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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Watershed Awakening: Connecting College and Community to a Shared Place

  • Calvin College (MI)

Frustrated by the local faith community's lack of concern for watershed issues , the Department of Environmental Quality approached Calvin College, a faith-based college, to assist them in their efforts ...

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Educating for Sustainability through Campus and Community Service

  • Daemen College (NY)

In an interdisciplinary collaboration between a biologist and artist/designer at Daemen College, our service learning course engages students in environmental science through the creation of a campus outdoor education ...

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The Goggles Project - Promoting Sustainability in Higher Education through Guerrilla Theatre

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

In 2005, Dr. Tarah Wright commissioned a two year study investigating Canadian universities' stances on sustainability. The findings were so provoking and the topic so timely, that we could not ...

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EDF's University Sustainability Initiative: Campus, Classroom & Community

  • Environmental Defense Fund (NC)

Dedicated to protecting the health and environmental rights of all people, including future generations, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is working with universities to (1) help increase their energy efficiency and ...

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Building a International Sustainability Education Helpdesk

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sustainability as a distinct discipline and as an approach to undergraduate and graduate education is largely at North American and European practice. Incorporating sustainability into the curriculum in other countries ...

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Catalyzing Just and Sustainable Food Systems in Complex Institutions

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In this interactive session we will describe how our program, UBC SEEDS, acts as a catalyst to move UBC towards a just and sustainable food system. This community-based action-research project ...

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Collaboration for Sustainable Development and Value Creation

  • University of Denver (CO)

This presentation describes the value creation potential for all stakeholders in collaborative partnerships between a university and its students with both private and NGO sector partners. The educational model focuses ...

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Poverty and Homelessness: Improving Disadvantaged Communities through Sustainable, Urban Gardening

  • University of North Florida (FL)

This is a multidisciplinary, community based TLO (Transformational Learning Opportunity) that will offer students the opportunity to learn about poverty and homelessness through a partnership with the Clara White Mission ...

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Universities as catalysts for Sustainable City Design

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a ground breaking new sustainability-based service learning program located at the University of Oregon. We tackle issues of sustainable city design with a cross ...

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Bringing Sustainability to life in Australian Colleges & Universities

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

This session will provide an overview of current approaches to addressing key issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability in Australian Higher Education. Key areas of focus will include:

Clarifying ...

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Partnerships for Change: The Nova Scotia Community Emissions Challenge

  • Acadia University (NS)

As part of the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment's mandate to foster sustainability both on campus and in the community an emissions reduction outreach program targeted to Nova ...

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Service Learning Involving Community Partnerships and Community Sustainability Planning

  • Acadia University (NS)

In Canada, communities are increasingly developing sustainability plans in order to access federal funds made available through a municipal gas tax rebate program. While larger communities are well positioned to ...

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Green Power in an Educational Setting: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Albright College (PA)

The Green Power Partnership (GPP), a voluntary environmental program launched by EPA in 2001 helps organizations get support from EPA in reducing their carbon footprint, lowering the transaction costs of ...

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Principles and Practices for Effective Leadership & Engagement

  • Auburn University (AL)

Sustainable communities evolve as people align together around shared commitments and shared values about the way we want to live and the future we hope to create. Creating sustainable communities ...

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Green Tailgating: Generating Sustainable Team Spirit!

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The "greening" of university football game "tailgating" events and athletic competitions, which are known to generate literally tons of bottles and cans as well as waste, continues to spread, resulting ...

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The Green Spring Break: Lessons in Sustainable Service

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The presence of "alternative" spring breaks based in service across the U.S. seems firmly entrenched in higher education, and their popularity is increasing as students become more service-oriented. Newer ...

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Teaching and Learning about Sustainability in Jamaica

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Eastern Connecticut State University has been offering a degree-completion program for Jamaican teachers for several years. Recently, we have begun to explore using our connections with these Jamaican teachers to ...

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International Collaborative Approaches to Tackling Climate Change Through Higher Eduction

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (Gloucestershire)

Following the success of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Scotland's universities and colleges have publicly declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change ...

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USEPA MOU Program with Colleges and Universities

  • Kean University (NJ)

The presentation will review a unique program of Region 2 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The partnership program is designed to create initiatives to catalyze a just ...

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Involving the Entire Community: Missouri State University and Sustainability

  • Missouri State University (MO)

On June 15, 1995, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan signed into law Senate Bill 340 which gave Missouri State University a statewide mission in Public Affairs. In late 2007 the University ...

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"Doing Science" as Service Learning

  • Oklahoma City University (OK)

How can a science department in a college or university actually "do science" and be of service to the community; how can scientists-in-training perform testing and experiments in the field ...

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Strengthening the SEAMS Between Us: Sustainable, Equitable, Actualized Meaning-making & Solidarity

  • Prescott College (AZ)

There are myriad reasons why culturally or ideologically diverse individuals (and the groups with whom they affiliate) choose not to interact. This disconnect is a critical component in why the ...

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Students teaching students to save energy in their homes

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Many students living on their own for the first time are on financial aid or work to cover living expenses; making ends meet can be tough. Yet most are not ...

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Campus Raised Organic Produce: Creation of garden on Auraria campus

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

Students, faculty, and staff of Auraria campus have been working for over a year to create 'Campus Raised Organic Produce' (CROP). Auraria is home of three institutions, The University of ...

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Creating broad support for campus sustainability through collaboration

  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

The new University of Hawaii West O‘ahu campus in Kapolei, opened in summer 2012, is a place where sustainability practices are integrated in the development and operation of the ...

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Sustainability Commitments and Actions at University of Hawaii Maui College

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The new energy goals set forth by the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) in 2008 have set the stage for making Hawaii a global model for energy independence and ...

