's sustainability initiatives have been shaped by a participatory, grassroots, volunteer-driven body comprised of faculty, students, and staff from across our decentralized urban campus. This Sustainability ...

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Achieving Long-Term Energy Conservation Through Partnerships and Collaborations.

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

The Evergreen State College has achieved and maintained an 18% reduction in total campus energy consumption since 2009. This presentation will describe the partnerships, projects, and internal behavioral changes that ...

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Partnering With Utilities for Energy Efficient Dorms - Water Heating Project Study and Other Ways to Reduce Energy

  • Pepperdine University (CA)
  • Enovative Group Inc

Higher Education Institutions are continually striving to reduce energy consumption for both environmental and cost reasons. As concerns rise with the cost of tuition, the institutions need to look at ...

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Social Sustainability Month: Creating Campus-wide Networks to Build a More Holistic Sustainability Movement

  • Portland State University (OR)

By institutionalizing an annual designated time for dialogue between students, staff, faculty, and community, projects like Social Sustainability Month (SSM) can increase capacity for university collaboration and partnerships. This session ...

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Leonardo da Vinci to Higher Education: Lead us on a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Path Now

  • Portland State University (OR)

Humanity is at crossroads without historical precedent. Because of the extraordinary and exponential growth of population and the expansive dynamic of industrial capitalism, humans have become pervasive and dominant forces ...

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Academic Libraries and Sustainable Scholarly Content

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

This presentation discusses the role of libraries in promoting sustainable practices by creating and utilizing a scholarly model of highlighting intellectual content and communication in academia. University community members aspire ...

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Connecting Visual Art/Design and Environmental Studies Courses to Develop Integrated Solutions to Sustainability-Focused Campus Projects: A Service-Learning Model

  • Maryville College (TN)

As many sustainability-focused campus projects require a strong component of visual 'marketing, propaganda, or promotion' to make them successful, it's critical that students engaged in environmental issues should learn ...

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Effectively Interpreting and Communicating about Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Successful efforts to increase sustainability at colleges and universities can have a large impact in conserving natural resources, saving money for the institutions of higher education, providing a role model ...

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Building Alumni Engagement in Campus Sustainability Initiatives

  • Yale University (CT)

As stated on the front cover of its Sustainability Strategic Plan, "Success depends on the active contribution of every member of the Yale community." The Yale Office of Sustainability prioritizes ...

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Be Socially Sustainable: Bringing the Social into Sustainability Planning & Outreach

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Sustainability is out of balance, the environmental and economic aspects are tipping the scales at institutions of higher education and leaving the social aspects behind. As discussed in a recent ...

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The Bike as a Didactic Tool

  • The New School (NY)

At The New School the bicycle does more than bring people to campus; it is a pedagogic device to both the benefit of the student and the institution. Parsons The ...

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Creating an Interactive Campus Sustainability Map

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Most campuses look for ways to communicate what they are doing to make their campuses more sustainable. This abstract argues that a key piece of a sustainability communications strategy is ...

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CSI: Greensboro - Engaging Arts Students in the Sustainability Conversation

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The fine arts are often an overlooked area to promote and engage university sustainability. However, for institutions that embrace the arts throughout their curricula, ways to engage this community are ...

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Bringing Farmworker Awareness to the Sustainable Food Table at PSU

  • Portland State University (OR)

This presentation will highlight the work of three students who brought the national Farmworker Awareness Week campaign to Portland State University. The groups' primary goal was to educate students on ...

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Coca-Cola and Colorado State University: Model of a Sustainable Partnership

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

This session's objective is to describe and inspire opportunities for corporate-academic partnerships in environmental sustainability. The session is motivated with specific examples of partners leveraging their abilities in collaborative ...

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Occupy Education: Learning and Living Sustainability

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The presenter offers a visual summary of her book by the same title. Her work is motivated by the sustainability crisis and energized by the drive for social justice that ...

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Educating Citizens as Change Agents

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University is beginning implementation of a program to empower students and alumni to become lifelong participants in community-based, sustainability-oriented social change efforts beyond their time at PSU. The ...

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Under the Truffula Trees: Creating Institutional Change Beginning with Students

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In Spring 2008, I taught an Introduction to Sociology class that took me down a path I had not anticipated taking. I required students in the class to submit a ...

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Sustainability Education Combines with Place-based Education in UVM Graduate-level Team-taught Service-learning Integrative Course

  • University of Vermont (VT)

PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program applies landscape analysis and whole systems thinking to fostering a sense of place and a sustainable future in local communities. It seeks ...

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Community Gardens Engage Students to Serve as a Bridge between University and Community

  • Antioch University Midwest (OH)

Food security has been identified by the city of Keene, NH as an area of critical importance for community resiliency. Our city's efforts have been supported by a growing ...

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Storytelling and Storymaking: A New Paradigm for Sustainability Management

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Complying with commitments (climate and otherwise) is necessary but not sufficient for realizing a vision of a sustainable society. Moving colleagues, senior leaders, and students to creative action requires something ...

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Sustainable Water Consumption in Two Kentucky Higher Education Communities

  • Hopkinsville Community College (KY)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Concern about the environmental and economic implications of bottled water motivated a multi-method study on two college campuses in Kentucky: Western Kentucky University and Hopkinsville Community College. Survey and interview ...

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Sustainability Curriculum: Place-based Understanding Through Campus and Community Projects

  • Daemen College (NY)

As proposed by Burns (2011), sustainability education should include opportunities for students to actively participate in improving sustainability through projects that connect them with the geographic region where they live ...

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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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