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.

2009 resources

Envisioning a Sustainable Future for the Cincinnati Museum Center and its District

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

During the Fall Quarter of 2010 fifty-five students of architecture, planning, and engineering participated in an effort led by the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) to address sustainability issues within the ...

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Roche Health Center: The Role of Partnerships in Humanitarian Design Projects

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

Since 2004, our local non-profit has had a mission to unite communities to promote Life, Health and Education. Most of the organization's work focuses on three remote and impoverished ...

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Partnerships for Food Systems Change

  • University of Florida (FL)

This presentation would include several examples of what we have accomplished at UF regarding food systems change at various scales and with varoious partners, and engage the audience in a ...

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Universities, Entrepreneurs and Business Incubators: Social Innovation as Economic Solution

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

This paper will explore one university's attempt to help small businesses maximize their use of social innovation to solve social and/or environmental problems. The idea of social innovation ...

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Exploring the Living Classroom to Deepen Campus and Community Sustainability Stewardship

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

When it comes to teaching sustainability, the world is a "Living Classroom." Natural and manmade features readily inspire and challenge us to investigate the lessons they embody for environmental protection ...

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The 'University Farmers' Market': Promoting Holistic Sustainability Through Community Partnerships at the University of Northern BC

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

As one of the largest energy-consuming and emissions-producing sectors in the world, industrial food production is a significant contributor to climate change and other forms of environmental degradation (e.g ...

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Football Gamedays: Maximizing recycling and awareness

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame Gameday Recycling program is in its fifth season and has met with substantial success as well as many challenges. Each year various strategies have been ...

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Successful Composting-University of Tennessee-A Collaborative Compost Partnership-ARAMARK Volunteer Dining

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The food service industry produces large amounts of food during daily production. Although food service businesses strive to create minimal amounts of waste, items such as lemon peels, apple cores ...

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On the CUSP: Washington, DC's College and University Sustainability Pledge

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

"On the CUSP: Washington, DC's College and University Sustainability Pledge" will feature a panel of representatives that have worked to develop a higher education sector-wide compact to promote environmental ...

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UVA's Sustainability Advocacy Program

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Sustainability Advocacy program's purpose is to reach all incoming students about sustainability during their first year. By reaching them early we hope that they can learn how to ...

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Would You Like Crabs With That? A Complex Systems Simulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Over the past two years an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a major research university has designed and built a web-based multiplayer simulation game of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with ...

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Creating and Implementing an Interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor at the University of Virginia

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Together, a professor and student from a large public research university will discuss their successful efforts to establish an interdisciplinary Global Sustainability Minor. Participating undergraduate students from all majors learn ...

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Designing the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center: a Multi-University Collaboration

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Students developing sustainability literacy typically study science, technology, economics and social considerations, but art and culture are often excluded. The paper argues that they are essential for a comprehensive understanding ...

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De-Polarizing the Politics: Framing Sustainability in Traditional American Values

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

"Sustainability"" is an emotionally charged trigger word and concept for many people, especially in such strained socio-economic and politically polarized times. It is often assumed to be a smoke screen ...

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The Power of Networking, The Importance of Advocacy

  • Utah State University (UT)

Sustainability is a concept that needs more awareness through advocacy and networking. Sustainability is not a passing fancy, but a powerful movement that is progressive and growing bolder every day ...

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An International Trend Going Local: WSU Green BIke Program

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

Abstract: The youngest generation of bike sharing is speeding quickly and is no stranger to college campuses and universities. The Public Bike System of Montreal Canada and Washington State University ...

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Community gardens and access to green space for near-poverty populations

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

Backyard gardening has become more popular in recent years both as an outdoor recreation activity and a means of food safety and security. Access to open space for gardening is ...

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Building Campus Cultures of Sustainability - Part I: Systems Structures and Administration

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

As a gathering, we believe the AASHE Conference has tremendous potential to help build campus cultures of sustainability. The goal of our session is to help realize this vision by ...

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A Strategic Community Based Approach to Implementing Campus Sustainability

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

One of the greatest weaknesses to sustainability is the fact that it is not only multi-dimensional but also conceptually convoluted; demanding that practitioners juggle a myriad of concepts while balancing ...

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Utilizing a Community Partnership to Distribute Mattresses in the Community

  • Elon University (NC)

With hundreds of lightly used mattresses to remove from campus, the university took the opportunity to partner with a community non-profit organization to keep them out of the landfill and ...

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Greening Events- Beyond the Basics

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Earth Givers (FL)

Working with offices and organizations throughout campus and the community for planning, publicity, and hosting events has enriched a number of sustainability programs at the University of Florida. Unique partnerships ...

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No Money, No Travel, No Problem! UNC Focus Forward 2010

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Summer 2008. The Sustainability Committee of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, decided to host a traditional one-day, drive-in conference focusing on some of the best sustainable practices being ...

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Campus Sustainability as a Driver of Social Justice

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Oftentimes, we think of our sustainability efforts independent of social justice.

This panel will discuss innovative ideas for combining recycling while funding social justice initiatives. The panelists, representing both private ...

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Emerging Trends in Greening Athletics

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

Collegiate and professional sports stadium are slowly but significantly integrating sustainability into operational practices. Given the significant environmental impacts associated with sports, further advances are welcome and necessary. This panel ...

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National Council for Science & the Environment (NCSE): Building Community, Creating Solutions

  • National Council for Science & the Environment (DC)

NCSE has many programs and offers high-quality resources for those working to advance sustainability at colleges and universities:

• NCSE provides more than 150 University Affiliates with resources to strengthen their ...

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Turing Your University From Conservative to Conservationist

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

SMU once had a mock Earth Day. You heard me. Big wigs from oil companies would come out to give speeches on how global warming isn't real. Students wore ...

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Leading the Way: How CUNY is shaping sustainability in NYC

  • The City University of New York (NY)

As this nation's largest urban university, the City University of New York (CUNY) plays a transformational role in New York City's sustainable future with an educational footprint that ...

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Global Greening: Study Abroad and Sustainability at New York University

  • New York University (NY)

New York University has established its academic and cultural identity around the "global network university" model. With twelve different study abroad sites and the highest number of students studying abroad ...

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Civic Engagement: Drury University's Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions

  • Drury University (MO)

Drury University developed a portal through which students connect directly with area businesses for internships and course-based civic engagement to promote sustainable practices and ethics throughout the region. The Ozarks ...

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Higher Ed in the Green Economy

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)

This panel presentation will address the role of higher education in the emerging green economy. The lessons learned greening our own campuses are helping us to understand the common barriers ...

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Advancing the Green Work Force through Community College Networks

  • Haywood Community College (NC)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Jobs for the Future (MA)

As communities and the nation move toward sustainability and economic recovery, they will call upon community colleges to make significant and profound adjustments to prepare students for the new clean ...

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Connecting Students and Communities through Climate Change Support Internships

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Local governments are increasingly compelled to take action on climate change, but are extremely challenged to respond as a result of limited resources, staff capacity and technical knowledge. In the ...

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Greening for a Grade: Leveraging Action-Based Learning for Sustainability Progress

  • University of Central Florida (FL)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

This panel will include perspectives from diverse institutions and presenters on how action-based course projects can catalyze and leverage campus sustainability initiatives. The presenters will provide practical guidance on course ...

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Sustainability Initiatives at Education Corporation of America

  • Education Corporation of America (AL)

As part of our research and preparation for opening our first Ecotech Institute in Aurora—the first and only college entirely focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy ...

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Teaching Campus Sustainability: A Service Learning Class Focused On AASHE STARS

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainability directors are charged with educating the university population and helping the institution make real progress toward sustainability goals. Teaching a service-learning class is a feasible way for campus sustainability ...

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IIICE: A New Model for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of South Florida (FL)

A new model for sustainability in higher education has been created recently by the University of South Florida based on Integrated, Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Community Engagement (IIICE). The IIICE model ...

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How Academia Can Support Appalachian Coalfield Communities Transitioning Towards Sustainability

  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Queen's University (ON)
  • Clearfork Community Institute (TN)

The Appalachian Transition Initiative (ATI) is a collaborative effort to develop a just, sustainable and desirable future in Central Appalachia. ATI is a partnership with over 40 different nonprofits, businesses ...

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Community Partnerships for Sustainable Materials Management

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

Can campuses help our neediest neighbors and reduce greenhouse gas at the same time? Yes we can. This session will offer several examples of how schools partner with other non-profit ...

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Is it Time for a Revolution?

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Pacific University (OR)
  • Second Nature (MA)

We've come a long way baby... but are we moving fast enough? Although great strides have been made in the sustainability movement in higher education, is the pace of ...

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Creating a Bridge to Green Careers: Best Practices for Campuses

  • Santa Fe Community College (NM)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Green Economy (MA)
  • Green Career Central (CA)

More and more students want to leverage their education to land a green/clean/sustainable career upon graduation. With more than 50 industries and sectors making a concerted effort to ...

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Accelerating Climate Action through Local, State and Regional Networks

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

With more and more colleges and universities beginning to create climate action plans and implement sustainability initiatives, the need for developing networks to accelerate learning through peer-to-peer interaction and best ...

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Local Carbon Offset Projects: Lessons Learned from Yale, Furman, and Duke Universities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Yale University (CT)

Universities and Colleges across the nation are currently addressing climate change by making significant commitments to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. To meet their aggressive reduction targets campuses are identifying ...

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Doing More with Less: Tapping Campus Partnerships and Online Resources

  • Duke University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

Tough economic times have brought new challenges in sustainability outreach and engagement. Facing tight budgets, sustainability professionals must think creatively to reach their campus community. Highlighted in this panel presentation ...

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Campus Organic Gardens On the Rise

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Saint Michael's College (VT)

Program organizers from several different colleges plan to lead an interactive discussion on different approaches to community and organic gardening on college campuses. Campus gardens are known for being one ...

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EVERYBODY WINS! Effective Statewide/Regional Higher Ed Sustainability Partnerships

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Kean University (NJ)

EVERYBODY WINS! Effective Statewide/Regional Higher Ed Sustainability Partnerships

Meeting of minds and hearts across institutional and disciplinary boundaries. Hierarchy leveled in shared projects. More clout with governors, legislatures, local ...

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Be An Effective Sustainability Champion: Lessons from National Sustainability Fellows

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Anyone on campus can be a champion for sustainability, from faculty and staff to students and community members. Sustainability champions are needed to build momentum on campus and in the ...

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Community Colleges - National Initiatives and Resources for You

  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • American Association of Community Colleges (DC)

Community Colleges educate adults of all ages and backgrounds and are at the center of workforce development for a green and sustainable economy. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC ...

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Partnerships for Net Zero: CSU's Collaboration in Fort ZED

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Brendle Group (CO)

Colorado State University (CSU) is a key partner in making "FortZED," an initiative to turn downtown Fort Collins, Colorado and the campus of CSU into the largest net zero energy ...

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Facing the Inevitable---Integrated Financial + Sustainability/CSR Reporting for Business

  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)
  • Ceres (MA)

In the wake of the financial meltdown, stakeholder groups around the globe are pressing for mandatory integrated reporting that incorporates environmental, social and governance issues into financial reporting. New requirements ...

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Lessons from COP15 and Moving Forward on Climate Education

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Our institutions provide hope in a time of discouragement. The UNFCCC 15th Conference of the Parties in December 2009 resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, a document which failed to 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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