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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Truth before reconciliation: the difficulties of transforming higher education in settler colonial contexts

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In response to the contemporary context of reconciliation in Canada, colleges and universities have made efforts to ‘Indigenise’ their campuses, extending earlier, Indigenous-led efforts to create more space for Indigenous ...


Indigenous perspectives on education for sustainable healthcare

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • El Fondo para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y El Caribe (FILAC)
  • University of Auckland
  • University of North Dakota (ND)
  • Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (NT)
  • Bond University (Queensland)

A range of global environmental changes are contributing to an increasing global burden of disease. Since human health and well-being are intimately associated with the health of our planet, healthcare ...


Building an environmentally accountable medical curriculum through international collaboration

  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Hull
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • University of East Anglia
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Background: Global environmental change is associated with significant health threats. The medical profession can address this challenge through advocacy, health system adaptation and workforce preparedness. Stewardship of health systems with ...


Decarbonising academia: confronting our climate hypocrisy

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Surrey

Academia is generally carbon intensive. Many academics are highly aeromobile to an extent that is now being framed as a form of ‘climate hypocrisy’. Technological advances are not enough to ...


Carbon Footprint of Academic Air Travel: A Case Study in Switzerland

  • École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Relatively low travel costs and abundant opportunities for research funding in Switzerland and other developed countries allow researchers large amounts of international travel and collaborations, leading to a substantial carbon ...


Community capacity-building for sustainable development: Effectively striving towards achieving local community sustainability targets

  • UNSW Sydney (NSW)
  • United Nations University

Purpose Although the value of community capacity building is widely accepted within scholarly literature, these initiatives thus far appear to have achieved very little impact in the achievement of community ...


Governing the university in the perspective of the United Nations 2030 Agenda: The case of the University of Bologna

  • Università di Bologna

Purpose Starting from the experience of the University of Bologna, this paper provides an innovative framework to analyse how universities are rethinking courses and curricula, teaching, research programmes, campus operation ...


Changing roles of universities in the era of SDGs: rising up to the global challenge through institutionalising partnerships with governments and communities

  • American University of Beirut

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development covers a wide range of interrelated goals, including poverty eradication and economic growth, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and peace for all people by 2030 ...


The use of the theory of planned behaviour to assess graduate attributes for sustainability

  • RMIT University

Higher Education plays an influential role in societal transformation towards sustainability. An understanding of the application of sustainability learning from degree programs in a graduate’s professional practice can serve ...


Funding community sustainable development using zero energy buildings

  • Millersville University (PA)

This paper aims at bridging the gap between theoretical frameworks for community sustainable development and descriptive-only case studies by using a case study to demonstrate a conceptual model or framework ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2021
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Higher Education Institutions: Partners in Social & Economic Community Resilience

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This webinar is is brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) with support from Second Nature and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP).

There is ...

  • Posted Oct. 29, 2020
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Alliance for Water Stewardship Partnership

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has partnered with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to develop the first curricular program in the nation dedicated to training students in professional water stewardship planning ...


Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions

  • Democracy Collaborative (DC)

'Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions' focuses on the role of urban and metropolitan universities as anchor institutions in their community to address long standing inequities ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, 4th edition

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

The need to make our communities sustainable is more urgent than ever before. Toward Sustainable Communities remains the single most useful resource for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable, economically viable places ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2020
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UCLA Licensed Products images for Sustainable Campus Index

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Students on UCLA's campus wearing officially licensed products


Humber College - Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP)

  • Humber College (ON)

Humber is the lead of the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP)-02 consortium working to harness the capacity of three Kenyan National Polytechnics to develop industry-responsive skills training programs ...


Humber College - Forest Nature Program

  • Humber College (ON)

The Forest and Nature Program (FNP) is a unique play and learning experience that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in ...


UMass Amherst Clean Energy Corps

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Clean Energy Extension students review and photograph architectural plans for an elementary school they are assessing, as well as present their findings.


IUPUI and Butler Collaborate to Launch Commercial Food Compost Program in Indianapolis

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) has an ongoing partnership with Butler University to employ a large waste hauler for food waste compost collection. Both universities leveraged their respective networks to ...


IUPUI Day of Caring

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

IUPUI partners with the United Way to host a Day of Caring to support local social organizations across Indianapolis. This year, the IUPUI community volunteered with Growing Places Indy, a ...


Santa Clara University Bike to Work Day

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

SCU faculty and staff have participated in Silicon Valley's Bike to Work Day since 2015! In partnership with Human Resources, and Parking & Transportation, the Center for Sustainability hosts ...


Santa Clara University - Gathering Fruit with the Glean Team

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

SCU's Glean Team is a volunteer-based group that gathers fruit from the hundreds of fruit-bearing trees on campus and surrounding area. Harvested fruit is donated to on-campus food pantries ...


University of Alabama at Birmingham Solar Community and Microgrid

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

In 2019, the University of Alabama at Birmingham opened its Solar House and Sustainable Neighborhood, featuring the Urban Multisource Microgrid and the the UAB Surviv(AL) house, built for the ...


Humber College - Anthropocene Art Installation

  • Humber College (ON)

Sustainability and art collide at Humber's North Campus

Humberthropocene (a play on the term "Anthropocene") is a mural assemblage led by Toronto-based environmental artist Anya Mielniczek and co-created by ...


Cornell University Campus

  • Cornell University (NY)

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is a public land-grant institution taking bold leadership action to ensure a climate-resilient and sustainable future for our campus, New York State, and the world ...


