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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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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Bleeding Beyond the Campus Boundaries: How Colleges and Universities are Collaborating with their Local Communities to Realize Restorative Cities Now

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This session will explore how colleges and universities are serving as living laboratories of sustainability and how these schools are engaging their local communities to re-imagine a restorative civilization now ...

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Navigating Bureaucracy to Teach for a Better World: Sustainability and Ethics

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Integrating sustainability-content throughout the curriculum remains perhaps the key challenge of higher education going forward, as our ability to balance the needs of society with the available resources of the ...

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Challenges to Greening Your Campus Facilities Discussion

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Are you a champion for greening facilities on your campus? More energy efficient buildings? Better access to alternate transportation? More green space around and in between your buildings? Greener purchasing ...

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Community College Reception

  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Celebrate the work that community colleges have done to transform their campuses and communities, and enjoy a drink with your colleagues during this community college networking reception. The Center for ...

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How a Sustainability Office Can Transform Town/Gown Relationships

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Chicago (IL)

Universities have long struggled with town/gown relationships, typically employing a community relations office to be its face and defender in the community. However, sustainability offices have a unique role ...

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Creating Hubs of Indigenous Innovation through Public/Private Partnerships: the Collaboration between MA`O Organic Farms and University of Hawai`i West O`ahu

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

This panel will present an innovative partnership between Ma'o Organic Farms, Leeward Community College (LCC), and the University of Hawaii West O'ahu (UHWO). MAO is a non-profit youth ...

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Supporting and Strengthening Student Work Through Statewide Networks

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Statewide networks for young people working on sustainability are sprouting up across the country. They are connecting, supporting, and amplifying the work of young people who are advancing sustainability on ...

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Mind the gap- what we have to learn from students (who study abroad)

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Yale University (CT)

Study abroad is often recalled as one of the most pivotal and transformative experiences in a college student's life. Aside from Freshman orientation, a student traveling abroad is perhaps ...

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Community Engagement: Learning With and From Community Neighbors

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • Herman Miller (CO)

We define community engagement as connecting the great things happening on campus with the great things going on in the community. With a small, but ambitious Green Team, it made ...

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Student Summit Leadership Development Collaboratory

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Our Collaboratory will begin with an introduction to "Developing Your Leader-ful Presence". This portion of our workshop will engage participants in a dialogue about the Leadership Maturation Journey which will ...

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Experiential Learning in Sustainability & Study Abroad

  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between classroom and community, and to better understand the multi-dimensionality of sustainable development concepts, it has become more and more ...

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Zero Waste Venues - Focus on Athletics/Sports Venues: Perspectives from three Campuses

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

Many campuses have a strong recycling infrastructure in place for day-to-day recycling collections and waste minimization, but may or may not have such a strong program specifically for Athletic events ...

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Impure Public Good Consumption: A Field Experiment

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Impure public goods such as recycling, green electricity, and composting offer private consumption, warm glow through the private provision of the public good, and the potential for social rewards. Research ...

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A Saskatchewan Prairie Partnership: Collaborating To Advance Sustainability Research

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), a graduate school at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR ...

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Sustainability & Social Justice; How College Students Engage with Subjugated Populations in the Community

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

What is social sustainability and why is it important? Master's students and undergrads join together to work with subjugated groups in the community to combat the powerful forces of ...

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Working Within the World: How The New School brings real-world projects into the classroom

  • The New School (NY)

In line with its dedication to interdisciplinary coursework and giving students hands-on experience, The New School presents two recent projects that exemplify working within the world. Empowerhouse brought together students ...

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Go Green and Go Home! How College Administrators are Investing in the Future by Communicating with Sustainability Activists

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Global Spark (WA)

Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Tar Sands Action...this year has seen an explosion of social justice activism that continues to ignite public imaginations. This presentation looks at how colleges ...

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Living & Learning Communities for Sustainability Students Studying Abroad

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Hovestaden)

DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad has created a unique opportunity for American undergraduate students through their "Living & Learning Communities" in Copenhagen. What originally started as a "Green House ...

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Service Learning through On-Campus Technical Design Projects: Examples from Engineers for a Sustainable World

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

Engineers for a Sustainable World is a national organization whose local student chapters help students practice technical skills in real-world projects. Many chapters choose to work on their own campuses ...

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Within Reach: The Movie

  • Fellowship for Intentional Community (MO)

This film is an epic quest, a story of personal and planetary transformation. It's an adventure, and there's a little bit of love story in the mix too ...

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Harnessing Student Talent to Invigorate, Forge and Sustain Partnerships

  • Focus the Nation (OR)

This panel discussion showcases a community college's student-led initiative to create a community renewable energy project and will explore three key components to building strategic partnerships and effective collaborations ...

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Ecosystems Planning: A Systems Approach to Sustainability Strategy

  • George Washington University (DC)

The George Washington University's Ecosystem Enhancement Plan complements the Climate Action Plan (2010) and the GWater Plan (2011). Through this plan GW reviews its impact and dependence on ecosystems ...

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Egyptian Sustainable Urbanism (ESU): An Experimental Study of the Academic Role towards Glocal Challenges

  • Mansoura University

This research is about an experiment of creating a stimulating laboratory of innovative concepts and thorough studies based on the national sustainable urban perspective of Egypt. It demonstrates an overview ...

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How Sustainability Shapes Pedagogical Approaches to Building Equity and Diversity Competencies at McGill University

  • McGill University (QC)

This presentation will examine lessons about the relationship between social justice and sustainability that the staff at McGill University's SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education) Office have learned through ...