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Collaboration among higher educational institutions for increased sustainability in Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The City of Pittsburgh has a climate initiative which outlines goals and directions to reduce emissions and increase economic and societal sustainability in the region. Pittsburgh has become one of ...

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Between Two Worlds

  • University of Redlands (CA)

Screening of a 15-minute video documentary film about global sustainability challenges. Between the world in which we live and the world that we hope to build lies a fundamental choice ...

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Sustainable Communities through partnership of private, public, and Academic Institutions

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs ...

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Campus-Community Partnerships for a Sustainable Future: Service-Learning Courses

  • University of Vermont (VT)

It is important that universities not work in isolation on their sustainability initiatives, but extend beyond the walls of academe and link with others in the broader community. Service-learning partnerships ...

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Educating Agents of Change: A Campus-wide Course on Global Sustainability

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Professors often collaborate with colleagues across disciplines to create innovative sustainable practices, institutions, and technologies for a resource-constrained world. Yet how can one educate undergraduate students to become future agents ...

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Doing Makes All the Difference

  • Wright State University (OH)

This field report presents information relating to an interdisciplinary service-learning course, Environmental and Social Sustainability in Appalachia, offered through the University Honors Program during Winter Quarter and Spring Break, 2010 ...

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The Power of Engagement: Connecting Community Service with Sustainable Choices

  • Wright State University (OH)

This presentation focuses on increased understanding of critical environmental issues with a commitment to action for students and community members engaged in three service learning projects in an environmental literacy ...

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How to Kick the Bottle with Bottled Water Alternatives

  • American University (DC)

Learn how to replace bottled water with alternatives in order to cut solid waste, reduce upstream water consumption, save money, ensure human health, and protect the public water supply. Many ...

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Mind the Gap: Campus Sustainability at Home and Abroad

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Undergraduate students are participating in experiences abroad in ever-increasing numbers (more than 250,000 in 2007-08). Simultaneously, there has been tremendous growth in the campus sustainability movement nationwide. These two ...

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Leveraging Sustainability to Bridge the High School-to-College Curriculum Divide

  • Bay Area Clean Energy Careers (BayCEC) (CA)

Bringing sustainability into the curriculum is one of most timely challenges facing today's faculty and instructors. While some schools and campuses are designing new courses to address sustainable concepts ...

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Building Sustainability Programs and Administration, From Workforce Development to Degrees

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

Our institution began developing sustainable education programs over twelve years ago as a response to local farmers' request to train farmers in organic and sustainable agriculture practices. From those first ...

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North American Sustainability Issues: Educating Students through Exchanges and Research

  • Daemen College (NY)

The Consortium for North American Sustainability (CNAS), a partnership among six institutions from the US, Canada and Mexico, aims to provide students with a deep understanding of how local and ...

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The Goggles Project

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

In 2005, Dr. Tarah Wright commissioned a two year study investigating Canadian universities' stances on sustainability. The findings were so provoking and the topic so timely, that we could not ...

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Garnet & Gold Goes Green: FSU's game day recycling program

  • Florida State University (FL)

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) provides Florida State University fans the opportunity to recycle their beverage containers with the intention of decreasing the large amounts of waste and litter ...

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Advocating Sustainability: Learning from Campus, Teaching the Community

  • Furman University (SC)

The dissemination of campus-based sustainability efforts provides both general knowledge and specific updates to several audiences, on campus and beyond. This communicated information is critical for evaluating and assessing sustainability ...

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Gardening with seniors: Benefits across socioeconomic status

  • Furman University (SC)

Recently, researchers have become interested in the psychological benefits of engaging in nature-based activities. Thus far, research has shown that gardening can increase well-being and sense of community (Armstrong, 2000 ...

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Service-Learning and Sustainability: Engaging Students in Sustainability Action

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Service-learning engages students in service in order to improve understanding of course concepts with hands-on learning. Campus sustainability programs often seek to engage students in sustainability action projects in order ...

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Alternative University Appraisal Project - ESD and HEI'S in Asia Pacific

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

The growth in the number of HEIs coupled with fast growing competition between them has contributed to the boom and popularity of comparisons, rankings and classifications of HEIs.

Higher education ...

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Circles of Exchange: Growing New Connections

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Nature is constantly "innovating" by creating new connections, sharing information (nutrients) and adjusting system conditions in an ongoing search for stability. Similarly, human communities can employ networks to make new ...

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Synergy between students, academia and industry: Prospects for curriculum enhancement

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In the 2010 Worldwatch Institute Report, David Orr asks the question, ―What kind of education will enable the rising generation to deal with increasingly complex and portentous global issues?(p ...

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Sustainability Outreach to Community Non-profits: The Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore City Climate Showcase Partnership

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Outreach to non-profit organizations in neighboring college and university towns and cities is a critical tool for cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and ultimately successful movement toward sustainability. An outreach initiative ...

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Food Rescue

  • Pacific University (OR)

Food Rescue is a student-initiated food donation program that works to diminish food waste and redistribute leftovers from Pacific University campus events and dining hall meals to local community shelters ...

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Changing Hearts: Sustainability in the Long Term

  • Pepperdine University (CA)

For many, the environmental movement is a consumer fad with very little intellectual or emotional investment. Generally, sustainability is deemed a "good thing" but given low priority at both the ...

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Towards Place-based Engagement in the University District of Portland

  • Portland State University (OR)

The City of Portland's EcoDistrict Initiative is an emerging concept for modeling sustainable development within the Portland Metro region. The EcoDistricts Initiative is a multi-sectoral collaboration which seeks to ...

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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

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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