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Impacting Ecological Attitudes and Material Values through Practical Reasoning: Fostering Sustainability Learning in Professional Programs Membership Required

  • Kansas State University (KS)

A singular focus on advancing sustainability through science and technology is inadequate to the enterprise of creating a sustainable society. To achieve sustainability, it will be necessary to transform culture ...

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Field Documentation and Survey of Bamboo Structures Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Development of sustainable construction materials is growing, with research and construction being initiated worldwide. Structural applications of indigenous material resources such as bamboo are an integral part of sustainable development ...

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NWF's Campus Environment 2008 National Survey Findings Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

It has been seven years since NWF Campus Ecology's last national survey, and much has changed in the landscape of campus environmental programs and practices. In early 2008, the ...

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Multidisciplinary Education and Outreach: Partnerships in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kansas State University (KS)

The Urban Operations Laboratory (UOL), comprised of Kansas State University, M2 Technologies, and CABEM Technologies, performs environmental research, training, assessment, and product development. One of UOL's tasks is to ...

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Campus-wide Sustainability Principles for Planning, Design, and Operations Membership Required

  • East Carolina University (NC)

This presentation is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. A post doctoral study on ECU campus sustainability principles was implemented. It has brought together ...

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Poster I - Sustainability on Campus: Higher Education and Leadership Role Membership Required

  • East Carolina University (NC)

This poster is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. It was developed as part of a post doctoral study, focused on fostering campus-wide sustainability ...

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Poster II - Sustainability on Campus: What Others Do - Short, Medium, and Long Term Plans for Green Campus Initiatives Membership Required

  • East Carolina University (NC)

This poster is a collaborative effort between Mansoura University in Egypt and East Carolina University. It was developed as part of a post doctoral study, focused on fostering campus-wide sustainability ...

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A Field Report for the Nelson Insitute for Environmental Studies Carbon Footprint Project Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (WI)

This project examines the carbon footprint of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (NI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of the NI Carbon Footprint Project is to provide ...

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Sustainable Laboratory Design Case Study Membership Required

  • BNIM Architects (MO)

Laboratory buildings are usually thought of as being the inevitable energy hogs on campus. The Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, home of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine at ...

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The Price of Reduction: A Comparative Analysis of the Cost-Benefit Perceptions of Reduction Initiatives Membership Required

  • Chatham University (PA)

This research contrasts the perceived benefits and costs of implementing two reduction initiatives (plastic bottle ban, pesticide ban) as perceived by key constituencies (students, faculty, administration). The two initiatives provide ...

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Creating a Research Agenda in Sustainability for Emerging Research Institutions Membership Required

  • Ball State University (IN)

Many colleges and universities find creating on-campus sustainable initiatives, such as recycling and reducing energy usage, to be a good starting contribution to change how these institutions effect the environment ...

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Inclusion from Conception - A Presidential Perspective Membership Required

  • Hadassah College Jerusalem

Embracing sustainability in every facet of higher education is to crystallize and practice it in every decision and motion made. At Hadassah College Jerusalem we conducted thorough research based on ...

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Experiential Learning: UNC's Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

The new Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) at the University of North Carolina provides an innovative experiential learning opportunity for students to work directly with sustainably-oriented businesses. BASE is ...

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Green Research for Incorporating Data into the Classroom (GRIDc) Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

North Carolina State University (NCSU), NCSU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, the North Carolina Solar Center, and Pitt Community College are working ...

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Portland State University: Let Knowledge Serve the City Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

PSU's approach to sustainability seeks to integrate operations, research, education and community engagement. Our poster will draw on green building and watershed stewardship projects that demonstrate our strategy. The ...

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Sustainability Science at a Land Grant Institution: Linking Community Visioning and Scientific Analysis Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The need for academic researchers to have meaningful co-learning experiences with leaders in the broader community has been highlighted in much of the literature on sustainability. Scientists and community leaders ...

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Progress along the Path of Transdisciplinary Action Research. Experiences and Challenges in the Integration of Engineering and Community Development to Address Water Quality Issues in rural Honduras. Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Sustainable development presents complex, multidimensional issues that require approaches extend well beyond conventional academic disciplines. Bridging disciplinary boundaries is challenging, and sustainable development requires more than interdisciplinarity. It requires integrating ...

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Students Doing Research on Sustainability Reaching Out Beyond the Campus Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The concept of education for sustainable development has been acknowledged by institutions of higher education and underscored by the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. On the demand side ...

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Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Membership Required

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) within the College of Menominee Nation (Menominee Indian Reservation, WI) is spearheading the Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Research Project. Prompted by the success of the ...