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Canadian College and University Meetup

  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Informal meet and greet for participants from Canadian colleges and universities for networking, knowledge exchange, inspiration, and exploration of opportunities for establishment of collaborative partnerships, projects or programs going forward.

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Fostering Campus and Community Partnerships for Sustainability

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Strong campus community partnerships can help address critical community needs, provide learning opportunities for students, and help build stronger relationships between the campus and community members and institutions. This panel ...

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Green Your Identity: Strategic Branding and Marketing of Sustainability Programs at Higher Education Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

Have you ever wanted more turn-out at events, more press coverage, more faculty engagement, for your sustainability initiatives? In order to get more people engaged, we need to get better ...

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Networking Meetup Lunch for Sustainability Professionals in Higher Education

  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

Among the huge number of attendees at the AASHE Conference, this is an opportunity to enjoy a working lunch for full-time higher education sustainability professionals specifically. Attendees will have a ...

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Eat Here Now: Imagining a Community of Very Very Local Food

  • NewSchool of Architecture and Design (CA)

There are a number of obstacles that hinder the development of urban agriculture, with land ownership, lack of available public funding, and competing demands on limited open space most often ...

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Making Progress: Challenges & Successes With an Every Changing Student Body

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

All Universities have the same problem, students have the nerve to graduate and move on after 4 years, or even less in some cases. Many students early in their college ...

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Powerful Partnerships: Working with Your Local Utility to Promote and Fund Energy Efficiency Initiatives

  • University of San Diego (CA)

During a time of budget cuts and resource constraints, colleges now more than ever need to work smarter to lower costs, and to meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals ...

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From WTF! to WTSF! Working Towards a Sustainable Future at SCC

  • St. Charles Community College (MO)

Saint Charles Community College (SCC) is now moving toward a culture of sustainability. Two years ago the campus had no plan for promoting sustainability. Through the formation of Team Green ...

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Transforming our Universities into Sustainable Development Labs Opened to the World

  • Université de Sherbrooke (QC)

In our universities, any global sustainable development strategy should be woven into teaching, research and management activities altogether. In fact, universities are poised to become efficient sustainable development labs, locally ...

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Sustainable Communities Network in Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Through collaborative efforts of the sustainability minor program, the Applied Sustainability Center, and the Environmental Dynamics program, we will be conducting an in-depth review of current sustainability metrics. A first ...

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Sustainability Beyond and On the Campus

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • H&A Columbus-UBC

Our paper focuses on a course we have developed and teach that connects Engineering students at our university with rural artisans in India. In the course, students propose solutions to ...

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Cognitive Apprenticeship through Documentation Projects in Digital Media

  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

Given the expense and time intensity of educational projects that involve video or other digital/image production equipment, editing software, production costs, end product management and maintenance etc. sustainability educators ...

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Students Step Up Sustainability in Minnesota's Cities: the Green Step Cities Project

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Students from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities create sustainability plans and actions in Minnesota as part of the Sustainability Studies Minor capstone course. With faculty direction, students work on city ...

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Reboot-Fun and Engaging Online Sustainability Game

  • University of Missouri (MO)

REBOOT is a mobile/online game for sustainability education and action created by the MU Sustainability Office and multiple partners. REBOOT is a high-tech scavenger hunt that for ten weeks ...

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On the CUSP: Washington, D.C.'s College and University Sustainability Pledge

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

The District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP) is designed to be a meaningful yet flexible commitment to produce tangible benefits for DC's local environment ...

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Habitat for Humanity Eco-Village: A Living-Learning Laboratory for Sustainable Campus-Community Development

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Eco-Village is one, if not the most progressive low to moderate income housing project in the country. Through a holistic systems approach to ...

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College & University Recycling Coalition Annual Business Meeting Lunch

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Join CURC's steering committee for our annual business meeting luncheon. Grab lunch from conference catering and bring your plate to our meeting for a brief update on CURC's ...

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UMACS Networking Session

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Get together with students, faculty, and staff from the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS). Discuss progress and challenges at your institution.

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YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip

  • Blue Lens, LLC (PA)

Bill McKibben says about YERT, "Here's a trip you'll wish you'd taken, and you'll be glad you get to watch!" Join us for the 60-minute educational ...

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Ohio Delegation Gathering of AASHE Attendees

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Ohio delegation lunch gathering of AASHE attendees

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Christian Perspectives and Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Ed

  • Center for Environmental Leadership (CA)

More and more Christian institutions of higher learning are starting to embrace sustainability, and as they do a nexus of faith and practice issues arise. This workshop is devoted to ...

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium: Regional Networking Lunch

  • Cornell University (NY)

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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Re-envisioning Our Physical World to Fit Our Community's Needs Through the Use of Human Movement

  • Delta College (MI)

Human movement can teach us about our physical world and present options for using our environment to fill our needs for teaching, learning, working, and engaging with our community. How ...

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Student Summit Keynote Given by Billy Parish

  • AASHE (PA)

Billy Parish is Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace, and Co-Author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. In 2002, he ...

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Glória Campus of Federal University of Uberlândia: Planning a Sustainable Campus with Public Participation

  • Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Federal University of Uberlândia, in Brazil planned a sustainable campus for his expansion, with a participatory process that involves professors, students and administrative staff. The "Câmpus Glória" project crossed all ...

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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

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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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