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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Terms of Empowerment: How to inspire enthusiasm and decentralize accountability

  • Yale University (CT)

When a campus sustainability program first starts, the imperative is to effectively to develop brand recognition. Once sustainability is a firmly established concept on a campus, programming can generally shift ...

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Cultivating Grassroots: Emerging Platforms for a Sustainable Food System and Economy in Blue Ridge Appalachia

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian scholar and activist Helen Matthews Lewis writes that “It is important to talk and plan together for the future, to have dreams and hopes and visions.” Lewis believes in ...

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Personal Narrative as Research Pedagogy: Using Poetic Language and Personal Testament in the Research Writing Process

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Research scientists are often dismissed when their reports include personal ethical statements or persuasions—these individuals risk their objectivity in doing so and the result can be invalidation in the ...

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Arbor Day Tree Campus USA Workshop and Tree Planting Service Event

  • Arbor Day Foundation (NE)

In this workshop, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation, attendees will learn to take their campus trees to the next level and participate in our tree-planting community service event. First ...

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How to Start a Renewable Energy Project at the Community College – Trustees Are Your Best Friends

  • Austin Community College (TX)

It is no secret, renewable energy project is expensive. Return on

investment may be too long to attract any budget minded decision makers at your college, especially in our tough ...

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Is China Striving for Sustainability in Higher Education?: Case Studies at two aspiring "World-Class" Research Universities in Hong Kong and Shanghai

  • Boston College (MA)

China’s system of higher education has experienced significant expansion over the past two decades. Notably, the Chinese government ‘Guideline for Medium and Long Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020 ...

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Identifying Environmental Literature that Provides the Philosophical Basis of Recycling

  • Brigham Young University (UT)

A keen observer of how ordinary events illuminate sustainable behavior Aldo Leopold wrote “I have read many definitions of what is a conservationist and written not a few myself, but ...

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A Collaborative Approach to Applied Sustainability in Undergraduate Education

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)

This paper will note best practices in sustainability education by examining a collaborative learning endeavor involving an undergraduate special projects course. The course is designed to engage students in experiential ...

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Igniting Innovation through Sustainable Collaboration

  • Denison University (OH)

Denison University, like many liberal arts institutions, seeks to educate students holistically so that they may become discerning moral agents and active citizens in a democratic society. To that end ...

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The Greater Carlisle Project – a College/Community Collaboration for Sustainability

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Taking inspiration from The Oberlin Project, Dickinson College convened a series of meetings from November 2012 through March 2013 with members of the Greater Carlisle community for conversations about creating ...

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A Sustainable Spring Break

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

For a typical college student, Spring Break is a week to get away and participate in activities that will help them get their minds off of the business that they ...

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Social Sustainability: Creating Virtual and Community Connections

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Public institutions of higher education serve the student body and the community. Finding ways to engage both communities in emerging fields such as sustainability can be challenging, especially given the ...

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Summer Internships for a Sustainable Food System

  • Linfield College (OR)

Today, the importance of sustainably addressing our food system is vital. There is a pressing societal need for citizens educated in actively creating and participating with food systems based in ...

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Internships as a Tool for Sustainability Education and Outreach

  • Luther College (IA)

Using Luther College’s successful sustainability internship program as a case study, this presentation will cover all aspects of developing and implementing a sustainability focused student internship program for undergraduates ...

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YERT 2.0: The Environmental Road Trip Continues

  • Media Changing Media LLC (PA)

Building off of themes and stories covered in their 2012 award-winning, sustainable-solutions eco-docu-comedy “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip,” with YERT 2.0 the YERT team is exploring through several film ...

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Leaders for the Environment, Art, and Design (LEAD): Educating Students About Impacts and Issues of Fashion, Art, and Design

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

For the past three years, students at Santa Clara University have hosted an Eco-Fashion Show and a “Swap for Good” clothing exchange, engaging students about the social, economic, and environmental ...

