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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Defining Sustainability: An Innovative, Employee Online Training to Reach Beyond the Choir

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Universities and organizations across the world are integrating sustainability into their services and operations and see sustainability literacy across their workforce as a key step in the integration process. Penn ...

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Student Intern Program Managers

  • Colgate University (NY)

People who manage student intern programs can come together to share challenges, successes and best practices. Attendees will discuss management and communication tools and techniques to ensure a successful and ...

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George Washington University Fostering Federal Sustainability

  • George Washington University (DC)

Sustainability is one of the nine core values of George Washington University (GW). As such, the Sustainability Collaborative was formed in 2014 to coordinate the ongoing research, academics, operations, and ...

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Salt Lake Excess: A Transportation-Based Food Recovery Model

  • University of Utah (UT)

Restaurants and charities often desire to divert surplus food to communities in need, but logistical constraints prevent this. Salt Lake Excess, developed by a student group at the University of ...

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Relocating Education for Sustainability: From the Campus to the Community

  • Kent State University (OH)

This session offers a thoughtful critique of dominant education for sustainable development by exploring the limitations of sustainability as we often conceptualize it and the contextual limitations of the higher ...

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Community sustainability partnerships: How to stimulate millions in local green investment and expand your program's visibility and impact

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The University of Oregon's Sustainability Office created three community projects in partnership with local governments. SolarizeU and rEVUp Eugene offered community members educational workshops and discount pricing on solar ...

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Build Environmental Equity, Sustainability, and Community Bridges PIEER internship: self-reflection and community engagement.

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

The University of Northern Iowa has a unique environmental equity internship which is training students on multiple levels to revision sustainability from an equity perspective. This program is designed to ...

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Building Sustainable Food Systems Programming and Community-University Partnerships: A Case Study of the UNC Student Farm

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Institutions of higher education with programs focused on sustainability are increasingly integrating curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to agriculture and food systems. The Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENST) program ...

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Community Engagement and Sustainable Buildings: A New Course from Pima Community College, Tucson 2030 District, and ENERGY STAR

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This session will explore a recent successful collaboration between three entities to create a new community-focused sustainability course in Tucson, AZ: 'Sustainability and Building Performance - Foundations, Best Practices, and Implementation ...

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Silence: a Luxury or Commodity

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Today's luxury items are increasingly demanded with one caveat, that they are silent. Silent appliances, cars, vacations all come with a high price. While the upper middle class reach ...

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Building Bridges to Conservative Students to Build Support for Climate Action and Enrich Campus Conversations

  • Concordia College (NY)

As the conference Call for Proposals noted, the broader political and cultural environment in the U.S. today makes it more difficult than ever to prevent sustainability efforts on campuses ...

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Sustainability & International Service

  • Utah State University (UT)

Cafe Femenino: This coffee empowers women In late May of 2017, 10 Utah State University (USU) students and 2 faculty leaders traveled to Peru to assist women coffee producers in ...

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Communications Networking Meeting

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The networking meeting will provide an opportunity for those engaged in communications to meet and share ideas and best practices.

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Connect with other sustainability representatives in the Northeast region and share ideas for ongoing monthly NECSC call topics. Anyone representing sustainability in a Northeast higher education institution is welcome!

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Growing Healthy Kids: The Intersection of Health, Justice, and Sustainability

  • Trinity University (TX)

The Pollinator Education Action and Sustainability (PEAS) program, is an extension of Trinity University's Biology department. The mission of PEAS is to establish native pollinator sanctuaries in urban areas ...

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University of Scranton Community Garden, Planning, Partnerships, Students, and Surprises

  • University of Scranton (PA)

Attendees will enjoy a conversation on the University of Scranton's journey to plan and establish a Community Garden. One of the Sustainability Office's goals is to raise awareness ...

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Gaining Hope and Resilience During Troubling Times

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Learning about environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when considering how to create solutions to pressing problems. In these times of accelerating change and ...

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Advancing Innovation through Sustainability Research and Scholarship

  • Portland Community College (OR)

During this monumental time in history, it is essential to be educated, connect with good people, find hope, and discover new ways to make a difference. To do so, the ...

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Helping Students Gain Sustainability Project-Based Leadership Skills to be Competitive in the Job Market

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

EcoLeaders is National Wildlife Federation's sustainability career and leadership development program for college students and young professionals. This workshop will guide students through the plan, do, communicate and sustain ...

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Student Affairs Networking Presentation

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

This networking session is designed to give sustainability professionals that work in student affairs departments an opportunity to interact in a structured environment. The session will begin with introductions and ...

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Community Partnerships for Environmental Justice

  • The New School (NY)

The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is committed to environmental justice and community-academic partnerships grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. Using this framework, the ...

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Canadian Networking Session

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Initiated by the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP), this informal networking session presents an opportunity to meet, share lunch and ideas with others working in the ...

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Know Your Impact: Guide to Environmentally Conscious Community Development

  • New York University (NY)

Creating a norm of sustainability on campus is no easy task, but the NYU EcoReps have committed themselves to forming thoughtful community-based programming in the hopes of finding new ways ...

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EcoReps Programs Nation-wide - Networking for every program type

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

This will be a purely networking meeting. Participants will self select into groups based on the type of EcoReps or Leadership Program they have at their institution - New Programs, First-Year ...

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Community College Networking Meeting

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This meeting encourages community college participants to share successes, vent frustrations, and to meet up with other sustainability practitioners.

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Green-to-Green Project: Economic Empowerment through Sustainable Agriculture

  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

In addressing the need for healthy, fresh produce in our community, we established a partnership of neighborhood gardens and local partners to serve as a hub for local food production ...

