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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Engaging College Students With Sustainability and Human Rights Through Bottles and Cans

  • Colgate University (NY)

The subject of my presentation will be UCan, a not-for-profit recycling system I launched as a first-year student at Colgate University in the Fall of 2017. UCan is a recycling ...

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Off-Campus Student Housing Recycling Program

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Over 68 percent of students at the University of Nebraska Lincoln live in off-campus student housing, and many are conforming to the trend of residing in luxury student apartments. In ...

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Sustaining the Borderlands: A Discussion on Food Waste in the Southwest

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Tucson, Arizona is situated 60 miles from the United States/Mexico International border. The nearest port of entry, Nogales, is one of the largest landlocked ports in North America. This ...

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The Case Study of Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Programs at Eight US Universities

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Many universities across the US address sustainability on campus and aim at reducing the environmental footprint. Universities' strategies to reduce the carbon footprint include promoting alternative modes of travel, such ...

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Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Research In Costa Rica: 5 Week Faculty Led Study Abroad Model

  • Central College (IA)

This session explains the process and lessons learned as Central College (Pella, Iowa) faculty and staff developed undergraduate research opportunities within the model of a short-term faculty-led study abroad program ...

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Achieving Intertwined Sustainable Development Goals Through Coastal Resilience Research

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Sustainable policy, design, and visualization strategies are essential as climate change and sea level rise threaten coastal cities. Higher education institutions in coastal regions have the opportunity to conduct meaningful ...

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Taking It to the Next Level: Campus-Community Partnerships

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Engagement between campus and the local community is a strong priority for many institutions, often focused in service learning and volunteerism. But siloed approaches to service learning and volunteerism do ...

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What, So What, Now What: The Development of the RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

This session will introduce participants to the United Nations University Youth Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (YRCE) Presenters will explain the purpose and elements of a ...

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Localizing UN Sustainable Development Goals in Hawaii: The Community as our Living Laboratory

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

The 2018 State of Hawaii legislative session saw the introduction of bills to codify the UN SDG framework at the local level. Hawaii has a long history of sustainability, and ...

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10,000 Makes Mini Sustainable Product Make-A-Thon

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This workshop is the Design U 10 Thousand Makes Make-A-Thon but in a smaller workshop format. The 10,000 Makes Make-A-Thon is give them a pile of reused materials and ...

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Lifting up the UN SDG's in Pennsylvania: The Power of the Penn State Sustainable Communities Network

  • Penn State Brandywine (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Sustainable Communities Collaborative Network at Penn State is an example of the power of working across campus boundaries to address sustainable development projects state-wide. Six campuses have worked collaboratively ...

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Measuring Student Attitudes Towards Sustainable Development With a One-Semester Sustainovation

  • Penn State Brandywine (PA)

In Fall 2017, Penn State Brandywine kicked off an initiative titled Sustainovation, emphasizing programming and community collaborations through sustainability and innovation. The campus identified three community partners to work with ...

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EAN Sustainability Index: How to Measure the Sustainability in an University Incubator?

  • Universidad EAN

The implementation of sustainability at the EAN University is a process that takes more than eight years, however, being an institution whose focus is entrepreneurship, it is clearly necessary to ...

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Solar and Sheep Grazing - Is it for Ewe?

  • Furman University (SC)

Does your institution have solar panels or are you thinking about installing them? Does your institution have sheep or know someone who does? If you answered 'yes' to either of ...

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Intersections of Food Waste, Hunger, and Spectrums of Homelessness, Abuse, and Addiction

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

Homeless adults have disproportionate rates of chronic diet-related diseases, food security, rates of obesity, as well as co-morbidities such as diabetes. The outlook is even worse for children and youth ...

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SDG2: Global Challenge, Local Solutions Powered by Penn State University Food Security Initiatives

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

With the mission of creating hunger-free and healthy communities through engaged scholarship, several Penn State campuses have joined forces to begin the efforts in their regions. They have partnered with ...

