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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Framing Sustainability using a Range of "Traditionally Conservative" approaches

  • Auburn University (AL)

Given the relatively short time frame needed to gather support for sustainability and pressing concerns such as climate change, rapid buy-in from many sectors of society is needed, not just ...

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Sustainable Societies

  • Environic Foundation International, Inc. (MD)

Developing Education for Sustainable Development that includes a balanced examination of social, economic and environmental issues is a challenge. The Environic Foundation International (EFI), in partnership with the United Nations ...

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Impacting Campus & Community Sustainablility Initiatives Through the Scholarship of Engagement

  • Florida State University (FL)

Higher education plays a pivotal role to ensure the world in which we exist is sustainable. We nurture individuals who will live their personal and professional lives based, largely, on ...

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Higher Education Partnerships for Sustainability: Building Collaborative Networks

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Many of the challenges campuses face in becoming more sustainable are systemic - the ability to purchase renewable energy, opportunities to finance major infrastructure upgrades, and mandatory construction and purchasing policies ...

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Appropedia and Sustainable Development for Improved Service Learning

  • Queen's University (ON)

By labeling this the "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), the United Nations, representing the global community, has emphasized both the urgent need to promote sustainable development and the ...

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Boldly Sustainable: Developing a Town-Gown Climate Action Plan in Ithaca, NY

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Performance Systems Development (NY)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (WI)

The success of the ACUPCC depends to a large extent on whether higher education institutions can not only move forward on their own campuses, but also build support for greenhouse ...

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Working Beyond the Campus with Government to Promote Sustainability

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Eastern Connecticut State University's Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) exemplifies the expanding role of Sustainability Research Centers as it leverages the impartial academic discipline of the University to promote ...

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Campus Sustainability Films in a General Education Science Course

  • Furman University (SC)

Making students aware of and peaking their interests in campus environmental and sustainability initiatives can be difficult, given students wide range of interests and competing demands for their time. I ...

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Sustainability in Education Abroad

  • Keene State College (NH)
  • Living Routes, Inc. (MA)
  • CIEE (ME)

International Education exposes students to the world. It also exposes the world to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of travel and program activities. Program decisions about transportation, accommodations, food ...

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Together, We Can Do More: Examples of Campus-Community Sustainability Partnership in NH's Monadnock Region

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Keene State College (NH)
  • City of Keene (NH)

Achieving community sustainability requires striking a balance between social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits. Because no one entity or sector can achieve solutions on its own, sustainability requires collaboration ...

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Sustainability Education in the Developing World

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • SolarQuest (VT)

Of the more than 3 billion people currently living in the world's urban areas, over 2 billion are in less-developed regions. By 2015, these regions will include an estimated ...

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Chico and Butte: Working Together for Sustainability On Campus and Beyond

  • Butte College (CA)
  • California State University, Chico (CA)

Butte Community College and California State University, Chico have embraced the concept of sustainable development as part of their individual strategic plans, and as a way of connecting to and ...

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Partnering for Sustainable Transportation in Greensboro, NC

  • Martin-Alexiou-Bryson PLLC (NC)
  • City of Greensboro (NC)

Fall 2006 marked the beginning of Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) service in Greensboro, NC. Initiated by the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GUAMPO) and the Greensboro Transit Authority ...

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Lighten Up Caroline - A Community Project For Energy Efficiency

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Town of Caroline (NY)

On Saturday, April 19th, 2008, approximately 90 volunteers distributed one compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) in a reusable bag containing information about household energy conservation and CFL use and recycling to ...

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Can Higher Education Change Regional Culture? How Pittsburgh's Universities are Leading a Transition Toward Sustainability

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • EvolveEA (PA)

This presentation looks to (1) juxtapose potential approaches to engaging in university sustainability planning and implementation in two local urban case studies, (2) describe emerging opportunities for increased inter-university best ...

