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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Implementing the UN SDGs in Universities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned

  • RMIT University

The education sector is one of the few sectors that can support, promote, and contribute to achieving all of the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Universities, in ...


The Working Farms Fund: Partnership to Build a Sustainable Local Food System

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University and The Conservation Fund have formed a new partnership to support next-generation farmers in Georgia and help build the local food supply across metro Atlanta with a first-of-its-kind ...


Don't Dump! Donate!

  • South Dakota State University (SD)

Don’t Dump! Donate! takes place during move-out week and keeps reusable material out of the landfill. It provides the opportunity for students to donate unwanted but good quality items ...


Trex Plastic Film Challenge

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

In November 2018, the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University began the Trex Plastic Film Challenge in partnership with a Virginia-based company, Trex. Trex is a national company ...


From Weather Wizard to Cloud Man: Sustainability Education & Outreach with a Fun Approach

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • American Meteorological Society (DC)

The goal of this project is to educate young students about sustainability and create a passion for the environment. Frequently, schools wait until middle school to introduce environmental topics. My ...


Equitable Pathways to 2100: Professional Sustainability Credentials

  • ESDI Green Teach for Opportunity Project (DC)

Across numerous industries and occupations, professional associations are contributing to knowledge and skills for sustainability by offering new credentials. This represents an opportunity to increase students’ career preparedness for clean ...


The role of higher education institutions in sustainability initiatives at the local level

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University of Waterloo (ON)
  • Brescia University (KY)
  • Institut Mines-Télécom Business School
  • Università di Verona
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Latvia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Università di Bologna
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sunway University (Selangor)
  • Thaksin University (Songkhla)
  • University of Chester
  • Universidade Federal de Vicosa
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Sabah)
  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
  • University of Belgrade

Universities are central players and important economic actors in many regions, and many of them are, in general, nationally and internationally active in respect of matters related to sustainable development ...


Implications of vertical policy integration for sustainable development implementation in higher education institutions

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

The United Nations together with various national and local actors have acknowledged the importance of sustainable development. However, sustainable development implementation is not straightforward and requires contribution by different actors ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Shifting Education Towards Sustainability – How Degrowth Can Transform Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Zurich

Economic growth was identified as a main cause of ecological damage and social exploitation more than four decades ago (Carson, 1962; Meadows et al, 1972; Gorz, 1980; WCED 1987; 14 ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Reuse in Action: Repair Fairs

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

A Repair Fair is a match-making event that pairs items needing fixed with volunteer repairers or “fixers” to attempt to repair anything from bikes to clothing, to electronics. The Carleton ...

  • Posted April 16, 2020
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COVID-19 Resources for the Higher Education Sustainability Community

  • AASHE (PA)

These resources aim to help institutions navigate the challenges and complications from COVID-19 and its impacts on the higher education sustainability community. This is intended to be a living document ...


Digging In: Specific Examples of Diversity in Sustainability Work

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Central College (IA)
  • AASHE (PA)

We all have to make sure the sustainability movement is not a white, elitist movement. Join two Sustainability Directors as they share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned through integrating ...

  • Posted March 11, 2020
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Education for sustainability: Fostering a more conscious society and transformation towards sustainability

  • Lund University

Current approaches to sustainability science and education focus on (assessing and addressing) the external world of ecosystems, wider socio-economic structures, technology and governance dynamics. A major shortcoming of such approaches ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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The Workability of Dominican University of California (DUoC) Transitioning to a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program Energy Supply

  • University of San Francisco (CA)

For almost 10 years Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), or community based energy programs, have been developing and or providing clean energy resources to both commercial and residential customers in various ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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From Movements to Managers: Discourse, Jurisdictions, and Positions in the Field of Sustainability

  • Northwestern University (IL)

In three empirical chapters, this dissertation examines the field of sustainability over time, specifically uncovering the processes by which contentious interactions between movements and organizations can shift to the development ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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University-linked programmes for sustainable entrepreneurship and regional development: how and with what impact?

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz (Oberösterreich)
  • University of Augsburg (Schwaben)

State universities are increasingly being transformed from institutions with traditional teaching and research responsibilities to have a third, societal role in sustainable regional and economic development. In doing so, universities ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Higher Education Institutions as a Transformation Platform under the Sustainable Development Goals Framework

  • Universidad de Murcia (Murcia)

Previous research has highlighted the critical role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in promoting sustainability. In this vein, HEI, as a driving force of change, should actively participate in the ...

  • Posted March 6, 2020
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Sustainability in African higher education institutions (HEIs): Shifting the focus from researching the gaps to existing activities

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Research on sustainability in higher education institutions (HEIs) is unequally distributed globally. The existing publications on sustainability in HEIs have largely focussed on the Global North. Meanwhile, little is known ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Opportunities and Benefits of a University-Based Weatherization Assistance Program: The Case of Furman University's Community Conservation Corps

  • Furman University (SC)

Weatherization assistance programs have been in existence in the United States for decades, but they are commonly managed and implemented by local government organizations. Furman University, a small liberal arts ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Student perceptions of sustainability in higher education - An international survey

  • National Union of Students

Since the academic year of 2010-2011, the National Union of Students (NUS) has carried out research with higher education students in the UK into their experiences of, and demand for ...

  • Posted Feb. 11, 2020
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The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Preparing Youth to Manage a Sustainability-Oriented Future Workplace

  • Open University of the Netherlands

This paper aims to highlight the different forms, levels and pathways of engagement with climate change and sustainability of young people living in different contexts of vulnerability and adaptability. It ...


Universities as the engine of transformational sustainability toward delivering the sustainable development goals: “Living labs” for sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)

Universities can do more to deliver against the sustainable development goals (SDGs), working with faculty, staff and students, as well as their wider stakeholder community and alumni body. They play ...


Radicalize the Hive: What Bees Can Teach Us About Shaping Social Change

  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Led by consultant and beekeeper Ang Roell this webinar focuses on building more effective collaborations. Taking inspiration from honey bees, a social super-organism, Ang leads participants through conversations and practices ...

  • Posted Feb. 3, 2020
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ESD for 2030: The Future Depends on Us!

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) (OR)

The United Nations has established a new decade, beginning in 2020, focused on the power of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). “ESD for 2030” calls for educators to help advance ...

  • Posted Jan. 23, 2020
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Annual SDG Accord Report 2019: Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)

The Global Goals are a global blueprint that are designed to deliver progress, peace and prosperity for people and the planet. But to turn this plan into action, the UN ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2019
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Annual SDGs Report 2018

  • National University of Sciences and Technology (Federal)

Realizing the importance of United Nations 17 SDGs, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) , Pakistan has adopted UN SDGs framework to monitor and improve the impact of contribution of ...


Webinar: Working with Advancement and Alumni Relations to Engage Alumni

  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Many sustainability practitioners seek to engage alumni in various ways – fundraising, expertise, guest speakers, jobs/internships and mentorship for students. Lehigh University and the University of Virginia’s Office for ...

  • Posted Dec. 5, 2019
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Designing for Change in Higher Education

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The campus sustainability movement and divest-invest campaigns occurring on campuses across the nation have done excellent work articulating what higher education should move away from. But what should colleges and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Whole-Campus Behaviour Change: Lessons from a Decade of Green Impact

  • National Union of Students

Sustainability professionals know they need to engage their campus communities in sustainability but behavior change continues to be a challenge. Green Impact is a staff engagement and student development program ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The World Climate Simulation: A Tool to Motivate Science-Informed Climate Action on Your Campus

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

Are you looking for a tool to get students engaged, excited, and motivated to take science-informed action on your campus? This workshop will give you hands-on experience with the World ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Crafting Communications Campaigns with Impact

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Communications are crucial for engaging campus communities around sustainability and for encouraging transformative action. Indeed, without compelling communication, it would not be possible to tell the story of higher education ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sulitest: Co-creating the Next Set of Questions for US

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Sulitest is a movement whose mission is to support expanded sustainability knowledge, skills and mindset that motivates individuals to become deeply committed to building a sustainable future and to make ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • GreenerU (MA)

