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Fish in the Sea, Fish on the Plate - How college foodservice programs can help maintain ocean health and biodiversity

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA)
  • National Aquarium (MD)

Fish and Seafood: Healthy, Sustainable and Confusing. Fish and seafood are among the healthiest and most sustainable protein choices we can make. But chosen poorly, eating fish and seafood also ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Purchasing: Walking (And Talking) the Walk

  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Green Seal (DC)
  • 3M (MN)

Higher education institutions have long been leaders in sustainability but instituting and communicating sustainability can be a challenge. Effective collaboration with those beyond the campus who also serve institutions is ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Learn how to Launch a University Surplus Program and Start Making Real Money for Sustainability While Reducing Your Waste

  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Temple University (PA)

Universities invest in equipment and facilities to stay competitive. While these acquisitions are needed, much of the 'obsolete' equipment offers value to a secondary market. Nationally, universities are extracting value ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal

  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

This session will introduce the new, comprehensive manual, The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal, recently released by the Green Electronics Council and the National Association of Educational ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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From San Francisco Sea Salt to Mt Lassen Trout-- Serving Up Extreme Local Theme Meals in Resident Dining Halls

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

For the past 2 years, in celebration of food day and earth day, Cal Dining has hosted 'extreme local' theme meals in each of the four resident dining halls at ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The Prize of Collaboration is Resilience. Universities Lead on Inter-Organizational Reuse of Surplus Assets and Equipment.

  • GetWarpIt

This presentation explores a UK case study where Universities are leading on the sharing of surplus assets and collaborating with other Universities, Municipal Councils, Hospitals, schools and not-for-profits. This is ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Using the Social Cost of Carbon as an Ingredient to Minimize Life Cycle Cost and Carbon

  • Miami University (OH)

Optimizing a campus's utility master plan to minimize its twenty-five year life cycle cost is one thing, but add the social cost of carbon to the mix and the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Plastic-Free Campuses

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

From bottles and bags to polypropylene microbeads, we discuss tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics on a college or university campus. We use campus-specific programs to highlight success stories of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Transferrable Student-Led Procurement Research: Partnering with Office Depot to Create Change at Willamette University

  • Willamette University (OR)
  • Office Depot, Inc. (TX)

The presenters discuss a student-led research project at Willamette University, transferrable to other universities buying supplies from Office Depot or similarly large suppliers that likely provide comprehensive data on institutional ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The secret life of one 'ice cube' and it's wasteful journey to your cup at the ballgame

  • Eden's Song, LLC (GA)

Environmental efforts permeate every aspect of campus life. So it may surprise some to know that in one crucial area of vigorous waste efforts, a nasty little culprit has just ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Opening a Plant-forward, Farm-to-Fork cafe on the UC Berkeley campus

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Last semester, Cal Dining opened Brown's- a California Café on the UC Berkeley campus. Brown's opened with the goal of serving food that is delicious, nutrient- dense, and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainable Seafood Days: Working with Sea to Table to Grow Sustainable Seafood Purchasing at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Sea to Table (NY)

Because Appalachian State University is a leader in sustainability, serving sustainable fish in our dining venues was something that Appalachian Food Services wanted to explore. We partnered with Sea to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Campus Commitments to Local, Sustainable Food Procurement: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in Georgia

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have committed to increasing the proportion of locally sourced and sustainably produced food served on campus. My poster describes the results of an ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain

  • Chlorine Free Products Association (IL)

In today's world there are those who make claims about their sustainability based on an outdated data, inefficient process, or outright lies. Recently we all found out to what ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging Partners in a Responsible Sourcing Strategy

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Learn about Aramark's approach to responsible sourcing including how we engage with our suppliers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry alliances, clients and customers to develop and implement practices that guide ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Unlikely Partnerships Drive on the Ground Change; An Example From the Forest Products Industry for Managing a Key Supply Chain

  • Domtar Corporation (SC)
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Staples Advantage (MA)

Sustainable forestry has been prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals as a critical component of climate change mitigation. Following COP21, it's clear that AASHE institutions and businesses have an ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Purchasing with a Purpose: Certified B Corporations and Higher Education

  • B Lab (PA)
  • World Centric (CA)

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental responsibility. Today, there are more than 1,600 Certified B Corps ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination Webinar

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation (OR)
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (OH)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)
  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA) (DC)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) (PA)

This webinar features ideas and examples of how Student Affairs units have implemented green practices in purchasing and event coordination. It includes presentations from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Eco Move Out and Eco Move In

  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • Posted Sept. 26, 2016
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Greenhealth Cost of Ownership (GCO) Calculator

  • Practice Greenhealth (VA)

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a way for purchasers to assess all the costs associated with a product over its lifetime - from initial purchase through its use, maintenance, and ...


Arizona State University's Help Center

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The ASU Help Center provides support to students, faculty and staff sustainably due to ASU’s Green Purchasing Policy. The Help Center uses personal computers that meet the IEEE 1680 ...

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2016
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EcoPaper Toolkit for Purchasers

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

The EcoPaper Toolkit is a straightforward, comprehensive resource to make it easier to implement a cost-effective, responsible paper policy at any sized institution. It is based on consensus criteria of ...


NC State Students Champion Solar Installation

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In 2016, the Park Scholarships program celebrates its 20th year. Each class of Park Scholars chooses a legacy gift to leave the university, and the Class of 2015 chose to ...


Green Cleaning with Orbio Water

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)

University of Massachusetts Medical School has taken an innovative approach to sustainable cleaning. Rather than purchasing traditional cleaning chemicals to clean floors and surfaces, UMMS has invested in floor scrubbers ...


Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices?

  • University of Michigan (MI)

College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Water bottle ban a success; bottled beverage sales have plummeted

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Sales of bottled beverages at Washington University in St. Louis have plummeted 39 percent since 2009, when the university became the first in the nation to ban the sale of ...

  • Posted Aug. 19, 2016
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The Power of Purchasing: Using University of Michigan Procurement to Promote Social Change

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The University of Michigan, as a public university, has an inherent responsibility to serve the interests of the community it represents. The institution purchases more than $1 billion of goods ...


Rescued Food Feast

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The Rescued Food Feast was an event held at Arizona State University and was a collaboration between the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Aramark Higher Education, Sprouts Farmers ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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UCLA is the Largest Public University in the U.S. to achieve Fair Trade Status

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

University of California, Los Angeles, part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college/university students in issues of global poverty, officially received designation as a Fair ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Emory University's Pollinator Protection Program

  • Emory University (GA)

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment, which includes ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Avoiding Chemical Flame Retardants on Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard University’s Sustainability Plan, created in partnership with faculty, students, and staff, is rooted in a sustainable development vision focused on enhancing community and individual well-being within and across ...


It’s What’s for Dinner: Furman University’s Sustainable Dining Initiative

  • Furman University (SC)

The majority of the food in the United States is produced via an industrial food production and distribution system, which is inherently unsustainable due to its widespread environmental (e.g ...


The Real Food Challenge at Lehigh University

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national student run campaign to encourage campuses to increase the ratio of food purchased from “conventional” to “real food”. At Lehigh, the Office ...


The Sustainable Bookstore: Giving New Life to Discarded University Library Books

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

When the Appalachian State University library culled its stacks, close to 80,000 books were slated to be recycled. Many of these books, some dating back to the late 1800s ...


NC State University Students Leverage Partnerships To Eliminate Plastic Bags on Campus

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Over a three-year period, the NC State Stewards collaborated with the university’s Campus Enterprises division to move toward the elimination of single-use plastic bags in the most wasteful locations ...


The Merits of Fair Trade - Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities presents: The Merits of Fair Trade.

Fair Trade is a market-based approach to alleviating poverty in ways that improve lives, empower communities, and protect the ...

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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College Students Starting To Demand 'Living Wage' Sportswear

This article explores how students can impact campus purchasing decisions. It provides insight into the difference between “fair trade” and “living wage” companies, and what students can do to promote ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

The Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Version is intended to help organizations improve the environmental, social, and economic performance within their supply chains—across the entirety of product and ...


Challenge the Label

  • ISEAL Alliance

Sustainability claims have become widespread in the modern marketplace, and with it greenwashing has expanded. The practice of making empty, unfounded or exaggerated sustainability claims risks alienating buyers committed to ...


BuyingPoultry

  • Farm Forward (OR)

BuyingPoultry is a free independent buying guide that cuts through labels and marketing claims and makes it easy to find the highest-welfare products near you.


Real Food Calculator

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Calculator is a tool for tracking institutional purchasing over time. College and University students use the Real Food Calculator as a platform for discussion and action with ...


Michigan State University Sustainable Food Procurement Guide

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This guide will clarify to existing and potential new supply chain partners what is important

to MSU as we strive to make increasingly responsible choices in food service sourcing, and ...

  • Posted March 3, 2016
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Banning Bottled Water on Campus; Beyond Excuses

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Over 100 colleges and universities across the US and Canada have enacted a policy of responsible water sales in their purchasing. Such a drastic change for an institution is made ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Smart Print: Using the Cloud to Identify Waste & Excess Energy Consumption

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Pharos Systems International (NY)

The University of Illinois at Chicago has deployed a new, cloud-based tool to deliver a campus-wide view of their printer fleet, their users who print and the documents they print ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Impact Advocacy - Fair Trade in Your Life and on Campus

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade empowers farmers and workers and promotes economic development, social justice, and environmental stewardship. The world of Fair Trade includes a wide range of groups and interests; businesses, non-profits ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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PHOENIX lifestyle: Consumerism with Conscience

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

A student-led initiative at UMass Amherst that strives to bring awareness to the issue of consumerism in the apparel industry and give students, faculty, and others a unique opportunity to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing: Fair Trade Procurement Policies and Practices

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Over the last two years Fair Trade Colleges & Universities has developed and piloted policies to help institutions purchase sustainable and responsible goods. Leveraging the purchasing power of higher education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Spearfish Local: Improving Community Health Through Collaboration

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values our local food economy and other aspects of healthy communities. Located in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Do you want your receipt? How simple changes to bookstore operations reduce use of BPA and related chemicals.

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MN)

What if even the simplest transaction at your campus bookstore could be better for employees and our environment? If your campus uses thermal paper receipts in its bookstore, library or ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Incorporating Life Cycle Analysis into Campus Dining

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The environmental impacts associated with food production have been well-documented through Life cycle analyses (LCA). LCA of food products have focused largely on individual food items. However, very little work ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 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.

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).

Purchasing Partners

Kimberly-Clark Professional

Roswell, GA
Business Leader

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

APC Filtration Inc.

Brantford, ON
Business Affiliate

Balfour College Division

Austin, TX
Business Affiliate

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

EPEAT/Green Electronics Council

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
Business Affiliate
First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Green Seal

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Jostens

Minneapolis, MN
Business Affiliate

Oak Hall Cap & Gown

Salem, VA
Business Affiliate

Rivanna Natural Designs

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

Sleep On Latex

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate

Staples Advantage

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

TreeZero Paper

Atlanta, GA
Business Affiliate