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A Case Study in Partnership and Collaboration: The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University

  • Duke University (NC)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

The presentation will focus on the Home Depot Smart Home as a case study of the integration and collaboration of an Institution's administration, faculty, students, and the design team ...

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Walking the Talk Together: Queen's University's Sustainability Collaboration Model

  • Queen's University (ON)

Sustainability and collaboration are among today's popular buzz words. However, rigid organizational lines, resource challenges, and a fast-paced environment severely constrain well-intended efforts. There is no shortage of great ...

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Rational Resource Management: The Case EARTH University, Costa Rica

  • EARTH University

EARTH University, located on an 8,000 acre property in the lowlands of Costa Rica, Central America, is a private, international, university dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences and ...

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Academics in Action: Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Community

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

In his 1949 polemic, "The Land Ethic," Aldo Leopold notes that the conventional answer to the question of how to develop an environmental conscience/consciousness is "more education" however, he ...

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Sustainable Growth - On Campus and Beyond

  • LaGrange College (GA)

LaGrange College has partnered with the City of LaGrange and CIFAL Atlanta (a branch of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in presenting yearly workshops to promote the ...

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Designing and Developing Service Learning Pedagogy in Support of Sustainability

  • University of Florida (FL)

Service learning has become a recognized form of pedagogy in University graduate and undergraduate education. The term takes a variety of forms including structured internships, design and policy studios, law ...

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Green Campus 101: Harnessing Energy for Change

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Universities represent a unique testing ground to address energy issues, as demonstrated by the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program. This presentation will showcase transferable best practices of ...

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Partnering with Industry to Create Sustainable Changes

  • California State University, Chico (CA)

The Concrete Industry Management Program is a four year degree program that developed from a recognition that this industry did not have a workforce with the skills needed to pull ...

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Double Dipping: Combining Research and Outreach in a Sustainability Service Learning Project

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Students in an introductory environmental science course for non-majors participated in a service learning project for Earth Day 2008 that combined outreach to fellow students and data collection for research ...

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Prairie Restoration and Community Building through Service Learning

  • Carthage College (WI)

In a unique partnership, Carthage College and Harborside Academy (a high school specializing in expeditionary learning) recently paired with a local nature center in Kenosha, Wisconsin to design and implement ...

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Our Words Create Worlds

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Sustainability is a new arrival to higher education, enjoying increasing acceptance by colleges and universities in a little more than a decade. Colleges and universities have been quick to embrace ...

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Dialogs in Green: Creating a Climate of Sustainability, Community, and Diversity at Colorado State University.

  • Colorado State University (CO)

What is a climate of sustainability for a land grant institution's campus? Colorado State University is a land grant institution of 24,000 students located in the foothills of ...

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Sustainability as An Integrative Strategy for Promoting Interdisciplinary Education and Community Action

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

The term "sustainability" is used increasingly in international dialogues on topics ranging from economic recessions to renewable energy sources and global warming. It is viewed with some justification as a ...

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Going Beyond the Classroom to Study Sustainability: How to Design Community-based Experiential Learning Courses

  • International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (Chiang Mai)

Education about sustainability should incorporate not just new ideas, but also innovative approaches to teaching. This presentation focuses on one such method-lessons learned and how to design experiential community-based courses ...

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Show Me the Money: Resources for Campus Sustainability Programs

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How do you create a shared institutional understanding of and support for campus sustainability? How can you create "coalitions of the willing" to support curriculum development, campus operational modifications, and ...

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After the Election - Making Policies That Sustain Us

  • Michigan State University (MI)

As we fret over the best approaches to the unraveling of our ecosystems and communities, we often fall back to what we can do as individuals. With the current rise ...

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The Campus and Community, Tools for Teaching Sustainability: An Examination of a Service-Learning Project

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation will focus on a service-learning project that utilized the campus and community as tools to help teach sustainability in an introductory undergraduate course in Environmental Humanities. In this ...

