Public Engagement

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Leveraging Sustainability to Bridge the High School-to-College Curriculum Divide

  • Bay Area Clean Energy Careers (BayCEC) (CA)

Bringing sustainability into the curriculum is one of most timely challenges facing today's faculty and instructors. While some schools and campuses are designing new courses to address sustainable concepts ...

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Building Sustainability Programs and Administration, From Workforce Development to Degrees

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

Our institution began developing sustainable education programs over twelve years ago as a response to local farmers' request to train farmers in organic and sustainable agriculture practices. From those first ...

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North American Sustainability Issues: Educating Students through Exchanges and Research

  • Daemen College (NY)

The Consortium for North American Sustainability (CNAS), a partnership among six institutions from the US, Canada and Mexico, aims to provide students with a deep understanding of how local and ...

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The Goggles Project

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

In 2005, Dr. Tarah Wright commissioned a two year study investigating Canadian universities' stances on sustainability. The findings were so provoking and the topic so timely, that we could not ...

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Garnet & Gold Goes Green: FSU's game day recycling program

  • Florida State University (FL)

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) provides Florida State University fans the opportunity to recycle their beverage containers with the intention of decreasing the large amounts of waste and litter ...

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Advocating Sustainability: Learning from Campus, Teaching the Community

  • Furman University (SC)

The dissemination of campus-based sustainability efforts provides both general knowledge and specific updates to several audiences, on campus and beyond. This communicated information is critical for evaluating and assessing sustainability ...

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Gardening with seniors: Benefits across socioeconomic status

  • Furman University (SC)

Recently, researchers have become interested in the psychological benefits of engaging in nature-based activities. Thus far, research has shown that gardening can increase well-being and sense of community (Armstrong, 2000 ...

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Service-Learning and Sustainability: Engaging Students in Sustainability Action

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

Service-learning engages students in service in order to improve understanding of course concepts with hands-on learning. Campus sustainability programs often seek to engage students in sustainability action projects in order ...

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Alternative University Appraisal Project - ESD and HEI'S in Asia Pacific

  • Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

The growth in the number of HEIs coupled with fast growing competition between them has contributed to the boom and popularity of comparisons, rankings and classifications of HEIs.

Higher education ...

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Circles of Exchange: Growing New Connections

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

Nature is constantly "innovating" by creating new connections, sharing information (nutrients) and adjusting system conditions in an ongoing search for stability. Similarly, human communities can employ networks to make new ...

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Synergy between students, academia and industry: Prospects for curriculum enhancement

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In the 2010 Worldwatch Institute Report, David Orr asks the question, ―What kind of education will enable the rising generation to deal with increasingly complex and portentous global issues?(p ...

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Sustainability Outreach to Community Non-profits: The Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore City Climate Showcase Partnership

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Outreach to non-profit organizations in neighboring college and university towns and cities is a critical tool for cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and ultimately successful movement toward sustainability. An outreach initiative ...

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Food Rescue

  • Pacific University (OR)

Food Rescue is a student-initiated food donation program that works to diminish food waste and redistribute leftovers from Pacific University campus events and dining hall meals to local community shelters ...

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Changing Hearts: Sustainability in the Long Term

  • Pepperdine University (CA)

For many, the environmental movement is a consumer fad with very little intellectual or emotional investment. Generally, sustainability is deemed a "good thing" but given low priority at both the ...

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Towards Place-based Engagement in the University District of Portland

  • Portland State University (OR)

The City of Portland's EcoDistrict Initiative is an emerging concept for modeling sustainable development within the Portland Metro region. The EcoDistricts Initiative is a multi-sectoral collaboration which seeks to ...

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Gaian Methodologies - An Emergent Confluence of Sustainability Research Innovation

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Gaian Methodologies flourish as a green and growing global research convergence. Sustainability extends beyond campus infrastructure; nature's design and organizing insights and patterns can inform research methods and guide ...

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Partnering with Local Government to Promote Sustainable Development

  • Randolph College (VA)

Research partnerships between colleges and local government can be an effective way to promote sustainability at the community level. This project applied principles of conservation development to the analysis of ...

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Promoting Sustainable Communities: The Randolph College Permaculture Program

  • Randolph College (VA)

Randolph College has a thriving permaculture and organic garden program, well-integrated into the college curriculum and offering semester and summer internships. The garden includes an orchard of heirloom fruit and ...

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Social Sustainability in Practice: Pay 30 Forward at Rio Salado

  • Rio Salado College (AZ)

Rio Salado College believes that investing in volunteerism is good business. In July 2009, Rio launched Pay 30 Forward to promote social sustainability at Rio Salado. The program honors Rio ...

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Grí¼nen der Universití¤t: Sustainability Perceptions and Practice at a German University

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

North Americans often perceive that governments, institutions and individuals in Europe have a very high degree of consciousness and action with regard to environmental protection and sustainability. This paper explores ...

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Fostering Sustainability, Community and Service from Middle-School through Higher Education

  • Saint John's University (MN)

In a collaboration between the St. John's University School of Education, the Office of Sustainability, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Grow NYC, Queens Botanic Gardens and the ...

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Building Community Through Collaborative Education: Partnerships for Sustainable Design

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

As educators it is critical that we recognize our obligation to take an active role in developing curriculum that engages students in understanding the issues of environmental and social sustainability ...