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Hocking College Energy Institute Membership Required

  • Design Group (OH)

Construction of the Hocking College Energy Institute will commence in the summer of 2008. Hocking College was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for ...

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Agenda 21 at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil Membership Required

  • Federal University of Minas Gerais

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is the largest university in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, with more than 30.000 students, and 3000 professors. In the last two years it ...

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Economics and Sustainability: Using the Campus and Community as a Laboratory Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Economics is not always at the center of sustainability discussions, but it is an essential consideration as universities and communities transition from discussion to policy formation. The answers to questions ...

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Using IPCC DDC Scenarios and MAGICC-SCENGEN Model for Teaching Global Climate Change Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Global climate change is a very complex phenomenon: students need to understand the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences, and the adaptation and mitigation options to ...

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Center for Research and Sustainable Living, Yucatan, Mexico Membership Required

  • Millsaps College (MS)

The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve, located in Yucatan, Mexico ranks in the top third of privately held reserves by size in Latin America. The 1600 hectare tropical deciduous forest tract ...

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Bringing Biophilia to Life - Connecting Living Systems to the Built Environment Membership Required

  • Mithun (WA)

Originally crafted by German social psychologist Erich Fromm around 1965, the term Biophilia means "love of life or living systems." The philosophy of Biophilia pairs well with the current flurry ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Careers for Undergraduates through a Collaborative Experiential Learning and Research Program at Cornell University: The Sustainable Agriculture Scholars Program Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

The number of undergraduate students majoring in agricultural fields is steadily declining, resulting in fewer trained agricultural professionals able to address complex problems concerning agricultural sustainability. We developed and piloted ...

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Developing Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach Programs in Sustainable Agriculture at NC State University: A Model for Land Grant Universities Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Land grant universities (LGUs) play a vital role in educating students and training extension agents in organic and sustainable agriculture. Incorporating research, education and extension outreach into their missions, LGUs ...

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Like, Why do I Need to Know my Watershed? Membership Required

  • Northern Illinois University (IL)

Progressive educators have promoted the concept of place-based education for more than 100 years. For example, John Dewy advocated: "Experience [outside the school] has its geographical aspect, its artistic and ...

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The Revitalization Institute Membership Required

  • Seneca College (ON)

Revitalization Institute (RI) is the academy and advocate for what Storm Cunningham (reWealth: 2008) calls the magic of restoration in which natural, built, and socio-economic assets are continuously enhanced rather ...

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Ecovillages and Campuses: The Potential of Collaboration for Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Universities are increasingly looked to as centers of research on and education about sustainable solutions to socio-environmental challenges. However, theoretical and experimental approaches to sustainability do not easily translate from ...

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Sustainability Assessment of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Sustainability Club of the University of British Columbia (UBC) has conducted a departmental sustainability assessment (DSA). The DSA was adapted at a departmental level ...

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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Social Sustainability in U.S. Higher Education Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Sustainability Education and Vladimir Vernadsky's Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

After years of silence, the West finally started to discover and scientifically recognize a prominent Russian researcher, philosopher, and thinker - Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). Paradoxically, Vernadsky's name was not ...

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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

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Ecocritical Praxis: Re-establishing the "Principle of Relevance" Membership Required

  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)

The term "ecocriticism" was coined by William Reuckert, who proposed, in 1976, that literary criticism shift its locus to "a principle of relevance": he suggested that critics "experiment with the ...

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The Learning Barge Initiative: Advancing Sustainability through Multi-disciplinary Research Service Learning Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The Learning Barge Initiative is a unique example of university students and community partners collaborating on a project with wide-reaching social, educational and environmental benefits. The research, design and construction ...

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No Child Left Inside Membership Required

  • Utah State University (UT)

No Child Left Inside is a movement, both grassroots and political, with implications for sustainability, higher education, Public Land Management Agencies, and the environmental justice movement. This presentation begins by ...

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Written in the STARS: Correlations Between Performance & Best Practices Membership Required

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The STARS assessment framework presents a very interesting and informative set of data that measures both environmental performance and adoption of best practices. Gathering both types of information allows for ...

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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

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Center For Sustainability Membership Required

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

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Center for Regional Food Systems Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

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Center for Environmental Farming Systems Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Membership Required

  • Tufts University (MA)

Working with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system. Programs include farmer training, food systems development, and a World Peas food hub.

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Agricultural Sustainability Institute Membership Required

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems ...

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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

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Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

ASAP’s current mission is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in ...

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Membership Required

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Center has been working for two decades to bring sustainable solutions to the citizens and agricultural industry of Washington State. Its faculty and affiliates are working on exciting projects ...

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Green Design Institute Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering ...

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Brooke Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by ...

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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).

Research Partners

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
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RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.