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NYSERDA's Ongoing Relationships with New York State Colleges & Universities

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation with a mission to use innovation and technology to solve some of New York's energy ...

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Teaching Sustainability: Engaging Students in Developing Local Sustainability Indicators

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Students play an important role in defining the culture and spirit of a campus and engaging them in sustainability initiatives on campus and beyond is an important component of the ...

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Integration of Community and College: Farmers Market at Paul Smiths College

  • Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences (NY)

June 30th, 2008 marks the second season of the Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative at the Paul Smiths College's campus, a small, rural college in upstate New York. This year ...

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Sustainability & Pepperdine University: A Contradiction in Terms?

  • Pepperdine University (CA)

A central Christian metaphor is being "a light on a hill." Applying this metaphor to our current ecological crisis, this presentation considers whether or not a Christian college or university ...

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A Partnership Model: Emergent Properties of Learning and Leadership for Sustainability

  • Prescott College (AZ)

The most fertile field of sustainability and sustainability education is caught in a tension between those who seek nature-based designs and solutions to human predicament and those who seek human-based ...

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Incorporating Sustainability Into General Plans: An Experiential Learning Case Study

  • San Jose State University (CA)

Increasing concerns regarding the impact of humans on the natural environment, coupled with the realization that how we build and plan our cities is going to largely determine the level ...

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Ecovillages and Campuses: The Potential of Collaboration for Sustainability Research and Education

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Universities are increasingly looked to as centers of research on and education about sustainable solutions to socio-environmental challenges. However, theoretical and experimental approaches to sustainability do not easily translate from ...

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Moving People, Moving Forward: TDM at UBC

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus is home to over 44,000 students, 12,000 staff and faculty, and 3,000 market residents, and remains one of ...

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa Energy Summit: Engaging the Campus in Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

In 2006, the Chancellor convened an Energy Summit that engaged faculty, students, and facilities staff in the design of the Manoa Energy Plan. UHM committed to reducing energy use by ...

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Go Big or Go Home: Branding Canada's Green University

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

In 2007, the University of Northern British Columbia trademarked the phrase, "Canada's Green University." In many ways, it's a perfect brand for UNBC: the proportion of environmental teaching ...

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Toward an Ecologically Sustainable Vocabulary--Avoiding the Linguistic Colonization of the Present by Earlier Thinkers

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The current approach in many social science and humanities courses that introduce students to environmental issues fails to address the deeper and taken for granted ways in which the metaphors ...

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The Learning Barge Initiative: Advancing Sustainability through Multi-disciplinary Research Service Learning

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Learning Barge Initiative is a unique example of university students and community partners collaborating on a project with wide-reaching social, educational and environmental benefits. The research, design and construction ...

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Service Learning - Moving from Planning to Action in the First Year

  • Wright State University (OH)

During 2005-2006 Wright State University's First Year Experience program was recognized nationally through its inclusion as one of 13 four-year institutions in the Foundations of Excellence in the First ...

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The Power of Partnership: Redefining Closed-Loop Recycling

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems Power of Three™ closed loop recycling initiative. The Power of Three is Casella ...

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Fostering Resilient Communities through Innovative, Integrated Partnerships and Projects: UBC Okanagan Campus Sustainable Community Development

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Universities provide a leadership role by developing and mobilizing knowledge and innovation to meet societal needs. In fulfilling this mission, universities can also serve as agents of sustainable change and ...

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Moving the Commuter Campus - TDM Initiatives

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The University of Toronto Mississauga is a suburban commuter campus located 20 miles west of the Toronto campus. Most undergraduate students come to this campus from within 20 miles and ...

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AASHE, USGBC, NWF and Second Nature Announcement

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Meghan Fay Zahniser from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Julian Keniry from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Jaime Van Mourik from the U.S ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Center for Sustainable Communities

  • Temple University (PA)

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. The Center acts as a resource for government agencies ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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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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