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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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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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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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