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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Are we educating engineers for sustainability?: Comparison between obtained competences and Swedish industry's needs

  • Chalmers University of Technology

Purpose – The aim of this study is to contribute to the quality improvement and long‐term strategic development of education for sustainable development (ESD) in engineering education curricula.

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A New Era of Sustainability: CEO reflections on progress to date, challenges ahead and the impact of the journey toward a sustainable economy.

This report describes the results of a survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact member CEOs. Findings include:

  • 93 percent of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s ...

Responding to environmental challenges: an initial assessment of higher education curricula needs by Australian planning professionals

  • University of Melbourne

Environmental planning education has become crucial given the projected implications of climate change for human settlements and nature. However, despite the identified importance of educating planners with regards to sustainability ...


Education for Sustainability, Graduate Capabilities, Professional Employment: How They All Connect

  • RMIT University

Education for Sustainability (EfS) has an intimate relationship with professional employment as we seek to develop graduates who will take EfS values and understanding into their workplaces to build a ...


Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance

It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings tangible and useful outcomes in terms of understanding and skills, and also reinforces the ...


Connecting curriculum, capabilities and careers

  • RMIT University

Purpose

The reported research aims to examine the extent to which sustainability capabilities have been delivered by a specific example of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Education for Sustainable Development ...


2015 National Solar Jobs Census

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 is the sixth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. It found that ...


The Role of Transacademic Interface Managers in Transformational Sustainability Research and Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Working towards sustainable solutions requires involving professionals and stakeholders from all sectors of society into research and teaching. This often presents a challenge to scholars at universities, as they lack ...


Utilizing international networks for accelerating research and learning in transformational sustainability science

  • University of Tokyo
  • UPC. University Technical of Catalonya
  • Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
  • Lund University
  • Maastricht University
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Arizona State University (AZ)

A promising approach for addressing sustainability problems is to recognize the unique conditions of a particular place, such as problem features and solution capabilities, and adopt and adapt solutions developed ...

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The Sustainability Literacy Test: Implementation strategies for campuses

  • McGill University (QC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

The Sustainability Literacy Test provides higher education institutions, companies and other organizations around the world with an internationally recognized and locally relevant tool to measure and improve sustainability literacy. This ...

  • Posted Jan. 31, 2017
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Green chemistry = social and environmental justice

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. Ed Brush Professor of Chemistry ...

  • Posted Jan. 31, 2017
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Engaging the Community Through Student Led Initiatives: Highlights and Opportunities

  • University of Tennessee at Martin (TN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)
  • American Chemical Society (DC)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Jennifer MacKellar ACS, GCI

Dr. S ...

  • Posted Jan. 31, 2017
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Greening Your ACS Student Chapter - Models of Success

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Jennifer MacKellar Program Manager American Chemical Society ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Student Led Green Chemistry Initiatives

  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Anna Ivanova Communications Director Network of Early-Career ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. Jane Wissinger Associate Professor, Department of ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Green Chemistry: The missing element in chemistry education

  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series: A new webinar series for chemistry faculty and students highlighting relevant and important topics in green chemistry education.

Presented by: Dr. John C. Warner Founder ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Energy Efficiency Jobs in America

This report finds that energy efficiency is a massive employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each and every state. The report, based on U ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Clean Jobs America: A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America

In this comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) finds that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (DC)

Despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably - extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Student Interest for Environment/Sustainability Undergraduate Programmes: Recent Australian Experience

  • RMIT University

Increasingly, employers are seeing the need to have employees who have capabilities in sustainability. The hope is that there will be a sufficient number of appropriately educated people to enter ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Educating for Sustainability: 2017 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and GULF Universities

  • International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) (MA)

This report, which was released in conjuction with the 2017 World Economic Forum, contains case studies on educating for sustainability provided by 30 members of the International Sustainable Campus Network ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Transdisciplinary learning and teaching as answers to urban sustainability challenges

Purpose

This paper aims to explain the relevance of science-society interfaces and their potential for higher education institutions to engage stakeholders in supporting sustainable change in cities, via the transdisciplinary ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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University’s multi-scale initiatives for redefining city development

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the varied roles played by the University of Lódz (UL) in maintaining and restoring the natural capital of a city as ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Environmental awareness raising through universities – city authorities’ cooperation

Purpose

This paper aims to the environmental awareness raising as a key issue of education for sustainable development. Youth Environmental Volunteers Movement in the area of coastal oil response operations ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Civic Labors: Scholarly Activism and Working-Class Studies

Labor studies scholars and working-class historians have long worked at the crossroads of academia and activism. The essays in this collection examine the challenges and opportunities for engaged scholarship in ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Towards a Sustainable University: The Ca’ Foscari Experience

Towards a Sustainable University tackles the challenge of sustainability in universities. Universities are a working environment and an organization in which sustainability can be experienced. This book shows how a ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Rutgers University Online MPA – Specialization in Nonprofit Management

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

A great education starts with a great curriculum. The public administration degree from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) gives students a broad understanding of the field and ...

  • Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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Inspiration and Hope for Campus Sustainability Change Agents

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)

You know those feelings you get after attending the AASHE annual conference and other sustainability conferences – inspiration, motivation, a sense of belonging, perhaps even giddy to return to campus to ...

  • Posted Dec. 15, 2016
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A geographic approach to facilitating local climate governance: From emissions inventories to mitigation planning

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

It is increasingly recognized that municipal and regional scale governments play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. While universities possess many resources that ...


Municipal collaboration for carbon footprinting: Syracuse, New York case study

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

Purpose

The City of Syracuse, New York, has undertaken energy conservation measures over the past decade. In 2011, the city completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that serves as the ...


Universities and Climate Change Mitigation: Advancing Grassroots Climate Policy in the US

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)

While US climate change mitigation policy has stalled at the national level, local and regional actors are increasingly taking progressive steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Universities are poised ...


Does the Gown Help the Town? Examining Town–Gown Relationship Influence on Local Environmental Sustainability in the United States

  • Missouri State University (MO)

A US municipality environmental sustainability index, the OSSPI (Opp-Saunders Sustainability Practices Index), found an overwhelming percentage of top-ranked sustainable cities were home to higher education institutions. While this may be ...


Community support for campus approaches to sustainable energy use: The role of “town–gown” relationships

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

Across the United States, universities are grappling with challenges associated with adopting approaches to more sustainable energy use. One approach has been to develop energy-related projects in their local, host ...


American Democracy Project

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (DC)

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed ...


Infusing Sustainability Principles and Practices into Study Abroad

  • Concordia College (NY)
  • Delta College (MI)
  • Lawrence University (WI)

Sustainability, a common thread across curriculums, can serve as the connection for engaged learning. Tie it to international travel and it links our students with opportunity for greater understanding of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Community as a Living Laboratory: Promoting Community Engagement Through Student Internship Programs

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Community and campus sustainability issues can be addressed simultaneously while creating a hands-on learning opportunity for students. In this presentation, representatives from three universities (Furman University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Renewably Powering and Empowering our Communities

  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Weber State University (UT)
  • Wells College (NY)

Weber State University worked with a local nonprofit and community members to develop and implement a community-solar program during the 2015-2016 school year. The project served the three-county area surrounding ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Campus and Community Involvement in Move-Out Waste Reduction Programs

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Move-Out! Classes end and our students vacate the rooms in their residence halls, cleaning up so that other students may become the new occupants. In the process, students discard lots ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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New Models for Campus Food Production: Orchards and Community Collaborations

  • Saint Joseph's College - IN (IN)
  • University of Baltimore (MD)
  • Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project (MD)

This panel session will feature how campus food production programs can serve as vehicles for community collaborations, as well as a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning and campus ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Waste Reduction

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Though composting is a great step away from creating landfill waste, it is still very low on the EPA's food waste hierarchy. This study presents how a group of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Powering a New South: Sustainability and Energy in the Southern US

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Through an examination of the processes and experiences of a yearlong, multi-disciplinary university press project, students, instructors, and press advisors will examine energy through the lens of our local experience ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Experiences and Strategies of a Student-Run Massive Monarch Restoration on Off-campus Sites

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The White House recently released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. One of its primary goals is a national effort to increase the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Zero Waste: Data, Infrastructure, and Engagement Return Recycling Case Study

  • New York University (NY)
  • Return Recycling (NY)

Return Recycling is a student-led organization devoted to building a concrete understanding for waste data, infrastructure, and engagement. Over the past year we've prototyped new (self-designed) recycling bins, developed ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging the Campus, Community, and Future: A Student's Guide to Organization Development

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Developing an organization, especially one that deals with a sustainability issue, may seem to be a daunting task. By examining the case-study of Lexington Environmental Youth Outreach (LEYO), a sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Enhancing Community Networks through Sustainable Events: Case Study

  • Iowa State University (IA)

At colleges and universities across the world, students are engaging their campus and community in sustainability through creative event programming. As local organizations and on-campus organizations collaborate on meaningful projects ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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To Serve or Not to Serve?: The Role of Gender Socialization in Community Engagement and Connections to Toxic Masculinities

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Across various measures of civic and community engagement, whether across the country or here at Oregon State University, men tend to be less active in these activities, which can be ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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What Professional Diplomacy can do for You: Putting the Ability in 'Sustainability'

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Diplomacy and negotiations permeate all aspects of life. It can either serve as a stepping stone for students advocating sustainability, or a stumbling block for those who lack diplomatic knowledge ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability Marketing and the Arts

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Briefly covers general popular advertising avenues on campus and ways to uncover new marketing platforms through faculty and staff engagement. Focus is placed on an interaction with the arts and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student-led Technical Design Projects: From Conception to Implementation

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

Engineering students are often interested in contributing directly to sustainability in their communities by conducting local technical projects. In this interactive workshop, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), a non-profit ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Strategic Power: Public Leadership & Change Maker Skills

  • Elected Officials to Protect America

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win' - Gandhi This dynamic, interactive workshop will hone your public leadership skills to create massive ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 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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