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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Racial Equity and Social Justice Essay Series: Resources for Higher Education Staff on Understanding Key Concepts...

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Better understanding, supporting, and addressing racial equity and social justice issues as they relate to sustainability work in higher education is paramount in creating institutions that welcome and nurture intellectual ...

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Accelerating Just Energy Transitions by Inviting Faith Communities to the Table

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Pressures to solve the climate crisis through clean, inclusive energy transitions are intensifying. Scientific indicators and natural disasters draw perspective to how human suffering and environmental stresses breach ecological and ...

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Meeting Immediate Needs: A Curriculum for Worker Cooperatives

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Cooperacion Santa Ana (CA)

UCI Community Resilience Projects fosters people-centered and inclusive solutions to climate challenges. Our community-driven academic partnerships work from a shared understanding that the problems of climate change, racism and all ...

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Embedding sustainability in Colombian higher education institutions' strategy

  • Universidad EAN

With the objective of to build capacities for all relevant actors in embedding Sustainability in Higher Education in Colombia, based on PSU's and the known AASHE experience for integrating ...

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Building cross-institutional sustainability and equity partnerships

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This workshop will include real-life examples, strategies and tactics to support successful cross-institutional partnerships that promote interconnectedness and integration of equity, diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Learn why a strong partnership ...

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Sustainability Strategic Planning: Meaningfully Integrating Sustainability into Campus-Wide Planning

  • Williams College (MA)

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Williams College embarked on a college-wide strategic planning process. Sustainability was designated as one of the eight working groups and as one of three principles ...

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Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience: A Just Transition Introductory Curriculum

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Developed at UC Irvine and in its ninth year, the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR) is an annual three-day residential program that provides a select cohort of incoming ...

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Student Voices in Sustainability: Incorporating Student Interns In Sustainability Communications

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Student interns play a critical role in communications initiatives at the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability (OS). In this informational session, attendees will learn how the OS incorporates student voices into ...

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Moving to a Circular Economy: a Framework for Building Networks, Capacity, and Strategy

  • Michigan State University (MI)

As hundreds of colleges and universities are committing to carbon neutrality, the forward discussion is now moving to circularity. Circularity is more than zero waste, recycling, and even energy. The ...

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Bail on Balloons: Institutionalizing a Green Events Standard

  • New York University (NY)

NYU hosts thousands of events each year. Whether they're massive conferences or office parties, events are integral to our community. But they notoriously result in unnecessary waste, both material ...

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Meeting Campus Sustainability Goals by Showcasing Them in College Sports

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

The University of Colorado Boulder is the nation's first NCAA Div 1 sports sustainability program-and has compiled lessons learned about how to use the sports platform to elevate campus ...

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Successful Transitions: Guiding Student Groups Through Leadership Changes

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

As second year students ourselves, we understand that student groups are empowered to create bold impacts in higher education. They benefit from peer connections in a way that departmental or ...

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Partnering the university with correctional facilities for equitable education

  • Butler University (IN)

College is a privilege not accessible to everyone. The structure of higher education is elitist and promotes a specific ideology in even the most liberal of schools. How can we ...

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Beyond Likes and Followers: How to Create Meaningful Real-Life Engagement via Instagram

  • Elon University (NC)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

How do sustainability offices engage students beyond social media metrics to create real-life engagement? In this session, three institutions-one small private liberal arts college, one medium-sized private university and one ...

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Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education Through Service-Learning

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Saint Joseph's College - ME (ME)
  • Maine Campus Compact (ME)

In 2017, in partnership with Campus Compact offices throughout Southern New England, Maine Campus Compact (MCC) awarded subgrants to 14 interdisciplinary faculty teams across four states (CT, MA, ME, NH ...

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Beyond the Ivory Walls: Community Based Sustainable Solutions for Building Local Resilience

  • University of Dayton (OH)

In an era of climate change, a just transition requires solutions that marry sustainability and resilience. Commonly, resilience is perceived as an adaptation strategy that builds capacity to withstand disturbances ...

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Podcasts and Podcasting for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Bard College (NY)
  • Central College (IA)
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

This session explores podcasting as a tool for sustainability in higher education. A panel of three podcast producers will share examples of how they have used podcasts to support sustainability ...

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Collaborating for Resilience: The Power of Campus-Community Conversations

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

We are already beginning to feel the impacts of climate change on our campuses and within our communities. It is increasingly important that universities and colleges anticipate these impacts by ...

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Issues Don't Move People; Stories do - Using Films to Catalyze Student and Community Engagement

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

When it comes to films, too often our focus is on what appears on the screen when the projector turns on. But our focus really needs to be on action--what ...

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Integrating the UN SDGs into Study Abroad Programs

  • Susquehanna University (PA)

This session will discuss how the UN SDGs can provide for an enriching and transformative study abroad program. Susquehanna University's study abroad program is a graduation requirement for all ...

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Strategies, Priorities and Movement Building Tactics of the Environmental Justice Movement

  • The New School (NY)

Climate change is one of the most significant threats to humanity. Frontline, environmental justice (EJ) communities will be the most impacted by these threats and are already facing the devastating ...

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How Do OTHER Associations Assist Your Campus Sustainability?

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Society for College and University Planning (MI)

AASHE's prime mission is sustainability, yet many other campus organizations have a portion of their mission devoted to advancing sustainability. Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) has fourteen major ...

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Boxes to Farm to Compost'- A Paradigm Shift from an Extractive Culture to Regenerative Culture

  • Iowa State University (IA)

As a land grant university with a student population of over 30,000 students and about 6000 faculty and staff, there is a multitude of packaged items delivered to the ...

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Engaging Alumni in Sustainability: Working with Development & Alumni Relations

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Alumni are one of a college or university's greatest assets and their contributions back to an institution do not go unnoticed. Many sustainability professionals want to engage alumni in ...

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Inspiring Green Fashion in a Fast Fashion Landscape

  • University of the Pacific (CA)

The fast fashion industry encourages buying cheap clothes with a short lifespan which need to be constantly disposed of and replaced. College students can be especially vulnerable to fast fashion ...

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Emerging Data Visualization Issues in Sustainability: Increasing 'Truthfulness' and Visual Literacy

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

This presentation involves the challenges of how to analyze and display data produced with information technologies in truthful and complete ways that are easily digested by human problem solvers and ...

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Power Dialogs: Coordinated Civic Education on Climate Solutions and Justice

  • Bard College (NY)

Power Dialogs are a tool to mobilize educators across the planet to provide young people with realistic optimism that for fundamental economic reasons, the world is heading towards an energy ...

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Sustainability in Higher Education as a Career Path

  • American University (DC)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • University of Mississippi (MS)

Are you a student, graduate student, or young professional with a passion for sustainability in higher education? Are you unsure how to turn your passion into a collegiate career? You ...

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Campus Farmers and Growers Networking Meeting

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Join other campus farmers and food system advocates in creating a robust, interdisciplinary network of campus-based growers and partners at our second annual networking meeting. Find someone in your region ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Envisioning the Role of Higher Education in the Climate Crisis

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

This networking session will focus on building connections between practitioners at various institutions working towards cultural transformation and paradigm shifts in response to the climate crisis. We are interested in ...

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Leaders of Color: Navigating Environmentalism and Sustainability

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

This networking event is for, but not exclusive to, environmental leaders of color. It will start with a concise presentation on ecological leaders of color who have paved the way ...

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Inspiring Leaders for Sustainability On Campus & Beyond: Networking Meeting

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

How do we develop leaders to bridge sustainability, community engagement, and civic leadership? Our greatest legacy as campus sustainability leaders may be the leaders we develop. The national news can ...

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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA) Networking Session

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

This networking meeting will be an opportunity for attendees interested in, researching, and/or implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals to be ...

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Student Affairs/Engagement Meet-Up

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Come join staff, students, and faculty from across the country that work in, with, or led by students to gather in solidarity, discuss best practices, explore opportunities to expand engagement ...

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Arizona Meet-Up

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Come join staff, students, and faculty from Arizona educational institutions (community colleges, high schools, and universities) to gather and explore opportunities to collaborate, including discussing a 2021 AZ Student Sustainability ...

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We're Here and Queer! Queers in Sustainability Meetup

  • University of Montana (MT)

In the fight against climate change, those with marginalized identities will be most directly impacted and affected by injustices that follow. In pursuit of sustainability practices, it is imperative to ...

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Canadian Networking Session & Exploring Sustainability Charters

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Fleming College (ON)
  • Bow Valley College (AB)

Meet with other Canadian conference attendees and discuss the effectiveness of sustainability charters with a focus on the SDG Accord through breakout groups. Put faces to some familiar names and ...

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Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Networking Session

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

This is a networking meeting for Texans and other parties interested in the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) to connect and discuss campus sustainability topics unique to the ...

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CO_CUS Colorado College & University Sustainability Group

  • Colorado State University (CO)

A networking opportunity for Colorado College & University staff attending AASHE

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Drains on the System

  • Macalester College (MN)

Macalester student volunteers stencil signs near storm drains in Saint Paul, Minn. to raise awareness about runoff pollution in the Mississippi River. This event was a collaboration between the Civic ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2021
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Webinar: Leveraging Social Media for Sustainability Campus Engagement During and Beyond COVID-19

  • AASHE (PA)
  • American University of Sharjah (Ash Shariqah)

In this interactive session you will learn how to effectively use social media platforms to engage with your campus community virtually, when it is not possible to conduct on campus ...

  • Posted Sept. 16, 2021
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The George Mason University Arboretum

  • George Mason University (VA)

The George Mason University Arboretum cultivates curiosity, education, and well-being through stewardship of its trees, gardens, and other natural spaces. It was established in 2015, earned ArbNet Level II accreditation ...


Four participants of the Barefoot College display their projects.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

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The Barefoot College in northern India teaches women skills to bring solar power to their ...


The Under-Told Stories team interviewing a community activist after the murder of George Floyd.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Under-Told Stories is a journalism project at University of St. Thomas’ Center for the Common Good. The project uses high quality video storytelling to help students understand and engage with ...


The Under-Told Stories team reporting on an effort to clear mine fields in Cambodia.

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Under-Told Stories is a journalism project at University of St. Thomas’ Center for the Common Good. The project uses high quality video storytelling to help students understand and engage with ...


PCC Student Leader with Climate Rally Sign

  • Portland Community College (OR)

A student leader at Portland Community College's Cascade campus shows off the sign they made for the youth climate rally during PCC's annual Eco-social Justice Day event. This ...


EV Affordability and Charging Accessibility

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

University of California, San Diego is advancing electric vehicle charging research, development and demonstration opportunities. Current projects include Adaptive Load Management, Vehicle-2-Grid, PV-Energy Storage integrated DC Fast Chargers, ISO 15118 ...


UM6P FOOD BANK

  • Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

The SD Ambassadors 2021 organized collecting funds campaigns in the 2nd edition of UM6P Food Bank.


UM6P SAP+D Green Tour

  • Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

The Sustainable Development Ambassadors of School of Architecture, planning and design organized a green tour to the new students in order to highlight the sustainable development aspects of the campus ...


Alumni Memorial Hall within Randolph Hall, College of Charleston

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This is the central ceremonial space of the College, within one of its oldest continually used buildings.

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