One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, skills in any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting or ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Facilitation for Organizational Change: Part II

  • GreenerU (MA)

Developed in response to feedback from previous facilitation workshops at AASHE, this hands-on, practice-based workshop will delve deeply into specific facilitation skills needed for challenging in-person decision making meetings. It ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How Higher Education and Worker Cooperatives Can Partner to Build a Sustainable Economy

  • Democracy at Work Institute (CA)

Worker-owned cooperative businesses are leading the movement for a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Cities are starting to support business transitions to employee ownership (also called 'conversions') as a strategy ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Student Summit Opening Keynote with Varshini Prakash

  • Sunrise Movement (DC)

Varshini Prakash is the executive director and co-founder of Sunrise Movement, a movement of young people working to stop climate change, take back our democracy from Big Oil, and elect ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Closing Keynote with Bill McKibben - Author, Environmentalist, Activist

  • 350.org (NY)

In his heartfelt, hopeful talks, McKibben offers realistic approaches to saving our planet, as individuals, certainly, but also as thoughtful members of a mobilized group. When it comes to building ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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State of the Association Address: AASHE Member Meeting

  • AASHE (PA)

Come join the AASHE Board and Staff while we present the AASHE 'state of the organization' address. You'll hear highlights from the member survey, programmatic priorities, and AASHE's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Opening Keynote: Shevanthi Daniel-Rabkin, Aaron Tanaka and Marcus Renner

  • New Consensus (DC)
  • Center for Economic Democracy (MA)
  • Democracy at Work Institute (CA)

To provide a broader view of the emergent movement to create a sustainable economy, 3 leaders will each share a concise, high-impact story of their work and how higher education ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Talent Talks: Bringing Your Environmental Values to Work

  • Environmental Defense Fund (DC)

With corporate recruiting season just around the corner, you might be spending time thinking about what might make you stand out in a crowded marketplace. What you may not know ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Stay Rad Post Grad!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it's just a matter of making it happen. Join the PLAN staff ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Building Personal Resilience in a Wellbeing Economy

  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)
  • Verdis Group (NE)

As the climate continues to change, weather events are increasingly affecting people in deeply personal ways. Grief, trauma, depression, hopelessness, fatalism and uneasiness are all symptoms. Recent reports by the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Women in Sustainability Education - Networking Meeting

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Come join us to build a collaborative network, share synergy, and catalyze collaboration. Who this session is for: administrators, faculty, and program leaders concerned with innovation, gender equity, and social ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Campus Recycling Workshop

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Clemson University (SC)

The annual CURC Workshop provides opportunities for attendees to network with Campus Recyclers from around the country, hear presentations from and interact with national experts, and participate in roundtable discussions ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Our Community Composting Project

  • University of Louisville (KY)

The University of Louisville Community Composting Project has been creating compost with and for the community for the past ten years. Sourcing our organic material from local coffee shops, restaurants ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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MOVING to Zero Waste: Diverting from Res Hall Move-Out Using Community Resources and Partnerships

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Residence halls across the United States struggle with the amount of waste that is left behind by students when they leave for the summer, particularly at large, midwestern research institutions ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Zero Waste

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

This is a meetup for all students, staff, companies, and professionals that are working on campus Zero Waste efforts. Whether you're helping your campus achieve Zero Waste goals, or ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Reducing Waste on Campus Through Reusable Bags

  • University of Denver (CO)

Plastic banners used for advertising purposes often end up in the landfill after being used. To prevent this waste, we partnered with Mile High Workshop to re-purpose these banners into ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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A Solar-Powered Automatic Composter: Students Combine Engineering, Science and Community Engagement

  • University of Houston - Downtown (TX)

The University of Houston-Downtown's Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) has a number of student initiatives focused at creating future sustainability leaders. One area of focus is to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Diverting Waste, Fostering Community, and Making "Used" Useful

  • Earlham College (IN)

In recent years, the Earlham College Student Sustainability Corps has experienced success and growth in their waste diversion programs. These include a permanent Free Store, a yearly Move-Out Program, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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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