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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Reducing Campus Waste: Ten Years of a Campus FreeStore

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Mother earth is crying out for help, and we are the only ones that have the power to do make things better; for this reason the Sustainability office at Bemidji ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents, Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is pioneering the “New Urban College Model” as the President of Paul Quinn College. With a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Regeneration & Reclamation in Environmental Justice Projects by Contemporary Artists and Educators

  • Colorado State University, Pueblo (CO)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Parsons (IL)
  • ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists (OH)

For many years, internationally renowned award-winning contemporary artists around the country have been leaders of community-based social practice projects that feature creative approaches to urban renewal and communal agriculture, native ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University Air Travel and GHG Mitigation: An Analysis of Higher Education Climate Policies

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

This presentation will detail and discuss research that examined the climate policies of 46 public doctoral institutions to understand how they address university air travel greenhouse gas mitigation. This research ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How Earth Month Strengthens Student Engagement & Campus-Community Ties

  • San Jose State University (CA)

In this session, our inter-departmental campus team will share SJSU's unique Earth Day history and tell the story of how we organized a unique Earth Month series of workshops ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dr. Tracey Osborne, Dr. Stephen Sterling and Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan

  • Northeastern University (MA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

This keynote presentation will reflect on the shifts in educational policy and practice necessary to create a sustainable future.

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Contraception and Consumption in the Age of Extinction

  • Center for Biological Diversity (AZ)

Over the past 50 years, as human populations have doubled, wildlife populations have plummeted by half. Humanity's dependence on fossil fuels and industrial agriculture, persecution of wildlife, massive habitat ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Resilience through Community Resilience: Lessons from Appalachian Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Flooding in Appalachian Kentucky during the spring of 2021 laid bare the now established threat of climate change to a region often left out of conversations about climate resilience. While ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Let Your Actions Speak: How to Connect Individual Change to Systems Change

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

To create and enact the solutions necessary for a sustainable future, we need our students - regardless of major - to develop both a sense of and a skill set for agency ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Governing Change: Academic-Operational Cultures of Sustainability Governance at 10 Universities Around the World

  • University of Toronto (ON)

In recent years, universities around the world have sought to integrate and embed sustainability into their four primary domains of activity: education, research, campus operations, and community engagement. This session ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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U.S. & Canadian "Climate Havens" - Networking & Preparedness Around Where It Will Suck Less

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

Water is Life. The Great Lakes Region, the U.S. and Canada, are becoming known as future "Climate Havens" of this century. Cities and universities are beginning to take notice ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future is Being Resilient to Climate Emergencies

  • Rice University (TX)
  • Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (MA)

Resiliency to climate emergencies is necessary to respond to extreme weather events that are occurring more frequently as the climate changes. A climate emergency does not always mean there will ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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From Vision to Action: Lessons in Implementing Sustainability Plans

  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)

The role of a sustainability professional spans the spectrum from educator, planner, fund raiser, project manager, program designer, plan implementer, to progress reporter. Methods for partnering for and achieving success ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How the Free Store Can Change the Face of Sustainability

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

The Office of Sustainability at USM has a group called the Eco-rep. The USM Eco-reps have gone on to create the Free Store, which collects donations to give out to ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Athletics, Activism & Action: Partnering to Creatively Communicate Sustainability

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Communication can be difficult on a Campus. Utilizing partnerships on campus, UK Recycling, Sustainability and Energy Research created a new way to engage campus - WholeSum- a blog that encourages authentic ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Regional STARS: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Indiana University Southeast (IN)

Do you work at a regional campus whose main campus has a STARS designation? Does your regional campus intend to pursue a STARS designation of its own? Should you? Hear ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Tri-Sector Consulting Projects: Experiential Learning for Societal Impact

  • Kent State University (OH)

For the last decade, companies and business schools alike have struggled with how best to incorporate shared value perspectives into their business and curricular plans. How do we align corporate ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Expanding Sustainability: Using Food Procurement to Help Poultry Workers (through a new consortium)

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)

Many colleges and universities are working on sustainable procurement goals, but how many of us have looked at social sustainability and the impact of our procurement on workers? During the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future is Collaborative: Outcomes From a Network of Sustainability Professionals in Virginia

  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Radford University (VA)

With an average of just 1.5 - 2.1 paid non-student sustainability staff positions at institutions of higher education, access to a broader network of sustainability professionals with common goals ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Lessons Learned from a Homegrown STARS Support Group with Peer Institutions

  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)

Staring fixedly at new STARS credits? Not sure where to start? Need to assign the daunting task of completing STARS to a student but can't provide all of the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future is Co-Created: EfS Through Relationship Building in the Delaware Valley

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • PHENND (PA)

This session will introduce the new PHENND Sustainability network. Starting as a community of practitioners interested in finding partners for real-world Education for Sustainability (EfS), PHENND Sustainability has grown into ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building the Future We Desire: Crossing Boundaries & Challenging Historical Ideas of Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Crookston (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The Student Engagement Leadership Forum on Sustainability (SELFsustain) is a five-campus collaborative retreat that rotates between campuses. In April 2021, UM-Crookston hosted a provocative online series on indigenous identity, community ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The People's Fridge: Redistributing Surplus Food and Reducing Food Insecurity

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

The People's Fridge is a plant-based community fridge in Merced County with the dual aims of redistributing surplus food and reducing food insecurity. The pandemic further increased food insecurity ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dr. Ian Haney López