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Gardening As Engagement: Utilizing Local Alternative Break Trips to foster student growth in food systems and urban gardening

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Alternative Break programs have long been considered an effective transformative and experiential learning opportunity for students. One challenge of these trips, however, is the lack of application when students return ...

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A Student-Run Farmers Market: For community, for health, for Chicago

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Chicago is entering its 7th year hosting an independent, student-run farmers market on its property serving members of the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods in Chicago. Over these ...

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Laudato si? Catholic College and Universities Networking Session

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Join your peers from Catholic colleges and universities to talk about the sustainability excitement happening on your campus. Following on Laudato si and the leadership of Pope Francis, we will ...

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Teaching Sustainability and Social Justice Through Interprofessional Study Abroad Courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Experiential learning and developing on the ground knowledge of methods to advance social justice and sustainability can be crucial ways to enhance competency in sustainability for undergraduate and graduate students ...

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Farmer Fridays: Connecting Students to Communities Through Stories

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

One goal for local institutions' different Offices of Sustainability is to bridge the gap between the campus and the community. This case study follows Western Kentucky University's path to ...

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Intercultural Understanding, Garden Benefits, and Sustainability Discourse at the Shawneetown Community Garden

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

For years, anthropological and environmental researchers have studied the contributions of community gardens to education, health, community development, and sustainability; however, community gardens within institutional contexts such as universities are ...

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A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Intervention Strategies on Student Electricity use in Campus Residence Halls

  • Radford University (VA)

In this session, we discuss research that employs a quasi-experimental design to reduce student electricity use in residence halls. We examine electricity use by first-year students in four matched residence ...

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RE think. RE invent. Re use Necessary behaviors for Accessories - A circular approach

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

In the times of hand production, the concept of discarded or unwanted items was almost non-existent. It took time and patience to produce things. Goods were manufactured from pure raw ...

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Sustainability without Boundaries: Leveraging Green Initiatives to Bridge Campus, Community, and City

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

We're all in this together! Sustainability initiatives provide an excellent opportunity to empower the full spectrum of campus stakeholders to get involved in the work of building a better ...

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Presidential Power: Examining the Language of Executive Campus Commitments

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Over the course of the past decade, hundreds of college and university presidents have committed to an array of sustainability goals through platforms like Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the ...

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Transforming a Former Industrial Site into a Sustainable Solution and Creating Opportunities for Students

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

Over the past fourteen years, SUNY-ESF has cultivated a successful public-private partnership with Honeywell International to address a pressing environmental issue in the local community. The project involves remediation of ...

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Rookies, Newbies, Imposters, & Not-Yet-Experts: Navigating Newness, Isolation, and/or Competence for Sustainability Professionals in Higher Education

  • Marquette University (WI)

This informal, semi-structured networking meeting is meant to keep that conversation going and allow for additional introductions and engagement. All are welcome, even if you did not attend the earlier ...

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Engineering Sustainable Community Relationships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

What can engineering students offer sustainability? What will they gain from sustainability? Providing engineering students sustainability experience is a priceless investment. By learning to take a triple bottom line approach ...

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Tweeting @Sustainability: The #447challenge as an Active Teaching Tool

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Growing up, we are 'challenged' to be sustainable: turn off lights, stop cold water when brushing teeth, and unplug idle chargers. Reality proves that, while well-conceived, the environmental benefit of ...

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The Power of One: How a Physics Professor Saved Italy from Big Oil Through Education, Activism and Community Outreach

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Trained as a physicist, Dr. Maria D'Orsogna is a hands-on activist fighting to protect the Italian countryside and seas from Big Oil. Maria first learned of proposed oil activities ...

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Refugee Resettlement in Northern Colorado: A Social Sustainability Story

  • Colorado State University (CO)

The topic of refugee resettlement in the United States (U.S.) is met with varying reactions from Americans. Generally mainstream media portrays two sides of American opinion, the far right ...

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Transportation Networking Meeting

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Anyone interested in reducing carbon emissions through active, sustainable transportation is invited to this networking meeting. Multi-modal topics for discussion may include strategies to promote walking, bikes, buses, car sharing ...

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Green Bikes at UNC Greensboro

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Learn how a public-private partnership resulted in the first free-flow dockless bike share system in North America. Presentation will highlight the planning process, program launch, and ongoing operations at the ...

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Opening New Markets for Local Food Through the Food Hub Model

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills Food Hub, a business incubated at BHSU and run by Cobblestone Science (a locally- and women-owned small business), coordinates the needs of cafeterias in the region with local ...

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Creating a Campus Culture for Sustainability by knowing how to do more with less.

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In this session we'll look at how properly implementing campus initiatives, understanding your constituents and their needs, and enhanced marketing approaches are all necessary to move sustainability on a ...

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Using the SDGs to progress sustainability

  • Macquarie University (NSW)

The Sustainable Development Goals are the talk of the decade. Every nation state on the planet has signed up to achieve them - but what does this mean for tertiary education ...

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Conservatives who conserve: How to talk about sustainability outside of politics

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Climate change and environmentalism have both become seemingly inseparable from political ideology. We should attempt, if possible, to keep sustainability from falling into the same partisan divide. While combating climate ...

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How could the grass on your campus be as 'green' as it looks?

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The poster seeks to inform conference attendees about a new country wide research project. In cities across the U.S. temperate zone appropriate for fine fescues, we will collaborate with ...

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Saying No and Saying Yes: The Strategy of Campus Climate Activism

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Our Climate (OR)

With the dramatic change in Washington DC policy towards climate, environment and sustainability, there has been a major upswing in campus activism. How can this student activism be most effective ...

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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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