Appalachian State University - The Impact Clinic

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Impact Clinic - The Impact Clinic at Appalachian State University is an applied learning initiative that partners teams of faculty and students with local business representatives to evaluate the business ...


Equity, Justice, & Sustainability

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

This tool helps students understand how social context can influence the success or failure of projects; as a result, students will learn to design their own projects, both local and ...


When Kids Fight for Environmental Justice, Words Have Power

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (MD)

“Why aren’t all kids taught civics in schools?” Jaysa Hunter-Mellers asks. There has never been a more critical time in our history for young people, especially those from marginalized ...

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Just Sustainability - Julian Agyeman Keynote from AASHE 2010 Conference

  • AASHE (PA)

Julian Agyeman Keynote from AASHE 2010 Conference.

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2020
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Polytechnique Montreal - PolyCarbone climate activist group

  • Polytechnique Montreal (QC)

The PolyCarbone program was founded by a group of Engineering graduate students at Polytechnique Montreal. Since 2017, PolyCarbone has helped the Polytechnique Montreal community fight climate change by organizing a ...

  • Posted Sept. 29, 2020
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Cooperatives

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives seeks to increase understanding and encourage critical thinking about cooperatives by fostering scholarship and mutual learning among academics, the cooperative community, policy makers ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • University of Regina (SK)

The Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (CCSC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Established in 1984, the CCSC is supported ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives

  • North Dakota State University (ND)

The idea of an NDSU center to benefit members of North Dakota cooperatives originated within the cooperatives themselves, and in October 1988, the Joint Cooperative Education Committee endorsed the concept ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Centre for Co-operative Studies

  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Co. Cork)

The mission of the Centre for Co-operative Studies is to promote, through its research, consultancy and educational activities, the continued growth of the co-operative movement, as an effective, locally-owned and ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center (ACCC) in the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics was established on June 11, 1984 by an agreement between Kansas State University and the Kansas Cooperative ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Scaling the Ladder: Engagement Programs as Tools for Sustainability

  • McGill University (QC)
  • AASHE (PA)

There is often tension between the focus on individual behavioral action and systemic change in sustainability circles. How do we encourage the small steps that engage community members on a ...

  • Posted Sept. 17, 2020
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Butterworth Outer Ring Road Community Engagement Day

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

Community engagement day held at the Bagan Dalam Butterworth. The community is a B40 community from different ethnicity such as Malay, Indian and migrant workers. Migrant workers include Rohingya, Nepalese ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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Arrive as Intern, Depart Further on the Path to Sustainabilista

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • AASHE (PA)

Change will not happen because we care about or understand sustainability issues. Change will happen because we are equipped and empowered to act on what we care and know about ...

  • Posted Aug. 20, 2020
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Restoring College Sports Amid COVID-19: Leveraging Climate Action

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Miami (FL)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)

As college sports programs plan their recovery from Covid-19 impacts, leveraging existing campus assets and fan preferences opens up sports sustainability operations that generate revenues, cost savings, and significant campus ...

  • Posted Aug. 4, 2020
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Reframing the Climate Conversation: Telling the Story to Bring About Productive Climate Action

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJ)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This webinar is is brought to you by the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS), the FrameWorks Institute and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation ...

  • Posted July 30, 2020
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STARS Aligned: Using the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System to Report on Contributions to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

  • AASHE (PA)

This guide demonstrates how institutions can use the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) to report on their contributions to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Posted July 13, 2020
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Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

  • Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity (2020) is a timely book, as across the globe more and more of us awake to our always interconnected selves. The Handbook brings the ...

  • Posted July 10, 2020
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Exploration of Creation Care and Sustainability Among Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Members

  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (DC)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This exploration highlights Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) members who are creatively contributing to the common good and building a just, thriving world for all via environmental stewardship ...

  • Posted June 23, 2020
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Power Dialog Webinar Discussion Templates - Civic Engagement

  • Bard College (NY)

Bard College's Solve Climate By 2030 Power Dialog Webinar offers discussion templates for teachers. This template is for civic engagement.

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation

  • Bard College (NY)

'Rethinking the Future - Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation' is Tony Seba's opening keynote at the 70th annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado, April 9th, 2018.

The ...

  • Posted June 12, 2020
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Teaching Local Sustainability Online

  • Prescott College (AZ)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

While online learning may conjure up images of isolated students alone at their computers, this medium also provides ways to help people become locally engaged in the creation of sustainable ...

  • Posted June 4, 2020
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Curriculum, Sustainability and Success: Your Curriculum Needs a Reality Check

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

This webinar is part of the joint SCC — AASHE series of webinars on sustainability in the curriculum

"Your Curriculum Needs a Reality Check" Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:00 pm ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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Living Earth Festival 2018: MA‘O Organic Farms

  • Leeward Community College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)

This video, taken at the Living Earth Festival in 2018, highlights efforts by MA'O Organic Farms in Waianae, Hawaii to uplift the local community through employment opportunities and local ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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Engaging Students in Citizen Science: Guiding Inquiry to Action

  • Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)

The webinar series -- Thinking Global, Educating Local -- is intended to serve as professional development for educators who are interested in reducing the ecological footprint of their school and enhancing their ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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SUNY COIL Global Commons Program

  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)
  • State University of New York System Office (NY)

During this six-week, six-credit program, SUNY students take action on one of six selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with a community based or non-governmental organization (CBO or NGO ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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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.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Public Engagement Partners