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Dr. Haney López’s keynote address will explain how the climate movement cannot succeed unless race, class and gender solidarity are at the heart of everything we do. Dr. Ian ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Using the Pursuit of Equitable Tree Canopy to Combat Effects of Redlining in Lexington, Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The historical housing policy of redlining reflected systemic racism in the home lending industry; it disproportionately impacted people of color and created socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods in intentional and negative ways ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Solutions 101: Curricula That Inform Conversations & Inspire Action on Climate Solutions

  • Villanova University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Project Drawdown (CA)
  • Solutions Journalism Network (NY)

Project Drawdown and the Solutions Journalism Network are partnering to offer a webinar for AASHE educators and staff who want to shift the conversation about climate change away from gloom ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2022
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Launching the Emerging Environmental Leaders (EELs) Program in Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

University of Minnesota campuses (Twin Cities and Morris) collaborated with the State of Minnesota to launch the Emerging Environmental Leaders (EELs) program in the spring of 2021. The program brought ...


Place Setting: Enhancing sustainable approaches to food security & community engagement through design of space

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is a student-led service organization that is a partner agency of God’s Pantry Food Bank within the Feeding America’s ...


CSUF Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Planting Ceremony

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Cal State Fullerton, in cooperation with the City of Fullerton, celebrated Arbor Day by planting several trees throughout campus. The mayor, city council members and administrators from the City of ...


A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus

  • National Assocation of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (FL)

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers at institutions of higher education throughout the country and around the world ...


Summarizing Your STARS Report for Senior Leadership

  • Boston University (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Building off of the “Conversations on STARS as a Strategic Tool for Advancing Sustainability” 2020 GCSHE presentation, this webinar will dive into the creation of the STARS Report Summary (presented ...

  • Posted Dec. 9, 2021
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Our Changing Menu: Climate change and the foods we love and need

  • Cornell University (NY)

We tell the climate change story through something we encounter and communicate about every day. It is imbedded in our cultures and family histories, and we love and need it ...

  • Posted Nov. 29, 2021
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Campus Culture and Communication at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the Campus Culture and Communication Internal Analysis Team ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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External Collaboration at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the External Collaboration Internal Analysis Team. Through ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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University-Sponsored Travel at the University of Michigan: A Report Developed for and Supported by the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

  • University of Michigan (MI)

This report was compiled during the academic year of 2019-2020 for the University of Michigan (U-M) President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality by the University-Sponsored Travel Internal Analysis Team. The ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2021
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International Networking Meeting

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Members of the international community and anyone interested in international issues or collaboration are invited to join in a networking meeting to share resources, challenges, and ideas from our countries ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Networking to collaborate with UC-CSU NXTerra: California's new Climate Emergency Teaching Tool

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Presenters Dr. John Foran and Richard Widick will introduce UC-CSU NXTerra and discuss our strategies for scaling up the urgency of climate change education. NXTerra is an interdisciplinary network collaboration ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Networking Session

  • Central College (IA)

This is an opportunity to network with others from the Upper Midwest, including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn about upcoming regional events and discuss regional collaborations ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Inspiration from signatories of the SDG Accord

  • Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) (Gloucestershire)

The SDG Accord is a HESI initiative and AASHE is a supporting partner. The session will include a brief overview of the SDG Accord and will bring together signatories to ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Faculty Networking Meeting hosted by Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC)

  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

This Faculty Meet-up will serve as a networking opportunity for those faculty attending the Global Conference, complementing the curriculum track being co-presented by AASHE and the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium. This ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Invitation to NXTerra California's new Climate Emergency Teaching Tool

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Join us for an introduction to UC-CSU NXTerra - a Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) and Digital Platform for climate educators, developed by faculty from the University of California (UC) and California State ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Optimization of Environmental Communication Through the Analysis of Media Engagement

  • Hope College (MI)

This presentation aims to explore the relationship between communication medium and effectiveness in the digital landscape during COVID-19. The presentation explores video, graphic, and photo as communication methods for different ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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What is 'Sustainability' in the Time of Anti-Racist Uprising & a Global Pandemic?

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

In the wake of George Floyd's murder and in the throes of a deadly pandemic, sustainability, as it's traditionally practiced, has become all but irrelevant as social unrest ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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(Some of the) Surprising Findings About Living Wages in Higher Education During a Global Pandemic

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Between the global pandemic, broadening awareness of racial inequalities, and intensifying financial pressure, American higher education institutions are having to revisit their core beliefs, implicit assumptions, and day-to-day operations. During ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Community College Networking Meeting

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This annual networking session will encourage community college staff/students/faculty to share their accomplishments from the previous year. Further, structured networking around certain topics will encourage practitioners to share ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Your Values at Work - How YOU Can Drive Corporate Action on Climate Change

  • Environmental Defense Fund (DC)

Young people today are increasingly aligning their lifestyles and career choices with their values, especially when it comes to sustainability. With their futures ahead of them, students and young professionals ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Mobilizing to VOTE: Climate 2020

  • Our Climate (OR)

Our Climate's workshop will highlight our voter registration and Get Out The Vote campaign. Young people are the largest voting bloc in this country, we can have a tremendous ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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We are Uprooted and Rising: The Fight for Food Sovereignty in Higher Ed

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What does it look like to have a future that nourishes and sustains all of us for generations to come? How can colleges and universities support that future for their ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Green Career Planning Workshop with the National Wildlife Federation

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

A goal without a plan is merely a wish - start writing your green career plan today in this interactive workshop, utilizing the National Wildlife Federation's Career Center resources and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Advancing Sustainable Development Goals by Committing to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In 2019, the University of Colorado Boulder became the first US university to commit to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework. The UN effort now includes major international/national ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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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