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State Policy Influence on ACUPCC Climate Action Plans

  • Stetson University (FL)

Climate change policy in the US has been highly variable, with little structure at the federal level and great variability among states. The lack of overarching national climate change policy ...

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Fostering change agents for sustainability

  • Tufts University (MA)

Graduate work on the effectiveness of a social psychology-based, experiential learning course on generating undergraduate civic leaders in sustainability behavior change is described. This presentation outlines the structure of the ...

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Achieving Campus Sustainability through Service-Learning

  • University of Alberta (AB)

How can you overcome budget cuts and staffing shortages while still achieving campus sustainability goals and empowering your student body? The University of Alberta's liberal arts campus, Augustana, has ...

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Sustaining Sustainability: Paradigms for Motivation and Collaboration

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Sustainability cannot exist outside of the context of the community or society engaging with its pursuit. It is a value, just like equity, liberty, or efficiency, that requires groups efforts ...

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Ralphies Green Stampede: Innovative Zero Waste Events at CU-Boulder

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In 2008, Folsom Field became the first major sports stadium in the nation, professional or collegiate, to collect all materials in recycling or compost containers, eliminate trash cans and transform ...

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From Controversy to Collaboration: Case Studies for Environmental Community Engagement

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Campus sustainability professionals are well positioned to lead public engagement and environmental community relations efforts for their college or university. One obvious reason is that environmental impacts from the institution ...

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The Role and Responsibility of Higher Education in "The Great Turning"

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

In the face of Peak Oil and Climate Change, many communities are initiating systemic change, some of them using Transition Town or Eco-Community models. Others are just beginning to awaken ...

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Strengthening community through partnerships around local food and sustainability

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Strong communities are places where people depend upon each other and work together for the common good, where all community members are appreciated and supported (particularly the poor and underprivileged ...

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How to engage people in behavioural change for sustainable development

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

The University of Ottawa, Canada, has been advancing sustainable development through its communications and outreach strategies. Considering the budget, and the problem faced by any institutions of its size, the ...

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Building Campus Partnerships for Successful Behavior Change Campaigns

  • University of Utah (UT)

Campus sustainability initiatives often hinge on influencing other people to change their behavior towards more pro-environmental actions. A growing body of social science research demonstrates that to achieve significant progress ...

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Are College Students Representatives for Future Generations?

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Brundtland Conference Definition of Sustainability: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Many ...

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Green Art + Environmental Design: Collaborations through Research Service Learning

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Art and environmental design should be powerful and integral aspects of sustainability education, though they are often excluded from comprehensive discussions that include science, technology, economics, society and politics. Successful ...

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Safety and Sustainability through Student-Contracted Mass Transit

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

In 2008, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student governance body, the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA), created a contracted mass transit service. "Titan Transit" extended the current city service from 6pm ...

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Pushing energy sustainability through innovative partnerships

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

We will share the challenges and rewards of working toward energy sustainability through an innovative partnership. In April 2010, we began working with the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project (JHESP ...

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Service-Learning in the Classroom

  • Ursinus College (PA)

One pedagogical method of integrating sustainability into the classroom is through service-learning. A service-learning partnership was created between an upper-level environmental studies climate change class at Ursinus College (UC) and ...

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Heifer International's Alternative Spring Break: Experiential Immersion Course

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Heifer International (HI) facilitates an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in Perryville, Arkansas, teaching individuals across the country about the organization's mission to "work with communities to end hunger and ...

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Redefining the possible: Community engagement, operational congruency and curriculum integration at York University

  • York University (ON)

York University, one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, is set in a rapidly changing region of urban Toronto. York has a deep commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability ...

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Building Sustainability & Community in a Student-Led, Service-Learning Environment

  • Truman State University (MO)

Often, there is a perceived divide between a campus and the greater community and an actual divide between university practices and sustainable ones. We seek to break down both barriers ...

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Innovative Programs from UNC's Center for Sustainable Enterprise

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

UNC's Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business has developed two innovative sustainability programs: 1) CSE Consulting is a one of a kind, award-winning program that ...

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The Role of Higher Education in the Climate Policy Debate

  • The Student PIRGs (OR)

Comprehensive climate policies have already passed in California and New Jersey. A dozen other states are currently debating similar policies. Congress will likely adopt some kind of climate policy in ...

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Two Paths to Integration: Developing Formal and Informal Networks for Campus Sustainability

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida and Arizona State University both enjoy grassroots support and top level leadership for sustainability. With 50 and 60 thousand students respectively, the development of a sustainable ...

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Building Collaborations Leading to Campus Sustainability: Bridgewater State University Center for Sustainability

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)

The Center for Sustainability at Bridgewater State University (BSC) fosters the study and application of sustainable practices both on campus and throughout the region. The Center was developed as a ...

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The Illinois Community College Sustainability Network

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)

The estimated 9.6 million Illinois residents over the age of 18 will directly benefit from an organized effort led by community colleges to learn about, and be encouraged to ...

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Sustainable Agriculture on a Community College Campus

  • College of DuPage (IL)

This presentation discusses work at a community college in Chicago's western suburbs, where we combine the interdisciplinary (English and Biology) academic study of food and agriculture with hands-on experience ...

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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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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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