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A University-Community Research Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Many counties of Western North Carolina have high levels of food insecurity that may be addressed by training communities to grow, prepare, and preserve their own food. Through the McCullough ...

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Blending Sustainability & Community Engagement in STEM: Models from 4 Diverse Universities

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Stony Brook University (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Villanova University (PA)

From diverse institutional perspectives, this interactive session explores community engagement through course-based sustainability projects done in collaboration with community partners. We will outline important opportunities and challenges of this work ...

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What Does a Tree Have to Do with Interior Design?

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

On the McConnell Springs site of Lexington, Kentucky, there exists an historically significant tree - one of only a few old Bur Oaks that remain since the early days of settlement ...

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Repairing our Foodshed

  • Wells College (NY)

Wells College has acted to address gaps within its local foodshed. Responding to area 'food desert' conditions, the college initiated the Aurora Farmers Market to provide community residents access to ...

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Educating, Engaging and Empowering Sustainable Businesses Through a Smart Business Challenge

  • Iowa State University (IA)

A vital facet in ensuring a sustainable community is sustainable awareness and commitment of its businesses. As part of the Town Gown Collaboration with the Iowa State University Office of ...

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Using the UN SDGs to frame community resilience assessment and planning for students and partners

  • Allegheny College (PA)

After Allegheny signed Second Nature's Resilience Commitment (Climate Commitment signed in 2007), the sustainability coordinator cultivated collaborative partnerships in the community and explored ways to support existing work while ...

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@IUSBees Raising Awareness to Rise to the Challenge

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Student Summit Case Study: @IUSBees raising awareness to rise to the Challenge. How can higher education institutions align their teaching and research activities around the SDGs?Align them in the ...

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Role of Higher Education Institutions in Reducing Poverty by Promoting Sustainable Tourism

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)

All college and university campuses are imbedded in a local community. All communities have the potential to offer ecotourism opportunities to residents and visitors. Ecotourism/sustainable toursim is now defined ...

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Connecting Communities to Data That Matter - Linkages Through SDGs

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

In recent years, a rising number of innovative firms and entrepreneurs have intentionally coalesced around university centers to bring invention plus implementation together. These universities known as anchor institutions typically ...

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Universities as Catalysts for Transformative Sustainable Change

  • Spelman College (GA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Agnes Scott College (GA)

This session will explore how universities can serve as anchor institutions in their communities, advancing their own goals and regional sustainability at the same time, through education about and implementation ...

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Social Marketing/Behavior Change Practitioner Meetup

  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • Busch Systems (ON)

Are you interested in using marketing as a behavior change agent? Me too! Let's get together for a focused discussion about goals, challenges, and successes in your behavior change ...

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Food Conscious Campus: Urban Innovations Towards Zero Hunger

  • MacEwan University (AB)

Innovative technologies like Flow Hives, Tower Gardens, and Urban Cultivators engage the campus community with local food options and opportunities for food security downtown. Through a short documentary and discussion ...

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Weatherizing Together: Finding Effective Community Partnerships

  • Furman University (SC)

Is your school planning on or already implementing a home weatherization program? Have you found community partners for your program? Furman University's home weatherization program, the Community Conservation Corps ...

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Mapping our Participation in the United Nations Global Compact: Storytelling and Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)

As a participant of the U.N. Global Compact, the State University College of New York at Geneseo uses the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to talk ...

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Community Impacts Through Energy-Efficient Housing Education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The Energy Efficient Housing Research Group (EEHR), an outreach arm of the Hamer Center for Community Design, is a conduit between high-performance housing research and housing stakeholders. EEHR connects multidisciplinary ...

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Co-Designing a Sustainable, Native American Cultural Center with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Public engagement is a crucial way for higher education institutions to align their teaching and research activities around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This case study examines how an interdisciplinary ...

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How Higher Ed Helps Enact Tomorrow's Climate Change Legislation, Today!