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Regional Cultures and Campus Sustainability: The Quebec Case

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

While no one would argue that many issues related to sustainability can only be understood on a global level, international negotiations confront us with the fact that cultural differences can ...

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Building Diverse Stakeholders - Multi-Stakeholder Approach

  • Sierra Youth Coalition (QC)

The building of a multi-stakeholder process often distinguishes a successful initiative from a failure. Meaningful communication with all stakeholders ensures the most effective results. Using role playing, this workshop will ...

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Using Partnerships to Forward Campus Sustainability Through Student Green Funds and Innovative Restoration

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Looking to create a sustainability fund on your campus, but need a little help? Learn how one university partnered with a non-profit foundation to launch a successful campaign to pass ...

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Postcards, Post-Sandy: Community Resiliency, Social Media and Service Learning

  • The New School (NY)

POSTCARDS, POST-SANDY is a digital memory website created by undergraduate and graduate students from The New School for Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design, New York ...

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Biodiversity Of Humans And Agriculture

  • The University of New Mexico (NM)

The University Of New Mexico has worked to build local food hubs in and around the University as demonstration gardens for students and local residents. As SouthWest native tribes have ...

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Neigborhood Resilience, Using Waste to Build Justice Locally and Internationally

  • Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)

Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in Manila, Philippines is a ‘sister school’ to Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) in Nashville, TN. Both schools are located in highly stressed urban environments ...

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Story of Self: Defining Your Story to Connect to the Sustainability Movement and Advance Your Career

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Every person has taken their own path to develop passion and drive in the sustainability field or chosen career. In “Story of Self,” we will define and leverage each journey ...

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Veggies For All: Campus Food Bank Farm

  • Unity College (ME)

Since 2011, our small college has been the home base for Veggies For All (VFA) – a community-scale agriculture project that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in ...

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Fueling a Regional Environmental Movement

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Building a better future by definition is a collective effort, but often at times throughout the higher education sector we focus inward within our own institutions. While this is a ...

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Greening the Game: Football and Beyond

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SFS) saw an opportunity to bring together an entire community to embrace sustainability. Tens of thousands of fans populate the ...

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Sustainability Engagement at UC Boulder: IT Strategies for Behavior Change

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The University of Colorado Boulder has been a leader in sustainability focused research, education and engagement for more than half a century. The campus is home to nationally recognized and ...

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Island Food Security through a Campus Community Garden

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College began an endeavor to build a campus community garden in 2010. Almost three years later, and after many obstacles ...

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An Innovative Way to Adapt to a Changing Education Medium: Using Interactive Multimedia-based Information Graphics in the Sustainability Curriculum.

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

265 first-year students at a small Northeast Ohio liberal arts university were asked 14 questions to measure their knowledge of issues relating to sustainability. The questions and answers provided the ...

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Mobile Technology in Higher Education - An Evolving Component of Sustainability

  • Walters State Community College (TN)

As mobile technology becomes more a part of everyday life, it brings with it the opportunity to change our educational processes in order to enhance learning, reduce costs, and improve ...

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Philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability: It’s all about Inspiring Deep Thinking

  • Wright State University (OH)

Come to our campus, learn about our school, interact with other students, tour our facilities, meet our faculty – You’ll want to invest 4 or 5 years with us! Sound ...

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Growing An Integrated Urban Farm, Modular and Mobile

  • Xavier University (OH)

With space constraints, a Master Plan that is a "moving target," and limited funds, Xavier University undertook to build a farm on-campus. The design choices at every step of the ...

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Waste and Access: Communicating about sustainability between universities in developed and developing countries

  • Yale University (CT)

Sustainability initiatives in the United States are largely focused on reducing waste in terms of materials, water, energy, fuel, and even time and money. In less economically developed countries, however ...

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Experiential Learning in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship': A Costa Rican Case-Study

  • Humboldt State University (CA)

This session will provide an overview of a sample interdisciplinary experiential study abroad program in 'Sustainable Global Stewardship' in Costa Rica. This will include a summary of program design through ...