  • New York University (NY)

New York City is poised to enact the world's most sweeping climate change legislation, based on the innovation, validation, and support of higher education. How did NYU lead in ...

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Urban Forestry and Community Engagement - the Chemis-tree of Successful Partnerships

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an urban research university located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. With greenhouse gas mitigation goals looming, VCU established the VCU Urban Forestry Collaborative (VUFC) - a unique ...

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Climate Lab: Taking the Gloom out of the Doom

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Let's face it - thinking about climate change and sustainability - and what to do about these pressing issues - can be downright depressing. People don't want to hear about starving ...

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UC3: The Research University's Role in Place-Based, Cross-Sector Climate Action

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Second Nature (MA)

The University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, is a coalition of 13 leading North American research universities that are prototyping a collaborative model designed to help local communities achieve their ...

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Learning from our Future: Engaging Youth in Climate Justice

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

How do we build a truly inclusive climate justice movement that values every voice and experience? Engage young people. They have a lot to say, and are eager to say ...

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Community Outreach on Steroids: Impacting People in 8 Counties While Recruiting Great Students

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

In June 2017, Slippery Rock University's Office of Sustainability launched the 'Healthy Planet, Healthy People Environmental Summer Camp and Community Project Incubator'. The focus of this program was to ...

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Climate Memes: Undergraduates Making Climate Data Go Viral

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

On Earth Day 2017, Climatepedia boothed in Pershing Square at the March for Science-Los Angeles. Students from the University of California, Irvine branch of the organization displayed their signs at ...

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All We Need is Political Will: Empowering Students on Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • Juniata College (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

At this critical time in our nation's history, the need to transition to a clean energy economy and a just and equitable society is more urgent than ever. Young ...

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Moving Toward Climate Justice Through Divestment and Reinvestment

  • Better Future Project (MA)

All colleges have an endowment that they use to invest in a broad range of industries. Divestment is a powerful tactic where institutions can use their political and financial power ...

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Native Food Garden in the Sonoran Desert

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Since July 2017, I began volunteering at The Desert Research Learning Center (DLRC). The DRLC is owned by the National Park Service and is located adjacent to the east district ...

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Pollinator Protection: Save the Monarch Butterfly!

  • Central Community College (NE)

This poster will describe the process Central Community College uses to engage students in the support of pollinators, particularly the Monarch butterfly. Furthermore, basic information regarding Monarch butterfly behavior and ...

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Food Recovery and Partnership Models

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)
  • 412 Food Rescue (PA)

The University of Utah is collaborating to address seven of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals on on-campus, in local communities, as well as throughout the state. While working ...

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Building a Bigger Table: Engaging Communities on Food Security

  • College of Charleston (SC)

On our campus, and in the surrounding community, there appears to be a growing urge for increased engagement and 'silo-busting.' One of the largest focal points for this is food ...

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Agrivoltaic Arrays: Cultivating the Future of Renewable Energy

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Agrivoltaics' combines the terms, 'agriculture' and 'photovoltaics' to create a symbiotic relationship between food and renewable energy. The vast majority of solar energy generated comes from solar farms. However, as ...

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Scaling UP Renewable Energy Beyond Campus

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The Paris Agreement (at the moment) represents civilizations best path forward for global action and accountability of our collective reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions. What happens when a significant ...

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Where civil rights fit into sustainability: an environmental justice workshop

  • Ithaca College (NY)

An in-depth exploration of how civil rights and environmental justice fit into the global sustainability framework, this presentation will utilize case studies from across the US to exemplify how environmental ...

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Think Outside: Educating about Conservation and Race in the Great Outdoors

  • Messiah College (PA)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA)

We need multi-lateral participation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the UN; however, the narrative of environmental protection, and the subsequent sustainability movement, is dominated by a ...

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Engaging Students and Low-Income Community Members: Successes in Conservation and Social Equity

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The FLOWS program (Foundation for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability), is made up of diverse CU Boulder Environmental Center student staff and historically marginalized community members that team up ...

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