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Zero Waste Stadiums: Don't Be Scared (Or Maybe A Little)

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Join us for an interactive session on Zero Waste sports venues. A zero waste stadium is commonly defined as one that achieves or seeks to achieve 90% diversion rate or ...

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Environmental Sustainability in Information Technology: It's a Culture Thing

  • University of Michigan (MI)

We have found that IT professionals and users of technology have not traditionally considered the impact of their computing choices on the environment. Yet, nearly every computing choice has an ...

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Getting to the Point: Teaching STEM Content Through Societal Challenges

  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Our planet and its inhabitants are under unprecedented stress. More than ever before, we need people - citizens, scientists, engineers, and teachers - who not only understand the scientific and societal dimensions ...

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Hope and Sustainability Education: Initiating a Research Collaborative

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Generating and maintaining hope among students is recognized as a challenge for sustainability educators, but what do we really know about course content and experiences that generate hope rather than ...

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Community and Sustainability - Tour and Discussion at an Urban Ecovillage

  • Fellowship for Intentional Community (MO)

Learn the history, context, accomplishments, pitfalls, transitions, plans and visions for this 13-year old two block central city eco-village and sister communities around the world. On-site tour showcases systems for ...

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Transforming Enemies Into Allies: How to Have Difficult-But Necessary-Conversations in Our Roles as Sustainability Change Agents

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (HI)
  • University of Hawaii - West Oahu (HI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop will give us the space to learn and practice some tactics for having those difficult conversations that are unavoidably part of the work of making change happen within ...

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Student Led Weatherizations at Harvard: Delivering Exponential Impact from Small Energy Retrofits

  • Harvard University (MA)

Finding a way to give a broad number of students hands on experience in facility operations while making a significant impact on energy consumption is a complex process. After four ...

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Changing the Default: Using Social Marketing Research to Promote Behavior Change Campaigns

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Tackling sustainability issues usually means change at every level of an organization. Even within large powerful organizations change has to begin with someone acting differently. Sometimes highlighting financial benefits can ...

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Stakeholder Connectedness on the Susquehanna River: An Ecosystem Approach to Fracking

  • Susquehanna University (PA)

This paper proposes an inventory of the Susquehanna River Basin stakeholders as an initial step toward conceptualizing a self-sustaining, resilient ecosystem comprised of the natural environment and humans. The urgency ...

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A Collaborative Approach: Community Waste Management at Carleton College

  • Carleton College (MN)

Successful waste management should engage and involve the entire campus community. Through the Community Waste Program, we collaboratively sought to provide composting in academic and administrative campus buildings, reduce the ...

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Regionally Organizing for Sustainability: South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC)

  • Kankakee Community College (IL)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
  • Prairie State College (IL)
  • South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (IL)

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) is a regional consortium of 12 higher education institutions, representing non-profit, private, for-profit and four- and two-year universities and colleges. This consortium is led ...

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Nurturing Sustainability Leaders: Pedagogical Practices and Guiding Stories

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) graduate program at Portland State University focuses on preparing sustainability leaders by developing: 1) a reflective understanding of self 2) an understanding the world ...

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Fostering University-Wide Sustainable Behaviors Through Service Learning: A Classroom Transition From Theory To Real World Application.

  • Utah State University (UT)

This presentation will introduce 1) a redesigned Sustainable Living mixed undergraduate/graduate service learning course offered at a major Land-Grant university, 2) key service learning strategies that have and have ...

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Rural Communities: The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership is a National Science Foundation funded collaboration between Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop climate change education programs for ...

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Low Income Weatherization: At the Intersection of Environmental Engagement and Community Service

  • Williams College (MA)

One of the ongoing challenges in campus sustainability is the need to engage students who may not primarily identify with environmental issues. For the past four years, students at our ...

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The Yale Community Carbon Fund; Reducing Emissions and Increasing Economic Security in Local Communities

  • Yale University (CT)

The Yale Community Carbon Fund seeks both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase economic security for low-income people living in New Haven. Funds are raised through a combination ...

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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

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Public Engagement Partners

Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
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Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass